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Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright, right, clears a hurdle during Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic in Greenville. Wright finished second to Lakeview’s Alex King, right. Both Wright and King qualified for today’s Division 3 state finals in the 100 hurdles.

Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright competing in second state track final

Central Montcalm track athlete LaShae Wright is making her second appearance in the Division 3 state finals today.

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Flat River Family Dentistry is heading bone marrow drive

In connection with the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), Flat River Family Dentistry is collecting cheek tissue samples through June 19 at its office in Greenville. The goal, according to Dr. Sara Mahar of Flat River Family Dentistry, is to collect 10,000 names for the bone marrow registry.

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Central Montcalm, Vestaburg partner to offer free summer lunches

Central Montcalm Public School and Vestaburg Community Schools officials have announced the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children, where free meals will be made available to youths 18 years old and younger or people up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.

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Belding’s new community garden offers free plots

When Andrea Belding and Valarie Dawdy first took on the task of creating a community garden, they didn’t expect it to be a two-year endeavor. But as rain trickled from the sky onto freshly planted flowers and vegetables at the new Belding Community Garden during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon, it was evident those two years of patience and hard work were well worth the final result.

Paula Fortino will retire from the Montcalm Area Career Center on June 30. She has been with the center for more than 38 years.

Paula Fortino to retire from Montcalm Area Career Center after 38 years of service

After working at the Montcalm Area Career Center for more than 38 years, Paula Fortino will retire at the end of this school year.

Astera Credit Union celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with members of Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce (GACC) earlier this month. Pictured are, from left, Terri Acker-Acker Title, Kendra Osborn-Astera Credit Union, Heather Spitzley-Astera Credit Union, Darlene Powell-Astera Credit Union, Seth Sutton-Greenville Chamber, John Hoppough-Greenville Mayor,  Cameron VanWyngarden-Greenville  Asst. City Manager, Jenny Bennett-Astera Credit Union, Margo Kleinfelt-Astera Credit Union, Angela Jansen-Astera Credit Union, Kris Martin-Astera Credit Union, Barbara Hatinger-Astera Credit Union, Gae Donovan Wolfe-Greenville Chamber.Astera Credit Union occupies office space in Wal-Mart in Greenville.

Astera Credit Union celebrates ribbon cutting ceremony

  The Greenville Area Chamber celebrated the official grand opening of Astera Credit Union with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 15. Located at 10772 W. Carson City Road (inside WalMart) in Greenville, Astera Credit Union provides  a brighter solution for all your financial challenges. Call today to ask about membership (616) 225-0151.

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Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Check-Up

A match made in heaven? The Chamber and Montcalm Community College (MCC) are joining forces to deliver pertinent training to businesses. The recommended standard for investing in staff training is 2 percent of your operating expenses budget. That doesn’t sound like much for a well-trained staff.

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Funeral Notices for June 2, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sandy and Aaron opened their new wine-making business in Morley April 21. Go to www.heavenlyvineyards.weebly.com to check out the flavors of wine they have to offer.

Sedines’ wine-making hobby turns into small business

Sandy and Aaron Sedine of Morley have taken their wine-making hobby to the next level, opening a new small wine-making business called Heavenly Vineyards.

Esha Howe sits on the performing arts stage at Greenville High School where she performed in plays and concerts during her high school career. She plans to pursue musical theater at Saginaw Valley State University. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

From school auditorium to Broadway? Greenville senior to major in theater

Since she was 5 years old, all she loved to do was sing, dance and act and she plans to take her triple-threat talent all the way to Broadway. Esha Howe, 17, plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University this fall to pursue musical theater in hopes of being in front of the camera and on the Broadway stage. “It’s that one moment when everyone is looking at you to see what you can do,” said Howe of her favorite part of acting.