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My Town: West Michigan Community Bank names new vice president- Grand Rapids market manager

My Town: West Michigan Community Bank names new vice president- Grand Rapids market manager

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (West Michigan Community Bank)-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Deutschmann to Vice President - Grand Rapids Market Manager.

Jeremy has more than 14 years of commercial banking experience and has spent the last 10 years at West Michigan Community Bank, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Banking. Jeremy’s office is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Headquartered in Hudsonville, West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant changing hands

My Town Jenison: Culver's restaurant changing hands

JENISON, Mich.—A popular Jenison restaurant is changing hands.

According to the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce, Mavis Byers will be handing over the keys to Culver’s on Dec. 30.  Byers 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: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

My Town Grandville: Officer retires after decades of service

My Town Grandville: Officer retires after decades of service

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A man who has kept Grandville safe for more than three decades is putting away the badge.

Police Sergeant Dale Karpowicz is retiring Tuesday, Dec. 2.  He has served the city of Grandville for 32 years.  His roles have included patrol officer, road patrol sergeant and field training supervisor.

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  Varnum attorney Adam Brody has been elected to the Michigan Board of Trustees for the Arthritis Foundation. His appointment to the statewide organization follows several years of service to the West Michigan Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board, for which he was recently appointed to a three-year term as chair.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948.

Locally, the Foundation raises funds through such events as its "Tribute to Excellence," "Walk to Cure" and Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.