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After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 23, Greenville’s Melissa Ashman is a nine-year cancer survivor. — Courtesy photo

Blindsided by breast cancer: Greenville woman recalls diagnosis at age 23

A breast cancer diagnosis can prove to be overwhelming and lead to confusion, anger and disbelief. Greenville resident, Melissa Ashman, was caught off guard completely with her diagnosis of colloid carcinoma, estrogen receptive breast cancer at age 23. Colloid carcinoma, according to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, only accounts for 1 to 3 percent of all invasive breast cancers and within that total it is typically found in women starting at age 60. How does a 23-year-old woman in good health get through such a diagnosis and treatment? She relied on a support network of friends and family.


Betty Ford Breast Care Services first to offer radioactive seed localization

Betty Ford Breast Care Services now offers radioactive seed localizations for breast cancer patients. The facility, which is located in Grand Rapids and is part of Spectrum United Memorial, is not only the first, but only provider in Michigan to offer radioactive seed localization for breast surgeries, according to the hospital’s website.

Students from Lincoln Heights Elementary School worked at the construction station in the newly remodeled motor skills room at the elementary school. From left to right Jillian Grant, 5, Mariah Nieman, 6, Sullivan Witt, 6, and Cole Braman, 5. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville schools gets grant aimed at motor skills

To Greenville Public Schools employees worked together to write a grant that benefited all four Greenville elementary schools. During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, the board received news regarding a grant Lincoln Heights Elementary School teachers Robin Heather and Amy Sullivan wrote for a makeover at all the extreme motor skills facilities.


Funeral Notices for Oct. 12, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Members of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board of Education toured the new welding room during their meeting on Wednesday and talked with welding instructor Kurt Goodman, far left. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Montcalm Area Career Center’s welding program remodeled

Welding students at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) are settling into a new room remodeled to provide a safer atmosphere for the students. The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education moved the location of their meeting Wednesday to be held at the MACC to take a tour of the new welding room.


OUR VIEW: Eureka Township’s stance on Mersen inexcusable

Running a business and business development are hard enough these days. We think that the position Mersen finds itself in as untenable and there is no excuse for it. One would assume that when the original business (as Graphite Engineering under local ownership) moved to the industrial park, all of their governmental dealings would be with the city such as those related to services provided and taxing authority. Five or six expansions later, the company finds itself stretched to its property limits within the city. It has purchased additional land in the township adjacent to the city boundary which it hopes can be annexed to the city. The hope, obviously, is that their success may be multiplied.

The Montcalm Township Board and fire department welcomed new firefighters Wednesday night. Bradley Patteen, left, and Martin Toren will join the department along with Tyler Petterman, who is not pictured. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

3 new faces join Montcalm Township Fire Department

Three new men have been hired to join the Montcalm Township Fire Department. During the township’s Wednesday night meeting, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson presented to the board three candidates who would make a good addition to the fire department. The board unanimously approved the new firefighters.

“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” author Helen Simonson will visit Greenville on Tuesday. — Courtesy photo/Nina Subin

2012 One Book One County author set for Greenville visit

Helen Simonson, author of this year’s One Book One County Montcalm selection, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” is at least as charming and entertaining as any of the characters found within the pages of her book. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Simonson will share that charm, up close and in person, at Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center. Afterward, Simonson will be on hand to sign copies of her book.

Montcalm County Animal Shelter Officer Angie Sova plays with one of the dogs awaiting adoption in the Stanton shelter. — File photo

Montcalm County committee meeting focuses on animal issues

The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting was all about animals on Tuesday. An animal return policy, a kennel ordinance, an exotic species ordinance and the dog census were among the topics of discussion.


Six sets of tires, cargo van stolen from Ed Koehn dealership

Six sets of new tires worth more than $26,000 were stolen from Ed Koehn car dealership, along with a cargo van. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the dealership at 11064 W. Carson City Road (M-57) today after a reported theft Tuesday evening. Six sets of new tires and rims were taken from Ford vehicles. A white 2010 Ford Econoline cargo van was also stolen.