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S.H.E.: Facing the first of many ‘lasts’

As this month comes to a close, I face another “last” moment. Watching the last high school football game in which my son, Alec, who is a senior, will play.

A mom and her young child receive a lovable, wet welcome from a camel at Anderson & Girls Orchards in Stanton.

S.H.E.: Plenty of local places to enjoy the fall season with your children

With access to a couple different local apple orchards, people in Greenville and the surrounding areas get the chance to take their children on unique adventures. Three locations that are excellent fall destinations for moms and their children are Anderson & Girls Orchards in Stanton, Klackle Orchards in Greenville and Deer Tracks Junction, just west of Greenville on M-57.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 17, 2015

Funeral notices for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, left, speaks on the subject of receiving bids for a new heating and cooling system at the township administration building as Trustee Jason Anderson listens during Wednesday’s board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township to purchase new DPW truck

Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) fund balance this year has been quite exceptional compared to past years, according to auditor Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants. The general fund was up $351,905 from last year’s budget, with special education up almost the exact same at $351,671. The vocational education fund was up $88,669 from last year. — Graphic courtesy Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

MAISD learns audit results

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) received good reviews on its audit for the 2014-2015 budget. Auditor Ali Barnes of Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants informed the board on Oct. 8 that the budget is “in very good position” and all of its department’s budgets were “very consistent.”

Michigan Secretary of State Chief of Staff Mike Senyko presents Larry Alman with the Shining Star Award while Eversight Michigan Community Relations Liaison Alex Teska stands in approval. Alman received the award for urging people to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Larry Alman passionate about organ donation, receives Shining Star Award

Larry Alman is serious when it comes to organ and tissue donation. Once a month he is at the Greenville Michigan Secretary of State and Montcalm County PLUS office urging people to join the state’s organ, tissue and eye donation program.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 16, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Oct. 16

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Salute Our Soldiers game is tonight between CC-C, Vestaburg

The game that honors those who have served in branches of the United States military is set for tonight.

The annual Salute Our Soldiers game will take place between Vestaburg and visiting Carson City-Crystal.

Although his attempts were in vain Tuesday, Bob Cusack tries to reason with the Oakfield Township Board on why his mobile home should not be considered a dangerous building. — Daily News//Brad Klosner

Oakfield Township Board upholds dangerous building order

Try as he might, Bob Cusack cannot convince the powers that be that his mobile home is not a dangerous building. During Tuesday’s Oakfield Township Board meeting, board members unanimously voted to uphold an order by the township hearing officer stating Cusack’s mobile home is dangerous and needs to be removed or demolished.

According to Lakeview Elementary School kindergarten teacher Wendy Bates, a new assessment program at the school has proven helpful in getting incoming students the focused attention some of them need. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Assessment program helps Lakeview teachers with kindergarteners

By the time a student enters third, fourth or fifth grade, his or her teacher has a pretty good idea what to expect. The student’s abilities are, in part at least, a known quality.