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Montabella’s Logan Burns turns the corner during a scrimmage against Vermontville Maple.

Montabella senior looks to upcoming season

Montabella senior Logan Burns has been working to get ready for the Mustangs’ season opener next week against Saugatuck. Just not right away.

Lakeview’s John Zuluaga-Torres, right, is under duress from Montabella’s Daniel Cutler during a scrimmage the two teams had Friday.

Lakeview, Montabella scrimmage to get ready for football season

The first scrimmage of the football season took place for Lakeview and Montabella on Friday, giving the coaches a gauge as to where their teams are at before the games count. The Wildcats invited the Mustangs, Saranac and Vermontville Maple Valley to a scrimmage at Kos Field as the teams get ready for their season openers Aug. 24.

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GHS football tickets on sale

Football tickets for the much anticipated inaugural game at Legacy Field Friday night between the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Belding Redskins will go on sale today. Tickets will cost $5 and be on sale during normal business hours. Tickets are available at the Greenville High School athletic office, The UPS Store in Greenville, S & H Trophy and Sports Center in Greenville and Silk City in Belding.

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Fun Friday at Danish Festival

The Danish Festival started off Friday fun with crafts, food, music and a day packed full of activities. The people attending the 48th annual festival had plenty to choose from on the first full day of events. The downtown was full of vendors selling novelties and unique gifts, including some products special only to Michigan. There was plenty of food to keep people fueled up for a day with lots of things to do and see.

Dale Beelick works on some of his jewelry at his booth, D&W Magnetic Jewelery, at the Danish Festival. He and his wife, Wendy, have been making the jewelry for about 15 years and have attended the Danish Festival arts and crafts show for about seven years. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Arts and crafts vendors popular at Danish Festival

A Plainwell couple has been participating in the Danish Festival arts and crafts show for about seven years, and they show no signs of slowing down. Dale and Wendy Beelick have been creating magnetic jewelry for about 15 years. Wendy started making the jewelry after she purchased a magnetic anklet in the hope of it helping a problem she was having with her knee. The anklet did the job.

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Funeral Notices for August 18, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, August 18, 2012.

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Police tips for making your house a tough target for thieves

Community Service Trooper Keith Disselkoen of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post encourages Montcalm County residents to take steps to prevent thefts, burglaries and other property crimes. Disselkoen recently spoke with other troopers from the Lakeview Post about area crimes. Information suggested that Montcalm County is experiencing a high volume of preventable crimes. Most of these crimes are thefts and burglaries that occur at unlocked or easily accessed property. Many property crimes occur in rural areas where residents believe they are safe to leave there belongings unsecured.

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MEETING IN BRIEF: Home Township

Read meeting minutes from the Home Township Board meeting on Aug. 13, 2012.

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Carnival designed to help new and incoming Greenville High School students

More than 60 upperclassmen are coming together to welcome new students and incoming freshman at Greenville High School. Helping Out New Kids (HONK) is a student led organization with a board of directors (V-board) to add personality to the orientation process, according to Fran Weller, HONK adviser.

The Danish Festival Band performs Thursday evening during the opening ceremonies of the 48th annual Danish Festival in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rain doesn’t deter Danish Festival kick off (Photo Gallery)

Although some rain hit the Greenville area during opening events, many people still attended as the 48th annual Danish Festival kicked off Thursday night. The flag raising ceremony at Heritage Park included at least 50 people while the Danish board, Greenville mayor and grand marshals welcomed everyone with Danish music and more.