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From left, Hunter Holloway, 12, Nick Holloway, 11, Lennox Biezais, 13, James Paxton, 13, Brady O’Neal, 10, Jace O’Neal, 12, and Brody Brockschmidt, 11, all of Greenville, climb one of the hills Wednesday at Tower Mountain Park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Warm winter means no tow rope at Greenville’s Tower Mountain Park

When school is closed and snow is in abundance, there is one place that Greenville children refer to as their winter sanctuary — Tower Mountain Park. Riding on a sled and rushing down the steep slopes within the 10-acre park is an activity so synonymous with the winter season, it could very well be considered a right of passage for local youths.

The unsettling floors at the Greenville Transportation System bus garage have caused serious damage to the overall integrity of the building, resulting in many cracked walls and ceilings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New Greenville Transit bus garage will be paid ‘100 percent’ by MDOT grants

As if sitting atop some steadily sinking quicksand, the floor of the Greenville Transit System bus garage appears to be disappearing beneath itself. According to City Manager George Bosanic, that is exactly what has happened due to poor soil quality underneath the facility, resulting in plans to build a new facility to house the city’s transport busses, located at 240 E. Fairplains St.

During an active shooter training on Monday at Greenville High School, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mike LeVand secures a hallway in the school. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Department of Public Safety hosts active shooter situation exercise

“Shots fired. I repeat: Shots fired. We have an active shooter at the high school.” These are words no one wants to ever hear. Yet, words everyone in the United States is all too familiar with as 2015 draws to a close.

A large pine tree fell during the windstorm, breaking through a power line and causing M-57 to be shut down at about 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

JUST IN: Christmas wind storm wreaks havoc

Reindeer are not the best when handling turbulence so it was a good thing Santa was flying Thursday night versus Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Early Christmas Eve morning, a wind storm burst through West Michigan with wind gusts upwards of 60 miles per hour. The storm caused significant damage to power lines throughout the region, including right here in Montcalm County.

Apprentice die makers, from left, Alex VanderHoek and Ben Crawford learn the ropes from Dave Bean, a 31-year journeyman die maker, as the three inspect a drawn panel for an inner door reinforcement ran from a draw die in a 2,000-ton press at Greenville Tool & Die. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Made in Our Own Backyard: Greenville Tool & Die

There was a time in this country — seems like long ago — when a willingness to work hard and be a team player could advance an employee from trainee to head of the company. A career was comprised of a series rational advances, earned through self-improvement efforts and an increased understanding of the company’s products and processes. Companies valued their employees and promoted from within.

Releasing their balloons on Sunday in the Greenville High School parking lot, a crowd of Greenville-area people gave a silent and somber thank you to the organ donors who have saved lives in Greenville as well as the rest of Michigan and the nation. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Balloon launch held in honor of organ donors, celebrates life

A year ago Sunday, Debbi Bendon received the greatest gift she could ever receive. She was given the gift of life. On Dec. 20, 2014, Bendon received a double-lung transplant. Without the transplant, she may not be here today.

Grattan Academy boys basketball coach Robert Brown, center, breaks a huddle during a timeout with his players Friday evening, consisting of players from America, Spain and Denmark. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy basketball teams represent 14 nations

When members of the Grattan Academy basketball teams put on their jerseys, it’s clear they are one team, playing a team sport, with either “Grattan” or “Grizzlies” printed in bold lettering across the chest. But on the back of the jerseys, it’s the last names that are truly unique for these high school teams, as each name represents something far greater than the name of each player.

Beamers Tanning & More received a facade revitalization thanks to Michigan Economic Development Corp. funding that sparked interest in other downtown Greenville property owners to investigate applying for similar funding. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

7 Greenville business owners applying for facade funding

For many years, many Michigan cities, towns and villages have been speaking about “revitalizing” historic downtowns. Greenville is finished speaking about it and ready for action.

A look at the main printing floor at Quad Graphics in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Made in Our Own Backyard: Quad Graphics

Most people don’t wonder where advertising flyers or newspaper inserts come from. However, that’s all Quad Graphics Manufacturing Manager Joe Howard thinks about. Howard is the spearhead when it comes to producing the 2 billion copies of advertising flyers and newspaper inserts Quad Graphics of Greenville puts out per year.

The Montcalm Township Fire Department conducted an ultra realistic training session at a donated house on Sunday. Pictured from left to right, Capt. Matt Nielsen, firefighter Brian Christophersen, probationary firefighter Brad Zuidewind, probationary firefighter Logan Fuhrman, firefighter Bob Hyde, Safety Officer Phil Krantz, probationary firefighter Tyler Caterino, Engineer Officer Ed Hansen, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson, firefighter Eddie Christensen, Lt. Jordan Brygal, firefighter Fred Murray and cadet Adriaan Joosse. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township firefighters undergo sizzling training session

On Sunday, a tremendous fire engulfed and consumed a Montcalm Township home leaving nothing behind but blackened cinders.

The cause of the fire: The Montcalm Township Fire Department.