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West Michigan Miracle League looking for players


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)—Registration is underway for the 2014 fall sports season for the West Michigan Miracle League, which provides kids with disabilities the chance to play baseball.

The fall 2014 season starts Sept. 6. Games will be played every Saturday through Oct. 4 at Nate Hurwitz Field, which is part of the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford.

The West Michigan Miracle League is open to children ages 5-18 who have physical or mental disabilities. The registration fee is $40, and scholarships are available. Registration is open through Aug. 24. For additional information, visit the West Michigan Miracle League's website here.


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My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in the mix for the former home of Ramona’s Table.

The owners of the former Gaslight Village restaurant have sold their space at 2232 Wealthy Street SE to the owners of Rio Grand Steakhouse in Plainfield Township.  It’s unclear if Rio Grand Steakhouse is planning to open a second restaurant, or move its current establishment at 5501 Northland Drive into the space.

Ramona’s Table moved to the corner of Squires and Bridge in Rockford, where it opened Aug 1.  The owners say their new space can accommodate more than 160 people- more than their old restaurant. Co-owner Jackie Ziehm also says Rockford also had a liquor license available, allowing Ramona’s Table to add Michigan beers and wines to its expanded farm-to-table menu.

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

My Town: Rockford Farm Market vendor enlists high school students

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Local grower extraordinaire Jack Urben has come up with a way to sell his in-demand sweet corn at America's Favorite Farmers Market in Rockford on Saturday mornings.

Boasting the sweetest of sweet corn, hobby-farmer Jack Urben has built such a huge following of believers that he found it difficult to keep up with the demand of throngs of people who attend the iconic Rockford Farm Market every Saturday morning. In a collaborative venture with Rockford Public Schools, Urben has recruited six junior and senior student council members to staff his farm market stall during what appears to be a record corn harvest.

"These personable and enthusiastic students will be further educated by engaging in people-to-people skills the likes of eye-contact, greetings and thank yous, and money handling without having to resort to a computer or that "brain" that they carry around in their hands," said Urben. 

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Community members are invited to check out the newest sporting attraction now open in Kent County.

Phase I construction of the West Michigan Archery Center recently wrapped up.  The site includes a 10,000 square foot facility, parking lot, rain gardens and practice range.  Archers can also test their skills on a world-class 3-D range.

WMAC will host a grand opening celebration and community open house Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to try out shooting and meet the facility's coaches during the event. WMAC is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and shares a driveway with the Art Van Sportsplex.