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Episode 8 (Special Edition!): Dancing with the Montcalm Area ISD Stars! or: They do that too?!

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We’re working outside the box in this very special episode, featuring a cavalcade of guests from the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. Our five guests include: Kyle Hamlin, MAISD Superintendent; Cindy DeYoung, Early Childhood Special Ed Supervisor; Kristen Larson, principal of the Seiter Center and Special Ed Supervisor; and Shannon Tripp, Associate Superintendent of Career Tech Ed and Early College. And joining us fashionably late is Penny Dora, Director of Communications and soon-to-be highlight of Dancing with the Local Stars! We go all out to introduce the MANY incredible things the ISD does for Montcalm Area kids, and shine a light on the educational magic they sprinkle over the county and beyond. They are hard-working rock stars with a passion for what they do, whether it’s helping infants learn to walk, or teaching children with the most significant needs, or preparing high schoolers for careers in welding, marketing, education, and more. By the time they’re done, you’ll be saying, “Holy cow! HOW do they do all that?” They also explain their bond proposal on February 27th (their first in 62 years!) to reinforce their buildings and facilities. Come and be amazed, and get to know your ISD on the Flat River Front Porch!

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Dancing with the Local Stars

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Montcalm Area ISD

What is an ISD?

Professional Learning

Early Childhood Programs

Seiter Education Center

ISD/Local Special Education Programs

Montcalm Area ISD Young Adult Program

Montcalm Area Career Center

Early College Program


MAISD Bond Proposal – Everything You Need to Know

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Episode 7: Shirley MacLaine and Her Sing-Along Blog with Maddi Huntoon from HCAT

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We’re making up for lost time with an early release of Episode 7! This is an all-singing, all-dancing, theatre-all-the-time edition of Flat River Front Porch featuring Maddi Huntoon, Theatre Coordinator for the Hans Christian Anderson Theater department of Greenville Area Recreation and Community Center. HCAT puts together family-friendly shows that are acted and produced by kids and community members. Maddi is a drama geek through and through, and shares her passionate journey coming up through acting and producing to running the whole theater. Reference assistant and soon-to-be Steel Magnolias star Sharon Boldt joins us. We test her knowledge of Hans himself, hear about High School Musical Jr. playing February 15-18 (this week, so get your tickets NOW!), and learn the one thing Maddi spends her time doing when she’s not on stage. Also Sharon and I talk Comic Cons, Ren Faires, the best Steel Magnolias lines we can’t repeat on this podcast, and how to teach a Southerner to build a snowman. Put on your costume, enter stage left and join us on the Front Porch!

Hans Christian Andersen Theatre

Tickets for High School Musical Jr. (Feb. 15-18) OR Steel Magnolias (Mar. 22-24)

Maddi in the 2019 HCAT Production of Once Upon A Mattress

Sharon’s hometown movie studio

Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Grand Rapids Comic Con

Grand Rapids Gaming Con

Community Center Special Events

Mill Creek Days

Mid-Michigan Enchanted Forest

BEL Children’s Museum

An Inside Look at Steel Magnolias from Robert Harling – Garden & Gun

Cast of the movie Steel Magnolias; Sharon will play the part of M’Lynn (Sally Field here)


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Episode 6: Cryptography and Duplicate Tubas with Steve Schofield from MCC

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It’s extremely fitting that our technology episode was delayed a week by technical difficulties… though we learn by trial and error, right? This episode is the perfect mix of tech adventures and human error as we’re joined by Steve Schofield from Montcalm Community College to talk about Tech Fest, the upcoming event on February 8 on the Sidney Campus. It hopes to appeal to future tech professionals and the generally tech-interested alike by giving them a hands-on opportunity to experiment with technology and risk breaking things in a safe environment. We see how this event came together and learn about Steve’s outreach history in Greenville and his blue Ford truck. Cassie also joins us again and we talk lost yearbooks, deer season, how not to play video games with our kids, and where your hands should be on the steering wheel (and whether it’s acceptable to hold a coffee mug simultaneously). We get a little silly, but after all the snow and clouds we all need a little pick-me-up. Enjoy the weather respite and join us on the Flat River Front Porch!

Tech Fest at MCC

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Episode 5: JNCO Jeans and Taxes with Terri and Bethany from United Way

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With all this snow and cold, when you don’t want to go into the community, let the community come to you on Flat River Front Porch! This week we spend time with Terri Legg and Bethany Broom Dombrowski from United – Montcalm Ionia Way Counties. They are gearing up for tax season with the VITA program, which brings free tax prep to anyone eligible in our area and nationwide. While they’re here, we get a taste of the myriad other things their organization does for our community, and they give us insight to the experiences of local youth, housing insecure, and ALICE individuals in those counties (and what ALICE is, if you’ve never heard of it). And we still find time to talk travel trauma, JNCO jeans, and more.

We also talk with Veronica Pitchford, long time FRCL staffer and Assistant Director. She fills us in on Winter Reading, learning how to invest, and her old house plans. It’s a long one, but it’s more to keep you busy in this chilly weather. Cuddle up and join us!

