Mike Taylor

Spirit of Caring Award recipient Dr. Joyce London addressed the audience at this year’s banquet, held Saturday night at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Joyce London is honored at Spectrum Health Charity Ball

Area movers and shakers gathered Saturday evening at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to pay homage to the recipient of this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Dr. Joyce London.

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Central Montcalm High School friends come together years later to help

Growing up in a small town, ties are made that last a lifetime, ties that transcend time and distance and remain strong over countless years and miles. So it is for Paulina (Hurt) Lawton and Danise Garbow, both of whom graduated from Central Montcalm High School more years ago than either woman cares to admit publicly.

Sharilee “Charli” Sprowls, seen here with her husband, Simon, at last summer’s Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, is hoping a groundbreaking surgical procedure will be able to remove the pineal cyst that has caused her  to experience terrible headaches for the past seven years. — Courtesy photo

Stanton woman raising funds for her own brain tumor surgery

Sharilee Sprowls, “Charli,” to her friends, is hoping an upcoming surgery will end the debilitating headaches that have plagued her daily for the past seven years. More than just headaches, really, the painful attacks are so severe that all Charli can do when she’s having one is remain in a darkened bedroom; any other activity makes the pain unbearable.

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Historic Lakeview home gets new address, new life as a bed and breakast

When you move a house the size of the old Kazmer place, you don’t rush the job. The historic home, which stood for decades at 432 S. Lincoln Ave., rolled Wednesday toward its new location at 220 E. 4th St., across from the Lakeview Wellness Center.

Main Street Dance Company owner Stephanie Oster has 70 students participating in dance classes currently. She will start accepting more dancers by fall 2014.

BUSINESS BEAT: Twist of fate puts dancer in charge of her own studio

These days dancing comes naturally to Stephanie Oster. But when you’ve been dancing since pre-school, that’s bound to happen. Oster, who owns Main Street Dance Company, was first bit by the dancing bug at age 3, and has been at it ever since.

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Holocaust survivor shares his journey with Greenville audience

The most chilling thing was Martin Lowenberg’s matter of fact tone as he recounted his personal history, a tale of unspeakable hardship, degradation and loss Yes, it has been over 75 years since Lowenberg — then a child of 8 — was pulled from his home, along with his parents, sister and twin brothers and taken by German soldiers to a Jewish ghetto, then later to a series of concentration camps. When he was finally liberated nine years later, he was 17 years old and weighed 76 pounds.

Local Blue Star Mother President Deann Oliver, left, and Vice President Kathy Barnes want area mothers of service men and women to know the organization is available to lend help and support wherever needed. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Blue Star Mothers: ‘You’re not alone’

Dec. 7, 1941, a date that, according to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, would live in infamy. It also was a date that would forever change the face of America. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military brought the United States into a war upon which the country would eventually expend 418,500 lives, most of them young men.

Members of the Sheridan Village Council indicated there might be temporary water restrictions this summer while work is being completed on the municipality’s water tower. At this point, it’s also possible work will take place in the spring or fall, in which case restrictions would not be necessary.

Sheridan residents may face summer water restrictions

Residents of the village may be looking at a few weeks of water restrictions this summer, depending on the date work begins on Sheridan’s water tower. These restrictions, should they be put in place, would likely apply only to the watering of lawns.

Lakeview Middle School Principal Tim Erspamer explains to the school board efforts currently underway at the school to narrow the performance gap between the top and bottom 30 percent of students there. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview Middle School ‘narrowing the gap’ between students

There have been all sorts of academic improvements within Lakeview Community Schools in the past couple years. What was once an “at risk” school system now stands as an example of what modern education can be. But administrators there are not sitting on their laurels.

Room at the top. TYoung sledders prepare to race down the hill across the street from the Flat River Community Library. The event drew about 20 area children for a day of cold winter fun along with arts and crafts, stories, and lots of hot cocoa inside.

Kids enjoy sledding, hot cocoa at Flat River Community Library

Apparently, there is no cold that is too cold for area youngsters when it comes to sledding. As long as there’s hot cocoa waiting inside, a little slope time — even with temperatures plummeting below zero — is a great wrap to Christmas vacation.