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My Town Greenville: Voters to consider special education millage hike, 9-1-1 charge May 6

My Town Greenville: Voters to consider special education millage hike, 9-1-1 charge May 6

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide a proposed millage increase for special education in Montcalm County.

Greenville Public Schools is asking voters to approve a hike in the Montcalm County special education millage, from 2.1878 mills to 3.5 mills. Supporters say Montcalm County has the lowest special education millage in the eight-county area.  For additional proposal information, click here.

Montcalm County voters will also decide if the county can continue to charge residents up to $2.85 a month for 9-1-1 service.  The proposal would extend the fee for five years.  The money will go toward maintaining and operating the emergency dispatch system within the county.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town: Greenville to participate in National Day of Prayer May 1

My Town: Greenville to participate in National Day of Prayer May 1

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Community members are invited to “Pray 4 America” during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.

Participants are encouraged to meet at noon at the flag pole in Heritage Park to pray for the nation for half an hour.

Heritage Park is located on the corner of M-57 and M-91.  For additional event information, contact Marie Neitzel at (616) 754-8513.

My Town Greenville: Recreation department encourages donations in wake of fire

My Town Greenville: Recreation department encourages donations in wake of fire

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Construction is underway on a storage facility to replace the one the Greenville Recreation Department lost in a July 4 fire.

My Town Belding: Register now for a Belding Community Garden plot

My Town Belding: Register now for a Belding Community Garden plot

BELDING, Mich.—It’s spring, which means now is the time to sign up for a plot in the Belding Community Garden, located at 541 Orchard Street.

This is the third year for the community garden, which is a group effort led by the Belding Community Garden Group, the city and Belding Area Schools.  Last year, the city won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award for the garden program.

At the Belding Community Garden, green thumbs can plant whatever they want on their own schedule.  All abundant or designated vegetables are donated once a week to the Belding Food Pantry. 

Gardeners itching for a space can download an application here or visit City Hall to pick up a copy.  For more information about the Community Garden, contact Andrea Belding at (616) 240-1472.

My Town Greenville: Public meetings over proposed millage hike April 21

My Town Greenville: Public meetings over proposed millage hike April 21

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville Public Schools will hold two community meetings today about a millage up for public vote next month.

The district is asking voters to approve a hike in the Montcalm County special education millage, from 2.1878 mills to 3.5 mills. Supporters say Montcalm County has the lowest special education millage in the eight-county area.  A special election will take place May 6.

The special education millage informational meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. inside the Central Services Facility, located at 1414 Chase Street in Greenville.

My Town Belding: WWI monument closer to reality

My Town Belding: WWI monument closer to reality

BELDING, Mich.—Visitors to the Belding Veterans Park now have a place to sit. 

Project leader Denny Craycraft says the park now has six benches.  Two of those benches were donated by Belding Tank, which also made a sizable donation toward bricks for the WWI monument.  Lake Design and Gerref Industries also donate to the effort.

Craycraft, who is a Vietnam veteran, has been working on adding park memorials for local veterans of every war since July 2010.  The World War I monument will feature the names of 135 area veterans who served in the war.  It will be the fourth monument installed at the park.  The most recent addition was a Korean War Monument, which was dedicated on Veterans Day, last November.

For more information or to donate, call Craycraft at (616) 550-6990.