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Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops returning to Greenville

Whichever winter elements truly mark the start of the holiday season, be they the first snowfall or the first string of holiday lights, they’re always up for debate. In this community, however, it’s hard to argue against the annual Holiday Pops concert filling that role.

On Tuesday, Michigan State Police troopers, representing the Lakeview and Rockford posts, went shopping with local children as part of their second “Shop with a Trooper” event. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan State Police troopers, Meijer partner to let kids shop for gifts

About 20 Michigan State Police troopers were called in to control a group of children who had descended upon the Greenville Meijer on Tuesday evening. The well-behaved children were there at the invitation of both the troopers and Meijer to be a part of the “Shop with a Trooper” event.

From left, Greenville councilmen Brian Greene, Larry Moss and Lloyd Scoby contemplate proposed ordinance amendments at Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council OKs changes to nursing home ordinance

The Greenville City Council discussed amending an ordinance pertaining to “convalescent or nursing homes” during Tuesday’s meeting. The council approved amendments to Article 1, Section 46-1 of the Greenville Code of Ordinances during its regular meeting. The amendments were devised to “clarify terms and requirements for nursing homes, assisted living and foster care facilities” as they related to convalescent or nursing homes.

Motorists drive over Greenville West Drive bridge. The bridge is in need of repair and will undergo construction in the spring. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville West Drive bridge needs repair; construction set for spring

Come spring, Greenville West Drive bridge will be under construction. During the past year, HH Engineering, inspected the Greenville West Drive bridge, also known as Hillcrest Bridge, for the city of Greenville. The company determined the bridge is going to need some repairs on the expansion joints and some foundation work around the submerged parts of the support pillars.

John “Johnny O” Ortiz introduces a poised and ready mixed martial arts fighter. — Courtesy photo

Greenville’s John ‘Johnny O’ Ortiz’s dream job is coming to fruition

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fight fans across Greenville, we welcome you to The Daily News. In the dream job corner, wearing the dream job shorts, fighting for his own enjoyment of life is John “Johnny O” Ortiz. Here we go, here we go.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

The old scoreboards at Alan G. Davis Park will see their last winter. By the start of the 2015 softball season, the park will have three new scoreboards on the softball fields. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Alan G. Davis Park scoreboards to be replaced

During the summer and fall months, Alan G. Davis Park features an invasion that floods the grounds with rambunctious, sweaty people who wave clubs and throw missiles, grunting all the while.

On Monday at Greenville Lanes, Toys for Tots Montcalm County Coordinator Jenni Bouck and Assistant Coordinator Angie Bailey show off the Toys for Tots T-shirts they will be selling as part of a fundraiser. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Toys for Tots Montcalm County needs funding for quality Dec. 13 distribution

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County needs money. Desperately. With about $300 in the bank account, Toys for Tots is struggling to come up with the funds to purchase quality toys for its annual distribution on Dec. 13.

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Local volunteers help package 30,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger

Ending world hunger is a daunting task but global philanthropic organizations try to do it one meal at time.

However, a local event put together more than one meal over the weekend … try 30,000.

Amy Hansen and her registered therapy cat, Cricket, have been making visits to hospice care, assisted living facilities and private residences since September. — Courtesy photo

Cricket the cat brings happiness with therapeutic visits

Smiles abound wherever Amy Hansen and Cricket go.

Cricket is a registered therapy cat. Together, Amy and Cricket visit area hospice care, assisted living facilities and private residences to brighten the days of various patients. Cricket loves the attention he gets and residents get the comfort of petting an animal, which has shown to be beneficial to a person’s health and general wellbeing.