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My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

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Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13. 

My Town Greenville: Highway renamed for fallen local soldier

My Town Greenville: Highway renamed for fallen local soldier

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The family of a fallen soldier from Greenville now need only drive down M-57 to remember him.

Earlier this week, Governor Snyder signed a bill renaming a portion of the thoroughfare the Joseph Prentler Memorial Highway.  Prentler was killed Oct. 4, 2010 when insurgents bombed his military vehicle in Afghanistan.  The Carson City-Crystal High School graduate was 20 years old.

Prentler’s mother, sister and brother-in-law stood by as Snyder signed the bill honoring their loved one Tuesday in Lansing.  State Rep. Rick Outman also attended the ceremony.

“Naming a portion of a local highway for this brave young man, who gave everything for his country, is just one way we can honor him,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes. “By doing so we can keep alive the memory of Specialist Prentler and the ultimate sacrifice he made.”

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town Greenville: Volunteers needed for 2015 Tri Greenville

My Town Greenville: Volunteers needed for 2015 Tri Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- The Greenville Recreation Department is looking for volunteers for the 2015 Chemical Bank/Spectrum Health Tri-Greenville Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon.

This event takes place at Baldwin Lake Beach in Greenville on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

The Greenville Recreation Department needs over 150 volunteers for this event. Sign up with VolunteerSpot at www.gvcomrec.com. Place cursor on Tri-Greenville (Triathlon), slide cursor to the left and click on volunteers to locate VolunteerSpot.

For more information, call (616) 754-8887.

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).