Brenda and Lee Gilman showcase the ramp members of the Greenville Community Church built to help support the Gilmans after Lee suffered a spinal cord injury making him a paraplegic. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Trufant man suffered complete spinal break; church to host benefit dinner

June 3 is a day which will be forever etched into the mind of Lee Gilman.

It was the day he lost the use of his legs.

Roofers have been working hard to bring the roofs up to code of the buildings owned by Flo’s in spite of the company recently being denied a crucial Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Flo’s denied crucial MEDC grant, continuing with project

Recently, Flo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante took a hit on plans to open a new restaurant in downtown Greenville. The company applied to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for a Blight Elimination Grant for $240,000. The purpose for the grant was to renovate the infrastructure within the interior of the building. However, the MEDC has denied the grant application.

Martha Henry brings to the stage the character Prof in “Taking Shakespeare.” Now director of the Stratford Festival, Henry got her first taste of acting as a child in Greenville. — Courtesy photo

A long, sometimes bumpy journey from nerdy kid to Stratford director

Martha Henry was only 5 years old when she found the doorway to another world. Like the magical wardrobe that transported children to Narnia, Martha’s doorway was secreted away in plain sight, not in a bedroom, but in her grandparents’ dining room.

Michigan Secretary of State Chief of Staff Mike Senyko presents Larry Alman with the Shining Star Award while Eversight Michigan Community Relations Liaison Alex Teska stands in approval. Alman received the award for urging people to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Larry Alman passionate about organ donation, receives Shining Star Award

Larry Alman is serious when it comes to organ and tissue donation. Once a month he is at the Greenville Michigan Secretary of State and Montcalm County PLUS office urging people to join the state’s organ, tissue and eye donation program.

Although his attempts were in vain Tuesday, Bob Cusack tries to reason with the Oakfield Township Board on why his mobile home should not be considered a dangerous building. — Daily News//Brad Klosner

Oakfield Township Board upholds dangerous building order

Try as he might, Bob Cusack cannot convince the powers that be that his mobile home is not a dangerous building. During Tuesday’s Oakfield Township Board meeting, board members unanimously voted to uphold an order by the township hearing officer stating Cusack’s mobile home is dangerous and needs to be removed or demolished.


Greenville schools aim to be accredited

If anything is important to the Greenville Public Schools team, it is maintaining a high standard of education for each student, in each grade, in each building across the district as a whole.

And they want to prove it.

Workers buff out some of the flaws in refrigeration components while working the line at Aga Marvel in Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Made in Our Own Backyard: Aga Marvel (PHOTO GALLERY)

When it comes to dedication to the community, few companies have been doing it as long as Aga Marvel. The manufacturer of high-end kitchen appliances has been operating in Greenville for 123 years. “We’re the oldest refrigeration manufacturer in the United States,” Aga Marvel President Brad Stauffer said. “We started in 1892 right here in Greenville about five blocks away from where we are now, right on Ranney Drive. The building is still there today.”

Even when tornados don’t materialize, storm fronts can produce majestic sky shows, like this one Charles Russell photographed in Illinois. — Courtesy photo

Greenville man spends days chasing weather the rest of us avoid

Dark skies yawn blackly from horizon to horizon. Lawn chairs leap into the air as winds whip skyward everything not nailed down. Hard rain pelts the earth like darning needles flung from the hands of an angry god. The turbulent, pendulous canopy extrudes a dusky, whirling finger earthward.

Before this storm front men, women and children scatter, an impromptu exodus from open spaces to the hoped-for safety of basements.

On Wednesday, an emotional Rocky Hansen hears the announcement he is this year's Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award recipient and hugs the 2014 recipient, Carolyn Slocum.  — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Rocky Hansen announced as Spirit of Caring Award recipient

As of Wednesday night, Dr. Rocky Hansen is the personification of surprise.

Hansen was given quite the shocker during the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals Foundation Celebration Caring Dinner at the Winter Inn. He was given the honor of receiving this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award.

Speaking to Greenville High School students on Wednesday, Patrice Burns of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office visited Greenville discussed suicide during a presentation on OK2SAY on Wednesday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

OK2SAY program arms teens with confidential violence reporting app

In this day and age, it seems there are more and more acts of violence in the nation’s school systems. Politically motivated debates aside, students, parents and teachers need to be cognizant that it can happen anywhere at anytime.

The State of Michigan is arming students with a means to defend themselves and others against violence before it even begins: The OK2SAY program.