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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.

Heartland House Clubhouse director Joel Sneed, right, works daily with members in an effort to help them achieve a more independent lifestyle. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New approaches to mental illness benefit community, individuals

Depending on one’s background, the term “mental health” conjures up all kinds of images, few of them pleasant. Stark depictions of gray-walled institutions where apathetic patients stare blankly at the falling rain through safety-screened windows. Dank cells where the more violent residents spend untold hours alone, longing for human contact.

One Book One County kickoff is set for Thursday at 6 p.m.

One Book One County kick-off set for Thursday

Although this year’s One Book One County initiative will likely seem familiar to many, organizers say there have been many changes happening on the “back end.” Chief among these is that many of the program’s activities are now being organized on a local level by libraries on a community by community basis.

The streets of Stanton are considerably cleaner than previously, thanks to the efforts of two city residents who volunteered their time and equipment to help their neighbors comply with a new blight ordinance. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton men help clean up city

He’s the man who cleaned up the city, with the help of one faithful companion. No, not the Lone Ranger.

Retiree Ron Blum didn’t carry a shootin’ iron and his buddy, Frank Sawdy, doesn’t ride a horse named Scout. But together they made Stanton a nicer place to live.

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Troy firm to create Stanton’s new online presence

The city has been getting its share of upgrades in recent years. From a new streetscape to roads and infrastructure — even a new festival planned for this summer — Stanton has seen its share of revitalization. Now it is about to see it’s online persona receive a makeover as well.

Lakeview’s new website will offer many amenities missing from the village’s current site. These include online bill pay, email contact forms and downloadable village documents or ordinances.

New $6,500 Lakeview website will offer more village options

The village will soon be getting an attractive new online “front end” in the form of an updated and greatly expanded website. The Lakeview Village Council voted Tuesday to award a $6,500 contract for the website’s development to City Web Central Website Design in Rockford. According to Village Manager Jake Eckholm, the new website will offer residents far more features than the municipality’s current website.

In about four years, this property in Stanton will look significantly different, as it will be the home to five baseball fields, a veteran’s memorial, hiking trails, disc golf course and more amenities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Veterans Memorial Park to be a ‘veritable campus’ in Stanton

Plans are firming up fast for the new Veterans Memorial Park and now Stanton’s City Commission is moving forward with gaining the financial wherewithal to turn those plans into reality.