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Downtown GR Inc. Appoints 60+ Citizens to Leadership Network, Announces New Chief Outcomes Officer

Downtown GR Inc. Appoints 60+ Citizens to Leadership Network, Announces New Chief Outcomes Officer

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The Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) Board of Advisors yesterday appointed 64 citizens to serve on its three Alliances, which effectively function as community-driven steering committees helping to guide the organization’s overall body of work.

DGRI also announced that Andy Guy will serve as the organization’s Chief Outcomes Officer. The new role will direct the implementation of strategic policy, communications, and project initiatives on behalf of DGRI and the downtown neighborhoods.

“We’re working to position Grand Rapids at the vanguard of America’s city building movement,” said DGRI Board of Advisors Chair Ray Kisor. “The Alliances and new staff leadership help ensure we’re bringing the creative ideas, expertise and experience, strategic ability, and collaborative spirit required to pursue that mission.”

My Town: Local military family honored by Eckrich and country music star Randy Houser

My Town: Local military family honored by Eckrich and country music star Randy Houser

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Thanks to Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats, James Jackson and his family were honored by chart-topping, platinum-selling country music star Randy Houser Tuesday night at his performance at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. as part of Luke Bryan's That's My Kind of Night Tour. 

There is an upside to this Fridgid Weather

There is an upside to this Fridgid Weather

I took advantage of this fridgid weather to defrost & clean my freezer. I turned it off last evening, left the door open after unscrewing the light bulb and packed everything into some plastic tubs and put them out in my garage. This morning the freezer was completely clear of any frost so it was just a matter of getting a pan of  water with white vinegar and wiping it down, inside and out.

I figure the total time I spent on this chore, my part was 30 minutes, was time well spent. I sorted and put items back in the freezer, screwed the bulb back in, closed the door and my job was all done for another year. A feeling of satisfaction:)

WMU-Cooley students meet with high-profile attorney in honor of Black History Month

WMU-Cooley students meet with high-profile attorney in honor of Black History Month

Gwyne Thomas and Demar Sheffey, members of the Black Law Students Association at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus, had the opportunity recently to meet with Frederick D. McClure, CEO of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. McClure’s visit to Grand Rapids was part of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Black History Month Celebrations.

McClure began his career in public service as an intern in President Ford’s administration. After serving in Ford’s administration, McClure served as a special assistant in congressional relations for President Ronald Reagan. He later went on to serve as an assistant for legislative affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Following his career in the White House, McClure became managing partner for the international law firm, Dentons US, LLP.

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced
--------NEWS RELEASE-------Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

“We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox. “We are always excited to see and read so much great talent in Michigan. We are supported by 155 volunteer reviewers—librarians, booksellers and Friends of the Library—with over half of them returning from last year’s contest. Many people find this a fun way to support aspiring writers.”

Grand Rapids student joins virtual school’s National Honors Society

Grand Rapids student joins virtual school’s National Honors Society

Zoe Gibson from Grand Rapids posed with fellow Great Lakes Cyber Academy classmates during her induction into the National Honors Society. To learn more about Great Lakes Cyber Academy, register for an upcoming information session or visit their website.

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

REgistration is required to attend an informative orientation to learn about Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program.

Refugee youth, who have been separated from their families by community violence, war and abuse are desperate to live in a an accepting and loving foster home that helps welcome them to our country and prepares them for future independence.

This orientation takes place Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Michigan Refugee Services located at 1050 36th Street, Suite 400 in GRand Rapids.

Dinner will be provided. There is no required commitment to this free orientation.

RSVP at (616)365-50096 or visit www.bethany.org/rfc for more information.