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A number of roads throughout Montcalm County were temporarily closed Thursday after branches and downed power lines blocked travel due to an overnight storm that left a layer of ice throughout Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Thousands lose power after icy winter storm

More than 3,600 Montcalm County residents were without power following an ice storm that began late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning, accompanied by high winds and some snow. According to Consumers Energy, power also was out for 3,509 customers in Kent County, 2,745 in Newaygo County and 644 in Muskegon County.

CCI Greenheart Regional Manager Lisa Jensen, left, helps place students like these from around the world with local host families. The goal of the program is to increase cultural understanding between countries. — Courtesy photo

Exchange student program a local success in culture

“If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!” These words, from Turkish novelist Mehmet Murat Ildan, elegantly sum up the philosophy behind student exchange organization CCI Greenheart.

The generosity of a local farmer will soon translate into new turnout gear for the Sheridan Community Fire Department, thanks to a program sponsored by Monsanto. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local farmer donates to Sheridan Community Fire Department

At some point, every child dreams of growing up to be a firefighter. Like policeman and astronaut, the job maintains an aura of glamor and excitement. Running into burning buildings, saving lives, operating all the complex equipment on the big red truck. It’s little wonder youngsters are drawn to the career.

The reality is a little different. In practice, firefighting is often a difficult, physically taxing and dangerous occupation. This latter point can be particularly true in small town departments, where turnout gear — the equipment firefighters wear while on the job — isn’t always the latest and greatest.

Steeplechase Tool & Die is one of the properties that could eventually be part of the village of Lakeview if plans for an annexation reach fruition. Currently, the parcels under consideration lie outside the southwest borders of the village and in Cato Township. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview could annex, develop new parcels

The village may soon be growing. At Monday’s regular meeting, the Lakeview Village Council took a first tentative step toward increasing the village’s geographic footprint.

Meijer plans to remodel its Greenville store, located at 606 S. Greenville W Dr., as part of a $400 million investment that will see 32 total stores remodeled as well as nine new stores opened. The Greenville location opened in 2001. Areas such as the pharmacy are expected to become less congested in the future with shorter lines after a remodel occurs this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Extensive renovations coming to Greenville’s Meijer store

Anyone who has ever picked up a prescription at the Meijer store pharmacy on Greenville West Drive knows there’s room for improvement. Long lines are the norm, rather than the exception.

Lakeview Police Officer Jeffrey Campbell, far right, takes a moment to speak to youths in the parking lot of Tamarack District Library on Friday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Police work a ‘collaborative effort’ in Lakeview and Stanton

“Things are different than they used to be.” That statement — simple, self-evident and recently stated by Lakeview’s Police Chief Darin Dood — packs a lot of truth into eight words.

After being diagnosed with diabetes just over a year ago, Greenville resident Kat Skeens decided to make some changes in her life. Since then, she has dropped 50 pounds and is living a happier, healthier life. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman earns new lease on life after diabetes detection

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference, the small changes that alter the course of a life.

That’s certainly been the case for Greenville resident Katherine “Kat” Skeens, who in February 2015 was diagnosed with diabetes.

The Tamarack Family Dentistry has been a staple of Lakeview’s downtown district for the past 20 years. Owners Dr. Keith Treiber and his wife, Debbie, both pictured above, are also well involved in community events, as well, founding the successful Lakeview Area Community Foundation. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Lakeview dentistry celebrates 20 years of business

For 20 years, Dr. Keith Treiber and the staff of Tamarack Family Dentistry have provided quality dental services to the village and surrounding areas. In that time, the practice has thrived, both as a business and as a contributing member of the community.

Greenville resident and mother of three Jennifer Millard is constantly “in training” for various 5 and 10K races. She runs as a means of staving off her family history of heart disease. Currently, she’s training for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, to be held May 14 in Grand Rapids. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman running for her life

Few people know the day or hour of their own demise. This is a fact for which most of us are grateful.

Life, after all, is meant to be lived with a certain sense of abandon; counting down the remaining hours is the main ingredient in a recipe for unhappiness.

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Stanton thinking big when it comes to civic improvements

If all goes as planned, the city of Stanton could find itself $700,000 closer to seeing a host of public amenities become reality. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Commission, commissioners passed a resolution allowing City Manager Jake Eckholm to seek grant funding from two separate sources: The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program.