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Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson, was not only the poster contest winner for the Danish Festival, but the Danish Festival mural artist. The mural was unveiled Friday at Preferred Credit Union. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

2012 Danish Festival mural unveiled

The community now has the ability to enjoy the Danish Festival mural as it was unveiled Friday morning. The “Snow Queen” mural was unveiled on the north side of Preferred Credit Union, located on M-91 in Greenville.

Pictured, from left, Curt McCraken, Dennis Lance, Jerry Stone, Chris Johnston, Kristine Stewart, Ted Padgett and Sandy Raines answer questions and explain why they are the one to vote for Aug. 7 during Thursday’s Meet the Candidates forum in Crystal Township. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Montcalm County candidates gather for forum in Crystal

Nearly 20 people gathered at the Crystal Community Center on Thursday night to hear from local and county candidates who are running for elected office this year. The forum, moderated by Tim Bohen, gave community members a chance to hear from five of the candidates running for positions on the Crystal Township Board, as well as two candidates running for Montcalm County drain commissioner. One of the questions asked was, “What are the top three issues you will address immediately if elected?”

Angel, a German shepherd mix, watches over her newfound fawn friend while playing in Kendra Bailey’s back yard in Belding. — Courtesy photo

Dog and rescued fawn become fast friends

It’s an affectionate tale of two animals that formed an unlikely and warmhearted bond after a young man’s early morning drive the week before Memorial Day. Greenville resident Shane Nowack and friends were driving to breakfast in late May when he noticed a small deer in the middle of the road. Nowack swerved to avoid the deer and stopped his car noticing it didn’t move. But when he looked for the deer it was no longer in the road. “The deer had moved to the side of the road,” Nowack said. “I knew something wasn’t right because they usually take off, but this deer just cowered there.”

Greenville’s Sandi Hebert displays her hard-earned medal after conquering 13.1 miles at the Great Wall Marathon in China. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman takes on great race on the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China, the world’s longest human-made structure stretching as much as 6,700 miles (including natural barriers), was first built as a wall of defense between warring tribes. The first unified section was completed during the Han dynasty in 221-206 B.C. The highest point of elevation measures approximately 1,968.5 feet. Since 2001, a group from Denmark has been organizing a marathon on the Great Wall. Sandi Hebert, 45, of Greenville got the once-in-a-lifetime chance of participating in the marathon May 19.


Greenville has new resource for sexual assault victims

The first satellite office of the YWCA Nurse Examiner Program (NEP) opened its doors in June at the Greenville Patient Care Center/Spectrum Health United Obstetrics and Gynecology. The YWCA West Central Michigan, Spectrum Health United Hospital and Relief After Violent Encounter Ionia/Montcalm (RAVE) came together to open the office. “We are very proud to partner with them,” said Brian Basser, chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.


Master plan amended, sent to Greenville City Council

The Greenville Planning Commission amended a master plan before recommending it to the Greenville City Council. The amendment to the master plan was to accommodate the future of Greenville. During Thursday night’s meeting, the commission approved recommending to the city council that certain parcels be considered for office use in the future.


Howard City kitchen fire causes extensive damage

A kitchen fire caused extensive damage to a Howard City home on Wednesday, which then rekindled on Thursday. The Howard City Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1:57 p.m. Wednesday at 8771 Ferris Blvd. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Grannis said a woman and her child were outside when a second child came from the house and told them the kitchen was on fire.


Voters to decide Crystal fire millage language change

Voters will be asked to change the current language of a fire millage for the Crystal Township Fire Department on Aug. 7. The current four-year fire millage language, approved by voters in 2010, does not allow monies to be spent on additions or renovations for the fire station because of the wording. According to Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick, a change in the language would allow firefighters to make improvements to the fire station and add a 40-foot by 60-foot addition.


Funeral Notices for July 27, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, July 27, 2012.


SPORTS GALORE: The Olympics in Detroit?

The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games officially get underway tonight in England with the spectacular opening ceremony. This will be the third time London has hosted the Summer Olympics. They also hosted in 1908 and 1948. London was selected to host the 1944 games, but the games were canceled due to World War II.