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The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

Amish man mourned after horse and buggy accident

Andrew and Rebecca Miller welcomed their baby daughter into the world almost two months ago.

The young Amish couple and their three sons, Melvin, 5, Robert, 3, and David, 2, were overjoyed at the presence of baby Cevilla.

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Greenville/Belding trail connection part of final project to connect 125 miles

Trail lovers will soon have access to 125 miles of Michigan trails starting right from Jackson’s Landing Park in Greenville.

During the latest Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted in favor of applying for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Trust Fund grant to complete a portion of the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail-Trail from Greenville to Belding.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, holding a pamphlet on the OK2SAY confidential student hotline, reaches out to the audience at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College to promote the new program.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

An Amish buggy and a pickup truck were involved in an accident last Thursday morning on Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township. — File photo

UPDATE: Amish man dies after buggy-pickup truck accident

An Amish man has died from his injuries after being involved in a buggy-pickup truck accident last Thursday.

Richard and Angela Kazemier joined the Eureka Township Planning Commission’s meeting Wednesday to discuss the opening of the Sisters of Sobriety (SOS), a women’s group home, in the township. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Sisters of Sobriety group home to potentially open in Eureka Township

For those who need it, seeking and achieving sobriety is a long, hard road full of twists and turns which, if not careful, can lead one right back to where they started. A husband and wife team is looking to help guide Montcalm County women who need assistance down the road to sobriety.

Montcalm and Kent County Conservation Districts District Forester Nick Sanchez gave a presentation during the Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Gateway to nature: COGG hosts conservation district

Saving the environment takes dedication and education, both of which the Coalition of Greater Greenville (COGG) is chock full. This year, COGG is working on fulfilling its vision statements. Of the seven statements, one focuses on preserving and enhancing the natural resources of the community. During Thursday’s meeting, COGG members were treated to a presentation of the Montcalm Conservation District.

Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

On Tuesday, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for city skate park to replace the aging tennis courts and inline hockey rink of Veterans Memorial Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council wants mobile skate park, needs matching funds

On Tuesday, Greenville City Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe received something she has been waiting for nearly a quarter of a century. A skate park. After opening and closing a public hearing, the Greenville City Council approved a motion to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Trust Fund grant to construct an official city skate park.