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The Montcalm Township Planning Commission discussed medical marijuana legislation during Wednesday’s meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township planners discuss marijuana legislation

Marijuana is legal to use recreationally in four states and one district (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C.). Marijuana is also legal for medicinal use in 23 states, including Michigan. It seems only a matter of time before marijuana is legal to consume in a recreational matter in Michigan.

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Residents voice approval of Forest Hills assessment

Practicing democracy is more than just reading the local newspaper or visiting the polling station to cast a vote during election season or hanging a flag on the Fourth of July to demonstrate patriotism. Practicing democracy is actively engaging, questioning and holding elected leaders accountable, something which is oft spoken of but rarely acted upon.

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Drive-in movie event on Friday at Grattan Academy High School

Bygone days of youth past so swift, like a dry leaf in the wind, can raise such bittersweet memories that sometimes it is hard to choke back that lump of nostalgia.

For those whose memory of youth fell somewhere in the era between 1950 and 1980, there is an event on Friday which will have an opportunity to re-live their youth for at least a few hours.

Big Brothers of Big Sisters of Gratiot and Montcalm Counties is hosting its 15th annual Golf for Kids’ Sake golf outing on Aug. 11 at Candlestone Golf Resort in Belding. Registration deadline is Tuesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosting golf outing to raise awareness

In a world where negativity, violence and pain are never hard to find, a child is a thing of innocence. Simple, unassuming, beautiful innocence.

But sometimes that innocence is corrupted by neglect or malice or spite. Sometimes it is intentional and sometimes it is accidental. Sometimes it is merely circumstance.

Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

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Right Place coordinator teases upcoming projects in Montcalm County

“Aluminum,” “clean water,” “elephant,” “flare” … these are the code names for a number of ongoing economic development projects in Montcalm County. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place, recently updated the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners about local work being done in conjunction with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Longtime Greenville hairstylist Rusty Schlienz’s new book “Talking to the Mirror,” recounts many of the stories he’s heard from clients during his 54-year career. He will sign copies from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at L’Image Salon in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Former Greenville hairstylist to sign copies of new book

You hear a lot of stories in 54 of years of listening. Russell “Rusty” Schlienz will share some of those stories with the public when he signs his new book, “Talking to the Mirror,” at L’Image Salon at 328 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

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Greenville’s Ponderosa building sold, buyer unsure what comes next

There is a big red “sold” sign on the north side of Greenville which has been causing a buzz since early July.

Everyone has been wondering what that sign, slapped over the Michigan Commercial Properties advertisement at 1015 North Lafayette St., means for the former Ponderosa building.

A member of the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) carries a stack of eight marijuana plants confiscated from a field north of Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

CMET finds Greenville marijuana, searches Montcalm County

On Monday afternoon, there was some transplanting going on around Montcalm County.

Marijuana transplanting that is.