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SHORT TAKES: Summer keeps steaming along

Is this summer speeding by or what? Here it is one day before August, and many of us have yet to get our first mosquito bite of the year. The sweltering days of August have already visited us in May, June, and July.

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GUEST COLUMN: Sober, proud and lucky, but journey is far from over

I made the choice to become sober 16 months ago, but my journey is far from over. I’m not perfect, I’m not cured. I walk a fine line and go to any means necessary to protect my sobriety, with a ferocity and passion most cannot fathom. Like a diabetic who must maintain a strict diet and exercise regularly, there are things that I, too, must do to treat my disease.

Walker's of Vestaburg was broken into three times and sustained about $4,000 in damages, including the theft of collectible replica farm equipment and vehicles. — Courtesy photo

Teens arrested for multiple Vestaburg crimes, vandalism

Three teenagers have been arrested for a series of crimes that occurred throughout Vestaburg, including a major vandalism incident at Vestaburg Community School. A 17-year-old Vestaburg man is set to be charged with 17 felony and misdemeanor crimes. He is out of jail on a $3,000 bond. A 17-year-old Riverdale man is set to be charged with 12 felony and misdemeanor crimes. He is out of jail on a $2,000 bond.

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Funeral Notices for July 30, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 30, 2012

A pack of cyclists keep pace together on Vining Road in Greenville before stopping for lunch at the Seiter Education Center Saturday morning. Approximately 900 cyclists participated in this year’s Make-A-Wish Wish-A-Mile bicycle tour, raising money for Make-A-Wish to distribute to kids suffering from various illnesses. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Wish-A-Mile bicycle tour stops through Greenville, raises money for children

Bill Briggs of Ada and 5-year-old Ryan Heyboer of Grand Rapids had never met, but on Saturday they shared five minutes together that the two are likely to never forget. Briggs, on day two of the three-day 300-mile Wish-A-Mile bike tour, had just stopped with hundreds of other riders for lunch at the Seiter Education Center in Greenville.

“Border collies are one of the smartest breeds,” Nortier said. “Angus, like every border collie, likes to keep his mind thinking so he’s always up for tricks, especially taking turns playing catch with the frisbee with people.”

Greenville-based therapy dog ‘Dr. Angus’ at your service

Angus’ nose is usually wet, his tongue always seems to be hanging out the side of his mouth and his coat is quite hairy. On top of that, he is not one for many words. But somehow he manages to get people to smile and talk to him. The 8-year-old border collie is one of three dogs owned by Greenville’s Judy Nortier that occasionally visits residents at retirement facilities, working as a “therapy dog,” helping people through trying days by entertaining them with tricks or just by listening with a wagging tail.

Glenn Waters, who turns 100-years-old Sunday, takes a turn driving a boat during a Green Acres Retirement Living group outing to the home of Jim and Barb Cain. Lucille Gunderson, another Green Acres resident, is behind him.

YOUNG @ HEART: Glenn Waters enjoying life at 100

Nov. 11, 1918 marked a ceasefire of World War I and thus called Armistice Day. Just prior to the advent of a nationally recognized holiday, Glenn E. Waters recalls celebrating the end of war in his own unique way.

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OUR VIEW: Vote yes for Montcalm County EMS millage

If you’re in an accident or having a heart attack, the last thing you or your loved ones want to think about is whether an ambulance is going to show up at the scene. There are places in this country where this is a real concern. But we’ve been lucky in Montcalm County to have such responsive Emergency Medical Services personnel, primarily because we as voters have ranked this service as a priority and supported key millage proposals in the past.

A two-story frame house with a large side lot attached on Hambrook Street in Belding has a minimum bid of $9,200.

Ionia County foreclosure sale set for Aug. 1

About 30 properties will be up for grabs at the annual Ionia County foreclosure auction Aug. 1. According to Judy Clark of the Ionia County treasurer’s office, there has been an increase in foreclosed properties over the past four years, but the numbers are mostly holding steady.

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WOODS AND WATERS: Dams provide some of the best fishing around

Last week I mentioned the large northern pike I landed at the Rockford dam on the Rogue River. Well, that column got me thinking about some of the other places I and others have had success, and in many instances that is at or near a dam.