Mark Christensen would like to have a few words with whoever started the rumor about road commission employees not working Monday. Christensen, the managing director for the Road Commission for Montcalm County, said he received several phone calls from people saying they heard workers weren’t out plowing the roads due to hydraulics freezing on the trucks.
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Downtown Greenville may now be covered in plentiful inches of fresh, white snow, but it won’t take much effort to spot dashes and bursts of the color purple as it peeks its way through. Working together like a paintbrush steadily gliding along the streets of downtown Greenville, players from the Greenville High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams placed purple ribbons and posters on lampposts, trees and windows on Lafayette Street on Saturday morning.
When Michigan State University takes on Stanford University on New Year’s Day in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl, thousands of fans will be watching from the stands within the stadium or from the comfort of their living rooms back home in Michigan. But only a select few will have the rare opportunity to stand on the field itself, to take center stage and be a part of a truly historic event.
Life is a journey bereft of maps, navigated without compass, sextant or global positioning satellites; from cradle to grave there is no sure thing, no guarantee, no promise that — should you do this and this — certain outcomes are your due. We are all motes upon a larger mote, circling a still larger mote as it hurtles through the empty blackness of space; the best we can hope for is to share what love and light we have, while we still have it. Rarely are these rough truths so apparent as at Christmastime, when the disparity between those who have and those who have not is thrown into stark relief.
It’s an ideal match. After learning in November the cancer she had been in remission from the past year had returned, the hunt for a bone marrow donor for 10-year-old Bree Town was underway. The Greenville student’s elementary school, Baldwin Heights, led the search by hosting a bone marrow drive earlier this month.
Years ago, the back-stock facilities at the former Meijer grocery store on North Lafayette Street housed thousands of commercial items and various goods that consumers could purchase on a day-to-day basis. Today, those back rooms sit mostly vacant and unused, with the exception of events such as the food drop-off day for the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive.
“Come on down, you’re the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right!’” Millions have tried, few have heard their names called to take a spot at one of the four contestant podiums on the popular game show. But that’s exactly the case for first-time audience member Shane Philipsen, a Greenville resident.
Apparently even water under a bridge can run a little hot. It’s been just over a month since the settlement of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit between the city of Greenville and Eureka Township and officials had seemingly put the issue to rest. But even after a resolution, the two sides are still taking jabs at one another.
In 2003 when scouting United Hospital as a potential candidate for joining the Spectrum Health system, then vice president of strategic planning and development Tina Freese-Decker knew the hospital was headed in the right direction. Eight years later she joined United, now part of Spectrum, as its president and after three years is turning the reigns over to a longtime business partner.
Chemotherapy is a long, grueling and dreaded process for countless patients who give every ounce of strength in their body to stay on the road to recovery while battling against the deadly disease of cancer. But thanks to two local organizations who came together with donations for the Spectrum Health United Cancer Center, a little bit of comfort will be available in the form of iPads that will now be available for patients during their chemotherapy sessions.