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My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

WYOMING, Mich.—Kelloggsville Public Schools is asking voters to renew a millage for district operations on Tuesday, May 6.

The Operating Millage renewal proposal would extend the 18 mill tax on property within the district that Kelloggsville Public Schools relies on to receive its per pupil allowance.  Under the proposal, the millage would be renewed for five years. For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Voters to decide Caledonia Community Schools bond proposal

My Town: Voters to decide Caledonia Community Schools bond proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Some voters in My Town Kentwood will decide a proposed bond for Caledonia Community Schools.

The district wants to borrow $41 million through bonds to fund a new freshman plus building.  The funding would also go toward expanding and upgrading existing buildings  and improving athletic fields, facilities and playgrounds.  The bond would last 22 years at an estimated rate of 7 mills.  The district says the proposal will not include a millage rate increase for taxpayers within the district. For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town Kentwood: Acts needed for Kentwoodpalooza

My Town Kentwood: Acts needed for Kentwoodpalooza

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  Students are invited to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer with Kentwoodpalooza.

The June 12 event is being organized by the Kent District Library.  Organizers are looking for local teen bands to perform at the festival, which will be held in the Kentwood Library Amphitheatre, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.. The deadline for applications and demos is Saturday, May 3.  For additional information and to sign up your act, visit the KDL website here.

Kentwoodpalooza celebrates teen involvement in many art forms, including painting, poetry, film-making and music.  Live bands will play from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and food and beverages will be provided.

My Town Kentwood: Student readers eager to join 100 Point Club

My Town Kentwood: Student readers eager to join 100 Point Club

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies) —Students at Ridge Park Charter Academy read for fun, read to learn, and they read for a chance to join the esteemed 100 Point Club.

Three years ago, Library Technician Dawn Elliott had the idea to start a club that rewarded students in all grades for reading. Students can earn one or two points for each book and accelerated reading test they complete. Accelerated Reading (AR) is a computer-based program that quizzes a student on a book they have read to measure the level of understanding of the material.

“Our thought behind starting this club was to encourage and celebrate students that not only read, but also stretch their comprehension skills,” said Elliott.

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 Kentwood: Organizers launch fund raising campaign for July 4 celebration

My Town Kentwood: Organizers launch fund raising campaign for July 4 celebration
 

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  It’s March but the City of Kentwood is already looking to July and its annual Independence Day Celebration.

The Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department is once again teaming up with the Kentwood Jaycees for this year’s event, which will include fireworks, a 5k run, parade, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, carnival and music.

Organizers have launched their “Light The Spark” campaign to fund the celebration.  Those interested in donating can visit the fund raising page  or  by participating and donating during the following events:

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.