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The Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville recently underwent a $1.7 million renovation. On Monday, the armory held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the 22,000-square-foot building. Assisting in the ceremony were Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuileit and representatives from the offices of  U.S. Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Debbie Stabenow. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville’s National Guard Armory unveils $1.7 million in improvements

Built in 1964, the Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville building has stood relatively untouched for the past 50 years. The armory, which houses the 1073rd Maintenance Company, recently underwent a much needed renovation, receiving a $1.7-million facelift.

Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Optimist Camp an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Bat expert sheds light on his winged friends at Greenville’s Optimist Camp

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Greenville Optimist Camp got a visit Saturday from the batman … no, not that one. Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals.

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New Lincoln Heights principal ready to help students explore

In her several years in education, new Lincoln Heights Elementary School Principal Katy Beebe lives for that moment when it all clicks for her students. “It’s awesome to watch those light bulbs come on and kids learn,” said Beebe, who will replace Michelle Blaszczynski, who took over as the Greenville district’s chief academic officer for the retiring Diane Brissette. “I love kids and I love to spend time with kids.”

Greenville artist Judy Rogers works on her drawing titled “The Promise,” a depiction of Noah’s Ark. Rogers, who is a retired school teacher from Cedar Crest Elementary School, will enter the piece in the third annual Art @ the Green art competition. The event begins Tuesday and will run through Aug. 16. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Annual Art @ the Green event kicks off Tuesday

Now in its third year of displaying the works of some of this area’s top artists, this year’s Art @ the Green event promises the best variety of art pieces in the event’s early existence. “We have an outdoor installation, this is the first year we’ve had that. We have more 3-D (pieces) this year than we’ve ever had,” said Kathy O’Donald, one of the event’s coordinators. “This year is very interesting.”

Shawna Robinson, left, and her son Patrick, of Greenville, inquire with Mary Mastaglio of Comfort Keepers during Tuesday evening’s resource fair at Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. — Daily News/Cory Smith

One Book One County program provides direction, help for job seekers

For anyone experiencing anything close to the issues related to the One Book One County book “Me Before You,” Tuesday evening’s inaugural resource fair was the place to be.

Campers glide over the open water in canoes as part of their activities at Optimist Camp. — Courtesy photo

Optimist Camp (Wah-Wah-Tay-See) celebrates 50 years in Greenville

It was the summer of 1964 and for the first time Camp Wah-Wah-Tay-See opened its doors to the special education students of the Greenville area. It offered them the experience of camping, the chance to meet new people, and most importantly it gave them a chance to have fun in the great outdoors. The brainchild of Jerry Hansen, a then special education teacher in Greenville, Wah-Wah-Tay-See, now known as Optimist Camp, brought in eight students the first summer.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Beijing students host talent show in Greenville

High school students from Beijing, China, are visiting Greenville this week to learn about American culture and help the local community with service projects.
The Beijing students hosted a talent show at Greenville Middle School on Wednesday evening.

Greenville resident Anthony Czarnopis recently visited the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight for WWII veterans. The flight took about 80 Michigan veterans to Washington D.C. and the WWII Memorial, a place which 69 years since serving in the war, Czarnopis had never seen. During the trip, Czarnopis was given letters, shown above, from elementary students. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville WWII veteran goes on Honor Flight

The goal of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight on June 24 was to give the remaining World War II veterans in the area “one last mission.” The flight took about 80 Michigan veterans to Washington, D.C., and the WWII Memorial, a place that in 69 years since serving in the war, Greenville resident Anthony Czarnopis had never been.

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Rain showers came and went, but trophies and ribbons were won and as the sun sets on the final night of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the countdown to next year’s event begins. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

2014 Montcalm County 4-H Fair comes to a close

As the dust settled over the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, with a final whinny of a horse echoing through the now empty stables, it appears this year was a success for both 4-H’ers and visitors of the fair.

From left, Karah Ra, Joseph Willliams and Eden Stewart, who represent the junior alpaca class, stand in front of the judges table waiting to receive their ribbons in the showmanship round. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H’ers bring out alpacas and llamas for Friday show

There may have been just a few friends and family in the stands and mostly uncooperative animals, but the seven 4-Hers who took part in the llama and alpaca show Friday were enjoying themselves anyway.