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My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Trivalent Group promotes John Hey to Chief Operating Officer

Trivalent Group promotes John Hey to Chief Operating Officer

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Trivalent Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s largest IT solution providers, announces the promotion of John Hey to Chief Operating Officer.

"The promotion of John Hey is in recognition of his significant contributions to our growth and success and positions us for greater opportunities in the future," said Trivalent Group CEO Larry Andrus. "As our chief operating officer, John Hey continues along the path of ever-increasing responsibility he has achieved since joining us as Trivalent’s first LAN network engineer, in 1992," Andrus said. Hey, a Trivalent partner, was previously Chief Services Officer.

A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Hey has also earned the Certified Business Continuity Planner credential.

For more information on Trivalent Group, visit http://www.trivalentgroup.com/.

Jolie Ledford to co-star in Nickelodeon Show on February 14

Jolie Ledford to co-star in Nickelodeon Show on February 14

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.--Jolie Ledford of Hudsonville will be co-starring in Episode 116 of Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger” on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Jolie, 10, started acting in a local theater two years ago. Jolie has been busy with her venture to Hollywood; in 2014, she had a small speaking role in the made for TV movie “Naughty & Nice” that appeared during the Christmas season on the UP Channel. She also had a principle role in “Camp Nottahope”, a speaking role in AT & T’s Industrial, “Connection is Universal”, and a small role in a web series, “Apartment 201." Jolie then played a supporting role in a student film, “Miss Madeline” and a lead role in a student film, “Last Seen”.

She recently landed the co-star role on the popular Nickelodeon kids show, "Henry Danger," which premiers this Saturday at 8 p.m.

Jolie’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jolieledford

My Town: West Ottawa High School earns top ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival

My Town: West Ottawa High School earns top ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival

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Twenty-one soloists, two duets, a trio, three quartets, three choirs and two ensembles from West Ottawa High School received first division ratings at the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival at East Kentwood High School on January 31, 2015.

By earning the first division (or excellent) ratings, they qualified to participate in the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held March 21 at Grandville High School.

“The number of first division medals have been steadily increasing over the past decade,” noted Michael Hamann, band director. “I think this may be the most first division medals our kids have ever earned at this event.”

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced

My Town: Third annual Write Michigan Contest winners announced
--------NEWS RELEASE-------Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

“We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director Michelle Boisvenue-Fox. “We are always excited to see and read so much great talent in Michigan. We are supported by 155 volunteer reviewers—librarians, booksellers and Friends of the Library—with over half of them returning from last year’s contest. Many people find this a fun way to support aspiring writers.”

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.

My Town: Local lawmaker posts perfect voting record

My Town: Local lawmaker posts perfect voting record

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A state lawmaker from Hudsonville is celebrating a voting milestone.

State Rep. Roger Victory had a perfect voting record during the 2013-2014 legislative session.  The House took 1,345 roll call votes and Victory did not miss a single one of them.

“It’s absolutely necessary to ensure the thoughts, concerns and opinions of my constituents are heard on all issues up for a vote in the House of Representatives,” Victory said in a statement. “It is my duty to represent and serve the area every day.”

During the legislature’s last session, lawmakers approved a bill sponsored by Victory that would reduce welfare fraud.

Victory represents the 88th District, which includes Coopersville as well as Georgetown, Polkton and Allendale townships.  To contact his office, call 1-888-642-4088 or (517) 373-1830 or email RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.