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Ashtin Arambula, 9, Dustin Arambula, 9, Zachary McMillan,10, and Terra McMillan look over the selection of backpacks and other school supplies that were donated. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Operation School Supplies helps out 364 area children

As the final days of summer vacation dwindle, the need for school supplies increases. That need was met for 364 children during Saturday’s fourth annual Operation School Supplies distribution at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

The new Miss Belding Allison Harrison is crowned by Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson following Saturday evening’s scholarship pageant. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Allison Harrison crowned 2014 Miss Belding

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” was the song Allison Harrison chose to sing for her talent phase of the Miss Belding Scholarship competition. That may be her motto for the year now that she has been chosen as Miss Belding 2014 and will reign over not only the Labor Day festivities but also will represent her hometown at various parades and community events this next year.

New staff at Central Montcalm Public School this year include Chelsea Stech, Jennifer Dankert, Beth Clingenpeel,Nicole Long, Kasie Adams, Kathleen Stein, Marty James and Superintendent Charles Muncatchy. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm Public School approves new hires

New Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Chuck Muncatchy sat in on his first school board meeting Wednesday night and watched as the board approved hiring a new high school principal, six new teachers and an athletic trainer to help the district be ready for the influx of students at the start of the new school year.

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Central Montcalm’s new leader is already on the job

Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education is still finalizing details of the new superintendent contract, Charles Muncatchy has already started working as the district’s new leader.

Spectators at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township on Saturday evening were treated to Ron Centers of Kalamazoo and his hot air balloon, which he lit up to entertain children as they waited for the evening fireworks show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival wraps up Sunday with family fun

Danish Festival visitors could have covered a lot of miles in the area on Sunday with activities ranging from Danish Heritage Church service at South Sidney Church in the morning, to geocaching in Greenville and the Family Trail Walk and Ugly Duckling race at Jackson’s Landing in the evening.

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Greenville school board approves new math materials

With less than three weeks left before the start of a new school year, the Greenville Public School Board of Education enjoyed a lull between seasons and took action on only one item at their Monday evening meeting.

The 2014 Danish Festival queen and court are, front row from left, Prince Ethan DeKraker, Queen Lauren Walsh and Princess Addison Kemp; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann, Young Miss Mollie Rodenhouse; Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Brianna Van Houten; Junior Miss Danish Festival Olivia Youmans and Junior Miss First Runner-up Amber Zimmerman. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Walsh wins Miss Danish in her first-ever pageant

When Lauren Walsh was on stage at the Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant, she said it didn’t feel like a competition. In her very first pageant, Walsh, 17, looked very at ease Saturday night at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center stage as she and three other young women competed for the title of Miss Danish Festival 2014.

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Greenville woman a semifinalist at national pageant

Alicia Gatchel had the opportunity of a lifetime when she spent one week in Orlando, Florida, representing her home state at the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant. As the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen, a title earned in June, Gatchel, of Greenville, competed against 52 other young women from around the country, plus Washington DC, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The 2014 Miss Stanton court consists of, front row from left, Princess Lilliann McGuire, Junior Miss Stanton First Runner-up Elizabeth Conklin, Miss Stanton 2014 Hailey Hollenbeck, Duchess Emma Burns, Duke Zach Petersen and Prince Gabriel Vansconis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Third Runner-up Kacey Jones, Junior Miss Second Runner-up Keisha Miller, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Hannah Salliote, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Taylor Skula; Junior Miss Court Member Tori Swan; Jr. Miss Third Runner-up Ally Crippen and Junior Miss Court Member Katie Lilly. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sidney teen takes advice, wins Miss Stanton title

Hailey Hollenbeck was considering trying the Miss Stanton Scholarship pageant, but was hesitant. Her mom and her sisters, including her twin sister Hannah, encouraged her to go for it.

Sharon Ritter instructs a classroom of children Friday in the historic Heritage Village schoolhouse on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus during the 28th annual Heritage Village Festival. At top left, Keegan MacDonald, of Greenville and the American Mountain Men Association, fires a rifle as part of a demonstration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Heritage Village gives people a look at the way things used to be

Mary Dyer attended Montcalm Community College (MCC) in the 1970s and has some great memories of being a student of the Sidney school. Dyer, now of San Diego, remembers hearing talk then of the historical buildings that were going to be located near campus. Dyer was one of the large crowd of guests who visited the Montcalm Heritage Village during the three-day Heritage Village Festival this weekend, celebrating the 28th year a small band of volunteers has faithfully put together the unique, hands-on celebration.