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Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

The Orangeville Fire Department, located in the Gun Lake Area, is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Detroit Tigers play the Los Angeles Angels on April 19, 2014. The cost is $65.00 for the bus trip and the game, to be paid at the time reservations are made. Everyone going is to meet at the Fire Department at 8:00am the day of the trip.

To make a reservation and for more information, please call: Art Ribble at 269-672-7274 or Mike Ribble at 616-481-4516.

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:

Skateboarder concussion workshop Feb. 21

Skateboarder concussion workshop Feb. 21

WALKER, Mich.— The Spectrum Health Sports Medicine Team is partnering with 3 Mile Project to help young skaters protect themselves for potentially life-changing injury.

SK8 Clinic- Concussion Awareness will take place Feb. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Mile Project.  Professional skateboarder Auttiesh Danger will also lead a skate skills clinic.  Seventh and eighth grade students who come for the seminar can get in free to 3 Mile Project afterward. 

For more information, visit the 3 Mile Project website here.

Gymco offers free membership to military families

Gymco offers free membership to military families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids gymnastics studio is offering a special perk for military families- free membership for the rest of the year.

Gymco, Inc. recently announced the special deal for active duty service members and their immediate families.

“As the daughter of a military hero, I understand the sacrifice and commitment of our military families,” said Doreen Bolhuis, Gymco’s founder and president. “By offering a free membership, we can recognize and thank military families in our community. We also hope to inspire other businesses and community members to discover their own unique way to support military families.”

To redeem the offer, service members must show a military I.D.  Memberships are valid through 12/31/2014.  Members of Gymco receive discounts on all programming, including birthday parties, open gym times, special events, preschool, drop-in daycare and gymnastics classes.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird