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Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

(WZZM) - Lent is underway and we have a list of area churches and organizations offering fish on Friday's for the next 40 days.


Some churches are having events on Good Friday (4/3) and some are not.  For further details and confirmations on any listing, you may want to call ahead.


If you have a Fish Fry not listed here, send details to webmaster@wzzm13.com.


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Bible camper evicted from Hudsonville elementary schools


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Complaints about a camper, belonging to a local Bible club, on school property are leading to policy changes in the Hudsonville school district. School leaders have evicted the group Bible Club Ministries, which was using the camper to teach elementary students during lunch and recess.

At Hudsonville South Elementary School, classes include math, reading, and science. But in the parking lot, some students have also been learning about the Bible during lunch and recess.

"It's been more than 70 years since the Supreme Court required public schools to separate themselves from religion," says Mitch Kahle with the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists or MACRA.

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Trivalent Group promotes John Hey to Chief Operating Officer

Trivalent Group promotes John Hey to Chief Operating Officer

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Trivalent Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s largest IT solution providers, announces the promotion of John Hey to Chief Operating Officer.

"The promotion of John Hey is in recognition of his significant contributions to our growth and success and positions us for greater opportunities in the future," said Trivalent Group CEO Larry Andrus. "As our chief operating officer, John Hey continues along the path of ever-increasing responsibility he has achieved since joining us as Trivalent’s first LAN network engineer, in 1992," Andrus said. Hey, a Trivalent partner, was previously Chief Services Officer.

A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Hey has also earned the Certified Business Continuity Planner credential.

For more information on Trivalent Group, visit http://www.trivalentgroup.com/.

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My Town: "Bella" is top dog for 2014

My Town: "Bella" is top dog for 2014

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“Snoopy” and “Lassie” may be some of the most familiar dog names in American culture but not the most popular when people license their dog in Ottawa County, as the Ottawa County Treasurer announced today that “Bella” and “Buddy” were the most used names on licenses purchased in 2014.  

In addition to Bella and Buddy, Max, Sadie and Bailey round out the top five most popular licensed dog names in Ottawa County during 2014. Following is a list of the top 10 dog names in order of usage.

Grandville Parks & Rec Board backs parade safety plan


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville's Park and Recreation Board is backing a plan to keep giveaways during the city's 4th of July parade.

That comes after safety concerns of parade-goers getting too close to the floats to collect candy or other hand-outs.

The parks board had previously backed a temporary ban on parade giveaways but has now decided to back this new plan requiring at least 200 volunteers to line the parade route and walk alongside the floats to act as spotters.


Hudsonville's reference to God could spell legal trouble


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Weeks after a controversy over a sign with biblical language in a Jenison park, a neighboring community added religious language to a city memo. Starting this year, an updated version of Hudsonville's city newsletter includes the phrase 'strive to serve God,' which is already part of the city's mission statement.

WZZM 13 spoke to city leaders about whether the changes were tied to other religious controversies in Ottawa County.

One word, perhaps even one letter, changes the meaning of Hudsonville's mission statement.

"Probably 'striving to serve good' would satisfy many people, but isn't God good," says John O'Brien, Mayor pro tem and council member for the city of Hudsonville.

The words 'strive to serve God' came to light in an updated version of the city's memo to staff and media.