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'Pink Heals Tour' rolls into Grandville August 21

'Pink Heals Tour' rolls into Grandville August 21

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Pink fire trucks will roll into Grandville Wednesday, as a former Olympic baseball player, firefighters and police officers show their support for women battling all forms of cancer.

Dave Graybill founded the "Pink Heals Tour," which is meant to raise awareness about cancer in women, while supporting local fundraisers to help those battling the disease.  The campaign began in 2008 with a single pick fire truck; it has since grown to include 50 pink fire trucks in two countries. 

The Pink Heals Tour is expected to arrive in Grandville around 1 p.m. behind the library on Wilson Avenue.  The event is expected to last three to four hours.

Jenison Street Dance returns August 17

Jenison Street Dance returns August 17

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  People will be dancing in the streets Saturday in Jenison.

The annual Jenison Street Dance runs Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Cottonwood Drive and Church Street in Jenison.  This year’s event will feature a free kid’s zone, live music, dancing performances, local food vendors and a beer tent.

The Jenison Street Dance began with Culver’s owner Mavis Byers, who thought the Jenison community needed some event to identify their town.  Since then the vent has grown to involve more than 50 businesses, churches and organizations, including the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Grandville-Jenison, Kenowa-Ambucs, the American Legion Post 459 and Alive Ministries.


Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m. - Opening/National Anthem
1:05 p.m. - Alive Ministries - Swing Dance
1:50 p.m. - Polka with Cousin Eddie - Polka*
2:10 p.m. - Mascot Dance Off
2:25 p.m.

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

The director of Kent District Library (KDL) reviewed the organization’s performance during the East Grand Rapids City Commission meeting August 5.

According to the annual report, patrons checked out about 6.1 million books from KDL in 2012; that’s about half a million fewer than the prior year. However, the report indicates digital book checkouts nearly doubled during that same time period to 370,914.

Based on the report, KDL saw declines in total check-outs, branch visitors and library program attendance in 2012.  However, computer log-ins and summer reading club participation rose.   While KDL’s total expenditures were higher than library revenue, the fund balance covered the $107,521 difference.

Kent District Library operates 18 branches throughout Kent County, serving more than 350,000 people. 

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce posts candidate interviews ahead of election

Chamber of Commerce posts candidate interviews ahead of election

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— The seat-shuffle caused by Mayor Jim Buck leaving office is about to begin.

With councilmen Randy Gelderloos and Steve Maas both running for mayor, the Grandville City Council is looking for a new member.  On Tuesday, August 6, Grandville voters will be asked to narrow down the city council candidates from seven to six.  The candidates include incumbent Dick Richards along with Steve Bruch, Lee Cook, Scott Petersen, Andy Richter, Andy Steenstra and Steve Zinger.  Voters can view brief video interviews with six of the candidates on the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce website here.

The general election will whittle it down to three finalists.   A candidate forum will take place before the general election.  For more information, contact Sandy LeBlanc at (616) 531-8890 or sandy@grandjen.com.

City council approves tax break for PADNOS expansion

City council approves tax break for PADNOS expansion

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— The Grandville City Council has approved a 12-year tax break for an expansion project by PADNOS.

The recycling company purchased the former Intec site at 3496 Viaduct so it could expand its facility, which sits on adjacent property.  As part of its expansion project, PADNOS is buying new equipment to better remove scrap metals from waste. 

City Clerk Mary Meines says no community members spoke during a public hearing about the proposed PADNOS tax abatement on July 22.  The city council approved a tax break on $800,000 in building expansion and improvements and $7,256,450 in equipment and property purchases by PADNOS. The proposed tax break now heads to the state government for consideration and possible approval. 

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.