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Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let’s Go to Bat for Kids!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the day to be at 5/5 Ballpark at 5:30. Bring all the kids, admission is FREE. Parking is $6 per car but the evening includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots and a fun night at the ballpark.

In 2014, Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcomed over 4500 West Michigan fans for this event. Let’s see if we can break that record this year, 2015. This event benefits the family strengthening programs of CCWM that help keep families together here in our community.

This ballgame is played by clergy, religious leaders on the Padres team and media celebrities on the Media Giants team.

Come on out to the Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Dr. NE in Comstock Park, MI 49321. More info at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or phone 616-551-5663.

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awarded scholarships to seniors from 11 different high schools again this year including Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Eggleston, Oakridge, Ravenna, Newaygo, Coopersville and Grant. One senior from each school won a $500 scholarship after writing a 300 word essay, “What does your community mean to you?”

“We value the youth in our communities,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families once they have completed their college studies and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community, especially as they graduate from high school. It’s a local thing.”

Included in this article are just 5 of the 11 students who received scholarship money. Congratulations to all students who participated.

Man killed in Algoma Twp. crash identified


ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) --Algoma Township, Mich. (WZZM) - Neighbors say drivers frequently disobey the stop sign on Indian Lakes Road at Pine Island Drive in Algoma Township.

Thursday afternoon 39 year old Terrance Gage of Cedar Springs was killed when deputies say he sped through the stop sign and his jeep collided with a car headed north on Pine Island.

Charges dismissed in 2012 Sparta workplace fatality


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Michigan Attorney General's office today said it is "exploring options'' after a Kent County judge on Monday dismissed criminal charges against the owner of a construction company for violating safety rules that led to a worker's 2012 death in Sparta.

Joe Novak, owner of Black River Builders in Zeeland, was charged with MIOSHA violations causing death for a July, 2012 accident that killed 38-year-old Brian Tarachanowicz. The case was dismissed Monday.

"We are still considering our options in terms of an appeal,'' spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said today.

The AG's office also has the option of taking the case to the Michigan Court of Appeals or authorizing a new warrant naming the company - and not its owner - as the defendant.

Ridge Cider Co Grand Opening Saturday May 16th

Ridge Cider Co Grand Opening Saturday May 16th

The Ridge Cider Co. in Grant Michigan on M-37 is celebrating their Grand Opening with live music, food, and hard cider from noon to 11pm on Saturday May 16th.  Blessing of the Bikes travelers are welcome to visit and gather in the nice big parking area to for your tour North.  Live music by the "Bear Creek Brothers" will entertain crowds as they fuel up with BBQ pulled pork.  Fifty cents of each food plate purchase will be donated to St Ann's Senior Nutrition Program in Baldwin, MI.  Ridge Cider is located at 351 W 136th in Grant - right on M37.  For more info, contact Matt DeLong at (231) 519-2402.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry Passes 150 Mark in Donated Items To Community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., MAY 14, 2015--Since 2007, an informal group of women from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish has been knitting and crocheting hand made shawls, lap robes, afghans, hats, mittens, scarves and similar items to give veterans, infants, middle schoolers, hospitalized persons, those in nursing homes, parish members and community friends comfort.  Now in its eighth year, the group--known as the Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry--has passed a major milestone of donating 150 items to persons in the lakeshore community and as far away as Haiti.

Job Seekers Ministry hosting Breakfast for People seeking Work

Job Seekers Ministry hosting Breakfast for People seeking Work

St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parishes in Grand Haven, MI are having a breakfast for people seeking jobs/work. This breakfast is hosted by Job Seekers Ministry on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 8:30 – 10:00am at the Parish Family Center located at 920 Fulton St.

Pre-registration is required by May 18th and those interested should contact the Job Seekers Program at 616-842-0001, ext. 143 to RSVP for the breakfast.

The Job Seekers staff will work with individuals to prepare them to re-enter the job market by helping them with resume writing, coaching, interviewing techniques and job matching. They will spend up to three times with any one individual to help them. This event is open to the general public.

Job Seekers has partnered with Michigan Works, Catholic Charities of West Michigan, Employment Alliance, along with the Grand Haven Community Foundation to make these programs available for people seeking employment.