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Vestaburg High School senior Phillip Day poses in front of the entrance to Vestaburg High School. Day is cognitively impaired, but after a long journey he will be earning his high school diploma this coming Sunday. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Assisting sports teams gave Vestaburg senior sense of belonging

At just 5 pounds, 7 ounces, Phillip Day may have entered the world as a tiny baby boy, but the Vestaburg senior’s personality is anything but. Diagnosed at a very young age as cognitively impaired, Day struggled through many aspects of his childhood. Everyday activities that seemed routine to other kids were sometimes a challenge for him.

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THE REPORT: West Michigan Whitecaps feature a talented squad

Let’s take a moment to clear up a giant misconception.

One popular viewpoint has embraced the belief that signing your name to the dotted line of a Major League Baseball contract is the recipe for a life of instant fame, fortune and countless organizations banging down your door with endorsement deals.

Members of Sheridan’s VFW were honored with a standing ovation as they marched the parade route down main street at Monday’s Sheridan Springfest Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Springfest celebrates ‘peace and freedom’ of Memorial Day

Under a warm sun and beautiful blue sky, near a park where people picnicked and children played, a group gathered in a park on Monday and remembered. Members of Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065 led a memorial service at Pearl Lake beach area where they paid tribute to fallen soldiers. The Central Montcalm High School band, under the direction of Matt Reed, provided patriotic music.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade enthusiastically waved flags and looked for special family members while the high school band played introductory music at the 35th annual We Love America Parade at Central Montcalm High School on Friday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Kids march in red, white and blue for 35th annual Annual We Love America Parade

“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight …” Those words were penned on an envelope in Francis Scott Key’s pocket as he sat in a prison on an English warship, witnessing a battle for freedom.

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Funeral Notices May 27, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for May 27, 2014

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SPORTS GALORE: Donovan’s World Cup omission surprises many

For the first time since the 1998 World Cup, the United States will field a soccer team without superstar Landon Donovan. This comes as a surprise to many, not just diehard fans of soccer, but to casual fans, as well. I fall into the casual category and I use the term casual, loosely.

57 Brew Pub & Bistro Chef Michael Santo, left, and General Manager Sherry Aellen are ready to bring the business’ classic cuisine to the alfresco crowd beginning next weekend. The first summer concert features Those Delta Rhythm Kings, a Lansing-based band known for its blues and big band-style music, on Saturday. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: 57 Brew Pub & Bistro to offer outdoor music

Folks who complain there’s nothing fun to do on weekends in Greenville are going to have to find something else to gripe about beginning at precisely 7 p.m. May 31. That’s when 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, 1310 West Washington St., debuts its new outdoor live music and dining venue.

From left, Belding VFW Post 4406 Honor Guard members Joel Pena, Gary Hoisington and Thomas “Tag” Gleason fire off their rifles during a 21-gun salute ceremony Friday morning outside of the Belding McDonald’s restaurant. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding praises, honors war veterans to start Memorial Day weekend

As more than 30 million Americans begin their various trips across the country for Memorial Day weekend and millions of others remain close to home to celebrate the holiday, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson hopes that everyone will keep a single thought in their mind — remember your veterans.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, May 24, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, May 24, 2014

Members of the Belding High School graduating class of 2014 celebrate together Thursday evening by tossing their caps into the air after receiving their diplomas in Redskin Arena at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

156 graduate from Belding, enter next chapter of life

With 156 graduates standing before him, guest speaker Gerald Hopkins had one important question to ask of the 2014 graduating class of Belding High School. “What will be your legacy?” he asked.