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Luthier Mark Swanson, right, points out some of the design characteristics of his electric instruments to a fan at a live performance with his band, 13th Hour. — Courtesy photo

Beauty is in the hands of the player: Luthier creates musical works of art

It’s a good thing for the musical world that Mark Swanson, as a young man, was broke. If he’d been able to run out and buy any guitar he’d wanted, he would never have learned to make them himself.

A community meeting to discuss the future of the historic Crystal carousel is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Crystal Community Center. — Courtesy photo

Historic carousel may return to Crystal

The Crystal Township Historical Society (CTHS) is hoping to convince the Michigan State University Museum Organization that the Crystal community is ready for the return of a historic carousel. The 1916 Herschell Spillman carousel left town in the late 1970s after spending more than 40 years in Crystal, entertaining residents and visitors. In 1979, it was donated to MSU to keep it in Michigan and to insure its preservation. Over the past three decades, MSU has loaned the carousel to other organizations, but now it’s being returned to MSU and officials are determining where it should go next.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 22, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

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GUEST VIEW: Millage key to county’s safety

In November, the citizens of Montcalm County once again have the opportunity to support a millage request — this time, however, the millage will now reinstate the 24-hour road patrol function for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. This letter supports the effort to pass this proposal; the Greenville Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) chapter fully endorses the proposed millage and feels the necessity to maintain the safety and policing of this county is dependent on passing this critical levy request.

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OUR VIEW: Proposal 4 a special interest grab

We’re all in favor of affordable and quality home care for Michigan citizens in need of help at home, and it is reassuring a very significant amount of those services are provided by family members and personal friends.

CC-Crystal’s Robert Failing (24) takes a handoff and runs behind his blockers during a game this season. The Eagles will face Evart in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs this week.

CC-Crystal preparing for first playoff appearance since 1999

On Sunday players and coaches of Carson City-Crystal’s football team were gathered around the television at the middle school to see who they would play in the playoffs. A cheer went up when they saw their name on the screen.

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Greenville finishes in 10th place at state finals

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team wrapped up its season on Saturday at the second day of the Division 2 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Greenville improved by one stroke on day two, but finished 10th overall in the 15 team field. The Yellow Jackets shot 382 on Friday and 381 on Saturday for a total of 763.

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Lakeview-area home destroyed in Saturday fire

A home about four miles north of Lakeview was destroyed in a fire Saturday afternoon after firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours. The Lakeview District Fire Department was dispatched at 4:45 p.m. to 3271 100th Ave. in response to a structure fire. Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr said assistance was provided by Morton Township and Morley Area fire departments, as well as Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services.

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Local leaders talk what’s going on in the community

Local officials gathered Thursday for the monthly Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) meeting. Each one addressed local happening and updated the group on what is going on at their business.

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John Barry to perform at Montcalm County 4-H benefit Dec. 8

GREENVILLE — A concert will be held to benefit the Montcalm County 4-H Association. John Barry will be performing a Christmas concert at 7 p.m., on Dec. 8 at the Greenville Performing Arts Center.