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Performance Plus in Greenville has had a little fun advertising the business with clever and humorous sayings on its marquis. One side of the marquis, for example, harkens back to the classic television show “Diff’rent Strokes.” (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Performance Plus’ humorous sign getting noticed

If you’re going to get folks’ attention, it’s helpful if you can make them smile, maybe even laugh.

Although it has been nearly 70 years, Robert “Tex” Ritter remembers many of the names of his fallen brothers with whom he served during World War II. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville World War II veteran recalls things he would ‘like to forget’

Ideally, you’d be holding a book in your hands right now instead of a newspaper. It would be a big book, one with gilt edging and hundreds of pages. The stories Greenville resident Robert “Tex” Ritter has amassed more than 93 years of living can’t help but feel squeezed by a newspaper’s space constraints. In a perfect world, they would have room to breathe.

A carnival provided plenty of fun for younger Summerfest attendees. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New events prove popular at Lakeview Summerfest

Cloudy skies that threatened rain throughout the day Saturday did little to deter revelers intent on enjoying this year’s Summerfest. Several new events, as well as a host of returning favorites, helped ensure the festival offered something to appeal to everyone. Turnout was excellent throughout the weekend, particularly at popular events like the Kid’s Carnival in the parking lot across the street from the Kelsey Wellness Center.

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Sheridan moving forward with new blight ordinances

Residents of this village who may have a moldy mattress or junked car lying in their front yard are running out of time to clean up their act.

Members of the Betham Trucking tee ball team wave to the crowd as they make their way down Lincoln Avenue during last year’s Lakeview Summerfest parade. — File photo

Summerfest returns to Lakeview, bigger and better than ever

For village residents who still remember the “big” summer festivals of years past, this year’s Summerfest is going to be a trip down memory lane. Thanks to the hard work of the Lakeview’s Festival Board — which recently gained non-profit status — the festival is packed with offerings guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike.

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JUST IN: Sheridan Village Council considers youth coordinator

Members of the Village Council tonight discussed the possibility of establishing a “youth coordinator” to schedule hours and jobs for young volunteers willing to help out the Department of Public Works (DPW) with minor chores around town.

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JUST IN: Community garden going strong in Lakeview

The new community garden, which only got underway last month in the village, is already attracting “gentleman” (and lady) farmers anxious to try their hand at growing fruits and vegetables, an update heard at a regular meeting of the Lakeview Village Council Monday evening.

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Students from the Virtual Learning Center wait patiently for their diplomas at commencement exercises Tuesday evening. This year’s graduating class included 55 students from Greenville, Central Montcalm, Ionia, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg school systems. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

55 virtual learners get diplomas

If you build it they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the movie, “Field of Dreams” and it seems to be working for the Berrien Springs Public Schools & Success Virtual Learning Center, which graduated its class of 2015 on Tuesday evening at Greenville High School.

Vestaburg High School graduated 58 seniors at this year’s commencement, held Sunday afternoon at the high school. Pictured are Vestaburg graduates awaiting the beginning of the ceremony. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Vestaburg graduates consider ‘the places they will go’

This year’s valedictorian at Vestaburg High School, Jacob Young, relied heavily on a doctor’s advice during his address to the graduating class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon — Dr. Seuss. That advice, from the children’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” — though originally intended for youngsters — applies admirably to graduates moving on to college or careers.

Lakeview author Dallas Lincoln has published several novels in recent years. His most recent, “Eagle Feather, Boy Chief,” is now available at Robbins Book List in Greenville. The story is a continuation of a story published several years ago about life on Tamarack Lake in the 1800s. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview author Lincoln pens sequel

Author Dallas Lincoln is back again with the latest installment in his “Eagle Feather” story, a fictionalized history of what life might have been like along the banks of Tamarack Lake during the time of white encroachment of what had until then been Native American land. “Eagle Feather, Boy Chief” picks up the story begun in Lincoln’s earlier novel, “Eagle Feather and Louise.” That book chronicled a time in the mid-1800s, during the height of Michigan’s logging days.