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Campers glide over the open water in canoes as part of their activities at Optimist Camp. — Courtesy photo

Optimist Camp (Wah-Wah-Tay-See) celebrates 50 years in Greenville

It was the summer of 1964 and for the first time Camp Wah-Wah-Tay-See opened its doors to the special education students of the Greenville area. It offered them the experience of camping, the chance to meet new people, and most importantly it gave them a chance to have fun in the great outdoors. The brainchild of Jerry Hansen, a then special education teacher in Greenville, Wah-Wah-Tay-See, now known as Optimist Camp, brought in eight students the first summer.

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JUST IN: Greenville Planning Commission moves amended downtown rental requirements on to Council

The Greenville Planning Commission recommended to City Council the approval of language changes to downtown residency regulations which would make it easier for upstairs rental units downtown.

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Greenville birthday party to benefit battered women

If you see enough bad over the course of a few years, you really begin to appreciate the good things in life: a loving family, healthy children, emotional stability.
This Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Transitions Counseling Services in Greenville, outpatient therapist Sue Ellen Pabst — who has heard more than her share of domestic violence horror stories — plans to celebrate all the good things in her own life with a public birthday party … a really big birthday party, to which the entire community is invited.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Beijing students host talent show in Greenville

High school students from Beijing, China, are visiting Greenville this week to learn about American culture and help the local community with service projects.
The Beijing students hosted a talent show at Greenville Middle School on Wednesday evening.

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Montcalm Township Board contributes $1,000 to Montcalm Alliance

Economic development dominos continue to fall in place with this township’s board becoming the next in line to dedicate funds toward the Montcalm Alliance to support a contract with The Right Place.

Federal-Mogul in Greenville has been placed on a “significant non-compliant” status after several violations of the city’s Industrial Pollution Prevention program, but city officials say most, if not all, issues have been drastically improved. Federal-Mogul was cited multiple times last year for releasing more of two types of pollutants into the city’s wastewater system than is allowed by ordinance. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Federal-Mogul works to fix pollution problems

Federal-Mogul has been placed on a “significant noncompliant” status after several violations of the city’s Industrial Pollution Prevention (IPP) program. However, city officials say most, if not all, issues have been drastically improved at the automotive plant, which is located at 510 E. Grove St.

Greenville resident Anthony Czarnopis recently visited the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight for WWII veterans. The flight took about 80 Michigan veterans to Washington D.C. and the WWII Memorial, a place which 69 years since serving in the war, Czarnopis had never seen. During the trip, Czarnopis was given letters, shown above, from elementary students. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville WWII veteran goes on Honor Flight

The goal of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight on June 24 was to give the remaining World War II veterans in the area “one last mission.” The flight took about 80 Michigan veterans to Washington, D.C., and the WWII Memorial, a place that in 69 years since serving in the war, Greenville resident Anthony Czarnopis had never been.

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Rain showers came and went, but trophies and ribbons were won and as the sun sets on the final night of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the countdown to next year’s event begins. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

2014 Montcalm County 4-H Fair comes to a close

As the dust settled over the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, with a final whinny of a horse echoing through the now empty stables, it appears this year was a success for both 4-H’ers and visitors of the fair.

From left, Karah Ra, Joseph Willliams and Eden Stewart, who represent the junior alpaca class, stand in front of the judges table waiting to receive their ribbons in the showmanship round. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H’ers bring out alpacas and llamas for Friday show

There may have been just a few friends and family in the stands and mostly uncooperative animals, but the seven 4-Hers who took part in the llama and alpaca show Friday were enjoying themselves anyway.

Morgan Chaffin, of the Tri-County Country 4-H club, works her pair of swine around the presentation area during her auction time Thursday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H Fair livestock auction racks up sales of more than $200,000

One after another, the hands of more than 100 buyers sprouted up from the crowded auction barn Thursday during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s livestock auction. When all was said and done, 345 animals totaling 76,692 pounds were sold for $208,815.29.