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Hjordis Jacobsen-Batt, who migrated from Denmark to the United States when she was just 11, teaches a group of campers attending the Danish Youth Camp about the Danish language Friday at the Danish Brotherhood Hall in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Youngsters embrace Greenville’s Danish culture through new camp

The history and heritage of the Danish culture that surrounds the Greenville area is maintained and celebrated throughout the year by many dedicated members of the community. But as time passes, those with knowledge of the traditions and events that help designate Greenville as the “Danish Festival City” move on, and it’s up to younger generations to keep the Danish sprit alive.

Members of the local Blue Star Mothers, Debra Gommesen, left, Deann Oliver, center, and vice-president Kathy Barnes, manned an informational booth Friday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. The booth, which also is collecting donations of cash and personal items for military personnel serving overseas, will remain at the fair through today. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Blue Star Mothers helping provide for soldiers’ needs

No one understands the emotional balancing act a mother goes through when she has a son or daughter serving overseas with the military better than someone who has been in the same situation herself. For some, it represents the first time a child has been living away from home. Couple that with the very real possibility of danger in combat and it creates a recipe for angst, at best.

The Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization funded a Little Free Library in Greenville. The idea is to let students exchange books for free across the world. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Little Free Library now available in Greenville

To promote reading, especially at a young age, a Little Free Library has been built in Greenville for children to enjoy. Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President Ann Harvey said the idea of a Little Free Library came from Literacy Intervention Specialist Sarah Shoemaker at Baldwin Heights, who asked the PTO to help fund the project.


Greenville has new leaf and brush options

Residents in the city of Greenville will have to find a new option to dispose of their yard waste. As of July 15, the city will no longer be picking up leaves, brush and grass clippings from the curbside.


Funeral Notices for June 29, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, June 29, 2013

London Eldridge, 10, of Stanton, at right, stands with her grand champion cow Baxter before going up to the platform Thursday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction. Her sister Celina Eldridge, 5, helped out. Baxter, who weighs 556 pounds, was sold to Harvey’s Agricultural Solutions of Carson City for $2 per pound. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction raises $200,000+

This year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction was a huge success, ringing in more than $21,000 than last year. Thursday night’s auction totaled about $216,495.20, which is $21,327.09 more than last year’s auction. A total of 380 animals were sold, weighing a total of 81,962.5 pounds.

Theresa Flores, a survivor of human trafficking and author of the book “The Slave Across the Street” speaks to an audience in Greenville on the topic of human trafficking in Michigan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Author, survivor speaks out on sex trafficking

It all started with a crush on a boy. He was different, says Theresa Flores. “He was sweet, very suave,” she says.


Greenville school board approves ‘positive’ budget

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education passed a “positive” budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The board held a special meeting on Monday to approve the proposed budget presented by Chief Financial Officer John Gilchrist.


Funeral Notices – June 28, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Friday, June 28, 2013.

Students attending the Lakers Writers Camp at Belding Middle School Wednesday raise their hands with questions for guest author Tim Hargis of Kentwood. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding students focus on better writing skills at camp

School may be out for the summer, but that isn’t stopping a group of students in Belding from sharpening their writing skills as they attempt to author a book of their very own. The Lakers Writers Group, out of Grand Valley State University, has been hosting the annual Lakers Writers Camp at Belding Middle School again this year, where students in third through sixth grade have been working to write their own story by summer’s end.