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The Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association and teenagers from throughout West Michigan worked together Wednesday to plant a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Volunteers plant pollinator gardens at Braman Center in Greenville

Several dozen pairs of green thumbs were hard at work Wednesday in an effort to beautify a local educational facility. A group of youths from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan worked alongside members of the Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association to create a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. The Braman Center features technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, health-related training options, renewable energy studies and more.

Teacher Rhonda Waldorf, left, and student Jackson Austin, 12, lead the parade during a Fourth of July celebration near the Seiter Center on Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Seiter Center staff, students, celebrate Independence Day

Students at the Seiter Education Service Center were all smiles Friday as they paraded down Van Deinse Street clad in red, white and blue. Representatives from American Legion Post 101 in Greenville visited the center for an early celebration of Independence Day with a flag raising, a rifle salute and a rendition of “Taps” played on a trumpet.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, reviews the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget for the city as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No significant cuts in Greenville’s upcoming budget

For the first time in recent memory, City Manager George Bosanic could breath a sigh of relief with the passing of the upcoming year’s budget.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to accept the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget — a budget without any significant cuts on the horizon.

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Greenville schools approve budget, lower tax levy

Students may be out of school for summer, but the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education is still working to plan for the upcoming academic year.

Board members accepted the 2016-2017 budget during a special meeting Monday, and also voted to lower the tax levy for the coming year.

Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Merry Kim Meyers

GUEST VIEW: No place like a county fair

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is set to begin Sunday. As this year’s theme proclaims, “There’s no place like a county fair.”

No place better for the grind and growl of the demolition derby. No place better to bid on a prize winning market animal. No place better for indulging in an ooey gooey elephant ear. No place better for … learning!

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Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

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Funeral Notices for June 24, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, June 24, 2016

Julia and the Greensides, a contemporary folk band from Muskegon, will be the headliners at a series of concerts Saturday evening as part of the inaugural Taste of Montcalm festival in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

Stanton readies for its first Taste of Montcalm

What does Montcalm County taste like? Festival-goers will have a chance to vote for some of their favorite local restaurants at the inaugural Taste of Montcalm from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at D. Hale Brake Park in Stanton. The festival is free.

Former Lakeview High School principal Gary Jensen, at right, smiles June 5 as the graduating seniors of Lakeview High School’s class of 2016 repeat a mantra he taught them years ago: “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.” — File photo

Former Lakeview High School principal appointed CEO of 4 Detroit schools

The words came to Gary Jensen in the middle of a difficult school assembly as he strived to capture the attention of distracted and struggling students. “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.”