A grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation will be used toward installing a kayak launch at Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community foundation commits nearly $150,000 toward 4 rec projects

The Greenville City Council found absolutely no difficulty in approving a generous amount of donated funds to the city Tuesday evening.

In four separate motions, the council, with Councilman Lloyd Scoby absent, unanimously approved more than $145,000 in funds from the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for four potential projects.

employees and management at Dicastal North America Inc. in Greenville celebrate their first shipment of completed wheels on May 26. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Dicastal up to 180 employees, will begin foundry work ‘next year’

It’s been a little more than two years since Greenville was selected as the location for CiTiC Dicastal to form and launch its first aluminum wheel plant outside of China. The new company, Dicastal North America Inc., was formed in August 2014 and remodeling activity began on a site with two buildings located in the city’s industrial park, previously occupied by United Solar Ovonic.

Fifth grade students at Cedar Crest Elementary School have standing desks thanks to a grant secured from the Greenville Area Community Foundation. Shown here is Jean Stevens’ class learning about different systems throughout the human body, such as the nervous system and the circulatory system.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Cedar Crest Elementary School students get standing desks

Fifth grade students at Cedar Crest Elementary School are standing up for their chances to learn. Through a $23,514 grant secured from the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF), Jean Stevens and Connie Masters were able to acquire 60 AlphaBetter standing desks and 60 stools for both fifth grade classrooms at Cedar Crest Elementary School.

Ann Harvey, co-president of the Greenville Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization, talks to students about the new Raise Craze fundraiser during a special assembly Friday. The fundraiser is based on a student’s pledge to commit acts of kindness and community service in exchange for donations. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Middle School students pledge community service (PHOTOS)

A new sort of fundraiser is taking Greenville Middle School by storm. Through a partnership with a website called “Raise Craze,” middle school students are pledging to do acts of community service with varying degrees of impact in exchange for donations.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals President Andrea Leslie, center, talks to registered nurse Michelle Schroll, left, and nurse tech Mercedes Packard, right, in the hallway of the labor and delivery wing of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals welcome new president

Andrea Leslie decided to pursue a career in healthcare after watching her father battle cancer when she was 14. She was inspired by the way healthcare workers impacted her father’s life. Leslie worked her way up through the healthcare ranks and is now the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals.

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New stained glass windows being installed at St. Charles Church

Nearly a quarter century ago, members of St. Charles Catholic Church celebrated the dedication of a new building of worship, rebuilt after having been struck by lighting and destroyed by fire.

But only a small portion of the original colorful, hand-crafted stained glass windows were able to be saved and installed in the cathedral as they sit today.

Ashley Caverly, 15, a Greenville High School junior, conceptualized and constructed a sensory garden for students at the Seiter Educational Center to interact with during outdoor breaks. She enjoys helping other people and is hoping to join the Peace Corps when she graduates from high school. — Courtesy photo

Girl Scout builds sensory garden for Seiter Center students

When Ashley Caverly, 15, a member of a local Girl Scouts group, set out to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award, her first thought was for an autistic student she’d met while helping out at the Seiter Education Center. Caverly said she liked working with this student because “he was really nice and never took it to heart if you told him he was wrong or anything.”

Dr. John Evans, an addiction specialist and the medical director of Victory Clinical Services in Saginaw, talks about the chemistry behind opiate addiction and dependence, medical treatment options to decrease dependence and alleviate addiction and other statistics surrounding addiction. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville Area Community Center hosts prescription drug symposium

Charles Powers stood on the stage telling an audience of strangers about his son, Michael, a lump forming in his throat as he talked. Charles spoke about how Michael did well in school, had friends and was involved in theater. He said he never thought of his son as someone who would become an addict.

Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity Director Dave Mendrea talks with Chemical Bank Greenville branch teller Katie Hansen-Kirby on Monday’s Chemical Bank Cares Day where bank employees spent the day volunteering at the Habitat ReStore. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New Habitat for Humanity director excited to be on the job

Dave Mendrea is a recent retiree, but he wants to do more than just work on his golf game. He wants to make a difference in the lives of families. That’s why Mendrea chose to apply for the position of director of Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that aims to improve communities. Mendrea was chosen for the job earlier this year.

Teaching his students Friday, Dr. Mark Taylor, the music and band teacher at Flat River Academy, has brought back the instruction of both subjects to the school for the first time in several years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grattan Academy renamed again, now Flat River Academy

Nearly two months ago, the Grattan Academy Board of Directors made the decision to change the longstanding name of the school as part of a rebranding effort.

But shortly after the decision was made on Aug. 6 to establish Belding-Greenville Preparatory Charter Academy as the school’s new name, a number of students voiced their displeasure with the decision.