Mike Taylor

Vestaburg’s class of 2017 received their diplomas during a commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon at the high school. Vestaburg graduated 40 seniors this year. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

‘Be proud of Vestaburg’: 40 graduate from class of 2017

Proud friends and relatives of the graduating class of 2017 filled Vestaburg High School’s gymnasium Sunday afternoon. Crossing the stage to receive their diplomas, the 40 graduates looked anxious to enter the next phase of their lives. The ceremony got underway with the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the Vestaburg band.

The Montabella High School class of 2017 prepares to receive their diplomas during Sunday’s commencement exercise at the school. The school graduated 44 seniors this year. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Perspectives matter for 44 new Montabella graduates

Montabella High School’s class motto this year is, “It is our choices that show who we really are, far more than our abilities.” The importance of those choices was touched upon by nearly every speaker at Sunday evening’s commencement ceremony. Of the class of 2017’s 44 graduates, all are entering a world filled with challenges. It is how the grads face these challenges and the perspectives they form in the process that will define their generation.

Excited seniors file into the Tri County High School gym at Thursday evening’s ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tri County High School graduates 160 seniors

On Thursday evening, 160 Tri County High School graduating seniors crossed the stage, marking their first steps into a larger world. Whether off to college, trade school, careers or family, all in attendance seemed to recognize the ceremony as a turning point in their lives.

Deepfall is one of the bands performing at the inaugural Greenville Octoberfest at the Montcalm County 4-H fairgrounds. Members of the band have been instrumental in organizing the event. Pictured are, from left, Greg Rytlewski, James Sullivan, Rich Hopkins, Chris Kuiper and Tim King. — Courtesy photo

Octoberfest planned for Oct. 8 at 4-H fairgrounds

If things go as planned, on Oct. 8 the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds will offer up some of the best music the area has to offer. Billed as Greenville Octoberfest, the day-long concert and beer tent is raising money for various music programs around the area.

According to Lakeview Middle School teacher Dean Gilbert, students like Isabelle Dillon, left, were anxious to speak with WWII veterans during a recent trip to Lansing. (Courtesy photos)

Lakeview students honor WWII veterans by creating ‘video card’

Washington, D.C., is a city filled with memorials to this country’s heroes, the men and women of the armed services who fought, and sometimes died, to protect our freedoms. Yet, too often those who served — particularly in World War II and Korea — never get to see these memorials in person. Time, circumstance and finances get in the way.

That’s why the Honor Flight Network was formed. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to honoring all American veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. where they may visit the various memorials there. The organization gives top priority to older veterans and those who may be terminally ill.

Kristina Jones of Burton lost her dog, Sammy, while vacationing in Montcalm County in May. It took hours of searching, but after 32 days the two were reunited. — Courtesy photo

Stanton woman helps rescue lost beloved family pet

The plot unfolds like something out of a Liam Neeson movie: A loved one goes missing, search parties are organized, rescuers scour the area to no avail, the loved one is sited but again disappears, as if she doesn’t want to be rescued. Eventually, our protagonist finds herself deep in the woods, wearing camouflage clothing and makeup, hoping to spot the missing family member.

Kristin Hansen, owner of the recently-opened Country Pet’s Grooming Salon in Stanton, take a few minutes to get to know one of her clients before bath time begins. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: New pet salon hopes to ‘clean up’ Stanton’s four-legged friends

Kristin Hansen is among the lucky ones. She gets up each morning looking forward to her day’s work, anxious to interact with her clients. Hansen’s fondness for her customers may come, in part at least, from the fact they tend to lick her face while she works. Country Pet’s Grooming Salon isn’t the first dog grooming shop Hansen’s worked at, but it’s the first she’s owned herself.

Keith Ledin, center, shares a June 19 birthday with his grandchildren, Keithen, 6, and Tessa, 3. This will be the first year all three birthdays have fallen on Father’s Day. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville family celebrates three birthdays on Father’s Day

For millions of fathers across America, this Sunday is kind of a big deal. It’s the one day set aside each year in which dads get their due. But it’s particularly meaningful for the Ledin family of Greenville. For at least three of them, June 19 is not only Father’s Day, but cause for birthday celebrations.

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Veterans of 26th Marine Regiment will gather in Stanton

When U.S. troops returned from Vietnam, many carried memories best forgotten, but impossible to forget. Memories of acts and times beyond the ken of those who were never “in country.”

Unlike their World War II predecessors who were greeted with cheers and parades, these boys returned to American soil vilified, pariahs in the very country they thought they had been fighting for. They were spat upon, labelled “baby killers.”

Alex Hubbert has spent the past four years studying advanced math classes in an effort to better prepare himself for life at the U.S. Air Force Academy and for his hoped-for career as a fighter pilot. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Belding senior sets his sights high

Alex Hubbert has his eyes fixed firmly on the sky. That’s where he wants to spend the next 30 years or so, piloting jets for the U.S. Air Force.