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478 people sign up for Flat River Community Library’s summer reading

The school year may be done for students, young and old alike, but that’s no excuse to put down the books and kick reading to the curb — not with a local library just waiting to be explored. More than 475 parents, teens and children who attended the kick-off event for the Summer Reading program at the Flat River Community Library on Saturday walked away with a membership to the summer program, which encourages reading with rewards for doing so.


Funeral Notices for June 10, 2013

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Belding ‘Music in the Park’ summer concert series now underway

The Belding High School Pops Ensemble and Jazz Band kicked off the first “Music in the Park” event Thursday evening at East Riverside Park in Belding. Concerts will continue every thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the park throughout the summer, with the exception of July 4


‘Rhythm on the River’ summer concert series begins in Greenville

The Greenville High School Jazz Band, along with the Greenville Middle School Jazz Band, kicked off the season’s Rhythm on the River concert series Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park in Greenville. Concerts will continue every thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the park throughout the summer.


SPORTS GALORE: Selig says no more

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is intent on ridding his sport of performance enhancing drugs. I applaude his determination, but let’s just say it is about time.

Candlestone head golf pro Mitch Stressman on the driving range on Friday afternoon.

Greenville grad new golf pro at Candlestone

Mitch Stressman loves his job. The 2007 Greenville High School and 2011 Ferris State University graduate is the new head golf professional at Candlestone Golf and Resort.

The Belding Redskins hold up four fingers after winning its fourth straight regional championship on Saturday.

Belding wins 4th straight regional softball championship

Year after year, the Belding Redskins continue to find ways to win. Saturday wasn’t any different. The Redskins earned a pair of exciting 3-2 victories, the first over Grand Rapids Christian and the second in eight innings over Hudsonville Unity Christian to capture the Division 2 regional championship at Hope College in Holland.

Central Montcalm’s Brooke Hollenbeck fouls off a pitch during the Division 3 regional semifinal against Manistee Saturday.

Central Montcalm falls short in regional final

Central Montcalm’s softball team faced a familiar foe with a trip to Michigan State University on the line. Unfortunately, that familiar foe took revenge on the Green Hornets for beating them twice in the regular season.

Seven teachers are retiring from Greenville Public Schools this year. They were honored Friday at the Greenville Employee Appreciation Celebration. Teachers include, from left to right, Melanie Daniels, Fran Gibbs (standing with her grandchildren), Pam Gress, Kathy Kent, Karen Komorowski, Marcia Matevich and Noella Plambeck. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Employees celebrated at Greenville Public Schools

Greenville Public Schools celebrated employees and honored those who work within public schools on Friday. For the 30th years, Greenville held its Employee Appreciation Celebration at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

Linda VanHouten, left, accepts a check for $1,011 from the United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville from Elaine Pendrick. The United Methodist Women raised the money for a summer food program during their recent “Colors of Summer” fashion show.

Fashion show funds for summer ‘feeding programs’

Say the word “homeless,” and the mind conjures up images derelicts; old, haggard, living beneath bridges, maybe, like trolls from a Grimm’s fairy tale. What doesn’t come to mind are children, bright-eyed, happy American children.