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Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

Hudsonville holiday tradition returns with something new

Hudsonville holiday tradition returns with something new

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—The Hudsonville Holiday Parade will mark its 20th anniversary with something new.

The parade on November 23 will feature new floats, including 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.

Grandville Museum hosts open house events

Grandville Museum hosts open house events

GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- Grandville Museum is hosting several open houses for the public. 

Open house times are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 5, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 7, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. - ?
  • Wednesday, November 13, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 5, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. - ?
  • Wednesday, December 11, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Grandville Museum is located at 3195 Wilson Ave. SW in the building's lower level.

Submitted by: Ron Wortley

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

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.

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

An important piece of the Affordable Care Act takes effect October 1, when Healthcare Marketplace enrollment opens for those who do not have health insurance, purchase their own health insurance policy, or are looking for another coverage option.

Priority Health and several Kent District Library branches are teaming up to help you navigate the changes, with a special informational seminar titled, “The Affordable Care Act and You.”  People under age 65 who are responsible for purchasing health benefits for their family are invited to attend the free presentation, which will address how to enroll for coverage in the new system.

Each seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. at select library branches. The schedule is as follows: