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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.

Brown bags of ready-to-eat meals were delivered to Walnut Hills Elementary School in Greenville on Friday. The take-home meals are provided by a program called IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which provides a meal to local children in need of getting a third meal each day of the week. The program is supported by both Montcalm and Ionia's intermediate school districts and involves as many as 450 students in both counties. Pictured are meal bags that were delivered to the classroom of teacher Molly Tarkowski's first grade class. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

IM KIDS program helps up to 450 children in need of meals each week

Thanks to a friendly competition between two intermediate school districts last month, more local children will be enjoying a third meal each day. Speaking at Thursday’s meeting of the Montcalm Intermediate School District (MAISD), Superintendent Ron Simon announced that the MAISD edged Ionia’s ISD in a food fundraiser, collecting 195 food bags to Ionia’s 170 between the span of Dec. 1 and Dec. 18. The bags of food were donated to the IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, which both ISDs partner in supporting.

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IN BRIEF: IM KIDS 3rd Meal program gets boost in food donations

Thanks to a friendly competition between two intermediate school districts last month, more local children will be enjoying a third meal each day.