Lloyd Windjammer is dead, called to that great licorice mine in the sky! Born Donald H. Jones, he was my childhood neighbor, a quiet, friendly boy inclined to solitude. The Jones family lived at the end of Earle Street, which ended just short of York Street because of the Jones’ back door. It was normally closed and too narrow, as well, for vehicular traffic. Accordingly, Earle Street ended where Ben Jones’ Model T began. He always had at least one, and I remember being kicked off the property for jumping onto the running board of a roadster as he worked on it. Old Ben seemed not to like me, but I’m not writing about him, anyway. Donald commands the story today.
Motivated by recent crimes in the Greenville area, community members have stepped up to form a neighbor watch group. The group, which was started by a Facebook group page on Jan. 13, is called Greenville Area Neighborhood Watch-Book. The Facebook page already has more than 600 members. “I am very pleased to see how fast the group is growing,” said page creator David Hendrick. “The more eyes out there, the better.”
Administrative changes are coming to Spectrum Health United Hospital and Kelsey Hospital. United Memorial Foundation Executive Director Shirley Hayes is being promoted to director of patient and family experience.
The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education is kicking off the process of replacing Superintendent Jake Helms. Helms announced in December that he will be retiring on June 30. Board President Doug Bowen, Vice President Bill Simpson and Treasurer Mark Grossbauer will comprise a search committee.
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State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and State Sen. Judy Emmons will meet with local residents in Carson City on Monday. They will be available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at McDonald’s, 615 W. Main St. No appointment is necessary.
The public is invited to meet Sen. Carl Levin on Saturday. He will be hosting a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in downtown Greenville.
The last time the Greenville Yellow Jackets faced the Northview Wildcats it was in the 2011 district finals. The end result favored the Wildcats with a two-point victory at home and continued the Yellow Jackets’ district title drought. Greenville last won a district championship in 1983.
Lakeview’s wrestling team could only manage a single win in their CSAA quadrangular Wednesday night, but it was against a rival. The Wildcats, ranked 10th in Division 3 by MichiganGrappler.com, lost to Hesperia, ranked third in Division 4, by a 50-19 count. They then beat Central Montcalm 51-21.
World War II veteran John Geisen has one wish: To see a new Freedom Wall erected in Belding displaying the names of all Belding residents who fought in the war while they are still alive to see it. Members of a subcommittee working to construct the wall discussed basic logistics of the project, along with possible locations for the wall and a new Veterans Park. Halfway through the nearly two-hour meeting, Geisen had heard enough.