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.
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
There is but one day in four years of attending high school when a student can be considered the official guest of honor — graduation day. For the 248 seniors at Greenville High School, Sunday marked the final day in which they entered their school as students and exited as alumni.
Ruth Reed and Marvel Linnan have been described as “Danes through and through.” This year, they will get the chance to showcase their Danish heritage publicly as the Danish Festival grand marshals for the festival’s 52nd year.
As a seventh grade student, Julia Gabrysh found her passion in life early, and at the age of 12, she wasn’t shy in her efforts to perfect her craft. While other students would be finishing up their lunches, or perhaps gossiping about the day’s happenings outside of the classroom, Gabrysh would command the attention of everyone — whether they wanted to deliver it or not.