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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Hudsonville: Chamber announces winners of new set of awards

My Town Hudsonville: Chamber announces winners of new set of awards

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.--- The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce has named the recipients of a new set of awards.

Gemmens Home and Hardware is the recipient of the first Hudsonville Area Business Excellence Award.  The Chamber selected the Gemmens Home and Hardware based on its outstanding customer service, commitment to the community and contributions to a thriving business environment.

Joel Keegstra, owner of Keegstra’s Dollar Store is the first-year recipient of the Hudsonville Area Leadership Award.  The Chamber picked Keegstra based on his willingness to assist community members and other business owners however needed, and for his growth and vision within his own business. 

The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce also awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Brian Haugen and Bailey Johnson, both of Hudsonville High School.

My Town: Georgetown firefighters respond to call for charity

My Town: Georgetown firefighters respond to call for charity

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  Usually when firefighters are up on a roof, they’re putting out a raging fire. But it was their love for a fellow firefighter that  sent dozens of Georgetown firefighters to the top of a Jenison home late last month. 

On May 29, dozens of firefighters descended upon the 22nd Avenue home of Kevin Sikkema.  Sikkema had made plans to fix the roof; he had even purchased the shingles.  That was before May 25, when he recieved the news: he has advanced brain cancer.  

When the fire department heard Sikkema's diagnosis, they decided to take the project on themselves,  chipping in to buy additional supplies. On their own time spread over two days, approximately 40 firefighters reroofed the Sikkema home.

Sikkema continues to battle the cancer.  Fire Chief Dan Hamming says he's undergone surgery to remove a portion of the tumor and is in chemotherapy.

My Town: Jenison girl honored as top safety patroller in Michigan

My Town: Jenison girl honored as top safety patroller in Michigan

JENISON, Mich.—  An honor reserved for just one student in the state is going to a Jenison girl.

Thursday morning, AAA presented Ella Lubberts with its School Safety Patroller of the Year award Thursday.  Lubberts is a 6th grade student from Bursley Elementary who has made school safety a priority.

“Ella is a AAA school safety patrol captain who oversees 44 school patrollers,” explained Tina Ryan, Bursley Elementary safety patrol advisor.  “She strives to always be responsible, hard-working and kind to others.  As a school safety patroller, she can be trusted to get the job done with independence and respect towards others.  It has been a privilege to work with her.”

My Town: False tax filing leads to possible prison and fines for Grandville man

My Town: False tax filing leads to possible prison and fines for Grandville man

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A former Grandville man is facing possible prison time and a steep fine for filing a false tax return.

Jeffrey Richter recently pleaded guilty to filing a false federal income tax for 2007.  According to court records, Richter underreported his income by more than $253,000 that year.  The U.S. Attorney General’s Office says Richter continued to falsify tax information, underreporting his income by nearly $1 million between 2007 and 2011.  Richter owes approximately $372,000 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Richter faces up to three years in prison and must pay overdue taxes and a fine of up to $250,000 when he’s sentenced Sept. 10.

My Town: Hudsonville student's film earns her a scholarship

My Town: Hudsonville student's film earns her a scholarship

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A Hudsonville High School senior is cashing in on her film talent for college.

Rachel O’Connell recently won the Judges Choice Grand Prize in the Discover Manufacturing Today Video Challenge, earning her a $1,000 job training scholarship for Grand Rapids Community College.

O’Connell, a Careerline Tech Center Media Communications student, competed against high school students in 13 West Michigan counties for the honor.  Each student had approximately three weeks to produce a video highlighting why a career in manufacturing is a great career choice.  In that time, students had to obtain contacts and secure mentor companies, film, edit and submit their entries. Nearly three dozen CTC students tapped Automated Machine Systems, Holland Litho, JR Automation and Gentex for help with their films.

My Town Grandville: Acton Family Chiropractic ribbon cutting May 8

My Town Grandville: Acton Family Chiropractic ribbon cutting May 8

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- The community has the opportunity to welcome Dr. Courtney Acton of Acton Family Chiropractic during this ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

Acton Family Chiropractic is located at 3584 Fairlanes Avenue SW in Grandville. Lunch will be provided from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Dr. Acton was born and raised in Michigan and is looking forward to building her practice in Grandville. In March, she challenged a graphic design class from Grandville High School to create a new logo for her business. She said what the students came up with was so amazing, it was difficult to pick just one.  

Dr. Acton is a chiropractor who is committed to providing patients of all ages with all-natural, safe health care.