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My Town Rockford: Family Fare welcomes grocery bags with a colorful message

My Town Rockford: Family Fare welcomes grocery bags with a colorful message

BELMONT, Mich.— The grocery bags at the Family Fare in Rockford are getting a makeover, in honor of March is Reading Month.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy students have been decorating the bags with colorful, creative messages related to March is Reading Month.  The students hope to encourage area shoppers to read more.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21

East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Classrooms are closed for winter break, but student athletes will still be breaking a sweat Saturday, Dec. 21 as the East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament returns to Grand Rapids.

In the inaugural tournament last year, West was best, winning three of its five games.  The rules are the same this year--  the winner of each game will earn one point for its side of the state.  The region with the most points will earn bragging rights until next year.

Half-time entertainment is also planned for many of the games, including half-court shot contests for prizes.  The game day schedule is as follows:

Nationally known comedienne is coming to Rockford

Nationally known comedienne is coming to Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A well-known comedienne is coming to West Michigan next year, but not for LaughFest.

Caroline Rhea, who starred in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” as well as several other TV programs and movies, will headline the Rockford Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser Saturday, January 18.

The fundraiser will take place at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium.  Tickets are $40 and available on the district website or by calling (616) 863-6317.  Proceeds from the event will go to local schools and organizations that propose programs to enhance education in Rockford.   The Rockford Education Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants since it was founded 22 years ago.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”