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Author Eric Ode sings a song to get Baldwin Heights Elementary School students up on their feet during an assembly Monday afternoon. Ode visited all four Greenville elementary schools Monday and today as part of March is Reading Month.

Washington storyteller visits Greenville elementary schools

Eric Ode has written 11 books of stories and poems for children. The Washington-based author tours the country and even the world with a program of high crowd participation singing, storytelling and speaking.

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.

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.

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.

Gentri King, center right, helps Girl Scouts Amaya Farr, 9, far left, and Jade King, 7, from Girl Scout Troop 4175 sell cookies during Saturday’s Spring Fling for Women at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Annual Greenville event attracts new and returning attendees

Despite Saturday’s brisk outdoor temperatures, spring was in the air at Greenville High School. The annual Spring Fling for Women event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. was packed with people from the moment the doors opened.

Three buildings owned by Tom Feeney and Glen Powell, consisting of Greenville Floral and S & H Trophy & Sports Center at 221 S. Lafayette St., will be largest of five facade grant projects (pending approval) in the amount of $479,889 in upgrades. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves property owner grant agreements

In preparation of potentially receiving more than $1.1 million in grant funding, city officials are taking measures to ensure they won’t be on the hook should something go wrong. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve five property owner grant agreements to applicants applying for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).

Montcalm Township’s new website (montcalmtownship.com) includes a “News” page where Clerk Amy Richards can post meeting minutes and public hearing notices. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Supervisor builds website for Montcalm Township

Before Montcalm County updated its website last year, Montcalm Township listed its information through that website. After the county’s new website went live and no longer hosted local municipalities, Montcalm Township officials decided to start exploring options for their own website.

Members the Adults with Disabilities Association bowl together at Jacket Lanes in Greenville Feb. 27. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Adults with Disabilities Association in Greenville celebrates 10 years

A decade ago, when Debra Thornton was asked by her son’s teacher to start a local special needs club, she did so with a simple idea to schedule a few events to bring her son and his friends closer together. But in the time since, the club has blossomed into a full nonprofit 501C3 organization, now known as the Adults with Disabilities Association, a group consisting of special needs adults, both physically and mentally.

A closing sale of 50 percent off merchandise will begin today to deplete inventory as Radio Shack in Greenville, after 32 years in the community, will close for good later this month. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After 32 years in downtown Greenville, Radio Shack to close later this month

After more than 30 years of proudly serving its loyal customers, the downtown Radio Shack electronics store will be making its final sale this month. Opened in 1984 by Doug Robbins, the Greenville location has survived every change that both the economy and culture could throw its way, but that well of success finally ran dry.