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Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.

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Greenville applying for grants to fund four recreation projects

In looking ahead to future years, it’s evident that the city of Greenville has one thing clearly on its mind — recreation. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, four public hearings were held involving grant requests specific to recreation improvements.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts street-sweeping services

Members of Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve street-sweeping services for the next three years.

A potential Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant could mean improvements to sewer access on Lincoln Street between the alley behind Main Street and Day Street in Stanton. City commissioners tabled discussion of the grant at Thursday’s meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton leaders talk about future infrastructure grant

The city of Stanton is hoping to take another shot at an Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The city applied for the grant last year in hopes of making sewer repairs on Lincoln Street. However, the grant was not approved.

Alison Barberi, president and CEO of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, helped facilitate presentations and conversations during a community collaborative event held Friday morning Montcalm Community College-Greenville Campus. Area organizations discussed ways to collaborate and care for vulnerable populations within the county. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Community organizations stop, collaborate and listen to help vulnerable residents

In the spirit of collaboration, members of the medical, educational, business, clergy and nonprofit communities gathered together to discuss ways to serve Montcalm County community. In four presentations at a Know the Need community collaboration event Friday, community leaders discussed issues facing vulnerable or impoverished Montcalm County residents and what the various communities in attendance can do to bridge those gaps.

Members of the Women’s Action Network (WAN) sit together in solidarity during the March 7 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Future in jeopardy for WAN Marketplace at Veterans Park during Danish Festival

During the inaugural Danish Festival more than half a century ago, the Marketplace at Veterans Park began with a single hot dog stand and a few flea market vendors.

Today, that same marketplace, operated by the Women’s Action Network (WAN), welcomes more than 100 vendors during Greenville’s annual celebration.

Director of Development for Junior Achievement (JA) Missy Summers gave a brief presentation to the Greenville school board during Monday’s meeting to show some of the principles students learn and the benefits of the JA program. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board hears about Junior Achievement

Thanks to some seed money from a grant through the Greenville Area Community Foundation, Greenville Public School students are learning about economics and civics in a new way.

A winning Michigan Lotto 47 ticket was sold at the EZ-Mart convenience store and gas station in Greenville. Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County man picks up $22.6 million windfall, remains anonymous

A Montcalm County man who won $22.6 million on numbers drawn in the Lotto 47 Feb. 18 drawing has come forward to collect his winning, but will remain anonymous in the process. According to Michigan Lottery, the lucky player is looking forward to “enjoying life and giving back,” after he matched all six Lotto 47 numbers: 12-17-19-29-36-39. The winning ticket was bought at the Greenville E-Z Mart, located at 115 E. Washington St in Greenville.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville board recognizes departing director, acknowledges volunteers

John Gilchrist, the director of finance for Greenville Public Schools, attended what will be his last regular Board of Education meeting in his position.

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‘Greenville kid’ starts fund with $10,000 gift

Be it his time as a student at the University of Michigan, or his years as an attorney specializing in estate planning, John Svendsen always referred to himself as one thing at heart — “a Greenville kid.” At 74 years old, Svendsen now spends his retirement living in Grand Rapids, but he wishes to give back as much as he can to his hometown.