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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

The winners of the Comprehensive Therapy Center annual coloring contest will be honored on Monday, April 27th from 3 – 4:30pm at the “Read To Me Tea” held at the Women’s City Club of  Grand Rapids, MI., located at 254 E. Fulton. This years’ subject is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.

Guest readers who will share stories include, Mayor George Heartwell, County Commissioner Candace Chives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. Michigan Representative, Lesa Dion, Mursalata Muhammad of GRCC and Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.

According to Jean Silbar, Executive Director of CTC, many of the children with whom we work, will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports, but they have such passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

The Grand Rapids Ametuer Astronomical Association invites the public on designated evenings from spring through the fall to experience the skies above.  A close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects are possible to be seen through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The first public observation night for the spring season is Saturday, April 25 from 9:30pm – 12:00am. This is an opportunity to see Jupiter, the Quarter Moon, along with clusters. The Spring – Fall Schedule is pictured below. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, 17 & under, under 5 & GRPM Members are Free.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township.

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

News Release:

ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

I for one, was really disappointed to hear that Jazz at the Zoo is moving downtown to the Ah-Nab-Awen Park this year. I loved the atmosphere at John Ball Park at the old band shell.

No matter how hot it was when I left home for the concerts, soon after arriving at the Zoo and getting settled, along came a breeze and the shade from the big, beautiful trees only added to the enjoyment.

I wrote an e-mail to the Jazz Society and below is the answer I received from Donna at that address. As much as I appreciate her reply and explanation it really won’t do much for me when Jazz at the Zoo time comes along.

 

Kal,

My Town EGR: Aquinas College awarded $25k grant from STANLEY Security

My Town EGR: Aquinas College awarded $25k grant from STANLEY Security

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– On Monday, March 30, representatives from STANLEY Security came to Aquinas College to present the institution with a customized plaque to commemorate Aquinas as the recipient of $25,000 won in the "Together for Safer Schools" grant contest.

Based on online voting, Aquinas College was awarded a $25,000 grant for its second place finish in the small college category (under 7,000 students) of the contest. The grant money will be used to enhance the college’s current emergency response plan. Priorities include an opt-out mass notification system, additional emergency speakers, card access and cameras. Items will be prioritized to maximize the impact of the grant money.