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My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town Sparta: Party For A Purpose at Sparta Lanes May 3

My Town Sparta: Party For A Purpose at Sparta Lanes May 3

SPARTA, Mich.— Enjoy a game of bowling while helping in the battle against cancer during “A Party For A Purpose” this Saturday, May 3 in Sparta.

Daughters For A Cure is hosting the event at Sparta Lanes Bowling Center & Garden Patch Restaurant, 125 N. State Street.  People who donate $15 will be treated to four hours of bowling.  Shoe rental is included.  The event will also include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a euchre tournament with an additional $15 donation. 

A Party For A Purpose will run from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.  Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  For tickets, contact Tracy Wilson at (616) 293-6197 or Kendra Wylie at (616) 240-4533.

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

The Mary Free Bed Guild welcomes the public to the 32nd annual Fine Arts Exhibition.

This event showcases works by physically challenged Michigan artists, while promoting awareness and education. The Mary Free Bed Guild will purchase select artwork for permanent display in the hospital. Remaining pieces may be for sale, at the discretion of the artists.

This exhibition takes place at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 235 Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids, and is open through August 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: Date set for 2014 Pink Dress Run through Sparta

My Town: Date set for 2014 Pink Dress Run through Sparta

SPARTA, Mich.— On men and on women, there will be pink dresses aplenty in Sparta again this year, as the Pink Dress Run returns for its sixth year.

This year’s event will be Saturday, May 24.  Tickets are already available for pre-order by calling Kelly at (616) 887-8277.  The Pink Dress Run is open to men and women not afraid to put on their best pink dress.  Participants enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks, fun, raffles, games and the battle for the traveling trophy.

Last year, pink dress participants raised just over $20,700 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Individuals, families, churches, youth groups and schools can order Mel Trotter purple “Hope Tote” bags which then can be filled with new personal hygiene items for those in need in the community.

To order a tote, visit the Mel Trotter website. Suggested personal care items (standard or travel size) are:

  • Shampoo/conditioner (including ethnic hair products)
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/body wash
  • Bath sponges/Washcloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Tissues

Filled Hope Totes can be dropped off through April 20 at Mel Trotter's Downtown Mission at 225 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids or the Mel Trotter Thrift Stores, at 555 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, 538 S. State Street in Sparta, 363 E. State Street in Belding and 7500 Cottonwood Dr. Suite D in Jenison.