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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.

Annegret Paas, a teacher for students with autistic spectrum disorder at Seiter Education Center in Greenville, holds a puzzle of the U.S. states that she uses to teach the five students in her class, each one having a specific challenge with instruction, based on their IQ and behavioral levels. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Seiter Center creates new autism spectrum disorder classroom

In an effort to meet the demands of an increasing number of students with autism, a new middle school classroom opened at Seiter Education Center. The classroom opened Nov. 2, providing a place for five incoming students with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to the area to learn.

Brooke Stoutjesdyk, 18, of Greenville, is the first of Montcalm Community College’s Early College enrollees to graduate with a college degree from the program since it was created in the 2013-2014 school year. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

MCC’s Early College to graduate first student

Brooke Stoutjesdyk is in a class of her own — quite literally. She may have not gotten to walk with her class during Greenville High School’s graduation this past spring, but come Dec. 11, Brooke Stoutjesdyk will be graduated from high school and will have earned an associate’s degree from college.

The October theme for Edmore’s Palette Party was “Colorful Birch,” enjoyed by almost a dozen participants. The Palette Party paint and sip event, created and organized by Main Street Portraits owner Robin Miller and local artist Kristen Lower, has been going strong each month since its inception in September. (Courtesy photo)

S.H.E.: Edmore’s Main Street Portraits a fun place for networking, painting and, of course, wine

Paint-and-sip chains like Painting With A Twist and Pinot’s Palette have been taking off in bigger cities for a while, but lately the creative painting while enjoying wine event has been trending on a small community level, too. Such is the case in Edmore, where Robin Miller and Kristen Lower’s Palette Party event has taken off since its inception this past September.

Commercial Bank’s Community President Josh Gibbs was named to this year’s 40 Under Forty, an annual publication by Grand Rapids Business Journal highlighting successful busienss people in the West Michigan area. (Courtesy photo)

BUSINESS BEAT: Commercial Bank’s Josh Gibbs named to 40 Under Forty business journal

Josh Gibbs, community president of Commercial Bank, is one of 40 young business leaders named in Grand Rapids Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty Business Leaders journal this year.