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Former Stanton resident Gregory Patten, left, talks with a fellow DNR officer at an awards ceremony held in June in Lansing. Patten was named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year. Each year the organization recognizes the service of natural resources officials in the United States and Canada. — Courtesy photo

Former Stanton man named DNR Officer of the Year

Growing up in Stanton and attending Central Montcalm High School, it was only natural Gregory Patten would develop an affinity for the outdoor life. The bucolic acres of corn and potatoes, the fallow fields, rivers and streams, they all spoke to Patten’s love of nature.

So perhaps it’s only natural that, well over three decades later, he should be named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Franz Mogdis has been executive director of the Montcalm Alliance since 1997. — File photo

JUST IN: Longtime Montcalm Alliance executive director resigns

The longtime leader of Montcalm County’s economic development is stepping down as the organization heads in a new direction.

Franz Mogdis is resigning as executive director of the Montcalm Alliance after 17 years. His resignation is effective July 31.

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Greenville birthday party to benefit battered women

If you see enough bad over the course of a few years, you really begin to appreciate the good things in life: a loving family, healthy children, emotional stability.
This Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Transitions Counseling Services in Greenville, outpatient therapist Sue Ellen Pabst — who has heard more than her share of domestic violence horror stories — plans to celebrate all the good things in her own life with a public birthday party … a really big birthday party, to which the entire community is invited.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Popular sheriff weds popular girl in Montcalm County

The Montcalm County sheriff wed a “popular” young woman from Stanton one century ago, as was reported on the front page of the Greenville Independent in a rather breathless article.

“Society circles at the County Seat were given a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning when Miss Ella L. Palmer, daughter of attorney and Mrs. L.C. Palmer, was united in marriage to William E. Rasmussen, Montcalm County’s sheriff,” stated the article from the week of June 30.

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MAKING THE GRADE: Important changes and studies deserve our attention

Although summer is finally in full swing, there are developments in education that deserve our attention.
I want to call your attention to two of them.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Commence thrashing! Belding skatepark opens

The new Leppink’s Riverside Skatepark officially opened Tuesday afternoon in Belding.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Beijing students host talent show in Greenville

High school students from Beijing, China, are visiting Greenville this week to learn about American culture and help the local community with service projects.
The Beijing students hosted a talent show at Greenville Middle School on Wednesday evening.

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Funeral Notices – July 10, 2014

Read funeral notices for Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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Montcalm Township Board contributes $1,000 to Montcalm Alliance

Economic development dominos continue to fall in place with this township’s board becoming the next in line to dedicate funds toward the Montcalm Alliance to support a contract with The Right Place.

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‘Quiet month’ for Sheridan Village Council

It was a light agenda for members of the Sheridan Village Council at their meeting Tuesday evening. With both Village Superintendent Doug Lane and Assistant Village Superintendent Ed Lingeman absent, council members dealt only with a few housekeeping items.