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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.

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Funeral Notices for April 11, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, April 11, 2016

“Benjamin Losford and His Handy Dandy Clippers” tells the true story of a freed slave and his journey from a Kentucky plantation to the village of Edmore, where he became the town’s barber and a respected member of the community. (Courtesy illustration)

New children’s book highlights local contributions of African Americans

Benjamin Losford was born into a life of slavery. It was the mid-1800s, a plantation in Boone County, Ky. Growing up, Benjamin would overhear relatives speaking in hushed voices of his father, Abraham, who has escaped to the north, vowing to someday return for his family. Abraham’s first attempt to reclaim Benjamin and his sister resulted in his recapture.

But Abraham — who had served as the plantation’s resident barber — escaped a second time, eventually settling in Howell, where he opened his own barber shop

The interior of Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Greenville has gone through a major transformation, and will feature three separate components: A sports bar, ristorante, and pizzeria. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar aims to open in ‘late May’

On an ordinary Sunday afternoon in the spring of 2014, Davide Uccello visited his brother Dan at his home just outside of Cedar Springs — a regular weekly visit between brothers from a very close family. But this visit, as it turns out, would end up leading to an opportunity the two would never forget. Owners of three successful restaurant franchises — Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante in Grand Rapids, Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Belmont and Catering Concepts in Holland — the brothers promote a proud Italian history, having grown up in a small town in Sicily, Italy.

Pete McGowan owns Third Wave Coffee with his wife, Megan. They purchased the space in 2014. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding’s Third Wave Coffee expanding

Third Wave Coffee has been providing citizens of Belding with their java fixes for two years, seeing success in offering the community an opportunity for in-house roasted coffee beans and excellent customer service. Soon the shop will be expanding its offerings to fresh and natural food options.

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Funeral Notices for April 9, 2016

Funeral notices for Saturday, April 9, 2016

Montcalm County accountant Brenda Taeter Interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

4 interview for controller-admin position; 5th interview set for Monday

nterviews are underway for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners interviewed four internal candidates for the job on Thursday, with one external candidate — Mark Stuhldreher of Kalamazoo, who is treasurer and interim city manager of Inkster — slated to be interviewed Monday.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, left, and Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit, right, discuss the retirement of city attorney James Mullendore during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville attorney to retire after 40-plus years

After more than four decades of legal practice — the majority of those in his home community — Greenville city attorney James Mullendore is retiring. The Greenville City Council unanimously accepted Mullendore’s retirement letter Tuesday evening. His last day as a practicing attorney will be Sept. 1.

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Funeral Notices for April 8, 2016

Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, April 8, 2016

The road sign that Belding resident and Otisco Township Clerk Linda Sower said is incorrectly positioned to show where Otisco Township begins on S. Bridge Street. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Citizens confused by road signs in Belding

Citizens aired concerns about several issues during Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting. One such disgruntled resident is Lynda Sower, who happens to be the clerk for Otisco Township.