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The Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association and teenagers from throughout West Michigan worked together Wednesday to plant a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Volunteers plant pollinator gardens at Braman Center in Greenville

Several dozen pairs of green thumbs were hard at work Wednesday in an effort to beautify a local educational facility. A group of youths from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan worked alongside members of the Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association to create a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. The Braman Center features technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, health-related training options, renewable energy studies and more.

Teacher Rhonda Waldorf, left, and student Jackson Austin, 12, lead the parade during a Fourth of July celebration near the Seiter Center on Friday morning. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Seiter Center staff, students, celebrate Independence Day

Students at the Seiter Education Service Center were all smiles Friday as they paraded down Van Deinse Street clad in red, white and blue. Representatives from American Legion Post 101 in Greenville visited the center for an early celebration of Independence Day with a flag raising, a rifle salute and a rendition of “Taps” played on a trumpet.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, reviews the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget for the city as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No significant cuts in Greenville’s upcoming budget

For the first time in recent memory, City Manager George Bosanic could breath a sigh of relief with the passing of the upcoming year’s budget.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to accept the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget — a budget without any significant cuts on the horizon.

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Greenville schools approve budget, lower tax levy

Students may be out of school for summer, but the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education is still working to plan for the upcoming academic year.

Board members accepted the 2016-2017 budget during a special meeting Monday, and also voted to lower the tax levy for the coming year.

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Household hazardous waste collection is Saturday

Montcalm County will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Montcalm Area Career Center at 1550 W. Sidney Road, Sidney.

From left, Greenville Youth Advisory council members, Greenville High School freshman Michelle Clark, 13, Greenville Middle School eight grade student Ashton Brummer, 13, and eight grade student Alivia Nelson, 13, work together to prepare peppers Monday at the monthly Feeding America food truck event at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant supports monthly mobile food pantry program at GHS (PHOTOS)

From juicy, red tomatoes to an abundance of colorful, hot and zesty peppers, there was no shortage of fresh food items available for those in need Monday. In the parking lot of Greenville High School, Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) Vice President Tom Stephenson, 16, volunteered with his fellow advisory members, handing out 5,000 pounds of produce from a Feeding America food truck.

Lucas Fuhrman, 18, of Greenville, will report to Kings Point, New York, to the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy at the end of June, the only student from Michigan to be appointed to that service academy this year. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville graduate headed to prestigious U.S. service academy

Lucas Fuhrman has always felt at home on the water. Since he was a little boy, he’s had a passion for adventure and has taken that passion with him deep sea fishing and white water rafting. He also has an interest in taking things apart to see how they worked.

Miss Danish Festival 2015 Brianna Van Houten, in red, was one of 33 contestants in the Miss Michigan Scholarship pageant with preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday and a final round on Saturday. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Miss Michigan Pageant an education for Greenville teen

“I have learned so much,” is how Brianna Van Houten described her week-long experience as one of 33 contestants in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. Contestants from all around the state converged on the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts stage in Muskegon this past week for the 70th annual Miss Michigan pageant, where the winner represents the state at the Miss America Scholarship pageant in September along with dedicating the next year of her life as a role model with state-wide appearances.

Keith Ledin, center, shares a June 19 birthday with his grandchildren, Keithen, 6, and Tessa, 3. This will be the first year all three birthdays have fallen on Father’s Day. (Courtesy photo)

Greenville family celebrates three birthdays on Father’s Day

For millions of fathers across America, this Sunday is kind of a big deal. It’s the one day set aside each year in which dads get their due. But it’s particularly meaningful for the Ledin family of Greenville. For at least three of them, June 19 is not only Father’s Day, but cause for birthday celebrations.

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority take a look Tuesday at historic photos of the Silver Theater, left, and the downtown district on the east side of Lafayette Street, right. Top right, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic observes Tuesday a historic photo showing Lafayette Street in Greenville before the road was paved or cars had been created. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA explores idea of historical boards along Lafayette Street

When Keith Hudson first moved to this city more than 40 years ago, it didn’t take him long to fall in love with it.

From the cycling trails and arts programs, to the bricks that built the foundation of Greenville’s first industrial buildings, the president of the Flat River Historical Society has made it a mission to educate others on what the city has to offer, from times both past and present.