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Analyst shares his 2014 predictions for West Michigan's economy

Analyst shares his 2014 predictions for West Michigan's economy

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Find out what 2014 will hold for West Michigan’s economy during a breakfast event organized by the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Feb. 20.

George Erickceck, senior regional analyst for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, will share his economic forecast  at The Pinnacle Center.  Students taking Advanced Placement economics courses at Hudsonville High School will also attend the presentation.

The breakfast event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The breakfast event is free to the first chamber member, $6 for subsequent chamber members and $10 for non-members.  To register, visit the Chamber of Commerce website here.

Renovations planned for Cummings Elementary

Renovations planned for Cummings Elementary

WALKER, Mich.—Cummings Elementary School is about to be transformed.

Grandville Public Schools is reinvesting in the school, adding secure entrances, innovating the inside, and changing the building’s façade and entry glass.  The school’s utilities will also be upgraded.  Debra Reese, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services, told the Walker Planning Commission earlier this month that the improvements are needed because the school has experienced more growth than it originally expected, and the building is aging.

Grandville Schools closed Riverbend Elementary School several years ago, consolidating classes at Cummings Elementary. 

The district hopes to begin renovations over spring break and finish all work before the start of the next school year.

Tickets available for Taste of Grandville

Tickets available for Taste of Grandville

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Taste of Grandville.

Visitors can enjoy giveaways, live performances by Grandville bands and food from local restaurants. The Taste of Grandville will be Monday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8p.m. inside Grandville High School.

 Each “tasting passport” is $10, with proceeds going to the Grandville Education Foundation, which provides funding for Grandville school programs. Advanced tickets are available at the Community Education building, Middle School and High School, or by mailing or visiting the Grandville Education Foundation online.

Relay For Life of Hudsonville and Jenison kickoff party Jan. 20

Relay For Life of Hudsonville and Jenison kickoff party Jan. 20

JENISON, Mich.--- Relay For Life of Hudsonville and Jenison will kick off Monday, Jan. 20.

Community members are invited to the kickoff celebration, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rosewood Elementary School in Jenison.

Event chair Melanie Keely-Merritt says everyone is invited to the event.  Keely-Merritt says Relay For Life is important to her because she’s a nine month cancer survivor who lost her father and grandfathers to cancer.  In a Facebook message to WZZM 13, she writes, “We also just lost an amazing young cheerleader who was only 11 on Christmas day from our school. This cause is very important to me and I would love to not only get the word out about our event but also help others.”

 This year’s Relay For Life theme is oldies, so visitors who come dressed in their favorite outfit from the ‘50s to ‘80s will be entered into a prize drawing.

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

Bright Beginnings announces first free play date of the year

Bright Beginnings announces first free play date of the year

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A family support program will hold its first free play group of the year next Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Bright Beginnings is a free parent education and family support program open to children from birth to five years of age.  Participants can request home visits with a certified parent educator who can provide tips for child development.   

Bright Beginnings’ play group schedule is as follows:

  •  Mittens for Me – Jan. 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Central Elementary
  • Winter Wonderland*– Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Johnson Park
  • Fun at the Farm- Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Central Elementary

*Bring your own sled.

For more information about the program, or to register for a free hearing/vision screening, call Beth at (616) 293-8623.