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BACK TO SCHOOL: What’s new at local districts this year

Staff and students have a lot to be excited about as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway Tuesday.

The rewards of voter-approved bond proposals in Belding, Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview are visible for all to see. A new superintendent is testing the waters at Central Montcalm while incoming freshman are making a “graduation pledge” at Greenville.

Teachers and staff spent most of Tuesday morning learning about Grenville Public Schools’ newly implemented teacher evaluation system. They will spend today working on building level procedures. The district’s new Chief Academic Officer Michelle Blaszczynski, top right, and Instructional Coach Capalene Howse presented to a cafeteria full of teachers and staff. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville teachers prep for school year

Orientations aren’t just for students. As area youngsters are shopping for supplies and picking out new clothes, teachers and staff at Greenville Public Schools are readying themselves for students’ mass arrival Tuesday.

Ashtin Arambula, 9, Dustin Arambula, 9, Zachary McMillan,10, and Terra McMillan look over the selection of backpacks and other school supplies that were donated. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Operation School Supplies helps out 364 area children

As the final days of summer vacation dwindle, the need for school supplies increases. That need was met for 364 children during Saturday’s fourth annual Operation School Supplies distribution at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

Fresh Start Fitness co-owners Chris Reisner, left, and Casey Kubiak see a bright future for their recently opened fitness club. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

BUSINESS BEAT: New fitness center up and running in downtown Greenville

Area couch potatoes looking to get a fresh start on a lean, healthy lifestyle now have a new choice, thanks to Fresh Start Fitness, 406 S. Lafayette. St., which will host its grand opening Sept. 1. According to co-owner Casey Kubiak, the fitness center offers the latest and greatest in workout equipment, convenience and personal training.

Greenville resident Crystal Gross took home first place in the 2D category for her charcoal drawing titled “Sunshine.” — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Art @ the Green winning entries shine

Awards have been announced for the 3rd annual Art @ the Green event for both 3D and 2D art pieces. With two places for each category decided by art judges and also an award for the top vote getter from the public, the event was highly competitive among the artists, who came from throughout the area to submit 31 entries.

Animal Crackers Farm owner Frank DePue and his camel, Shalemar, humped across a fair chunk of Montcalm County during Danish Festival to raise money for cancer research. At the end of their walk, DePue had netted about $675. — Courtesy photo

Camel and owner walk to raise funds for cancer research

When Frank DePue and his camel, Shalemar, set out on their (planned) 30-mile journey last Saturday, DePue had no way of knowing exactly how much money they would raise for cancer research.

Starting from the county line east of Carson City, man and camel plodded across the countryside toward Greenville, where Danish Fest was in full swing.

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Greenville Education Foundation kicks off yearly fundraising

For the past 23 years, the Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG) has helped fund events and programs at Greenville Public Schools that don’t regularly fall into the school’s budget.

Through grants and scholarships, the EFG has been able to provide additional opportunities for Greenville students and staff they may not have been open to otherwise.

This city of Greenville has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) which will allow the city to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two Greenville transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage. Pictured, from left, are Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to use grant funds for transit garage fix

This city has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which will allow Greenville to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage.

Spectators at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township on Saturday evening were treated to Ron Centers of Kalamazoo and his hot air balloon, which he lit up to entertain children as they waited for the evening fireworks show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival wraps up Sunday with family fun

Danish Festival visitors could have covered a lot of miles in the area on Sunday with activities ranging from Danish Heritage Church service at South Sidney Church in the morning, to geocaching in Greenville and the Family Trail Walk and Ugly Duckling race at Jackson’s Landing in the evening.

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Large crowds come out to enjoy 50th annual Grand Dansk Parade

With the sun high overhead and the smell of fine Danish cuisine in the air, thousands lined Cass Street in downtown Greenville on Saturday morning as the 50th Danish Festival’s main attraction made its way past awe-inspired children and their families.

With more than 100 entries, the Grand Dansk Parade was more than an hour-long event featuring floats, bands, cars and even a few superheros.