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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.

Bree Town, 12, of Greenville, laughs in excitement and to applause after one of her paintings sells for more than $200 Tuesday at the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bree is in remission after battling acute myeloid leukemia and has been recognized as the 2016 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town is Leukemia and Lymphoma Society West Michigan Girl of the Year

There are those who wear their strength on the surface, who look fear straight in the face without backing down and rise above whatever conflict may be at hand. There are those who battle their demons from within, overcoming obstacles that may be hidden to the outsider, overcoming tests and challenges that remain unaware to observers.

The Veterans Park water tower in Greenville will see the addition of more equipment located atop the tower after the Greenville City Council approved a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville to lease water tower space to Verizon Wireless

When looking for prime real estate, look no further than the top of the nearest water tower. That concept may not sound appealing to a prospective homeowner, but for phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it’s a coveted location that proves valuable for boosting area wireless signal coverage.

The owners of Flo’s Ristorante and Pizzeria are working with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority on a Brownfield redevelopment project that will allow future tax revenue to be collected on behalf of the business. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Brownfield agreement means DDA would forego future tax revenue

Davide and Dan Uccello have poured nearly $1.5 million in improvements into this community’s newest restaurant, and now the city is taking a step to help recoup some of those costs. As Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria prepares to open on May 30, an arrangement between the Uccellos, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Montcalm County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority aims to establish a redevelopment project at the restaurant.

Becky Butler of Coral, left, laughs as Candy the Camel nibbles on her hair while she takes a selfie photograph, as her mother-in-law, Stephanie Butler, holds her daughter, Evelynn Butler, left, 1, and niece, Harper Brand, right, 1, during the 25th annual Pet Fest at Town and Country Animal Clinic in Eureka Township on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town and Country Animal Clinic celebrates Pet Fest

With plenty of animals abound, a little bit of rain wasn’t going to damper the spirit of the 25th annual Pet Fest. Town and Country Animal Clinic hosted the event Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of visitors attended, receiving the opportunity to pet numerous animals, as well as receive a full tour of the clinic.