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Baldwin Heights Elementary fifth-graders Alex Johnson, 10, left, and Kaitlynn Mountney, 9, look at samples of human skin under microscopes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville students expand education with mini-medical school (Photos)

A normal day for fifth-graders would include classroom lessons, having fun and being loud with friends while worrying about what was being served for lunch. That was not the case on Thursday. For fifth-grade students at Lincoln Heights, Baldwin Heights and Cedar Crest elementary schools, the students spent the day quietly focusing on “patients,” acting older than their age and worrying about who was performing the next surgery to save the “patient’s” life.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan was named the Marian Kemp Outstanding Citizen 2012 by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville Chamber honors local people and businesses

Thursday evening was filled with fun, prizes and awards during the annual Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce meeting at Candlestone Golf and Resort. The theme for the night was James Bond/Casino Night where local business owners and community members got to have fun while socializing with the evening’s award winners.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 1, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Central Montcalm sophomore Mason Barnwell brings the ball up the court against Big Rapid on Thursday night. The Cardinals remained undefeated with the win.

Big Rapids hoops too much for Central Montcalm

Snow was falling outside, inside in was raining three-pointers. On Thursday night, the Big Rapids Cardinals were on fire. They drained nine three-pointers and 31 field goals in all, as they defeated the host Central Montcalm Hornets 74-37 in CSAA action.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Jan. 31

Girls basketball CC-Crystal 54, Vestaburg 20: The Eagles picked up another MSAC win on the road over the Wolverines on Thursday night. Mikayla Duflo led the Eagles’ offensive attack with 18 points on six three-pointers. Tori Christensen finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight steals. Hailey Geister added 10 points. Record: CC-C – 12-2 [...]

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Belding goes for O-K Blue wrestling title today

Belding’s wrestling team has a shot at winning an O-K Blue Conference title today. A long shot, noted coach Travis Meyer, but a shot nonetheless.

Some of the participants, such as this flock of ducks, worked together to raise funding and then also jumped together at the 2012 Polar Plunge. — File photo

Feb. 9 Polar Plunge at Clifford Lake b-r-r-rings some frozen fun to winter

Call them crazy or call them dedicated, but the group of “polar plungers” slated to drop through a hole in the ice Feb. 9 at Clifford Lake Inn is doing its part to raise money for a very good cause — Special Olympics Michigan. According to event organizer Jim Dennis, the annual plunge attracts as many as 100-plus plungers and 400 spectators to the small, inland lake each winter. Depending on weather conditions, he’s hoping to see at least that many turn out for this year’s plunge.

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Central Montcalm board works on evaluation

It often is the teachers who pass out grades to their students, but Wednesday night was the Central Montcalm Public School superintendent’s turn to be graded. The Central Montcalm Board of Education, with the assistance of facilitator Mike Washburn, met in closed session for nearly two hours for the purpose of conducting a superintendent evaluation.

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Central Montcalm may hire resource officer

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved in a 6-0 vote to pursue the concept of having an armed resource officer on campus. At the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Stanton City Manager James Freed gave a brief overview of the proposal to have a city police officer on the school property for approximately 20-25 hours per week, beginning with a trial period from March 1 to the end of the school year.

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OUR VIEW: Children need to win in education fight

Knowledge. What higher pursuit could there be for any of us; either as a provider, recipient or both? What higher motive … than to instill in oneself or others at least a modest portion of the accumulated knowledge of the civilized world? For the earliest moments of a child’s life, learning starts at home. We emphasize “at home,” because in the formative years, much of every child’s future is being programmed, preferably in partnership with parents and teachers.