Tivoli Beer Gardens, an event which has been held at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township during the Danish Festival for the past two years following a one-year absence, will now be held in downtown Greenville at 116 E. Cass St. for this year’s upcoming Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tivoli Gardens relocating downtown to ‘better connect’ with Danish Festival

After two years of operating outside of the city limits, the Tivoli Beer Gardens will be moving directly into the heart of downtown Greenville for this year’s Danish Festival. The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to approve a one-year request from the Danish Festival and Greenville Rotary Club, which oversees and runs the Tivoli Beer Gardens, respectively, to move the event from its previous location at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township to an open lot downtown.

The Fairplain Township Board discusses what to do about the blight situation that’s spread throughout the township during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Fairplain Township working to solve blight problems

As spring weather begins to make an appearance throughout Montcalm County, so do signs of blight begin to become more evident. During Monday night’s meeting, the Fairplain Township Board discussed the blight issues facing the township and tried to come up with solutions to help citizens clean up their properties.


IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts for spring street sweeping, bridge inspections

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening for three city expenditures, in each case contracting with the lowest bidder.

Rev. Ian MacDonald smiles as he delivers a sermon Wednesday evening at First Congregational Church in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Reverend takes a long, winding road to Greenville’s First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church in Greenville has a long history of bringing people together for worship, regardless of denomination. It is iconic in its position downtown with its stained glass windows and brick facade. Walking in on a Sunday morning, churchgoers are welcomed by ushers as they make their way into the nave to seat themselves in a pew and wait for the sermon to start.

Newcomers to the church might be surprised when the Rev. Ian MacDonald rises from the pew nearby, walks to the pulpit and begins to speak.

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Randy’s House women’s recovery residence opens in Greenville

The road to recovery is a tough path. But for women in this community, that road — be it from drugs, alcohol or physical abuse — can now go through a place one can call home. On Thursday, organizers and supporters of Randy’s House celebrated the opening of the new recovery residence for women at 203 East Washington St.

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Van Houten gets positive feedback from Greenville school board

Things are going well thus far for Greenville Public Schools under the direction of Superintendent Linda Van Houten. Van Houten recently underwent an evaluation that was heavily based on the 90-day plan she outlined for the district during her interviews for the job. The board focused on making sure each of the four specific areas Van Houten outlined were met.


Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.

Baldwin Heights Principal Mike Walsh presents a certificate and gift card to custodian Lois Tiesworth. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Baldwin Heights custodian wins Essential Service award

Lois Tiesworth gets to work around 3:30 p.m. on a normal day. Her office exists in the halls of Baldwin Heights Elementary and she is tasked with the maintenance of its classrooms, activity centers, and the occasional cage cleaning for Mr. Lucky, a class pet, amongst many other things. As recognition for her efforts, she was nominated for the Essential Service award sponsored by West Michigan Works.

Students at Grattan Academy listen as Justin Yost, director on the board for the Ionia/Montcalm Families Against Narcotics (I/M FAN) chapter, speaks about drug awareness during an assembly put on by the organization Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families Against Narcotics reaches out to students at Grattan Academy

Looking out at the audience of about 70 high school students Friday, it was as if Justin Yost was looking through a mirror to a time he wishes he could return to. Standing in the gymnasium of Grattan Academy, the 32-year-old Greenville resident recounted the days of his own youth, a time before drug addiction led to a spiraling road full of destruction and despair.

The Greenville High School jazz band performs during the Collage Concert. Three times a week, beginning at 6:30 a.m., 35 students gather with Greenville High School jazz band director Jeff Ayres, a full hour before the bell even rings to signal the start of school.

GHS jazz band traveling to St. Louis, performing in regional jazz competition

On the Mount Rushmore of jazz music legends, a space will surely be forever reserved for the master of swing, Duke Ellington. One of the most influential musicians of his time, Ellington’s impression on the culture of early 20th century jazz had no bounds, spreading from coast to coast across America.