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Rockford post office re-opens after threat


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) The post office in downtown Rockford has reopened after being evacuated because of a bomb threat.

No other details are available at this time. The post office affected is at 57 Courtland Street. Crews have cleared the scene.


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Annual auction supports Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - There are more than 100 auction items up for grabs on Friday at the Wolverine Worldwide Headquarters in Rockford.

This auction is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA Annual Campaign, which raises funds to help the Y take on the challenges that shape our community's future — like childhood obesity, academic achievement, and chronic diseases.

Last year, through annual campaign support from communities in the Rockford and Belmont area, 663 youth and families took steps toward a healthier lifestyle through participation in Y programs and membership.The YMCA hopes to bring in $75,000 to help serve hundreds of people; both families and children in the community.

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

Parent says teenager improperly questioned about bomb threats


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) A teenager and his parents in Rockford say Kent County deputies investigating recent school bomb threats did not treat the boy fairly or appropriately.

"
It really bothers me, the way they handled things,
"
says parent Mike August.

Police say they are working hard to identify suspects in about a dozen bomb threats called into west Michigan schools over the past few months.

But Mike August says they went too far with their investigation into his son, Michael.

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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. 

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.