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Two Cooley faculty members among 'Best Law Teachers' in the nation

Two Cooley faculty members among 'Best Law Teachers' in the nation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Thomas M. Cooley Law School has the distinction of being the only law school in the country with two members of its faculty featured in the recently published book, "What the Best Law Teachers Do" (Harvard University Press, 2013).

The book names Associate Dean Nelson Miller and Professor Phillip J. Prygoski as two of the 26 “best law teachers” in the United States.

Authored by Professor Gerry Hess of Gonzaga University School of Law; Professor Sophie Sparrow of the University of New Hampshire School of Law; and Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean and professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, the book is the culmination of a four-year study that sought to identify extraordinary law teachers. The study details the attributes and practices of professors who have a significant, positive and long-term effect on their students.

Orchard celebrates apple picking season with free activities for kids

Orchard celebrates apple picking season with free activities for kids

SPARTA, Mich.—Apple picking season will soon peak, and Riveridge Produce Marketing, Inc. plans to celebrate with a free, family-friendly event later this month.

Apple Harvest Time is meant to educate families about apples and where they come from.  Apple Harvest Time hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  September 20, 21 and 22.  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the orchard will host free children’s events, including story time with Johnny Appleseed, games with prizes, crafts, face painting and a wagon ride through the orchard.  Children can also enjoy free apple cider and meet the Michigan Apple Queen.

Riveridge Produce Marketing, Inc. is located at 9000 Fruit Ridge Ave. NW in Sparta.

'Rock City BMX' track to take shape in Plainfield Township

'Rock City BMX' track to take shape in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new BMX track in Plainfield Township will begin taking shape as early as next week.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says on September 3, the Plainfield Township Board unanimously approved plans for West Michigan BMX’s new track, dubbed "Rock City BMX".  The track will sit on approximately 2.5 acres located within 10 Mile Park, adjacent to the Art Van Sports Complex.   

Van Wyngarden says West Michigan BMX plans to begin sculpting the track next week before bringing in a professional track designer around September 23.West Michigan BMX would like to finish most of the work on the track this fall so it will be operational by spring 2014.  

Kent City Fall Festival returns September 13 & 14

Kent City Fall Festival returns September 13 & 14

The Kent City Fall Festival kicks off with beverages and conversation noon Friday, September 13 at the Kent City American Legion.

At 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy a  Euchre tournament. It will also be a night to remember at the alumni entertainment tent, which is open to the public from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday kicks off with breakfast from 7 a.m.  to 10 a.m. at Kent City High School. A car show will take place at Leaver Park,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  with the Grand Parade starting on Main Street at 11 a.m.

Kent City Schools will have a book fair going on. There is also an ice cream social from11:45 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. at the Main Street Pavilion, along with a quilt raffle and open house at the Casnovia/Kent City Historical Society.

A Kid's Street Fair is scheduled for noon at the  Main Street Baptist Church;  a tractor pull will take place at the entrance near the Fire Barn.

Sponsor returns for Harvest on the Ridge Festival September 21

Sponsor returns for Harvest on the Ridge Festival September 21

SPARTA, Mich.—A Sparta tradition is being backed by a West Michigan business.

ChoiceOne Bank is contributing $1,000 toward the band that will perform during the annual Harvest on the Ridge Festival, which will take place Saturday September 21 in downtown Sparta.  Some employees also plan to volunteer for the event.

“The Harvest Festival is about supporting our local businesses and growers, promoting our local produce, and participating in our local community events,” said Jim Bosserd President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “These are the building blocks for making strong communities. As the local community bank, we are committed to the farmers, families and businesses in our area. This event is a fun time for all of us to get together and support our great community.”

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 7.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at  5068 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Cedar Springs 49, Sparta 13

CEDAR SPRINGS (WZZM) -- Cedar Springs is off to a 2-0 start after a convincing win over Sparta, 49-13.

Cameron Link started the scoring with a touchdown run. The Red Hawks added to their lead when Caden Myers returned an interception for a touchdown.

Jeff Newland put the game away with a touchdown run to make it 21-0.