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My Town: Four communities host Labor Day prayer for farmers

My Town: Four communities host Labor Day prayer for farmers

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  The seeds have been sewn and the fields have been managed; now three West Michigan churches and an Ionia farm are turning to prayer for a safe and fruitful 2014 harvest.

Community members are encouraged to take part in this season’s prayer for farmers, which will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.   Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Kent City, Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, Rudd Farms at 1426 W. Grand River Ave. in Ionia and First United Methodist Church in Carson City will host the prayer session.  For more information, contact Mike Finkler at (616) 690-6221.

My Town Greenville: AGA Marvel launching unprecedented collection of 'green' appliances

My Town Greenville: AGA Marvel launching unprecedented collection of 'green' appliances

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A Greenville company is leading the pack in launching a product line that meets and exceeds new national energy standards.

AGA Marvel is redesigning its entire line of household under-counter refrigeration systems in light of the stricter energy standards, which take effect Sept. 15.  The company claims the collection, which includes wine cellars and keg dispensers, will be the first and largest collection in the nation. 

AGA Marvel’s engineering director says the new models will also include greater storage configurations, smart temperature controls and quieter operation.   The products, which are engineered, hand-built, tested and inspected in Greenville, are slated for launch this fall.

My Town: Determining the future of downtown Belding

My Town: Determining the future of downtown Belding

BELDING, Mich.—What does downtown Belding need?

That’s the question the city’s Downtown Development Authority is asking community members in a survey now available online. The survey focuses on demographics, housing, business, service and amenities. The results will guide the DDA as it develops its plan for downtown.  That plan is due by the end of the summer.  For a link to the online survey, click here.

For more information about the downtown development plan, contact City Clerk Kareen Thomas at kthomas@ci.belding.mi.us  or (616) 794-1900.

My Town: DIY Network taps Greenville manufacturer for renovation project

My Town: DIY Network taps Greenville manufacturer for renovation project

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  A Greenville manufacturer's high-end appliances will be featured again on the DIY Network this weekend.

AGA MARVEL's professional wine cellar, single tap beer dispenser, professional clear ice machine and professional refrigerator and beverage center will be featured in Saturday night's episode of "The Vanilla Ice Project."  The episode, titled "Shift Into Gear",  is focused on adding an entertainment space to a 3,000 square foot, multi-million dollar home situated on Lake Worth, Florida.

AGA MARVEL's products were first featured in the season four premiere of the Vanilla Ice Project, in the same home's state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen. A request for the industry’s largest refrigerator/freezer led show host Vanilla Ice to AGA Marvel, which had a 72” model. The episode, titled “The Killer Kitchen” also included an AGA professional dishwasher and a three-oven AGA Total Control range cooker, which features touch screen controls. 

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town Belding: WWI monument closer to reality

My Town Belding: WWI monument closer to reality

BELDING, Mich.—Visitors to the Belding Veterans Park now have a place to sit. 

Project leader Denny Craycraft says the park now has six benches.  Two of those benches were donated by Belding Tank, which also made a sizable donation toward bricks for the WWI monument.  Lake Design and Gerref Industries also donate to the effort.

Craycraft, who is a Vietnam veteran, has been working on adding park memorials for local veterans of every war since July 2010.  The World War I monument will feature the names of 135 area veterans who served in the war.  It will be the fourth monument installed at the park.  The most recent addition was a Korean War Monument, which was dedicated on Veterans Day, last November.

For more information or to donate, call Craycraft at (616) 550-6990.