FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Members of area Masonic lodges took up a challenge recently to see which of the fraternal groups could collect the most food donations for local food pantries. Competition between lodges was impressive, but at the end of the day members of Evart Masonic Lodge 320 and Big Rapids Masonic Lodge 171 tied for first place guaranteeing additional funding for continued support of the pantries. Evart lodge members Dan Brown and Randy VanBuren are shown with a pick-up truck load of food stuffs collected for donation to the Sears Food Pantry — serving portions of Osceola County. Big Rapids lodge member Jacob Buse is shown with a part of his club’s donation turned over to Diane Long, executive director of Project Starburst, serving the Big Rapids area. (Courtesy Photos)