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My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town: Good Samaritan serves up kindness to Grandville students

My Town: Good Samaritan serves up kindness to Grandville students

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Grandville Public Schools is thanking a Good Samaritan who has helped numerous families pay off their school lunch accounts.

On Monday, April 21, the woman walked into one of the district’s elementary school and set up a plan to pay off all of the overdue lunch accounts at the school and at another secondary school within the district, totaling approximately $2,000. 

The woman recalled her own childhood and not always having enough money for lunch, and felt moved to save others from that experience.

“This person could’ve gone on a nice vacation with this amount of money, but instead wanted to help families in this community. And naturally, she wishes to remain anonymous,” says a post on the Grandville Public Schools Facebook page.

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: Korean War veteran receives bravery honor 61 years later

My Town Grandville: Korean War veteran receives bravery honor 61 years later

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A Korean War veteran who refused to leave his post during seven days and nights of brutal assaults is finally being honored.

On Monday, April 14, Congressman Bill Huizenga visited Cambridge Manor in Grandville to present a Bronze Star to Corporal Thomas E. Dracht.  From June 10, 1953 to June 16, 1953, Dracht volunteered to stay and defend Outpost Harry after his unit was relieved by another Company.  When that Company was relieved, Dracht remained a second time, fending off “brutal nightly assaults by a numerically superior enemy force… for seven days and nights, Corporal Dracht ran back and forth to the ammunition hut to bring back much needed mortar and machine gun belts. His actions are in keeping with the finest military traditions and reflect great credit upon himself, Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment and the United States Army." 

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.

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

My Town Grandville: West Michigan Community Bank welcomes new VP

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GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce that Robert C. Robbins has joined the bank as Vice President of Commercial Banking in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Rob has over seventeen years of experience in commercial lending in the West Michigan region. Previous to joining West Michigan Community Bank, he worked at JP Morgan Chase and Fifth Third Bank in the Grand Rapids area.  In his spare time, Rob continues to enjoy coaching youth baseball after 10 years.

Rob’s office is located at the downtown Grand Rapids office at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.”