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My Town Greenville: More than 80,000 expected for Danish Festival Aug. 15-17

My Town Greenville: More than 80,000 expected for Danish Festival Aug. 15-17

GREENVILLE, Mich.—An idea pitched 50 years ago that has grown into an event that attracts more than 80,000 people to Greenville returns this weekend.

The first Danish Festival took place Aug. 18, 1965.  Dorothy Oliver dreamed up the event, as a way to celebrate Greenville’s Danish heritage.  Since its debut, the Danish Festival has grown into a three-day event, featuring dancing, eating contests, live concerts, games, hot air balloon flights and fireworks.   

The 2014 Danish Festival runs now through Aug. 17 throughout Greenville.  For a schedule of events, visit the festival website here.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town: Whites Bridge Historical Society granted oversight of bridge area

My Town: Whites Bridge Historical Society granted oversight of bridge area

LOWELL, Mich.—  The Whites Bridge Historical Society is taking on a larger role in the community.

The group, which is leading the effort to rebuild the historic Whites Bridge, was recently granted a land use permit to oversee and maintain the north side canoe/kayak launch area, as well as the bridge abutment, boardwalk and parking areas. 

The Whites Bridge Historical Society is working on securing grant funding and fundraising to build a replica of the bridge, which was destroyed by arson on July 7, 2013.   The project is expected to cost approximately $400,000.

My Town Belding: City to consider switching to 'green' lighting

My Town Belding: City to consider switching to 'green' lighting

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is one step closer to being greener.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, July 15, city council members are expected to approve a proposal to replace current lighting at City Hall and the Department of Public Works with LEDs.  The proposal from G & D Electric comes with a price tag of $26,990.88, after a rebate from Consumers Energy’s Small Business Program.  However, the switchover is expected to save the city money long term; Consumers says the average project pays back its cost in energy savings in less than a year.

Tuesday’s city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Pere Marquette Depot, located at 100 Depot Street.

My Town Belding: Kari Ann & Lost Creek to take stage for free summer concert

My Town Belding: Kari Ann & Lost Creek to take stage for free summer concert

BELDING, Mich.-- Enjoy music and free popcorn when Kari Ann & Lost Creek take the stage this week for Belding's Music in the Park summer concert series.

Each seasonal performance takes place on Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Park.  The rest of this year's lineup is as follows: