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Some local households are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to bring awareness to food allergies during Halloween. People with teal pumpkins outside their house on Halloween will have toys or other prizes as an alternative to candy to be sensitive to the needs of children who have food allergies and cannot have certain candies. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness for food allergies

Come Monday, goblins will walk the sidewalks, witches will run in the streets and ghouls will haunt neighborhoods.

All these haunting prospects are still not as scary as the idea of someone’s child eating a piece of candy they shouldn’t have and having an allergic reaction severe enough to create an anaphylactic response.

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Commissioners resolve seating issue, move forward with reducing hours

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners resolved the issue of noncommittee members sitting at the table Monday, and also approved authorizing the controller-administrator to reduce county office hours in light of budget cuts.

The boiler in the basement of Montcalm County’s maintenance building next to the Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton quit working earlier this month after being installed in 1980, meaning county employees are currently working without heat. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County bites the bullet, buys new boiler from contingency fund

Montcalm County’s maintenance director is having a busy October. Scott Wright and his crew are getting county parks ready for the end of season and working on a backflow prevention device dilemma that’s causing problems for the county and the city of Stanton. And then the boiler broke.

From left, Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws and Commissioners Lewis Corwin, Jane Basom and Karl Yoder discuss updating the city’s website. Commissioners unanimously voted to have Basom continue to work with the current website. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton ‘jumped the gun’ on website

The city of Stanton is making headway in updating its website after one commissioner did some research. The Stanton City Commission canceled its contract with Revize in Troy on Sept. 27 because of the lack of progress. Ending the contract early cost the city $975.

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Moolenaar gives general election season updates

When Congressman John Moolenaar visited the campus of Montcalm Community College on Monday, he was candid in giving an update on the current happenings in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College.

Outman reflects on 6 years as state representative

For six years, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has made monthly trips to Montcalm Community College to update his constituents on the happenings of Lansing.

From state budget issues and road funding concerns, to education legislation and thoughts on the Flint water crisis, Outman rarely, if ever, shied away from speaking on a topic, whether those in the audience agreed with his thoughts or not.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton approves Christmas light purchase

The Stanton City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase lights for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Stanton.

City commissioners agreed the purchase should not exceed $1,000.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

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Central Montcalm school board approves designs

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education was presented with a schematic design and pricing package Monday of the upcoming construction/renovation, and approved it … sort of. Designers from the engineering and architect firms presented designs for construction and renovation, focusing first on secure vestibule entrances for four school buildings. The board, in a 6-0 vote with Mark Grossbauer absent, approved the design, with a Plan B proposal for the high school/middle school entrance.

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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”