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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.

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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.

From left, Kelly Roney DECA advisor, Devin Fike, Drew Gatchel, Kyleigh Platt, Logan MacMilllen, Danielle Mahar, Olivia Sowerby, Linsie Thorlund and Kinsey Golden. The students are headed to Nashville to compete in a DECA international conference. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville DECA students headed to Nashville for conference

Eight Greenville High School students will be heading to Nashville, Tenn., to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference. The students who will be competing are Devin Fike, 16, Drew Gatchel, 17, Kyleigh Platt, 18, Logan MacMillen, 18, Danielle Mahar, 18, Olivia Sowerby, 17, Linsie Thorlund, 17, and Kinsey Golden, 18.

A number of roads throughout Montcalm County were temporarily closed Thursday after branches and downed power lines blocked travel due to an overnight storm that left a layer of ice throughout Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Thousands lose power after icy winter storm

More than 3,600 Montcalm County residents were without power following an ice storm that began late Wednesday and continued through Thursday morning, accompanied by high winds and some snow. According to Consumers Energy, power also was out for 3,509 customers in Kent County, 2,745 in Newaygo County and 644 in Muskegon County.

Members of Greenville High School’s Village Green Singers perform “Don’t Stop” during the 27th annual Collage Concert at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville High School Collage Concert (PHOTO GALLERY)

Greenville High School’s 27th annual Collage Concert at the Performing Arts Center took place Tuesday evening.

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MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.