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My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A former meat shop in Hudsonville has gone to the dogs.

Tolman’s Wholesale Meats recently moved from 6363 56th Avenue to a larger facility, to accommodate growing demand. Realtor Olga Hallstedt says the building’s specialized washable walls appealed to retiring Wyoming Police Officer Randy Adams, who was looking to open a daycare, boarding and training facility for dogs. Adams, who handled and trained police service dogs for more than 20 years, bought the building in January 2014 to expand his dog training business, Adams K-9, which started in his garage in 2009. He says work is still underway to transform the facility into a business that will serve up to 18 dogs a day.  Adams hopes to celebrate the business' grand opening by the end of April or early May. 

Adams retired with his police K-9 companion, Mojy in November.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Analyst shares his 2014 predictions for West Michigan's economy

Analyst shares his 2014 predictions for West Michigan's economy

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Find out what 2014 will hold for West Michigan’s economy during a breakfast event organized by the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Feb. 20.

George Erickceck, senior regional analyst for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, will share his economic forecast  at The Pinnacle Center.  Students taking Advanced Placement economics courses at Hudsonville High School will also attend the presentation.

The breakfast event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The breakfast event is free to the first chamber member, $6 for subsequent chamber members and $10 for non-members.  To register, visit the Chamber of Commerce website here.

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

Troopers in training: 126th Recruit School begins

Troopers in training: 126th Recruit School begins

LANSING, Mich.— More than 100 prospective Michigan State troopers are officially in training.

The 126th Trooper Recruit School began Jan. 5.  For the next 20 weeks, 115 recruits will be trained in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits are only allowed to leave the MS Training Academy from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Those who successfully complete the class will graduate May 30. 

The 126th Trooper Recruit School includes:

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new group of community leaders is getting ready to join the Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Board.

GROW’s new leaders will officially take office Jan. 1, 2014. They’ll replace Joe Belsito, Dustin Jackson, Heidi Spencer and Marsha Veenstra, who are leaving their posts.  The new GROW Board includes:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • President: Sanda Matei, Investment Strategist, Comerica Wealth Management
  • Past President: Kay Staszel, Owner, KMS Group
  • Vice President: Angie Hanks, AVP Branch Manager, Chemical Bank
  • Vice President: Deborah Phillips, President, Deborah A Philips & Associates, LLC
  • Treasurer: Jason Goei, President, Eastern Floral
  • Secretary: Marnie L. Johnson, President, Infusion Communication Group

 

NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS

Young Hudsonville artist featured in 'Highlights for Children'

Young Hudsonville artist featured in 'Highlights for Children'

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.--  A Hudsonville girl who is not even 10 years old is already a published artist.

Highlights for Children is featuring a drawing by 9-year-old Emmaleigh Rose Lyon in its January 2014 issue.  Her drawing, titled “Sunflowers”, is featured in the “Your Own Pages” section of the magazine.

Emmaleigh is a fourth grade student at South Elementary.  She enjoys school, singing, helping people and animals, playing piano and being creative.  Emmaleigh wants to be a singer, dancer or pianist when she grows up.

Every year, Highlights received more than 35,000 submissions from readers.  The magazine selects work from a variety of children to foster their creativity.  Highlights printed its one-billionth copy in June 2006.