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Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, right, leads Nels Hansen and a chorus of singers in a rendition of the Danish National Anthem at the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening in Heritage Park. About 100 well-wishers turned out to watch the festivities get underway. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Danish visitor helps kick off 50th Danish Festival in Greenville

Danish Festival 2014 got off to a good start Thursday evening at Heritage Park with the traditional opening ceremonies. The event featured The Danish Festival Band, many local dignitaries, the Danish Festival Queen and Court and even a representative from Greenville’s Danish sister city, Skælskør.

The 2014 Danish Festival queen and court are, front row from left, Prince Ethan DeKraker, Queen Lauren Walsh and Princess Addison Kemp; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner-up Alexa Neumann, Young Miss Mollie Rodenhouse; Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Brianna Van Houten; Junior Miss Danish Festival Olivia Youmans and Junior Miss First Runner-up Amber Zimmerman. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Walsh wins Miss Danish in her first-ever pageant

When Lauren Walsh was on stage at the Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant, she said it didn’t feel like a competition. In her very first pageant, Walsh, 17, looked very at ease Saturday night at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center stage as she and three other young women competed for the title of Miss Danish Festival 2014.

The Greenville Area Car show started 10 years ago as a way to attract people to and show off the city’s downtown. Since then it has quadrupled in size, bringing in car enthusiasts from all across the area. — Courtesy photo

Annual downtown Greenville car show continues to grow

When the Greenville Area Car Show held its first event 10 years ago, it was lucky if it had 50 cars line the streets. A decade later, the show has quadrupled in size and draws car enthusiasts from throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

Area organizations are teaming up to provide students in need with back-to-school supplies like the ones pictured above. Coined Operation School Supplies, the program accepts donated school supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Operation School Supplies going strong in fourth year

Believe it or not, another school year is just around the corner and area organizations are teaming up to provide local students in need with back-to-school supplies. The Operation School Supplies program accepts donated supplies and provides them to hundreds of students in Greenville-area schools.

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.