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Abused Greenville girl remains in the care of court

A Greenville child remains under court jurisdiction as her mother continues to work toward regaining custody. Brooklyn Weimer, now 3, was hospitalized on March 24, 2013, with severe abdominal and brain injuries after being in the care of her mother’s boyfriend.

Greenville’s Per Gradus Club will soon be celebrating its 110th anniversary. Pictured here at March’s meeting are, from left, Maureen Burns, Secretary Elaine Pendrick, President Annette Sandtveit, Second Vice President Sharon Swindell and Treasurer Shirley Kalbfleisch. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Per Gradus Club has been improving Greenville for 110 years

When members of the Per Gradus Club gathered for their first meeting in 1904, women were still 16 years away from being granted the right to vote. Although 1904 was the year Helen Keller graduated from Radcliffe, few women of the time pursued university degrees.

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JUST IN: Elderly woman located after going missing overnight

An 81-year-old female with dementia went missing from her home in this township for more than 14 hours before she was found walking in Kent County over the weekend.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the woman’s family that she was missing after last being seen around 1:30 p.m. Saturday while picking up sticks near her home.

A group of Montcalm Area Intermediate School District special education adults pose after completing a work project at the Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton. — Courtesy photo

MAISD helps special education adults plan for life after school

Have you heard the term “transition”?

Actually, we experience “transition” throughout our lives — babies to toddlers, toddlers to school-age children, adults into retirement. One of our most important transitions is going from high school to the adult world.

Students eligible for special education support services face many barriers during this critical “transition” time. The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires that an individual education plan team address the area of transition for students age 16 or older in order to be successful in adult-life roles.

After 35 years in education — the last 23 with Greenville Public Schools  — Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissett is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Longtime educator steps down from Greenville Public Schools

Although she was more than 1,000 miles from where she grew up, Diane Brissett felt at home.

“Within 20 minutes I felt like I had come home and I belonged here,” said Brisset in her assistant superintendent office in Greenville on Friday. “That never changed. This is a great community and a great district with great kids.”

The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant earned high honors from the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was named system of the year following its large expansion. Pictured, from left, are facility operator Tim Foster, plant supervisor Shawn Wheat, Mayor John Hoppough, project engineer Steve Williams and Michigan Rural Water Association Vice President Bob Masters. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville honored for its wastewater treatment

The city was honored Tuesday by the Michigan Rural Water Association when it was given the Wastewater Treatment Utility of the Year award. The city was acknowledged by the water association Tuesday for its large upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant which expanded its processing capabilities, added a bio oxidation tower and installed a ground-mounted solar system to offset electrical costs at the plant.

Attendees of last year’s Mom Prom pose for a picture during the event. This year’s “prom” will help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation, the charity of choice of Bree Town of Greenville. — Courtesy photo

Montcalm County Mom Prom hosting this year’s event in honor of Bree Town

Sitting in a limousine on their way to the airport for a flight to Disney World last year, the Town family couldn’t believe the trip the Make A Wish Foundation was sending their daughter Bree on. Bree, who was diagnosed in 2012 with acute myeloid leukemia, which affects the myeloid line of blood, was one of the many children whose wish became a reality thanks to the charitable organization.

Greenville City Engineer Doug Hinken discusses with the Greenville City Council a bid for the construction of a new storage building for the recreation department to replace one destroyed in a 2013 fire. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Greenville to replace rec department building with larger one

It’s been nearly a year since the Greenville Recreation Department’s storage facility was destroyed in a fire. On Tuesday, the City Council gave the go ahead for building its replacement. The council approved a $25,653 bid for the new building, which will be constructed in the A.G. Davis Park complex at Kent and Walnut streets. The bid from Butterworth Buildings of Greenville also includes electrical work.

Teachers and aides at the Seiter Education Service Center take a moment during snack time to help feed several special education students on a recent afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County has wide variety of services for students with special needs

Assisting students to make progress in the general curriculum is the role of every school educator, including special education staff. In Montcalm County, the local school districts, as well as the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), employ many staff who provide programs and services to children beginning at birth and ending at 26 years of age. Throughout Montcalm County schools, more than 1,700 students are receiving special education services.

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Greenville school bus tips over, students receive minor injuries

Five Greenville Public Schools students were transported to a hospital with minor injuries when a school bus tipped onto its side after losing control on an icy gravel road this morning. According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the injuries were mostly bumps and bruises. Some students were treated at the scene, while five students were transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.