The complexities of oil and gas leasing leave many landowners feeling intimidated and pressured to make a quick decision. More than 70 people packed Douglass Township Hall on Thursday evening to learn how to make smart decisions about whether to lease their land. The educational meeting was sponsored by Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Farm Bureau. Montcalm County is currently home to 30 oil wells, 10 brine disposal wells, nine natural gas wells and 190 gas storage wells.
Three townships and the city of Stanton are pooling their resources to expand and improve the fire department that currently serves the entire area. Located in Stanton, the fire department has for some time been housed in cramped quarters. According to City Manager James Freed, the expansion is long overdue.
Montcalm Community College (MCC) President Robert C. Ferrentino and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) President Thomas J. Haas signed a transfer agreement on Sept. 6 that will help students who transfer to GVSU complete an associate degree at MCC.
Montcalm County Sheriff Barnwell has announced a school bus safety initiative, which started the first week of school. Utilizing a grant-funded traffic deputy, enforcement efforts focusing on school bus red light violators will be increased. The deputy will be periodically following busses on runs and will stop observed violators. This will compliment the reporting procedure, already in place, of violators by bus drivers.
Local organizers of an Alzheimer’s walk, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, are hoping to raise as much as $10,000 with this year’s effort. That’s a fairly lofty goal, considering the fact this is only the second year Green Acres Retirement Living has sponsored the event in Greenville. According to Green Acres Life Enrichment Coordinator Karen Dillon, the facility decided to host the walk because staff see Alzheimer’s effects on a daily basis and want to do something to help the effort to find a treatment.
Montcalm County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees. In 1970, 5.6 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Montcalm County. By 2010, 12.7 percent of adults here had completed college. The percentage of adults with college degrees in Montcalm County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Michigan average of 25.0 percent.
The Montcalm County Treasurer’s Office will host an open house this weekend to show off condos and duplexes in Greenville that will be auctioned off later this month. Treasurer JoAnne Vukin will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to show off four new townhouses and two new duplexes in the Forest View development on the north side of Greenville West Drive.
Pizza Cafe in downtown Howard City will host Ladies Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. The restaurant is located at 129 E. Edgerton St.
Greenville High School has long and rich athletic history. Tonight, 10 inductees, ranging from individuals to teams will be inducted in the inaugural class of the Greenville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Together they will represent some of the finest athletes, coaches and contributors in Greenville history. The induction ceremony will take place during halftime of tonight’s football game between the Yellow Jackets and Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Legacy Field.
Greenville’s volleyball team played their first match ever in the O-K Bronze Conference Thursday and it didn’t turn out the way they wanted. The Yellow Jackets were swept in three games by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 25-21, 25-16, 25-18.