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Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Swimmers filled five West Michigan pools on June 18 to try to make history.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson—an event aimed at raising awareness about water safety, while trying to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson worldwide.

An employee of the Holland Aquatics Center says about 105 children took part in this year’s event at their location; that’s more than double the number of participants they had last year.  Participants also took part at the East Grand Rapids High School Pool, the Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center, and Full Blast in Battle Creek.  MVP Athletic Club also welcomed 30 participants, ranging in age from two years to 75 years.  This is the third year MVP Athletic Club has taken part in the event.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Rockford man named 2013 Healthy Athlete of the Year

Rockford man named 2013 Healthy Athlete of the Year

ROCKFORD, Mich.— A Rockford man is the 2013 Spartan Stores Healthy Athlete of the Year.

David Paquette received the award during the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games on May 30. 

“It’s hard for me to talk about myself,” said a tearful Paquette after winning the honor. “It’s an honor to be the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete of the Year. It’s the coolest and happiest moment for me.”

Paquette has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years.  In that time he’s helped raise more than $100 for Miles for Medals.  He also cheers on fellow athletes and shares his tips to a healthy lifestyle.  Paquette lost 55 pounds thanks to a training regimen with the YMCA.

Spartan Stores selects its Healthy Athlete of the year based on their dedication to improving health and wellness in their community, as well as following the Special Olympics Oath: “Let me win.

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Camp Roger swings into spring with new feature

Camp Roger swings into spring with new feature

 

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Camp Roger is swinging into spring with a new feature built by camp volunteers and the Wolverine Building Group.

In honor of the company’s upcoming 75th anniversary, Wolverine Building Group donated labor and materials to build a rope swing at the camp on April 26.  The project was part of Wolverine’s inaugural “Take Action Day”.

Camp Roger offers summer camp, an adventure course for school, team and corporate team building, and a Discovery Nature Center that can cater to local schools and homeschooled students.  The camp features a zip line, a four-story tree house, and a climbing tower.

For more information on Camp Roger or to register a camper, visit www.camproger.org.  For more information on Wolverine Building Group, visit www.wolvgroup.com

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.