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Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Do we really understand what is involved in educating students?

I believe that one of the challenges facing educators and those supporting the public schools today is that there is really not a lot of understanding about education today. Most of us went to school. For some of us that was a long time ago. Some of us, like me, attended large city or suburban schools. Others may have attended smaller or very small country schools. There are probably a few who recall one room schoolhouses.

George Raimer of Saranac, right, and George Trowbridge of Belding, left, bike over an old railway trestle on the undeveloped Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail east of Smyrna on fat tire bikes last Friday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fat tire biking is a growing trend in winter months

With the many inches of snow and bitterly cold temperatures that accompany the winter months in Michigan, a different world of activities opens itself up for exploration. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, tubing … cycling?

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Funeral Notices for Jan. 27, 2014

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Greenville's Will Parmelee goes for a pin during a match this season.

Greenville’s Ward, Parmelee prepping for postseason run

Winning goes hand-in-hand with the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling program. The Yellow Jackets have won eight consecutive district titles, four straight regional titles and won the schools only state championship in 2008. Individually, Greenville consistently produces district, regional and state champions, as well.

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ED GILBERT: Fishing for ‘dumb’ trout

I know it’s ice fishing time, and it’s also time to do some winter stream fishing for trout or salmon. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m getting to the age where sitting on frozen water or wading a freezing stream just isn’t as appealing as it used to be.
I’d much rather do some trout fishing in the spring, for rainbow, brown or brook trout.

Main Street Dance Company owner Stephanie Oster has 70 students participating in dance classes currently. She will start accepting more dancers by fall 2014.

BUSINESS BEAT: Twist of fate puts dancer in charge of her own studio

These days dancing comes naturally to Stephanie Oster. But when you’ve been dancing since pre-school, that’s bound to happen. Oster, who owns Main Street Dance Company, was first bit by the dancing bug at age 3, and has been at it ever since.

Eureka Township resident Tim Reno speaks to a group of Chinese students in December at the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology, located in Yantai, Shandong, China.

Eureka Township man delivers lecture about America to Chinese students

Eureka Township resident Tim Reno recently spoke to a group of more than 200 students on a topic he holds in high regard — the freedoms that each and every American are entitled to.

Watkins was born and raised in Flint, but said he very much likes the West Michigan area. He and his family, which includes two daughters,  moved to Greenville in the early fall.

Philip Watkins is Greenville’s new postmaster

With his left hand on the Bible and his right raised in the air, Philip Watkins was sworn in Friday as the new postmaster for the Greenville Post Office.

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Funeral services — January 25, 2014

Funeral services for Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Holocaust survivor shares his journey with Greenville audience

The most chilling thing was Martin Lowenberg’s matter of fact tone as he recounted his personal history, a tale of unspeakable hardship, degradation and loss Yes, it has been over 75 years since Lowenberg — then a child of 8 — was pulled from his home, along with his parents, sister and twin brothers and taken by German soldiers to a Jewish ghetto, then later to a series of concentration camps. When he was finally liberated nine years later, he was 17 years old and weighed 76 pounds.