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The ladies of Purls of West Michigan, plus Dan Eagles, co-chairman of the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, circle around the nearly 100 matching sets of hats and mittens made by the group. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Purls of West Michigan knit nearly 100 hats and mittens for Lions Club

When it comes down to knitting and purling, cabling and gartering, and even frogging, no one does it with more passion than the ladies of Purls of West Michigan. “It’s a wonderful group of ladies,” Molly Hollar said. “It’s a good group. We have a lot of fun.”

Die Cad Group Inc. recently opened up an office on S. Greenville West Drive at the Wyngate Office Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Die Cad Group opens office in Greenville

Although economic woes still plague the country, both from a local and national perspective, it looks like Greenville received an economic booster shot in the form of a new company moving to the city. Die Cad Group Inc. recently set up shop at the Wyngate Office Park off of S. Greenville West Drive. The company officially opened its Greenville doors on Monday.

Gifts are still needed for the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, and ornaments describing the age and gender of children who need gifts are available at 18 locations throughout Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations for Lions Club Toy Project still needed

The Greenville Lions Club has but one mission this time of year, a mission to make Christmas memorable for all Greenville area children. The objective of the club’s members sounds simple in nature, that no child wake up Christmas morning without a gift, but the reality of making that happen requires the affection and charity of an entire community.

On Tuesday, Michigan State Police troopers, representing the Lakeview and Rockford posts, went shopping with local children as part of their second “Shop with a Trooper” event. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police troopers, Meijer partner to let kids shop for gifts

About 20 Michigan State Police troopers were called in to control a group of children who had descended upon the Greenville Meijer on Tuesday evening. The well-behaved children were there at the invitation of both the troopers and Meijer to be a part of the “Shop with a Trooper” event.

From left, Greenville councilmen Brian Greene, Larry Moss and Lloyd Scoby contemplate proposed ordinance amendments at Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council OKs changes to nursing home ordinance

The Greenville City Council discussed amending an ordinance pertaining to “convalescent or nursing homes” during Tuesday’s meeting. The council approved amendments to Article 1, Section 46-1 of the Greenville Code of Ordinances during its regular meeting. The amendments were devised to “clarify terms and requirements for nursing homes, assisted living and foster care facilities” as they related to convalescent or nursing homes.

Motorists drive over Greenville West Drive bridge. The bridge is in need of repair and will undergo construction in the spring. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville West Drive bridge needs repair; construction set for spring

Come spring, Greenville West Drive bridge will be under construction. During the past year, HH Engineering, inspected the Greenville West Drive bridge, also known as Hillcrest Bridge, for the city of Greenville. The company determined the bridge is going to need some repairs on the expansion joints and some foundation work around the submerged parts of the support pillars.

John “Johnny O” Ortiz introduces a poised and ready mixed martial arts fighter. — Courtesy photo

Greenville’s John ‘Johnny O’ Ortiz’s dream job is coming to fruition

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fight fans across Greenville, we welcome you to The Daily News. In the dream job corner, wearing the dream job shorts, fighting for his own enjoyment of life is John “Johnny O” Ortiz. Here we go, here we go.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

On Monday at Greenville Lanes, Toys for Tots Montcalm County Coordinator Jenni Bouck and Assistant Coordinator Angie Bailey show off the Toys for Tots T-shirts they will be selling as part of a fundraiser. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Toys for Tots Montcalm County needs funding for quality Dec. 13 distribution

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County needs money. Desperately. With about $300 in the bank account, Toys for Tots is struggling to come up with the funds to purchase quality toys for its annual distribution on Dec. 13.

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Local volunteers help package 30,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger

Ending world hunger is a daunting task but global philanthropic organizations try to do it one meal at time.

However, a local event put together more than one meal over the weekend … try 30,000.