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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.

Style Review and Performing Arts Show judge Deanna Sweet offers advice to Montcalm County 4-H’ers who participated in Tuesday evening’s show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

4-H’ers shine in Style Review and Performing Arts Show (PHOTOS)

As Mackenzie Miller softly took the stage Tuesday evening in her ballet slippers, she waited patiently with closed eyes for her dance routine to start. Standing silently in the Montcalm County Fairgrounds’ Ash Building, upon taking one last deep breath, the first word from a poem she had co-written came over the audio system.

Alivia Kindel, 11, of Howard City, left, and Theresa Landis, 11, of Rockford, scream with excitement as they rise high into the air riding the “Crazy Surf” carnival midway ride at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The carnival midway will be open each day at 1 p.m. until dusk this week. Today, Thursday and Saturday, all-day wristbands can be purchased for $18. On Friday, which is “Kids Day,” wristbands will be available at a discounted rate of $12. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carnival midway is open at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair

From winning giant stuffed animals to spinning so quickly you can’t see straight, this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair carnival midway is shaping up to offer fun for fairgoers young and old. With the tantalizing aroma of Smoky B’s Barbecue lingering in the air and the evening sky illuminated with blinking carnival lights, the small-town fair atmosphere is considered a staple of annual 4-H festivities.

Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year candidates, from left, Hayley Heft, Anne Thompson, runner-up Ericka Haag and 4-H’er of the Year, Rory Eldridge. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Third generation 4-H’er honored as Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

Thanks to a love instilled on his grandfather’s farm, Rory Eldridge of the North Central 4-H Club was named the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year on Saturday.

Rory, of Stanton, is a third generation 4-H’er and got involved with 4-H when he was 10 years old.

The Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association and teenagers from throughout West Michigan worked together Wednesday to plant a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Volunteers plant pollinator gardens at Braman Center in Greenville

Several dozen pairs of green thumbs were hard at work Wednesday in an effort to beautify a local educational facility. A group of youths from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan worked alongside members of the Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association to create a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. The Braman Center features technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, health-related training options, renewable energy studies and more.

From left, Greenville Youth Advisory council members, Greenville High School freshman Michelle Clark, 13, Greenville Middle School eight grade student Ashton Brummer, 13, and eight grade student Alivia Nelson, 13, work together to prepare peppers Monday at the monthly Feeding America food truck event at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant supports monthly mobile food pantry program at GHS (PHOTOS)

From juicy, red tomatoes to an abundance of colorful, hot and zesty peppers, there was no shortage of fresh food items available for those in need Monday. In the parking lot of Greenville High School, Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) Vice President Tom Stephenson, 16, volunteered with his fellow advisory members, handing out 5,000 pounds of produce from a Feeding America food truck.

Lucas Fuhrman, 18, of Greenville, will report to Kings Point, New York, to the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy at the end of June, the only student from Michigan to be appointed to that service academy this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville graduate headed to prestigious U.S. service academy

Lucas Fuhrman has always felt at home on the water. Since he was a little boy, he’s had a passion for adventure and has taken that passion with him deep sea fishing and white water rafting. He also has an interest in taking things apart to see how they worked.

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority take a look Tuesday at historic photos of the Silver Theater, left, and the downtown district on the east side of Lafayette Street, right. Top right, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic observes Tuesday a historic photo showing Lafayette Street in Greenville before the road was paved or cars had been created. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA explores idea of historical boards along Lafayette Street

When Keith Hudson first moved to this city more than 40 years ago, it didn’t take him long to fall in love with it.

From the cycling trails and arts programs, to the bricks that built the foundation of Greenville’s first industrial buildings, the president of the Flat River Historical Society has made it a mission to educate others on what the city has to offer, from times both past and present.

Kathy Barnes, president of the Michigan Blue Star Mothers, reads a prepared statement during Monday’s Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board hears more feedback about honor cords

Emotions ran high Monday evening as nearly 20 people made their voices heard at the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting. Public comment went on for nearly a full hour as one person after another stood to address the board regarding red, white and blue cords given to graduating students who had signed a contract to join the military.