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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.

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.

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.

The 248 members of the Greenville High School class of 2016 listen Sunday as commencement speaker Steve Day delivers a speech. — Daily News/Cory Smith

248 from Greenville’s class of 2016 take the next step (PHOTOS)

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.

Both Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan are active members of the Danish Sisterhood Society and the Red Hat Society. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Sisters named Danish Fest grand marshals

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.

With a storied career in both the Greenville High School Marching Band and Genesis Percussion Ensemble, Greenville High School senior Julia Gabrysh, 17, hopes to take her drumming talents to Michigan State University this fall as she studies percussive engineering. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville senior and longtime drummer to pursue percussive engineering

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.

The U.S.S. Edsall DD-219, pictured here in the San Diego harbor in the 1920s, was laid down by the William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company Sept. 15, 1919 and launched on July 29, 1920, which Norman Edsall's sister, Bessie, attended. The destroyer was commissioned Nov. 26, 1920. She was sunk in February 1942, during World War II, at the hands of Japanese naval vessels, roughly 5,300 miles away from where Norman Edsall was killed in 1899.

Saginaw man’s curiosity leads to heroic war story with local ties

The more you learn about certain parts of history, the more you yearn to know more. That’s how Randy Knepper came to know Norman Edsall, his great-uncle and Greenville native who perished in a small battle in 1899. Although they are separated by 82 years, Knepper, 61, of Saginaw, probably knows more about Norman Edsall than any other living soul today. Unbeknownst to perhaps many Greenville residents, Edsall is a famous name in the U.S. Navy.