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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.

Greenville High School on the 'Hunt For A Cure'

Greenville High School on the 'Hunt For A Cure'

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville is covered in purple as the city continues to celebrate Hunt For A Cure 2014.

Hunt For A Cure started five years ago, and has since grown to a month-long event, culminating with a set of basketball games benefitting cancer research and patient support at Spectrum Health United Hospital’s Cancer Center.  This year’s games are Friday, Jan. 31.  The girls’ game is at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m. at Greenville High School.  Michigan Blood is also holding a blood drive earlier in the day, with $10 going to Hunt For A Cure for every person who signs up to donate.

For more information, visit the Hunt For A Cure 2014 Facebook page here.

Baldwin Heights Elementary principal to take the plunge

Baldwin Heights Elementary principal to take the plunge

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The principal of Baldwin Heights Elementary School is getting ready to take the plunge.

Mike Walsh will jump into an icy Turk Lake on Feb. 8. This is his fourth Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan.  This year, his 11-year-old son, Brandon, will also join him.

Walsh is collecting donations for Special Olympics online.  On his fundraiser page Walsh writes, “I absolutely believe the Special Olympics [is] one of the most important organizations we have.  As an elementary school principal I see first-hand the importance of opportunities like Special Olympics provide for some of our students.”

If you would like to join Walsh’s Frozen Jackets team for the Polar Plunge, email him at walshm@greenville.k12.mi.us.

Sledding and stories at the library Jan. 3

Sledding and stories at the library Jan. 3

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Enjoy a full morning of sledding and stories during Flat River Community Library’s Winter Sledding Event Friday, Jan. 3.

The Great Start Collaborative of Montcalm County and the library are teaming up for the event, which begins at 10 a.m.  Participants can bring their own sled or use sleds donated by Meijer.  Sledding will take place on the hill across from the library.  After some fun on the slopes, participants are invited to come inside for story time with hot chocolate and cookies.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, click here or call (616) 754-6359.

Fred Meijer Flat River Rail Trail project gets the green light

Fred Meijer Flat River Rail Trail project gets the green light

BELDING, Mich.—The Belding City Council is clearing the way for work on the Fred Meijer Flat River Rail Trail.

On November 19, city council members unanimously approved a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation to renovate and pave more than two miles of the abandoned rail corridor, from M-44 to Long Lake Road.   The deal provides the city with a $1 million grant for the work.

If all goes well, work would start April 14, 2014.  The entire project should be finished by August 1. 

Belding treasure wins funding for expansion

Belding treasure wins funding for expansion

BELDING, Mich.—  A park that celebrated its official opening exactly one month ago is now getting ready to expand.

The founders of SMASH Park in Belding announced Wednesday that the Greenville Community Foundation has decided to fund a nine-hole expansion to the disc golf course. 

SMASH Park was created in memory of Cody Moore, who loved to play disc golf with his friends and talked about adding a course to Lightning Bend Park in Belding.  Moore passed away unexpectedly on June 9, 2012.

Tribute to late friend now a treasure in Belding

Tribute to late friend now a treasure in Belding

BELDING, Mich.—  A park dedicated to the memory of a Belding man is flourishing.

On June 9, 2012, Cody Moore passed away unexpectedly.  Moore loved to play disc golf with his friends and talked about adding a course to Lightning Bend Park in Belding.  After his death, his friends decided to make Moore’s dream their reality.  In October 2012, the group began raising money and planning SMASH Park.  The park’s name is derived from Moore’s nickname, “Smash.”

It took the group 14 days spread over several months to construct the nine hole course.