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Just A Dream Huntz helps out new hunters

With the echo of the shot still ringing through the trees and the rifle still firmly against his shoulder, 14-year-old Raymond Wyman couldn’t believe he’d missed.

It was his first chance to bag a buck, an 8-point he’d spotted from a blind early in the morning Saturday. Raymond, a Grattan resident, was out hunting with instructors of the Just A Dream Huntz program, put on for first-time and beginning hunters.

But even after the buck trotted of unfazed, it luckily wouldn’t be the last chance he had at his first deer.

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57 Brew Pub creates Centurion Ale for Montcalm Community College’s 50th

In celebration of Montcalm Community College’s 50th anniversary, 57 Brew Pub and Bistro in Greenville launched Centurion Ale on Sept. 1.

The farmhouse ale features corn and barley with light fruity undertones and a crisp finish. It is named for the college’s mascot, the Centurion.

Last year, more than 28,000 food items were distributed to 18 food pantries throughout Montcalm County during the annual Montcalm Challenge Food Drive. The annual effort to benefit local food pantries is hosting a fundraiser Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. — File photo

Montcalm Challenge Food Drive to host Saturday morning fundraiser

Whether you’re a fitness buff or the sort likely to plow through a morning plate of pancakes (or both), you’ll have the opportunity to do some good for area food pantries beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Optimist Camp. That’s when the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive will host a fundraiser to benefit 18 pantries county-wide.

The Greenville Garden Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary today. The group, shown here in a 2002 group photo, puts on monthly programs that focus on four main goals; home gardening, artistic floral design, conservation of the environment and civic beautification. It also maintains several gardens throughout the Greenville community and helps educate those interested in horticulture. — Courtesy photo

Greenville Garden Club marks 85 years of community beautification

When a seed is planted deep into the soil, it roots itself in before growing a stem and eventually blossoming into a living plant. Much like a sprouting plant, the Greenville Garden Club started as just a small pod.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks with residents of Montcalm County on Monday at the monthly Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons return to everyday work in Lansing

The return of fall provides many physical and cultural changes throughout Michigan, not to mention the reconvening of a full-time Legislature in Lansing. With the return of everyday politics at the Capitol, EightCAP Inc. welcomed the first Legislative Update meeting Monday at Montcalm Community College since the Legislature adjourned last May for summer recess.

Brothers Pat, left, and Chris Breimayer started their company Psycho Brew in 2010. Starting as hobby brewers, the two formed their company to build nano brewing systems for professional startup breweries. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Brothers turn hobby into brewing production equipment business

It was 2008 and the United States was just entering the most dangerous economic crisis since the Great Depression. Chris Breimayer of Belding, an architectural designer in the midst of the housing market collapse, and his brother Pat Breimayer of Greenville, who worked for Delphi, which was going through bankruptcy, were looking for something new to do.

A large donation from Byron and Dee Cook to the Education Foundation of Greenville’s OUR3 Campaign brings the organization close to its $1 million fundraising goal. Pictured, from left, are Greenville School Board President and EFG Trustee Janet Ralph-Warnshuis, Byron and Dee Cook and EFG Chairwoman Carolyn Slocum. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Education Foundation of Greenville nears $1 million goal

The Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG) launched an endowment campaign in 2009 to assure the funding of performance arts and advanced programs for Greenville students. The group set an initial fundraising goal of $1 million for the OUR3 Capital Campaign. Thanks to a donation from Byron and Dee Cook — the largest single gift the foundation has received — the organization is nearing that goal. The amount of the donation was not made public.

Cindi Proctor, left, and her mother-in-law, Marsha Proctor, handle the store operations at Dave’s Carpet in Greenville while Cindi’s husband, Dave, tackles the installation chores. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Floor covering with a family touch

If shopping at Dave’s Carpet seems just a little more comfortable than it does most places, it might be because the store is run like a family, by a family. Greenville’s newest outlet for a wide variety of floor coverings, Dave’s opened in June at 6505 S. Greenville Road and has been growing steadily ever since.

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Carolyn Slocum named Spirit of Caring Award recipient

This year’s recipient of the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award has a lengthy history of giving back to the community, especially to hundreds of students, whose lives she changed over her many years of teaching.

In surprise fashion, Carolyn Slocum was announced by last year’s Spirit of Caring award winner Joyce London as this year’s winner to a room full of applause at the Winter Inn on Thursday evening.

A One Book One County discussion panel took place Thursday evening at the Ash Technology Learning Center in Greenville. Panelists examined the philosophical, moral and theological issues surrounding end of life decisions. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

A matter of life and death

As topics go, they don’t get much heavier than those discussed Thursday evening at the Ash Technology and Learning Center as part of this year’s One Book One County initiative.

This year’s featured book, “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes, deals with Will, a man confined to a wheelchair following an accident and his eventual decision to end his own life.