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Bill Braman fund donates $50,000 to Greenville community center

The generous spirit of the late Bill Braman continues to live on, most recently through a donation from his endowment fund to the Greenville Area Recreation & Community Center. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously accepted a gift in the amount of $50,000 with the intention to enhance the community center.

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Walk, run or ride for Alpha Family Center

The Alpha Family Center of Greenville has been a resource in the community for 20 years and since its start, has hosted a fundraising walk event. Over the years, a 5K run and a bike ride have been included.

Karen Marsman is the executive director of Alpha Family Center and says this year’s event, which is set for Saturday, is special due to reaching the 20-year mark.

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Spin the Spokes benefits Habitat for Humanity

As part of its 25 year anniversary celebration, Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity will host its sixth annual Spin the Spokes for Habitat — Tour de 2×4 fundraiser bike ride at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Riders will start behind Greenville Middle School and choose from an eight-mile route on the scenic Fred Meijer Flat River Trail in Greenville, or a 25-, 36- or 50-mile route on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail between Greenville and Edmore. Rest areas, snacks, water and aid stations will be available along the way.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves street closures for Danish Festival

The Greenville City Council unanimously approved numerous street closures Tuesday evening for the upcoming Danish Festival.

The owners of Flo’s Ristorante and Pizzeria are working with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority on a Brownfield redevelopment project that will allow future tax revenue to be collected on behalf of the business. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Brownfield agreement means DDA would forego future tax revenue

Davide and Dan Uccello have poured nearly $1.5 million in improvements into this community’s newest restaurant, and now the city is taking a step to help recoup some of those costs. As Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria prepares to open on May 30, an arrangement between the Uccellos, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Montcalm County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority aims to establish a redevelopment project at the restaurant.

Becky Butler of Coral, left, laughs as Candy the Camel nibbles on her hair while she takes a selfie photograph, as her mother-in-law, Stephanie Butler, holds her daughter, Evelynn Butler, left, 1, and niece, Harper Brand, right, 1, during the 25th annual Pet Fest at Town and Country Animal Clinic in Eureka Township on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Town and Country Animal Clinic celebrates Pet Fest

With plenty of animals abound, a little bit of rain wasn’t going to damper the spirit of the 25th annual Pet Fest. Town and Country Animal Clinic hosted the event Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of visitors attended, receiving the opportunity to pet numerous animals, as well as receive a full tour of the clinic.

From left, teacher Samantha Hondorp, Jazmine Maguire, 18, Xandria Tatum, 17, Jenna Waun, 17, and Taylor Townes, 16, go over the number of classes left for each of them to complete. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Legacy Learning program showcases student progress in first year

For a traditional student at Greenville High School, days pretty much follow the same format daily. Students move from one class to another during passing time and they have lunch at the same time every day. Classes change with the semester. For Legacy Learning students, days can look a little different. Students in Legacy Learning are enrolled in online classes, but can still meet at the high school to go through those classes. Some students are enrolled entirely in the online classes through Edgenuity. Others take some of their classes online and take some traditional classes in the high school as well.

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At-risk students finding success at Satterlee School

Traditional classrooms have been the standard for secondary education for decades. Going to classes, learning from a teacher, taking notes and sitting behind a desk has been, up until recently, the only way high school and middle school students learn. Sometimes, that system fails students for various reasons. For students enrolled in the virtual learning program offered by Greenville Public Schools in the building formerly known as the Satterlee School, there are second chances for success.

Greenville City Councilwoman Frances Schuleit asks a question in relation to the proposed 2016-2017 budget Tuesday evening, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council reviews proposed fiscal year budget

In the midst of a long road of economic recovery, the path appears to be leveling out for the foreseeable future, revealing a stable city budget in Greenville. But with that stability comes tough choices, and entering 2017, that will likely include various rate increases, raises for city employees and the return of an assistant city manager.

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Greenville DDA looking to hire grant administrator for 6 facade projects

With nearly all documentation submitted, the final steps are now being taken toward improving the face of this city’s historic downtown district. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic informed the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Tuesday that all six property owners applying for facade grant funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) have submitted all necessary documentation.