Flat River Front Porch PodNotes
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!
Dancing with the Local Stars
Montcalm Area ISD
What is an ISD?
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
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
Cast of the movie Steel Magnolias; Sharon will play the part of M’Lynn (Sally Field here)
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
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
ValueLine (Available through our website soon!)
United Way of Montcalm-Ionia Counties
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
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
Flat River Historical Museum
Fighting Falcon Museum
The infamous JNCO Jeans
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
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
United Way Poverty Simulation event – January 31, 2024
Some recent additions about the Windsor Royal Family
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!
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 Captain America
Comic Writer Josh Trujillo
Our Growing Collection of Cara’s Work
Habitat for Humanity
Greenville Rotary Club
Montcalm Economic Alliance
More about Bourbon
Pictures of Baldwin Lake from Flat River’s Digital Photograph Archive
Materials We Mentioned
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
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
Materials to Check Out
Books on Amigurumi (Crocheted creatures)