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Belding OKs new process to evaluate teachers

In the last year, there have been significant changes to the Belding Area Schools system, including new athletic facilities, teachers, classrooms and more. But not all of Belding’s changes have been as visible, including the new framework created for the Professional Practice and Teacher Evaluation Process, voted through by Belding school board members Monday night.


Funeral Notices for August 21, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nancy Esch of Crystal and her son, Ron Esch of Carson City, traveled to the 125th annual fast family reunion in Savannah, Ohio, this summer. Pictured above is a photograph of a previous Fast family reunion from at least a century ago. — Courtesy photo

‘The Adventure of Christian Fast’: Local family uncovers unique history

Two years ago Crystal resident Nancy Esch learned that her maiden name Fast was popular in early American history. Her son, Ron Esch of Carson City, started looking into his mother’s side of the family. What he found out about the Fast name surprised him and his mother. “I feel like we hit the jackpot in family history,” Ron said. “I searched Fast on the Internet and all this stuff started coming up about Christian Fast and I even found him on Wikipedia.”

Emily Cradit, right, and Lauren Guilfoyle, of the band Centerville, perform Saturday evening at the Greenville Performing Arts Center in Greenville.

Greenville’s Danish Festival enjoys another successful year (Photo Galleries)

As the Grand Dansk Parade was ending Saturday, the 48th annual Danish Festival remained busy with many people shopping the unique vendors downtown and in Veterans Park. For the past 20 years, Diana and Larry Townsend of Charlotte have been selling their handmade sweatshirts during the festival.


Funeral Notices for Aug. 20

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Danish Festival Prince Braylon Haist, 5, of Greenville waves to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade offers something old, something new (Photo Gallery)

There are few things that seem so quintessentially American as to hold their own when stacked alongside icons like mother, apple pie and Saturday night dances at the Grange Hall. Country and Western songs about pickup trucks, maybe; politicians kissing babies; red, white and blue bunting strung over the pavilion where a brass band plays — slightly out of tune — on an Independence Day afternoon.


MEETING IN BRIEF: Hubbardston Village Council

Read meeting minutes from the Aug. 14, 2012, Hubbardston Village Council meeting.


ROUNDUPS: Prep results from Saturday, Aug. 18

The Redskins opened the season Saturday by going 2-1-1 at the Wyoming Godwin Heights Invitational. Belding beat the host Eagles 25-19, 25-23, then downed Providence Freedom Christian 25-21, 25-11…

All American Communications won the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament with a 17-10 victory on Sunday. The team includes, Kenny Mitz, Bill Troxel, Jor Norton, Carl Keech, Kyle Merlington, Cody Mitz, A.J. Holbrook, Bill Smith, Josh Proctor, Billy Dillon, John Norton, Jeff Filkens and team sponsor Jeff Pierce.

All American Communication wins men’s Danish Festival softball tourney

The top two teams in the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament had to face each other three times to decide the outcome. In the end, All American Communications topped Ed Koehn Automotive Group two out of three times, including 17-10 in the championship game.

Michigan Fusion’s Chrissy Martin, left, puts a late tag on an unidentified Slow Bob’s player at home during the finals of the Danish Festival Womens’ Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Saturday.

Slow Bob’s wins Danish Festival tourney again

For the second year in a row, Slow Bob’s won the women’s division of the Greenville Danish Festival Softball Tournament. Slow Bob’s, based out of Lake Odessa, beat Michigan Fusion 21-7 in the final game to claim their second straight crown.