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My Town EGR: Aquinas College announces lineup for Contemporary Writers Series

My Town EGR: Aquinas College announces lineup for Contemporary Writers Series

 

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Best-selling author and spoken word poet Sarah Kay is one of four speakers who will be presenting during the 17th season of Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series program.

This year the lineup also features poet Gregory Orr, essayist John D’Agata, and Michigan resident and novelist Peter Ho Davis.

“We are delighted to welcome these dynamic and renowned writers to Aquinas College for the Contemporary Writers Series,” said Dr. Shelli Rottschafer, director of the Contemporary Writers Series. “Each year we strive to find respected writers who will appeal to multiple audiences and create thought-provoking conversations. This year we truly have diverse and engaging writers, and we are excited to share the lineup with the community.”

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

My Town GR Central: Robin Williams film tribute Aug. 26 to benefit mental health programs

My Town GR Central: Robin Williams film tribute Aug. 26 to benefit mental health programs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Community members are encouraged to pay tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams with a special film benefit Aug. 26.

At 8 p.m., the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will hold a memorial screening of “What Dreams May Come,” which starred Williams as a man who dies in a car crash, then searches the afterlife for his wife.  Proceeds from the event will go to a local mental health agency, raising awareness and support for others struggling with mental health issues like Williams was.

Williams was found dead in his home Aug. 11 from apparent suicide.  His wife says the 63-year-old was battling depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: West Michigan home to 'Coolest Hardware Store'

My Town: West Michigan home to 'Coolest Hardware Store'

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OAK BROOK, Ill. (Ace Hardware Corp.) – Whether in need of hardware, housewares or sporting goods, residents of Grand Rapids, Mich., know they can rely on Rylee’s Ace Hardware.

For offering these unique products, services and more, Ace Hardware Corporation has recognized Rylee’s Ace Hardware with a 2014 “Coolest Hardware Store” award. Of 4,850 locally-owned and operated Ace Hardware stores worldwide, Rylee’s Ace Hardware is one of just six stores honored with this year’s award.

“We are honored,” said Lori Terpstra, the third-generation owner who co-owns the store alongside husband Todd Terpstra. “There are a lot of cool Ace Hardware stores out there. For us to be chosen is an honor.”

Cooking with Kal: Roll out the zucchini bread

Cooking with Kal: Roll out the zucchini bread

This is the season- zucchini is growing wild and people with gardens can barely keep up with the harvest of this vegetable.

I got a large one last week from Denise, here at work, and could not use all of it right away, but I did process and freeze it for future use. I have never done that before but thought, what have I got to lose? Hopefully, when the snow is flying and I feel like baking zucchini-apple bread, I will be all set.

In the meantime, the following recipe is wonderful. I made it recently but did not have any apples in the house, so I substituted with an approximate amount of crushed pineapple. I did not have any walnuts like I usually use, so I used toasted and salted sunflower seeds. I also added a bag of dried cranberries. It's easy to make changes in recipes, especially if you have made it before. I hope people will give this recipe a try; it is good and it makes three loaves, so you will have plenty to share or freeze. Enjoy!