The Lafayette Street planter boxes may be barren as of now, but a plan is officially in place to spruce up Greenville’s downtown district. Members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed this month a plan to put both temporary and long-term plans in place for the flower planter boxes located on each side of the street.
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Residents take heed: With tall grass comes great — possibly expensive — responsibility. Following in fashion with a decision made last year, the Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to again contract lawn moving services for code enforcement violations of the city’s weed ordinance.
The Greenville Planning Commission did not have enough members for quorum Thursday evening, but they did listen to two requests for special land use. Mike Dykstra presented a request to have the property at 504 W. Montcalm St. be used as an adult foster care home, with up to as many as 12 rooms.
One year ago, two downtown buildings on S. Lafayette Street underwent a tremendous transformation, restored to their original historic designs and colors schemes. This year, the downtown district will undergo a similar change, but on a larger scale, as six more building owners will receive funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC).
Standardized testing has become an established part of public education. It’s used to gauge students academically and to gauge the efficacy of teachers. One such tool is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP).
On Sunday, April 17, the Greenville Performing Arts Center will house a concert unlike anything attempted within its venue before. Performed by more than 150 area artists, from musicians to vocalists and talented dancers, “Carmina Burana,” a composition of 24 poems set to music, will feature powerful rhythms, unforgettable vocals and flowing dance routines.
On an ordinary Sunday afternoon in the spring of 2014, Davide Uccello visited his brother Dan at his home just outside of Cedar Springs — a regular weekly visit between brothers from a very close family. But this visit, as it turns out, would end up leading to an opportunity the two would never forget. Owners of three successful restaurant franchises — Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante in Grand Rapids, Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Belmont and Catering Concepts in Holland — the brothers promote a proud Italian history, having grown up in a small town in Sicily, Italy.
After two years of operating outside of the city limits, the Tivoli Beer Gardens will be moving directly into the heart of downtown Greenville for this year’s Danish Festival. The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to approve a one-year request from the Danish Festival and Greenville Rotary Club, which oversees and runs the Tivoli Beer Gardens, respectively, to move the event from its previous location at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township to an open lot downtown.
As spring weather begins to make an appearance throughout Montcalm County, so do signs of blight begin to become more evident. During Monday night’s meeting, the Fairplain Township Board discussed the blight issues facing the township and tried to come up with solutions to help citizens clean up their properties.
Looking out at the audience of about 70 high school students Friday, it was as if Justin Yost was looking through a mirror to a time he wishes he could return to. Standing in the gymnasium of Grattan Academy, the 32-year-old Greenville resident recounted the days of his own youth, a time before drug addiction led to a spiraling road full of destruction and despair.