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Miss Belding 2014 Allison Harrison crowns her successor Miss Belding Alexis Cahill at Saturday evening’s Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Ex-Young Miss wins Miss Belding pageant

In 2011, Alexis Cahill was named Young Miss Belding. She was 11 years old, and beginning sixth grade. Six years later, the now 17 year-old is beginning her senior year at Belding High School and is holding the title of Miss Belding.

Danish Festival queen Brianna Van Houten (next to Sparky the safety dog mascot) and her court enjoyed Family Fun Day activities, working alongside public safety department to entertain kids. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Rainy Sunday doesn’t deter Danish Festival’s end of weekend

The 51st annual Danish Festival opened Thursday evening under gray skies, but the rain held off until Sunday afternoon. Though the talent show inside at Baldwin Heights Elementary School on as scheduled, the Family Fun Day in the playground was shut down early.

Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Amy Meinhardt.

Central Montcalm superintendent is ‘highly effective’

Just as teachers give report cards to students, a school board also gives marks to its superintendent.

On Monday, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education graded Superintendent Amy Meinhardt in her first partial school year on the job. Meinhardt received the highest score possible under state law — “highly effective” — which is defined as “meaningfully and consistently contributes to the growth of a professional learning community.”


Central Montcalm school board talks guns and student safety

The world is a different place since 1999, when the Columbine High School massacre occurred. School districts now have to focus on reading, writing, arithmetic … and safety.

The Central Montcalm Board of Education had a special meeting Monday to discuss school safety and security, following a study by Safety School Com 608 owner Gary Valentine.


Central Montcalm school board rules on shorts length

Shorts are always popular summer attire, but in school the appropriate length is up for debate.

However on Monday, the Central Montcalm Public Schools Board of Education settled the debate — for that school district, at least.

Thomas and Christina Moore of Greenville were grateful for school supplies for their four children, including Paige, 6, Allee, 4, Zarah, 6, and Link, 9, at the fifth annual Operation School Supplies event Saturday in Greenville. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

Operation School Supplies marks fifth year of helping

As beach toys and swimwear are replaced on store shelves by backpacks and notebooks, it’s a clear reminder that school is just around the corner.


JUST IN: Short shorts? Central Montcalm school board revises student handbook

Shorts are always popular summer attire, but in school the appropriate length is up for debate.

However on Monday, the Central Montcalm Public Schools Board of Education settled the debate — for that school district, at least.

This year’s Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, Prince Zack Cameron, Miss Danish Festival Brianna Van Houten and Princess Courtney Havens; back row, Jr. Miss First Runner-up Alison Skogseth, Jr. Miss Danish Festival Kenadee Ferguson, Miss Danish Festival Second Runner-up Abigail Donnelly, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Shelby Klinert, Young Miss Mariah Meier and Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Danish Festival is ‘dream come true’ for Greenville teen

Brianna Van Houten began competing in pageants when she was 9 years old, half of the now-18-year-old’s life. Her goal was to someday be Miss Danish Festival.

That determination paid off Saturday night, as the Greenville teenager was crowned.

This year’s Stanton royalty includes, front row from left, Duchess Dana Langin, Duke Evan Rolston, Miss Stanton Kaitlin Papendick, Princess Kelsiie Stowell and Prince Chase Harmon; back row from left, Miss Stanton court member Chloe Hubbard, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Kacey Jones, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Keisha Miller, Jr. Miss Stanton Brooke Smith, Jr. Miss First Runner-up Elizabeth Conklin, Jr. Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Julie Mulder, Jr. Miss Court Member Brianna Marsh and Jr. Miss Court Member Tori Swan. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Newly crowned Miss Stanton is aspiring teenage firefighter

Kaitlin Papendick wasn’t going to compete in the Miss Stanton 2015 Scholarship pageant. But Miss Stanton 2014 Hailey Hollenbeck was persistent that she try, and other friends also pushed her to go for it.

Greenville resident Charlotte Kohn, 3, enjoyed the task of running laundry through the wringer washer and hanging it on the clothesline to dry. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Heritage Village gives annual look at the way life used to be

Angela and John Elliott roamed the village street with their five boys, ranging in age from a rambunctious 10-year-old to an 8-week-old baby wrapped in a sling. The boys darted from building to building, enjoying a sample of what life was like back then. The Stanton family was one of many visiting Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus for the 29th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival during a three-day celebration that features historical displays, events and entertainment on the village just west of the Montcalm Community College campus.