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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

Sparta woman escapes after being bound during home invasion

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman, bound and held during a home invasion Friday morning, was able to escape and alert neighbors.

The robbery happened around 9 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of Alma Street, just north of the city's business district.

My Town Sparta: GriefShare begins Feb. 3

My Town Sparta: GriefShare begins Feb. 3

SPARTA, Mich.-- The Sparta United Methodist Church is once again offering a GriefShare support group this winter on Tuesdays, Feb. 3 through April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

This support group is for anyone age 13 or older who has lost a loved one from an accident, illness, suicide or cancer. It is a 13 week course with each meeting consisting of watching a 30 minute DVD with different grief topics/situations. The group spends another 30-60 minutes sharing whatever is on their hearts. A participant can come to all or any of the meetings. The facilitators of this support group have both lost loved ones. It is an informal gathering offering coffee, tea, snacks and caring friendships.

For more information or directions, call the church office at 887-8255 or visit www.spartaumc.com. There is no cost or advance registration required.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Sparta police search for armed robbers

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sparta police are asking for your help to find the two people involved in an armed robbery that happened around 10 o'clock Monday night.

Surveillance video shows the crime at the American Gas & Oil gas station on East Division.

Police say one of the robbers carried a black revolver.

The suspects are believed to be in their late teens to mid-20s.

They took some cash from the store, but nobody was hurt.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sparta police at 616-887-7331 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

My Town Sparta: Council divvies up community grants

My Town Sparta: Council divvies up community grants

SPARTA, Mich.—Two organizations helping seniors and parents in need are getting a boost from the Village of Sparta.

During their regular meeting Monday night, council members approved allocating $12,500 of its Community Development Block Grant to Senior Neighbors, which helps 4,000 older Kent County adults remain independent and healthy. Village Manager Julius Suchy says the remaining $4,000 will go to Arbor Circle, which provides mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and family development programs to the community.

Amash calls for changes in Washington

Amash calls for changes in Washington

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Congressman Justin Amash says Washington D.C. needs changes. Amash added that he doesn't think House Speaker John Boehner is the right man to lead the changes.

Amash made those remarks during a town hall meeting at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Saturday morning. This was his first meeting with the public since the new congress convened on Tuesday.

The Republican from Michigan's 3rd Congressional says despite the fact that he likes House Speaker John Boehner, he wants to see more get done. Amash said, "unless someone really wants to go out on a limb it's very hard to change the system, and I think unfortunately Speaker Boehner is not willing to do what it takes to change the system, and that is the biggest problem we have right now. We need someone in there who will go there and say I don't care if I upset a bunch of special interest."