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The annual Danish Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally, which falls on Aug. 19 through 21 this year, never fails to garner a lot of attention. — File photo

Danish Festival hot air balloon rally celebrates 9th year, calls for sponsors

What do “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Rat Race” and “The Wizard of Oz” all have in common? All of those movies have scenes in which characters travel in hot air balloons.

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

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Greenville brewhouse production company boasts growth

Craft brewing is a booming industry throughout Michigan and the nation. With the opening of the brewery in Greenville, that industry is alive and well within the boundaries of the city. Another local business is benefitting from the industry as well.

The former Springrove Variety building, located at 310 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, has been purchased by Davide Uccello, who co-owns Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar with his brother Dan Uccello. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Davide Uccello buys former Springrove Variety building

One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.

Firefighters work together Tuesday morning to spray water on the roof of a burning Oakfield Township residence at 12375 14 Mile Road (M-57).

JUST IN: Oakfield Township fire total loss, 10 residents escape safely

Without warning, from the spark of an electrical charging cable, John Rood suddenly found his home filled with thick, black smoke Tuesday morning.

Katrina Horton delivers a surprise bouquet from Greenville Floral to Metron of Greenville resident Arlene Weeks on Monday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Floral delivers smiles

A local flower shop was bringing smiles to area residents Monday morning and afternoon. Greenville Floral participated in the “Make Someone Smile Week” put together by Teleflora, a California-based company with more than 13,000 member florists throughout the U.S.

An employee of Edward Mulholland tosses a spray line to the side Monday morning as he sprays the roof of the McCarthy Park pavilion from right to left with asphalt-based aluminum to cover the rust. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

South Carolina man paints park roof, pays it forward in Montcalm County

Edward Mulholland spent his 25th birthday painting the rusting pavilion roof of a Montcalm County park … for free. Mulholland, who lives in North Augusta, S.C., has been coming up to Michigan the past few years to do paint jobs over the summer. He painted four barns earlier this summer for Roger Betten of Trufant.

Jared Rittersdorf of Greenville throws a dead log onto a pile of brush that has been cleared at Tower Park in Greenville in order to clear space for a new disc golf course. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tower Park Disc Golf Course taking shape, needs volunteers

With a heavy, dead log slumped over his shoulder and beads of sweat dripping down his forehead as he trekked across a small stream and up a hill, Jared Rittersdorf could only smile as he looked upward. There, placed at the top of a steep hill, was an orange stake sticking out from the ground.

“That right there, that’s going to be a beautiful view,” the Greenville man said as he looked back behind him at the small ravine he had crossed. “You’re going to be able to stand there, and just watch your disc soar across the park.”

Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, helps his brother Raymond, 5, look at starfish through a microscope with the help of Theresa Decker and Merry Kim Meyers of Montcalm Community College at the college's The Know Place agriculture and science station at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The Know Place brings hands-on learning experience to fair

Seashells, skeletons and a baby pig fetus were popular attractions Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, is a member of the Mixed Bag of Nuts Club. He helped his brother Raymond, 5, look at seashells through a telescope, then contemplated a jar containing the pickled baby pig.