Built in 1964, the Michigan National Guard Armory in Greenville building has stood relatively untouched for the past 50 years. The armory, which houses the 1073rd Maintenance Company, recently underwent a much needed renovation, receiving a $1.7-million facelift.
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The 50th anniversary celebration of the Greenville Optimist Camp got a visit Saturday from the batman … no, not that one. Rob Mies, the executive director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave those in attendance an hour-long presentation on bats, complete with a cameo by a trio of the winged mammals.
In her several years in education, new Lincoln Heights Elementary School Principal Katy Beebe lives for that moment when it all clicks for her students. “It’s awesome to watch those light bulbs come on and kids learn,” said Beebe, who will replace Michelle Blaszczynski, who took over as the Greenville district’s chief academic officer for the retiring Diane Brissette. “I love kids and I love to spend time with kids.”
Now in its third year of displaying the works of some of this area’s top artists, this year’s Art @ the Green event promises the best variety of art pieces in the event’s early existence. “We have an outdoor installation, this is the first year we’ve had that. We have more 3-D (pieces) this year than we’ve ever had,” said Kathy O’Donald, one of the event’s coordinators. “This year is very interesting.”
For anyone experiencing anything close to the issues related to the One Book One County book “Me Before You,” Tuesday evening’s inaugural resource fair was the place to be.
It was the summer of 1964 and for the first time Camp Wah-Wah-Tay-See opened its doors to the special education students of the Greenville area. It offered them the experience of camping, the chance to meet new people, and most importantly it gave them a chance to have fun in the great outdoors. The brainchild of Jerry Hansen, a then special education teacher in Greenville, Wah-Wah-Tay-See, now known as Optimist Camp, brought in eight students the first summer.
The goal of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight on June 24 was to give the remaining World War II veterans in the area “one last mission.” The flight took about 80 Michigan veterans to Washington, D.C., and the WWII Memorial, a place that in 69 years since serving in the war, Greenville resident Anthony Czarnopis had never been.
As the dust settled over the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, with a final whinny of a horse echoing through the now empty stables, it appears this year was a success for both 4-H’ers and visitors of the fair.
There may have been just a few friends and family in the stands and mostly uncooperative animals, but the seven 4-Hers who took part in the llama and alpaca show Friday were enjoying themselves anyway.
One after another, the hands of more than 100 buyers sprouted up from the crowded auction barn Thursday during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s livestock auction. When all was said and done, 345 animals totaling 76,692 pounds were sold for $208,815.29.