SHORT TAKES: Positive messages give hope for future

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:54 am on Monday, January 23, 2012

Last week we saw Gov. Rick Snyder give the State of the State address, and we also witnessed the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. It would be hard not to be encouraged about the area’s future given the messages delivered on each of the occasions.

Gov. Snyder’s message was that our state’s government is moving out of the red financially and that another year’s budget is moving forward, with much work to be done, but bolstered by a surplus from the previous year. We may be further assured of better times with our government because of Gov. Snyder’s obvious indifference to re-election worries that seem to stifle everyone in government these days. He talks of a vision for revising state operations, and is pushing for a better system for Michigan citizens.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce dinner was truly a celebration of the achievements of our community and its leaders. The event was at the beautiful Sherwood Lodge at Camp Anna Behrens north of Greenville. A large crowd was there to certify the strength of the area’s business community and to demonstrate the close affiliations of the local people who are making things happen.

Congratulations to Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Candy Kerschen and her crew for creating a terrific evening.

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Coming up soon is the Charity Ball, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation’s annual black tie event at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

This year’s beneficiary will be Greenville’s new Spectrum United Heart and Vascular Center. The spectacular affair will be held Feb. 11. Mark it on your calendar for a very special evening. In addition to the 10th anniversary presentation of the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, there will be a raffle, live and silent auctions and additional prizes.

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Speaking of coming events, one of our area’s most popular and heavily attended events is coming again to Greenville. The Taste of Home Cooking School will be March 8 at Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at The Daily News, with 716 tickets available at $12.50, and 96 VIP tickets at $45. VIP tickets include premium seating, a backstage tour, face time with chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Eric Villegas, and an autographed copy of his Taste of Home Cookbook.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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