From left, retired firefighters Jim Hopkins, Gary Valentine, Tim Foster, Randy Elzinga and Dave Steffes stand outside the Greenville Department of Public Safety after being recognized for their collective service of 157 years to the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

‘Indispensable’: 5 Greenville firefighters honored in retirement

Be it steadying a hose for a fellow firefighter attempting to extinguish a flame or making trip upon trip inside a burning home to ensure everyone has escaped safety, serving as a firefighter is a duty well worth recognition.

Five local firefighters have put in more time than most, with a combined 157 of service with the Greenville Department of Public Safety. They were recognized at the Aug. 16 Greenville City Council meeting.

Greenville Department of Public Safety Police Staff Sgt. and Fire Lt. Brian Blomstrom received an award of merit for for outstanding effort in the area of ISO recertification. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville’s ISO rating improves

On the surface of public safety are many officers, firefighters, large emergency vehicles and noisy sirens.

But behind the scenes, data entry, paperwork and diligence ensures the Greenville Department of Public Safety runs smoothly.

Following the most recent inspection from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) of the city’s fire services, that commitment to excellence has now paid off in a way that will benefit city property owners.

Greenville Mayor Pro-Tem Frances Schuleit, center, was among those present. She welcomed Murphy’s and Manager Rebecca Buchheister to Greenville. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

BUSINESS BEAT: Murphy Oil USA breaks ground in Greenville

After a long process of planning and preparing, Murphy Oil USA officials broke ground Thursday on the site of a future store.

The new gas station will be located on M-57 in front of Walmart, and will offer gas, hot cocoa, soda, milk, lottery tickets, tobacco products, frozen drinks and much more. The store will be open 24/7.

Jacob Visser, 16, from Greenville, pictured standing, officially joined Montcalm Township’s fire cadet program on Aug. 10 after the township board unanimously voted to accept him into the program. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Greenville teen joins Montcalm Township fire cadet program

Jacob Visser, isn’t just getting ready for his junior year at Greenville High School and working at Plastisource. He’s also joining Montcalm Township’s fire cadet program.

Melody Teegardin opened Flat Rock Medical at 202 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville last October. Since then, 50 students have taken her classes. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Flat River Medical trains aspiring medical workers

After working as a nurse for 10 years, Melody Teegardin decided to open Flat River Medical on Lafayette Street in Greenville in October 2015. She had previous experience in nursing education. She received her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on education in 2012. She taught registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) as well as an occasional certified nursing assistant (CNA) program at a community college. Then, she went on to teach a CNA program for the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center on the southeast side of Grand Rapids serving at-risk youth hoping to become CNAs.

2016 Danish Festival Grand Marshals Ruth Reed, left, and Marvel Linnan, smile and wave to the crowd during the Grand Dansk Parade Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grand Dansk Parade an annual family tradition for many (PHOTOS)

Ann Bigler sat on West Cass Street Saturday morning, anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 Danish Festival Grand Dansk Parade with her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It has long been a tradition in their family to visit the festival, browse around downtown and at Veterans Park and, of course, watch the parade.

Meghan Koglin

Daily News welcomes new reporter, sports editor

The Daily News editorial staff recently added a new reporter and made several other staffing changes.

Vendors and festivalgoers alike cleared out quickly Saturday afternoon after the city sounded the tornado siren after an official warning was issued by the National Weather Service. Daily News/Cory Smith

Threat of tornado clears out Danish Festival

Fear of a possible tornado drove throngs of people off the streets during the Danish Festival Saturday afternoon.
A severe weather system worked its way north through Montcalm County, after first striking Ionia, Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren counties where as many as 5 tornadoes touched down, resulting in extensive damage.

Joseph Conley

New Greenville tennis coach brings plenty of passion

If there is one word to describe Greenville’s new tennis coach, it’s passion. Joseph Conley may not come with a lot of coaching experience, but his players can expect just as much “go get it” attitude as they can dish out for the sport.

Two hot air balloons await to take off Friday morning south of Greenville as the sun rises over the horizon. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Floating high without one tear

Flames burst to life above my head as the ground gave way under my feet. All at once, I was floating through the air with nothing between me and the earth but a basket. I was up, up and away on my first ever hot air balloon ride, rising with the sun on Friday morning.