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Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— State lawmaker Roger Victory will visit Coopersville later this month to hear from the people he represents.

The Hudsonville Republican will hold office hours Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  at the New Beginnings Restaurant, located at 25 68th Ave. in Coopersville. He will also be available at Murphy’s Restaurant in Allendale on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"I greatly enjoy the opportunity to meet with residents in my district," Victory said. "It provides me the chance to bring the suggestions from residents with me to Lansing."

Those who cannot make it out are encouraged to contact Victory’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1830 or email RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.      

Ottawa County road crew adds new workers

Ottawa County road crew adds new workers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Some new faces are now on the team dedicated to making sure Ottawa County’s roads are safe and drivable.

Zack Porter and Andy Szotko now work in the Ottawa County Road Commission’s Coopersville garage.  Porter previously worked in concrete construction and tree service.  He is married with two children and lives in the Coopersville area.  Szotko drove trucks and operated equipment at Dykema Excavators.  He lives in Conklin.

Two men have also joined the Road Commission’s Hudsonville garage.  Randy Stellema previously worked for Kentwood Excavating, operating a variety of equipment, installing underground pipes and building roads.  He is married with four children and lives in the Jenison Area. Brandon DeHaan previously worked for J&R Trucking for eight years.  He is married with four children and lives in the Zeeland area.

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

Georgetown Township businessman joins state board

Georgetown Township businessman joins state board

LANSING, Mich. – A Georgetown Township businessman is joining Michigan’s State Housing Development Authority Board.

On Wednesday, October 2, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Scott Wierda to the five-member board, which provides financial and technical support to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing.  The board is also involved in developing the local economy and addressing homelessness.

Wierda is the managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment. He has 25 years of commercial real estate experience, including developing and investing in retail shopping centers, office buildings and medical buildings.  Weirda is a graduate of Hope College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Governor Snyder also announced the addition of Belleville native Tyrone Hamilton to the board Wednesday.

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.