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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards $26K to nonprofit groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards $26K to nonprofit groups

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— Dozens of nonprofit organizations across Michigan are getting a boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

As part of its Volunteer Investment Program, the foundation is awarding more than $26,000 in grants to charities supported by Consumers Energy employees and retirees.  The most recent recipients include:

My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

My Town Rockford: Bank damaged by fire celebrates reopening with donation

My Town Rockford: Bank damaged by fire celebrates reopening with donation

ROCKFORD, Mich.—  A bank that was damaged in a fire last year is back open for business.

During the summer of 2013, the Huntington Bank at 6835 Belding Road NE was hit by lightning, sparking a fire.  After undergoing renovations, the bank celebrated its grand reopening last month by donating $500 to the Cannon Township Fire Department.  The check will go to the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

“We have a strong, loyal base of customers here and we really wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to thank the Rockford community for their continued business as we worked to renovate this branch and provide them with a superior banking experience,” said branch manager Bob Jones. “The entire community, particularly the Cannon Township Fire Department, was there when we needed them and this is our chance to thank them for helping us out.”

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:

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

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!