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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The introduction of an ordinary new travel trailer model, while a big deal to RV enthusiasts, usually wouldn’t be considered newsworthy. But then, the 2015 Shasta Airflyte “Reissue” is no ordinary new travel trailer. The Airflyte is a brand-new faithful reproduction of Shasta’s 1961 design, from the birch-paneled interior with lantern-style LED light fixture to the distinctive canned-ham exterior profile right down to the wide whitewall tires. TerryTown RV Superstore, located on Division Avenue south of 68th Street, is proud to announce the arrival of the first models and welcomes customers to travel back in time as they travel the country.

Visitors to TerryTown’s showroom can’t walk by the Airflyte without poking their heads in the door. The trailer has been the subject of considerable Facebook buzz.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

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.” 

My Town Sparta: Volunteers needed to help pull off Freedom Cruise

My Town Sparta: Volunteers needed to help pull off Freedom Cruise

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help when the five-day Freedom Cruise rolls into the area.

The inaugural event will arrive in Sparta June 26.  From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the village will shut down Main Street for the Motor Festival, featuring cars and bikes as well as entertainment, food and beverages. At 6 p.m. an honor cruise will take drivers and riders from Comstock Park High School to Sparta.  Proceeds from the ride will go toward the Finish the Mission veteran relief fund.

The Chamber of Commerce is looking for approximately 20 volunteers to direct visitors to parking as well as restaurants and businesses they may want to visit.  There are two shifts: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those interested in helping are asked to call the Chamber at (616) 887-2454.

My Town Sparta: Village Council approves purchasing new police cruiser

My Town Sparta: Village Council approves purchasing new police cruiser

SPARTA, Mich.—The Village of Sparta is getting a new police cruiser.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the Village Council approved purchasing the new vehicle during its meeting last week.  The new cruiser will cost approximately $23,000.  DeLange says the vehicle will replace one of the village’s three current police vehicles.  The retired vehicle will eventually be put up for sale by the village.

DeLange says the village normally has three police cruisers- two on road patrol and a third vehicle for transportation to and from the court.  DeLange says the new vehicle will need the appropriate decals added, so it will not be on the road immediately.

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

 

PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A new event is coming to West Michigan this summer, all to benefit veterans.

 

The Freedom Cruise 2014 will take place June 25-29 and will feature car and bike events and cruises throughout West Michigan. The five-day event will be part of a fundraiser for local veterans through a new not-for-profit called Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund.

 

So far, the event has scheduled a Freedom Cruise on June 25 to kick off the event at Fifth Third Ballpark, featuring WLAV's Blues on the Mall and a custom car and bike show. At 7:00pm, there will be a baseball game between VetSports and Grand Rapids area police and fire personnel.

 

On Thursday, June 26th, there will be a Village Motor Festival in Sparta and on Friday, June 27th, History Channel's American Restoration, Rick & Kelly Dale will be at the Freedom Cruise Car and Bike Expo at the DeltaPlex.