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Football season gets underway with Belding-Greenville rivalry clash

“Hit the line hard.”

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt gave this advice a century ago, speaking of how life should be lived, as well as how football should be played.

Greenville’s Abbey Moreland with her dog, Bear. Moreland, 25, has been working part-time as a dog sitter, using the website Rover.com, which allows dog owners to easily find nearby dog-sitters that fit well with their furry loved ones. (Courtesy photos)

BUSINESS BEAT: Greenville woman part of growing national dog-sitting website

Normally, part-time jobs are a necessity for a person to make ends meet, cutting in to one’s free time. Sometimes, however, those part-time jobs can be fun, especially when dogs are involved.

Students enrolled in the Montcalm Area Career Center’s cosmetology program give and receive services from each other as they learn the procedures during their first year. Pictured at left is Janelle Rons of Vestaburg performing a manicure on Nadia Braafhart of Greenville. The longstanding cosmetology program partnered by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and Montcalm Community College will be discontinued after this year due to state and federal funding regulations that have changed financial aid qualifications for cosmetology students. — Courtesy photo

MAISD’s cosmetology program falls victim to state, federal regulations

Due to state and federal changes that have affected financial aid for several college and college-bound students, the cosmetology program through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center will be discontinued after this year.

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JUST IN: MAISD cosmetology program to end after this year

Due to state and federal changes that have affected financial aid for several college and college-bound students, the cosmetology program through the Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools (MAISD) Career Technical Education (CTE) Center will be discontinued after this year.

The Belding Youth Clinic, aimed at providing preventative health care to youths ages 10 to 21, opened on Bridge Street in Belding on June 22. Pictured in front of the clinic, from left, are nurse practitioner Daniel Pear, clinic manager Sarah Dishong-Perez and registered nurse Nicole Parrot. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding Youth Clinic aims to provide care for ages 10-21

When it comes to health care for infants, even the smallest of concerns becomes an urgency. As children grow older, however, that urgency oftentimes wanes, which many times can lead to an oversight of major health issues.

Members of Trevor Merren Auto company of Ionia enjoyed a sunny day floating down Flat River on tubes recently, an experience now provided by River Ryders in Greenville. The rental company, owned by Andy Kauffman and his daughter, Brittany, rent out tubes, kayaks and canoes near Jackson Landing in Greenville. (Courtesy photos)

BUSINESS BEAT: New rental company enhances Flat River fun

The Flat River, the long body of fresh water that snakes through the tri-county area, is seeing a sudden influx of carefree, floating people nowadays thanks to a new business.

Greenville’s Steve Petsuch loves softball so much he even practices pitching during the winter, using as many as 84 softballs, working on his accuracy by pitching into an empty suitcase. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Greenville man of wonder playing softball at 70

Steve Petsuch’s pitching is usually spot-on. He has decent running speed and is an effective hitter in the softball leagues he plays in. But that’s not what separates this Greenville resident from the other players. When Petsuch was born, the world was coming out of its second world war, an event most of his fellow softball players in the Greenville recreation softball leagues have only read about in textbooks or seen on television. Petsuch’s display of exuberance and energy on the softball diamond, however, doesn’t reflect his age.

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MAISD looks at upcoming budget highs and lows

Thanks to a $2.6 million special education millage passed by voters last year, recent changes to the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) have been mostly positive.

During a June 26 budget hearing, the MAISD Board of Education approved a 2015-2016 appropriation resolutions for the budget adoption for general, special education and career technical education funds. The MAISD is expected to borrow $1.5 million from the state to balance the special education fund and $200,000 from the state to balance the general fund.

Scott Koenigsknecht has been Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s superintendent since 2007. His last day with the MAISD is today. He was hired as superintendent for Ingham Intermediate School District. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Dr. K reflects on his time with MAISD

As he readies for a new challenge, Scott Koenigsknecht is reflecting on his past eight years with the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) during his last week on the job. When he arrived in 2007, “Dr. K,” as he’s known, brought the knowledge and experience of a teacher, a principal and a high school superintendent. The advancement of his career to the head of MAISD was the pinnacle of his career at that point.

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JUST IN: MAISD talks budget needs, announces new programs

The projected budget spending for 2015-2016 was one of many things Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) board discussed at its regular meeting Thursday.