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Community Assistance Specialist Ryan Kilpatrick with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. asks a question of business owners in downtown Greenville during a Monday meeting at Springrove Variety. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville business owners meet to discuss grant opportunities

If there is one thing that can draw a horde of business people together, after hours, on a Monday, it is the prospect of free money. Or at least mostly free.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ronald Billmeier, left, and Treasurer James Anderson, discuss the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district during a special board meeting Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville schools to buy 10 propane buses

When the upcoming school year begins for students at Greenville Public Schools, several of those who are transported by bus may notice something different. During a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members voted 5-1, with Treasurer James Anderson opposed and Trustee John Raven absent, to approve the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district’s fleet of 29 buses.

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3 downtown Greenville businesses closing shop

The business front is about to get sparse in downtown Greenville. Three businesses are currently liquidating stock and preparing to close shop. In the very near future, Springrove Variety, The Cottage Porch Gift Shoppe and Anne’s Pet Shoppe will all close their doors for the final time.

A view from the auctioneer booth during the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

4-H’ers show off their efforts at livestock auction

Three little pigs went to the market, but none of them actually came home … they were auctioned off at the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction. People flocked to the fairgrounds Thursday evening to place their bids on homegrown Montcalm County livestock during the auction. The 4-H’ers showing animals at the auction represented clubs from across the county.

A look behind the scenes at the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen marks decade

When it comes to filling people’s bellies, the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen is an equal opportunity food mission. “There are no requirements to get a meal here,” Director Jan Drake said. “Everyone is welcome. Just come in for a free meal.”

This was the first year for the goat cart demonstration at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. In the past, no one had signed up for the category. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

And the award for best dressed goat goes to …

Young 4-H’ers had a chance to show off their months of hard work during Tuesday afternoon’s goat events at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Dozens of “Clover Buds,” as well as several older 4-H’ers lined up with their hoofed ruminants to be judged on looks, workability and grooming, as well as — in the case of the younger kids — their costumes.

The 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show participants checked out their stand-in chicken on Monday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Fake chickens, real storms at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

As the menacing black storm clouds crept into Montcalm County on Monday afternoon, everyone begin to feel a touch of anxiety. However, the children at the 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show were anything but chicken. At least not totally.

From right, 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Yea Rachel Rodenhouse, her mother, Melanie Rodenhouse, and sister, Emily Rodenhouse, walk their sheep Sunday to their pen area at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen’s Rachel Rodenhouse wins 2015 Montcalm County 4-H’er of the Year

It isn’t often you can find someone who recalls learning to ride a horse before they grasped the ability to take their own first steps. It’s a unique path that eventually led Rachel Rodenhouse into the realm of the Montcalm County 4-H program, and on Saturday, her passion for the program was placed atop the highest pedestal.

Eureka Township Planning Commission member Randy Klepper and Vice Chairman Duane Putnam consider outbuilding setback zoning regulations during their meeting on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Single zoning complaint leads to series of violations

Sometimes enforcing local zoning ordinances can be like setting up dominoes. Once one violation of the ordinance is found, more often than not several more can be found in the immediate vicinity.

A series of anatomically correct fake chickens will be substituted for real birds during the upcoming Montcalm County 4-H Fair due to concerns about avian influenza. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H Fair adapts to accomodate avian influenza warnings

Montcalm County 4-H officials are doing a bit of the chicken dance in order to prevent avian influenza while still helping local youth enjoy an educational week at the fair. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of all poultry shows in the state in an attempt to stop the spread of avian influenza, which has been found in wild geese in Macomb County.