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My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town: Georgetown Township announces plans for new library and community center

My Town: Georgetown Township announces plans for new library and community center
 

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—New plans are in the works for the Georgetown Township offices, the township library and Jenison Public Schools.

In a post on its Facebook page Tuesday, the township says it has agreed to sell the township offices and library to the school district so it can expand its early childhood programs.  The buildings are located at 1515 Baldwin Street and 1525 Baldwin Street in Jenison.

The deal hinges on the August 2014 election, during which the township will ask voters to approve a bond to build a new library and senior citizen/community center.  Georgetown Township has reached a deal to purchase the former K-Mart, which it will demolish to build the new facilities.  The new community center and library would open to the public in 2016.

The township plans to host public meeting in the future to detail its plans.

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies
---------------------------------------NEWS RELEASE----------------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Administration) – Businesses and residents in Kent County are in good hands fiscally. Kent County remains financially strong, according to rating agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service. Both agencies affirmed the long-term Triple-A credit ratings– the highest possible – for the County. This represents the 16th consecutive year that Kent County has held the long-term Triple-A ratings from both agencies. Both S&P and Moody’s also affirmed the highest short-term credit ratings available for the County. S&P noted that Kent County has a history of strong financial management and commitment to meeting financialobligations. In addition, one S&P analyst called Kent County’s financial overview “. . .

My Town Grandville: Free community recycling event April 25

My Town Grandville: Free community recycling event April 25

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— In honor of Earth Week, Macatawa Bank is teaming up with local businesses for one final free community recycling event this Friday, April 25.

Recycling Days runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Macatawa Bank at 3191 44th Street SW in Grandville.  Rapid Shred and Comprenew will be on hand to help visitors securely destroy documents and electronics. Macatawa Bank’s Mac Snack Wagon will be serving snacks and handing out water from Grand Rapids-based Boxed Water is Better.  The first 25 visitors will receive a recycle tote.

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

My Town Grandville: Chiropractic taps high school design students for new logo

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—  A chiropractor coming to Grandville has turned to high school students to help adorn her new business.

Dr. Courtney Acton challenged Mrs. Kreuyer’s graphic design class to create a new logo for Acton Family Chiropractic.  She says what the students came up with was so amazing, it was difficult to pick just one.  In turn, the students got real-life experience in their field. 

Last month, Dr. Acton returned to the high school to announce the first, second and third prize winners.  She actually picked two first place winners because she liked combining the logo created by Ryan Hufnagle with the type design by Carlos Rivera.  Ashtyn Nichols’ entry also earned her a gift card.

Acton Family Chiropractic is expected to open within a couple weeks.

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.