SHORT TAKES: Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:35 am on Monday, June 25, 2012

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing today and runs through Saturday. Daily events showcase what for hundreds of area kids has been a yearlong effort to hone their craft and/or take care of and raise their animals.

This is the second year the fair has been hosted in its new location north of Greenville and we couldn’t help but notice the campground on site is bustling. This is a great week to get a taste of our area’s rich agricultural history during activities throughout the day, as well as through featured events most evenings at 7 p.m.

Check out the schedule on our “Free Time” website at

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We want to thank Sgt. Gary Valentine and Officer Mark Tomkinson for their combined 60 years of service to the Greenville Department of Public Safety. With their retirement this month, both men take with them a behind-the-scenes history of Greenville most of us never get to see.

In addition to watching our town grow, these men — both of whom have been recognized for their above-and-beyond efforts throughout the years — also have helped shape Greenville into a safe community to raise families and grow old.

Because we know it takes a tremendous amount of support of their sometimes-long hours and difficult emotions after traumatic events, we thank both officers’ families, too. Our hope is that from here forward both the Valentine and Tomkinson families can get on with the business of rest and relaxation. And maybe a little fishing, too.

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It’s exciting to see the perk of new businesses coming to Greenville.

It won’t be too long before diners have a handful of new options including the 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, Jet’s Pizza, Tim Horton’s and Coldstone Creamery. While some folks are quick to tell anyone who will listen that Greenville is dying, we beg to differ. And obviously, so do a handful of fairly well known businesses. We’re not falling off the radar anytime soon.

In fact, we’re building ourselves a bigger star on the map.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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