Curtis Wildfong

Members of the Coalition of Greater Greenville Thursday discussed a new campaign aimed at promoting manufacturing to area students. Pictured, from left, are Candy Kerschen, co-director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Karl Yoder of Chemical Bank, Pete Haines, Greenville Public Schools superintendent, and Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business services manager of Central Area Michigan Works Consortium. (Daily News | Curtis Wildfong)

Campaign to promote manufacturing in Greenville area underway

Manufacturing is a huge part of the Greenville area community and area officials are launching a campaign to promote interest in manufacturing jobs, skills for which are in high demand.

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Greenville DDA lands on Lafayette Park for open air structure

After months of deliberation and looking at every angle, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has committed to Lafayette Park as the location for some form of open air structure.

The Eureka Township Board Monday approved wording for two millage renewals to be placed on the May 6 special election ballot. Pictured, from left, are Supervisor Rodney Roy, Clerk Linda Ruwersma, Trustee Jeremy Austin and Trustee Posekany. Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Eureka to place two millage renewals on August ballot

Residents of this township will be asked to vote on renewing two separate millages in August — one of which will support fire services and the other policing. The two requests, the wording of which was approved Monday by the Eureka Township Board, will ask voters to renew a 0.75-mill request (fire services) and a 1-mill request (police). If approved, both millage renewals would begin this year, but would cover different lengths of time.

Recently, the Greenville Recreation Department was awarded a $4,768 grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation for equipment for the city’s gymnastics program. Top priority for the department was a carpeted floor mat geared specifically for gymnastics. (Courtesy photos)

With help from a $4,768 grant, Greenville recreation department adds gymnastics equipment

Over the past three years, the Greenville Recreational Department’s gymnastics program has grown dramatically.
It has enrolled so many students (around 400 per year), it added a toddler tumbler program, added a kindergarten class and now offers classes year round. The program serves children from 18 months old up through middle school.

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Montcalm Township prepares for spring by setting tasks

Spring is here and that means a bevy of tidying up to do for municipalities. The Montcalm Township Board knocked out one spring task after the other at Wednesday’s meeting as they addressed lawn care, road work and an overall township cleanup.

Counties, cities and villages across Michigan will receive $60.9 million to help make up ballooned costs from a rough winter. The funding, which is divvied up across the state, won’t mean large repairs for the construction season, but instead maintaining typical services like roadside mowing, line painting and gravel road repair. Pictured is a series of patched potholes along S. Derby Road in Sidney Township in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Money from state not enough for local road fixes

With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.

After 35 years in education — the last 23 with Greenville Public Schools  — Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissett is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Longtime educator steps down from Greenville Public Schools

Although she was more than 1,000 miles from where she grew up, Diane Brissett felt at home.

“Within 20 minutes I felt like I had come home and I belonged here,” said Brisset in her assistant superintendent office in Greenville on Friday. “That never changed. This is a great community and a great district with great kids.”

The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant earned high honors from the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was named system of the year following its large expansion. Pictured, from left, are facility operator Tim Foster, plant supervisor Shawn Wheat, Mayor John Hoppough, project engineer Steve Williams and Michigan Rural Water Association Vice President Bob Masters. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville honored for its wastewater treatment

The city was honored Tuesday by the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was given the Wastewater Treatment Utility of the Year award. The city was acknowledged by the water association Tuesday for its large upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant which expanded its processing capabilities, added a bio oxidation tower and installed a ground-mounted solar system to offset electrical costs at the plant.

Threshold Academy in Orleans, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students. The school will no longer operate after June 30. — File photo

Threshold Academy forced to shut its doors at end of school year

Threshold Academy, a free public charter school in Ionia County, will shut its doors at the end of this school year as its overseer decided not to renew its contract. Central Michigan University’s Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools notified the academy Monday it will no longer authorize the school after June 30, citing low Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores and declining enrollment. Threshold, which charters students from the Greenville, Stanton, Sheridan and Belding areas, currently enrolls about 158 students.

Attendees of last year’s Mom Prom pose for a picture during the event. This year’s “prom” will help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation, the charity of choice of Bree Town of Greenville. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Mom Prom hosting this year’s event in honor of Bree Town

Sitting in a limousine on their way to the airport for a flight to Disney World last year, the Town family couldn’t believe the trip the Make A Wish Foundation was sending their daughter Bree on. Bree, who was diagnosed in 2012 with acute myeloid leukemia, which affects the myeloid line of blood, was one of the many children whose wish became a reality thanks to the charitable organization.