After 17 years as a trustee for the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education, James Vanderlaan has decided to hang up his hat.
Putting together a plan of action can be difficult when there is more than one opinion being voiced. Try putting together a plan involving the input of an entire city.
As John Bowen, 18, stood outside his home shortly after midnight Monday, he could only watch through watery eyes while firefighters continued to battle back embers and flames that continued to poke through the roof of the residence.
Trying to help strike a blow at hunger in the county is an ever-present battle for food pantries. Every year the Montcalm Food Challenge Drive tries to bolster the food stores of area pantries. “This food is more important than ever,” Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster said. “The need is simply greater this year. It seems every year it gets more and more important.”
It is the time of year when giving is most prevalent and the Greenville Department of Public Safety, along with Walmart, decided to give less fortunate area youth a night to obtain some holiday gifts.
On Wednesday, 31 Greenville youths joined various public safety officers and headed to Walmart for Shop with a Hero. Coordinated by the Greenville DPS, children joined police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from around the county to do a little holiday shopping. Even Santa Claus and two merry elves showed up to spread some cheer.
Keeping up with the appetite of a high school student is no easy task, but the staff of Greenville Public Schools try to keep pace. During its December meeting, the Greenville school board heard a presentation about the district’s Food and Nutrition Department. Chief Operating Officer Korie Crawford described the many tasks the department completes throughout the school year.
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.”
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.
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.
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.