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April Petersen celebrated the opening of her new Gowen retail business, Pink & Frillos, on Thursday. The store offers a wide collection of new and vintage items, as well as odds and ends that have been repainted, refurbished and or repurposed. Petersen will also hold classes and workshops for artistic and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Gowen woman opens niche business, offering unique ‘modern vintage’ items

April Petersen has a knack for finding beauty in all things, even things other people may just pitch or burn. Her creative knack for bringing life back to something that was discarded or broken has led to the opening of a new, unique business, Pink & Frillos, a quaint retail store offering what she describes as “modern vintage” items, both new and old, repurposed, repainted and or refurbished.

Jami Wickerink, left, and Angie Chaffins are owners of a new hair salon in Belding called Hair Republic, which opened Feb. 24 in the former pharmacy of Leppink’s Food Center. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Owners of new Belding salon realizing their dreams

In January, Jami Wickerink and Angie Chaffins were out of a job when Ta Da Salon closed its doors. However, it wouldn’t be long before the two hair stylists and longtime friends soon opened another door — of opportunity.

Members of the newly formed Montcalm Area Human Resources Association listen to a presentation on Medicare issues and how it affects company health insurance plans during the group’s regular meeting Feb. 17 at the Blanche Ash Technology Learning Center on the Greenville campus of Montcalm Community College. Pictured are, from left, Julie Marion of MichiganWorks!, Ruth Pate of Stafford Media and Stephanie Zavisa of Federal-Mogul. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: New organization unites HR reps

The Montcalm Area Human Resources Association (MAHRA) officially formed last fall, creating bylaws and an executive board. The organization, to date, has 21 members from both Montcalm County and Ionia County (Belding) representing a range of industries, such as education, manufacturing, media and work development.

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130 take icy plunge at Turk Lake (VIDEO AND PHOTOS)

Saturday’s crisp, cold weather brought out the bravest of brave “plungers” for the 8th annual Polar Plunge, as 130 participants jumped into the cold waters of Turk Lake, raising $40,500 for Special Olympics. The event has been held at Turk Lake for the past three years, with the first five years at Clifford Lake, but this year was by far the coldest plunge yet, according to event coordinator Jim Dennis.

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.