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Two boys admit to damaging community park

Two boys admit to damaging community park

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Two boys are facing punishment for causing $1,300 in damage to an Ottawa County park.

Lieutenant Robert Tease says deputies on patrol discovered several juveniles inside 8th Avenue Community Park in the early morning hours of June 29.  The Georgetown Township park was closed to the public at that time.

Investigators also found damage to three surveillance cameras and three sprinkler heads within the park.  Tease says two boys admitted to causing the damage.  Both suspects were turned over to their parents; their case is being referred to the Ottawa County family court.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

City budget set to take effect July 1

City budget set to take effect July 1

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The Grandville City Council has adopted a budget for the next fiscal year.

In addition to money in the general, major street, local street, storm sewer trunkage and retiree health care funds, money will be allocated as follows:

  • Brownfield Authority: $267,291
  • Building Authority Debt Retirement: 458,095
  • Downtown Development Authority: $278,983
  • Cleanwater Fund: $5,646,376
  • Water Fund: $2,325,494
  • Motor Pool Fund: $1,075,250

The new budget takes effect July 1. 

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

(Kent District Library)-- Help address childhood hunger in Kent County by supporting Kids’ Food Basket

During the month of April, KDL Gives Back will sponsor juice box collection and bag decorating stations at all 18 branches.

Drop off juice boxes and bring the family in to decorate sacks:
Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit West Michigan organization whose mission is to make sure children in our community do not go to bed hungry. The group began more than nine years ago by serving 125 kids every school day through its Sack Supper program, and

Power outage closes library

The Kentwood Library is temporarily closed, due to a power outage. 

Consumers Energy is reporting 2,523 homes and businesses in  Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, Walker, Comstock Park and Kentwood are without power. It's unclear when power will be fully restored.

According to a tweet sent Wednesday morning, workers at the Kentwood library hope to reopen later this afternoon when the line is repaired.

 

Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

When the Grand Rapids Society of Beers announced their latest collaborative beer among local breweries would be a series of Imperial-strength brews to debut during Grand Rapids Beer Week, I knew I was due for another brewery tour.