From left, Indira Smith and Jim Aaron from M106.3 WGLM and Mike Lomonaco from On the Side visit Meijer to buy food to provide Thanksgiving dinners for six local families. M1063 WGLM and On the Side partnered together to be able to provide families with Thanksgiving dinner. — Courtesy photo

Local businesses provide Thanksgiving dinner to six families

Mike Lomonaco, the owner of On the Side Detailing in Greenville, has always had a heart to help others in need.

He’s assisted men and women in various situations throughout the years, including letting a man he met in a Walmart parking lot into his home, paying for him to get out of jail and buying him gas to get back to the man’s home in Minnesota.

This year, Lomonaco wanted to help local families for Thanksgiving. He approached Jim Aaron at M106.3 WGLM, a radio station in Greenville, to brainstorm with him.

Marjorie “Hilda” Hawley, a Greenville resident, celebrated her 102nd birthday this year. She was born in the Greenville area along with her sister, Louise, who is 100 years old, and her brother, Clair, who is 91 years old. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

‘Longevity in our family’: Local woman reflects on 102 years of life

When Marjorie “Hilda” Hawley was born, horses and buggies were the norms for transportation. Women did not have the right to vote. John Green had settled in the area roughly 70 years prior and the city of Greenville was thriving with sawmills, churches, merchants and families.

JD Dey

UPDATE: Man faces life in prison after stabbing incident

A young man is facing life in prison after allegedly stabbing another young man early Monday morning.

Cassidy Brigham of Grand Rapids launches a disc through snowy conditions on one of the 18 holes playing in the Tower Mountain Throwdown disc golf tournament Saturday at the new Tower Park Disc Golf Course in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tower Park Disc Golf Course opens with tournament (PHOTOS)

As Greenville City Manager George Bosanic made his way along Baldwin Street on Saturday morning, he suddenly found himself at a loss for words as he approached one of the community’s city parks. On a day that featured the first snow flurries of autumn and temperatures hovering slightly above freezing, the parking lot of Tower Mountain Park was completely full, with dozens of adults gathered at the base of the mountain.

David Wawersik renovated the stairway at Camp Greenwood in Gowen. Now the stairway is safer and has a more aesthetically pleasing passage for campers to get to the lake. It is one of the several projects Wawersik completed at the camp as part of his Eagle Scout project. — Courtesy photo

Camp Greenwood benefits from Eagle Scout project

David Wawersik always enjoyed his trips to Camp Greenwood when his Boy Scout troop would visit the spacious, rural campground. When it came time for David to take on the challenge of an Eagle Scout project, it was an easy decision to volunteer to do some upgrades and renovations to the more than 60-year-old camp.

Have Mercy case manager Amanda Wright tried to raise awareness on how poverty and homelessness affect children while standing on the northeast corner of M-57 and M-91 in Greenville on Friday afternoon.

Have Mercy agency spreads awareness of homelessness

When Kim Cain, Amanda Wright and Rachel Pung decided to stand on corners of M-57 and M-91 with cardboard signs to share the statistics of homelessness, they weren’t sure what to expect. Their goal Friday afternoon was to spread awareness of the severity of homelessness. One sign stated that approximately 99,975 people were homeless in Michigan in 2015. Another sign shared that the average age of a homeless child is 7.6 years old, while another sign informed of the 2,723 infants born into poverty every day. Yet another sign sought to raise awareness that the main reason people experience homeless is job loss — not substance abuse.


JUST IN: Sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle struck in Sunday morning crash

A Kent County Sheriff’s Deputy and a 20-year-old Belding man were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries as the result of a crash early Sunday morning.

A pile of trash sits in next to a recycling bin in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center in Howard City on Friday, even though the Montcalm County recycling site has signage specifically stating “No Trash.” The recycling site will be permanently closed down by Dec. 23 due to repeated issues of trash abuse, as well as funding problems for the county. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City recycling site to close; county’s recycling future uncertain

Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.

Flat River Community Library Director Laura Powers updates those in attendance at the Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting Thursday on how the library is working to stay engaged with the community. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville library evolving with changing technology

In today’s world, a wealth of information that previously had to be researched in books is now in the palm of your hand.

Through smartphones, tablets and the ever-expanding internet, technology has made the quest for knowledge a much easier task for both children and adults.

One might fear this would harm one of the community’s most public of assets, the Flat River Community Library, but as Library Director Laura Powers made clear Thursday, that is not the case.

Dr. Joyce London thanks a crowd of peers and friends at the Winter Inn after she was selected as the 2014 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring award recipient.  — File photo

Greenville’s exemplary humanitarian Dr. Joyce London dies

One of this community’s most uplifting, passionate and caring souls left us on Monday, leaving behind a worthy legacy. Dr. Joyce London, longtime chiropractor, city councilwoman and friend to all she met, died at Hathaway Hills Assist Living in Greenville. She was 69 years old.