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An adult guide to helping children deal with grief

An adult guide to helping children deal with grief

SPARTA, Mich.-- Sparta United Methodist Church will show an educational movie May 7 for adults who want to help children who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

The movie will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The viewing is open to all adults (teachers, daycare providers, coaches, etc.) that are interested in attending. This session is provided in addition to our regular 13 week GriefShare support group.  Coffee, tea, and snacks (and a caring, supportive GriefShare group) are available.

Please join us if interested.  If you have any questions, please call Julie Bowden (446-5717) or Mary Ellen Kimble (308-1348).

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Kent County road closures - Friday evening

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Road Commission has released a road closures caused by flooding.  The details are listed below and are subject to change.

North Kent County:

Flooding in Sparta

Flooding in Sparta

There is some flooding in Rockford.  If you need assistance, the Red Cross has opened a shelter for flooding victims at Alpine Baptist Church, 692 7 Mile Road NW in Comstock Park.

Ridgeview teachers receive surprise gift

Ridgeview teachers receive surprise gift

SPARTA, Mich.—On April 16, the weekly staff meeting for Ridgeview teachers was interrupted by a surprise from some special guests.

The staff unwrapped one of 18 new Smart Boards for their classes. The school, which serves pre-kindergarten through second grade students, is also getting several additional projection units, so that all early childhood classrooms will be equipped with cutting edge technology. The upgrades are expected to cost $83,500; the district is getting an unprecedented donation of $46,000 for the project and the district will cover the rest of the cost.

Spartan Stores named one of America's most trustworthy companies

Spartan Stores named one of America's most trustworthy companies

(Spartan Stores) –  Spartan Stores, Inc., a leading regional grocery distributor and retailer, was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine in their annual "America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies" list.  

“We are pleased to receive this distinction by Forbes as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies,” stated Dennis Eidson, Spartan’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We are committed to being transparent with all of our customers, shareholders, and business partners while continuing to operate the business based on our core principles of honesty and integrity.”

Forbes turned to GMI Ratings, a pioneer in the application of non-traditional risk measures for financial analysis, to identify the most transparent and trustworthy businesses that trade on American exchanges.

New Catholic church opening in Cedar Springs

Cedar Springs, Mich. (WZZM) The Diocese of Grand Rapids is opening a new parish in northern Kent County.

Bishop Walter Hurley announced plans for a new Catholic parish today. It will be called Blessed John Paul II in Cedar Springs. The diocese has purchased land from the former home of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, which consists of a church, church hall and rectory on about 2.9 acres.

The diocese also purchased approximately eight acres of adjacent vacant land that is part of a nearby industrial park located at 13911 Northern Springs Drive. Once the new parish community has grown, the diocese says there will be sufficient land for the construction of a new and larger church.