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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.

Montcalm Township firefighter Jordan Brygal and Fire Chief Clif Dickinson prepare for a training session with a helicopter crew from Aero Med Spectrum Health. The helicopter arrived at the township hall Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm County firefighters train with Spectrum Aero Med

It’s called the “Golden Hour” … the hour between life and death. First responders and medical crews live by it. It refers to the time they have to get a victim of massive, life-threatening trauma from a catastrophic scene to the hospital.

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JUST IN: Full agenda for Montcalm Township Board

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — The Montcalm Township Board had a full load during its Wednesday night meeting. Along with their regular reports and duties, the board approved six new business items and heard a presentation. During the evening, the board approved a motion to support the Montcalm Conservation District in the amount of $500, appointed a [...]

After starting their cross-country cycling trip in Boston on May 20, Norwegians Roar Walmness, Ole Christian and Per Walmness found themselves recharging at the Green Harp in Greenville on Tuesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Norwegian cycling trio makes Greenville stop on cross-country trip

Walking the streets of Greenville, one never knows what’s waiting around the corner at any given moment. Take Tuesday afternoon, for instance, when three Norwegian cyclists rolled into the city looking for a “healthy place to eat.”

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Greenville school board accepts superintendent’s resignation

Accepting the resignation of Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines was met with mixed emotions on Monday night.

“I move that we accept, with gladness for his opportunity in his career but sadness in ours, the resignation of Superintendent Haines at a date to be mutually decided between both parties,” Board of Education Vice President Norice Rasmussen said.

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Construction class builds bench for Greenville Department of Public Safety

Greenville Department of Public Safety officials swarmed on the Greenville High School wood shop on the last day of school. They were there to pick up their newly minted work bench.

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.

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Dr. Anthony Youn honored as GHS Outstanding Alumnus

In the 1970s and 80s, Greenville didn’t have much ethnic diversity and things haven’t changed much, said Dr. Anthony Youn at the 126th annual Greenville Alumni Association meeting and dinner Saturday night at the Greenville High School cafeteria.

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Superintendent Pete Haines leaving Greenville

Sometimes “goodbye” is the most difficult phrase in the English language. Especially when saying goodbye to a trusted and valued leader. Greenville must say goodbye to one of its leaders in the upcoming weeks. Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines will be leaving the district. As of Friday, the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) extended an offer to Haines to become the next superintendent of the district. Haines said he has verbally accepted the position, which is expected to begin in July.

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Students from the Virtual Learning Center wait patiently for their diplomas at commencement exercises Tuesday evening. This year’s graduating class included 55 students from Greenville, Central Montcalm, Ionia, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg school systems. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

55 virtual learners get diplomas

If you build it they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the movie, “Field of Dreams” and it seems to be working for the Berrien Springs Public Schools & Success Virtual Learning Center, which graduated its class of 2015 on Tuesday evening at Greenville High School.