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Home and business owners in the Greenville community will want to make sure they stay in line with the city’s weed and tall grass ordinance this year, or risk paying upwards of $50 to the city for violations. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville contracts for lawn mowing services to handle weed violations

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.

Greenville Planning Commission members, from left, Dale Reyburn, David Ralph and Mike Gustin discuss two requests for special land use during a meeting Thursday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville planners look at special land use requests

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.

Grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will upgrade the facades of six downtown buildings in Greenville, such as the building owned by Jim Hopkins (Boost Mobile) at 226 S. Lafayette St., similar to the upgrades at Beamers Tanning & More (right) that occurred last year.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

6 downtown Greenville building owners to receive facade funding

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).

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education members discuss the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville board focuses on creating academic achievement environment

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).

Members of the  Montcalm Community College Philharmonic Orchestra, Alumni and Friends Choir, Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company perform during a rehearsal for the upcoming "Carmina Burana" concert at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Area artists coming together for ‘Carmina Burana’ (PHOTOS)

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.

The interior of Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Greenville has gone through a major transformation, and will feature three separate components: A sports bar, ristorante, and pizzeria. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar aims to open in ‘late May’

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.

Tivoli Beer Gardens, an event which has been held at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township during the Danish Festival for the past two years following a one-year absence, will now be held in downtown Greenville at 116 E. Cass St. for this year’s upcoming Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tivoli Gardens relocating downtown to ‘better connect’ with Danish Festival

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.

The Fairplain Township Board discusses what to do about the blight situation that’s spread throughout the township during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Fairplain Township working to solve blight problems

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.

Students at Grattan Academy listen as Justin Yost, director on the board for the Ionia/Montcalm Families Against Narcotics (I/M FAN) chapter, speaks about drug awareness during an assembly put on by the organization Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families Against Narcotics reaches out to students at Grattan Academy

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.

The Greenville High School jazz band performs during the Collage Concert. Three times a week, beginning at 6:30 a.m., 35 students gather with Greenville High School jazz band director Jeff Ayres, a full hour before the bell even rings to signal the start of school.

GHS jazz band traveling to St. Louis, performing in regional jazz competition

On the Mount Rushmore of jazz music legends, a space will surely be forever reserved for the master of swing, Duke Ellington. One of the most influential musicians of his time, Ellington’s impression on the culture of early 20th century jazz had no bounds, spreading from coast to coast across America.