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My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Even in death, a Grand Rapids police officer is caring for the dogs he loved.

Monday afternoon, the father of Officer Andrew Rusticus will present a check to the Grand Rapids Police Canine Team, to cover the cost of purchasing and caring for retired police dogs.  The money came from the inaugural K9K race created in honor of Rusticus, who died from a heart attack while on a training run to become a canine handler.  Rusticus was just 29 years old when he collapsed Feb. 25, 2012.

The first K2K race took place Aug. 9, 2014 at Riverside Park.  Proceeds from the event are going to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a scholarship at Trinity Christian College, in Rusticus’ name. 

My Town EGR: Late Philanthropist's generosity on display Dec. 3

My Town EGR: Late Philanthropist's generosity on display Dec. 3

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly five months after his death, philanthropist Peter Wege is still finding a way to give back to the West Michigan community.

Wege passed away July 7.  The East Grand Rapids native was 94 years old.

Wege took on the role of Steelcase vice chairman after his father's death more than 60 years ago.  He built his fortune as the popularity of metal furniture grew.  The Air Force veteran was also passionate environmentalist, coining the term “economicology.”  Wege donated $20 million to the LEED certified Grand Rapids Art Museum, and was the lead donor of the Wege Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.  He also supported Grand Rapids Public Schools and The Grand Rapids Ballet.

MORE: Philanthropist Peter Wege dies at 94

LDL Centennial Programs conclude Dec. 4 with closer look at Woodrow Wilson

LDL Centennial Programs conclude Dec. 4 with closer look at Woodrow Wilson

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Woodrow Wilson is widely known as an idealistic progressive,  but he was much more complicated than the textbooks make him out to be -- in his prejudices, his racy relationships, his political maneuvering, and his view of war and peace.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, Loutit District Library presents Gleaves Whitney, director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center, who will discuss the real Woodrow Wilson.

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

My Town EGR: Philanthropist's generosity continues even after death

My Town EGR: Philanthropist's generosity continues even after death

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Even in death, philanthropist Peter Wege is finding a way to give back to the West Michigan community.

Wege passed away in July.  The East Grand Rapids native was 94 years old. The Air Force veteran was also passionate environmentalist, coining the term “economicology.”  He donated $20 million to the LEED certified Grand Rapids Art Museum, and was the lead donor of the Wege Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.  He also supported Grand Rapids Public Schools and The Grand Rapids Ballet.

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

ADA, Mich.—Six small businesses that have won over patrons will soon be honored on the big screen.

Celebration Cinema recently announced the winners of its 2015 Celebrated Service Award.  The latest winners include Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Sweet Spot Disc Golf in Muskegon and Crow’s Nest restaurant in Portage.  Other honorees include Hair Innovations & Day Spa in Benton Harbor, Golden Harvest in Lansing and Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration Cinema says the public cast 36,400 votes for this year’s finalists. 

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.