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My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Board of Commissioners has formed a new group to help support, expand and attract agri-business to the county.

The Agri-Business Community Work Group is comprised of people from a range of agricultural, business and legislative backgrounds, located across the county.  Members include:

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon community members are encouraged to honor fallen heroes and their families while paying tribute to local law enforcement during the annual Muskegon Police Officers Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 14.

This year’s ceremony is being moved to the Paul C. Johnson Pavillion at Heritage Landing, because of construction at the Hall of Justice.  The memorial will begin at 6 p.m.  Lt. Christopher McIntire, commander of the Michigan State Police Rockford post, will be the guest speaker.

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 Rockford: Community band, choir and orchestra team up for spring concert

My Town Rockford: Community band, choir and orchestra team up for spring concert

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ROCKFORD, Mich. –  On Sunday, April 27, the Rockford Community Band, the Rockford Community Choir and the Rockford Community Orchestra combined to present their annual Spring Concert at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium.

The audience was treated to a bouquet of musical selections guaranteed to lift spirits and set toes tapping.  The afternoon program included the Rockford Community Band with Conductor Tiffany Engle presenting “Of Stage and Screen” with highlights from Les Miserables, the Tancredi Overture, Fugue & Chorale on “Yankee Doodle”,  Four Dances from West Side Story and John Williams in concert.

My Town: Wolverine Worldwide CEO to speak at Davenport Commencement

My Town: Wolverine Worldwide CEO to speak at Davenport Commencement

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Davenport University)-- Blake W. Krueger, Chairman, CEO and President of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., will serve as Davenport University’s 2014 Commencement Speaker at ceremonies to be held Sunday April 27, 2014, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.  At the event, where more than 2,000 Davenport graduates from across the state of Michigan will celebrate their new degrees, Krueger will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate degree by the university.  Kreuger will also be honored with Davenport University’s highest honor, the Peter C. Cook Excellence in Business Award, in May of 2014.

My Town Rockford: State lawmakers welcome Rockford water polo team to Capitol

My Town Rockford: State lawmakers welcome Rockford water polo team to Capitol

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The Rockford boys’ water polo team got a warm welcome while visiting the Capitol recently.

State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeulen honored the team for back-to-back state championship victories.

“Few high school teams come together with as much success as the Rockford Rams have experienced over the past two years, and I am excited to celebrate this second state championship with them,” said MacGregor, R-Cannon Township. “I wish them even more success in the future, both in the pool and in the classroom.”

The Rams had a perfect 100-0 over the past two seasons, defeating Ann Arbor Pioneer 6-4 in November to earn their 10th title in school history.

“I am glad we could meet with Coach Dave McWatters and these exceptional young men today and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker. “They are all fine representatives of the entire Rockford community.”

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.