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Judge Charles Simon, center, poses with recently-sworn in children’s advocates Tuesday at the Montcalm County Court Complex; from left, Jeffrey Bennett, Ronald Massanari, Rhonda Massanari, Simons, Brigitte Aggas and Michael Kattreh. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates help courts with at-risk kids

By the time the courts become involved in a domestic situation, things are complicated. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters … all can be victims. But too often, those most hurt are those least able to speak for themselves: The children.

A $100,000 donation from the Pearl and Larry Padden estate will help the Lakeview Area Community Fund improve the community in many ways. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Area Community Fund receives $100,000 donation

Larry and Pearl Padden didn’t move to Lakeview until 1991, long after Larry’s 1971 retirement. Before that the couple summered on the shores of Lake Nipissing in Canada and wintered in Vero Beach, Fla. It didn’t take long before the Paddens adopted their new hometown, heart and soul. Both became integral members of the community and in no time were on a first name basis with many Lakeview residents.

Cygnus 27 is located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

FREE TIME: Cygnus 27 introduces Latin-inspired menu to Grand Rapids

Cygnus, a northern constellation of the Milky Way, is home to one of the brightest stars seen by night.

Cygnus 27, already well known for its globally inspired menu and out-of-this-world views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, is headed in a new, Latin-infused direction.


Turners honored for Crystal’s Fourth of July

They were both born the same year (1925) and they both grew up in Crystal. However, Paul and Arlene Turner didn’t meet until young adults at the close of World War II. They married and spent their lives together in Crystal, serving this lakeside community in many ways over the decades.


Funeral Notices for July 2, 2015

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3 downtown Greenville businesses closing shop

The business front is about to get sparse in downtown Greenville. Three businesses are currently liquidating stock and preparing to close shop. In the very near future, Springrove Variety, The Cottage Porch Gift Shoppe and Anne’s Pet Shoppe will all close their doors for the final time.


Greenville superintendent search begins

As Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines attended his final school board meeting Monday evening, the wheels began to turn in the district’s search for his successor. Haines submitted his resignation June 8 after accepting the superintendent position at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD).

Rachel Hubler, left, and Katherine Maiga own Seven Sisters Quilt Shop in Carson City. The sisters recently purchased the former Bloomer Township Hall, where they plan to expand their business to offer quilt classes, fabric clubs and quilting guilds. — Courtesy photo

Seven Sisters Quilt Shop purchases former Bloomer Township Hall

The next quorum held in the former Bloomer Township Hall will likely be a quilting quorum.

Rachel Hubler and Katherine Maiga, sisters and owners of Seven Sisters Quilt Shop in downtown Carson City, recently purchased the old township hall at 217 W. Sherman St. The Bloomer Township Hall offices relocated to 9890 E. Carson City Road (M-57) last year.


Funeral Notices for July 1, 2015

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Jacob Drake, 18, of Howard City and the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, won Best in Show and Outstanding Exhibit during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair for a hope chest he designed and built himself in shop class. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Howard City teen wins 4-H Best in Show Still Exhibit

As the Montcalm County 4-H Fair was just beginning last week, 4-H’er Jacob Drake was miles away, fishing with a friend on the Muskegon River near Croton Dam. It was then that his phone buzzed with a text message delivering a bit of surprising news.