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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

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Rockford school officials meet with FBI, police about threats


Rockford, Mich. (WZZM) - The Rockford school district has had six bomb threats since October, with the most recent scare happening last week.

On Thursday, school officials met with FBI, local, and state police personnel to discuss the threats.

The meeting was just one of many steps police and school officials have taken to try to find a solution to the string of threats. While this meeting was focused more on everyone being able to communicate with each other about this case, it was also a chance to get law enforcement agencies involved to be on the same page.

After the meeting, school officials released a YouTube video to parents at Rockford schools, explaining the situation. In the video, Superintendent Mike Shibler explains safety is the number-one priority.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Breakfast on the go: Pulled pork breakfast bagel


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. ( WZZM) -- Herman's Boy in Rockford joined Meredith Terhaar and Laura Hartman with a unique and delicious breakfast sandwich idea.


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Nothing found in latest Rockford threat


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) Another threat at a Rockford school has ended with no activity.

The school posted online that the Sheriff's Department monitored the afternoon activities at the Rockford Freshman Center after a threat was called in to the police department. Nothing unusual happened.

The school says that they did not change the activities of the day because the threat referred to the outside of the school.

RELATED: Rockford HS students moved to gym Thursday after threat

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Rockford HS students moved to gym after threat


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- About 1,700 students at Rockford High School were moved to the gymnasium around noon Friday while police searched for a potentially explosive device in a duffle bag.

Rockford police received a threat of a propane tank in a bag. Michigan State Police troopers and a canine unit arrived to search the school.

The gymnasium was determined to be the safest place to house the students while the search was conducted throughout the rest of the building and grounds.

School officials say students will remain in the gymnasium for the remainder of the school day. They expect the search to be completed by 2:45 p.m. and students will be dismissed as soon as the all-clear is given by law enforcement.


My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.