OUR VIEW: Spirit in Caring award well-deserved

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:15 am on Monday, October 01, 2012

Local headlines this week covered the gamut from good news to sad.

One of the best stories this week was about the Rev. Jerry Jones learning on Thursday that he is the recipient of the 2013 Spirit of Caring Award. An honor well deserved. Jones is perhaps best known as the reverend at First Congregational Church in Greenville, but it’s his behind-the-scenes involvement in many area committees and organizations focused on making this a great place to live that earned him this honor.

He is the eighth recipient of this award and will be formally acknowledged and honored during the 2013 Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball on Feb. 9 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

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It is with heavy hearts that we note the closing of Don’s Carpetland, a solid business in Greenville for 63 years.

Bev and Lou Nielson took over the business about 35 years ago, but because of family health issues and a difficult economy they are having to close their doors. Don’s will be open for normal business hours until most everything has sold. Our thoughts are with the Nielsons during this trying time.

You will be missed.

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This next one didn’t make local headlines, but it’s worth noting.

Our longtime friend, Harold Christiansen of Greenville, wandered into the office a week or so ago, as a beaming grandfather. With him he brought an envelope with information about his 24-year-old granddaughter, Sophie Christiansen, from England, who recently became a triple gold medalist as part of the English equestrian team during the London 2012 Paralympics at Greenwich Park.

Sophie, who has cerebral palsy, began riding when she was 7, her grandfather tells us, and has become somewhat of a name over the past eight years in the Paralympics. Her ties to our area are through her grandparents and we think it’s a pretty cool story.

Way to go, Sophie.

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

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