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Mancino’s owner Debbie Sellers, left, and Parkinson’s support group leader Becki Hansen will be hosting an event to raise funding for research into the disease Monday at Mancino’s in downtown Greenville. The two are pictured with Sellers’ father-in-law, Lewis Walker, who also suffers from Parkinson’s disease. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Good food for a good cause at Mancino’s Parkinson’s benefit

Great strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, but there’s still a long way to go, according to local organizer and Parkinson’s sufferer Becki Hansen. Funding for research is always in short supply, so Hansen and a few friends are doing their part to raise a little more.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, left, and members of the Village Council listen to local contractor Kevin Griffith, standing, right, at Monday’s regular meeting. The council awarded Griffith a contract for the construction of a pocket park in downtown Lakeview, as well as other village improvements.  Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Village Council goes local for pocket park contractor

Members of the Village Council voted Monday to go local when it comes to contractors for an upcoming park project, even if it means spending a little more money. The project includes a new downtown “pocket park” that will connect Lincoln Avenue to a completely renovated parking area on the east side of the businesses located there. The project also calls for the paving of Lake Drive from Fifth Street to the Tamarack Lake outlet.

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Sheridan considers hiring code enforcement officer

Members of the Village Council are discussing ways to put some teeth in the village’s blight ordinances. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council discussed revising the municipality’s current ordinances and possibly hiring a code enforcement officer to issue warnings and citations.

wildfire scorches a large area of wetlands Tuesday afternoon just north of Sheridan in Sidney Township south of Rosa Lake. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire races through wetlands in Sidney Township near Sheridan

Firefighters from Sheridan, Stanton and Montcalm Township spent the better part of Tuesday afternoon fighting an acres-wide grass fire that spread across a wetland area in Sidney Township. Though flames approached several homes on the southeast shore of Rosa Lake, firefighters were able to contain the blaze and no structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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UPDATE: Afternoon fire that consumed wetlands near Sheridan contained

Firefighters from Sheridan, Stanton and Montcalm Township spent the better part of Tuesday afternoon fighting an acres-wide grass fire that spread across a wetland area in Sidney Township.

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JUST IN: Tree planting project approved in Lakeview

Members of Lakeview’s Village Council voted Monday evening to approve a tree planting project at Wiseman Park on the north end of town. Funded by the Michigan Watershed Association, the initiative will provide for the planting of 65 trees at the park.

Taekwondo student Bruce Lund works through his moves during a recent class at the Sheridan Community Center. (Courtesy photos)

Martial arts are for more than just self-defense in Sheridan

Like a lot of men with young children, Troy Eckert’s dad was looking for an activity he could share with his son, who then 9 years old. Some hunt, some wrench on cars, others play sports.

Though their new pub got off to a rough start during its grand opening, Horse’s Mouth owners Jennifer and Troy Palmer are optimistic for the future and are taking steps to improve service. The beautifully transformed bar features only local brews and a full menu. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Rough opening day points to better things ahead for Horse’s Mouth

Folks who once frequented the old Driftway Bar are not going to believe their eyes. The first thought coming through the doors of the recently-opened Horse’s Mouth will likely be, “Look what they’ve done to this place.”

Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries attends to the needs of one of her canine charges at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter.

Improvements continue at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter

When it comes to animal welfare, the staff and management of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter are barking up the right tree. The facility — several years ago vilified for its inhumane euthanasia practices and unsanitary conditions — now stands as an example of what a shelter should be.

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Lakeview community garden will soon be reality

Things are going to be a little bit greener this summer if organizers of a proposed community garden have their way. According to Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm, the idea of creating a community garden was brought to him recently by three village residents, Molly Moblo-Perusse, Lisa Jensen and Jackie Bissonette.