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From left, Tim Tremain, Jerry McCoy and Eric Liddy Jr., all of whom have ties to Montcalm County Emergency Services, are working to create a Michigan EMS Memorial to honor those who lost their lives while responding to emergency situations. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Local group working to create Michigan EMS Memorial

Emergency Medical Services isn’t as historically established in Michigan as firefighting and police work. But EMS work can be just as dangerous.


Belding Labor Day offers parades, car shows and much more (Schedule)

Amy Pethers is more than proficient at planning parades. She has been organizing Belding Labor Day parades for four years now. Pethers and her husband reside in Sheridan, but Pethers grew up in Belding. Every year, the couple packs up and relocates about 20 miles southwest to stay with Pethers’ parents during annual Labor Day festivities in Belding.

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This year’s 2012 Belding Labor Day Celebration Grand Marshal Art Mahar has worked as a pharmacist at Belding Apothecary in downtown Belding for 27 years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Pharmacist ‘honored, humbled’ to be Belding Labor Day grand marshal

When Art Mahar was just a young boy, he learned three very important steps to a philosophy passed down by his father that helped shape him to be the man he is today. That man, and this year’s Belding Labor Day Celebration grand marshal, continues to welcome customers with a smile and open arms at Belding Apothecary in downtown Belding after 27 years of filling prescriptions for patients young and old as a pharmacist.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 30, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Aug. 30

Mary Lou Hornbrook is pictured at a dance with the singles group she started in Greenville in 1978. — Courtesy photo

Mary Lou’s Legacy: Founder of Greenville singles group changed lives

“If my parting has left a void / Then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss / Oh yes, these things, I, too, will miss.” In November 1999, these words appeared on the memorial card at the funeral of Mary Lou Hornbrook. More than a decade later, they still ring true to those who knew her well. The pebbles Mary Lou tossed into the waters of Greenville’s social scene continue to create ripples all these years after her death.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Bloomer Township

Read the minutes of the Aug. 20 Bloomer Township Board meeting.

Two teachers from China have arrived in Greenville to prepare for the new school year. From left are Chinese teacher Zu Shule, Spanish teacher and mentor Amber Guerreiro, kindergarten teacher Kristin Mier and Chinese teacher Li Xin. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Chinese teachers excited to get started in Greenville

Two teachers from China have arrived in Greenville and are preparing their lesson plans for the start of the school year Tuesday. Zu Shule, 32, of the province of Shanxi in the city of Shuozhou, arrived in Greenville on Aug. 3. She will be teaching Mandarin Chinese to middle and high school students. Li Xin, 31, of the province Yunnan in the city of Kunming, arrived Aug. 12. She will be teaching math in Chinese to kindergardeners at Walnut Hills Elementary School for half of each day.

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Carson City-Crystal school year will start Sept. 4 with new superintendent

Kevin Murphy has been at his new job for eight weeks now. The new Carson City-Crystal Area Schools superintendent is settled in. He is the former superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City. “We (he, his wife, Mary, and their three children — freshman Kennedy, sixth-grader Jackson and second-grader Taylor) moved into the area about a month ago,” Murphy said. “It’s very important for us to get in the area and get settled so the kids are ready for school.

Pagie Switzer, right, and Michaela Crooks of Central Montcalm team up for a block during last night’s match at home against Chippewa Hills.

Central Montcalm falls in first CSAA volleyball match

Chippewa Hills had the energy. Central Montcalm did not. The end result was a three set victory for the Warriors over the Green Hornets in the first CSAA volleyball match of the year on Tuesday.


34th annual Trufant Jubilee dedicated to the late Carl Paepke

The 34th annual Trufant Jubilee will take place this weekend in honor of a longtime Montcalm County commissioner. “This year our Jubilee is dedicated to Carl Paepke,” said festival organizer Virginia Christensen. Paepke of Pierson died April 18 at the age of 86. He was the District 5 commissioner for Montcalm County.