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SHORT TAKES: Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing today and runs through Saturday. Daily events showcase what for hundreds of area kids has been a yearlong effort to hone their craft and/or take care of and raise their animals. This is the second year the fair has been hosted in its new location north of Greenville and we couldn’t help but notice the campground on site is bustling. This is a great week to get a taste of our area’s rich agricultural history during activities throughout the day, as well as through featured events most evenings at 7 p.m.

Members of the Tri County High School band march in time to their percussion instruments. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Parade highlights Coral’s 150th anniversary (Photo Gallery)

The village of Coral celebrated its 150th anniversary this weekend. A variety of free events, musical performances and the grand parade were enjoyed by the community on Saturday.

Guest line up to get their food during a barbecue pork dinner sponsored by the Montcalm County Farm Bureau on Sunday during the Taste Of Montcalm. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Taste of Montcalm educates public about locally grown foods

The Farm Bureau Taste of Montcalm pork barbecue dinner officially kicked off this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair at the new exhibit building Sunday. The dinner was designed to bring awareness of the foods and products made in Montcalm County, according to Patricia Hyde, Montcalm County Farm Bureau promotion and education chairwoman.

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Carson City Council prepares for new recycling site

When Montcalm County did not renew its contract with Recycle World, the county still planned on offering recycling to residents by establishing six new unmanned permanent recycle sites throughout the county. Carson City is one of those new sites.

4-H club members honored Saturday night include Kayla Burke, Above and Beyond award; Grace DeGelder, first runner-up; Heather Russell, second runner-up; and Mikalah Gribbell, 2012 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Trufant teenager is 2012 4-H’er of the Year

The highest honor bestowed on a 4-H clubber in Montcalm County is the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year award. In a field of four contenders, Mikalah Gribbell, 16, of Trufant, came out on top to be named 4-H’er of the year at an awards ceremony Saturday night.

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Funeral Notices for June 25, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, June 25, 2012

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OUR VIEW: Another sad night for Greenville business

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Nelson family after a fire tragically destroyed the Nelson’s Speed Shop building north of Greenville and its valuable contents early yesterday morning. This is an especially difficult pill to swallow, as it’s the second time Nelson’s — a huge retailer of snowmobiles, ATVs and all kinds of power equipment and parts — has lost everything in a blaze. In 2001, arson was blamed for a fire that demolished the building. Richard Crew and Stewart David Barron were both indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Crew was sentenced to 84 months in prison, while Barron was sentenced to 63 months. Both men also were ordered to pay $4 million in restitution.

Rockford’s Buck Jones stands with his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, which he dedicated two years into restoring. The Bel Air was the first vehicle Jones ever owned when he was a teenager. He purchased this vehicle in 1991, having only added 10,000 miles to it since.

REVVED UP: Camaraderie is center of weekly car show

There was a time in America when the automobile reigned supreme; before catalytic converters, before unleaded gas, before pay-at-the-pump “convenience” stations. The automobile, more than any other single element, helped shape the development of this country. Without the tons of rolling iron that exited Detroit’s assembly lines in the 1950s and ‘60s, there would never have been suburbs, interstate highway systems, or lyrics to 95 percent of the music ever recorded by the Beach Boys.

Edmore's Deb Boerma has been pretty handle working under the hood of her vehicles since she was 12, when her stepfather taught her auto maintenance on the family's tractor.

REVVED UP: Edmore’s Boerma knows the ‘mechanics’ of saving a buck

Deb Boerma has been working on cars so long she can usually identify the size of a bolt simply by looking at it. Boerma grew up on a farm and has always loved being outside. Rather than being in the confines of the house, she learned at age 11 to drive a tractor. By age 12, she was handy with tools and could always be found tinkering under the hood of the tractor, taking to heart the advice her stepfather gave her that if she was going to learn to drive, she was also going to learn to fix the vehicles she drove.

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Funeral Notices for June 23, 2012

Today Helen Howe Allen — 11 a.m., Vickeryville United Methodist Church. (Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan)   Sunday   Mary Kay Janulis — 2 p.m., North Park Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids.   Wednesday   Kenneth L. Rogers – 11 a.m., Sheridan Congregational Church, Sheridan. (Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan)   Kenneth L. Rogers, 55   [...]