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An individual braves warmer temperatures in an attempt to ice fish on Crystal Lake last week. Unusually warm tempuratures have made the lake unsafe for this year's Winter Festival.

Crystal Lake Winter Festival canceled due to ‘mild winter’

The third annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival has been canceled due to mild temperatures which have made Crystal Lake unsafe for winter activities. The festival was previously rescheduled from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11 in hopes that temperatures would be cold enough for Crystal Lake to freeze with a thickness of at least 12 inches of ice, but Winter Festival Committee Chairwoman Pam Greenhoe said mother nature just didn’t cooperate.

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Driver not seriously injured in Sidney area rollover

A driver was flown via AeroMed to an area hospital with nonlife threatening injuries after being involved in a rollover accident. According to Montcalm County Central Dispatch, the accident took place at 9:32 a.m., Wednesday, on Nevins Road between Sidney and Stanton Roads.

Arizona Kid (Keith Hudson), Dallas (Susan Ayres) and Straight-Shooting Sam (Jim Hopkins) in the outlaw cabin discover why their coffee tastes like varnish. —Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: Greenville celebrities let loose in ‘Westward Whoa’

The classic story of the good guys versus the bad guys rings true in “Westward Whoa,” this year’s OUR 3 melodrama fundraiser. It is also classic to see 19 local celebrities take the stage, singing, dancing and acting in completely different roles than the professionals they are.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 2, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

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Greenville city manager receives positive review

A performance evaluation of Greenville City Manager George Bosanic was conducted during a closed session meeting with the Greenville City Council. The results indicate that Bosanic continues to perform his duties for the Greenville community at a good to excellent level, according to a statements from the City Council.

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee met for its quarterly meeting Tuesday night at the Eureka Township Hall. Members present, from left to right clockwise, were Michigan Department of Transportation Design Engineer Bart Franklin, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gae Wolf, Eureka Township Planning Commissioner Duane Putnam, Eureka Township Supervisor Laura Shears, Greenville Planning Commissioner Ron Blanding, Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, Courtland Township Supervisor Chuck Porter and West Michigan Regional Planning Commission Director Dave Bee. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville area transportation committee reviews future goals

Members of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee met Tuesday night to discuss future goals. The transportation committee was created to address issues regarding Greenville-area roadways. Members meet quarterly and met at Eureka Township Hall this quarter.

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OUR VIEW: Gun possession is reasonable, so is tracking

Congressman Justin Amash, R-Cascade, who happens to be the congressional representative of a substantial number of readers of this newspaper, has recently expressed opposition to federal government tracking of purchasers of two or more multiple automatic assault weapons.

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Mood swings

Have you ever noticed how subtle things like color and music can affect your mood? As part of the gradual transition my life seems to be going through, I’ve been tuning into some of the things in my world that used to play in the background, so to speak

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MAUREEN BURNS: Difference makers

People make a difference. Some do it positively. Some do it negatively. Chatting with some friends this morning, a name came up. It is a local woman who has made and continues to make a huge positive difference in the world, especially in our area. I am talking of Ruth Hansen.

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SHORT TAKES: Winners popping up all over the place

In these struggling times, when there’s so much bad news going around, it’s a great feeling to know that we’ve got winners all around us. And significantly, but not surprisingly, the accolades have to do with education.