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Ted Flynn has many titles, including teacher, professional Santa Claus, athletic director and social studies teacher. Here he is seen in his classroom with his dog Winston, whom he sometimes brings to class.  — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Grattan Academy teacher/Santa helps out on ‘Extreme Makeover’

A local teacher will appear in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” along with 65 of his professional Santa colleagues. Ted Flynn is a social studies teacher and athletic director at Grattan Academy for most of the year. He dabbles as a professional Santa in winter.

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Chippewa Hills downs Lakeview for Tri County mat title; Belding fourth

Lakeview’s wrestling team came up just short at the Tri County Wrestling Invitational Saturday, but the Wildcats won’t complain too much. The Wildcats lost in the championship match to Chippewa Hills 49-22 to take second. It was their only loss on the day.

Greenville’s Jake Hopkins, top, tries to turn over Byron Center’s Lynn Cannon during their 152-pound match at the Greenville Invitational Saturday. Hopkins won the match. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wrestlers dominate invitational

Greenville’s “A” wrestling team came back from a pair of losses to ranked Division 1 teams with a sweep of its own wrestling invitational Saturday. The Yellow Jackets beat all five opponents in the meet, finishing with a slightly controversial 36-35 win over Byron Center.

Cheryl Vasi of Gowen, left, shows off her horse after winning the American Paint Horse Association world championship in Fort Worth, Texas. — Courtesy photo

Gowen woman claims World paint horse title

American Paint Horse Association (APHA) amateur competitor Cheryl Vasi of Gowen captured a World Championship title at the 2011 APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show. The show, which was Nov. 2–12 in Fort Worth, Texas, is one APHA’s premier events.

The students spent two months constructing this LEGO robot, which was used to accomplish missions assigned to the group during a competition at Michigan State University.  — Courtesy photo

Carson City-area youngsters compete in Lego robotic competition

For seven Carson City-area children, playing with Lego blocks became more than just play. They built Lego-based robots for a competition at Michigan State University (MSU).

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Toys for Tots offering second distribution day

Toys for Tots will host a second toy distribution for Montcalm County children in need. There is still time if you know a child that didn’t receive toys from the first toy distribution on Saturday and did not receive toys from the Lions Club distribution.

At left, is Maureen’s grandfather Edward Colegrove, while in the Army at age 14 during World War II; at right is Maureen’s father Walter Empey, who was in the Nacy during World War II. — Courtesy photos

MAUREEN BURNS: We remember …

Today is my grandson, Louie’s, birthday. He is six. It is also the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I watched the news tonight. They were honoring 120 of the men who survived Pearl Harbor. It made me think of how that history is going fast. Those survivors are in their late eighties. How will this history stay alive? How will little Louie know what it is all about? It will stay alive because we will remember and we will pass it on. It is our familial and civic duty.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 12, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Dianna Force recently celebrated the opening of her new business — Cricket’s Crop Shop — with the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce.

New Belding shop for scrapbooking enthusiasts — Cricket’s Crop Shop — now open

Special to The Daily News BELDING — Several members of the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Chamber staff member Jody Paulsen recently participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new business venture in Grattan called Cricket’s Crop Shop. The shop, owned by Dianna Force, opened in June to serve scrapbook enthusiasts. “I [...]

Trustees for the Stanley and Blanche Ash Foundation transferred funds to the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for two new endowment funds. Pictured are, front row from left, Ash Foundation President Gordon Stauffer and GACF Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Peter Blinkilde; back row from left, Ash Foundation Vice President and Treasurer Ted Kortes, Secretary and Treasurer Eric Januzelli, Chairman Emeritus Byron Cook and Investment Committee Chairman Bill Braman.

Ash Foundation’s money to get divided

Stanley and Blanche Ash strongly believed in the Montcalm Community College and Greenville Area Community foundations during their lifetimes.
Both foundations will benefit after the couple’s deaths — Stanley in 2004 and Blanche earlier this fall.