As the menacing black storm clouds crept into Montcalm County on Monday afternoon, everyone begin to feel a touch of anxiety. However, the children at the 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show were anything but chicken. At least not totally.
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“It all started with the Miss Danish Festival Pageant!” Two local women, Lauren Walsh as Miss Danish Festival and Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival 2013 and reigning Miss Pride of the Peninsulas, were among 34 contestants seeking the crown Saturday at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at the Frauenthal Center of Performing Arts in Muskegon.
It isn’t often you can find someone who recalls learning to ride a horse before they grasped the ability to take their own first steps. It’s a unique path that eventually led Rachel Rodenhouse into the realm of the Montcalm County 4-H program, and on Saturday, her passion for the program was placed atop the highest pedestal.
Sometimes enforcing local zoning ordinances can be like setting up dominoes. Once one violation of the ordinance is found, more often than not several more can be found in the immediate vicinity.
Montcalm County 4-H officials are doing a bit of the chicken dance in order to prevent avian influenza while still helping local youth enjoy an educational week at the fair. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of all poultry shows in the state in an attempt to stop the spread of avian influenza, which has been found in wild geese in Macomb County.
It’s that time of year when municipalities start to feel the crunch … the crunch of numbers. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council put the final crunch on its numbers by approving the city budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. And it’s looking pretty good.
They are a place of peace and solace. Oftentimes they are a place of sorrow for loss and sometimes of joy for memory. Sometimes they are eerie but most times they are nostalgia defined. They are cemeteries. If nothing else, they are places of history.
Lauren Walsh was no stranger to the stage when she competed in the Miss Danish Festival pageant last August. She was, however, new to the world of pageants, with that contest being her only pageant. Winning that title has permitted Walsh, 18, a recent Greenville High School graduate, the privilege of competing in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant.
For Linda and Joel VanHouten, this year’s Danish Festival was going to be a little different. However, it became a lot more special than the couple was expecting. Each year, the Greenville couple are highly involved in the annual event, which is celebrating its 51st year. From helping coordinate the festival’s many musical programs, such as the concert series, teen dance and the downtown stage performances, to holding luncheons for the Danish queen and her court, to volunteering pretty much wherever they can, the VanHoutens always look forward to dedicating their time to Greenville’s biggest summer event.
When it comes to high school graduation, no one said it better than Greenville High School graduate Tate Jeffrey. “It was a long time in the coming,” he said. “I’m ready to be done. It feels great.”