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My Town Belding: Residents encouraged to run water to prevent frozen pipes

My Town Belding: Residents encouraged to run water to prevent frozen pipes

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is encouraging residents to run their water to prevent frozen pipes and water lines.

Residents should let their water run in a toothpick-size stream, to keep the water flowing as the frost depth nears five feet below ground.  With the forecast calling for below freezing temperatures, the frost will likely travel deeper into the ground, leading to more frozen service lines.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says the city will reduce water rates as a result of its request. 

The city is also suggesting residents keep their cupboard doors open to allow heat inside the area around pipes, to help prevent freezing.

My Town Greenville: School asking for child clothing donations

My Town Greenville: School asking for child clothing donations

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Baldwin Heights Elementary School is asking for clothing donations for children.

According to the school’s Facebook page, the office is in need of girls and boys pants size 5 and 6.  Donations can be dropped off at the office, located at 821 West Oak Street in Greenville.

'We Bree-lieve': Mother of Bree Town asking for prayers

'We Bree-lieve': Mother of Bree Town asking for prayers

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The mother of a 10-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia is asking for the community’s prayers as her daughter tries to recover from a bone marrow transplant.

Bree Town recently received the bone marrow transplant from a donor who was a complete match.  However, her mother says on Facebook that she’s not feeling well; she says Bree is continuously vomiting and dealing with excruciating pain as her body reacts to the new stem cells.

Jennifer Town writes, “She's just a baby who shouldn't have to even go through this. Bree, hang in there sweetie this will be over soon and it's going to get better. Soon you'll be coloring, playing Super Mario Brothers, and more importantly can be back with your big sister, Madison.  Love you sweetheart.”

My Town Greenville: Elementary schools to host Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer

My Town Greenville: Elementary schools to host Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Hair will be everywhere Friday, Feb. 21 as every elementary school in the Greenville Public School district hosts Crazy Hair Day for Kids Cancer.

Students who want to wear their hair however they’d like must donate at least $0.25.  The donations will go to the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation, which raises money for alternative therapies and treatments for children with cancer.

Elementary students prepare to scrub up for surgery Feb. 14

GREENVILLE, Mich.---  While many students will be trading candy hearts on Valentine’s Day next Friday, students at Baldwin Heights and Lincoln Heights elementary schools will be conducting open heart surgery alongside doctors.

This is the third year for the district’s Mini Medical School.  For half of the school day, fifth grade students will learn all about the medical industry, from performing CPR under the instruction of Montcalm Community College nursing students, to examining blood samples under a microscope and even performing fake surgery alongside doctors from Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Classes to cut into summer break for Greenville Public Schools

Classes to cut into summer break for Greenville Public Schools

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  At least one West Michigan school district is already extending its academic year, because of the recent winter storms.

Greenville Superintendent Peter Haines sent a letter home to parents Monday, explaining how the district will handle the recent spate of school cancellations.  In the letter, Haines writes, “This has certainly been a winter unlike most in the last several years.”

Haines says the school calendar has been updated to extend classes into the second week of June, to regain some of the lost days.

Ice Fishing Tournament on Baldwin Lake Feb. 1

Ice Fishing Tournament on Baldwin Lake Feb. 1

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Students and parents are encouraged to break out their fishing poles and head to Baldwin Lake this weekend for the Walnut Hills PTO Ice Fishing Tournament.

The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 and runs until 1 p.m. The top anglers will be rewarded with cash prizes. There will also be a raffle drawing.  Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under.

For more information, call (616) 754-3688.