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MIKE TAYLOR: The perfect pet was right there all along

My new lakeside apartment is so small, it’s like a (cue Rodney Dangerfield voiceover) “Hoo! I’ll tell ya! My new apartment is so small…” joke. You know, “I’ve got to step outside to change my mind,” “Even the mice are hunchbacked,” “I turn around and bump into myself” … that sort of thing. It is, by far, the smallest place I’ve ever lived. Over the years I’ve stayed in a lot of hotel rooms, all of them bigger than my new apartment. Those brightly-painted cement barrels that once were a staple of elementary school playgrounds? Yup, even those were bigger than my new apartment.

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OUR VIEW: Detroit News story missed the mark

We’re not often quick to criticize one of our own, but we’re disappointed in a recent Detroit News article published about Greenville’s attempt to once again become a “manufacturing hub”. The reporter’s angle was that Greenville is struggling to stage a comeback to what it was like a decade ago when Electrolux was in full swing; and that today we’re riding on the success of big box stores like Wal-Mart and Meijer.

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Greenville historian to speak about rare books in Hubbardston

William “Bill “ Delp, 91, of Greenville, has lived a life rich in a variety of experiences.

Nutritionist Jill Jayne had the Belding Middle School student body singing and dancing about healthier eating habits Wednesday afternoon during a one-hour assembly. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rock ’n’ roll nutritionist delivers healthy message to students (VIDEO)

Belding Middle School was rocking away Wednesday afternoon to the theme of healthier lifestyles when “rock star nutritionist” Jill Jayne performed a one-hour show dedicated to nutrition education. Students were up and out of the bleachers in the school gymnasium as Jayne had students dancing and singing to songs about healthier eating habits in a rock ’n’ roll approach to communicating a healthier message.

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Montcalm Township appoints new trustee

The Montcalm Township Board has hired a new trustee to fill a position until the Nov. 6 election. Ron Price was appointed to the trustee position during the township board’s regular meeting on April 18.

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Drug trends program May 8 at Montabella

Montabella Community Schools will host a current drug trends presentation at 6 p.m. May 8 at the junior/senior high gymnasium. The presentation will take place before the band concerts.

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Funeral Notices for April 26, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Carpool parking in Greenville explored

A possible ride-share or carpooling parking lot is in the works with the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee. During the committee’s quarterly meeting Wednesday night at the Courtland Township Hall, Montcalm County Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville discussed the possibility of having ride-share parking at the Meijer store in Greenville.

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Counseling offered at Greenville Middle School

A new counseling program will be offered to Greenville Middle School students to target issues at that age group. After receiving a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation, Greenville Middle School was able to team up with Community Hope Christian Counseling and Mental Health Center in Greenville to offer programs such as substance abuse prevention.

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OUR VIEW: Synthetic drugs: An addictive topic

The dangers of synthetic drug use are being discussed by more and more people. We need to keep talking about it. A Greenville High School student was brought to the hospital last Thursday morning after he became ill from smoking marijuana laced with either “K2” or “Spice,” both types of synthetic drugs commonly known as herbal incense.