The new board of directors at the Greenville Senior Center is ready to rock, and not on the front porch. New programs and a determination to make the center relevant to modern seniors are informing recent changes there. Pictured are, from left, Marta Lores, treasurer; Pat Lovell, vice president; Margaret Durga, secretary; Jack Stein, trustee; Diana Farran, director; and Louis Durga, president. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Not your grandma’s senior center: Greenville group stays active

As Bob Dylan, even at his current age of 74, might put it, “The times they are a’changing.” Nowhere is that more evident in recent months than the Greenville Area Senior Center.

Greenville Planning Commissioner Dale Reyburn and Chairman David Ralph review site plan for a special land use permit for Murphy Oil USA Inc. during Thursday's meeting.  — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Gas station coming to M-57 near Wal-Mart

The Greenville Planning Commission is discussing gas stations … again. During Thursday’s meeting, commissioners held a work session concerning a site plan for a special land use permit for Murphy Oil USA Inc., which plans on constructing a gas station on the south side of Wal-Mart facing M-57. The gas station will be accessible from the Wal-Mart service drive.

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Football season gets underway with Belding-Greenville rivalry clash

“Hit the line hard.”

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt gave this advice a century ago, speaking of how life should be lived, as well as how football should be played.

Greenville’s Cleveland-Wolverton VFW Post 3794 Color Guard marches proudly through downtown Greenville during the 51st Danish Festival’s Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/ Brad Klosner

Bryan Armock carries the colors to honor his grandfather (Photo Gallery)

For most, the Great Dansk Parade is merely an enjoyable and entertaining event at the Danish Festival. But not for Bryan Armock. For Armock, the Great Dansk Parade means legacy.

Following a dangerous building hearing on Wednesday at Oakfield Township Hall, Bob Cusack was ordered to demolish his mobile home due to a number of problems. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Oakfield Township orders buildings demolished, owner objects

GREENVILLE — Bob Cusack does not believe he is getting a fair shake from authorities in a township where he owns property. Following a dangerous building hearing Wednesday at Oakfield Township Hall, Cusack was ordered to “remove or demolish” his mobile home located at 10460 Perch Lane. He is under the impression he is being [...]

Danish Festival Queen Brianna Van Houten shows Princess Courtney Havens and Prince Zack Cameron how to wave to the crowd during the festival’s opening ceremony Thursday evening at Heritage Park in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

51st annual Danish Festival gets underway in Greenville

Thursday’s gray and gloomy clouds were no match for the cheery red costumes of the Danish Festival committee members and the queen herself, Brianna Van Houten. The 51st annual Danish Festival got underway according to tradition with a flag-raising ceremony at Heritage Park next to City Hall.

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Greenville DDA still struggling to market The Market

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been trying to troubleshoot a problem with The Market since early summer.

During Tuesday’s meeting, DDA members discussed the issue at length. Although there has been signage on roadways, spots on the radio and articles in The Daily News, the DDA is still having trouble not only attracting customers, but vendors as well.

Representatives of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and United States Department of Agriculture  Rural Development met with Mike and Linda Huckleberry to discuss grant and loans available for building renovations at Huckleberry’s in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

12 Greenville businesses evaluated for possible grant funding

The prospect of “free” money is making many downtown Greenville property owners look a little closer at some big projects. On Friday, representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) did a walk-through of 12 downtown businesses. They were evaluating potential projects which could utilize state and federal grant and loan dollars.

The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.