Stacie Rose

Mentor Madison Kartes leads a discussion on how bullying occurs both in person and online with fourth and fifth grade girls at Walnut Hills. The students gather in smaller groups with other mentors and talked about what defines bullying and how it can be prevented. — Daily News/Stacie Rose

Greenville’s Project Bloom program builds girls’ confidence

The staff at Walnut Hills Elementary School noticed a troubling trend with the female students. While walking down the hallway or playing during recess, young students were making disparaging remarks about their own appearances.

Debra Young with some of the gifts that have been donated to the Huntington Bank Giving Tree that will be distributed to area schools Dec. 17.

S.H.E. – In the giving spirit, year-around

The Christmas season is a time for gift giving and generosity. Greenville resident, Debra Young donates her time and resources at Christmas and throughout the rest of the year as an ongoing show of thanks for the kindness she was shown.

Lucy, a 6-year-old Goldendoodle, sits at the working desk of her owner, Julie Stafford of The Daily News. Lucy frequently visits the newspaper office, always looking for a lending hand for a belly rub. Having sociable animals in the office, such as cats and dogs, help promote less stress and can also foster more friendly interaction between co-workers, according to Greenville licensed clinical social worker Sue Ellen Pabst.

ALL ABOUT PETS: Pets proven to improve work environment

Offices across the country are implementing new ideas to try and make the workplace a more pleasant environment for its workers.

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UNDERSTANDING HEALTH REFORM: Impact of Affordable Care Act on mental health coverage

The Affordable Care Act has already made an impact on mental healthcare since the national healthcare reform’s inception. Unlike traditional insurance options, mental health benefits have been included in both Marketplace options and Medicare and Medicaid.

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Local food pantries receiving hunters’ help

Keeping area food pantries well stocked can present a challenge with rising food and gas prices, but local hunters and meat processors come together to help feed families. Two area deer processors discuss how they and hunters help put dinner on the table.

Waterfowl hunting is a favorite of the MacMillens. Shown with one day’s take from left is Nolan MacMillen, son of Jeff MacMillen.

WOODS & WATER: Local families keeping hunting traditions strong

In Michigan, there is a long tradition — some even call it a rite of passage — that many youngsters learn each year. All the modern technology in the world cannot compare to the feeling, the smell, the sound of the crisp outdoors and the rush one gets the moment a deer comes into sight.

Heather Robinson of Greenville proudly holds the first published copy of her book, “Strength of Character” alongside her mother, Barb Johnson of Lakeview. — Courtesy photo

Greenville woman overcomes adversity with a smile

From the positive pregnancy test to the ultrasound and the first moment a parent holds his or her child, dreams take shape for that baby’s future. So many firsts are recorded through images and baby books.

Marie Jury was surrounded by loved ones to mark her 100th birthday. To her left is son, Clare Shotwell, daughter-in-law, Vickie Jury, son, Gene Jury, and adopted daughter, Mary Jensen.

Grattan Township woman hits the century mark

On June 25, 1913, on a farm nestled in Grattan Township, Marie Kitchen was born. She lost her mother at the age of 9 and took on the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Despite shouldering the care of her younger brothers and sisters, Marie still completed school.

Two antique modes of transportation — a 1908 Sears and Roebuck Model J horse carriage, in back, and a 1973 Chrysler New Yorker — await some maintenance at Flat River Repair in Greenville.

REVVED UP: Buying, keeping and driving a classic vehicle

According to the State of Michigan, for a vehicle to qualify for an historical or authentic license plate, it must be at least 26 years old, based on the model year deducted from the present calendar date. Two local, classic car owners talk about their passion and the care and expense involved with owning and maintaining a classic car.

Diane Rogers of Gowen creates personalized gift tags with recycled Christmas cards. — Courtesy photo

Homemade Holidays: Tips for making special Christmas gifts

Diane Rogers not only makes her own Christmas gifts — she also has a clever way of tagging them. Following the holidays, the Gowen woman uses her Christmas cards and asks her family and friends to donate their cards as well so she can recycle them into personalized gift tags. In years past, Rogers has crocheted pot holders and afghans for family members and she also bakes cookies for those on her gift list. After wrapping her gifts, she applies one of her special gift tags.