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My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

BELMONT, Mich.—It’s a condition that affects 10 to 15 percent of new mothers: postpartum depression.

Survivors, family, friends and supporters will put on their hiking boots this Saturday, June 21 to raise awareness about this condition.  This is the second year for the Climb Out of the Darkness event.  At 9 a.m., participants will climb Cannonsburg Ski Area to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and rejection of the stigma of maternal mental illness.  The event is open to everyone and registration is free.

The climb is one of more than 100 such events taking place worldwide during Summer Solstice, in conjunction with Postpartum Progress

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The face of a Special Olympics Michigan athlete from Rockford is now gracing grocery store shelves.

SpartanNash has selected David Paquette to be featured on boxes of Spartan brand honey and oat crunch with almonds cereal this month.  Paquette was named the 2013 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year last may during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics State Summer Games.  He has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years.  He has lost 55 pounds because of his dedication to living healthy, sparked by is participation in SOMI.

Paquette will visit the Cascade D&W Fresh Market to sign autographs this Friday, May 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  He will also appear at the Northland Drive Family Fare on Saturday, May 17 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town Rockford: Drug Take-Back Day nets nearly 600 pounds of prescriptions

My Town Rockford: Drug Take-Back Day nets nearly 600 pounds of prescriptions

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  Nearly 600 pounds of prescription drugs are out of medicine cabinets and off Michigan’s streets.

Troopers announced Tuesday that 586.66 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at Michigan State Police posts statewide during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held on Saturday, April 26.  MSP’s Rockford post collected the second largest amount in the state- 70 pounds. The Flint post collected 101 pounds.

Michigan State Police partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law enforcement agencies for the event, to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs that could be otherwise abused.

My Town Rockford: Register now for 23 Second Fun Run

My Town Rockford: Register now for 23 Second Fun Run

ROCKFORD, Mich.—If you want to support a charitable cause without the long-term training many races entail, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan may have the perfect event for you.

Registration is now open for the 23 Second Fun Run.  Admission is $10 for children and $30 for adults and includes an event t-shirt and goody bag with discounts to area businesses. Proceeds from the event will benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan.

No strollers or bicycles are allowed at the 104 meter race, which will take place on the White Pine Trail in Rockford on Saturday, May 3.  For more information or to register, visit the race website here.

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.”