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Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Optimist Camp an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Bat expert sheds light on his winged friends at Greenville’s Optimist Camp

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Greenville Optimist Camp got a visit Saturday from the batman … no, not that one. Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals.


Funeral Notices for July 28, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, July 28, 2014

Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart talks with his team as the Wildcats finish a weeklong minicamp on Friday. The Wildcats open the season Aug. 28.

Lakeview wraps up football minicamp

Don’t settle for average. That is the message being relayed from Lakeview football coach Sean Rinehart to his team. This week’s minicamp was just one more step the program is taking toward a second season under Rinehart.

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Carson City Public Library to welcome State Librarian Randy Riley

Libraries weren’t always a natural place for Randy Riley.
As a child, Riley had a bit of attention deficit disorder, so reading was a lot of work.

At top right, Ethan Bollone, 4, of Saranac, picks blueberries (seen close up at top right) at Bird Berry Farms in Orleans Township Friday afternoon. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Local blueberry farms prospering in mild summer conditions

As 7-year-old Adam Lasco of Edmore crawled his way deep into a blueberry bush at Bird Berry Farms, picking away at the plentiful berries, he suddenly faced a dilemma. The number of berries in his bucket somehow appeared to remain the same.

Artist Luverne Adamson, of Vestaburg, who painted this year’s 2014 Danish Festival mural to the theme of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Red Shoes,” tears away a tarp friday morning to unveil the mural at Preferred Credit Union in Greenville. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

2014 Greenville Danish Festival mural unveiled

When residents and visitors alike stroll past the new Danish Festival mural that now hangs alongside its predecessors, they will catch sight of a young peasant girl who boasts an expression of pure joy, warmth and happiness.

Christina Verslius, at right, and her sister, Kasey Brown, opened Shorty’s Sugar Shack in Trufant last month and have already established the ice cream shop as a great community gathering destination. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Shorty’s Sugar Shack a beacon of community gathering

It has been open only a little over a month, yet the new ice cream business, Shorty’s Sugar Shack, has accumulated many heart-felt stories already.


Funeral Notices — Saturday, July 26, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Central Montcalm band director Matt Reed shows the back of the new Central Montcalm marching band uniform, which will debut during the Grand Parade at Stanton’s Old Fashioned Days on Aug. 9. The Central Montcalm band has also started a Kickstarter fundraising that allows anyone in the world to donate funds to help purchase the new uniforms. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Central Montcalm band director spearheads effort to help marching band shine

When football fans attend Central Montcalm High School games in the autumn of 2015, they’ll have one more thing to be proud of, assuming an upcoming fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of new marching band uniforms goes as band director Matt Reed hopes it will.

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New Lincoln Heights principal ready to help students explore

In her several years in education, new Lincoln Heights Elementary School Principal Katy Beebe lives for that moment when it all clicks for her students. “It’s awesome to watch those light bulbs come on and kids learn,” said Beebe, who will replace Michelle Blaszczynski, who took over as the Greenville district’s chief academic officer for the retiring Diane Brissette. “I love kids and I love to spend time with kids.”