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Robbins Book List manager Kevin Powell, right, says local businesses can offer customers personalized services unavailable online or at big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local shopping offers personal touch, knowledgeable advice

Online retailers would have you believe that the perfect shopping experience is just a mouse click away. Sure, shopping online is easy; there are no lines, no slogs through snowy streets, no parking issues. But that’s only half the story.

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Longtime Greenville schools board member gives up his seat

After 17 years as a trustee for the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education, James Vanderlaan has decided to hang up his hat.

One of the questions on the Greenville Area Community Center and Recreation Department’s master plan survey is the state of Danish Kingdom and whether it should be repaired or replaced. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville rec department looks for community input

Putting together a plan of action can be difficult when there is more than one opinion being voiced. Try putting together a plan involving the input of an entire city.

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Greenville home destroyed in fire, all occupants escape safely

As John Bowen, 18, stood outside his home shortly after midnight Monday, he could only watch through watery eyes while firefighters continued to battle back embers and flames that continued to poke through the roof of the residence.

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster addresses the volunteers during the challenge distribution. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Food Challenge Drive bolsters local pantries

Trying to help strike a blow at hunger in the county is an ever-present battle for food pantries. Every year the Montcalm Food Challenge Drive tries to bolster the food stores of area pantries. “This food is more important than ever,” Montcalm Food Challenge Drive Chairman Steve Foster said. “The need is simply greater this year. It seems every year it gets more and more important.”

Greenville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department’s food service worker Kelly Ross slings out some pizza to Greenville High School students. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville schools aim to feed students nutritious meals

Keeping up with the appetite of a high school student is no easy task, but the staff of Greenville Public Schools try to keep pace. During its December meeting, the Greenville school board heard a presentation about the district’s Food and Nutrition Department. Chief Operating Officer Korie Crawford described the many tasks the department completes throughout the school year.

The ladies of Purls of West Michigan, plus Dan Eagles, co-chairman of the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, circle around the nearly 100 matching sets of hats and mittens made by the group. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Purls of West Michigan knit nearly 100 hats and mittens for Lions Club

When it comes down to knitting and purling, cabling and gartering, and even frogging, no one does it with more passion than the ladies of Purls of West Michigan. “It’s a wonderful group of ladies,” Molly Hollar said. “It’s a good group. We have a lot of fun.”

Die Cad Group Inc. recently opened up an office on S. Greenville West Drive at the Wyngate Office Park. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Die Cad Group opens office in Greenville

Although economic woes still plague the country, both from a local and national perspective, it looks like Greenville received an economic booster shot in the form of a new company moving to the city. Die Cad Group Inc. recently set up shop at the Wyngate Office Park off of S. Greenville West Drive. The company officially opened its Greenville doors on Monday.

Gifts are still needed for the Greenville Lions Club Carl Barberi Toy Project, and ornaments describing the age and gender of children who need gifts are available at 18 locations throughout Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations for Lions Club Toy Project still needed

The Greenville Lions Club has but one mission this time of year, a mission to make Christmas memorable for all Greenville area children. The objective of the club’s members sounds simple in nature, that no child wake up Christmas morning without a gift, but the reality of making that happen requires the affection and charity of an entire community.

On Tuesday, Michigan State Police troopers, representing the Lakeview and Rockford posts, went shopping with local children as part of their second “Shop with a Trooper” event. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police troopers, Meijer partner to let kids shop for gifts

About 20 Michigan State Police troopers were called in to control a group of children who had descended upon the Greenville Meijer on Tuesday evening. The well-behaved children were there at the invitation of both the troopers and Meijer to be a part of the “Shop with a Trooper” event.