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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

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My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—A new traffic light now hangs over the intersection where two men lost their lives earlier this summer.

Don and Annette Watters this week spotted crews installing the signal over 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive in Stanwood. It’s the same intersection where an SUV collided with a pickup truck May 3, killing 18-year-old Roman Aguilar-Emmons and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar.  The wreckage is long gone, but a makeshift memorial for the men still stands nearby.

Aetna Township Clerk Delores Berringer says the light was installed  on a temporary basis because of a nearby highway overpass construction project.  MDOT spokesman John Richard says crews are working on the first bridge slide project in the state at U.S. 131 and 3 Mile, so traffic needed to be rerouted onto 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  MDOT crews began installing a  second temporary light at Jefferson Road near the U.S. 131 exit to downtown Morley Friday.

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Summer is still in full swing, and new movies are premiering every weekend.

Celebration Cinema has a few good movies this weekend that you won't want to miss. Here are my top five for this weekend:

1.) A Most Wanted Man (Rated R) - Premiers this Friday at Celebration North. This movie is about a brutally tortured immigrant who turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity.

2.) And So It Goes (Rated PG-13) - Premieres this Friday at all Celebration locations. This movie is about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

My Town Hudsonville: Families scrambling after Christian school closes

My Town Hudsonville: Families scrambling after Christian school closes

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.— Students of Freedom Christian Schools will have to find another place to attend this fall.

Freedom Christian’s board of directors announced last week that the private school in Hudsonville will be shutting down Aug. 10, pending any miraculous intervention. The school’s website has already been taken down.

Board members blame the closure on enrollment, which has been declining the past several years, cutting into funding.   They say the school would not have enough money to finish the school year.

Freedom Christian Schools was founded in 1981.  It served full-time and part-time students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

My Town: Proposed millage increase would lead to new library and community center

My Town: Proposed millage increase would lead to new library and community center

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Should Georgetown Township borrow up to $19 million for community upgrades?

That’s the question voters will answer during the Aug. 5 election.  The proposal would raise township property taxes .83 mills to pay for the upgrades, which would include building a new library, senior/community center and farmer’s market, downsizing township offices, improving park amenities, ad adding a bike path along Rush Creek connecting to 8th Avenue Park.  The millage increase would equate to approximately $63 per year in taxes for a home valued at $150,000.

For additional information about the millage proposal, visit the Georgetown Township’s website here.

Laid-off Lamar employees utilize community job fair


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – Dozens of laid-off Lamar Construction workers met Monday with companies that are actively hiring as part of a special service event hosted by Ottawa County Michigan Works!.

The 30 companies that participated are offering a combined total of more than 200 jobs are available for skilled construction workers.

The community event, held at Hudsonville High School, comes just weeks after Lamar Construction Co. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy leaving 180 employees without jobs.

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