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The 16th annual Belding Community Showcase featured almost 100 vendors as hundreds of people came to enjoy the displays, free items and entertainment Thursday night at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Showcase puts Belding businesses, groups, students in spotlight

The halls of Belding High School (BHS) were filled Thursday night with students, Belding residents and visitors as the 16th annual Belding Community Showcase offered a chance for everyone to mingle with area businesses, community groups and student organizations. Almost 100 vendors were set up throughout the high school gymnasium, lobby and hallways, offering information to the hundreds of people who showed up to enjoy the displays and free food handed out throughout the night.

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Funeral Notices for April 20, 2012

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Reality Check | Mike Taylor

MIKE TAYLOR: In the world of 5K athletics, there are cheetahs, wounded gazelles, and then me; the manatee

I was supposed to run a 5k race this past Sunday. Well, not actually the 5k part, and not actually run. I signed up to participate in the one mile walk. After a long winter of beer and burritos even that seemed daunting, but I was determined to do my part to help raise money for the Education Foundation of Greenville. My best turned out to be showing up late and missing the run entirely. No, that’s not entirely true; I showed up with 20 minutes to spare, but spent that whole time looking around for the sign-in booth. By the time the starter’s pistol fired, I still hadn’t found it.

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OUR VIEW: Rumors, technology don’t mix well

Carl Paepke, 86, of Pierson, died Wednesday. The longtime Montcalm County commissioner did not, in fact, die Saturday, as was previously reported in several rounds of emails throughout Montcalm County. Another Montcalm County commissioner, Ron Baker, was with a cousin of a friend who was with Mr. Paepke’s daughter Saturday. Baker said the friend who was with Mr. Paepke’s daughter texted information to the cousin stating Mr. Paepke had died. And so an unfortunate chain reaction began.

The Joy Bells Choir of First Congregational Church is among the performers at Sunday’s Spring Handbell Festival at St. Paul Lutheran Church. — Courtesy photo

Annual Spring Handbell Festival set for Sunday in Greenville

The annual Spring Handbell Festival is being hosted by Grace Notes Handbell Choir of St. Paul Lutheran Church. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9844 S. Greenville Road, two miles south of Greenville on M-91.

Bob Kade enjoys sunrise at the beach with his fully customized 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, featured on the cover of May’s Motorcycle Bagger magazine, set to hit newsstands Tuesday. — Photo courtesy of Lori Kade

Winfield Township man’s custom-built Harley-Davidson on magazine cover

Every guy relaxes in his own way. Some garden, some jog, bike or fish. Winfield Lake resident Bob Kade shrugs off the stress of his workday with a wrench in his hand. For the past few years, that wrench has been applied to a 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide motorcycle. On Tuesday, the fruits of Kade’s labor will be on display at newsstands across America, when Motorcycle Bagger magazine features his customized ride on the cover of its May issue.

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CC-C students create Project: No Empty Stomachs

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Youth Leadership Team (whose mission is to serve the community, state, and world through acts of volunteerism and kindness), will be helping to fight the worldwide hunger crisis by organizing a food packaging event called “Project: No Empty Stomachs” as part of Global Youth Service Day. This event will take place at 11:40 a.m. Friday at the Carson City-Crystal High School West Gymnasium.

Carl Paepke

Longtime Montcalm County Commissioner Carl Paepke dies at age 86

Montcalm County has lost a legendary, longtime commissioner. Carl Paepke died Wednesday morning at his Pierson home after fighting lung cancer. He was 86 years old.

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Meetings in Brief: Maple Valley Township, March 12 and April 9

Read a brief report from recent Maple Township board meetings.

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Funeral Notices for April 19, 2012

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