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Wyoming Pumpkin Path Event this Saturday

Wyoming Pumpkin Path Event this Saturday

The Annual Pumpkin Path event held in Lamar Park in Wyoming, MI is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th from 5 – 7pm. 

This is a free event for families with local businesses, clubs and organizations hosting spaces along the path to hand out goodies including candy and prizes. Feel free to dress in costume but costumes are optional.

Additional information is available at the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department at 616-530-3164 or e-mail Valarie at mesterv@wyomingmi.gov.

Kent Co. recyclables getting trashed

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County Department of Public Works is asking you to stop trashing their recycling stations.

Kent County operates three drop off stations to give residents access to free recycling. Recently, people have been dropping large items and other non-recyclable trash at the sites.

The facility employees say they've been seeing unwanted building materials, like drywall, carpeting, wood and appliances. There have also been bags of regular household trash filled with food, clothes, dirty diapers and other garbage.

Staff say that the trash causes problems in the recycling sorting process, both in damage to machines but also safety risks to workers on the sorting line. Trash also gets in the way of other residents trying to drop off recyclables.

Late score lifts East Kentwood over Hudsonville

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- East Kentwood's Michael Ivy scored his third touchdown of the game with a minute remaining in regulation to propel the Falcons to a thrilling 35-28 victory over visiting Hudsonville.

The Falcons earned a playoff berth with their sixth win of the season in a back and forth tussle between OK Red Conference rivals.

Garage fire forces evacuations in Cutlerville

CUTLERVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police and firefighters are looking into the cause of a garage fire that caused evacuations at a Kent County apartment complex.

It happened around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodfield East Apartments off Eastern Avenue near 60th Street in Cutlerville.

Delayed sentence for dentist office employee who embezzled

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kentwood dental employee convicted of embezzlement made a tearful apology to her bosses Tuesday and vowed to repay the more than $150,000 she took from Dental Associates of West Michigan.

Kathy Lynn Elenbaas, 53, choked up several times during a brief statement in Kent County Circuit Court. She earlier pleaded guilty to embezzlement of more than $100,000, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan lauded the compassion of Drs. Steven Conlon and James Vincelj, who hired Elenbaas seven years ago. Colon told Elenbaas she is forgiven, but added: "I am truly disappointed in you.''

"The saddest thing here is the money Kathy took from our practice we would have given her, if she had asked,'' Conlon told the court.

Elzinga & Volkers Reports Strong Results, Announces New Hires, Outpaces Industry Growth

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today strong growth for the first three quarters of 2014, driven by an increase in rising demand from a range of industries and building on the Company’s continued focus on delivering the highest quality construction management and consulting services to its customers. 

Through the third quarter of 2014, Elzinga & Volkers has grown 36.9 percent compared to the same time period last year and new construction and renovation projects have grown 53.3 percent.

Take your legislator to work day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-- Monday is "Take Your Legislator to Work" day and one Michigan senator was given a behind-the-scenes look at working with a disability.

Steve Abramson is a disabled employee at Kentwood Powder Coat, Inc. Senator Dave Hildenbrand was able to shadow him at work, which included meeting Abramson's coworkers and hear why employment is so important to him.

The trip is in effort to recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which shows how people with disabilities strengthen the workforce.

Senator Hildenbrand says the tour was an opportunity for him to get exposure on Michigan's effort to create an environment for people with all abilities to find work.