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My Town GR Central: Former Vice President Dick Cheney in town

My Town GR Central: Former Vice President Dick Cheney in town

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A former vice president is in town, to share his longtime battle with heart disease.

Dick Cheney will address members of The Economic Club of Grand Rapids during a luncheon April 21.  Cheney will join his doctor, Jonathan Reiner, to discuss his 35-year battle with heart disease as well as promote his book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey”. 

The event will take place at the JW Marriott, but is open to members only.  

My Town: Tech Center students earn $66,000 in scholarships at state competition

My Town: Tech Center students earn $66,000 in scholarships at state competition

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MUSKEGON Intermediate School District)-- Auto Collision/Refinishing and Catering & Culinary Management students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) tested their skills against their peers at the 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 11–13, 2014 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Winners from both classes earned over $66,000 in scholarships and prizes.

What did Jesus REALLY Say?

What did Jesus REALLY Say?

Did you ever wonder which version of the Bible has the correct translation? Who really wrote it and in what language? How and by whom, was it translated to finally be available in English? And, finally,  is that English translation accurate? Does it tell us what Jesus REALLY said?

Louis Savary, PhD, STD (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor) is coming to Dominican Center at Marywood  (DCM) on the evening of Thursday, May 1 and will be offering a talk to the public to help answer some of these questions. His talk will guide us through the translations to see what seems like a "hidden gospel" written in the original Aramaic, the native language of Jesus. The program,  Do You Know What Jesus Really Said?  will lend new insight to your faith.

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

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GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce that Robert C. Robbins has joined the bank as Vice President of Commercial Banking in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Rob has over seventeen years of experience in commercial lending in the West Michigan region. Previous to joining West Michigan Community Bank, he worked at JP Morgan Chase and Fifth Third Bank in the Grand Rapids area.  In his spare time, Rob continues to enjoy coaching youth baseball after 10 years.

Rob’s office is located at the downtown Grand Rapids office at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor publishes book on Mexican American War

My Town EGR:  Aquinas College professor publishes book on Mexican American War

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Dr. John C. Pinheiro, associate professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, has published a book detailing the religious history of the Mexican-American war. Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War has been published by Oxford University Press.

With Latino immigration and border disputes currently in the national spotlight, Pinheiro believes it is important to look back and understand the impact of the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Manifest Destiny, the 19th-century belief that the expansion of the U.S. throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable, and American republicanism both relied heavily on anti-Catholic civil discourse. When the Protestant United States went to war with Catholic Mexico, anti-Catholic rhetoric became a factor in every major argument for and against the war.

My Town GR Central: Hundreds of students fill downtown Grand Rapids

My Town GR Central: Hundreds of students fill downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of high school and college students filled downtown Grand Rapids this past weekend for the Young America’s Foundation spring conference.

Organizers say more than 200 students took part in the two-day conference at the Amway Grand Plaza.  Students heard from Congressman Bill Huizenga, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Lt. Col. Allen West, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Bay Buchanan, who covered a variety of topics, including free enterprise, national defense and traditional values.