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My Town: United Way hosts fourth annual Community Baby Shower

My Town: United Way hosts fourth annual Community Baby Shower

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Greater Ottawa County United Way will host the 4th Annual LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower during the week of February 9-14, 2015. Donations received from the public will benefit babies, young children and their families. When families receive baby essentials free of charge, they can use their resources for crucial needs such as food, transportation, and housing.

Five locations will accept donations during their business hours from February 9-14. In Grand Haven, donations can be dropped off at: Tri Cities Family YMCA, Anytime Fitness, and Loutit Library. In Holland, donations can be dropped off at Chico’s and DeNooyer Chevrolet. Donation suggestions include (ONLY NEW ITEMS CAN BE ACCEPTED): clothing, educational toys and books, car seats, high chairs, hygiene items, diapers and wipes. Perishables and used items cannot be accepted.

My Town Hudsonville: $2,000 in scholarships available to local students

My Town Hudsonville: $2,000 in scholarships available to local students

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Due to Chamber member support through the annual golf outing, the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce will again award $2,000 in scholarships to local high school students.

Students pursuing a two or four year degree are eligible to apply.  Students must be graduating from Hudsonville Public Schools, Unity Christian School, Libertas School, or be homeschooled in the 49426 zip code.

Students can download an application form at http://www.hudsonvillechamber.com/hcc-scholarships.php to apply.  Applications are due April 1, 2015. 

The 2014 recipients, which each received a $1,000 scholarship, were Brian Haugen (Hudsonville High School) and Bailey Johnson (Hudsonville High School). For more information - (616)662-0900 

My Town: In Library Derby, Every Horse Wins

My Town: In Library Derby, Every Horse Wins
-----NEWS RELEASE----KENT COUNTY, Mich. –Kent District Library is kicking off its second annual Genre Derby, an online crowdfunding effort aimed at reducing wait times for print and digital books by growing the library system’s collection of its most popular items. And every horse in this race wins; all money collected for a specific genre will be spent on materials in that genre only.

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant owner says goodbye

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant owner says goodbye

JENISON, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to stop in at Culver's restaurant Tuesday, Jan. 13 and say goodbye to owner Mavis Byers.

Byers handed over the keys to the popular Jenison restaurant Dec. 30.

A popular Jenison restaurant is changing hands.  She opened the restaurant just over a decade ago.  In that time, she has also become a pillar in the community, creating the Jenison Street Dance, organizing the Memorial Day Parade, and serving as a board member for the Grandville Jenison Chamber and Kenowa AMBUCS.