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My Town Greenville: Deadline looms for adult softball league sign-ups

My Town Greenville: Deadline looms for adult softball league sign-ups

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Time is running out to sign up for Greenville's fall softball leagues.

The registration deadline is Friday, July 25.  Teams that played last year are guaranteed placement in the same division if they register before the deadline.  New teams will be placed on a first come, first serve basis.

The sponsor fee is $290 and player fees are $17 per resident or $25 per non resident.  For additional information, visit the Greenville Recreation Department's website here.

My Town: Gus Macker Tournament takes over Greenville

My Town: Gus Macker Tournament takes over Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.—More than 160 teams are expected to fill downtown Greenville this weekend for the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.

The tournament runs through July 13.  Montcalm County dispatchers are encouraging drivers not attending the event to use Franklin and Clay streets to get around the hoops action.

This is the 13th year for the Greenville Gus Macker Tournament.  M-91 is transformed into a series of basketball courts for event.  Greenville is a popular site for Gus Macker partially because of its close proximity to Lowell and Belding, where the tournament gets its roots.

My Town: Skate park opens in Belding

My Town: Skate park opens in Belding

BELDING, Mich.-- A new attraction is open in Belding, just in time for the long holiday weekend.

On July 2, Keven Krieger posted video on the Sk8 Belding Facebook page of the first skateboarders and BMX bicylists using Leppinks Skate Park.  Krieger says the youth were looming around the grounds, so once the skate park was finished, the contractor decided to pull the fence down and let them enjoy the new space.

Leppinks Skate Park is named after the local grocery store.  Krieger says the project was paid for entirely by local donors.  The skate park replaces an old roller hockey rink in Central Riverside Park.  Krieger says the city demolished the rink before Portland, Oregon-based Evergreen Skateparks began designing and building the new grounds in early June.  

My Town Belding: City green lights tennis court and trail deck repairs

My Town Belding: City green lights tennis court and trail deck repairs

BELDING, Mich.—Repairs are coming to the city’s tennis courts and trail observation deck.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, July 1, the Belding City Council approved accepting a $8,248 bid proposal by Scheid Construction for replacing a wood fishing/observation deck along the Flat River at the Silk City Nature Trail.  The deck was damaged and washed off its foundation during the spring flooding in 2013. The damaged dock was swept 20 feet to 30 feet downstream, where it remains.  The city wants the construction company to remove the old deck and salvage as many materials from it as possible to use in the new deck. The contractor has 30 days to begin the project.

The city council also approved a $10,750 bid to repair, paint and re-stripe the city tennis courts.  It’s unclear when work would start on that project.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Hundreds of riders begin six-day journey across Michigan

My Town: Hundreds of riders begin six-day journey across Michigan

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to fill Michigan’s roads and schools starting this weekend as part of the Pedal Across Lower Michigan bicycle tour.

The six-day journey starts Saturday, June 21 and  takes riders down scenic backgrounds and through small cities, towns and villages.  Each participant will travel 35 to 65 miles per day and then spend the night at a school. The tour will take riders from Holland to Lexington.  On June 23, more than 700 riders will be riding through Greenville and staying at Greenville High School. 

For a link to more information, visit PALM’s website here.