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Guest View | Lou Kitchenmaster

GUEST VIEW: Support auto insurance reform; end ‘unlimited’

In 1978, as part of no-fault insurance reform, the Michigan Legislature formed and instituted the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, and has direct responsibility. The rationale was to establish a fund which would pay for serious medical injuries which exceeded a certain dollar amount. To properly finance it, a $3 fee (tax) was assessed per vehicle, with ”unlimited” personal-injury benefits for qualified claimants.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Vote to assure all students the necessary education

Almost 25 years ago a group of educators, parents and other community members spent considerable time developing a mission statement for Greenville Public Schools. The six most important words in the final document, in my opinion, are “assure all students the education necessary.” Those words continue to challenge our school staff every day.

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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.

The Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school districts are teaming up in launching a food program for students in need. The program will provide a dinner Monday through Friday and a snack for the weekend for students who qualify. Pictured is Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events for both the Montcalm and Ionia ISDs. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

School program will provide meals to ‘food insecure’ children

Between Ionia and Montcalm counties, there are an estimated 8,000 children who are classified as “food insecure” and school officials say that is unacceptable. “When we saw that, we knew we need to do something,” said Deb Wagner, director of grants and special events with both the Montcalm and Ionia intermediate school district (ISD). “Living in the United States of America, we shouldn’t have children going to bed hungry, but we do.”

Army Sgt. Phillip Michmerhuizen of Saranac, a Michigan National Guardsman assigned to the 1073rd Maintenance Company in Greenville, unlocks the M-4 weapon rack at the armory while Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) inspector Chief Warrant Officer Jason Goddard (holding folder) prepares to “grade” Private 1st Class Dustin Fisher of Fennville and Private 1st Class Joshua Radzwion of North Branch as they perform preventive maintenance checks and service on weapons. — Courtesy photo/Master Sgt. Denice Rankin

Greenville’s 1073rd a finalist for Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

The Michigan Army National Guard’s 1073rd Maintenance Company based in Greenville has been selected by the Department of the Army as one of three finalists in the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence — the most prestigious award in the military maintenance community.

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Funeral Notices for March 20, 2014

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Carson City Lions Club member Tom Wilcox, left, who chaired this year’s Community Recognition Night, introduces Citizen of the Year Bob Reinsmith. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Carson City Lions honor ‘veteran’s veteran’ as its citizen of the year

Hearing Carson City residents recollect the life of Bob Reinsmith, one can’t help but think, this is a guy you’d like to know. It’s quickly apparent Reinsmith deserves the honor bestowed upon him Tuesday evening at St. Mary’s Hall, that of Citizen of the Year. Each year, the Carson City Lions Club hosts its Community Recognition Night, in which groups, students and individuals who tirelessly serve the city are recognized for their efforts.

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College Business Professionals of America Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event. Pictured, from left, are co-adviser Bill Bishop, Rachel Jacobbson, Dustin Snoap, Elizabeth Jacobbson, Devin Covendish, Katrina Soper and co-adviser Michael Adams. Not pictured but also competing are Michael Ruggles, Carmon Bianchi and Justin Brackenbury.

MCC business club to compete at national event

For the fourth straight year, representatives of the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club have qualified for and will compete in a national event.

This year is the 50th celebration of the Danish Festival in Greenville. Returning from a one-year hiatus are a fireworks display and the Tivoli Beer Garden, both which will be located at Klackle Orchard and Pavilion. The Danish Festival, themed "Little Red Shoes," is Aug. 14-17. See more information at danishfestival.org. (File photo)

Fireworks, Tivoli Beer Garden return for Danish Festival 50th celebration

It’s still a work in progress, but the planning of the 50th celebration of the community’s annual Danish Festival — set for Aug. 14-17 — is coming along nicely, according to event director Pam Jorae.

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Funeral Notices for March 19, 2014

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