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Firefighters respond to flames at Federal-Mogul

Firefighters respond to flames at Federal-Mogul

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a business in Greenville.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety was called out to Federal-Mogul Corporation, located at 510 E. Grove St., just before noon Thursday.  Dispatchers say the initial call was for a fire that started in the insulation.

So far, no injuries have been reported.  

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A West Michigan business is tapping into the Christmas spirit, one dollar at a time.

Throughout the holiday season, West Side Beer Distributing is teaming up with the businesses it supplies to sell paper Christmas ornaments for $1 each. All of the proceeds will go to God’s Kitchen; Love, Inc.; Montcalm County Food Bank; Ionia County Food Bank; South Central Michigan Food Bank in Kalamazoo; and the Lansing Area Food Bank.

West Side Beer Distributing has been donating paper Christmas ornaments for the fundraiser for 19 years.  In that time, the business has collected more than $175,000 in donations to local food banks.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for new consignment shop Dec. 9

Ribbon cutting ceremony for new consignment shop Dec. 9

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The community is invited to celebrate the opening of a new shop next week.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Posey’s Place Consignment will take place Monday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.  The new store offers women’s clothing and accessories, teaching supplies and piano lessons.

Posey’s Place is located at 118 S. Franklin St.   For more information, call (616) 754-8505 or visit the business’ Facebook page.

Rivertown Bike Week Expo scaled back for 2015

Rivertown Bike Week Expo scaled back for 2015

BELDING, Mich.--- Organizers of a motorcycle event that’s expected to attract tens of thousands of bikers to Belding are scaling back their plans.

The city council recently approved holding Rivertown Bike Week Expo from July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015.  City Manager Meg Mullendore says organizers hope shortening the event and planning it further out will help them secure sponsorships.

The organizers of the expo are part of the same group that began planning Rivertown Bike Week in Grand Rapids in 2010, but had to repeatedly delay the event because of regulations and a lack of sponsors.  They tried moving it to July 2014 in Belding, but ended up postponing the event again after failing to secure venues and sponsorships in time.

Mullendore says organizers are still hoping to attract 35,000 people downtown, despite shortening the event from five days to two days.  

Greenville welcomes Posey's Place

Greenville welcomes Posey's Place

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Please welcome a new small business to Greenville run by former Montcalm Community College graduate, Sue Snyder.

Posey's Place is a unique store offering women's clothing ranging from 14 to 5X and teaching supplies for elementary teachers and homeschooling parents. Snyder also gives piano lessons for beginner students.   Locally, it’s a great opportunity to find affordable fashions and up-to-date teaching supplies. 

Sue is looking for new customers and consignors.  For more information, visit the store located at 118 South Franklin Street in Greenville.   Business hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   If you want to reach the store, please call Snyder at (616) 754-8505 or email posey1013@gmail.com.

Greenville business has new weapon against bed bugs: Sherlock

Greenville business has new weapon against bed bugs: Sherlock

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The newest member of a pest control team in Greenville promises to do what no human can.

Sherlock is a certified Canine Pest Inspector.  The black Labrador retriever can detect bed bugs by scent.  With help from his handler, Alec Dakin, Sherlock recently finished a two week bed bug training course in North Carolina, and now works for SureShot Pest Control, LLC.

SureShot Pest Control says a certified canine can detect even one viable bedbug egg, allowing crews to catch infestations early, saving homeowners money.   The company says canine inspections also take less time than a typical human inspection and are more successful, with an accuracy rate as high as 90 percent.

A 2010 survey by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association found 88 percent of companies called to a bed bug infestation treated the problem in single-family homes.

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.