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Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks with residents of Montcalm County on Monday at the monthly Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Outman, Emmons return to everyday work in Lansing

The return of fall provides many physical and cultural changes throughout Michigan, not to mention the reconvening of a full-time Legislature in Lansing. With the return of everyday politics at the Capitol, EightCAP Inc. welcomed the first Legislative Update meeting Monday at Montcalm Community College since the Legislature adjourned last May for summer recess.

Brothers Pat, left, and Chris Breimayer started their company Psycho Brew in 2010. Starting as hobby brewers, the two formed their company to build nano brewing systems for professional startup breweries. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Brothers turn hobby into brewing production equipment business

It was 2008 and the United States was just entering the most dangerous economic crisis since the Great Depression. Chris Breimayer of Belding, an architectural designer in the midst of the housing market collapse, and his brother Pat Breimayer of Greenville, who worked for Delphi, which was going through bankruptcy, were looking for something new to do.

A large donation from Byron and Dee Cook to the Education Foundation of Greenville’s OUR3 Campaign brings the organization close to its $1 million fundraising goal. Pictured, from left, are Greenville School Board President and EFG Trustee Janet Ralph-Warnshuis, Byron and Dee Cook and EFG Chairwoman Carolyn Slocum. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Education Foundation of Greenville nears $1 million goal

The Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG) launched an endowment campaign in 2009 to assure the funding of performance arts and advanced programs for Greenville students. The group set an initial fundraising goal of $1 million for the OUR3 Capital Campaign. Thanks to a donation from Byron and Dee Cook — the largest single gift the foundation has received — the organization is nearing that goal. The amount of the donation was not made public.

Cindi Proctor, left, and her mother-in-law, Marsha Proctor, handle the store operations at Dave’s Carpet in Greenville while Cindi’s husband, Dave, tackles the installation chores. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Floor covering with a family touch

If shopping at Dave’s Carpet seems just a little more comfortable than it does most places, it might be because the store is run like a family, by a family. Greenville’s newest outlet for a wide variety of floor coverings, Dave’s opened in June at 6505 S. Greenville Road and has been growing steadily ever since.

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Carolyn Slocum named Spirit of Caring Award recipient

This year’s recipient of the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award has a lengthy history of giving back to the community, especially to hundreds of students, whose lives she changed over her many years of teaching.

In surprise fashion, Carolyn Slocum was announced by last year’s Spirit of Caring award winner Joyce London as this year’s winner to a room full of applause at the Winter Inn on Thursday evening.

A One Book One County discussion panel took place Thursday evening at the Ash Technology Learning Center in Greenville. Panelists examined the philosophical, moral and theological issues surrounding end of life decisions. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

A matter of life and death

As topics go, they don’t get much heavier than those discussed Thursday evening at the Ash Technology and Learning Center as part of this year’s One Book One County initiative.

This year’s featured book, “Me Before You,” by Jojo Moyes, deals with Will, a man confined to a wheelchair following an accident and his eventual decision to end his own life.

Volunteer and retired teacher Dan Eagles, left, helped share the philanthropy bug with Lincoln Heights students Layna Gunderson, center, and Carlie Peterman. The two girls recently held a fundraising campaign of their own devising for Habitat for Humanity. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Philanthropy starts early for Lincoln Heights Elementary School students

Some fifth grade girls save up for new bead-making kits, the latest Harry Potter novel or maybe a new outfit for a favorite Barbie doll. But when Lincoln Heights Elementary School students Layna Gunderson and Carlie Peterman recently broke open their piggy banks, the money went to a more serious purpose.

China-based Dicastal North America, Inc. announced today it has chosen Greenville over 35 other United States sites for its first aluminum wheel manufacturing plant outside of China. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, center, discusses what the move means for the city. Also pictured are Dicastal Director of Business Development Dale Hadel, far left, and The Right Place CEO Birgit Kohls.

Aluminum wheel maker coming to Greenville, bringing 300 new jobs

China-based Dicastal North America Inc., the largest aluminum wheel manufacturer in the world, has reached an agreement with the city of Greenville to take over use of the former United Solar Ovanics (USO) buildings and bring 300 jobs to the area.

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Downtown Greenville facades will see facelifts

Working on behalf of downtown business owners, the city Tuesday accepted more than $200,000 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) which will be used to give two downtown buildings a facelift. The CDBG grants, which are awarded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), are for $203,100 and will be used for facade improvements to the buildings at 300 and 328 S. Lafayette St.

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Drake was a dedicated community servant

Although Barbara Drake wasn’t born and raised in the Greenville community, you would never have guessed it by her dedication. With Drake’s passing last Thursday, the Greenville community lost a longtime supporter and public servant.