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Randy Scheese, an instructor at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) in Sidney, goes over key vocabulary terms with his students in his automotive maintenance and repair class. Scheese, in his first year as an instructor, sees the benefits in a new teaching methods and evaluation process in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support framework the MACC is undertaking. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Career center’s new model aims at improving literacy and behavior

In the five years he has been a para-professional at the Montcalm Area Career Center, Randy Scheese has noticed something alarming — several 11th and 12th grade students in the classrooms were struggling to read.

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee reviewed yearly goals at a quarterly meeting Wednesday at Eureka Township Hall. Pictured are, from left, Dave Bee, S. Michael Scott, Mark Christensen, Chuck Porter, Rick Sprague, John Johansen, Rod Roy and Tom Lindeman. Not pictured but in attendance were Kathy Jo VanderLaan and Dennis Kent. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greater Greenville Transportation committee reviews goals

John Johansen and Mark Christensen were named chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting.

Stanton residents currently drop off recyclables at collection sites like this one operated by Montcalm County. Curbside recycling pickup is not included in the city’s new solid waste contract with Republic Services, but it is a feature that could be added in the future. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stanton votes to not include curbside pickup for recyclables in trash contract

Curbside pickup for recyclables won’t be a part of Stanton’s benefits with a new trash service contract with Republic Services, but it’s still an option.

The Stanton City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday night to finalize a five-year contract with Republic Services, which has serviced the city for solid waste pickup for more than 10 years.

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Stanton to reappraise all city parcels

A study showing a significant sway of assessed values of randomly selected commercial lots has prompted the city of Stanton to reappraise all of its parcels.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Stanton City Commission voted 5-1 to solicit bids from at least three firms to have all of its parcels — both residential and commercial — reappraised to bring assessments up to date. Commissioner Karl Yoder was the lone vote against the motion.

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IN BRIEF: Johansen named head of Greenville Transportation Committee

John Johansen and Mark Christensen were named chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton’s new trash contract doesn’t include recycle pickup

Curbside pick-up for recyclables won’t be a part of Stanton’s benefits with a new service contract with Republic Services, but it’s still an option.

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BUSINESS BEAT: Cambridge Court leads way for Greenville’s PACE district in energy efficiency

A small multi-family unit complex on Walnut Street has become the flag bearer for clean energy, not only within Michigan but nationally. Those involved celebrated the feat with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

Representatives from Montcalm County, PK Housing & Management, Parker-Arntz, Petros PACE Finance and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut the ribbon at Cambridge Court in Greenville Thursday to symbolize the installation success of clean energy retrofits to the 32-unit multi-family complex. Cambridge Courts is the first multi-family PACE project in Michigan and the first property financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the nation to receive approval for PACE financing. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

IN BRIEF: Greenville home to first multi-family PACE project in Michigan

A small multi-family unit complex on Walnut Street has become the flag bearer for clean energy, not only within Michigan but nationally. Those involved celebrated the feat with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

Sherrill Houser, a former conservation and police officer, established a new online site last month called Secure Place, where locals can buy, sell and trade items in a more safe and secure way. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: New website offers security for selling, buying, trading locally

For Susanne LeFeve, a realtor who isn’t too fond of the Internet and sometimes is weary of meeting strangers at a house she’s trying to sell, Sherrill Houser’s new business has been a blessing.

The Brews & Brushes sip-a-craft-beer-while-painting event is one of the newest and most fun events going on at Horse's Mouth Tavern in Belding. The next event is scheduled for Jan. 21, with Wine & Canvas artist Jim Moga guiding participants through his piece called “Go Fish,” a scenic painting of an ice shanty on a frozen lake.

BUSINESS BEAT: Horse’s Mouth hosts painting workshop Jan. 21

The flavor of the craft beer isn’t the only thing that is creative at Horse’s Mouth Tavern nowadays. With the addition of sip-and-paint workshops becoming popular at the location, patrons are getting crafty, too.