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Author Eric Ode sings a song to get Baldwin Heights Elementary School students up on their feet during an assembly Monday afternoon. Ode visited all four Greenville elementary schools Monday and today as part of March is Reading Month.

Washington storyteller visits Greenville elementary schools

Eric Ode has written 11 books of stories and poems for children. The Washington-based author tours the country and even the world with a program of high crowd participation singing, storytelling and speaking.

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Greenville buys equipment to video and record sewer system

In response to receiving funds from a state grant, this city is now preparing to take action by purchasing necessary asset management equipment. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, Wastewater Superintendent Shawn Wheat presented the council with a proposal to purchase cameras in connection with the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Members of Greenville City Council discuss a proposal to rezone commercial and industrial property on W. Coffren Street in Greenville to residential during the March 21 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Coffren Street property, right-of-way rezoning approved in Greenville

A commercial piece of property that has sat vacant for decades may soon find new life in the residential market. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, the council entertained two public hearings in regards to rezoning a plot of land bounded by Greenville West Drive, W. Coffren and Lincoln streets.

Greenville High School teacher Cari Scholtens won a BioWare Corp. contest to voice a character in the newly released game “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” She was flown out to Los Angeles in January to record her part in the game, which was released Tuesday. — Courtesy photos/BioWare/Electronic Arts

Greenville High School algebra teacher lands voice acting role

Cari Scholtens is a gamer.

Not only is that a favorite hobby of hers, but it helps her connect with students on a different level.

Flat River Historical Society and Museum Board Trustee Robin Walter, dressed in a Native American outfit, teaches third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School, how to use a Native American “buzzer” toy, made of string and an animal’s knuckle bone, as the students toured the museum Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Elementary students engage with local history at Flat River Museum

From soft beaver pelts to rigid arrow heads, students were left anything but empty-handed Wednesday during a tour of local Native American history. Third-grade students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School made the trip to the Flat River Museum in Greenville to get a hands-on look at the history they had been studying this school year.

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Greenville applying for grants to fund four recreation projects

In looking ahead to future years, it’s evident that the city of Greenville has one thing clearly on its mind — recreation. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, four public hearings were held involving grant requests specific to recreation improvements.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts street-sweeping services

Members of Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve street-sweeping services for the next three years.

A potential Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant could mean improvements to sewer access on Lincoln Street between the alley behind Main Street and Day Street in Stanton. City commissioners tabled discussion of the grant at Thursday’s meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton leaders talk about future infrastructure grant

The city of Stanton is hoping to take another shot at an Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The city applied for the grant last year in hopes of making sewer repairs on Lincoln Street. However, the grant was not approved.

Alison Barberi, president and CEO of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, helped facilitate presentations and conversations during a community collaborative event held Friday morning Montcalm Community College-Greenville Campus. Area organizations discussed ways to collaborate and care for vulnerable populations within the county. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Community organizations stop, collaborate and listen to help vulnerable residents

In the spirit of collaboration, members of the medical, educational, business, clergy and nonprofit communities gathered together to discuss ways to serve Montcalm County community. In four presentations at a Know the Need community collaboration event Friday, community leaders discussed issues facing vulnerable or impoverished Montcalm County residents and what the various communities in attendance can do to bridge those gaps.

Members of the Women’s Action Network (WAN) sit together in solidarity during the March 7 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Future in jeopardy for WAN Marketplace at Veterans Park during Danish Festival

During the inaugural Danish Festival more than half a century ago, the Marketplace at Veterans Park began with a single hot dog stand and a few flea market vendors.

Today, that same marketplace, operated by the Women’s Action Network (WAN), welcomes more than 100 vendors during Greenville’s annual celebration.