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My Town Sparta: Village is home to award-winning water

My Town Sparta: Village is home to award-winning water

SPARTA, Mich.—There’s something in the water in Sparta, and it’s award-winning.

The village this year was awarded the 2013 Water Flouridation Quality award from the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributed this award to 2,184 public water systems this year, including 95 in Michigan.  This is the 12th year for the fluoridation awards.

The CDC estimates every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment. In 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city to add fluoride to its water to prevent tooth decay.  Now, nearly 210 million people nationwide have access to fluoridated tap water.

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

My Town Sparta: GriefShare support ministry welcomes all to free program

My Town Sparta: GriefShare support ministry welcomes all to free program

SPARTA, Mich.-- GriefShare Support Group is for anyone  who has lost a friend or family member from an accident, illness, suicide or cancer.

Sparta United Methodist Church hosts this free 13-week course two times a year. The next GriefShare course begins on Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and anyone interested is invited to come. The evening consists of watching a 30 minute DVD on different grief topics and situations. The remaining 30 to 60 minutes is spent sharing whatever is on the hearts of those attending. A participant can come to any or all of the meetings.

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: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

By Marla Miller

This story originally ran in the Grand Rapids Urban Innovation Exchange

With the mission to restore and refocus at-risk youth, Grand C.I.T.Y.