Lori Hansen

John Deere tractors lumbered down the Trufant Jubilee Grand parade route Saturday afternoon. See Page 3 for a story and more photos from this weekend's 35th annual Trufant Jubilee. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

35th annual Trufant Jubilee visitors enjoy wonderful weekend

What originally began as a one day fundraising event 35 years ago is now a fun-filled, three-day celebration, and this year’s Trufant Jubilee went off without a hitch with great weather and attendance.

The 2013 Trufant Jubilee royalty include, in front from left, Jubilee Princess Madison Gibbons and Junior Miss court member Hannah Schwantdt; back row, Queen’s court members Raeanne Barstler and Tisha Proctor, Jubille Queen Amber Kibler, Junior Miss Hannah MacDonald and Junior Miss court member Grace Schwantdt.

Lakeview’s Amber Kibler crowned Trufant Jubilee Queen

Amber Kibler remembered how much her older sister loved serving as the Trufant Jubilee queen in 2011. She also remembered how her brother enjoyed the year he reigned as Trufant Jubilee prince. So, in a last minute decision, Kibler opted to compete for the queen’s pageant herself. The decision paid off, as Kibler walked away with the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee Queen 2013.

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Central Montcalm to create collaborative classroom

Instead of pulling special needs students out of the classroom, Central Montcalm staff came up with a different solution — putting caregivers into the classroom.

The 2013 Belding royalty includes, front row from left, Kiddie Queen Audrey Belding, Miss Belding 2013 Sarah Thompson and Kiddie King Reese Houghton; back row from left, Junior Miss court member Alexis Cahill, Top Fundraiser Karah Ring, Junior Miss and Young/Junior Miss Congeniality Kaylyn McQuillan, Miss Belding First Runner-up Courtney Richmond, Young Miss court member Tara Rackham and Young Miss Lauren Barker. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Belding ‘speechless’ after winning 2013 crown

With 30 young women competing in three different categories in a contest that lasted 3 1/2 hours, it was Sarah Thompson, who, in the end, walked away with the crown, sash and title of Miss Belding.

Alisha Gatchel of Greenville, center, won Miss Spirit of the State’s Outstanding Teen this year. She is pictured with Miss Spirit of the State Lauren Brown, left, and Miss Spirit of the State’s Outstanding Teen Kyleigh Smith. — Courtesy photo

Greenville teen named Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen

Alisha Gatchel has been involved — and won — local scholarship pageants such as the Young Miss Danish Festival Scholarship pageant and the Miss Heartland Outstanding Teen pageant. The Greenville 16-year-old now has one more to add to her resume. She was crowned Miss Spirit of the State Outstanding Teen earlier this month.

The 2013 Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, from left, Prince Hunter Hollenbeck, Miss Danish Festival Taylor Bretzke, Princess Dana Edgerly; back row, Young Miss First Runner-up Molly Rodenhouse, Young Miss Ema Skogseth, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Taylor Hedrick, Junior Miss Alexis Hallock and Junior Miss First Runner-up Morgan Masters.

Taylor Bretzke crowned 2013 Danish Festival Queen, makes history

The 2013 Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, from left, Prince Hunter Hollenbeck, Miss Danish Festival Taylor Bretzke, Princess Dana Edgerly; back row, Young Miss First Runner-up Molly Rodenhouse, Young Miss Ema Skogseth, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Taylor Hedrick, Junior Miss Alexis Hallock and Junior Miss First Runner-up Morgan Masters.

The 2013 Stanton Old Fashioned Days royalty include, front row from left, Duke Gage Almas, Prince Carter Denman, Miss Stanton LaShae Wright, Princess Emma Simpson and Duchess Grace Dennis; back row from left, Miss Stanton Second Runner-up Mackenna Myers, Miss Stanton First Runner-up Christa DePue, Miss Stanton court member Erica Wyatt, Junior Miss Stanton Regan Western, Junior Miss First Runner-up Kae-Leigh Basney, Junior Miss court member Hannah Salliote and Junior Miss Second Runner-up Faith Smith. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Recent Central Montcalm grad reigns as Miss Stanton

LaShae Wright had wanted to compete in the Miss Stanton Scholarship Pageant in previous years, but hesitated as “I don’t like talking in front of people.” The 17-year-old Stanton resident didn’t show that fear last night as she competed — and then won — the queen’s title, edging out three other contestants.

Miss Michigan 2012 Angela Vendetti, at left, presents Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival, with the $500 2013 Miss Michigan Non-Finalist Talent award.

Miss Danish Festival wins two competitions

Miss Danish Festival Emily Smith had a goal going into the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant this past week. A recent 18-year old Greenville High School graduate, Smith wanted to win one of the talent competitions.
She did even better — she won two.

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Greenville school board hears positive budget news

With annual budgets due at the end of this month, school boards are scrambling to balance budgets. Greenville Public School Board of Education members heard some good news Monday night from Director of Finance John Gilchrist.

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Central Montcalm Elementary School has new principal

Amy Meinhardt currently serves as special education coordinator and technology curriculum coordinator of Central Montcalm Public School. She is taking on another role after the school board unanimously voted Thursday to name her principal of Central Montcalm Elementary School in Sheridan.