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Rosalee Hull’s hand made soap business grew from a single, unexpected goat, to its current incarnation primarily through word of mouth.

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One never knows what small quirk of fate may change a destiny, what unexpected event, seemingly insignificant at the time, may alter the future. For Rosalee and Gerald Hull, that moment manifested itself 12 years ago, on the front porch of their rural Stanton home. “I opened the door and a goat was standing there,” Rosalee says. “We spent over a week checking with neighbors, looking for the owner, but couldn’t find anyone who had lost a goat.”

Dave Hardin’s band will open this year’s Music in the Park concert series in Lakeview at 7 p.m. Wednesday. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview park concert series to feature stellar lineup

There’s something about hearing live music outdoors that makes the experience more than simply sounds and rhythm, voices and strings. A song in the open air isn’t just a song anymore, it’s a soundtrack to the beauty of the natural world surrounding you.


Greenville police receive grant for key boxes

The Greenville Department of Public Safety received a grant for lock boxes to help access buildings in case of an emergency. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted to accept a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety Grants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of 100 knox boxes and eight in-car lock boxes.

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Mobster massacre brought to life at Ionia Rotary Club presentation

One of the greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time shares its roots with the southwest corner of Michigan. On Wednesday, remnants of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre were on hand in the form of the very guns that were used. Lt. Michael Kline of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the Ionia Rotary Club meeting at Renucci’s Tavern in Ionia.


Funeral Notices – June 22, 2013

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Shalynnda Garry, 13, of West Branch, takes a moment to feed her favorite animal, a donkey, at Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts Monday afternoon in Stanton. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton’s Anderson & Girls grows in popularity (Photo Galleries)

Each year, Marcia Moore of Alma schedules a visit to Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts because of the excitement her grandchildren experience while visiting the establishment. Moore said for the past four years, she has made the trip with her grandchildren Shalynnda, 13, and Seth, 8, both of West Branch, as it is their favorite place to visit with animals.

This year’s Sheridan Family Health Fair, held Thursday afternoon, offered free health screenings, kids games and more. The event is held annually in Sheridan and is sponsored by the hospital. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan health fair a hit with family, seniors

The Sheridan Community Center was transferred into a petting zoo/playground/fairground Thursday afternoon for Sheridan Community Hospital’s annual Family Health Fair. This year event featured live animals from Anderson & Girls Petting Zoo, lots of games, face painting, an obstacle course and much more. There also were plenty of activities and information available for adults.


Belding City Council adopts social media policy

With new technology comes new rules and responsibilities, and members of Belding City Council are taking action to be proactive in dealing with the city’s venture into social media. After the recent creation of an official city of Belding Facebook page, council members voted 5-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to adopt a social media policy for city officials.


Improvements planned for Belding’s Veterans Park

Denny Craycraft updated the Belding City Council on the status of the Veterans Park at Tuesday night’s meeting. Veterans Park is located immediately west of the depot building in downtown Belding. The park features the Freedom Wall, an incarnation of the original wall that was torn down 64 years ago. The wall bears the names of more than 700 area veterans who fought and served during World War II.


Funeral Notices for June 21, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, June 21, 2013