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