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From right, 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Yea Rachel Rodenhouse, her mother, Melanie Rodenhouse, and sister, Emily Rodenhouse, walk their sheep Sunday to their pen area at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen’s Rachel Rodenhouse wins 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

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.

Eureka Township Planning Commission member Randy Klepper and Vice Chairman Duane Putnam consider outbuilding setback zoning regulations during their meeting on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Single zoning complaint leads to series of violations

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.

A series of anatomically correct fake chickens will be substituted for real birds during the upcoming Montcalm County 4-H Fair due to concerns about avian influenza. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H Fair adapts to accomodate avian influenza warnings

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.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic discusses some of the budgeted funds in Greenville’s budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 while Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council approves 2015-2016 fiscal year budget

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.

During the weekend, the Old Cemetery Section of Forest Home Cemetery was the site of a restoring and preservation project headed by the Friends of Forest Home Cemetery. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Crew revitalizes section at Greenville’s Forest Home Cemetery

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.

Miss Danish Festival 2014 Lauren Walsh welcomed admirers and well-wishers at a Miss Michigan send-off party, prior to leaving for a week-long Miss Michigan competition in Muskegon. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville woman competing in Miss Michigan pageant

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.

No Danish Festival is complete without the dedicated help of Linda and Joel VanHouten, this year’s grand marshals. The VanHoutens, pictured with their dog, Chance, have been deeply involved in the annual festival each year, especially with fine arts. — Daily News/ Ryan Schlehuber

Danish Festival grand marshals’ legacy lies within fine arts

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.

Greenville High School Class of 2015 students move their tassels to the appropriate position of graduates. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville High School graduates 249 during Sunday’s ceremony

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.”

During Tuesday’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, Land and Resource Engineering Inc. President Todd Olin discusses a new site plan for the construction project of the EZ Mart Mobil gas station located at the corner of Clay and Washington streets. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville reviews EZ Mart site expansion

Venturing into unknown waters can be trying for even the most stouthearted. But, as they say, fortune favors the bold.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Area Specialist Aileen Waldron, at right, discusses grant and loan opportunities during Tuesday’s Greenville DDA meeting, while Michigan Economic Development Corp. Community Assistance Specialist Ryan Kilpatrick listens. At top right, Kilpatrick discusses facade grants for Greenville and Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA learns about financial assistance opportunities

Renovating a building, whether business or residential needs, can be costly. However, there are a multitude of programs that can offer grants and low-interest loans to ease the financial burden on property owners looking to spruce up their buildings.