Lori Hansen

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Central Montcalm schools gearing up for construction project

Central Montcalm Public School moved one step closer in a months-in-the-making construction project that will include improvements in safety accessibility, building interiors and exteriors, mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems.

At Monday evening’s regular Board of Education meeting, board members approved awarding a bond project to Chemical Bank in Stanton, which will purchase the more than $5 million bonds necessary to fund the project.

Miss Belding and her court will reign over the city’s Labor Day festivities this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Kiddie King Bentley Parker, Miss Belding Lauren Thompson and Kiddie Queen Tinley Brown; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner Up Ava Baltruczak, Young Miss Madison Baltruczak, Junior Miss First Runner-Up Jacqueline Quintino, Junior Miss Ana Hintz; Miss Belding First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality Krista Hull, Junior/Young Miss Congeniality Katelyn Walch and Young Miss Court member Jacklyn McCarty. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Thompson teen is crowned Miss Belding, again

Lauren Thompson is about to start her senior year at Belding High School, where she is active in band and Leadership Council.

She has also started a successful new hobby: Collecting crowns.

Trufant Jubilee Queen Ashley Lee and her court will represent Trufant at the Trufant Jubilee festival this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Pre-Teen Kia Reyburn, Lee and Princess Jayden Gibbons; back row from left, Pre-Teen court Member Melissa Mckinley, Pre-Teen Court Member Brooklyn Bommer and Pre-Teen court member Lia Huizinga. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager crowned Jubilee queen

Last year, Ashley Lee considered trying out for the Trufant Jubilee Queen’s Pageant. She decided it was too late in the process to jump in and opted to wait one year.

When the Trufant teen entered this year’s contest, she learned she was the only contestant.

Joseph Coy, 19, of Cedar Springs (No. 925) started out as one of the lead runners, and held the spot to take First Overall Male with a time of 25.17.5 at Saturday’s Danish Festival Road Race. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Cedar Springs’ Coy, Grand Rapids’ Cook winners in Danish Festival Road Race

he course was paved, the scenery was great, and the runners were ready. The humidity, however, was the struggle. The 39th annual Danish Festival Road Race on Saturday started at 8.m. with temperatures already in the high 70s. The humidity level hovered in the mid-80s.

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Central Montcalm schools move ahead with bond

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education on Monday approved an agreement with a construction company to begin upgrades in site improvements, secure entrances and structural changes to most of the district’s buildings.

Central Montcalm students Lillian Blaisdell, 17, and Anna Williams, 17, with coordinator Sheena Sanders show the flags of Ecuador and Spain, where the students will serve as exchange students for the next nine months. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm students to go abroad for upcoming school year

Each fall, a dozen or so students from foreign countries begin a new school year as part of the Central Montcalm Public School student body, bringing a taste of their home to Montcalm County. For many hometown youths, this is the only experience they have with a different country, a different culture, a different community. It has been 20 years since one of their own has been able to represent Central Montcalm as a student ambassador, to serve as an exchange student.

Winning the crown of Miss Danish Festival 2016 Allison Harrison, seated, will reign with Prince Logan Foley, front left, and Princess Anna Morano, front right, First Runner-Up Mariah Meier, back left, and Second Runner-up Danielle Mahar, back right. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

CMU sophomore wins Danish queen crown

Allison Harrison learned how to make the best of both worlds. In 2014, as a Belding High School student, she participated in and won the Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. As a resident of Greenville, she was also able compete in this year’s Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant.

Runners take off at the start of the 20th annual Crystal Run the Lake 3 mile race Saturday, with 20 of those running having just completed the 5-mile race in Crystal Township. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Crystal Run the Lake marks 20th year

Milka Welder of Greenville took up running in 2010 after her first pregnancy as a way to get back in shape. She fell in love with the sport, and worked up to doing a half-marathon (13.1 miles) a few years later. Running five or six days a week, Welder decided this summer to try some local 5Ks (3.1 miles), just for fun.

The training paid off as Welder was the overall women’s finisher in both the 5-mile and 3-mile races at Saturday’s Crystal’s 20th annual Run the Lake.

A group of children dressed in traditional garb from the turn of the 20th century visit the cemetery at Heritage Village during Friday’s Heritage Festival. The festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Heritage Festival celebrates 30 years of history

James Ehle of Stanton was one of many visitors at the 30th annual Heritage Festival at Montcalm Community College’s Sidney during a three-day celebration this weekend, but he was one of the few who could say he grew up at the village. The Ehle family has been involved with the historic village over the years with the Ehle Barn formerly owned by Merle Ehle and donated by granddaughter Tammy DuVall; the Pavilion planned by Fred Ehle; and years of horse-drawn wagon rides around the perimeter.

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CM board wraps up school year business

Although Central Montcalm Public School students have been done with school for a few weeks, the school year does not wrap up for the district until June 30. At its regular meeting Monday, the school board closed up this school year and jumped into the business of the 2016-2017 school year. The board also approved amendments to the 2015-2016 general fund budget and food service budget to balance books, and approved hiring staff for the upcoming year.