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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.”

Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grants Engage Michigan Youth in Service

 

LANSING, MI. - The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The LEAGUE Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced the distribution of more than $11,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects across the state. Thanks to these mini-grants, hundreds of Michigan youth will lend their considerable resources to addressing critical issues in their communities this April.

Thirty-four organizations from across Michigan received funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, and services for veterans.

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 Kentwood: Lawmaker joins road crews to fill potholes

My Town Kentwood: Lawmaker joins road crews to fill potholes

KENTWOOD, Mich.— State Rep. Ken Yonker traded in his suit for an orange vest and jeans Tuesday, to help Kent County Road Commission crews repair potholes.

“We would all like to have pothole free roads to drive on but we don’t often think about the process to fixing the roads,” said Yonker (R-Caledonia). “I appreciated the opportunity to join the road commission to gain a hands-on experience in what it takes to fix a pothole.” 

Yonker’s hands-on approach was inspired by a state supplemental budget approved by lawmakers last month, to help repair roads hit hard by the harsh winter.  The additional funding includes $215 million for roads, with $115 million for priority projects and $100 million for maintenance.

Yonker represents District 72, which is comprised of Kentwood, Gaines Township, Wayland, Wayland Township, Leighton Township and Dorr Township.

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a taste of Hollywood last week, as crews shot scenes for a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

A crew of more than 100 people worked more than 14 hours shooting scenes throughout the airport for “The End of the Tour”.  Grand Rapids’ airport will represent the Minneapolis- St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare airports in the movie.

“Not only are we happy to host the cast and crew for filming, but we are happy they are flying in and out of our airport and bringing in money to support the local economy,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “They are flying in and out of Grand Rapids, grabbing a cup of Starbucks at our airport, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants.  It’s wonderful for the entire West Michigan community.”

My Town Kentwood: Convicted pharmacist loses his license

My Town Kentwood: Convicted pharmacist loses his license

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The state is suspending the license of a Kentwood pharmacist convicted in a prescription drug misbranding scheme.

Last November, Thomas VerHage was convicted of Causing Drugs Held for Sale to be Misbranded after Shipment in Interstate Commerce, which is a felony offense.  Verhage and another pharmacist, James D. Orr, pleaded guilty to the charges.  Both men were pharmacists at Kentwood Pharmacy, which dispensed medication to foster care and nursing homes. The U.S. Attorney's office says Orr acknowledged some of the prescriptions contained leftover or misbranded drugs that were returned to stock.

VerHage was ordered to pay more than $30,000 in fines and fees. On March 6, the Michigan Department if Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended VerHage’s license, based on his felony conviction.

Inforum Names Catherine Rogg as vice president

Inforum Names Catherine Rogg as vice president

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Inforum)--  Inforum announces the appointment of Catherine Rogg as vice president, corporate engagement.The new position is based in Inforum’s Grand Rapids office and signals the organization’s growth and continued investment in West Michigan since establishing it as a major hub for Inforum in 2006. As vice president, corporate engagement, Rogg will be the relationship lead for corporate investors and companies, serving as one of the most visible brand ambassadors for the organization in the West Michigan region and state of Michigan.