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Heinz, Lin, Sturgis Join Varnum's Grand Rapids Office

Heinz, Lin, Sturgis Join Varnum's Grand Rapids Office

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Varnum is pleased to welcome three new associates to its Grand Rapids office.

Nicholas C. Heinz, Sherry X. Lin and John W. Sturgis VII are now practicing law at Varnum.

"We are very pleased to welcome these new attorneys to the firm," said executive partner Tom Kyros. "It's a very exciting time for them as they begin their legal careers, and it's an exciting time for us as well, as we continue to grow the firm in order to best help our clients meet the challenges and opportunities in today's legal environment. Varnum has a tradition of hiring top talent, and each of these new attorneys has demonstrated initiative and ability."

In order to provide associates a well-rounded experience that allows an in-depth look at the work done in various areas of law, Varnum associates spend their first two years working with a variety of teams within the firm as they decide on an area for their legal focus. 

My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

My Town: Gray, Linkner and Post Join Varnum Law

My Town: Gray, Linkner and Post Join Varnum Law

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Varnum is pleased to announce the addition of three experienced attorneys to the firm.

Charles F. Gray and Adam M. Linkner have joined the firm's Metro Detroit office, and Eric R. Post has joined the firm's office in Grand Rapids.

Gray is an intellectual property lawyer with significant experience drafting and prosecuting patents in various fields, including the automotive and medical industries. He is also experienced in trademark prosecution, IP litigation, and drafting software, trademark and patent license agreements. He joins the firm from McDonald Hopkins LLC. Prior to his legal career, he worked as an electrical engineer at Herman Miller, Inc.

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: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

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.

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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.