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My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

My Town: Shop and help local charity during Macy's 'Shop For A Cause' Aug. 23

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The back-to-school shopping season is here, and Macy’s is giving customers a charitable reason to open up their wallets.

The department store is holding its ninth annual “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Customers who purchase a $5 shopping pass at any of Mel Trotter Ministries four thrift store locations can enjoy special discounts, entertainment and http://www.meltrotter.org exclusive events at the Macy’s in Grandville.  All proceeds from the pass sale will go to Mel Trotter.

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.

My Town Greenville: Danish Festival caps off with parade

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) --  Several days of celebrating Greenville's Danish heritage culminated Saturday, Aug. 16 with the Grand Dansk Parade.

Members of the WZZM 13 family were among the floats and groups that took part in this year's procession.  You can see pictures of the event in our WZZM 13 photo gallery here.

The event was part of the 50th annual Danish Festival, which featured everything from a hot air balloon flight, to a fitness walk, food, and music.

"It's wonderful; it's beautiful weather this weekend, there's lots of people, and there's something for everybody between the market and the food booths and the talent -- you can see different things on stage," said Jonathan Schnicke. "It's just great; there's a lot of people and a lot of fun."

 

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

Danish Festival underway in Greenville


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- You'll find a little bit of Denmark in Montcalm County this weekend.

The Danish Festival is now underway in Greenville.

The annual event is celebrating its 50th year. It features everything from a hot air balloon flight, to a fitness walk, food, and music.

"It's wonderful; it's beautiful weather this weekend, there's lots of people, and there's something for everybody between the market and the food booths and the talent -- you can see different things on stage," said Jonathan Schnicke. "It's just great; there's a lot of people and a lot of fun."

The hot air balloon flight starts at 7am Saturday at Klackle Orchards on M-57 west of town.

My Town Greenville: More than 80,000 expected for Danish Festival Aug. 15-17

My Town Greenville: More than 80,000 expected for Danish Festival Aug. 15-17

GREENVILLE, Mich.—An idea pitched 50 years ago that has grown into an event that attracts more than 80,000 people to Greenville returns this weekend.

The first Danish Festival took place Aug. 18, 1965.  Dorothy Oliver dreamed up the event, as a way to celebrate Greenville’s Danish heritage.  Since its debut, the Danish Festival has grown into a three-day event, featuring dancing, eating contests, live concerts, games, hot air balloon flights and fireworks.   

The 2014 Danish Festival runs now through Aug. 17 throughout Greenville.  For a schedule of events, visit the festival website here.

School rankings show districts' points of pride, areas for improvement

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's annual school accountability scorecards are out.

 

The report ranks schools according to factors like attendance and how well they meet goals set by the state's education department.

 

Schools that fall in the bottom five percent of the rankings are considered "priority" schools and are placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer. There are 138 schools identified as "priority" schools. Nearly half of them are on that list for the fist time.

 

At least two West Michigan districts with priority schools also have schools among the state's top performers: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools.