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Fred Meijer addresses those who gathered for a ribbon cutting for the completion second and third phases of Greenville’s Fred Meijer Flat River Trail in 2007. — File photo

Fred Meijer’s trail contributions paved the way for many

Fred Meijer paved the way for an expansive recreational trail system throughout the area. A couple of weeks prior to his death on Friday, Meijer, 91, was honored and recognized for his contribution to Rail-Trails.

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‘Just call me Fred’: Meijer recalled for generosity, kindness

“Generosity” and “kindness” are two words that come to most people’s minds when thinking of Fred Meijer. People who knew Meijer reminisced about who he was as person after he died from a stroke on Friday. Public visitation will be from 2 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Township. The family will have a private memorial service on Wednesday for invited guests only.

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Fred Meijer’s Obituary

Fred Meijer, a pioneer of supercenter retailing and visionary philanthropist, died Friday, November 25 in Grand Rapids. He was 91. He was a native of Greenville, MI, where his father, Hendrik, a Dutch immigrant barber, opened a grocery store in 1934.

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AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Greenville’s favorite son, Fred Meijer, dies at 91

Black Friday will take on a new meaning at Meijer stores. The company’s Chairman Emeritus Fred Meijer died Friday from complications of a stroke he suffered early Friday. He was 91.


Greenville grad named MIAA Player of the Week

ALBION — Greenville High School graduate Patty Rewa was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) women’s basketball Player of the Week for her play on Monday.

Adam Moreland recently shot his second career 300 and a career high 825 series at Greenville Lanes.

Moreland rolls second 300, shoots 825 series

GREENVILLE — Adam Moreland has been bowling for a long time. Five years ago he made a decision to become a serious bowler. It seems to be working.

Montabella’s Charley Helmer, left, tries not to allow a pass down low during a game last season. Montabella opens the year Dec. 5 at home against Lakeview.

Mustangs look for another solid season

BLANCHARD — The Montabella Mustangs boys basketball team will be looking to carry over its recent regular season success into a district title this year.


‘A really joyful man’: Friends and colleagues remember Fred Meijer

Fred Meijer kept his trademark wit and vigor until the end. Friends are remembering the Meijer Inc. chairman emeritus for the humble, pleasant presence he brought to any gathering and the many ways he helped West Michigan — especially Greenville.


OUR VIEW: Supercommittee full of Thanksgiving turkeys

Americans were served up a big helping of Thanksgiving turkey this year in the form of the supercommittee appointed to stave off a federal budget deadlock. The question for most of us right now might be how much longer and for whom will Thanksgiving have real meaning?

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Turn, turn, turn

How wrong is it to complain at Thanksgiving time? I mean, am I missing the point? Remember that song that went, “Turn, turn, turn…”? Well, everywhere I turn lately, there is change. I don’t like change very much. I like growth. Is there a difference here? Am I being too picky? Please don’t email me with answers to that.