2021-12-23

MIKE TAYLOR: Jesus bought me ice cream

Jesus was a carpenter. And once in a while, he’d buy me ice cream. At seven, that was pretty much all I knew about him. That, and that I liked him.

I met Jesus in the autumn of 1962 when he and his family moved into the house next door. This made a lot of the neighbors unhappy, because Jesus, along with the rest of his clan, were Mexican.

Greenville school board exploring bond proposal

District looking at new Early Childhood Education Center, air conditioning at elementary schools 

As the final pieces of the latest bond project at Greenville Public Schools came to a close last month, school officials are now placing their focus on the next potential proposal to improve the school district. 

During the Dec. 13 regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Linda Van Houten presented the Board with a draft of a “potential plan” to pursue a bond proposal for the school district in the upcoming May 9 election.

Pine Township planners amend bylaws to remove potential conflict of interest

Prior to police being called in after public comments got out of hand, the Pine Township Planning Commission amended its bylaws on Monday to potentially remove a conflict of interest for one board member.

The Planning Commission and their attorney Leslie Abdoo discussed a clause in the township’s by-laws regarding conflicts of interest among Planning Commission members.

Greenville DDA continues downtown WiFi discussion

Members will entertain pursuing a feasibility study for project in January 

In continuing to explore the possibility of offering free wireless internet to visitors of the city’s historic downtown district, members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority are nearly ready to take the first step. 

Last month, Roger Ferworn, president of AE Tech Design in Kalamazoo, delivered a presentation on the benefits of installing fiber optic lines downtown, as such a project is one of several identified as an option to pursue as part of the DDA’s tax increment financing plan, which outlines how the organization should spend its revenues that are collected through various tax authorities. 

Lakeview veterans monument moves forward, with help from Ferris State students

Last week two more flagpoles were raised over the triangle of land at 1207 S. Lincoln Avenue.

Today the American flag, the state of Michigan flag and the POW/MIA flag fly over the grounds that are slowly becoming a monument to honor every veteran who served their country, as well as the families who supported them. A floodlight ensures that traffic on M-46 will notice the flags, too.

White Pine District Library thankful for its patrons

The White Pine District Library staff are very appreciative to all of the friends and patrons of the White Pine District Library who contributed in some way to make us very grateful this 2021 holiday season.

Several people made donations to the Toys for Tots, Warm Winter Wear Collection for the schools, the local food pantry and more. Thank you for sharing holiday joy by dropping off items at the library.

Upcoming and pending services for Dec. 23, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for Dec. 23, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

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