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Pastor Paul Dickson has been collecting model cars and trains since 1945, when he received his first train set as a Christmas present from his father. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Collection of vintage and model trains and cars a labor of love

There’s a hard-edged romance that rides shotgun with drivers of the big rigs rolling across the ribbons of concrete that make up America’s highway system. The open road, the freedom, a life unchained from the desk, the cubicle, the office; it’s a dream only a few ever realize. Of course, those who actually pilot an 18-wheeler will no doubt tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, that every job has its downside.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 5, 2013

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Kristin Ritter is shown outside the construction site for a Habitat for Humanity build, which will construct a two-story home for her and her two sons. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville Habitat for Humanity home taking shape on South Street

For three years, Kristin Ritter has been looking for the perfect home for her and her two young sons, but for one reason or another it just didn’t happen. That is until Habitat for Humanity stepped in. Now, Ritter and her sons, Gaige, 8, and Cailix, 4, are awaiting the construction of their new home, a two-story, three-bedroom home on West South Street in Greenville — definitely a step up from their crowded apartment.

Montabella’s team poses for a photo at Michigan International Speedway Saturday.

Montabella girls finish ninth at state finals

Montabella cross country coach Jeff Kauffman had set a goal for his girls team to finish in the top 10 of the teams in Division 4 race Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. After finishing ninth with 260 points, Kauffman said the mission was accomplished.

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Greenville faces tough road to district final

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) volleyball district tournaments begin today across the state. The road to a district title for the Greenville Yellow Jackets is always a tough one. This year, isn’t going to be any different, as the Yellow Jackets open up tournament play tonight against the host Forest Hills Northern Huskies in the Class A District No. 7 bracket.

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Vestaburg family displaced by house fire

A small house fire Sunday morning caused significant damage to a home near the corner of 3rd Street and D Ave.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 4, 2013

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Emily Smith of Greenville was recently crowned Miss Greater Kalamazoo, earning the right to compete in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant in Muskegon in June. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman wins Miss Greater Kalamazoo pageant

When Miss Danish Festival 2012 Emily Smith competed in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant this summer, she considered the possibility of returning. That thought became a reality when Smith, now a freshman at Western Michigan University, won the Miss Greater Kalamazoo pageant earlier this month.

The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, comes to the job from Indiana and brings a wealth of experience in creating children’s programs. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton community invited to meet White Pine Library’s new director

The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, brings not only a wealth of library-specific experience to the job, but also a Renaissance woman’s appreciation for art, theater and music. Stockton was recently hired on to replace outgoing part-time director Katie E. Arwood, who left to take a full-time position at Montcalm Community College.

Assunda Kazmerski’s new restaurant in Stanton, Mamma Mia’s, features authentic Italian food.  “You won’t find any ranch dressing here,” Kazmerski said.

BUSINESS BEAT: Mamma Mia’s in Stanton is the ‘real deal’ in Italian dining

You may think you’ve had Italian, but if you were born and raised in Michigan, chances are you have not. That’s according to Assunda Kazmerski, who this past summer opened the doors to Mamma Mia’s restaurant.