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Greenville educator teaches juggling to elementary kids

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - At Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville, students learn the usual subjects -- and they have the chance to learn juggling, too, in an after-school club for third- through sixth-graders.

In the school gym during a typical session, dozens of students spread out to try to toss three balls in the air and catch them. Baldwin Heights instructor Lori Hostitler tells the students about proper technique. Students are clumped together with other students who have already mastered beginner-level juggling.

Hostitler calls it the Z Club.

To join, students need to juggle the ball for each letter of the alphabet. In other words, they need to toss the balls in the air 26 times. If they can do that without dropping them, then they are part of Z Club for life.

My Town Belding: Holiday tradition returning to Jay Street

My Town Belding: Holiday tradition returning to Jay Street

BELDING, Mich.--  A Belding family is bringing back a holiday tradition this Thanksgiving.

Robert Brown recently got the green light from the Belding City Council to set up an outdoor Christmas display spanning four properties on Jay Street. With the approval of Brown’s neighbors, council members agreed to suspend the city light and noise ordinance from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1 for Brown so he can run his light display, which will be active from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Brown told the city council earlier this month that he wants to bring back the family tradition, which started in the early 70s.  He says Santa will be out front handing out candy canes, and Christmas music will be playing along with the display.

My Town Belding: Ionia County Health Department offers free parent class

My Town Belding: Ionia County Health Department offers free parent class


IONIA COUNTY, Mich.- Guiding today's young people through adolescence is no easy task.

Is your teen pushing your buttons? Not sure how to handle it? The good news is you are not alone! The Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) is here to help you make the most of staying ahead of the game and find common ground with your teen. Shoulder to Shoulder is dedicated to helping make your job easier by connecting fellow parents and caregivers, and sharing the insight of those who have been there before. Whether you're looking to help fellow parents or get help from fellow parents and other organizations, the Shoulder to Shoulder Training is a good fit for you.

Greenville woman recovering from crash with garbage truck

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Greenville woman is recovering after a crash involving a garbage truck.

Montcalm County deputies say the garbage truck was stopped in the northbound lane of Derby Road a little south of Lakeside Drive just before 9 Thursday morning.

That's when the 41-year-old woman was unable to stop her SUV on the slushy roads and slid into the back of the truck. Another car behind her couldn't stop in time, either, rear-ending her vehicle.

The Greenville woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.

Baldwin man gets prison for drunk driving crash that killed friend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Barely old enough to legally drink, a 21-year-old man who caused an alcohol-related crash in July that killed his friend in northeast Kent County was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

Joshua Lucas Runnels was handed a 7 to 15-year sentence for drunken driving causing death for the July 23 crash in Kent County's Oakfield Township that killed Charles Gregory Samuel of Greenville.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth also sentenced him to serve 2 to 5 years for drunken driving causing serious injury. The terms will run concurrent.

The Baldwin man pleaded no contest earlier this month to drunken driving causing death and drunken driving causing serious injury. In exchange for his plea, reckless driving and habitual offender charge was dismissed.

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

BELDING, Mich.—Waterfowl in Belding have a safe place to hide out, thanks to a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project.

Allison Harrison recently completed building six wood duck boxes for the city parks of Belding.  Harrison hopes the boxes will encourage the duck population to remain in Belding so hunters and nature lovers can enjoy the fowl for years to come.

Harrison joined the Girl Scouts in elementary school and stuck with the organization, despite being teased by her classmates and the collapse of her original troop.

"I got past all of the bullying and judgment and followed through with Girl Scouts, no matter what people threw at me," she said.