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GUEST VIEW: Clean out those medicine cabinets

The Medication Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County (MDCMC) was formally created in January 2011 and recently joined Drug Free Montcalm (DFM). In the past, the MDCMC coordinated Medication Drop-off Days with local law enforcement throughout our county. Due to Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations, law enforcement had to obtain permission to accept legal controlled substances (which include narcotics) at the disposal events. In recent years, the DEA began to grant permission for medication drop-boxes to be placed in law enforcement agencies. Our local law enforcement encouraged the MDCMC to find a way to obtain these boxes, as they provide a much more convenient and accessible disposal method for the public.

From left, volunteers Jason Compton, 16, of Greenville, Nick Badder, 17, of Belding and Miranda Brodock, 25, of Belding, serve dinner to patrons at the Bridge Street Cafe in Belding during the annual free Christmas Eve dinner. — Daily News/Cory Smith

More than 400 attend free dinner at Belding’s Bridge Street Cafe

For Marie Brodock, Christmas Eve was sometimes a day spent alone as her children spent the day with their father. But for the past several years, that festive day that so many spend with family hasn’t seemed so lonely for the Greenville resident as she travels a few miles south to Bridge Street Cafe in Belding.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 26, 2012

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Hubbardston farm receives MAEAP livestock award

The Ionia Conservation District would like to congratulate Richard and Beverly Divelbiss of R&B Farm in Hubbardston, on receiving verification under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) for livestock practices.

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Hamman to add Greenville girls soccer to coaching duties

A familiar face to Greenville girls soccer players will be taking the reins of the soccer program. Chris Hamman will take over as varsity coach, replacing Nathan Lewis.

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Yellow Jacket wrestlers second at Hudsonville

The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team had a good team showing during Saturday’s Hudsonville Invitational. Greenville placed 12 of 14 wrestlers in the individual wrestling tournament to finish with 207 points. Whitehall finished ahead of Greenville with 223 points, while host Hudsonville was a distant third with 119 points.

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Dec. 27 community dinner to help those who go without

A community dinner will be held in Greenville to help those who go without during the holiday season. The dinner will be take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greenville High School cafeteria.

Carrie Ross’ smile today is contagious and full of life ... a sure sign of recovery after a long road battling drug addiction. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Road to recovery: Holidays have new meaning for former addict

Carrie Anne Ross will spend this Christmas with her family for the first time in years. The 28-year-old Greenville woman spent the better part of the past decade trying to find herself and learn how to express her feelings. Instead, she found herself lost in the hellish world of an all-consuming drug addiction — with a jail and prison record, near-death experiences and emotional scars as proof.

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SHORT TAKES: Plenty of positives to look back on for 2012

As families and friends gather for Christmas and focus on the positive aspects of life right now, we are thinking about all the things those of us who live here have to celebrate, too.

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Funeral Notices for Dec 24, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec 24, 2012