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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

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. 

My Town Rockford: Northland Animal Hospital to offer holistic options

My Town Rockford: Northland Animal Hospital to offer holistic options
-------------------------NEWS RELEASE---- ROCKFORD, Mich. (Northland Animal Hospital) -- Northland Animal Hospital is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Diane Vander Wall. Originally born and raised in Kentwood, she graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and then went on to graduate from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She developed an interest in acupuncture and herbal therapy during her family's battle with cancer and a growing interest from her clients.

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.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here!

If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

 

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

 

My Town Rockford: Huntington Rogue River Blues Series lineup announced

My Town Rockford: Huntington Rogue River Blues Series lineup announced

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The tentative lineup is seat for this year’s Huntington Rogue River Blues Series.

The first act will take the Garden Club Park Stage June 10.  All performances are free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Each performance will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The tentative schedule includes:

 

  • Tuesday June 10, 2014: Root Doctor
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014: Hank Mowery & The Hawktones
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014: Vincent Hayes
  • Tuesday July 1, 2014: Weezil Malone Band
  • Tuesday July 8, 2014: Big Boss Blues
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014: Little Frank & The Premieres
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014: Thirsty Perch Blues Band


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My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.