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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

Fire damages 57 Brew Pub & Bistro in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A fire Friday evening in Greenville may have shut down a restaurant for some time.

Workers at 57 Brew Pub & Bistro tell us they heard a noise that sounded like a jet engine. When they went outside to investigate, they noticed smoke coming out of the roof.

It happened during their dinner rush, and about 30 people were evacuated.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire out in less than an hour. It did leave a hole in the roof, and the water used to put out the flames caused extensive damage to the building.

No one was hurt.

Amish man dies week after buggy crash

MONTCALM TWP., Mich. (WZZM) An Amish man has died from his injuries after being involved in a buggy-pickup truck accident last Thursday.

Andrew Miller, 27, of Montcalm Township, died Tuesday night at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

The accident happened just before 7:30 a.m. last Thursday on Fitzner Road between Spencer and Pakes roads. Miller's horse and buggy were southbound when the horse swerved into the path of a northbound pickup truck driven by Del Christensen, 54, of Montcalm Township.

Miller's horse died as a result of the accident. No charges are expected, as it appears the horse veered into the lanes of traffic when Miller tried to stop the buggy. Alcohor or drugs are not suspected.

My Town: One essay away from $2,500

My Town: One essay away from $2,500

BELDING, Mich.—High school seniors may be just one essay away from earning a $2,500 scholarship to college.

Now through April 24, LAFCU is accepting applications for its 2015 Write to Educate scholarship contest.  Application forms are available on the credit union’s website here.  Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded; one will go to a student attending Baker College of Owosso, the other goes to a student heading to Lansing Community College.

This year’s essay question is: how does social media change real life relationships?  The winners will be announced Friday, May 8.  Each winner will select one of the following four charities to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU:

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

Buggy driver injured, horse killed in crash in Montcalm Co.

MONTCALM TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Greenville man was seriously injured and a horse was killed in a crash Thursday morning in Montcalm County.

The crash between the pickup truck and the horse and buggy happened at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday on Fitzner Road between Spencer Road and Pakes Road in Montcalm Township.

The initial investigation shows that the Amish horse and buggy driven by 27-year-old Andrew Miller was southbound on Fitzner when it swerved into the path of a northbound pickup truck. Miller was taken to United Memorial Hospital and then flown to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids by AeroMed. His condition is not known. The horse died from the crash. The driver of the pickup truck, 54-year-old Del Ray Christensen of Greenville, was not hurt. However, his truck was severely damaged.