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MAUREEN BURNS: A cup of kindness

We think of Christmas as merry, happy and ho-ho-ho. It is, for most people. But this year, I am very aware of many who are not merry, happy and full of ho-ho-ho.

Even at age 88, John Heron still likes to competitive ski. The Edmore resident has advanced to the NASTAR 70-and-older division nationals every year since turning 70.

Edmore’s John Heron still enjoying ‘over the hill’ on skis

By Robin Miller Daily News correspondent At age 88, John Heron isn’t taking being “over the hill” sitting down. If anything, he’s skiing down it. ‘Get back up and go’ Heron still remembers his first competitive downhill race. He adjusted his goggles, leaned forward in his boots and planted his ski poles into the white [...]

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Chamber Check-Up: Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce

By Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber office closed for holidays As is the tradition, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce office will be closed at 5 p.m., Dec. 23, until 9 a.m., Jan. 2. The Chamber staff wishes you a safe and blessed Christmas and holiday season. Chamber annual meeting & dinner The Chamber’s [...]

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The Electric Professor raises $700 for Toys for Tots

Dave Ritsema, a technician for The Electric Professor in Greenville, gets assistance from his daughter, Lauren, picking out toys for the company’s Toys for Tots drive. The Electric Professor was able to buy more than $700 worth of toys and Walmart gave additional gift cards to use towards the purchases. The Electric Professor gave a [...]

Youths line up at a fire safety booth to receive fire safety materials and snow cones made with a Michigan Homeland Security Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine at the Trout-A-Rama event in Baldwin, Lake County, last July. — Courtesy photo

Ionia, Clare counties return snow cone machines

West Michigan has a shortage of snow, but no shortage of snow cone machines. The 13 counties of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) each received a $900 Arctic Blast Sno-Cone machine earlier this year along with additional equipment through the Michigan Homeland Security Grant Program. Costs for the snow cone machines totaled $11,700.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 24, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Julie Stafford

JULIE STAFFORD: Christmas magic

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Not just because I get to unpack the collection of Santas my mom has sent me one year at a time since college. Or because I take great joy in arranging all of my angels on the fireplace hearth. I do love the day we bring up all the Christmas tree ornaments and drink eggnog and reminisce about how old I was when I made the Q-tip God’s eyes we still have or what my kids remember about making this ornament or that. And if it were up to me, Christmas music would play in my house from the start of November all the way through December.

Keith Krebill of Lakeview poses with his 285-pound elk cow he downed during a hunt near Johannesburg Dec. 8. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview’s Krebill bags elk cow

Keith Krebill bagged a 285-pound elk cow while hunting just south of Johannesburg Dec. 8. The 30-year-old Lakeview man, accompanied by his father and father-in-law, downed the two-year-old elk after five days of tracking a herd.

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Douglass Township man pleads guilty to shooting rifle in home

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting a rifle in his house during an argument with his girlfriend earlier this month. James Doolittle, 42, entered a guilty plea in 8th Judicial Circuit Court to attempted discharge of a firearm in a building and possession of marijuana.

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Sand Lake man allegedly OD’s on drugs, then flees

A Sand Lake man is facing prison time after allegedly overdosing on drugs in a Walgreens restroom before fleeing a police officer by car and on foot. Justin Yost, 28, is charged with fleeing a police officer in the third degree. He waived his arraignment Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court.