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HEROIN HITS HOME: The Daily News to begin 4-part heroin series

The 2015 Sam Quinones book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” tells the story of how the prescription painkiller epidemic of the early 2000s spawned heroin addiction in unlikely locations around the country.

From left, Greenville City Council members Larry Moss and Lloyd Scoby listen Tuesday evening as City Manager George Bosanic answers questions regarding a grant that would potentially provide more than $1 million in funding to build a septage facility at the city’s wastewater plant capable of storing waste. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville pursuing grant funding for new septage facility

Pending grant approval, this city could one day find itself expanding in the business of waste management. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic brought forth a proposal to apply for more than $1 million in grant funding to improve the city’s current facilities at its wastewater treatment plan.

After overseeing the past 13 Danish Festivals in Greenville, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival’s executive director retiring after 13 years

After overseeing more than a decade of Danish Festivals, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. Jorae, 71, has been at the helm of 13 consecutive festivals, a part-time job that involves accounting, tax returns, booklet creation, set-up and tear-down of the event and more. She says now it is time to step away.

Greenville High School seniors Balieigh Boni, Faith Milewski, Melody Vander Stel and junior Paige Tompsett are working collaboratively to paint a mural that will hang in the media center at the high school. This is the third year a group of advanced painting students will have painted a mural to hang in the high school. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School art students showcase their creations in contest

Creative opportunities are flourishing for students at Greenville High School. Students were recently given the chance to submit works of art in various forms of media to the art department’s annual ArtPrize competition. This year, there were 57 entries which was more than any other year, according to art teacher Courtney Sink.

Author Eric Ode sings a song to get Baldwin Heights Elementary School students up on their feet during an assembly Monday afternoon. Ode visited all four Greenville elementary schools Monday and today as part of March is Reading Month.

Washington storyteller visits Greenville elementary schools

Eric Ode has written 11 books of stories and poems for children. The Washington-based author tours the country and even the world with a program of high crowd participation singing, storytelling and speaking.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.

Members of the Women’s Action Network (WAN) sit together in solidarity during the March 7 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Future in jeopardy for WAN Marketplace at Veterans Park during Danish Festival

During the inaugural Danish Festival more than half a century ago, the Marketplace at Veterans Park began with a single hot dog stand and a few flea market vendors.

Today, that same marketplace, operated by the Women’s Action Network (WAN), welcomes more than 100 vendors during Greenville’s annual celebration.

A winning Michigan Lotto 47 ticket was sold at the EZ-Mart convenience store and gas station in Greenville. Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County man picks up $22.6 million windfall, remains anonymous

A Montcalm County man who won $22.6 million on numbers drawn in the Lotto 47 Feb. 18 drawing has come forward to collect his winning, but will remain anonymous in the process. According to Michigan Lottery, the lucky player is looking forward to “enjoying life and giving back,” after he matched all six Lotto 47 numbers: 12-17-19-29-36-39. The winning ticket was bought at the Greenville E-Z Mart, located at 115 E. Washington St in Greenville.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville board recognizes departing director, acknowledges volunteers

John Gilchrist, the director of finance for Greenville Public Schools, attended what will be his last regular Board of Education meeting in his position.

Gentri King, center right, helps Girl Scouts Amaya Farr, 9, far left, and Jade King, 7, from Girl Scout Troop 4175 sell cookies during Saturday’s Spring Fling for Women at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Annual Greenville event attracts new and returning attendees

Despite Saturday’s brisk outdoor temperatures, spring was in the air at Greenville High School. The annual Spring Fling for Women event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. was packed with people from the moment the doors opened.