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WGRDx Cannonsburg Cardboard Bobsled Derby returns Feb. 22

WGRDx Cannonsburg Cardboard Bobsled Derby returns Feb. 22

CANNONSBURG, Mich.—Save up your cardboard boxes; the WGRDx Cannonsburg Cardboard Bobsled Race is right around the corner.

On Saturday, Feb. 22 cardboard creations will flow down the hill. The competition is open to people age 21 and up.  Teams are encouraged to go crazy with their cardboard bobsled design, as well as costumes and decorations.  The winners will receive cash prizes, gift certificates and bragging rights.

Registration for the race is $30 per team and includes t-shirts.  The deadline to register is Feb. 17.  For more information, visit the Cannonsburg website here.

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. 

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

West Michigan Archery Center nears completion

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP,  Mich.--   The heat is on and the finishing touches are being made to the West Michigan Archery Center in Kent County.

The $1.15 million facility is located on 10 Mile Road in the Art Van Sports Park.  Crews with Rockford-based McIntyre Builders began construction last September. They’ve just completed drywall and trim, and hope to obtain occupancy permits within the next couple months.

The facility, which will serve as a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) site, will be open to the public at minimal costs.  The grounds will also include outdoor and 3D fields. 

15,000 Michigan kids to be rewarded for 'Caught Being Safe'

15,000 Michigan kids to be rewarded for 'Caught Being Safe'

CANNONSBURG, Mich.-- About 15,000 young skiers and snowboarders “Caught Being Safe” will receive a coupon from the National Ski Patrol for a free hot chocolate from McDonald’s.

McDonald’s is partnering with the National Ski Patrol and the Field Neurosciences Institute to bring the Caught Being Safe program to Michigan ski resorts. 

 According to research, wearing a helmet can reduce the incidence of any head injury by 30 to 50 percent.

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program.

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:

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.