If there is one thing Ron Wood believes in it is helping his fellow man. Wood is the director of Barrie’s House at Settlement Lutheran Church in Gowen. Barrie’s House is a food pantry and clothing distribution center that aims to help those who need it no matter what the situation.
Many families have the annual tradition of going to visit a Santa Claus each year, but for one local family, it isn’t just about seeing a Santa, it is about seeing THE Santa. Eric and Angela Porter of Greenville and their three boys — Andrew, 12, Bryce, 10, and Cullen, 6 — don’t just want to visit Santa, for the past six years, they seek out their specific Santa.
There was a time in this country — seems like long ago — when a willingness to work hard and be a team player could advance an employee from trainee to head of the company. A career was comprised of a series rational advances, earned through self-improvement efforts and an increased understanding of the company’s products and processes. Companies valued their employees and promoted from within.
A year ago Sunday, Debbi Bendon received the greatest gift she could ever receive. She was given the gift of life. On Dec. 20, 2014, Bendon received a double-lung transplant. Without the transplant, she may not be here today.
Looking to the future, Grattan Academy needs to attract new students while retaining current ones. The charter school’s board of directors believes one avenue to accomplish this task is to focus on exposure through marketing.
When members of the Grattan Academy basketball teams put on their jerseys, it’s clear they are one team, playing a team sport, with either “Grattan” or “Grizzlies” printed in bold lettering across the chest. But on the back of the jerseys, it’s the last names that are truly unique for these high school teams, as each name represents something far greater than the name of each player.
For many years, many Michigan cities, towns and villages have been speaking about “revitalizing” historic downtowns. Greenville is finished speaking about it and ready for action.
As it turns out, some city employees are dirty, quite literally.
During the past week, city workers have been playing in the dirt. It is dirt the city, along with the help of residents, made themselves.
The spirit of philanthropy was personified in the troopers of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post on Tuesday. During the Shop with a Hero event, more than 15 troopers took 16 Montcalm County-area children shopping for Christmas presents at the Greenville Meijer.
The principal of Grattan Academy Middle/High School has been removed from his position after failing to complete his administrative certification. Grattan Academy has a middle school/high school in Eureka Township near Greenville and an elementary school in Grattan Township near Belding. The schools operate under a public academy governance structure in which the academy is authorized by and receives its charter from the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Trustees.