OUR VIEW: Belding and Greenville lend a helping hand

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:51 pm on Monday, December 02, 2013

There’s always lots of heartwarming stories unfolding during the holiday season — and Belding and Greenville are no exception.

We were happy to report two stories in the pages of this newspaper recently about the communities of Belding and Greenville working together.

When the Greenville Public Schools Performing Arts Center sustained wind and water damage from a major thunderstorm that rolled through the area, producers of a holiday ballet were left wondering what would happen to their show.

Fortunately, Belding officials stepped up and offered to host the Flat River Dance Company’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the Belding Performing Arts Center.

The news came as a great relief to the Flat River Dance Company. Their presentation of “The Nutcracker” is no small effort. It involves 140 dancers, a full orchestra, thousands of dollars in set pieces backdrops, props and costumes, a stage crew of 10 people, 30 volunteer parents and months of preparation. Hundreds of tickets have already been sold for the Dec. 7 event and rescheduling was out of the question as “The Nutcracker” is a quintessential holiday story.

“I’m not sure what hoops and ladders they had to jump through to make this work so quickly, but from my stand point Greenville is truly blessed to have (Greenville auditorium manager) Mr. (Chris) Chapman and Belding got themselves a new diamond with (the Belding Performing Arts Center’s) Jacquelyn Soule,” said Flat River Dance Company artistic director Joseph Curry.

We couldn’t agree more.

We were also touched to see the Greenville Area Community Foundation’s recent $4,000 donation to Belding Veterans Park.

The donation allowed Denny Craycraft, the mastermind behind the creation of the park, to pay off the remaining balance of the recently added $7,600 Korean War monument. The Greenville Area Community Foundation also donated $10,000 last year toward a World War II monument at the Belding park.

Craycraft is now free to focus his efforts on building another monument, one dedicated to the veterans of World War I.

Amy O’Brien, director of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, said reaching out to the neighboring community of Belding is always a goal of the organization.

We love to see Belding and Greenville working together and hope it continues into the future.

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

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