IN BRIEF: Greenville leases property to local farmer

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a lease agreement on city property for a local farmer.

According to City Manager George Bosanic, city resident Jed Welder requested to lease 22 acres of vacant, city-owned property on Backus Road for the purpose of tilling, planting and harvesting crops.

After overseeing the past 13 Danish Festivals in Greenville, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Danish Festival’s executive director retiring after 13 years

After overseeing more than a decade of Danish Festivals, Pam Jorae is retiring as executive director. Jorae, 71, has been at the helm of 13 consecutive festivals, a part-time job that involves accounting, tax returns, booklet creation, set-up and tear-down of the event and more. She says now it is time to step away.

Greenville High School seniors Balieigh Boni, Faith Milewski, Melody Vander Stel and junior Paige Tompsett are working collaboratively to paint a mural that will hang in the media center at the high school. This is the third year a group of advanced painting students will have painted a mural to hang in the high school. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville High School art students showcase their creations in contest

Creative opportunities are flourishing for students at Greenville High School. Students were recently given the chance to submit works of art in various forms of media to the art department’s annual ArtPrize competition. This year, there were 57 entries which was more than any other year, according to art teacher Courtney Sink.

Residents attended a Montcalm Township Board public hearing on Thursday where the board, from left, Trustee Tim Rau, Treasurer Rose Hyde, Supervisor Mike Adams, Clerk Amy Richards and Trustee Steve Sprague answered questions about trash and recycling. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montcalm Township declines to start local recycling program

In a crowded public hearing, the Montcalm Township Board ended up dumping the idea of a township-wide solid waste collection. So many residents attended Thursday night’s meeting, township trustees set up three additional rows from the regular meeting set-up to accommodate the approximately 40 people in attendance.

From left, Mid-Michigan Humane Society acting Board President Angela Hollinshead, Vice President Rachell Martin and Secretary Autumn DeVries are pictured. The humane society was recently established to provide extra security and services to pets in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. — Courtesy photo

Local Humane Society established to expand services to pets

Amid an uncertain future for the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a group of people have come together to provide some peace of mind for pets and pet owners throughout the county.

Angela Hollinshead, director of Montcalm County Animal Control and acting president of the board for the newly formed Mid-Michigan Humane Society (MMHS), said the idea for the Humane Society was born out of panic when in June 2016 it looked like the county might need to eliminate Animal Control.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm Township won’t pursue recycling options

After nearly a year of trying to find a solution for recycling , the Montcalm Township Board decided to step back from the issue.

The township board sent out fliers to residents and held two public hearings — the second of which was Thursday evening — to obtain feedback from the public.
The township board sent out fliers to residents and held two public hearings, the second of which was Thursday evening, to obtain feedback from the public.

Author Eric Ode sings a song to get Baldwin Heights Elementary School students up on their feet during an assembly Monday afternoon. Ode visited all four Greenville elementary schools Monday and today as part of March is Reading Month.

Washington storyteller visits Greenville elementary schools

Eric Ode has written 11 books of stories and poems for children. The Washington-based author tours the country and even the world with a program of high crowd participation singing, storytelling and speaking.


Greenville buys equipment to video and record sewer system

In response to receiving funds from a state grant, this city is now preparing to take action by purchasing necessary asset management equipment. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, Wastewater Superintendent Shawn Wheat presented the council with a proposal to purchase cameras in connection with the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Members of Greenville City Council discuss a proposal to rezone commercial and industrial property on W. Coffren Street in Greenville to residential during the March 21 Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Coffren Street property, right-of-way rezoning approved in Greenville

A commercial piece of property that has sat vacant for decades may soon find new life in the residential market. During the March 21 meeting of the Greenville City Council, the council entertained two public hearings in regards to rezoning a plot of land bounded by Greenville West Drive, W. Coffren and Lincoln streets.

Greenville High School teacher Cari Scholtens won a BioWare Corp. contest to voice a character in the newly released game “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” She was flown out to Los Angeles in January to record her part in the game, which was released Tuesday. — Courtesy photos/BioWare/Electronic Arts

Greenville High School algebra teacher lands voice acting role

Cari Scholtens is a gamer.

Not only is that a favorite hobby of hers, but it helps her connect with students on a different level.