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Second-grade students present the story of “Mulan” Saturday evening through a performance they learned in the Walnut Hills Elementary School Chinese Immersion program during the Chinese New Year Gala at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Immersion students ring in the Chinese New Year (PHOTOS)

The year of the rooster is officially here and students at Walnut Hills Elementary School made sure to ring it in properly. Students in the Chinese immersion program took the stage at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center Saturday evening to perform a program that showcased the language and culture they’ve been learning about in school.

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New year, new life: Greenville residents transform their lifestyles via weight loss

GREENVILLE — With the bright lights of an auditorium shining from above, and an audience full of friends, peers and strangers seated before him, Mike Walsh had placed himself in the spotlight. Performing at Greenville High School’s annual R3 concert, the Baldwin Heights Elementary School principal is no stranger to standing before hundreds of people. [...]

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130 take icy plunge at Turk Lake (VIDEO AND PHOTOS)

Saturday’s crisp, cold weather brought out the bravest of brave “plungers” for the 8th annual Polar Plunge, as 130 participants jumped into the cold waters of Turk Lake, raising $40,500 for Special Olympics. The event has been held at Turk Lake for the past three years, with the first five years at Clifford Lake, but this year was by far the coldest plunge yet, according to event coordinator Jim Dennis.

Montcalm Township Fire Department recruit Logan Fuhrman, listens to some tips from veteran firefighter Jorden Brygal during a search-and-rescue training session on Sunday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Firefighters undergo search and rescue training (VIDEO AND GALLERIES)

You cannot learn to ride a bike by reading a book about it. Acquiring and mastering a skill comes more from practicing the act, rather than merely studying it. This is a fact the firefighters of the Montcalm Township Fire Department take to heart.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala tries to stiff-arm Belding’s Alex Hubbert during a 52-29 Yellow Jackets win in a season opening win at Rudness Field. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts quick in opening win at Belding

Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.

Greenville’s Cleveland-Wolverton VFW Post 3794 Color Guard marches proudly through downtown Greenville during the 51st Danish Festival’s Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/ Brad Klosner

Bryan Armock carries the colors to honor his grandfather (Photo Gallery)

For most, the Great Dansk Parade is merely an enjoyable and entertaining event at the Danish Festival. But not for Bryan Armock. For Armock, the Great Dansk Parade means legacy.

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VIDEO: The Princess and the Pea Bed Race

  All set to the roar of the crowds, The Princess and the Pea Bed Race featured three teams competing to be the fastest gurney in town. Starting at Barry Street, teams raced down Cass Street to Franklin Street, turned around and headed back to the starting point.

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VIDEO: Danish Festival Band performs on the main stage

The Danish Festival Band performs the overture to “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” on the main stage Friday during the Danish Festival in downtown Greenville, under the direction of Keith Hudson.

Danish Festival Band Director Keith Hudson leads the group during a performance Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park in Greenville.  — Daily News/Mike Taylor

VIDEO: Danish Festival Band performs in park

The Danish Festival Band, led by Director Keith Hudson, leads the group during a performance Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park in Greenville.

Cool temperatures and the threat of rain did little to dissuade the Tower Riverside Park audience from turning out in force.

Greenville VFW Service Officer John Simmons shares a laugh with Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten during the festival's opening ceremony. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

VIDEO: Danish Festival queen sings “God Bless America”

The 51st annual Danish Festival began this evening with the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park outside Greenville City Hall. The event included a performance of “God Bless America” by Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten.