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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.

One of the more unique animals showcased at Monday’s Pocket Pets Show was Scamper, a 3-year-old ferret owned by Ashley Davis, 11, of Vestaburg. Davis, in her second year of participating in the 4-H Fair, said Scamper is a great pet to play with and loves to playfully attack socks. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Young 4-H’ers get showcase experience with Pocket Pets Show

Rarely do cats, rats and ferrets get together in one room — without any chaos, at least. But when they do, it’s a good bet that they’re being showcased at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s annual Pocket Pets Show. The show, which has been part of the fair for two decades, is an opportunity for younger 4-H Club members to get involved with the fair by showcasing a household pet.

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MCC teams with Davenport for nursing program

As soon as this summer, nursing students at Montcalm Community College (MCC) will have classes available to them to where they can work toward a bachelor’s degree more conveniently, thanks to a new coordinated agreement with Davenport University.

No Danish Festival is complete without the dedicated help of Linda and Joel VanHouten, this year’s grand marshals. The VanHoutens, pictured with their dog, Chance, have been deeply involved in the annual festival each year, especially with fine arts. — Daily News/ Ryan Schlehuber

Danish Festival grand marshals’ legacy lies within fine arts

For Linda and Joel VanHouten, this year’s Danish Festival was going to be a little different. However, it became a lot more special than the couple was expecting. Each year, the Greenville couple are highly involved in the annual event, which is celebrating its 51st year. From helping coordinate the festival’s many musical programs, such as the concert series, teen dance and the downtown stage performances, to holding luncheons for the Danish queen and her court, to volunteering pretty much wherever they can, the VanHoutens always look forward to dedicating their time to Greenville’s biggest summer event.