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Funeral Notices for Nov. 28, 2016

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Denise Oostinga, a foreign exchange student from the Netherlands, has been taking on a lot of “firsts” in her life since arriving in America in August. The Carson City-Crystal senior took on the sport of volleyball, playing withe Eagles volleyball team this past fall. She’s now challenging herself to learn basketball and will be playing for the Fellowship Baptist Academy team this winter. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Netherlands exchange student Denise Oostinga takes on ‘firsts’ in America

As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.”

For Denise Oostinga, she’s doing what Americans do, and loving it.

Oostinga, 17, of Heiloo, Netherlands, is enrolled as a senior at Carson City-Crystal, and is enjoying her first time in America.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Supervisor Brandon Mulnix, at right, and Rescue 23 official Steve VanHolstein, at left, show some of the 4,000-plus items collected in a Montcalm County public safety food drive. — Courtesy photo

4,000-plus items collected in Montcalm County food drive

Montcalm County public safety officials were hoping to collect 500 items in a recent food drive. They collected more than 4,000.

Valerie Sanborn works on deducting extras from her income to see if she has enough money to splurge on travel or entertainment alongside Montcalm County Tom Lindeman who was one of many volunteers who manned stations to help eighth grade students at the Greenville Middle School Reality Store. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville Middle School eighth-graders learn about the cost of living

For most adults, paying bills, buying groceries and being surprised by an unexpected medical need are part of life. For Greenville Middle School eighth-graders, this part of life became a reality as the students participated in a Reality Store.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 26, 2016

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Fred Gore, a senior design architect with AECOM in Grand Rapids, presents members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority with a first proposal Tuesday of a potential installation of a canopy over and reconstruction of Lafayette Park.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA mulls $1.5 million proposal for Lafayette Park

A large overhanging glass canopy?

Open spaces with movable furniture?

A stage for performances with a backdrop featuring a decorative waterfall?

From left, Indira Smith and Jim Aaron from M106.3 WGLM and Mike Lomonaco from On the Side visit Meijer to buy food to provide Thanksgiving dinners for six local families. M1063 WGLM and On the Side partnered together to be able to provide families with Thanksgiving dinner. — Courtesy photo

Local businesses provide Thanksgiving dinner to six families

Mike Lomonaco, the owner of On the Side Detailing in Greenville, has always had a heart to help others in need.

He’s assisted men and women in various situations throughout the years, including letting a man he met in a Walmart parking lot into his home, paying for him to get out of jail and buying him gas to get back to the man’s home in Minnesota.

This year, Lomonaco wanted to help local families for Thanksgiving. He approached Jim Aaron at M106.3 WGLM, a radio station in Greenville, to brainstorm with him.

During Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting, from left, commissioners John Seaman and Krista Johnson, Treasurer Janet Davis and Mayor Pro-Tem Ken Burris discussed the cost and budget concerns of hiring a city manager exclusive to Stanton. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton considers cash concern in hiring exclusive city manager

Commissioner Karl Yoder asked the Stanton City Commissioners to continue discussing hiring a city manager at every meeting until the position is filled.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, talk revolved around the question of costs and options. The discussion follows a Nov. 15 meeting when the commission decided to look into hiring an exclusive city manager and ending a shared agreement with Lakeview.

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 25, 2016

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Members of the Board of Directors for the Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness of Ionia County gathered at an groundbreaking ceremony Monday in Belding. Pictured are Mary Baker, Julie Calley, Michael Gallagher, Nancy Haga, Melissa McKinstry, Deborah McPeek-McFadden, Dale Miller, Gretchen Nyland, Linda Purcey, Robert Lathers and Kerry Possehn. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Right Door breaks ground on Belding autism center addition

A planned addition to the Ionia County Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness has broken ground. Monday afternoon found members of the Right Door Board of Directors, representatives from Triangle Associates and James Turner, the rural development director of the United States Department of Agriculture, discussing the addition and breaking ground on the project at 7441 Storey Road in Belding.