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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.

Faculty members at Montcalm Community College gathered together Friday at the college’s Sidney campus to create a formation of the number “50” in celebration of the college’s 50 year anniversary. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MCC kicks off 50th anniversary year

In 1965, a small college opened in the heart of Montcalm County with the purpose of offering knowledge and expanding the minds of local residents eager to take their education to the next level.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 23, 2014

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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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Funeral Notices Aug. 22, 2014

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Bright Start starts over as new Lakeview Elementary School

It has been more than two years in coming, but on Wednesday, all the hard work, planning and expense paid off for Lakeview Community Schools when Superintendent Kyle Hamlin cut the ribbon officially opening the doors to Lakeview Elementary School. Assisting in the task were Board of Education President Ed Jonaitis and Principal Kelly Nielsen.

The event was well-attended by community members, teachers, administrators and parents with children who will soon be entering the school for fall classes.

New staff at Central Montcalm Public School this year include Chelsea Stech, Jennifer Dankert, Beth Clingenpeel,Nicole Long, Kasie Adams, Kathleen Stein, Marty James and Superintendent Charles Muncatchy. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm Public School approves new hires

New Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Chuck Muncatchy sat in on his first school board meeting Wednesday night and watched as the board approved hiring a new high school principal, six new teachers and an athletic trainer to help the district be ready for the influx of students at the start of the new school year.

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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.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 21, 2014

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