OUR VIEW: Community projects are inspiring

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:01 pm on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Amidst the floods, the fires and the manmade mayhem we’ve read and heard about so much these days, it’s not surprising our attention might be diverted from some really significant lifestyle investments we’ve been making here at home.

In the recent past, or just the past week, or in the near future, this newspaper is featuring stories about inspiring community projects and their essential role in enhancing the quality of life where we live.

Last year, Greenville’s fabled old Black Field gave way to a magnificent new Legacy field and surrounding athletic complex. This year, even as the aged and iconic Belding clock tower and surrounding buildings are being reduced to rubble, Belding’s 17th annual Community Showcase was showing off its beautiful new high school gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria facilities. Belding football’s Rudness Field had previously gotten its own classy upgrading.

Last week, we witnessed the inauguration of Montcalm Community College’s new Bill Braman Family Center for Education. The $5-plus million facility is designed for multiple uses, including technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, health-related training, renewable energy study, classrooms for university level studies, dual enrollment for high school students, noncredit career training and cultural enrichment programs. It’s the second building on MCC’s Greenville campus, which used to be the Montcalm County Fairgrounds. The Montcalm 4-H Fair Association now has its own brand-new complex just north of Greenville.

By the way, today’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Fling for Women at Greenville High School creates a great opportunity to inspect the elaborate new health-oriented cafeteria, food and lounging grounds in the high school commons.

Next Thursday, May 9, we’ll be celebrating the grand opening of Spectrum Health United Hospital’s Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department, the Bill Braman Family Diagnostic Imaging Center and the Ray and Mary Tower Main Lobby. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted…

There are a number of names often associated with philanthropy in the area. But, none of their works could come to fruition without the participation of hundreds, even thousands, of other folks willing to become investors. The stepping up to be a financial partner and donor in these projects underlines a confidence in — and caring for — the future of the neighborhood. You know who you are. Congratulations to you.

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

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