AMISH COOK: Chestnuts for Daniel’s birthday

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I made my way down to the far end of my brother-in-law’s field, and the sun rose higher. It was pushing 100 degrees.

From one tree to the next, I scooped 2-year-old Joshua and carried him 20 feet down the line to the next tree, where I carefully planted 20-inch chestnut saplings.

Ionia’s Josiah Magley signs with Oakland University to continue track, cross country career

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Josiah Magley has always been a distance runner for the Ionia Bulldogs, but he hasn’t always been as dominant as he is today.

In his first 3,200-meters run as a seventh-grader, Magley recorded a time of 13:39. Magley recorded several top-five finishes in track in his seventh-grade year, but it wasn’t what he wanted — Magley wanted to be the best.

Following 3 sheep owners through Ionia Free Fair week

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For most people, the Ionia Free Fair equals 10 days of food, rides and carnival games.

For the youth involved with 4-H, however, the fair is the culmination of a year of filthy, difficult work caring for livestock, all leading up to an auction where they sell their beloved animals to the highest bidder.

100 years of change

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Margaret Krebs writes about growing up in Trufant and Howard City

It is, indeed, a rare feat to write a book with your granddaughter, having lived on earth for nearly a century.

Praise is an understatement for Margaret Krebs, 98, and her million dollar smile.

MAUREEN BURNS: Some new, some silly

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I’m gonna begin with a silly thing. I laughed out loud, maybe you will, too.

GUEST VIEW: A common sense solution to wind turbine zoning for Montcalm Township

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As the dust begins to settle from the chaos resulting from Apex Clean Energy’s massive commercial wind turbine proposal for Montcalm County, a practical solution to zoning ordinance provisions for Montcalm Township has emerged. It is protective, popular, community-based, legally sound, reasonable and should satisfy almost everyone.

Whitecaps’ Trei Cruz growing after shoulder injury last season

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There’s a rising commotion in the West Michigan Whitecaps’ dugout leading into a Sunday matinee matchup against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at LMCU Ballpark.

It’s no surprise who is at the center of that commotion — it’s Trei Cruz. The Whitecaps starting interior infielder is one of those guys that just brings energy and joy to the game and puts it on an extravagant display.

PUBLIC FORUM: 4-H millage deserves to be renewed

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Dear Editor,

Our Montcalm County 4-H program provides an opportunity for young people to follow their passions, practice life skills, and build relationships.

‘Forever 17’: Greenville mourns the loss of 2022 graduate

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As a senior at Greenville High School, there may have been no student more genuinely kind-hearted and caring than Brennen Peiffer. 

Upon graduating in May, celebrating his accomplishment with friends and family, it came as little surprise that Brennen’s smile would grow its largest with his parents, Jeremy and Tina, by his side. 

PUBLIC FORUM: The school safety question

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Dear Editor,

I addressed the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education at June’s meeting.