A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.
A Greenville native now living Savannah, Ga., is recovering at home after being stabbed several times during a robbery Sunday. Carol Bontekoe, 32, is a 2002 Greenville High School graduate who moved out of state. On Sunday morning, she was severely injured when robbed outside her home.
With their red shirts, they blend into the Danish Festival crowd almost unnoticed. Without them, Greenville’s annual event couldn’t happen.
As many as 50 people — of all ages and range of experience — volunteer to help with the many events during Danish Festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. From the Princess for a Day event to the Grand Dansk Parade to the Tivoli Beer Gardens to the Exploring Danish Happiness traveling exhibit, all the festival events that happen throughout the city is only possible through the dedication of a volunteer program.
Voices, music, and the sound of beer pouring filled the air around Calder Plaza on Saturday evening.
Hundreds of craft beer enthusiasts gathered to share in the inaugural beer festival HopStock, put on by the Beer City Brewers Guild. The event featured beverages from 27 local breweries, including Greenville’s 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, as well as live music, food trucks, and various vendors with craft beer related wares.
Several apartments were destroyed in a structure fire early Wednesday morning at the Pine Manor apartment complex, but all residents were able to escape safely.
According to Greenville Public Safety Sgt. and Fire Lt. Darren Jones, firefighters were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. to 1201 S. Cedar St. in Greenville, where a fire had started on the exterior of the apartment complex, behind apartments numbered 19 through 22.
New turnout gear is on its way for local firefighters after approval by the Greenville City Council on Tuesday evening.
Montcalm Township is looking into options to replace a lack of recycling locations. The township board voted in July to close its free 24/7 recycling site due to years of abuse. Now, Recycle World just north of Greenville is closing its sites.
Allison Harrison learned how to make the best of both worlds. In 2014, as a Belding High School student, she participated in and won the Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. As a resident of Greenville, she was also able compete in this year’s Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant.
Gary Zarkowski is hoping to bring a new storage facility to the outskirts of the city limits. Proposed to the Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday evening, Zarkowski, who owns real estate company Zarkowski Properties, is aiming to turn five acres of vacant land he purchased into a mini-storage complex at 6910 S. Greenville Road (M-91).
The newest fire engine at the Montcalm Township Fire Department is older than some of its cadets, and the oldest engine is from 1985.
“We’re at a situation where the youthful life of a fire engine is 10 years,” Supervisor Mike Adams said. “Our newest engine is a 1997. On top of that, we’ve outgrown our station.”