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My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

My Town: Tech Center students earn top spots at Business & Technology Challenge

My Town: Tech Center students earn top spots at Business & Technology Challenge

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Muskegon ISD)-- Students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) Computer Aided Design and Internet, Network & Security Technologies programs earned top-three spots during the annual Business & Technology Challenge sponsored by Baker College.

The event, which took place on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, hosted more than 150 students from nine schools in Michigan.

CAD students from the MACTC demonstrated success in the AutoCAD and Drafting & Design events by earning the following awards:

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

Holiday Bazaar Returns Saturday, November 15

Holiday Bazaar Returns Saturday, November 15

For the fourteenth year the community is invited to check out booths of one-of-a-kind gift ideas created by many crafters during this Bazaar! There is also the chance to visit Grandma’s Attic, take part in a Silent Auction, purchase goodies from a Bake Sale & even the opportunity to purchase Cookies by the Pound. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11am-2pm.

This Holiday shopping extravaganza takes place this Saturday, November 15 from 9:00am to 3:00pm!

32nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

32nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

The Community is invited to check out a variety of one-of-a-kind handmade gift items for purchase at this Craft Fair provided Rockford Seniors Unlimited.

This Saturday, 11/8/14 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Rockford High School located at 4100 Kroes Avenue is the place to be for a holiday shopping experience, like no other.

There will be a lot of craft booths with great gift ideas, just in time for the upcoming holidays and even gift bags for sale.

Visit: www.rockfordschools.org/?i=CommunitySeniors click on Special events & scroll down for details.