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My Town: Lake Drive construction means driving detours

My Town: Lake Drive construction means driving detours

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Construction season isn’t waiting for the snow to disappear.

Work is beginning on a half-mile section of Lake Drive, from the East Beltline to the East Grand Rapids border.  The project includes replacing asphalt and adding new curb, gutter and drive approaches.  Phase I work will focus on the eastbound lanes of Lake Drive now through May 23; crews will focus on the westbound lanes during Phase II of the project, which is expected to run May 27 through June 20.

Drivers should detour onto East Paris and take Burton to East Beltline during Phase I of the project; no detour will be necessary during Phase II, but drivers can expect slowdowns.

Kamminga and Roodvoets, Inc. will be handling the road project, which should be complete near the end of June.

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My Town Kentwood: EmploymentGroup Launches next round of 5 in 5 Scholarships

My Town Kentwood: EmploymentGroup Launches next round of 5 in 5 Scholarships

KENTWOOD, MIch.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, has announced the launch of its 2014 “5 in 5” scholarship program.

Now in its second consecutive year, the initiative was started to honor the Company’s 55th anniversary as a leading provider of business staffing solutions and helps equip Michigan-based community college students to enter the workforce with the skills and resources they need.

This year, three winning students will be named recipients of 5 in 5 scholarships totaling $5,000. In applying for and ultimately using the funds, students will be encouraged to consider creative ways to enhance their ability to make an effective impact in today’s workplace.

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

The Orangeville Fire Department, located in the Gun Lake Area, is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Detroit Tigers play the Los Angeles Angels on April 19, 2014. The cost is $65.00 for the bus trip and the game, to be paid at the time reservations are made. Everyone going is to meet at the Fire Department at 8:00am the day of the trip.

To make a reservation and for more information, please call: Art Ribble at 269-672-7274 or Mike Ribble at 616-481-4516.

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Wyoming Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Services now available

Wyoming Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Services now available

The Wyoming Parks & Recreation Department have a few newsworthy items that should be of interest to many. They want residents to be made aware of the following:

PARK RESERVATIONS for 2014: Pinery Park reservations are now being accepted for your family reunions, showers, graduation parties, etc. These are available from May 1st through September 30th. Please call 616-530-3164 or go to: www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/reservations%20info.asp for more information

CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS: These inspections will take place on Thursday, May 8th at Wyoming Fire Station #1, located at 1500 Burton St. SW from 5 - 8pm. Pre-register by calling Safe Kids of Greater Grand Rapids at 616-391-7233 x2.

YARD WASTE EXTENDED HOURS: The yard waste site is open Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 7:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am - 5pm through December 31st.

Free Tax Help Available

Free Tax Help Available

IRS-certified student volunteers from Davenport College are offering free tax preparation for anyone with an income of  below $52,00.00. Volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes for people on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 1pm.

The program is free and sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. For additional information or for an appointment, called 616-871-6147 or visit:  taxhelp@davenport.edu.

 

My Town Kentwood: Mother-turned-author shares autistic daughter's experiences

My Town Kentwood: Mother-turned-author shares autistic daughter's experiences

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Book lovers are invited to meet a Ludington mother who’s transformed her daughter’s experiences with autism into a book.

Mary Ann Payne’s book, “Hadley” is a collection of stories illustrating how education, inspiration and humor can turn the trials of autism into triumphs.

Payne says, “Over the years, as I penned my woes, my tears began to turn to laughter and I thought maybe these stories could be something to share with others.

Hadley tells of fortunate and not-so-fortunate events that actually took place. It is my hope for the reader to learn from our pain as well as our pleasure of living and dealing with autism. None of us plan on having adverse circumstances in our lives. Our circumstances can be out of our control, but it is how we react and respond accordingly that helps shape our lives.”