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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.

Miss Danish Festival 2015 Brianna Van Houten, in red, was one of 33 contestants in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant with preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday and a final round on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Michigan Pageant an education for Greenville teen

“I have learned so much,” is how Brianna Van Houten described her week-long experience as one of 33 contestants in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. Contestants from all around the state converged on the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts stage in Muskegon this past week for the 70th annual Miss Michigan pageant, where the winner represents the state at the Miss America Scholarship pageant in September along with dedicating the next year of her life as a role model with state-wide appearances.

Miss Danish Festival 2015 Brianna Van Houten waves to the crowd during last year’s Danish Festival Fairy Tale Parade. Van Houten is in Muskegon this week competing in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. — File photo

Van Houten reaching for her Miss Michigan dreams

Since she was a little girl, Brianna Van Houten has been performing on stage and loved it. The 19-year-old Greenville resident is on stage this week in what could become a life-changing experience: Becoming Miss Michigan and competing for Miss America.

Members of Carson City American Legion Post 380 march in the Grand Parade on Saturday during the Carson City Frontier Days festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City community enjoys annual Frontier Days festival (PHOTOS)

Friends Bata Helman and Frances Sorrell look forward to the Carson City Frontier Days Grand Parade every year. Like many others, staking out their spot with lawn chairs and blankets lining Main Street, the two longtime friends like the parade entries and meeting up with family and friends. But they also have another reason to be thankful for their lawn chairs, sitting curbside to the parade route.

Iva Mae and Kenneth Swartz were acknowledged as being the oldest alumni at the 127th Greenville Alumni Association, where Kenneth was celebrating his 80th year since his high school graduation. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville High School honors its alumni at annual banquet

Kenneth Swartz and his wife Iva Mae sat through the roll call at the 127th Greenville Alumni Association banquet Saturday evening. They heard the request for the recent 2016 graduates to stand, then they heard the request for those who graduated in 10 years ago in 2006.