Mason ice cream and candy store remains unfazed by technology

MASON — While data shows less and less people have time to go out shopping these days, family-owned ice cream and candy shops remain flourishing with customers and life. “Until they figure out a way to have a drone deliver a handcrafted chocolate malt, I think we’re going to be all right,” joked Shawn Sodman, owner of The Daily Scoop. Sodman and his wife Kathy have been owning and operating the ice cream parlor for seven years and offer a wide variety of ice cream, milkshakes, malts, sundaes and even grilled cheese. All of the ice cream and cheese is provided courtesy of the MSU Dairy Store. “Me and my softball team try to go to the Daily Scoop after every game,” said 11-year-old Samantha Bennett.

Pre-Labor Day school start on the table in Lansing

A debate over whether schools should start before Labor Day is in full swing after a Michigan senator introduced the idea. Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) has introduced a bill that would remove the post-Labor Day mandate and allowing communities to decide when they start school. If the bill passes, schools can start in August, weeks are cut down to three school days a week, cutting Mondays and Fridays out of the picture. After Labor Day, a normal five-day week would be instituted. A few people in the Mason area have expressed concern over the proposed bill.