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My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

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My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

My Town: Rockford Community Orchestra announces new conductor for 2014-2015 season

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Rockford Community Orchestra) –  The Rockford Community Orchestra is looking forward to an exciting season with new conductor, Nancy J. Summers, who started July 1, 2014.

The RCO board of directors made the announcement in July.

Rockford Community Orchestra Secretary Emily Lackey says Summers has an amazing background. For the past 13 years, Summers served as music director and conductor of West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  During her time with that organization, Summers oversaw growth in the number of ensembles offered, broadened the scope of their outreach performances and raised the level of musicianship. 

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

Wyoming man dies in fiery crash at I-196 & M-6


GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming man is dead following a fiery crash on I-196 in Ottawa County.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on the interstate at the junction with M-6.

Investigators say Gregory Jay Folkert, 46, lost control of his vehicle and hit the wall of the M-6 overpass. The car caught fire and Folkert was thrown from the vehicle. He was apparently not wearing a seatbelt, investigators said.

Emergency crews gave him CPR, but were unable to revive him.

Michigan State Police say the victim was a 46-year-old man from Wyoming. They are not releasing his name until his family is notified.

As of 6:30 a.m., only one eastbound lane was open on I-196. Troopers expected the other lanes to remain closed for at least an hour.

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My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

Good Samaritan dies after Ottawa Co. crash


BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Good Samaritan has died and another person was seriously hurt when a driver hit a disabled vehicle Saturday night on Port Sheldon Street near 56th Avenue.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say Jenna Esterley, 18, of Jenison pulled on the side of the road to check her GPS, but she pulled over too far and her vehicle became stuck in a ditch.

A passing driver, David Pierson, 51, of Zeeland, offered to help. While Pierson and Esterley's passenger, 17-year-old Samantha Brown, were outside of the vehicle talking, a third driver slammed into Esterley's vehicle, hitting Pierson and Brown.

Pierson was critically hurt and died later at the hospital. Brown was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Esterley was not hurt.

The at-fault driver, 22-year-old Jeremy Vedder of Hudsonville, told authorities he didn't see the disabled vehicle.