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IN BRIEF: Danish decorative banners coming to downtown Greenville

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority agreed Tuesday to purchase new decorative banners to be placed downtown.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville to restructure professional development days

Greenville Public Schools is changing the way they approach professional development days.

Members of the  Montcalm Community College Philharmonic Orchestra, Alumni and Friends Choir, Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company perform during a rehearsal for the upcoming "Carmina Burana" concert at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Area artists coming together for ‘Carmina Burana’ (PHOTOS)

On Sunday, April 17, the Greenville Performing Arts Center will house a concert unlike anything attempted within its venue before. Performed by more than 150 area artists, from musicians to vocalists and talented dancers, “Carmina Burana,” a composition of 24 poems set to music, will feature powerful rhythms, unforgettable vocals and flowing dance routines.

The interior of Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Greenville has gone through a major transformation, and will feature three separate components: A sports bar, ristorante, and pizzeria. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar aims to open in ‘late May’

On an ordinary Sunday afternoon in the spring of 2014, Davide Uccello visited his brother Dan at his home just outside of Cedar Springs — a regular weekly visit between brothers from a very close family. But this visit, as it turns out, would end up leading to an opportunity the two would never forget. Owners of three successful restaurant franchises — Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante in Grand Rapids, Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Belmont and Catering Concepts in Holland — the brothers promote a proud Italian history, having grown up in a small town in Sicily, Italy.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, left, and Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit, right, discuss the retirement of city attorney James Mullendore during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville attorney to retire after 40-plus years

After more than four decades of legal practice — the majority of those in his home community — Greenville city attorney James Mullendore is retiring. The Greenville City Council unanimously accepted Mullendore’s retirement letter Tuesday evening. His last day as a practicing attorney will be Sept. 1.

Tivoli Beer Gardens, an event which has been held at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township during the Danish Festival for the past two years following a one-year absence, will now be held in downtown Greenville at 116 E. Cass St. for this year’s upcoming Danish Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tivoli Gardens relocating downtown to ‘better connect’ with Danish Festival

After two years of operating outside of the city limits, the Tivoli Beer Gardens will be moving directly into the heart of downtown Greenville for this year’s Danish Festival. The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday evening to approve a one-year request from the Danish Festival and Greenville Rotary Club, which oversees and runs the Tivoli Beer Gardens, respectively, to move the event from its previous location at Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township to an open lot downtown.

The Fairplain Township Board discusses what to do about the blight situation that’s spread throughout the township during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Fairplain Township working to solve blight problems

As spring weather begins to make an appearance throughout Montcalm County, so do signs of blight begin to become more evident. During Monday night’s meeting, the Fairplain Township Board discussed the blight issues facing the township and tried to come up with solutions to help citizens clean up their properties.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville contracts for spring street sweeping, bridge inspections

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening for three city expenditures, in each case contracting with the lowest bidder.

Rev. Ian MacDonald smiles as he delivers a sermon Wednesday evening at First Congregational Church in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Reverend takes a long, winding road to Greenville’s First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church in Greenville has a long history of bringing people together for worship, regardless of denomination. It is iconic in its position downtown with its stained glass windows and brick facade. Walking in on a Sunday morning, churchgoers are welcomed by ushers as they make their way into the nave to seat themselves in a pew and wait for the sermon to start.

Newcomers to the church might be surprised when the Rev. Ian MacDonald rises from the pew nearby, walks to the pulpit and begins to speak.

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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.