Normally watching a fifth grade student wield a scalpel over a prone body stretched out on a table is a cause for concern. Yet, at Baldwin Heights Elementary School on Thursday, the practice was encouraged.
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Whether it is for hockey, fishing, snowmobiling or any sort of winter sport, those who venture onto the ice during the winter months face inherent danger. Frost bite. Hypothermia. Death. All of these can and do happen once someone breaks through the ice.
With 56 miles of city streets to plow, the Greenville Public Services Department is ready for winter to pass on by. “In a perfect world, the weather man would say we’re getting 2 inches of snow,” Public Services Department Director Tom Pollock said. “It’d be done by midnight. We’d start at 2 in the morning and get it cleaned up, but we all know that isn’t how it works.”
Ken Wert was working in his shed Friday afternoon with a fellow neighbor when he heard a terribly loud crash. Running to the front of his house, he came upon the result of a head-on collision just a short distance away on N. Greenville Road (M-91).
In spite of the 2 degree air temperature, which dropped even lower with the wind chill, Montcalm County firefighters braved the frigid weather to participate in an ice training on Sunday. Michigan Rescue Concepts (MRC) hosted the training session in Crystal Township, which included a morning classroom session and an afternoon hands-on training session on the ice of Crystal Lake. MRC is an 18-year-old Michigan-based company which have trained more than 500 fire departments in ice and water rescue training.
Despite frigid temperatures Saturday, a crowd of more than 300 came out to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to support Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum as she received this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award. The evening marks the largest fundraising undertaking for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals each year. Proceeds for the Charity Ball benefit the renovation of existing areas in Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville to establish a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program.
The Montcalm Township Hall and Fire Department complex is starting to get a little trashy … quite literally. The four recycling bins located at the township complex are being filled with items which are not meant to be recycled. In spite of a clearly posted sign, people are dumping all sorts of trash in the recycle dumpsters.
On Tuesday, it was all about hitting the racks at the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting … bike racks, that is. City Engineer Doug Hinken joined the DDA meeting to discuss an upcoming bike rack project. Last November, the Greenville Area Community Foundation awarded a grant for $13,122 for the installation of several bike racks throughout the city.
With winter’s icy breath still blowing, this city is looking for ways to ensure clear sidewalks. At the Feb. 3 Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved a motion to privatize snow removal from sidewalks when residents are in violation of the city ordinance. The city will hire Jensen Lawn Care of Greenville to remove the snow at a cost of $65 per hour.
Leaping into 33-degree water on a cold February afternoon takes the type of courage gladiators would find hard to muster. But the 130 participants of the 2015 Turk Lake Polar Plunge did not bat an eye as they plunged into the depths of Turk Lake on Saturday.