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A pack of cyclists keep pace together on Vining Road in Greenville before stopping for lunch at the Seiter Education Center Saturday morning. Approximately 900 cyclists participated in this year’s Make-A-Wish Wish-A-Mile bicycle tour, raising money for Make-A-Wish to distribute to kids suffering from various illnesses. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Wish-A-Mile bicycle tour stops through Greenville, raises money for children

Bill Briggs of Ada and 5-year-old Ryan Heyboer of Grand Rapids had never met, but on Saturday they shared five minutes together that the two are likely to never forget. Briggs, on day two of the three-day 300-mile Wish-A-Mile bike tour, had just stopped with hundreds of other riders for lunch at the Seiter Education Center in Greenville.

“Border collies are one of the smartest breeds,” Nortier said. “Angus, like every border collie, likes to keep his mind thinking so he’s always up for tricks, especially taking turns playing catch with the frisbee with people.”

Greenville-based therapy dog ‘Dr. Angus’ at your service

Angus’ nose is usually wet, his tongue always seems to be hanging out the side of his mouth and his coat is quite hairy. On top of that, he is not one for many words. But somehow he manages to get people to smile and talk to him. The 8-year-old border collie is one of three dogs owned by Greenville’s Judy Nortier that occasionally visits residents at retirement facilities, working as a “therapy dog,” helping people through trying days by entertaining them with tricks or just by listening with a wagging tail.

Glenn Waters, who turns 100-years-old Sunday, takes a turn driving a boat during a Green Acres Retirement Living group outing to the home of Jim and Barb Cain. Lucille Gunderson, another Green Acres resident, is behind him.

YOUNG @ HEART: Glenn Waters enjoying life at 100

Nov. 11, 1918 marked a ceasefire of World War I and thus called Armistice Day. Just prior to the advent of a nationally recognized holiday, Glenn E. Waters recalls celebrating the end of war in his own unique way.


OUR VIEW: Vote yes for Montcalm County EMS millage

If you’re in an accident or having a heart attack, the last thing you or your loved ones want to think about is whether an ambulance is going to show up at the scene. There are places in this country where this is a real concern. But we’ve been lucky in Montcalm County to have such responsive Emergency Medical Services personnel, primarily because we as voters have ranked this service as a priority and supported key millage proposals in the past.

A two-story frame house with a large side lot attached on Hambrook Street in Belding has a minimum bid of $9,200.

Ionia County foreclosure sale set for Aug. 1

About 30 properties will be up for grabs at the annual Ionia County foreclosure auction Aug. 1. According to Judy Clark of the Ionia County treasurer’s office, there has been an increase in foreclosed properties over the past four years, but the numbers are mostly holding steady.

Woods and Waters | Ed Gilbert

WOODS AND WATERS: Dams provide some of the best fishing around

Last week I mentioned the large northern pike I landed at the Rockford dam on the Rogue River. Well, that column got me thinking about some of the other places I and others have had success, and in many instances that is at or near a dam.

The Belding Redskins’ offense gets ready to run a play during a game last year at home. Belding opens the 2012 season at Greenville on Aug. 24. — File photos

Belding transitioning to new style under new football coach

This upcoming football season will begin a new chapter in a long and rich football tradition for the Belding Redskins. This offseason former Rockford assistant coach Joe Schwander was hired to take over the Redskins football program. Schwander replaces Joel Wilker who is now the school’s athletic director.


Funeral Notices for July 28, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, July 28, 2012

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?”