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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry Passes 150 Mark in Donated Items To Community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., MAY 14, 2015--Since 2007, an informal group of women from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish has been knitting and crocheting hand made shawls, lap robes, afghans, hats, mittens, scarves and similar items to give veterans, infants, middle schoolers, hospitalized persons, those in nursing homes, parish members and community friends comfort.  Now in its eighth year, the group--known as the Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry--has passed a major milestone of donating 150 items to persons in the lakeshore community and as far away as Haiti.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Host Summer Celebration May 29

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., May 14, 2015--When St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish opens its doors to the general public for a special "Summer Celebration" on Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to midnight, those in attendance will be welcomed to find their place by the bandshell being brought in for a toe-tapping party in the parking lot, food, drinks, dancing and entertainment.

The event will be held on the parish grounds at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  Cost of admission is $5 per person.  Hot dogs, brat's, Jet's pizza, pop and water will be available for a minimal fee.  A full cash bar also will be available, serving keg and canned beer, wine and a variety of mixed drinks.

Live music will be provided by performers with the Scottville Clown Band from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Soul'd Out Band, featuring lead singer and parishioner Bubba LeClair, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

My Town: Rockford Brewing Company to release inaugural bottled brew

My Town: Rockford Brewing Company to release inaugural bottled brew

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Rockford Brewing Company is getting ready to roll out its first bottles of brew since opening in December 2012.

The company’s first bottle release will take place 5 p.m. on April 7 at Rockford Brewing Company's Public House, located at 12 E. Bridge Street. Rockford Brewing Company chose its Belgian Multigrain Anniversary Ale for the inaugural distribution. The series of bottled beers, dubbed the Enthusiast Collection, will come in European shaped bottles with a classic label.

Rockford Brewing Company describes its Belgian Multigrain Anniversary Ale as a rich, malty Belgian beer brewed with barley, wheat, rye and oats. Because bottled Anniversary Ale is very limited, patrons may only purchase up to two bottles a day. Rockford Brewing Company only has 100 total bottles from its 2013 batch and 500 bottles from its 2014 batch.

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13. 

My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

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The Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces the 7th annual Bands on the Grand festival on March 7, 2015. The series of concerts will be held at Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Schedule

• 11:30 a.m. - Rockford Community Band

• 12:30 p.m. - Grand Ledge Community Band

• 1:30 p.m. -  Lansing Concert Band

• 2:30 p.m. -  Motor City Brass Band

• 3:30 p.m. -  West Michigan Concert Winds

• 4:30 p.m. -  Forest Hills Adult Community Band

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Bands on the Grand is an all-day adult community band festival. Each band will perform a free concert for the public which will be critiqued by professional music adjudicators. Each participating band will then have a private group session with a professional Clinician.

My Town Rockford: 'Joyous Moments' exhibit opens at Arts Rockford

My Town Rockford: 'Joyous Moments' exhibit opens at Arts Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Mich. –  A gallery reception will be held February 20 from 5 to 8 pm for the new “Joyous Moments” exhibit featuring work by Kathleen Bechtel at Arts Rockford.  Open to the public, the reception is free and offers an opportunity to meet the artist and tour the exhibit.  Refreshments will be served.  Bechtel’s exhibit will run in the arts center located at 52 Courtland Street, Rockford from February 18 to March 30.

Kathleen Bechtel studied at Kendall School of Art & Design and has taken numerous workshops continuing her education.  Working for the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, MI as an Art Director, Bechtel brings in workshop teachers for continuing education in art for the community. 

She works in pastels and oils to create her favorite subject matters of portaits, still lifes and landscapes.     

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.