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Central Montcalm High School Principal Marty James shook hands with every graduating senior as they made their way across the stage to receive diplomas Sunday afternoon. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Central Montcalm High School class of 2015 celebrates graduation

One-hundred-sixteen Central Montcalm High School graduates took their first steps into adulthood Sunday afternoon during the school’s graduation ceremony. Clad in Central Montcalm green and white, the graduates made their way across the podium to receive their diplomas following some sage words of advice from school administrators, as well as the class of 2015 valedictorian, Jesse Kuczynski, and salutatorian, Santiago Alvarado.

According to Green Harp owner Bob Walsh, right, and manager Scot Jensen, business has been strong and steady since the downtown restaurant reopened just over a week ago under its new name. The restaurant offers an eclectic blend of American, Irish and world cuisine. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Food from Ireland and the world at The Green Harp

Dining at The Green Harp is like a trip around the culinary world, with a quick stop in Ireland before hitting the road.

Central Montcalm High School Valedictorian Jesse Kuczynski’s years of hard work on academics will pay off this fall in the form of several scholarships to Eastern Michigan University. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Years of hard work pay off for Central Montcalm valedictorian

Hard work. That’s what it takes to graduate high school with an overall grade point average of 3.99. It helps to be born with some serious smarts, but in the final reel, the hard work is what it’s really all about. Just ask graduating Central Montcalm senior and class valedictorian Jesse Kuczynski. He’s been working hard his entire academic career, as the results clearly indicate.

Lakeview property owner Paul Messman, standing, spoke to members of the Lakeview Village Council on Monday in an effort to convince them to consider designating a block of Lake Drive — between 4th and 5th streets — a pedestrian only walkway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tree removal near Lakeview airport coming soon

As new trees are planted in Wiseman Park, old trees will soon be coming down on village-owned property adjacent to Griffith Field Airport. At Monday’s meeting, the Lakeview Village Council debated the best use of the 14 acres. Currently, the land sits unused and overgrown with pine trees. The overabundance of pines has prevented healthy tree growth there and many of the trees are in danger of toppling over in high winds. Others already have. Additionally, the trees are reaching a point that they may soon present a danger for airport traffic.

Student volunteers wait their turn to start digging in at Wiseman Park. The Lakeview Middle School fifth-graders planted 65 red oak, red maple and white paper birch trees at the park as part of a community beautification program funded by a grant from the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview’s Wiseman Park gets improvements

Wiseman Park, located on the northwest side of town, has for time out of mind been little more than a scraggly, weed-infested field. Although maintained regularly by the Lakeview Department of Public Works, it has been, in essence, a plot of land looking for a purpose.

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JUST IN: Some parts of Lake Drive may be pedestrian only

LAKEVIEW — A portion of Lake Drive, currently a dirt road slated for paving in the very near future, could be re-designated for pedestrian traffic only. Members of the Village Council heard comments Monday night from property owners near the road who support the move. Dave Hansen and Paul Messman both cited traffic problems along [...]

Steve Dean, left, and his son, Steve Dean, Jr. are ready to match aspiring musicians with the equipment of their dreams at GV Music in Greenville. The store opened for business last Friday. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Downtown music ‘hole’ filled by GV Music

As of last week, area music lovers have cause to celebrate. There’s a new music store in town and it’s shaping up to be the kind of place that caters to both professional, working musicians as well as those just getting started in the field.

Ronald Simon, at far left, is interviewed for the job of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District superintendent at a special meeting Tuesday night in Stanton. MAISD Board members voted unanimously to offer Simon the position. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District names new superintendent

The man tapped to fill the role of superintendent for the Montcalm County Intermediate School District (MAISD) said he hopes to bring an “open door” style of leadership to the post. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the MAISD Board of Education voted unanimously to offer the position to Ronald Simon, who has worked as associate superintendent of finance for the MAISD since 2010.

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JUST IN: MAISD chooses new superintendent

Members of the Montcalm County Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education have chosen a new superintendent to replace Scott Koenigsknecht who is leaving to accept a position with another ISD.

All that was left of Danielle Ryckman’s balloon after traveling 470 miles from Edmore to Fayette County, Pa. The balloon made the trip in just a few days.

Found balloon’s long journey brings comfort to Edmore woman

Danielle Ryckman had a close relationship with her grandfather, David Johnston. So maybe it was only natural that when her boyfriend, Jarrid Thrush, proposed marriage, the couple wanted to go the traditional route and ask for Johnston’s blessing. They never got the chance.