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Joann Camp had a vision to develop an 1860s hardware building in Blanchard into an indoor village of quaint shops and a restaurant, bakery and old-fashioned ice cream parlor. She’s managed Loafers Glory and Auntie’s House for nearly 27 years this spring.

BIZ BEAT: Loafers Glory is ‘Village of Yesteryear’

Joann Camp had a vision when she purchased a vacant 1860s hardware building in downtown Blanchard in spring 1986. This vision — today’s Loafers Glory — has thrived for nearly 27 years as an indoor village of quaint shops and a bakery, restaurant and old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

Vestaburg’s Luverne Dickinson Adamson with her 160-pound Great Pyrenees, Zeus, on one of their many walks.

Vestaburg woman gets new lease on life, control of diabetes with CHIP program

Not long ago, Luverne Dickinson Adamson, 59, of Vestaburg, began her day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, toast with butter and coffee with creamer and artificial sweetener. She enjoyed traditional American foods — cheeseburgers, fries, coney dogs with all the fixings, and onion rings — and frequently ate out on weekends. Dinner often included salad soaked in creamy ranch dressing, steak or a chicken fillet, a hot vegetable and a baked potato smothered in butter and sour cream.

Many are confused about specific elements of the Montabella Community School’s new grading policy. A crowd of nearly 50 people viewed a PowerPoint presentation and addressed concerns to school administration. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella hosts meetings to discuss new grading policy

Nearly 50 concerned parents of Montabella Community Schools students attended a public forum at the school Thursday to address concerns about the district’s newly implemented schoolwide standards-based grading policy. “I’m actually pleased to know parents have questions about the policy,” said Superintendent Shelly Millis in her opening statement. “That means they’re concerned about their kids and what’s going on at school.”

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Endeavor Youth & Community Development Center moving forward in Edmore

It’s been five months since the Endeavor Youth and Community Development Center in Edmore had its grand opening after signing a one-year lease April 1 with Montabella Community Schools. The one-year lease on the gymnasium housed in Montabella’s Central Office facility is a probationary venture.

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Montabella Community Schools update grading policy

Grading for Learning, a new grading policy using standards-based grading, was implemented at Montabella Community Schools this year. According to Junior/Senior High Principal Shane Riley, many schools across the state and country are looking at standards-based grading to better prepare students for state and national tests and, ultimately, their futures. Grading for Learning has three areas of learning: practice, formative assessment and summative assessment. Each teacher determines appropriate assignment classification, including which ones will be graded.

Lil Rasmussen, local horse enthusiast and owner of Lazy R Tack Room in Edmore, led a flag salute around the arena to kick off the Super Kicker Rodeo at the Edmore Potato Festival. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Rodeo highlights 2012 Edmore Potato Festival (Photo Gallery)

Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages in Western shirts, boots and belt buckles as big as the Edmore water tower showcased their rodeo skills at the Super Kicker Rodeo at this weekend’s annual Potato Festival. Presented by main title sponsor Randall’s Old Mill, the rodeo stands were filled to capacity at Webb Field, formerly Montabella Community School’s football field.

Garrett Lumbert has organized a Fred Meijer Heartland Trail bike tour on Saturday to support the Leukemia Foundation. He works part time at Main Street Pizza in downtown Edmore to help earn money for his education. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella senior organizes bike tour to fight leukemia

After a 10-year battle with leukemia with several bouts of chemotherapy, experimental drugs and a bone marrow transplant, Deanna “Dee” Moore of Edmore lost the fight on Feb. 8, 2011.

Ron Farrell retired June 30 after serving Montabella Community Schools for a total of 41 years. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Montabella says goodbye to longtime leader, welcomes new superintendent

Montabella Community Schools is bidding farewell to longtime Superintendent Ron Farrell as two new faces fill administrative vacancies. Shelly Millis is leaving her position as Montabella Elementary School principal to assume the superintendent vacancy, while Brad Reyburn is taking over as elementary principal.

This is a composite sketch of the future Edmore Marketplace, from the southwest side.

Survey, grant, bids shaping Edmore Marketplace development

Edmore Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is moving one step closer to developing the Edmore Marketplace as a four-season shopping outlet. Further expansion on the site — located at the Fred Meijer Heartland Trailhead — hinges on the site survey, bid amounts and grant funding.

Three Vestaburg graduates spent the past two years learning about diesel technology at the Montcalm Area Career Center and will continue their post-high school education together at the University of Northwest Ohio. From left to right, Jason Braman, Jeremy Keyton and Shelby Recker, helped build an engine stand for a Deutz diesel engine, which was donated to the career center by the University of Northwest Ohio. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Vestaburg High School trio choose mechanical career path

Three Vestaburg High School graduates — Shelby Recker, Jeremy Keyton and Jason Braman — are entering fields that have become highly technical. They are headed to the University of Northwest Ohio (UNOH) together. Shelby will study diesel technology, while Jason and Jeremy will enter the agricultural equipment technology program.