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Santa’s reindeer visit Lakeview Elementary School

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen; Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen … but how many times have you actually met a reindeer face to face?

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Funeral Notices — Dec. 23, 2013

Funeral notices for Monday, December 23, 2013

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Belding High School students collect 5,895 items for food pantry

On Dec. 11, local shoppers were left scratching their heads as to why not a single can of corn seemed to be stocked in any local grocery store throughout the Belding community. As it turns out, it wasn’t a shipping error, but rather the result of Belding High School students who visited every store and purchased each and every can available for the school’s annual food drive that day. It was a weeklong effort that resulted in 5,895 collected items that were delivered to the Belding Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Greenville resident Rodney Brown prepares for the end of his shift Thursday at auto manufacturer Federal-Mogul in Greenville. Brown found employment with the company after taking part in a five-day path to employment training program by the Central Area Michigan Works! Consortium. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

5 Day Path to Employment

A year-long search for work had turned up zero opportunities for Rodney Brown, who lost his job in maintenance with United Solar Ovonic when the Greenville company shut down.

Debra Young with some of the gifts that have been donated to the Huntington Bank Giving Tree that will be distributed to area schools Dec. 17.

S.H.E. – In the giving spirit, year-around

The Christmas season is a time for gift giving and generosity. Greenville resident, Debra Young donates her time and resources at Christmas and throughout the rest of the year as an ongoing show of thanks for the kindness she was shown.

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Funeral Notices – Dec. 21, 2013

Read funeral notices for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

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TIME TO BE KIND: Once on both sides of bullying, Belding student now reaches out to others

As a freshman, walking through the doors of Belding High School for the very first time, the pressures of the entire world weighed on the shoulders of Aleksandr Silva. Surrounded by hundreds of students he did not know, facing immediate intimidation from upperclassmen and hours of stressful homework, Silva was in a new, unfamiliar world and unsure of how to get a firm grasp on the pressures he was facing.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, far right, discusses Michigan’s Public Act 88 and a proposed partnership between the Montcalm Alliance and The Right Place, along with Rob Spohr, vice president of academic affairs at Montcalm Community College, center, and Candy Kerschen, executive director of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Montcalm Alliance funding debated that it far outweighs cost of proposed millage

Backers of a proposed economic development millage spoke of the good that would come of enacting Michigan’s Public Act 88 to levy 0.1 of a mill countywide to fund a partnership between the Montcalm Alliance and The Right Place.

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Funeral Notices — Friday, December 20, 2013

Funeral notices for Friday, December 20, 2013

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TIME TO BE KIND: Yellow Ribbon program offers help to troubled students

There are a million places the thoughts in a teenager’s mind can go when faced with adversity, but there isn’t always a place for the teen to turn. As part of a growing and expanding Yellow Ribbon program at schools throughout Montcalm County, students and staff are working hard to offer those struggling with thoughts of self harm or suicide a place to look to.