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Moments before accepting the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum, center, received introductory speeches from 2014 recipient Joyce London, left, and Spectrum Health Charity Ball Chairman Dr. Rocky Hansen at the Spectrum Health Charity Ball at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on Saturday. — Daily News/Stacie Smith

Slocum honored at annual Spectrum Health Charity Ball

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.

Montcalm Township Supervisor Mike Adams breaks down corrugated cardboard while cleaning up at the Montcalm Township Hall and Fire Department complex recycling site. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township recycling site constantly filled with trash

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.

During the Greenville Downtown Development Authority meeting Tuesday, City Engineer Doug Hinken, right, discusses the bike racks the city will purchase courtesy of a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation. —± Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA looks at spots for new bike racks

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.

The Greenville City Council recently approved a motion to privatize snow removal from sidewalks when residents are in violation of the city’s ordinance. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council hires contractor to clear sidewalks

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.

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VIDEO: Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

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.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council discussed a possible conflict of interest with the appointment of Councilman Larry Moss to the Greenville Area Community Foundation Board. Pictured from left to right, Councilman Brian Greene, Moss, Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro-Tem Fran Schuleit, Councilman Mark Lehman, Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe, Treasurer/Clerk Bradley Hool and the rotating student representative from Greenville High School. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council debates mayoral appointment

The Greenville City Council has been in the middle of a discussion about a possible conflict of interest in the most recent mayoral appointment to the Greenville Area Community Foundation Board.

From left, COGG Spirit of Collaboration recipient David Ralph, Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen of the Year recipient Jodie Faber and Small Business Person of the Year recipient Tim Jones are pictured together during the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards celebration Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

‘Innovative’ Greenville Chamber of Commerce hands out annual honors

A successful city needs a successful chamber of commerce. As it turns out, Greenville has one of the best. After yet another successful year advocating for this community, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards celebration. The event highlighted the accomplishments of the chamber last year and handed out annual awards.

Deepfall, a Gowen-based band, held an impromptu rehearsal session on Monday night. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

VIDEO: Local band Deepfall travels to Chicago for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Every musician who picks up an instrument dreams of making it big. Whether it is a guitar, a trumpet or even a kazoo, those who posses musical talent want to play for a crowd. Big or small. That goes double for a rock band. Maybe even triple.

Grace and the Rev. Jeff Wilhelm stand in the sanctuary Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Grace was diagnosed with plasma cell leukemia in 2012. The church will be holding a marrow donor registry drive today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church, at 908 W. Oak in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Grace Wilhelm fights plasma cell leukemia

In October 2012, Grace Wilhelm and her husband, the Rev. Jeff Wilhelm, were driving back from a prayer conference on Mackinac Island when Grace received a phone call that shook the very foundation of her life.

Tammy Hollinshead is planning the Turk Lake Haunted Days, which will be held May 1 to May 3. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township business owners creating a haunted festival in May

Tammy Hollinshead is planning a zombie apocalypse. Ground zero will be Turk Lake.