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My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A spokesperson for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says Rockford Restaurant Week 2014 was a great success.

According to organizers, participating restaurants served up more than 800 of their specialty meals to patrons during Rockford Restaurant Week.  For each sale, participating restaurants donated the equivalent of 4.5 meals, which totaled to more than 3,600 meals for those in need.  That’s 25 percent higher than last year, and comes at a time when demand for Feeding America West Michigan’s services are at a record high.

This was the second year for Rockford Restaurant Week.  Modeled after Grand Rapids’ Restaurant Week, the event is designed to raise awareness about the diverse food Rockford offers, while funding hunger relief through Feeding America West Michigan. 

Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grants Engage Michigan Youth in Service


LANSING, MI. - The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The LEAGUE Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced the distribution of more than $11,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects across the state. Thanks to these mini-grants, hundreds of Michigan youth will lend their considerable resources to addressing critical issues in their communities this April.

Thirty-four organizations from across Michigan received funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, and services for veterans.

Warmer weather spurs Steelhead fishing along the Rogue River

Warmer weather spurs Steelhead fishing along the Rogue River

Anglers have been converging on the Rogue River in Rockford as the spring Steelhead run gets underway.

Dozens of anglers fished beneath the Rockford dam over the weekend as warmer temperatures and partly cloudy skies offered ideal conditions.

The Rogue and the Grand River in Grand Rapids are producing nice steelhead catches, the state Department of Natural Resources reports.

Steelhead activity is expected to pick up this week and continue into early May.

Those fishing Sunday reported success using live bait and artificial lures. The Rogue is running higher than normal due to snow melting in its watershed, which drains about 234 square miles in Kent and Newaygo counties.

The river was running at 5.7 feet on Monday; flood stage is 8 feet.

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town: Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 26

My Town: Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 26

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The date is set for Cannon Township's annual Waterfest.

Waterfest 2014 will take place at Townsend Park Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the event's pancake breakfast and bake sale will go to the Cannonsburg Crhistmas Light Committee.  Pancake meal prices are $5 per adult, $3 for children 12 years and under and $15 per family.

Waterfest 2014 will also include owl presentations, sessions about recycling with worms and raptor presentations.  Children who take part in all three presentations will win a prize.  Visitors can also sign up for door prizes and learn more about the Bear Creek Watershed and Blandford Nature Center.  There will also be live music, a frog hunt and the annual duck race.

For more information, visit the Cannon Township website.