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Roofers have been working hard to bring the roofs up to code of the buildings owned by Flo’s in spite of the company recently being denied a crucial Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Flo’s denied crucial MEDC grant, continuing with project

Recently, Flo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante took a hit on plans to open a new restaurant in downtown Greenville. The company applied to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for a Blight Elimination Grant for $240,000. The purpose for the grant was to renovate the infrastructure within the interior of the building. However, the MEDC has denied the grant application.

Martha Henry brings to the stage the character Prof in “Taking Shakespeare.” Now director of the Stratford Festival, Henry got her first taste of acting as a child in Greenville. — Courtesy photo

A long, sometimes bumpy journey from nerdy kid to Stratford director

Martha Henry was only 5 years old when she found the doorway to another world. Like the magical wardrobe that transported children to Narnia, Martha’s doorway was secreted away in plain sight, not in a bedroom, but in her grandparents’ dining room.

Michigan Secretary of State Chief of Staff Mike Senyko presents Larry Alman with the Shining Star Award while Eversight Michigan Community Relations Liaison Alex Teska stands in approval. Alman received the award for urging people to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Larry Alman passionate about organ donation, receives Shining Star Award

Larry Alman is serious when it comes to organ and tissue donation. Once a month he is at the Greenville Michigan Secretary of State and Montcalm County PLUS office urging people to join the state’s organ, tissue and eye donation program.

Although his attempts were in vain Tuesday, Bob Cusack tries to reason with the Oakfield Township Board on why his mobile home should not be considered a dangerous building. — Daily News//Brad Klosner

Oakfield Township Board upholds dangerous building order

Try as he might, Bob Cusack cannot convince the powers that be that his mobile home is not a dangerous building. During Tuesday’s Oakfield Township Board meeting, board members unanimously voted to uphold an order by the township hearing officer stating Cusack’s mobile home is dangerous and needs to be removed or demolished.

Workers buff out some of the flaws in refrigeration components while working the line at Aga Marvel in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Made in Our Own Backyard: Aga Marvel (PHOTO GALLERY)

When it comes to dedication to the community, few companies have been doing it as long as Aga Marvel. The manufacturer of high-end kitchen appliances has been operating in Greenville for 123 years. “We’re the oldest refrigeration manufacturer in the United States,” Aga Marvel President Brad Stauffer said. “We started in 1892 right here in Greenville about five blocks away from where we are now, right on Ranney Drive. The building is still there today.”

A colorful sunset illuminates the evening skyline as the Greenville High School Marching Band performs Wednesday evening on Legacy Field at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

High School marching bands compete in MSBOA festival

With instruments in hand, stadium lights beaming down from above and an audience of peers and judges before them, the first breath on the turf of Legacy Field for hundreds of students Wednesday was followed by an exhale of nerves and the unknown.

Linda VanHouten was hard at work on Wednesday following a decision by the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education to hire her as superintendent. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board chooses VanHouten as new leader

In the end, there could only be one. That one is Linda VanHouten. During a special meeting of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, board members voted 4-3 to extend contract negotiations to VanHouten for the role of superintendent of the school district.

Students received an intimate view of some massive machines at Greenville Tool & Die during a manufacturing tour on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Students tour local manufacturers, learn about apprenticeships

For some it was merely a day out of class. For others it was their first step on the path to a career. Last Wednesday, 46 area students joined a comprehensive tour of manufacturing facilities in Greenville. In a series of groups, students were given an intimate look at Greenville Tool & Die Co., Federal-Mogul Corp., Clarion Technologies, Aggressive Tooling Inc. and West MI Compounding.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Mahar reads to Denise Shaw’s kindergarten class at Greenville’s Cedar Crest Elementary School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Local police officers visit elemetary school students

There was a heavy police presence at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville last week … and the students were thrilled.

Although this rubric was not used, Michigan Leadership Institute West Central Michigan Regional President and consultant Scott Crosby reviews some of the profile points during a special meeting of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Two hours, six votes and two left in Greenville superintendent pool

The search for a Greenville Public Schools superintendent is down to two finalists. During a special school board meeting Wednesday, board members discussed, deliberated and debated the merits of the three superintendent candidates chosen for second interviews: Greenville’s Chief Operations Officer and Associate Superintendent Korie Crawford, Greenville’s Director of Student Services Linda VanHouten and Ronald Wilson, the former superintendent of Howell Public Schools.