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Harvest Festival is Saturday in Howard City

A longtime Howard City couple will preside over Saturday’s Howard City Harvest Festival. Lowell and Ann Yanke have been named grand marshals of the 12th annual festival. They will ride in the grand parade...

The Labor Day Parade is one of the annual highlights of Belding's Labor Day Celebration.

Belding Labor Day Celebration to close out summer with a bang

The first days of autumn may be quickly approaching, but there’s still one last celebration in downtown Belding to enjoy before summer comes to a close.

This year’s Belding Labor Day Grand Marshal Byron Davey, with his wife, Debra. — Courtesy photo

Selection as 2014 Labor Day grand marshal ‘humbles’ Davey

Byron Davey has always loved his hometown of Belding, from the time he he attended the original Hallpark Elementary School as a second grade student through his retirement from Belding Area Schools after 33...

Local farmers rumble down the road in their tractors during the Trufant Jubilee parade.

Trufant Jubilee offers historic recreation, fun

One might consider being known as the “Stump Capital of the World” a mixed blessing, at best. But the residents of Trufant have for the past 36 years taken that sobriquet and turned it...

Al and Lil Rasmussen will be honored as grand marshals of this year's Edmore Potato Festival. The Rasmussens own the Lazy R Tack Room in Edmore. — Courtesy photo

Edmore Potato Festival returns

A pair of longtime local business owners will be honored as grand marshals of this year's Edmore Potato Festival, which is slated for Aug. 20-24. Al and Lil Rasmussen have owned the Lazy R...

Bob and Velma Witzel pose in front of the playhouse in the yard of their Stanton home. The Witzels, who will be celebrating their 49th anniversary in September, were elected to be this year’s grand marshals for Stanton’s 2014 Old Fashioned Days. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carnival adds fun to 2014 Stanton Old Fashioned Days

It just doesn’t feel like summer until you’ve hit at least a couple small town festivals. One of the area’s best, Stanton’s Old Fashioned Days, gets under way Wednesday. According to Damon Davis,...

A bake sale and historic displays will be featured in the Sidney General Store during Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31 through Aug. 2, on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. — Courtesy photo

Heritage Festival starts July 31

A glider demonstration by Brent Wickerham, of Greenville, is new to this year’s 28th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival, which is scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 2 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

The Truth in Jazz Orchestra will highlight this year’s Music in the Park concert series in Lakeview. The series gets underway June 25 with an evening of bluegrass, courtesy of The Gravel Ridge Band. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview’s Music in the Park series ‘most expensive yet’

This summer’s Music in the Park concert series marks the first season for live performances in the Rader Outdoor Theater, erected last summer in Lakeside Park. The new bandshell, along with a host of...

Actors play out a scene during a rehearsal of “Steps” at Montcalm Community College’s Barn Theater. — Courtesy photo

Local playwright’s ‘Steps’ deals with ‘sins of the father’

Written by local playwright, Joshua Snyder, “Steps” is a poignant look into one family’s struggle to overcome its demons and wrestle with the old adage about “the sins of the father.” The story follows...

“Tomorrow Reprise” sung by Annie (Annie Stanford) with Sandy’s (Logan Sowers) help, Mr. Warbucks (Seth Davis), Grace Farrell (Secrett Hunt) and company. “Annie Jr” opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the Greenville Area Community Center. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

PLAY REVIEW: Big cast takes the stage for ‘Annie Jr.’

She is one of many orphans in New York City, and life is tough in the orphanage, but Annie doesn’t give up hope that “the sun will come out tomorrow” in “Annie Jr.” “We...

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