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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.

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JUST IN: MCC teaming up with Davenport to benefit 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 towards a bachelor’s degree, thanks to a new coordinated agreement with Davenport University.

New Glenkerry Golf Course owner Ryan Lothian pictured with his family, in front from left, Olivia, 6, Nicholas, 9; in back, wife, Lori, John, 12, and Emily, 13. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: New Glenkerry Golf Course owner continues family tradition

Ryan Lothian has a calm, laid back demeanor about himself. His voice wouldn’t carry much in a crowded room. But any mention of his newly acquired business and the Greenville native will suddenly perk up and words of fond memories and new, exciting ideas will flow right out of him.

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JUST IN: MAISD officially accepts superintendent’s resignation

Among the announcements of resignations and retirements at Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) regular board meeting this morning was the official resignation of outgoing superintendent, Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht.

The board approved his resignation, which is effective June 30. Koenigsknecht has accepted a position with the Ingham County ISD.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley addresses the Class of 2015 at Montcalm Community College’s 48th annual commencement at Central Montcalm High School Friday. Calley, of Ionia, attended MCC in 1994 and 1995. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

360 graduates celebrate ‘end of journey’ at MCC graduation

For many students at Montcalm Community College, an education isn’t just taking classes. It’s hours of free time spent studying, eating meals on the go, sleeping in a car between classes and relying on others to help with family to get through the day. No one knows that better than Rachel Gilbert, a mother of three from Trufant who wanted more for her life than a minimum wage job. On Friday, she, along with 360-plus other graduates, celebrated the end of a long journey during Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) 48th annual commencement ceremony at Central Montcalm High School.

Montcalm Community College is looking into establishing a differential tuition rate for some of its programs, such as nursing, which includes clinicals and laboratory studies along with its lecture studies. — Courtesy photo

MCC board seeks to keep up in review of tuition, fee increases

In the past six to seven weeks, a small team of Montcalm Community College (MCC) representatives have been working on a budget wish list of perceived needs generated from the rest of the faculty.

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JUST IN: Emergency responders called to 57 Brew Pub & Bistro for possible fire

Emergency responders have been called to 57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville for a structure fire.

When Jodie Faber was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she was forced to make a lifestyle change to eat healthier and exercise more. Today, she is 25 pounds lighter and has incorporated a daily eating and exercise regiment. She prepares fresh fruits and vegetables as well as slow-cooked shredded chicken and separates them into small freezer bags to have at the ready when it comes time for a meal or to curb a craving. Greek yogurt mixed with granola and fruit is a staple for her breakfast. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Those with diabetes warn those without to make lifestyle changes now

“Congratulations, you have diabetes.”

For Jodie Faber, those were the unfortunate words she heard from her doctor during a routine check-up.

As bad and shocking as the news was to hear, Faber knew that it was inevitably that type of shock treatment she needed to face to force herself to change her lifestyle.