Lori Hansen


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.


CM gets organized, plans goal-setting workshop

It took the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education only 29 minutes to conduct two meetings Monday evening. The first meeting — the annual organizational meeting — named school district attorneys, Title IX coordinators, a homeless liaison and established a regular monthly meeting schedule.

Miss Michigan KT Maviglia presents Emily Smith of Greenville with the Pam Eldred Community Service award, a $2,000 prize at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant on Saturday at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville woman first runner-up at last weekend’s Miss Michigan pageant

“It all started with the Miss Danish Festival Pageant!” Two local women, Lauren Walsh as Miss Danish Festival and Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival 2013 and reigning Miss Pride of the Peninsulas, were among 34 contestants seeking the crown Saturday at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at the Frauenthal Center of Performing Arts in Muskegon.


Central Montcalm school board approves next year’s budget

As the empty halls reflect the fact that school has been out for nearly 10 days, the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education still had business to finish before it could wrap up its school year. The board, meeting in the high school media center Monday night, approved by a 7-0 vote final amendments to the 2014-2015 general fund and food service budgets before moving on to approve the proposed 2015-2016 budget.

Miss Danish Festival 2014 Lauren Walsh welcomed admirers and well-wishers at a Miss Michigan send-off party, prior to leaving for a week-long Miss Michigan competition in Muskegon. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville woman competing in Miss Michigan pageant

Lauren Walsh was no stranger to the stage when she competed in the Miss Danish Festival pageant last August. She was, however, new to the world of pageants, with that contest being her only pageant. Winning that title has permitted Walsh, 18, a recent Greenville High School graduate, the privilege of competing in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant.