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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.

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Summer program offers free financial education for those on the brink of adulthood

As graduating seniors head off to college or the work force and incoming seniors consider their paths, The United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties and Greenville Public Schools are teaming to offer financial education to help those beginning life on their own.

Gabbie and Naomi Blumberug, front, Jac Mulhulland and Lyla Luce, back, take the first of three laps on a mini roller coaster Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

4-H spirits remain high despite rains

Showing both horses and goats Tuesday morning and afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Corban Spittka was drenched from head to toe as heavy rains splashed down all around him. The dedicated 4-H’er, 15, of Sheridan, was having a difficult time showing his animals, as his horse was spooked and his goats were disturbed by the sights and sounds that the rainstorm brought with it.

A carnival worker for Maple Leaf Amusements put together an attraction Monday afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. This is Maple Leaf Amusements first year being the ride supplier for the fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carnival will provide ‘classic’ midway experience at 4-H Fair

Visitors to this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair midway can expect the “classic carnival” experience from one end to the other; from Ferris wheels to corn dogs, fair organizers anticipate a carnival at least as good as those experienced by fairgoers in the past.

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Greenville school board OKs 2014-2015 proposed budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education adopted a proposed $33.6-million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

Greenville this week was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for maintenance work along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. The grant will help fund the recoating of railings along the boardwalk near Greenville Tool & Die on the south end of the city. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Greenville gets grant for work on Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

The city of Greenville was awarded an $8,000 grant last week from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for maintenance work along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. The grant will help fund the recoating of railings along the boardwalk near Greenville Tool & Die on the south end of Greenville.