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Grants help bring Canadian Brass to area

The Greenville Area Community Center has received two contributions to bring one of the biggest performances the Greenville Performing Arts Center has ever hosted. Because of the contributions to the community center, Canadian Brass will be coming to Greenville in September.

Clifford Lake Inn in Stanton is one of a few West Michigan areas where couples can   enjoy a romantic evening. The historic inn offers a warming setting with a fireplace, soft lighting, delicious food and a scenic view of Clifford Lake.

YOUNG AT HEART: Local places to keep love alive after 50

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many folks are thinking about ways to keep the spark fired up in the old furnace. After all, even the best relationship, given enough time, can benefit from a little boost of romance.

Attending West Michigan Collision’s (WMC) ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left, Brad Arntz of Parker-Arntz Plumbing and heating; WMC Manager John Purchase; Gary Brewer of Firefighters Equipment; Aaron McConnell of Morton Buildings; Rockford Mayor Brien Dews; David Seppala of Isabella Bank; Scott Taylor of PPG Industries; WMC co-owner Rick Ross; Tim Heys of Painters Supply; WMC co-owner John Ross; William Irvine of PPG Industries; Keith Wilkerson of Painters Supply; Al Rinckey of A&T Soft Water; Randy Baker of West Michigan Insurance; and WMC office manager Elizabeth Ross.

West Michigan Collision celebrates grand opening

Rockford Mayor Brien Dews and several local businesses helped celebrate the grand opening of the new auto repair business West Michigan Collision this week.

Assistant manager Kinsey Christensen of Greenville stands next to a display of dresses that represent some of the colorful designs that can be purchased at Rainbow in Greenville.

Rainbow clothing store opens in Greenville

Reasonable prices and a variety of colorful fashions await shoppers in the newest clothing store in town. Rainbow, located at 300 S. Greenville West Drive, fills the vacancy left by Fashion Bug in the shopping complex.

Students in Cari Scholtens’ class at Lakeview High School have been very vocal in their opposition to oil companies’ practice of “fracking.” After writing letters to state and federal representatives, the students received many replies, including one from President Barack Obama. Pictured here are, back row, left to right, Mia McCrumb, Ashton Cooper, Mitchell Englund and teacher Cari Scholtens and, in front, Katie Johnson. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Obama, other politicians, reply to Lakeview High School student letters

If you’ve got a problem with the government, sometimes it’s best to go straight to the top. That was the thinking behind Lakeview High School eighth-grade student Mitchell Englund’s recent letter to President Obama. In that letter, Mitchell urged the president to do whatever he could to put a halt to “fracking,” the process by which chemicals are pumped under pressure into the earth with the intent of breaking up shale to gain access to natural gas reserves. That controversial process has been carried out extensively in states like Pennsylvania, sometimes with disastrous results, according to many environmentalists.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 9, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

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OUR VIEW: Account for Michigan’s best interests

Vote rigging in elections is bad business no matter who benefits. A proposal is currently in the Michigan Legislature that would carry the age-old political practice of gerrymandering to the max. Rep. Pete Lund, of Shelby Township, would like to have Michigan’s presidential election Electoral College votes awarded by Congressional District. To make such a change right now for purely partisan political advantage would be ludicrous. With an assist from citizen input and bipartisan legislative study, however, it might lead to further consideration.

The Ash house, which was built by Stanley and Blanche Ash and left to the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, was sold on Jan. 31 to new homeowners. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Ash house sold on Jan. 31

The Ash house, which was built by Stanley and Blanche Ash and left to the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, sold on Jan. 31 to new homeowners. According to Shirley Hayes, director of Patient and Family Experience at Spectrum Health United Hospital, the Ashes thoughtfully built the house for future purposes.

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Howard City area semi-truck crash leaves one injured

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that took place at 10:17 a.m. Thursday. According to the Howard City Police Department, a Freightliner semi truck, operated by a 57-year-old Cedar Springs man, was stopped at the southbound exit ramp from U.S. 131 at M-82. The driver attempted to enter the southbound expressway, crossing M-82 and ignoring the left or right turn only traffic sign.

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Snowmobiler hits plow in Oakfield Township

Medical personnel responded to an accident in northeastern Kent County after a snowmobiler collided with a snow plow Friday afternoon.According to WZZM 13, the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Van Hoose Ave. and Simpson Road, which is south of the intersection of M-57 and Montcalm Avenue. Dispatchers with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department told WZZM 13 the snowmobiler was conscious when authorities arrived on the scene. AeroMed had been put on standby as a precaution, but the medical helicopter was called off.