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During the Thursday Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting, attendees discussed the complexities of Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

COGG discusses the complexities of Proposal 1 during Thursday meeting

Here in Michigan, we are as proud of our potholes as our Legislature’s ability to concoct simple ballot language. Or are we? “I wish our Legislature would come up with ballot language that would be easy to understand,” Greenville Area Community Foundation President and CEO Alison Barberi said. “Complicated ballot language is not a new strategy by far.”

Mancino’s owner Debbie Sellers, left, and Parkinson’s support group leader Becki Hansen will be hosting an event to raise funding for research into the disease Monday at Mancino’s in downtown Greenville. The two are pictured with Sellers’ father-in-law, Lewis Walker, who also suffers from Parkinson’s disease. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Good food for a good cause at Mancino’s Parkinson’s benefit

Great strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, but there’s still a long way to go, according to local organizer and Parkinson’s sufferer Becki Hansen. Funding for research is always in short supply, so Hansen and a few friends are doing their part to raise a little more.

Al Eicher, who has done extensive research on the orphan trains, shows a picture of a group of children who came from Boston to Battle Creek as part of the orphan train riders. Eicher led the closing program of the One Book One County’s presentation “The Orphan Trains in Michigan.” — Daily News/Lori Hansen

‘Orphan Train’ presentation puts a wrap on One Book One County program

The children, usually ranging in ages from 3 to 16, would line up at the local church or community center, with the boys wearing a new suit and shoes and the girls donning a new dress, coat, hat or bonnet. Prospective parents would come a chose a child, often taking one or two home for an evening to test if it would work out, and returning them in the morning if it didn’t. If the children were not chosen, they were put back on the train to proceed to the next stop, and go through the routine again.

The Market, an open-air market, will once again be held at Lafayette Park in Greenville throughout the summer. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville DDA making preparations for downtown open-air market

Last year’s trial run for a summer open-air market series in Downtown Greenville was a success. Although organizers started small last year, this year is going to be even bigger. “This has been a vision for a long time to have something downtown,” Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Gae Wolfe said. “Sometimes it starts small and you have to take baby steps and let it grow.”

During a trip to Paris last year, area students had the opportunity to stand under the famous Eiffel Tower. — Courtesy photo

Greenville High School students are Europe bound

Standing in the shadow of history is awe inspiring. A country with a 239-year modern history has its own set of historic significance. Places like the Gettysburg battlefields or the winding streets of Boston or even the shores of the Detroit River are awe inspiring in their own right.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education member Rocky Hansen checks out the fuel tank on a propane-fueled bus. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville school board considers switching to propane-fueled buses

It got a little gassy during the Monday night meeting of the Greenville Public Schools Board of Education. Greenville Public Schools Director of Transportation Kathy Bresnahan and Greenville High School science teacher Brian Sullivan gave a presentation on propane-fueled school buses, which the school’s education board and transportation department are giving serious consideration.

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Voters encouraged to join Proposal 1 panel presentation April 20

It may be a little convoluted but, one way or another, Michigan voters will be asked to weigh in on Proposal 1 come May 5. In order to assist Montcalm County voters, a panel of administrators representing various local organizations will be fielding questions about the State of Michigan Ballot Proposal 15-1, commonly referred to as “Proposal 1.” The panel presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. Anyone seeking clarification on the ballot proposal is encouraged to attend.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

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Montcalm Township Board OKs pay increase for fire chief

When it comes to keeping employees happy, nothing does it better than a pay raise. If there are any employees in the county whose happiness should be a priority it is township firefighters. And that goes double for the fire chief.

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Oakfield Township Board declines Kent District Library’s offer

The Oakfield Township Board has declined a request from Kent District Library to partner with township officials to offer library services to the community. The reason? The Kent District Library’s voter-approved “ungodly big millage increase,” according to the Oakfield Township supervisor.