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Tim Zielke leads the “shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world” during festivities in Hubbardston on Tuesday. The small village has been hosting the event annually for more than 20 years. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hubbardston offers a true Irish experience close to home

Tuesday morning dawned brisk and blustery as a March stroll on the shores of Galway Bay, but the sun was shining and what chill lingered by noon did little to dull the spirits of the crowd gathered in this small village to honor the Emerald Isle’s patron saint.

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THE REVIEW: Death by bracket

It’s here. Call it fortune, call it mystique, but at the end of the day, it discovers a way to routinely set the stage where some of the finest moments in collegiate basketball are stamped in history.

Central Montcalm’s Zack MacDonald, left, locks onto his opponent during the Lakeview Invitational this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Young Central wrestling team had ‘learning year’

Central Montcalm’s wrestling team had to learn the art of the sport real fast. The team had plenty of underclassmen, which didn’t escape the eye of coach Dan Vandervlucht.

Belding’s Max Walker, bottom, tries to excape the grip of Sparta’s Dyland Wilkins during their meet Jan. 14.

Belding matmen ‘had fun,’ said coach

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer said he enjoyed coaching his team this year. “It’s always fun to have that level of success at the mat,” Meyer said.

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Vestaburg has new baseball and softball coaches

The retirement of Scott Johnson from the Vestaburg baseball program created an opening that Dave Ruckle will fill. Ruckle was hired as the new baseball coach by the Vestaburg Board of Education in February.

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Funeral Notices for March 18, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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JUST IN: Belding City Council adopts “special events” policy

Festivals, gatherings and celebrations in this community are expected to run more smoothly after a “special events” policy was approved by Belding City Council Tuesday night.

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JUST IN: Greenville City Council constructing trails, making skate parks

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council was recreationally motivated.

The council held a public hearing concerning a Michigan Department of Natural Resource (DNR) Trust Fund grant application for the construction of an 11-mile trail between Belding and Greenville. The council approved authorization to apply for a grant in the amount of $290,000 on behalf of the Friends of the Flat River Valley Rail Trail.

Greenville Planning Commission discussed the methods to rezone the parcel of the EZ Mart Mobil gas station in Greenville for a future expansion project. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

EZ Mart Mobil site faces a number of issues before expansion can take place

Zoning ordinances can be an effective tool to plan a city. Yet, oftentimes they must be revisited in order to allow the city to evolve at a natural rate. The EZ Mart Mobil gas station, owned by Blarney Castle Oil, is looking to upgrade its site. Located on the corner of Clay and Washington Streets in Greenville, the gas station is planning to expand the store from 835 square feet to 4,730 square feet, increase the number of gas pumps from four to eight as well as a few other significant site changes.

Diane Hansen is the new director for the Community Hope Counseling Center. She has worked at the center for the past five years as a fully licensed counselor and is the former director of the Montcalm County Commission on Aging. — Courtesy photo

Community Hope Counseling Center appoints new director

Newly appointed director for the Community Hope Counseling Center Diane Hansen believes in helping people. Throughout her time counseling at Community Hope, she has always advocated for patient care and raising emotional health awareness. As director, she is looking forward to increasing the center’s presence in the community and connecting more people with counselors able to help them.