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Rory Eldridge, of Stanton, makes eye contact with judge Adam Conover while showing his pig Tuesday morning at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Making eye contact with the judge while showing your pig is one of the points that a contestant is scored on in competition.  (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Montcalm County 4-H Fair swine show numbers ‘average’ despite piglet shortage

Organizers at this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Swine Show were originally concerned that contestant numbers might be somewhat reduced this year due to a nationwide outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that decimated (as of April) about 10 percent of the country’s piglets. From June, 2013 to April, 2014 about seven million pigs nationwide succumbed to the illness, which is not transferable to humans.

A carnival worker for Maple Leaf Amusements put together an attraction Monday afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. This is Maple Leaf Amusements first year being the ride supplier for the fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carnival will provide ‘classic’ midway experience at 4-H Fair

Visitors to this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair midway can expect the “classic carnival” experience from one end to the other; from Ferris wheels to corn dogs, fair organizers anticipate a carnival at least as good as those experienced by fairgoers in the past.

Stanton coach Jake Helms holds the traveling “Red Bull” trophy. Organizers of Central Montcalm High School’s 50th reunion are hoping the bull’s current owner will loan it back to the school, at least temporarily, for display purposes this weekend. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm alum hoping to locate ‘Red Bull’ trophy

It has been 50 years since Stanton Union Schools and Sheridan Rural Agricultural Schools consolidated, creating Central Montcalm High School. Before that, on the sports fields, at least, the two were bitter rivals.

Lakeview High School marching band makes their way down Lincoln Avenue on the parade route during Lakeview Summerfest. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Lakeview Summerfest filled with old favorites, new events (PHOTOS)

This year’s Summerfest in Lakeview, held Thursday through Sunday, offered a little something for everyone. This was the first year the annual event was planned under the auspices of the recently formed Lakeview Festivals Committee.

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Lakeview Summerfest: 3 days of small town fun

There’s something about a small town festival; it’s more than the corn dogs, fireworks and live music. Those things are all a part of it, sure, but summertime festivals are greater than the sum of their parts. They are quintessentially American, and as much a part of our national zeitgeist as are mom and apple pie.

And Lakeview’s Summerfest, slated for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is one of the best. Organizers this year have packed the event with activities to appeal to a diverse audience, from kids to seniors.

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Stanton aims for manager interviews within 30 days

The search is on for a new city manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of both the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview. James Freed, who previously held those positions, left recently to take a job in Port Huron.

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Pilot Carl Moore of Cedar Springs is pictured with Young Eagle pilots who completed their flight in his 1978 Piper Cherokee. This Saturday, the  Greenville Area Aviation Association is holding a day-long aviation event with free flights for interested youngsters. — Courtesy photo

Young Eagles event provides free flights for kids at Greenville airport

Now in its eighth year at the Greenville Municipal Airport, the Young Eagles I Can Fly event puts children in the seat of a private aircraft to show them exactly what it’s like to fly. Put on by the Greenville Area Aviation Association (GAAA), Saturday’s event will pair any children ages 8 to 17 interested in a flight with an experienced pilot, who will take to the skies to give a first-hand look at aviation.

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday to approve the layoffs of four teachers, as well as a reduction in hours of a fifth. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview schools lay off 4 teachers

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is laying off four teachers and reducing the hours of a fifth employee. The board at Monday’s meeting approved the layoffs of four full time teachers — middle school teacher Ron Patton and elementary teachers Kim Tompsett, Brenda Morgan and Ashley Reese — effective June 19. Also, Lakeview Elementary School teacher Kate Albert will have her hours reduced to half time.

Private Ed Johnson of Greenville landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He told his harrowing story many times before he died at age 93 in 2012. — Courtesy photo

Remembering Omaha Beach: Greenville GI landed there — twice — on June 6, 1944

Brooding clouds scudded across the lowering skies of Omaha Beach. June 6, 1944; the salt tang of the English Channel hung heavy in the air as the landing craft’s (LCA’s) churning wake misted the GIs packed shoulder-to-shoulder within the boat’s cramped interior.

The LCA neared the beach and the world erupted in flame and thunder; German mortar shells, machine guns. In the time it takes to draw a breath, the dead and wounded — many of them officers positioned near the front of the boat — outnumbered the uninjured.

Betty Roger and her family look at a selfie they shot following the graduation ceremony of the Ombudsman class of 2014. Roger was one of 14 students who were a part of Ombudsman Montcalm Center, an alternative high school for at risk students, who graduated Tuesday night in Greenville’s High School Performing Arts Center.

Fourteen students graduate Ombudsman Montcalm Center’s Educational Services program

Fourteen area students who might otherwise have fallen between the academic cracks instead graduated Tuesday evening in a ceremony held at Greenville High School.