Previous Greenville High School, current site of Flat River Community Library

Previous Greenville Library building

Better Investing

ValueLine (Available through our website soon!)

Creative Bug



United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

ALICE Simulator

United Way Youth Assessment

Bethany testifies for the Senate Housing and Humans Services committee

EPA Report on Alaskan climate change

Greenville Country Club members say goodbye

Greenville History

Flat River Historical Museum

Fighting Falcon Museum

The popular JNCO jeans from the 90s are making a comeback and teenagers are horrified | The Independent | The Independent

The infamous JNCO Jeans

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Winter Reading!!


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Episode 4: Sister Wives and Helping People with Brian Blomstrom from Greenville Public Safety

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Here is our fourth episode, featuring Brian Blomstrom, who is both the Director of Greenville Public Safety and the Montcalm Township Supervisor. We had a great discussion about Greenville, encountering unique challenges, and how great this community is. We were also joined by Amanda Lee from the Montcalm Area Reading Council, whose office just happens to be in our library. Click below to listen or to take a look at what we talked about this episode.

Montcalm Area Reading Council

Mithu Sri Lankan and Indian Cuisine in GR

Delicious Magazine


Greenville Department of Public Safety

Montcalm Township Council

Michigan Fire Fighter Training

Michigan Law Enforcement Training

Montcalm Community College Criminal Justice Program

Montcalm County Road Commission

Montcalm County Central Dispatch

Leadership Montcalm

Have Mercy

United Way Poverty Simulation event – January 31, 2024

Sister Wives (TV Series 2010– ) - IMDb      Die Hard (1988) - IMDb     

Some recent additions about the Windsor Royal Family

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Episode 3: Bass Pro and the Art of Procrastination with Cory Smith from the Daily News

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We are joined this time by Cory Smith, Senior Staff Writer for the Daily News, and I force him to put away his journalistic persona and express some opinions of his own (if only on his favorite reality TV shows). We also sit down with Cara Mikaelian, the other half of the two Cara’s on our circulation team, who is a history nerd, marine biologist wannabe, Missourian and archival librarian-in-training. If you ever wondered if there was a Bass Pro in the United States that is also attached to an aquarium, that mystery is solved.

PodNotes to come!

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Episode 2 – Comics and Bourbon with Dave and Michelle Seppala

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We were joined this week by new circulation assistant, Cara McGee, who manages to go ten minutes before bringing up her “other” job, and later explains how she bailed on Los Angeles to settle in her family home on Baldwin Lake.

We also interview Dave and Michelle Seppala. Dave is a commercial lender for Isabella Bank and is on the board of a plethora of local non-profits. Michelle is a friendly face from our own circulation desk, and Dave’s wife. We got them together and enjoyed their delightful banter.

Here are some things we discussed in the website, and ways to dive in further:

Cara’s Comics

Cara’s Captain America

Comic Writer Josh Trujillo

Our Growing Collection of Cara’s Work


United Way

Habitat for Humanity

Greenville Rotary Club

Montcalm Economic Alliance

More about Bourbon

Baldwin Lake 1970s Baldwin Lake early 20th century

Pictures of Baldwin Lake from Flat River’s Digital Photograph Archive

Materials We Mentioned

One Piece by Eiichido Oda      Fence by C.S. Pacat    Fantasy Sports v. 1 by Sam Bosma 

The Perfection of the Paper Clip by James Ward    Fordlandia by Greg Grandin      Modern Family

Schitt's Creek    Parks and Recreation    Over the Garden Wall

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Episodes 1 and 1.5 – Paul Sischo and Katrina Snyder from Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce

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Hello all and thank you for checking out our brand new podcast!


This week we were joined by Paul Sischo and Katrina Snyder from the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. They joined us once, but the interview was so great, we split it in half and put together a bonus episode for Thanksgiving. I was also joined by staff members Cassie (Marketing and Outreach Librarian), Tiffany (Youth Services Librarian) and Kristin (Circ/Reference Clerk and adult programming wiz).

Here are some notes for things we talked about in these episodes:


RAVE Sexual Assault Support Group

Notary Services

Daily News Archives

Newspapers 1857 through 1923

Newspapers 1924 through 2010

Alpha Family Services

Montcalm County Toys for Tots

Library Kitchen (look for this program again in the upcoming season!)

FRCL at Coalition for Greater Greenville meeting

MMDHD Safe Storage Bags

White House Historical Association


Kristin’s Stethacanthus:

Materials to Check Out

Britney Spears - The Woman in Me        Matthew Perry - Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing           Friends, the Television Series the One With the Crochet : the Official Crochet Pattern Book         BRZRKR Volume One by Keanu Reeves      The Mysteries by Bill Waterson

Kill Columbus. Earthdivers. Volume One Jones, Stephen Graham  Monica by Daniel Clowes      The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly      The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley         

Redwall by Brian Jacques       The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown        Giant Days by John Allison    Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Dessert Cookbooks

Books on Amigurumi (Crocheted creatures)

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