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Send us your summer pics!

Send us your summer pics!

It's not over yet, but we want to see your summer photos!! Has there been a moment that you've photographed that just screams summer or was there a moment when you thought to yourself, "It's finaly here!" Well, send us your best summer photo and we'll add it to our West Michigan Summer 2012 photo gallery.

Please send your photos to mytown@wzzm13.com along with your name and location.

Thank you!

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Chambers of Commerce partner to bring members together over golf

Chambers of Commerce partner to bring members together over golf

Starting August 30 and running through September 27, each Thursday from 3pm-5pm, the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Allendale Chamber of Commerce will be partnering on a golf networking league. Through the Networking Golf League, members will be able to enjoy a game of golf while making new connections. For five consecutive weeks, participating golfers will be paired with a new group of golfers for nine holes so business members get time to build relationships with other businesses in a casual environment.

After a very successful event hosted by the Hudsonville Chamber in the spring, the two Chambers decided to join forces in an effort to add event more benefit to their members through a joint league in the fall.

Stuff the Bus needs more supplies this year

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Store shelves are filling up with school supplies.  Some districts hope you'll buy a few extra items, because they have an increasing number of students who can't afford even the basics.

Stuff the Bus kicks off Friday, August 3. Organizers are striving to get at least 500 more supplies than last year to meet the demands of six districts.

This is the third year for "Stuff the Bus" in the Grand Rapids area, and sponsoring companies first collected 2,500 supplies.

The goal this year is to receive 3,500 brand-new pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, and rulers.

Sponsors, including Amway and Fifth Third Bank, are donating backpacks with deodorant, shampoo, and toothbrushes.

These will go to middle schoolers in Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Jenison, Wyoming Park, Godfrey Lee and East Kentwood public schools.

Hundreds at vigil for missing Hudsonville teen

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Family and friends of a Hudsonville teenager who disappeared while hiking in Montana are not giving up hope for his safe recovery.

A vigil for Jakson Kreiser was held thursday at Baldwin St. Middle School in Hudsonville.  Several hundred people gathered to hope and pray for Kreiser's rescue.  His friends organized the event. 

Kreiser disappeared July 28 while hiking at Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, where he worked a seasonal job at a lodge.

Kreiser's brother, Austin Bauer, thanked the people for coming to the vigil.

"I just really appreciate all you guys coming out," said Bauer.  "I don't know everyone.  It doesn't matter.  Everyone is just showing a great sign of solidarity and it just means so much to me and his family."

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Congratulations Mango Winners!

Congratulations Mango Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Share Your Mango Story and Win contest! We loved learning about all the different ways that our patrons have used Mango.

Congratulations go out to Kathleen and Cassandra, the grand prize winners! They will each receive a Sony eReader. We hope to share their stories on our Branches page in the coming months.

If you haven’t tried Mango Languages, check it out today!

Ottawa area schools among best in the state, several “Reward” schools

Ottawa area schools among best in the state, several “Reward” schools

Despite Michigan Department of Education officials adjusting cut scores on state assessments, students in schools throughout the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) have again measured up on both the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Exam (MME).

While scores on these exams were somewhat lower generally, school officials say they believe the designations are only temporary and schools have – in many cases – already made adjustments to the learning process that address the state’s concerns.

Keep the family safe while having a good time, National Night Out takes place next Tuesday

Keep the family safe while having a good time, National Night Out takes place next Tuesday

On August 7, 2012 between 6-9pm, residents are invited to stop by the Hudsonville Fire Station as part of the National Night Out 2012 to find out ways to keep their families safe enjoying a festive community event.

As part of National Night Out 2012, event visitors can stop by and tour fire trucks, check out the rescue equipment, find out how to stay safe in severe weather, and tour the Mobile Command Unit, among other activities.  In addition, kids will have the opportunity to operate a fire hose, try on a firefighter uniform, and even tour emergency vehicles.

Dave Dahl, the Emergency Management Director, stated that, “The goal of National Night Out is to come together as a community and build relationships as part of the continuing effort to prevent crime and drug abuse. In Hudsonville, we’re taking this opportunity to help make our residents aware of some of the organizations, people, and equipment that are in place to promote and ensure public safety.”