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My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125


Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Rockford tells students to not share threats on social media

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) Rockford Public Schools have sent out suggestions to students in dealing with the wave of threats that the school has been receiving.

Several bomb threats and other threats directed at students have been called in or sent in via social media in recent months to the district. The constant harassment has been affecting students and their learning.

In a note sent to parents Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler says that they have established a system that students should use if they receive any threats to themselves, others, or the school.

First, the student should refrain from sharing the threat on social media. They also should not respond to the threat. If they think the threat is credible, they should immediately take a screen shot of the threat or print it out to capture the data. This helps preserve evidence for investigators.

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16


GRAND RAPIDS – It seems most households now have flat-screen televisions these days, but many people may still have an older Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) television in their home. Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has collected 5.6 million pounds of electronics, including televisions, since 2001, without charging residents a fee. These items are processed by a third-party recycler. CRT televisions contains approximately 5-10 pounds of lead, a toxic component for our environment that can cause a variety of health issues. Due to the increasing cost of recycling televisions, Kent County DPW will begin charging a recycling fee starting February 16.

Rockford school threats a 'cowardly act'

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Law enforcement officials showed up in force Friday morning to reassure students at Rockford High School that a new threat was not credible.

Rockford superintendent Michael Shibler was made aware of a new threat against students Thursday on Twitter. The FBI and Kent County Sheriff's Department were on site Friday morning interviewing the students who received the threats, as well as their parents.

Shibler sent a letter to parents saying, "the threats, like previous ones, were deemed to be non-credible and are being investigated." The threats have been ongoing for months and have often been posted social media; now the district is working on a new way of alerting parents, staff, and students.

Belding Road reopens after serious crash

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - Westbound Belding Road/M-44 has reopened following a serious head-on crash.

It happened just after 7 a.m. Friday just east of Myers Lake Avenue.

There's no word yet on any injuries. The road reopened around 8:30 a.m.

We'll have more details when they become available.