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My Town: Millennium Park to host National Trails Day celebration June 7

My Town: Millennium Park to host National Trails Day celebration June 7

WYOMING, Mich.—  Community members are invited to celebrate National Trails Day this weekend with a one mile or two mile walk through Kent County’s Millennium Park.

Recreation departments from Wyoming, Walker, Kentwood and Kent County are teaming up to host the Fun & Fitness Walk this Saturday, June 7.  The event is one of more than 2,000 activities planned nationwide, to promote park activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The national Walk in the Park event will begin at 9 a.m. Registration will be available on site that morning.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will provide water and snacks. Strollers are permitted; however, pets are not allowed. Area parks and recreation departments and trail advocacy groups will be on hand to share information on local walking clubs and trails.

My Town Kentwood: New store open for business in Woodland Mall

My Town Kentwood: New store open for business in Woodland Mall

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  A new handmade cosmetics store is celebrating its second weekend of business in Woodland Mall.

LUSH is located on a corner in the mall's center court, between Kay Jewelers and Chico's.  The store offers bath and beauty products made from organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics.  All of the products are not tested on animals.

The LUSH brand started in England before a Canadian couple brought the business to North America in 1996.   The first American store opened in San Francisco in 2003.  Lush now has more than 150 shops in North America.

My Town: Student Great Lakes protection projects on display May 14

My Town: Student Great Lakes protection projects on display May 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  High School students from six area districts will showcase their efforts to protect the Grand River watershed and the Great Lakes during the Groundswell Student Showcase May 14.

Grand Valley State University is showcasing the exhibit, which provides hands-on environmental learning for students throughout Kent County.  The projects will be on display on the big screen and in the Beacon Lobby at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.

My Town Kentwood: Free recycling and donation drop-offs May 3

My Town Kentwood: Free recycling and donation drop-offs May 3

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Kentwood residents clearing out their homes this spring are encouraged to take advantage of Kentwood Pride Day this Saturday, May 3.

The Kentwood Recycling Center will be accepting items for disposal from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Electronics recycling will also be available, and the Salvation Army will be on hand to accept gently used items as donations.

A picture ID with proof of residency is required.  Yard waste and tires will not be accepted. Fully loaded flatbed trailers or large trailers may be turned away, as they slow down the disposal process.

Kent County officials will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accept household hazardous waste.  Latex paint will not be accepted.  For additional information about hazardous waste disposal, call (616) 336-2570.

The Kentwood Recycling Center is located at 5068 Breton Ave.

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town Kentwood: Steelcase among 'World's Most Admired Companies'

My Town Kentwood: Steelcase among 'World's Most Admired Companies'

KENTWOOD, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the World’s Most Admired Companies, according to Fortune Magazine.

Steelcase Inc. made the cut in the home equipment and furnishings industry sector, along with Whirlpool, Tupperware Brands and Stanley Black & Decker.

The rankings are based on nine criteria: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, long-term investment, financial soundness, quality of products and services and global competitiveness. Steelcase’s highest scores came in the innovation, social responsibility, quality of management and quality of products/services categories. 

"We are honored to be recognized alongside such innovative and respected global organizations. To be considered among them as one of the "Most Admired" really reflects on the creativity and dedication of our employees around the world," said Jim Keane, President and CEO of Steelcase Inc

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.