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Winning the crown of Miss Danish Festival 2016 Allison Harrison, seated, will reign with Prince Logan Foley, front left, and Princess Anna Morano, front right, First Runner-Up Mariah Meier, back left, and Second Runner-up Danielle Mahar, back right. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

CMU sophomore wins Danish queen crown

Allison Harrison learned how to make the best of both worlds. In 2014, as a Belding High School student, she participated in and won the Miss Belding Scholarship Pageant. As a resident of Greenville, she was also able compete in this year’s Miss Danish Festival Scholarship Pageant.

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Funeral Notices for Aug. 15, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

Greenville resident Gary Zarkowski is hoping to take property he purchased at 6910 S. Greenville Road (M-91), behind AutoZone, and turn it into a min-storage complex. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville property owner looking to build new storage units

Gary Zarkowski is hoping to bring a new storage facility to the outskirts of the city limits. Proposed to the Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday evening, Zarkowski, who owns real estate company Zarkowski Properties, is aiming to turn five acres of vacant land he purchased into a mini-storage complex at 6910 S. Greenville Road (M-91).

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MAISD considers balanced calendar

A meeting of the minds in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is set for Monday at the Montcalm Area Career Center. Each of the superintendents of the seven school districts in Montcalm County and the superintendent of the MAISD Board will meet to discuss the upcoming school year. The meeting will also have a secondary purpose — to talk about what a balanced calendar could look like in Montcalm County.

Brigham Funeral Chapel, DeWitt Lumber and The Lincoln Agency are three of the 14 businesses a proposed annexation would include. Forty-one properties are included in the proposed area. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Village Council moves forward with township annexation

After six months of planning and reconfiguring, Lakeview is moving forward with a proposed annexation of multiple properties in Cato Township. The annexation would include all properties on M-46 from M-91 to Youngman Road, known as the 46th corridor.

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Montcalm Township Fire Department aims to replace engine, expand building

The newest fire engine at the Montcalm Township Fire Department is older than some of its cadets, and the oldest engine is from 1985.

“We’re at a situation where the youthful life of a fire engine is 10 years,” Supervisor Mike Adams said. “Our newest engine is a 1997. On top of that, we’ve outgrown our station.”

In the fall, fruit matures into red pomes and drops to the ground from these trees in Stanton. City commissioners are concerned about the hazard they present and the mess they make. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton seeks bids to remove pear trees

A few pear trees are about to become a messy memory in Stanton.

“We’ve had nothing but a problem with these trees from day one. I, for one, am getting sick and tired,” Stanton City Commissioner Ken Burris said during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Electricity is provided at portions of Noll Park in Crystal Township, but with those expenses being paid from the township’s fire department fund, some officials want a new power meter installed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township trying to restore electricity to Noll Park

With lights for ballfields and power for the picnic pavilion, energy is needed at local parks, but the question of who is paying for it has raised a few eyebrows.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members discussed that issue concerning Noll Park, which is located adjacent to the township’s fire department station on Smith Street.

James Miller (Curler), right, and his mother, Marie Miller, are pictured moments after they found out Gerald R. Ford Airport would be providing round-trip airfare through Allegiant Airlines, as well as parking, merchandise and a $100 Visa gift card for a trip to Disney World in Florida. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding man is going to Disney World

James Miller (Curler) is kind of a big deal in Belding.

He enjoys making new friends and visiting old ones. Many people in the community have probably seen him walking up and down Ellis Road waving to the cars passing by.

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Trufant cottage destroyed in blaze; 3 fire departments respond

MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP — Maple Valley, Lakeview and Spencer Township firefighters endured heat and humidity nearly four hours while battling a fire Thursday night just outside of Trufant. The fire was called in at 10:37 p.m. at a cottage, which was under renovation, on Clauson Road, Muskellenge Lake. The cottage was vacant, and no one [...]