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Ionia resident and home brew aficianado Evan Dembskey, left, begins the process of brewing a craft beer by mixing in the malted grains with hot water in a steel tub as Steele Street Brewery owner and brewmaster Pete Sanford looks on. The brewery opened in January and already has more than 300 “lifetime” members, including Dembskey. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Steele Street Brewery offers an enjoyable, savory community niche

Under Evan Dembskey’s handmade beer mug, it reads his name and “Member #53,” representing his membership to the newly established brewery in town, Steele Street Brewery.

Though he was merely the 53rd member (admitting he got to the grand opening “a little late”), the South African-native-now-Ionia-resident will argue he was one of the first people to support and “hound” Pete Sanford to open a brewery in town.

About 60 people participated in Hubbapalooza’s Color Run and Walk on Saturday, ending the 5K run and 1-mile walk with a “color explosion” at Mill Pond Park, in which participants threw colored powder in the air in unison. The event was part of the fifth annual Hubbapalooza, a fundraiser for Angels of Hope and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Hubbapalooza festivalgoers have fun while raising funds

“I love it! I love all the colors! It was totally fun!”

Beaming a smile of fruity, colored-stained teeth, Michaela Ward summed up Hubbardston’s annual fundraising festival. The 16-year-old Fowler resident had just completed Saturday’s 5K Color Run with her brother, Bryce, 10, both of whom were covered head to toe with bright colors stained on them from the run.

Co-valedictorian Cammi Clouse speaks to her classmates and the audience during Vestaburg's graduation Sunday, reflecting on what "real life" was like during elementary and high school and what "real life" will be like now that she and her classmates have graduated. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Vestaburg grads encouraged to keep striving for better (PHOTOS)

The path to success in life never ends — this according to 1961 Vestaburg alumna Dianne Wilson, who spoke about the importance of never stopping an education to the 49 students at Vestaburg High School’s graduation Sunday. “Did you ever hear the saying that you are a part of a forever learning situation?” Wilson asked the class and a packed audience at the school’s gymnasium. “You don’t just go out in life and exist. You continue a lifetime of living and learning. You should never cease to search fulfilling the person you are meant to be.”

A Carson City-Crystal graduate dons a decorative cap that says "One Degree Hotter" during the school's 2016 graduation Sunday at the school's Community Fieldhouse. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

72 CC-C grads reflect on the past, look to the future (PHOTOS)

For the 72 the students that comprised Carson City-Crystal’s class of 2016, Sunday’s graduation was a time of reflection of the past, celebration of the present and a focus on the future. Kennedy Murphy, one of the speakers of Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony, touched on all three timelines in a speech to her class, giving sound advice to cherish what they’ve accomplished but to also have the courage to continue to strive for better as they move on to the next chapter of their lives and careers.

The U.S.S. Edsall DD-219, pictured here in the San Diego harbor in the 1920s, was laid down by the William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company Sept. 15, 1919 and launched on July 29, 1920, which Norman Edsall's sister, Bessie, attended. The destroyer was commissioned Nov. 26, 1920. She was sunk in February 1942, during World War II, at the hands of Japanese naval vessels, roughly 5,300 miles away from where Norman Edsall was killed in 1899.

Saginaw man’s curiosity leads to heroic war story with local ties

The more you learn about certain parts of history, the more you yearn to know more. That’s how Randy Knepper came to know Norman Edsall, his great-uncle and Greenville native who perished in a small battle in 1899. Although they are separated by 82 years, Knepper, 61, of Saginaw, probably knows more about Norman Edsall than any other living soul today. Unbeknownst to perhaps many Greenville residents, Edsall is a famous name in the U.S. Navy.

April Petersen celebrated the opening of her new Gowen retail business, Pink & Frillos, on Thursday. The store offers a wide collection of new and vintage items, as well as odds and ends that have been repainted, refurbished and or repurposed. Petersen will also hold classes and workshops for artistic and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Gowen woman opens niche business, offering unique ‘modern vintage’ items

April Petersen has a knack for finding beauty in all things, even things other people may just pitch or burn. Her creative knack for bringing life back to something that was discarded or broken has led to the opening of a new, unique business, Pink & Frillos, a quaint retail store offering what she describes as “modern vintage” items, both new and old, repurposed, repainted and or refurbished.

Jami Wickerink, left, and Angie Chaffins are owners of a new hair salon in Belding called Hair Republic, which opened Feb. 24 in the former pharmacy of Leppink’s Food Center. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Owners of new Belding salon realizing their dreams

In January, Jami Wickerink and Angie Chaffins were out of a job when Ta Da Salon closed its doors. However, it wouldn’t be long before the two hair stylists and longtime friends soon opened another door — of opportunity.

Members of the newly formed Montcalm Area Human Resources Association listen to a presentation on Medicare issues and how it affects company health insurance plans during the group’s regular meeting Feb. 17 at the Blanche Ash Technology Learning Center on the Greenville campus of Montcalm Community College. Pictured are, from left, Julie Marion of MichiganWorks!, Ruth Pate of Stafford Media and Stephanie Zavisa of Federal-Mogul. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: New organization unites HR reps

The Montcalm Area Human Resources Association (MAHRA) officially formed last fall, creating bylaws and an executive board. The organization, to date, has 21 members from both Montcalm County and Ionia County (Belding) representing a range of industries, such as education, manufacturing, media and work development.

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130 take icy plunge at Turk Lake (VIDEO AND PHOTOS)

Saturday’s crisp, cold weather brought out the bravest of brave “plungers” for the 8th annual Polar Plunge, as 130 participants jumped into the cold waters of Turk Lake, raising $40,500 for Special Olympics. The event has been held at Turk Lake for the past three years, with the first five years at Clifford Lake, but this year was by far the coldest plunge yet, according to event coordinator Jim Dennis.

Randy Scheese, an instructor at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney, goes over key vocabulary terms with his students in his automotive maintenance and repair class. Scheese, in his first year as an instructor, sees the benefits in a new teaching methods and evaluation process in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework the MACC is undertaking. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Career center’s new model aims at improving literacy and behavior

In the five years he has been a para-professional at the Montcalm Area Career Center, Randy Scheese has noticed something alarming — several 11th and 12th grade students in the classrooms were struggling to read.