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Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

 

LANSING, Mich.- Members of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM) testified in the State House Friday to urge the legislature to find ways to increase the number of workers entering the skilled trades.

“The lack of workers going into the skilled trades is the biggest factor impacting the growth of Michigan’s home building industry,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes in Rockford. “The shortage of labor is resulting in construction delays and increased labor costs, and it’s dragging on our state.”

Bitely cited several Michigan laws that make it difficult for home builders to hire young workers and encourage them to look at careers in the construction industry.

My Town: Crystal Carpet Care to donate profits to Offrink family fighting cancer

My Town: Crystal Carpet Care to donate profits to Offrink family fighting cancer

Crystal Carpet Care Inc. of Grand Rapids is going to donate 100% of their profits from any residential or commercial cleaning or restoration job scheduled in February or March when the client mentions the Offrink Fund.

"Our prayers are with the Offrink family 24/7," says Crystal Carpet Care Owner Chad Rose.

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

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SPARTA, Mich. (ChoiceOne Bank) — ChoiceOne Bank recently announced the appointments of Kyle Purdy, Carrie Olson and Angela Anderson, along with staff changes for Patricia Brown, Peggy O’Dea, Dan Wheat and Tina Hall.

“As we continue to grow and expand in the communities we serve, it is necessary for us to expand our levels of expertise and customer service,” explained James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “As the local community bank, our culture is centered on our customers. That means having experienced, caring and professional staff that serve our customers exceptionally well. I am pleased to announce these internal changes.”

Kyle Purdy is appointed to Vice President, Controller. He began his career with ChoiceOne Bank in August 2013 as Controller. Purdy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University in 2003 and an MBA from GVSU in 2008.

Congressman Justin Amash rejects Boehner for speaker

Congressman Justin Amash rejects Boehner for speaker

WASHINGTON (Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press) – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of west Michigan — once again — joined the move to dump House Speaker John Boehner as his party's leader in the chamber.

It didn't work: Boehner, R-Ohio, was elected to his third two-year term as House speaker but it didn't come without a a spirited challenge by his critics, including Amash, who joined 27 members who rejected either Boehner or Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

Boehner was elected with 216 of 408 votes cast in the 435-member chamber. Pelosi, the former speaker, received 164 Democratic votes. The rest of the votes were split among more than a dozen other names.

Amash was the only one of nine Republican members of Michigan's 14-member delegation to the House to vote against Boehner, a position he announced Tuesday morning on social media.

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town: Algoma Township Supervisor announces resignation

My Town: Algoma Township Supervisor announces resignation

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Algoma Township officials will soon begin their search for a new township supervisor.

 

Supervisor Dennis Hoemke submitted his letter of resignation to the board earlier this month.  He plans to retire March 31, 2015.  

 

The Township Board voted to wait until its January meeting to decide how to appoint a new supervisor.  Hoemke is recommending Deputy Supervisor/Board Trustee Nancy Clary take over the post, and the board then appoint someone to fill her current office.  All township positions would then be up for re-election during the general election in 2016.