SHORT TAKES: Plenty of positives to look back on for 2012


By Daily News • Last Updated 2:36 pm on Monday, December 24, 2012

As families and friends gather for Christmas and focus on the positive aspects of life right now, we are thinking about all the things those of us who live here have to celebrate, too.

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There’s the economic angle. Yes, we lost a biggie when United Solar Ovonic filed for bankruptcy and laid off all employees earlier this year. But we’ve also seen a lot of good growth. New restaurants such as the 57 Bistro & Brew Pub and Tim Horton’s in Greenville, revitalized main streets in Stanton and Lakeview, repurposed buildings such as the old General Bag Corp. in Edmore and a new stadium in Greenville that attracted statewide attention. All of these created new jobs and gave outsiders another reason to visit our area.

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There are our schools. In a time when most news is focused on cuts in education, we’ve reported on cutting edge opportunities for our local kids with technology, academics, performing arts, and hands-on learning in shop classes. We even written about the start of the West Michigan Virtual School, which is geared toward teaching kids who have different styles of learning. Not to mention that we have a number of students and teams that earned titles in statewide performing arts and sporting arenas.

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There’s also new growth. Spectrum Health United opened its new Heart and Vascular Center, Montcalm Community College is poised to unveil its new state-of-the-art Greenville Technology and Learning Center campus in Greenville. Belding schools showcased their new performing arts center, a new high school gymnasium, and a remodeled Ellis Elementary school.

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There always will exist frustrations in the world around us, but it’s important to note, that on this Christmas of 2012 we have a lot of be thankful for.

 

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