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MAISD considers balanced calendar

A meeting of the minds in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is set for Monday at the Montcalm Area Career Center. Each of the superintendents of the seven school districts in Montcalm County and the superintendent of the MAISD Board will meet to discuss the upcoming school year. The meeting will also have a secondary purpose — to talk about what a balanced calendar could look like in Montcalm County.

In the fall, fruit matures into red pomes and drops to the ground from these trees in Stanton. City commissioners are concerned about the hazard they present and the mess they make. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton seeks bids to remove pear trees

A few pear trees are about to become a messy memory in Stanton.

“We’ve had nothing but a problem with these trees from day one. I, for one, am getting sick and tired,” Stanton City Commissioner Ken Burris said during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

From left, Stanton City Commission members Lewis Corwin, Jane Basom and Karl Yoder listen and discuss City Manager Jake Eckholm’s housing proposal Tuesday night. Yoder was the only commissioner to vote against the proposal. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton looking into city housing program

The Stanton City Commission plans to discuss a proposed housing program with the community. The Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP) would take vacant, city-owned lots and turn them into houses the city could sell. A public forum on the topic will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. The community is invited to attend.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD board approves new hires and resignations

During a regular meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board of Education approved several new hires and several resignations.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton schedules housing forum, seeks tree removal bids

At the Stanton City Commission meeting Tuesday night, commissioners voted to hold a public forum on Sept. 15 about a potential housing program.

Judge Charles Simon III appeared on behalf of Montcalm County Juvenile Court on Monday to ask the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to amend the budget by $162,000 to accommodate the court’s child care fund budget, which is projected to go over budget this current fiscal year. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County board approves more expenses as deficit looms

Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.

A group of children dressed in traditional garb from the turn of the 20th century visit the cemetery at Heritage Village during Friday’s Heritage Festival. The festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Heritage Festival celebrates 30 years of history

James Ehle of Stanton was one of many visitors at the 30th annual Heritage Festival at Montcalm Community College’s Sidney during a three-day celebration this weekend, but he was one of the few who could say he grew up at the village. The Ehle family has been involved with the historic village over the years with the Ehle Barn formerly owned by Merle Ehle and donated by granddaughter Tammy DuVall; the Pavilion planned by Fred Ehle; and years of horse-drawn wagon rides around the perimeter.

Scott Vukin of Pierson Township, at far left, expresses concerns to Rep. John Moolenaar at far right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. Moolenaar and constituents talk GMOs, budget and the next president

About a dozen residents had a chance to share an intimate conversation with their local Congressman on Friday afternoon.

Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with constituents at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton, where topics touched upon a variety of issues, including GMOs, Bridge cards, the national budget deficit and November’s presidential election.

A sign emblazoned with the words, “Please don’t touch the books,” sits on top of the volumes Larry Massie brought from his personal collection of 45,000 books to showcase the different ways each book is special and rare during the One Book, One County closing celebration. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

One Book, One County closes with speaker who collects rare books

Mary Andersen has a love for books that some people might say borders on bibliomania — those people just don’t get it. Ever since she was a girl, Andersen of Greenville has had a passion for the written word. Her personal collection of books is extensive. Even she is unsure how many books she has exactly, but she does know that she has no plans to part with them anytime soon.

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Voters renew Montcalm County EMS millage

Montcalm County voters overwhelmingly approved renewing an emergency services millage Tuesday. The final vote was 6,590 “yes” votes (72 percent) to 2,552 “no” votes (28 percent).