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Volunteers, from left to right in back, Simon Crouse, Mari Clevenger and Jacob Palmer help out at a Bible basketball camp last week through Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton, where about 70 youths participated. — Courtesy photo

Trinity Evangelical Free Church volunteers do local mission work

Most people on mission trips travel to other cities, states or countries to help those in need through their church. However, a local church held a mission trip last week to help those right in its own backyard.

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Funeral Notices – July 3, 2013

Read funeral notices for Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Pat McShosh will preside as grand marshal at the Crystal Fourth of July parade Thursday morning.

McShosh named Crystal’s Fourth of July grand marshal

When Pat McShosh was just 5 years old, she remembers the day when her vacation trip to the family cottage near Crystal Lake came to an end and she and her family had to return to their home in Dearborn.

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Fun times ahead at Dizzi Daze in Six Lakes this weekend

This year’s Dizzi Daze celebration in Six Lakes is shaping up to be one of the best held there in years, according to Dizzi Daze Committee President Gina Kotenko. In addition to many longstanding favorites, several new offerings — including a street dance — have been added to the mix.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday.

Carmen Deseno, 18, of Greenville and a member of the Country Cruisers 4-H Club, was selected by judges as the 2013 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion after he successfully showed 10 different animals, competing against nine other 4-H members.

Greenville teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship championship

A Greenville teenager known for his expertise in showing poultry during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair walked away with more than he bargained for after being declared this year’s sweepstakes showmanship champion.

A ribbon is cut in front of It’s a Buck Dollar Store during a seven-business event held in Stanton on Tuesday morning. All seven stores are located within a two-block area of Main Street in downtown Stanton. State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, joined City Manager James Freed, area business people and other Stanton officials for the event.

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton in full business bloom with seven ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Business is booming in the city of Stanton and on Tuesday, city officials, state representatives and local business people gathered to note the recent influx of new businesses to the city.

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Funeral Notices – July 2, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

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Dar Morgan’s final wish granted to see Legacy Field

For months, Dar Morgan would stroll around the building site of Legacy Field in Greenville as construction workers kept busy erecting walls and moving dirt in an effort to build the new football stadium through the autumn and winter months of 2011. A Greenville High School graduate who played football at Black Field, Morgan couldn’t travel far from his sister Tami Morgan-Stump’s residence at the end of West Tyler Street because he had a battery-powered left ventricle assisted device (LVAD) aiding his weakened heart.

From left, Jack Cox, owner Tim Minikey and Clint Vinton comprise the team of expert mechanics at Sheridan Tire & Auto, which opened in January and has been doing a respectable business ever since.

BUSINESS BEAT: ‘Townie’ starts new tire store in Sheridan

Tim Minikey knows his way around an automobile. For decades he’s been turning a wrench, taking broken vehicles and making them unbroken.
His first professional foray into auto repair was as a mechanic. After that, for 11 years, he ran a tool company.

Two antique modes of transportation — a 1908 Sears and Roebuck Model J horse carriage, in back, and a 1973 Chrysler New Yorker — await some maintenance at Flat River Repair in Greenville.

REVVED UP: Buying, keeping and driving a classic vehicle

According to the State of Michigan, for a vehicle to qualify for an historical or authentic license plate, it must be at least 26 years old, based on the model year deducted from the present calendar date. Two local, classic car owners talk about their passion and the care and expense involved with owning and maintaining a classic car.