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This year is the 50th celebration of the Danish Festival in Greenville. Returning from a one-year hiatus are a fireworks display and the Tivoli Beer Garden, both which will be located at Klackle Orchard and Pavilion. The Danish Festival, themed "Little Red Shoes," is Aug. 14-17. See more information at danishfestival.org. (File photo)

Fireworks, Tivoli Beer Garden return for Danish Festival 50th celebration

It’s still a work in progress, but the planning of the 50th celebration of the community’s annual Danish Festival — set for Aug. 14-17 — is coming along nicely, according to event director Pam Jorae.

Family isn’t the only thing sisters (from left) Trisha Cole, Amanda Durst and Malorie Newman have in common. All three Cedar Springs High School graduates serve in the National Guard. Cole, who enlisted in 2008, is a sergenat with Echo Company 3-238 Aviation Battalion in Grand Ledge; Durst, who enlisted in 2003, is a sergeant for the 1073rd National Guard Maintenance Divison in Greenville; and Newman, who enlisted in 2009, is a second lieutenant for the 182nd Field Artillery Battalion in Detroit.

S.H.E.: Sisters finds purpose in life, unique bond through National Guard service

Their individual stories are worth ink all by themselves, however, the bond that sisters Amanda Durst, Trisha Cole and Malorie Newman share beyond their family ties is unique in itself.

The family team of, from left, Layla McKenzie, 7, Jamie McKenzie, Aidan Porta, 8, and Chris Bartosiewicz, all of Greenville, did the Turk Lake Polar Plunge on Saturday in honor of their relative, the late Bradley Rappuhn, a specialist in the U.S. Army, who died while serving in Afghanistan three years ago. (Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber)

Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises $55,000+ for Special Olympics

Of the 173 participants jumping into the cold water for the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Montcalm County Special Olympians on Saturday, there was none who epitomized the bravery and commitment more than 7-year-old Layla McKenzie of Greenville.

Members of the Ionia Area Emergency Response Team perform a mock cell rush of a prisoner during last year’s Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake. This year’s event is outside of the Turk Lake Bar on Saturday, Feb. 8. Plunging begins at 3 p.m. All are welcome to jump in or just enjoy the show. More than 100 people have already signed up to take the plunge. — Courtesy photo

Freezing for funds: Turk Lake is new location for Polar Plunge

Jim Dennis is overwhelmed. He is surrounded by insane people. And he’s loving it. Flooded with emails, phone calls and Facebook comments, Dennis, coordinator of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser event for Montcalm County, is once again gathering pledges from brave souls who will “take the plunge” into the cold waters of Turk Lake to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes.

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Funeral Notices — Friday, December 20, 2013

Funeral notices for Friday, December 20, 2013

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TIME TO BE KIND: School bus turned into 4-wheeled cage of terror

Whenever anyone says “bullying,” there’s one very distinct childhood memory that quickly comes to mind— being bullied on the school bus. Being picked on anytime is no picnic, but being bullied on a school bus? It’s the worst.

Russell Plumbing and Heating relocated to a bigger building in Greenville, swapping a 3,500-square foot building for a 11,000-square foot building. The 10-year-old business moved only a block from its previous location Nov. 1. Pictured, from left, are owners Terry Russell, Jeff Jensen and Patricia Jackson.

BUSINESS BEAT: New location for Russell Plumbing and Heating

After 10 years in business, Russell Plumbing and Heating has finally outgrown its headquarters on Fairplains St. and moved into a larger facility only a block away.

Dr. John O’Donald, center, welcomed in fellow dentistry professionals Dr. Alan Havens of Greenville, who has 40 years of experience, and Dr. Scott Ribitch, a Mount Pleasant native who graduated from the University of Michigan in May and was hired in July. Dr. Havens plans to retire next year and is working with O’Donald to give his patients a smooth transition to the new office and staff. (Photo by Griffth Photography

BUSINESS BEAT: Havens, Ribitch join staff at O’Donald’s practice

There’s been a lot of changes at the dentist office of Dr. John O’Donald’s. With the new addition to the office completed in July, Dr. O’Donald welcomed in two dentists to share in his practice — Dr. Alan Havens and Dr. Scott Ribitch.

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Funeral Notices — Thursday, September 19, 2013

Funeral notices for Thursday, September 19, 2013

Belle Tire Assistant Manager Kevin Hole, a Greenville native who started his tire service career with his father, Grant, who owned Superior Tire, which operated in Greenville from 1971 to 1996.

BUSINESS BEAT: New Belle Tire brings in state of the art equipment, 20 jobs to local area

When Grant Hole walked around the new Belle Tire facility, one of Greenville’s biggest businesses to move in along M-57 since perhaps Walmart, his son, Kevin, could see he was mighty impressed. “Dad thought he had the ‘latest and greatest’ back in his day,” said Kevin Hole, who is the assistant manager at Belle Tire, which opened Aug. 31.