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My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

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My Town Grandville: City welcomes first Little Free Library

My Town Grandville: City welcomes first Little Free Library

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The first Little Free Library in Grandville is up and running.

The house-shaped box is located at Mill Race Park.  The one-shelf library features books for all ages.  Community members are encouraged to take a book, read a book and return a book.  The city expects two additional libraries to be installed in other city parks soon.

Grandville’s Little Free Library was made possible by Home Depot, Friends of the Library and the Grandville Parks Department.

Weekend wake up: Grandville Middle School


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-- This week's wake up West Michigan message comes from a group of students at Grandville Middle School.


Grandville combines tree lighting, parade into 1-night event


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville is one of the many West Michigan communities to have held holiday celebrations Friday night.

The fun started with a tree-lighting ceremony at the Grandville library amphitheater.

That was followed by a Christmas parade along Chicago Drive.

This is the first year that the two holiday events have been held on the same night.


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My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

Jenison woman killed in Montcalm Co. crash identified


REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Jenison woman is dead after a November 26 crash in Montcalm County's Reynolds Township.

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office says the two-vehicle crash happened at N. Federal Rd and W. Almy Rd.

Carol Sloma, 68, was driving westbound on W. Almy Rd. and ran the stop sign at N. Federal Rd., according to investigators. Her vehicle crashed into a northbound pickup.

When authorities got to the scene, they found Sloma unresponsive. She was extricated from her vehicle and taken to Kelsey Hospital. She was then pronounced dead. Her passenger, her 17-year-old granddaughter, was conscious and alert after the crash and was taken to Kelsey Hospital.

The pickup's 17-year-old driver from Howard City was taken to Kelsey Hospital with minor injuries, where he was treated and released.

My Town: Hudsonville lights community Christmas tree Dec. 4

My Town: Hudsonville lights community Christmas tree Dec. 4

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.— Hudsonville will kick off the holiday season downtown with a Christmas tree lighting Dec. 4.

Mayor VanDoeselaar will flip the switch to the tree lights at 6:30 p.m between Keegstra’s Dollar Store, Gemmens Hardware and Family Fare Supermarket. The lighting is part of a holiday celebration that runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All community members are invited to enjoy free entertainment and activities, including horse drawn carriage rides, refreshments, pictures with Santa (bring your own camera) and ornament making.  For more information, visit HudsonvilleTreeLighting.com.