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From left, Gerri Patin-VanOcker, Pat Patin and RoseAnn Patin, of the Patin Trio, sing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” Saturday during the Montcalm County Republicans Lincoln Day event.

Camp, Calley, highlight annual Republican Lincoln Day event

As U.S. Navy veteran Rosemary Posekany carried the American Flag, joined by U.S. Army veteran John Johansen, who carried the state flag of Michigan, during the presentation of colors for the annual Montcalm County Republicans Lincoln Day event, a crowd of spectators stood with many saluting or placing their right hand over their heart.

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Hubbardston’s St. John the Baptist Parish marks 160th anniversary

The year of 1853 is at least two lifetimes in the past. Franklin Pierce was the 14th president of the United States. Troops under the direction of American attorney/journalist William Walker captured La Paz in Baja, Calif., and declared the Republic of California, which proved to be short-lived. Future painter Vincent van Gogh was born and past U.S. Vice President William King died. And a church parish came into existence in the small village of Hubbardston.

Jaiven Kohler, sitting on Adam Lincoln’s lap, demonstrates that driving a tractor can be a dirty job during Lakeview’s Summerfest Parade.

Lakeview ‘beefs up’ traditional Summerfest event

Summerfest in Lakeview hit the ground running this past weekend with “beefed up” versions of many festival favorites and a host of new offerings.

Miss Michigan 2012 Angela Vendetti, at left, presents Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival, with the $500 2013 Miss Michigan Non-Finalist Talent award.

Miss Danish Festival wins two competitions

Miss Danish Festival Emily Smith had a goal going into the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant this past week. A recent 18-year old Greenville High School graduate, Smith wanted to win one of the talent competitions.
She did even better — she won two.


Funeral Notices — Monday, June 17, 2013

Funeral notices for Monday, June 17, 2013

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Lakeview remembers Elmer Coon

When folks in Lakeview talk music, especially those who have lived there a while, the name of Elmer Coon tends to come up frequently. His death, on June 10, again brought his name to the forefront of the conversations of long time locals.

It is expected that the proceeds from the bond will generate approximately $990,000 — $750,000 of which will go toward replacing roofing systems over the high school, middle school and elementary school.

Vestaburg Community School seeks Aug. 6 bond approval

Voters in the Vestaburg Community School district will be asked whether to approve a bond proposal this summer. The proposal calls for a 1.3 mill increase, which would cost an average homeowner in the district $48 per year for 10 years to fund improvements to buses and roofs at the school. The bond proposal will be on the Aug. 6 ballot.

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Gordon Stauffer was ‘generous to Greenville’

A generous man who has left his mark on the Greenville community will be missed by many throughout the area.
Gordon Stauffer, 74, of Hunter Lake, Gowen, died suddenly early Friday morning.

Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, left, began his position as sheriff on Jan 1 and promoted Charlie Noff, right, to undersheriff in February.

Ionia County sheriff, undersheriff, changing department

When Dale Miller was elected as the new sheriff of the the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department in November, he took on the position with a mindset to make the department more proactive rather than reactive.


Funeral Notices — Saturday, June 15, 2013

Funeral notices for Saturday, June 15, 2013.