Whether you’re a fitness buff or the sort likely to plow through a morning plate of pancakes (or both), you’ll have the opportunity to do some good for area food pantries beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. That’s when the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive will host a fundraiser to benefit 18 pantries county-wide.
For well over a decade, Mary Ledford, of Mid Michigan Motorplex, has been hosting an annual race to help support Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots program. On good years, the effort has raised as much as $2,000; bad years have brought in as little $500. But every race has gone a long way toward brightening the Christmas mornings of the county’s neediest children.
New City Manager Jake Eckholm has been busy during his first few weeks on the job and is already formulating plans for various improvements around the town. At Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city commission, he laid out some of those plans.
A former Montcalm County sheriff, a man who dedicated most of his adult life to law enforcement, died Aug. 29 in Sun City Center, Fla. Thomas Hebert was 83 years old.
If shopping at Dave’s Carpet seems just a little more comfortable than it does most places, it might be because the store is run like a family, by a family. Greenville’s newest outlet for a wide variety of floor coverings, Dave’s opened in June at 6505 S. Greenville Road and has been growing steadily ever since.
As topics go, they don’t get much heavier than those discussed Thursday evening at the Ash Technology and Learning Center as part of this year’s One Book One County initiative.
This year’s featured book, “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes, deals with Will, a man confined to a wheelchair following an accident and his eventual decision to end his own life.
Some fifth grade girls save up for new bead-making kits, the latest Harry Potter novel or maybe a new outfit for a favorite Barbie doll. But when Lincoln Heights Elementary School students Layna Gunderson and Carlie Peterman recently broke open their piggy banks, the money went to a more serious purpose.
The weather was uncooperative but spirits were high at a kickoff barbecue held Wednesday afternoon for organizers and volunteers of this year’s United Way fundraising effort in Montcalm and Ionia counties at the organization’s headquarters in Fenwick.
There’s more than enough work to keep the recently hired manager of Lakeview and Stanton busy for months and years to come.
That’s one reason why Jake Eckholm says he’s “hit the ground running” in his new position.
Mention the word “Wheatland” around these parts and the eyes of most roots music lovers will light up with fond memories of camping, concerts under the summer stars, and cool September evenings communing with friends both known and unknown.