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The 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show participants checked out their stand-in chicken on Monday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Fake chickens, real storms at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

As the menacing black storm clouds crept into Montcalm County on Monday afternoon, everyone begin to feel a touch of anxiety. However, the children at the 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show were anything but chicken. At least not totally.

One of the more unique animals showcased at Monday’s Pocket Pets Show was Scamper, a 3-year-old ferret owned by Ashley Davis, 11, of Vestaburg. Davis, in her second year of participating in the 4-H Fair, said Scamper is a great pet to play with and loves to playfully attack socks. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Young 4-H’ers get showcase experience with Pocket Pets Show

Rarely do cats, rats and ferrets get together in one room — without any chaos, at least. But when they do, it’s a good bet that they’re being showcased at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s annual Pocket Pets Show. The show, which has been part of the fair for two decades, is an opportunity for younger 4-H Club members to get involved with the fair by showcasing a household pet.

Miss Michigan KT Maviglia presents Emily Smith of Greenville with the Pam Eldred Community Service award, a $2,000 prize at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant on Saturday at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville woman first runner-up at last weekend’s Miss Michigan pageant

“It all started with the Miss Danish Festival Pageant!” Two local women, Lauren Walsh as Miss Danish Festival and Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival 2013 and reigning Miss Pride of the Peninsulas, were among 34 contestants seeking the crown Saturday at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at the Frauenthal Center of Performing Arts in Muskegon.

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.

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Greenville sergeant reappointed to Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council

When it comes to firefighter training, Michigan residents want the best. So it came as no surprise when one of Greenville’s own was appointed to oversee state firefighter training guidelines.

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JUST IN: Greenville City Council accepts budget, talks FOIA

GREENVILLE — It was all about balance during the Tuesday meeting of the Greenville City Council. During the meeting, the council voted to approved the City of Greenville Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year of 2015-2016. The council also voted to approve the year-end budget adjustments for the fiscal year of 2014-2015. In addition, the [...]

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.