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Cannon Township Fire Department adds new rescue tool

Cannon Township Fire Department adds new rescue tool

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Cannon Township Fire Department  is getting a new tool to help in water rescues.

The fire department recently purchased a $1,700 Reach and Rescue, with attachments.The Reach and Rescue is a carbon fiber telescopic pole that can be used to deliver floatation devices to victims and help pull them onto land.

Fire Chief Jim Morris says the tool will help in emergency situations like the one that happened in Grandville Dec. 2, when a teenager fell through thin ice in a pond near Rivertown Crossings Mall.  It took crews approximately 20 minutes to reach the teen, who was conscious and talking as he was taken to the hospital.

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.

Water treatment upgrades to come with a higher price tag

Water treatment upgrades to come with a higher price tag

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  The Coopersville City Council is giving the green light to put more money toward a water treatment facility upgrade.

Council members approved taking an additional $28,500 out of the city’s sewer fund to pay for new dechlorination tanks.  The final price tag is expected to be approximately $148,500, all of which will come out of the sewer fund.  City Manager Steven Patrick says the fund balance is more than $900,000, so the additional cost shouldn’t be a problem. 

Patrick plans to sign a contract with Bauer Construction to begin the project this week. He is hopeful work on the tanks will wrap up before January.

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

New floats added to Hudsonville Holiday Parade Nov. 23

New floats added to Hudsonville Holiday Parade Nov. 23

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—The Hudsonville Holiday Parade will mark its 20th anniversary on November 23 with new floats.

The new entries will include one by the City of Hudsonville and Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce which highlights some of the city’s great features.  Jensen Jewelers also plans to hide a gift certificate for their $500 Gem Giveaway in one of the chocolate bars employees hand out during the parade.

The parade kicks off  at 10 a.m., running along 32nd Avenue from Highland Drive at the Pinnacle Center, ending at the Hudsonville Fire station on Central Boulevard.  Spectators and participants are invited to stick around to enjoy hot drinks, snacks and activities at the firehouse.  Santa, Mrs. Clause and the Grand Rapids Griffins’ mascot, Griff, will be available for photos.  Grand Valley State University’s acapella group,  Groove,  will serenade guests starting at 11 a.m.

High winds knock out power to Visser Family YMCA

High winds knock out power to Visser Family YMCA

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- High winds from Sunday's storm knocked out power to at least 260,000 homes and businesses in Michigan, including the Visser Family YMCA in Grandville.

The YMCA canceled all evening activities just before 4 p.m. Monday.  

Consumers Energy says  213,000 of its customers lost power during the storm.  A spokesperson says customers in the hardest hit areas may have to wait until Thursday for power, but the majority should have power back on by late Wednesday.

For a list of current closings, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

Volunteers create new garden area for YMCA children

Volunteers create new garden area for YMCA children

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— There’s a new place to help grow Michigan’s next generation of agricultural experts at Visser Family YMCA.

The YMCA enlisted the help of Lowe’s Heroes to create a new outdoor space complete with education gardens.  Approximately 30 volunteers spent 25 hours spread over three days putting together the space, with the help of Sustainable Outdoor Solutions, which donated some materials.  The gardens include two stream beds fueled by gutter runoff, a seating area and three “Impact Gardens,” which will be planted and maintained and harvested by children in the YMCA’s Impact after school program and summer day camp.  YMCA officials hope the gardens will help children understand life cycles as well as how to eat healthier.