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Spin the Spokes benefits Habitat for Humanity

As part of its 25 year anniversary celebration, Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity will host its sixth annual Spin the Spokes for Habitat — Tour de 2×4 fundraiser bike ride at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Riders will start behind Greenville Middle School and choose from an eight-mile route on the scenic Fred Meijer Flat River Trail in Greenville, or a 25-, 36- or 50-mile route on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail between Greenville and Edmore. Rest areas, snacks, water and aid stations will be available along the way.

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Funeral Notices for May 18, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves street closures for Danish Festival

The Greenville City Council unanimously approved numerous street closures Tuesday evening for the upcoming Danish Festival.

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IN BRIEF: Ionia County officials visit Belding council meeting

During this evening’s Belding City Council meeting, Ionia County Deputy Clerk Janae Cooper and Ionia County Commissioner Dave Hodges stood to address the council during public comment.

The owners of Flo’s Ristorante and Pizzeria are working with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority on a Brownfield redevelopment project that will allow future tax revenue to be collected on behalf of the business. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Brownfield agreement means DDA would forego future tax revenue

Davide and Dan Uccello have poured nearly $1.5 million in improvements into this community’s newest restaurant, and now the city is taking a step to help recoup some of those costs. As Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria prepares to open on May 30, an arrangement between the Uccellos, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Montcalm County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority aims to establish a redevelopment project at the restaurant.

Board members Brian Corwin and Bud Longnecker and Board President Stephen Foster listen as Superintendent Ron Simon gives his report. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD board approves retirements, resignations

Four staff members in the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will be departing during the course of this year. The MAISD Board of Education approved the retirements of special education teacher Annegret Paas, bus driver Betty Sleight and administrative assistant Dawn Lantz and the resignation of plant and animal science teacher Abby Schofield during Thursday morning’s meeting. Paas’ retirement will be effective July 1 and Sleight’s retirement will be effective Sept. 1.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, speaks with Supervisor Chris Johnston during Wednesday’s meeting on the topic of Crystal Community Library relocation efforts. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Proposal reviewed for new Crystal library location

If Crystal Community Library is ever to move to the Crystal Community Center, the window of opportunity may finally be open. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members briefly reviewed a “memorandum of understanding” proposed by Clerk Bob Naumann during a first reading.

One Book One County kickoff is set for Thursday at 6 p.m.

One Book One County kick-off set for Thursday

Although this year’s One Book One County initiative will likely seem familiar to many, organizers say there have been many changes happening on the “back end.” Chief among these is that many of the program’s activities are now being organized on a local level by libraries on a community by community basis.

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Funeral Notices for May 17, 2016

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves food service management contract

The Belding Board of Education approved a service contract for the upcoming school year during Monday evening’s regular meeting.