Water is supposed to be clear, at least the stuff you pour into a glass. But for a long time, in the city of Stanton, that wasn’t always the case. Old, rusting water mains, some laid down during the Eisenhower administration, often turned the city’s water an unappetizing, though essentially harmless, shade of yellow or brown.
With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.
The idea of installing water meters at an apartment complex was again at the forefront of business for the Sheridan Village Council on Tuesday. Sheridan chiropractor and landlord Douglas Willemin has been trying for several months to convince the council to approve the installation of meters — at the village’s expense — at one or more of the apartment buildings he owns in town. His current water rates, he contends, are far greater than the actual usage at his properties.
Students attending Montcalm Community College (MCC) will notice a hike in their tuition as they enroll for their next semester of classes. During Tuesday evening’s MCC Board of Trustees meeting at the MCC’s Stanley & Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus, board members voted unanimously to increase the 2014-2015 tuition by approximately 5 percent.
Have you heard the term “transition”?
Actually, we experience “transition” throughout our lives — babies to toddlers, toddlers to school-age children, adults into retirement. One of our most important transitions is going from high school to the adult world.
Students eligible for special education support services face many barriers during this critical “transition” time. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that an individual education plan team address the area of transition for students age 16 or older in order to be successful in adult-life roles.
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.
A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday after his father found him unresponsive in a pond behind the family’s home.
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.
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.
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.