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My Town Sparta: ChoiceOne Bank celebrates second quarter growth

My Town Sparta: ChoiceOne Bank celebrates second quarter growth

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SPARTA, Mich.(ChoiceOne Bank)– ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. (OTCBB:COFS), the parent company for ChoiceOne Bank, reported net income of $1,337,000 for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $1,312,000 in the same period in 2013. Earnings per share were $0.40 in both the second quarter of 2014 and the same quarter in the prior year. Net income for the first six months of 2014 was $2,585,000 or $0.78 per share, compared to $2,547,000 or $0.77 per share in the first half of 2013.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town Sparta: Movies in The Park kicks off Aug. 1 with 'The Nut Job'

My Town Sparta: Movies in The Park kicks off Aug. 1 with 'The Nut Job'

SPARTA, Mich.—Movies in the Park returns to Sparta this Friday with "The Nut Job".

The movie will air on a big screen in Roger’s Park starting at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 1. According to the Chamber’s Facebook page,  “The Nut Job” is about Surly,  a curmudgeon, independent squirrel that is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. As winter approaches, he stumbles upon the one thing that may save his life- Maury's Nut Store.

On Aug. 22, Roger’s Park will welcome the Oscar Award winning feature film, "Frozen".  In this family-friendly film, the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa.  To break the icy spell, the queen’s sister teams up with a mountaineer and his trusty reindeer.

Movies in the Park runs until 10 p.m. in Roger’s Park, located at 75 N. Union in Sparta.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: