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Sand Lake Lions


Guy and Karen Hayden, both 20-year members from the Sand Lake Lions Club, attended the Greenville Lions Club’s 75th Anniversary Event held at the Candlestone Inn in Belding on June 24, 2011.
Guest speaker was past International Director, Lion Dr. Dennis Cobler from Muskegon, Michigan. According to the Haydens, Lion Cobler pointed out that of the 25 top world relief agencies, three have annual budgets of $1 billion or more, yet Lions relief workers are nearly always among the first to arrive with help at disaster zones.
Lion Guy is 1st Vice President, and Lion Karen is Secretary of the Sand Lake Lions.

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Greenville author writes about home


Author Carol Rottman, of Greenville, will be at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake, Rockford, on March 16, at 7 p.m., to talk about her new book, All Nature Sings: A Spiritual Journey of Place.

The book is a delightful and poignant narrative about a journey that everyone experiences on a daily basis, but may not fully appreciate. Set against the backdrop of Flat Iron Lake in Kent County, Carol’s daily habit of traversing the land became a spiritual pilgrimage through seasonal changes in the natural world.

All Nature Sings: A Spiritual Journey of Place by Carol J. Rottman. Credo House Publishers, a division of Credo Communications. Available at local bookstores. Follow Carol’s Blog at www.carolrottman.com

Carol quickly draws the reader into the natural happenings of the prairieland acreage, which she and her husband, Fritz, have restored and preserved. The events from her yearlong “rain, snow or shine” daily walk from her house to her mailbox and the emotional journey that spans a lifetime are delicately and seamlessly woven together. This beautiful hardcover book, filled with colorful photographs of newly hatched baby killdeer, wildflowers and stunning seasonal scenery -is engrossing, conversational and spiritual.

Throughout the book, Carol shares personal poems and meaningful scripture quotes, along with segments titled Nature Watch, Sightings, Garden Watch and Environmental Notes, which include messages of sustainability, information about invasive species and fascinating accounts of animal behavior.

Carol and her husband share a passion to preserve their tall-grass prairie, encourage native wildflowers and record creation’s bounty with his photographs and her writings. She sees this book as an avenue for others to discover the natural wonders that surround them in their daily lives.

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Belding man arrested for larceny


A Belding man was arrested last week after he illegally removed property from a vacant house southwest of downtown Greenville.
The Montcalm County Sheriff Department reported that a neighbor called and said they saw a man removing items from an unoccupied residence that was for sale at 10061 Fletcher Road. Deputies responded to the scene, and were in the process of interviewing the witness and property owner when the witness saw the suspect’s vehicle drive past the scene. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and identified the suspect as a 46-year-old Belding man.
The man told officers he was in the process of purchasing the home, and that the realtor told him he could begin cleaning up the property. Deputies contacted the realtor in charge of the property, and they refuted his claim. They said no one had made an offer on the property, nor had they given anyone permission to clean it up. The realtor did tell officers that the man had been speaking with them expressing interest in the property, however.
The man was arrested and lodged in the Montcalm County jail for larceny from a building and driving while license suspended. The incident remains under investigation.

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Fifth-graders participate in mini medical school


Event comes together as result of community partnerships

Dr. Jusith Amparo and Fifth Grade Students at Mini Med School

Fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville operated on “bodies” they made from papier-mâché and Twizzlers, on Thursday, January 20, transforming the school’s gym into a “Mini Medical School.” The Mini Med School concluded a four-week science unit focusing on the human body and its systems.

Eric Nelson and Fifth Graders at Mini Med School

Surgeons and surgical employees from Spectrum Health United Hospital assisted the students in performing mock surgeries on the replica bodies. Nursing students from Montcalm Community College, parent volunteers and additional teachers also helped.
The fifth-graders were dressed head-to-toe in scrubs, including surgical masks, gloves and shoe shields. Students were divided into groups based on a specialty area—one consisted of cardiologists, one of gastroenterologists, another of neurologists, one of orthopedic surgeons and finally pulmonologists. The groups rotated through six stations, each hosted by a surgeon, surgical professional or nurse.
At five of the stations, groups role-played specific surgeries, each within their specialty area. Each student carried out roles such as lead surgeon, anesthesiologist and surgical assistant. Types of surgeries portrayed were a heart transplant, lung transplant, appendectomy and cerebral aneurysm repair. At the sixth station, the students used a portable heart defibrillator to simulate treating a patient suffering from cardiac arrest.
Mindy Hepinstall, fifth-grade science teacher at Baldwin Heights and originator of the idea for the school, hopes this event can become an annual component of her science unit on the human body. “This has been such a rewarding experience. Not only because the students have learned so much, but because it also exposes them to careers in health care and may spark interest for some to pursue careers in health care.”
Hepinstall also acknowledged the teamwork it took to implement the Mini Med School. “I am grateful to the employees of United Hospital and for all of the support we received from the school board and teachers. Also, I can’t thank the parents of my students enough—many of them have volunteered and donated supplies to make this event a reality,” said Hepinstall.
Spectrum Health United Hospital was equally pleased with the Mini Med School. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with our local schools to help kids understand the importance of good health. Our surgeons and surgical employees enjoyed working with these kids. Seeing their determination and focus was really inspiring for us,” said Adam Post, director, surgical services, Spectrum Health United Hospital.

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Rain failed to dampen Danish festivities


By Sarah Read

Post photo by S. Read

Post photo by S. Read

Scattered showers may have slowed down a few of the activities for the 45th Annual Danish Festival in Greenville, but the crowds refused to let a little rain spoil their fun last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. An arts and crafts fair, marketplace, various parades and bed race, games, thrill of the grill contest, theater performances and a family fun day with pony, camel and elephant rides were just a handful of the festivities that filled the three-day schedule celebrating Greenville’s Danish heritage. The Grand Dansk Parade, which took place on Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. featured countless floats, multiple marching bands, local and greater area veterans, classic car clubs, a dozen different clowns throughout, along with all surrounding area queens and courts in addition to the 2009 Danish Festival Queen, Chelsea Kreiner. The theme for this year’s festival was Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina.” Perfomances of the children’s fairy tale story were held at the Greenville Community Center. Festival officials were reportedly pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to next year’s event, held the third full weekend of August.

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Man found dead in Greenville


The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of man found dead in one of the city’s apartment complexes last week.

Officers were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6, to River’s Edge Townhomes, 718 N. Hillcrest, and found a 22-year-old white male dead at the scene. The man was identified as Michael Allen Powers, of Belding.

Police have not released the cause of death and the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 or Greenville Department of Public Safety at 616-754-9161 and ask for Detective Dillon.

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