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My Town Grandville: School district restores long holiday weekend

My Town Grandville: School district restores long holiday weekend

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  Students of Grandville Public Schools are getting back their long Memorial Day weekend. 

In a letter sent to parents Monday, Superintendent Ron Caniff said he has reversed his decision to make up classes on Friday, May 23, because of the spate of winter snow days.  Caniff says he made the change after Governor Snyder signed the School Aid Supplement Bill into law last week.  The measure gives districts with more than 174 school days on their calendar additional snow day relief, provided they meet the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction.  Caniff says Grandville Schools built additional class hours into their school calendar, so the district has exceeded the minimum state requirement for instructional hours. Therefore, Grandville students will not have classes on Friday, May 23.

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Cross-dressing robbery suspect out of hospital

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—A man who witnesses say dressed up like a woman to rob an Ottawa County bank is out of the hospital and in jail.

Todd Kooiker, 51, has been formally charged with bank robbery and fleeing and eluding. Witnesses say the Georgetown Township man put on a blue dress, blond wig and bra before walking into the Community West Credit Union in Hudsonville on Friday. Captain Mark Bennett says Kooiker threatened tellers with a BB gun and demanded money.

Shortly after the robbery, an officer spotted Kooiker ditching a wig while speeding off on a motorcycle. Officers followed him on a chase that topped 100 miles per hour. Bennett says Kooiker eventually crashed while trying to turn, and police recovered his gun, disguise and the money.

Kooiker was treated at a hospital then moved to the Ottawa County Jail, where he remained Sunday night on a $200,000 cash bond.

Credit Union robbery ends in motorcycle crash

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - A motorcycle crash near Allendale may be the end result of a credit union robbery in Hudsonville.

Ottawa County Sheriff and the FBI are still investigating both scenes.

The crash happened at 92nd Avenue and Fillmore. There is no word there on the conditions of the driver or if the crash involved another vehicle.

The credit union robbery was at the Community West Credit Union on 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville.

We have crews at both scenes and we'll have more details when they become available.

My Town Grandville: 'Granny Grace' author book signing event April 12

My Town Grandville: 'Granny Grace' author book signing event April 12

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  Bookworms are invited out to meet local author Ruth Ann Lea during a book signing event in Grandville.

On April 12, Lea, who is a resident of Grand Rapids, will be signing copies of her book, “Granny Grace”, which is written for everyone who has lost a loved one.

 Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Granny Grace has been in our church as long as anyone can remember.  She was Granny Grace when my mamma was little. 

The other day, Mamma got a call about Granny.  They said she got very sick and went home to be with Jesus.  Mamma cried. I cried.”

The book signing event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, located at 3819 Rivertown Parkway in Grandville.

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Macatawa Bank Hosts Recycling Days April 21-25


HOLLAND, Mich., April 8, 2014 –Macatawa Bank is partnering with local West Michigan businesses, Rapid Shred & Comprenew to host a free event for the public to securely destroy documents and electronics. The event will take place during earth week, April 21-25.

Recycling Days will be held:

Monday, April 21: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 41 North State St., Zeeland Tuesday, April 22: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 1575 68th St., Grand Rapids Wednesday, April 23: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids Thursday, April 24: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 12415 Riley St., Holland Friday, April 25: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3191 44th St., SW, Grandville

Along with the Rapid Shred Truck and Comprenew, Macatawa Bank’s famous Mac Snack Wagon will be at each location serving snacks and handing out water from another local partner, Boxed Water is Better. Recycle totes will go to the first 25 people at each location.

Mini-Grants Engage Michigan Youth in Service

LANSING, MI. - The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The LEAGUE Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced the distribution of more than $11,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects across the state. Thanks to these mini-grants, hundreds of Michigan youth will lend their considerable resources to addressing critical issues in their communities this April.

Thirty-four organizations from across Michigan received funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, and services for veterans.

Grants range in value from $90 to $500.

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

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GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce that Robert C. Robbins has joined the bank as Vice President of Commercial Banking in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Rob has over seventeen years of experience in commercial lending in the West Michigan region. Previous to joining West Michigan Community Bank, he worked at JP Morgan Chase and Fifth Third Bank in the Grand Rapids area.  In his spare time, Rob continues to enjoy coaching youth baseball after 10 years.

Rob’s office is located at the downtown Grand Rapids office at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.