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Artist Luverne Adamson of Vestaburg stands in front of the 2013 Danish Festival mural, which she painted to match the theme of this year’s festival and Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, “The Storks.” — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘The Storks’: 2013 Greenville Danish Festival mural unveiled

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Storks” paints a picture of a small town from the angle of the sky, where a mother and father stork have made their nest atop the roof of a Danish home, as the mother tends to her baby chicks and the father ventures off to find food for the feathered family. That’s why the reaction from the small crowd in Greenville was unanimously pleasant Friday morning as artist Luverne Adamson unveiled her work of art that is this year’s Danish Festival mural.

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Funeral Notices – July 27, 2013

Read funeral notices for Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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Firefighters battle ‘hairy’ grass fire in Lakeview

Firefighters from two area fire departments battled a sizable grass fire for about two hours Thursday afternoon near Lakeview. The Lakeview District Fire Department was dispatched to 7060 W. Townline Lake Road at about 2:03 p.m.

The new Korean Monument at the Belding Veterans Park will read “Korean War — The Forgotten War, Freedom is not free,” and include the start and end dates of the war, along with the markings that include the cities of Pyongyang and Seoul.

Korean Monument coming to Belding Veterans Park; dedication to be on Veterans Day

This Veterans Day in Belding, however, a monument erected solely for the veterans of the Korean War will stand proudly at the site of the Belding Veterans Park, as progress continues at a surprisingly quick pace at the new park.

Campers Sam Johnson, right, and Joe Christophersen, take aim during an archery session Thursday morning at the Optimist Camp in Greenville.

Campers enjoy another summer at Optimist Camp

Camp Director JoLynn Spencer said ample weather conditions have provided campers with yet another great summer at the Greenville campground.

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Funeral Notices — Friday, July 26, 2013

Funeral notices for Friday, July 26, 2013

The Belding Dial-A-Ride program will continue operating as normal for the time being after council members decided to table a decision to pursue a ballot proposal seeking to approve 1.25 mills to fund the program. The program is currently subsidized by the city’s general fund.

Belding’s Dial-A-Ride service may be in jeopardy

There are many residents in Belding who utilize the city’s transportation service, Dial-A-Ride, a fleet of five buses that assists residents in their travels to locations around town such as the grocery store, work, church and the like.

Greenville resident Bonnie Braman and her granddaughter, Ellie Braman, 7, will have the chance to see Greenville from above during this year’s Hot Air Balloon Rally, held during Danish Festival. Braman is one of the sponsors of this year’s rally and is taking her first ever balloon ride to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Grandmother, granddaughter help sponsor Danish Festival balloon ride

Bonnie Braman doesn’t think of herself as a thrill seeker; she’s just determined to keep life interesting and shake things up from time to time. Every 10 years or so, to be exact. This predilection for excitement got a foothold in Braman’s life on her 40th birthday with a trip down a water slide, riding a small, plastic sled. Not particularly daring, some might say, but it was a big step for Braman. “It doesn’t sound like much now,” she says, “but it was higher than anything I had slid from before or since.” Ten years later, on her 50th birthday, she climbed a rock wall for the first time. On her 60th, she walked the Mackinac Bridge; again, for Braman, a first. With her 70th birthday “event” approaching, Braman started considering possible new adventures. While discussing the ideas with a few friends, she mentioned the idea of a hot air balloon ride. Braman’s 7-year-old granddaughter, Ellie Braman, over heard the conversation.
“I want to go,” she chimed in excitedly.

Gus Macker takes over the streets of Belding on Aug. 3-4. More than 350 teams will take part in this year’s 40th anniversary tournament.

Gus Macker ready for 40th anniversary celebration

It all started with a group of friends who wanted to play basketball. It evolved into Gus Macker Basketball — the original 3-on-3 tournament. Now 40 years later, Gus Macker is a community event. It’s a weekend event where family and friends still get together to play basketball for the love of the game.

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Funeral Notices — Thursday, July 25, 2013

Funeral notices for Thursday, July 25, 2013