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Tyler Nelson was given an electric scooter, shown here, by his coworkers through a collection of donations. Prior to this, Tyler was walking approximately two miles each way to go to work. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Restaurant employees help ease commute for coworker

Tyler Nelson has a job to do. He wakes up in the morning, puts on his uniform and hat, packs a backpack with lunch and other necessities and he sets out. He walks approximately two miles each way on his commute to work.

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Primary election candidate forum is Monday

With Tuesday’s primary election just around the corner, undecided minds have one final opportunity to listen to this year’s candidates for three important local races. On Monday evening, a candidate forum will take place at the Ash Technology Learning Center at the Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Greenville Campus at 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive in Greenville.

The annual Danish Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally, which falls on Aug. 19 through 21 this year, never fails to garner a lot of attention. — File photo

Danish Festival hot air balloon rally celebrates 9th year, calls for sponsors

What do “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Rat Race” and “The Wizard of Oz” all have in common? All of those movies have scenes in which characters travel in hot air balloons.

Numerous political signs stand alongside M-46 in Belding Wednesday. Signs along state highways should be 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (white line). — Daily News/Cory Smith

State, local officials crack down on sign placement

From displaying political opinions to advertising local garage sales, yard signage is clearly in abundance throughout Ionia and Montcalm counties. With two elections occurring within the next four months and numerous individuals campaigning for a shot at public office, there may not be a single city street that doesn’t have at least one marker placed alongside it in support of a candidate or cause.

Firefighters respond to a structure fire at the Greenville Moose Lodge on Sunday evening, where a fire within one of the walls was quickly extinguished, saving the building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze, save Greenville Moose Lodge

Thanks to the watchful eye of a nearby camper and a quick response by firefighters, the Greenville Moose Lodge remains standing today. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, firefighters with the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to the lodge at 5449 S. Greenville Road, one mile north of Greenville.

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Greenville brewhouse production company boasts growth

Craft brewing is a booming industry throughout Michigan and the nation. With the opening of the brewery in Greenville, that industry is alive and well within the boundaries of the city. Another local business is benefitting from the industry as well.

Luverne Dickinson Adamson, right, with the help of her husband, unveils this year’s Danish Festival mural, with the theme of ‘The Flea and the Professor” at Preferred Credit Union in Greenville Friday.

Danish Festival mural artist studies theme’s story to capture the essence of it

To paint the last five consecutive Danish Festival murals, Luverne Dickinson Adamson has started out the same way.

She starts by reading the story the Danish Festival theme is based on. This year, it is

“The Flea and the Professor,” by Hans Christian Andersen.

Then, she reads the story again. And again. And again. Eventually, she really gets to know the story and can understand it in a way that helps her capture the essence of it to put down in paint, which she can then confidently display in town.

The former Springrove Variety building, located at 310 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, has been purchased by Davide Uccello, who co-owns Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar with his brother Dan Uccello. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Davide Uccello buys former Springrove Variety building

One building at a time, Davide Uccello is transforming his ever-growing interest in this community’s downtown into a physical reality. When Springrove Variety closed its doors in 2015 after nearly 20 years of business, it left a wide, vacant storefront exposed along S. Lafayette Street in downtown Greenville.

Studio Two Twenty Two at 222 S. Lafayette St., owned by Catherine Behnke and Aaron Adams, is one of six locations packaged together in a facade grant application through the city of Greenville. Architectural renderings show what a potential facade grant restoration would look like for the building.

Downtown building renovations in Greenville could begin in August

If proposed architectural renderings are any indication of what is to come in the near future, storefronts along Lafayette Street are in for a big change.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) facade grant application with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

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IN BRIEF: Greenville Department of Public Safety to implement electronic ticketing

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to purchase software from Lexis Nexis for the Greenville Department of Public Safety.