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Several floats in the Old Fashioned Days Parade provided candy for kids along the parade route.

Another successful Old Fashioned Days event in the books for Stanton

The motto of this year’s Old Fashioned Days festival in Stanton might well have been “When Tractors Ruled the Earth.”

The 2013 Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, from left, Prince Hunter Hollenbeck, Miss Danish Festival Taylor Bretzke, Princess Dana Edgerly; back row, Young Miss First Runner-up Molly Rodenhouse, Young Miss Ema Skogseth, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Taylor Hedrick, Junior Miss Alexis Hallock and Junior Miss First Runner-up Morgan Masters.

Taylor Bretzke crowned 2013 Danish Festival Queen, makes history

The 2013 Danish Festival royalty includes, front row, from left, Prince Hunter Hollenbeck, Miss Danish Festival Taylor Bretzke, Princess Dana Edgerly; back row, Young Miss First Runner-up Molly Rodenhouse, Young Miss Ema Skogseth, Miss Danish Festival First Runner-up Taylor Hedrick, Junior Miss Alexis Hallock and Junior Miss First Runner-up Morgan Masters.

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‘Library ladies’ working to secure future of Hubbardston Book Nook

The Hubbardston Book Nook exists as a labor of love. The library nestled inside the Hubbardston Community Center is a haven for local readers who have access to about 7,000 books, children looking for a safe and fun activity or anyone needing Internet access. The Hubbardston Book Nook Board is comprised of President Laura Fahey, Ruth Gee, Catrina Larsen, Genie Moriarty and Cherri Muirhead. They call themselves “the library ladies” and they raise all their own funds for books, bills and activities, as well as $350 in monthly rent to the Hubbardston Community Center.

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Crystal Township says goodbye to longtime community members

Buck and Mary Ann Last have been a staple of the Crystal community for as long as most residents can remember. Together they founded the Crystal Arts Council. Mary Ann helped create popular women’s teas and was instrumental in starting the Crystal Herb Society in 1991. Buck has continued to help with organizing the Crystal Farmers Market. So when members of the Crystal Herb Society discovered that the husband and wife of 58 years would be moving to Midland to be closer to family, they decided to throw one last tribute to Mary Ann, in the style of a playful roast to celebrate their memories together.

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Funeral Notices — Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

Funeral notices for Monday, August 12, 2013

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Cedar Springs man injured in Greenville motorcycle accident

A 32-year-old Cedar Springs man was injured and remains hospitalized after he was struck by another vehicle while driving his motorcycle Sunday afternoon. According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Denny Walter was southbound on South Greenville Road at approximately 4:40 p.m. when a 2011 GMC, driven by Karen Burkholder, 58 of Gowen, was leaving the Petersen Oil parking lot to head north on South Greenville Road.

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Korean War veteran enjoys special visit to Belding Veterans Park

Murl “Red” Sanders wasn’t expecting much for his his birthday this year. The Korean War veteran and Greenville resident has resided at Metron of Greenville in extended care since last October after health complications resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the knee down. But on Friday, on his 84th birthday, Sanders was given a gift he found difficult to express in words.

Frank Stankey, former physical education teacher and coach at Greenville High School, waves to the crowd last September after being inducted into the inaugural hall of fame class at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Longtime coach, mentor Frank Stankey dies

I never met Frank Stankey. I wish I had that opportunity. By all accounts, Stankey was a legend. The longtime Greenville High School physical education teacher, coach and mentor passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 71. His passing brought tears to many, an unbelievable outpour of condolences and rekindled fond memories in the community.

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Funeral Notices – Aug. 10, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

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Greenville man turns his 2-wheeled dreams into riding reality

“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.” These words, written sometime around the turn of the last century by author H.G. Wells, ring as true today as on the day they were first set to paper. There is a certain liberation of spirit that comes with riding a bicycle; an exhilarating escape from the limitations and demands of the internal combustion engine.