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Ridge Cider Co Grand Opening Saturday May 16th

Ridge Cider Co Grand Opening Saturday May 16th

The Ridge Cider Co. in Grant Michigan on M-37 is celebrating their Grand Opening with live music, food, and hard cider from noon to 11pm on Saturday May 16th.  Blessing of the Bikes travelers are welcome to visit and gather in the nice big parking area to for your tour North.  Live music by the "Bear Creek Brothers" will entertain crowds as they fuel up with BBQ pulled pork.  Fifty cents of each food plate purchase will be donated to St Ann's Senior Nutrition Program in Baldwin, MI.  Ridge Cider is located at 351 W 136th in Grant - right on M37.  For more info, contact Matt DeLong at (231) 519-2402.

My Town: 'Sew Hungry' a perfect fit for helping those in need

My Town: 'Sew Hungry' a perfect fit for helping those in need

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A stitching savant from Rockford is using her talent to feed West Michigan’s hungry.

Seamstress Kay Hawn is behind “Sew Hungry.”  The sewing and alterations business donates all of its income to Feeding America West Michigan.

Hawn can take on any project, from creating pillows and repairing quilts to fixing zippers and altering pants.  To contact Hawn, call (616) 560-3547 or email hahnk57@gmail.com

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: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: Sweet surprise comes to downtown Rockford

My Town: Sweet surprise comes to downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Visitors to Rockford are in for a sweet surprise.

Sweetland Chocolates & Coffee is moving in.  The company recently posted signs on its new storefront at 9 North Main Street NE.  According to the company’s Facebook page, the new candy and coffee shop will feature a full espresso bar.

Sweetland Chocolates & Coffee is expected to open in June.

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A homeowner in Eastown is getting $10,000 to renovate her place.

Cami Estep won the giveaway contest by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and Option 1 Credit Union.  The two groups launched the contest in February, during the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Home Show. 

“Our home is more than 100 years old, so the possibilities for projects are endless,” said Estep. “We were already planning on redoing an upstairs bathroom, but our furnace has been making some interesting noises lately, so we may choose to replace our aging heating and cooling system instead!”

Although she may not know exactly how to invest the money yet, one thing is for certain-- Estep and her family are very grateful for the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.