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Greenville resident Brian DeKraker meets President George W. Bush at a campaign stop in Ionia. — Courtesy photo

MAUREEN BURNS: Individual brushes with greatness

This is the third and final part in my column series on personal encounters with U.S. presidents. I hope you are enjoying it. When our daughter, Colleen, graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Barbara Bush was her commencement speaker. She wore a blue dress with pearls and everyone loved her! She was so charming and warm and I quote her to this day. One thing she said was that she was “going to share the secret of parenting …when your child wants to lick the beaters, be sure to turn off the motor.” It brought the house down.

Eric Villegas, Taste of Home Cooking School culinary specialist and consultant, showcased recipes at a recent show in Fort Myers, Fla., as he will do at 6:30 p.m. on March 8 and the Greenville Performing Arts Center. For ticket and VIP packages for the Taste of Home Cooking Show in Greenville, call The Daily News at (616) 754-9301. — Courtesy photo

Taste of Home culinary specialist’s love for food began at a very young age

Growing up, Taste of Home Cooking School Culinary Specialist Eric Villegas had the opportunity to travel and experiment with new and unique foods, feeding his passion for the culinary arts. “I can’t remember a time I wasn’t infatuated with food,” Villegas said. Villegas did not eat what other children his age normally ate while he was growing up. Both of his parents are from South America, so he was exposed to a wide variety of food at a young age.

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Montcalm Community College board seeks trustee candidates

The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees seeks candidates to fill a trustee position. Richard Ellafrits, of Greenville, who has served as a trustee since December 1999, plans to resign from the board effective March 13. The trustees will appoint someone to serve the next three years of his six-year term, which began in June 2009.

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OUR VIEW: Local voter turnout up in 2012 over 2008

Voter turnout was high Tuesday — relatively speaking, that is. Just over 20 percent (8,342 people) of Montcalm County’s 41,562 registered voters participated in the primary election. Yes, that’s only two out of every 10 registered voters, but it’s better than 2008, when only 17.5 percent participated in that primary election.

The Collision Center on 14 Mile, between Rockford and Cedar Springs, is now part of the Ed Koehn Chevrolet dealership team. Staff members of Ed Koehn’s new Collision Center in Rockford include, from left, in front, Lenny Wentz, Rick Palm, Eric Montgomery; back row, Heather Odren and Jack Price.

Rockford’s Collision Center joins Ed Koehn Chevrolet dealership

ROCKFORD — The Collision Center on 14 Mile, between Rockford and Cedar Springs, is now under management of Ed Koehn Chrevrolet dealership. The Collision Center team includes Jack Price, Heather Odren, Lenny Wentz, Rick Palm and Eric Montgomery. Ed Koehn is a name well known and respected in West Michigan. Owners Ed and Aaron Koehn [...]

Kmart in Greenville celebrated its 20th year in business Feb. 17. Store Manager Dave Bronkella said friendly, “small town” customer service and the impeccable cleanliness of the store keeps Kmart competitive with other big businesses in its industry.

Kmart celebrates 20 years at Greenville location

GREENVILLE — Al Briggs still remembers the tedious task of having to price tag every individual package of merchandise one sticker tag at a time, only to go back later and remove them after each sale. Today, technology provides Briggs, the assistant manager at Kmart, and his staff of 52 with slick and easy-to-use bar [...]

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Funeral Notices for March 3, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, March 3, 2012

Greenville’s Jordan Thomas wrestles with Lowell’s Gabe Dean during the regular season this year. Thomas will face Dean today in the state finals at 189 pounds.

Thomas shooting for third straight state title

Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestler Jordan Thomas will put the finishing touches on his outstanding high school wrestling career today at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Thomas, a senior, is shooting for his third consecutive individual state championship today at 4:45 p.m. His opponent is rival Gabe Dean of Lowell.

This bald eagle sits perched high above the Okkema farm north of Six Lakes. (Courtesy/Evelyn Okkema)

Bald eagles find mild winter inviting

The unseasonably mild winter has made the Montcalm County area a suitable habitat for the bald eagle, according to fish and wildlife specialists. Several local residents — in Greenville, Stanton, Edmore, McBride, Lakeview and Six Lakes — have reported recent bald eagle sightings.

Greenville Public Schools Director of Technology Leeanne Eyer uses the new WiFi on her tablet during the WiFi testing stage at Greenville Public Schools. (Daily News/Kelli Ameling)

Greenville schools soon to be WiFi compatible

Greenville Public Schools (GPS) is making another advancement in the classroom to help achieve teaching and learning without boundaries. Currently, GPS is working to have WiFi devices running in all the buildings, according to Director of Technology Leeanne Eyer.