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My Town Grandville: Gander Mountain celebrates grand opening of remodeled store

My Town Grandville: Gander Mountain celebrates grand opening of remodeled store

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  A year after competitor Cabela’s opened its doors just two miles away, Gander Mountain is celebrating the grand opening of its newly-remodeled Grandville store.

“It’s exciting to bring our great selection of merchandise, a sharp new look and improved shopping experience to so many of our Gander Mountain stores,” said David Pratt, Gander Mountain’s CEO. “Through dozens of major remodeling projects at stores throughout our network, we’re giving our loyal patrons and our newest fans an even better place to get the best gear and expertise at the best prices.”

Gander Mountain will hold a three-day grand opening celebration this weekend, from April 4-6. Special appearances will include:

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

The Best Times in Michigan are Free

The Best Times in Michigan are Free

I travel on Butterworth Dr NW in Walker, MI often on my way to the Mall or to visit family and always enjoy seeing people in Johnson Park, just off Wilson Ave NW.

Summertime is an especially busy time at this park with people enjoying a picnic, jogging, playing catch, weddings, family reunions and some just plain enjoying the scenery and people watching. It really is a busy park.

Recently I drove this same way and was very disappointed to see few people enjoying this same park. There were about 8-10 cars in the parking lot of people who were up on the big sliding hill enjoying the sunshine and the thrill of sliding down that hill, some on sleds, toboggans, tubes and some even just with a cardboard box.

As I drove through I wondered, where are all those people who use this park all summer and fall? Why aren’t they out here enjoying the winter sports and seeing the beauty of nature?

Waterford Place breaks ground on expansion Feb. 17

Waterford Place breaks ground on expansion Feb. 17

JENISON, Mich.—A retirement living community is about to get even larger.

Developers will break ground on Phase 2 of Waterford Place Feb. 17.  The 67,800 square foot, two-story expansion includes 40 private nursing rehab rooms with bathrooms, a pool, hot tub, locker rooms, bathing spas, expanded kitchen and café.  The second floor will features 24 assisted living homes, a beauty salon, doctor treatment room, computer/office area and rooftop patio.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m.  The entire project is expected to be complete by fall 2015.

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.

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. 

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.