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Dozens of different types of herbs, grown by Montcalm Area Career Center students, were available for purchase at the center’s All Things Green expo Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

‘All Things Green’ draws in large crowd to Montcalm Area Career Center

Teachers, students and many vendors were on hand Monday afternoon at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), where things were “greener” than St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Green technology and its application to everything from gardening to bio-fuels was the topic of the day at the “All Things Green” expo. The event, held annually at the center, was open to the public and drew a very respectable crowd anxious to see the latest advances in green technology, hear from master gardeners and maybe pick up a couple freebies in the process.

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JUST IN: Boy shows improvement after near-drowning in Douglass Township

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday after his father found him unresponsive in a pond behind the family’s home.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.

Anyone driving through Sheridan will now see a new addition to downtown, a 15-foot, 1,000-pound cast iron clock at the corner of Washington and Main streets. — Courtesy photo/Andrea Lane Photography

New clock beautifies downtown Sheridan

The beautification of downtowns is something every small town or village hopes to accomplish, and the recent downtown streetscape project of Sheridan was geared to do just that.

With the work on Sheridan’s main street (M-66), the village opted to take advantage of the torn up streets to throw in a few projects of its own, some new sidewalks, signs and street lighting.

Hydroponic gardening is one of the green technologies that have been examined at previous All Things Green events at Montcalm Area Career Center. — Courtesy photo

Green tech ‘going through the roof’ at Montcalm Area Career Center

The idea of going green is moving up at Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), all the way to the roof, in fact. That’s where the action’s going to be Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m., when master gardeners from across the area converge on the college for this year’s “All Things Green” event.

Legislators such as Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, believe that electronic cigarettes can act as a “gateway drug” for minors, leading up to the use of standard cigarettes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman seeks to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan

Should the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Michigan be banned? It’s a question that is not generating any disagreement in Lansing, but the method of regulation of the controversial and increasingly popular product is creating mixed opinions amongst legislators.

Hallways were filled with spectators, and artwork, at Thursday’s annual Central Montcalm Education Showcase. Daily News/Lori Hansen

Student talent on display at Central Montcalm Education Showcase

Spectators think nothing of it when they wait in line to get into a basketball arena or a football stadium to watch their favorite team. They are excited to see what their team can do. That same excitement was visible last Thursday ight at the 40th annual Education Showcase at the Central Montcalm Middle School-High School complex.

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville toured the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Seiter Education Service Center in Greenville as the May 6 vote on a millage increase for special education draws near. MAISD Associate Superintendent of Special Education Kathleen Flynn, right, shows the gymnasium to the group as Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, at left, listens. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

COGG group learns about Montcalm County’s special ed services

Representatives of the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) toured the Seiter Education Service Center on Thursday to get an inside look at what a proposed millage increase would help fund. The Seiter Center, located on East Van Deinse Street in Greenville, serves students ages 2 to 26 who have special needs.

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Montcalm County launches Nixle notification service

When the Howard City Police Department merged with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month, it brought with it many of its officers and their experience, but the department also brought its ideas. One of those ideas, the Nixle system, is now being launched countywide.

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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.