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Tribute to Korean War veterans dedicated in Belding

Tribute to Korean War veterans dedicated in Belding

BELDING, Mich.—Another piece of a veterans' memorial park in Belding is now in place.

Volunteers with the Belding Freedom Wall group dedicated a permanent monument to the veterans of the Korean War on Veterans Day. The monument sits next to the Belding historical depot building.  Organizer Denny Craycraft says about 200 people attended the event, including many war veterans from the surrounding area.

The new monument is a piece of black granite from India, which has been carved into the shape of Korea. It features the story of a fallen soldier from Ionia County.  The monument stands next to Belding’s historic WWII wall, which was reconstructed then dedicated during Veterans Day 2012. That wall features more than 700 names of local veterans who fought in WWII.

Craycraft says the organization is about half-way done with paying off the $7,800 Korean Monument, through donations. 

Flat River Dance Company presents 'The Nutcracker'

Flat River Dance Company presents 'The Nutcracker'

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Whether it's a first-time encounter or an annual treat, don't miss the most spirited holiday performance in town as the Flat River Dance Company presents "The Nutcracker." 

Performances will take place Saturday, December 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Greenville Performing Arts Center, inside Greenville High School. The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra will provide accompaniment for the full length ballet.

Tickets are on sale now at the Flat River Dance studio in Greenville.  Regular admission is  $20; tickets for groups of 10 or more are only $10 and $8 for groups of 25 or more.  Please call (616) 450-4461 to purchase tickets. 

The Sugar Plum Fairy is waiting to dance for you!

Veterans of 'Forgotten War' remembered by two nations

Veterans of 'Forgotten War' remembered by two nations

BELDING, Mich.--  It’s called the Forgotten War, but South Korea and the United States are not forgetting the sacrifice made by so many veterans during the Korean War.

Monday, Korean War veteran Harry Weimer visited Belding VFW Post 4406 to tearfully accept a book created by the two nations.  The 175 page book, titled “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation,” features a collection of photos from the Forgotten War.  Weimer’s reaction to the book was so moving, it brought City Manager Meg Mullendore to tears.

Mullendore says the U.S. Department of Defense sent 8,700 copies of the book to Lansing, so they could be distributed to Korean War veterans, free of charge.  Members of Belding VFW Post 4406 handed out three of the books to veterans Monday.  If you know a Korean War veteran who would like a free copy, contact the VFW at (616) 794-9624.

'Food for Fines' program returns to Flat River Community Library

'Food for Fines' program returns to Flat River Community Library

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  If you have overdue library books, here’s your chance to clear the fines without shelling out the cash.

The Flat River Community Library’s “Food for Fines” program runs now through November 16.  For each non-perishable food or personal care item a patron brings in, $1 of fines will be cleared from their library account.  There is no limit to the number of items you could donate.

The donated food will go to food pantries within the community. 

'Peter Pan' at Belding High School this week

'Peter Pan' at Belding High School this week

BELDING, Mich.-- Peter Pan is flying into Belding High School this week.

The high school drama club will hold performances of “Peter Pan” November 7, 8 and  9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the high school auditorium.  Tickets are $10 and available at Lombardo’s Pizza or at the door.

Sarah Thompson, who contacted WZZM 13 about the performance, will play the leading lady, Wendy.

Sample new foods during Recipe Swap November 4

Sample new foods during Recipe Swap November 4

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Expand your culinary repertoire and learn the secrets to delicious dishes during the Flat River Community Library’s Recipe Swap Monday, November 4.

Cooks must bring at least one dish complete with recipe to share, but all are welcome to bring up to three dishes and recipes.  Cooking enthusiasts are encouraged to share and sample all of the foods and take home a copy of the recipes they like most.

The Recipe Swap begins at 4 p.m. Monday.    Flat River Community Library is located at 200 W. Judd St. in Greenville.

Unlicensed body artists pose risk in Ionia County

Unlicensed body artists pose risk in Ionia County

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. – The Ionia County Health Department is warning residents about unlicensed tattoo and piercing artists who may be operating within the county.

Health Department officials say they recently were alerted to the issue within the community.  They say the potential health risks that come with body art may increase greatly when performed outside a licensed facility.  Health risks include hepatitis, HIV, skin infections including MRSA, and allergic reactions to pigments and dyes.

Ionia County is home to just one licensed body art facility, located in Orleans. 

Anyone with information about people performing unlicensed body art is asked to call the Ionia County Health Department at (616) 527-5341.