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My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Rockford: Toy store participating in Read Across America Day

My Town Rockford: Toy store participating in Read Across America Day

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Read Across America Day is this Saturday, March 1, and Aunt Candy’s Toy Company is getting in on the literal fun.

Children are invited to visit the Rockford business at 11:30 a.m. Saturday to hear someone from Sylvan Learning Center read a Dr. Suess book.  A fun activity is planned afterward.

Aunt Candy’s Toy Company is located at 63 Courtland Street.

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Two developments that would bring approximately 200 new jobs to Algoma Township have been given the green light.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18,  the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved the site plans for a senior living complex at 2951 10 Mile Road and a manufacturing facility at 10095 Northland Drive. 

The housing development is being spearheaded by Edmund London & Associates from Southfield.  They plan to transform an outlot near Meijer into a community for seniors.

Dykema LP is the developer of the manufacturing facility, which will cut steel for the tool and die industry.

Planning Commission Chairman Tyler Lecceadone says construction on both developments would start when the weather breaks and if all necessary permits are approved.

My Town Rockford: Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll returns

My Town Rockford: Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll returns

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Get a sweet break from winter as Rockford’s Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll returns for another year.

The sweet-tooth centered event will take place Saturday, May 3 from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. at participating merchants.  Visitors can enjoy unique chocolate samples while strolling through downtown.  There will also be sweet deals and one sweet prize.

For more information and updates, visit the Heart of Rockford Business Association Facebook page.

Wolverine Worldwide named Company of the Year

Wolverine Worldwide named Company of the Year

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Rockford is home to the footwear industry's Company of the Year.

Wolverine Worldwide recently received that accolade from the FFANY and the footwear trade publication, Footwear Plus.  The Rockford-based footwear company received five Plus Awards from both groups,  including Brand of the Year for its Sperry Top-Sider, as well as awards in the Work Boots category with Wolverine, the Athletic Lifestyle category with Keds, and the Outdoor category with Merrell.

Cannon Township holding Master Plan meeting Feb. 6

Cannon Township holding Master Plan meeting Feb. 6

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Cannon Township Planning Commission will hold a special meeting next week to discuss revisions to the community’s Master Plan.

 The meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.  It will be open to the public.

The Planning Commission will likely review surveys from residents and landowners about the township Master Plan.  Participants have until Jan. 31 to respond to the survey, which is available online here.

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road has the green light.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Algoma Township Board approved the proposal, with some modifications-- any signs for the development will only be allowed on outlots, not along 10 Mile Road, and  restaurant facilities added to the outlots cannot be drive-through, but can have a drive-up feature for takeout.

The plan previously approved by the planning commission called for redividing the plot owned by Meijer to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for future senior housing. The planning commission recommended deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.