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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

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.”

My Town Rockford: Northland Animal Hospital to offer holistic options

My Town Rockford: Northland Animal Hospital to offer holistic options
-------------------------NEWS RELEASE---- ROCKFORD, Mich. (Northland Animal Hospital) -- Northland Animal Hospital is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Diane Vander Wall. Originally born and raised in Kentwood, she graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and then went on to graduate from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She developed an interest in acupuncture and herbal therapy during her family's battle with cancer and a growing interest from her clients.

My Town: Plainfield Township prepares for potential spring flooding

My Town: Plainfield Township prepares for potential spring flooding

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, MIch. (Plainfield Charter Township) --- Are you prepared for a flood?

With both the Rogue River and the Grand River winding through Plainfield Township, floodplain residents have been dealing with spring flooding as long as they’ve lived in the township. 

Spring 2013 was a challenge with major flooding on both rivers.  This year, Plainfield Township officials Peter Elam, Rick Solle and Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden met with residents from the Riverbank, Willow, Konkle and Abrigador floodplains to discuss concerns and a game plan.  Representatives from Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, Kent County Emergency Management, the Plainfield Township Fire Department, NOAA, the Kent County Road Commission, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Kent County Health Department also attended.

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

By Victoria Mullen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Old Navy and the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) have a fabulous message for teens: It’s chic to say ‘no’ to doing drugs and alcohol. Yes, kids, it’s fashionable to stand up to negative pressures, and to live ‘Above the Influence.’