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My Town Greenville: Free flights for children during Young Eagles Day June 14

My Town Greenville: Free flights for children during Young Eagles Day June 14

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  Thousands of children will climb into the cockpit and take flight next weekend for the EAA’s annual International Young Eagles Day.

The annual event started a decade ago, launching many kids’ interest in aviation. As part of International Young Eagles Day, the Greenville Area Aviation Association will take children ages 8-17 years old on a free flight after a short on-ground workshop, introducing them to the basics of flight.

The free flights will take place June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Greenville Airport. Each child must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver form.  Flights are available on a first come, first served basis.  If inclement weather occurs, the flights will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 15.

My Town Greenville: Kinship care presentation June 4

My Town Greenville: Kinship care presentation June 4

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  Raising a child that shares your blood can be a challenge on its own- but what about bringing up children who are a relative or from a friend?

Guardians in this situation are encouraged to learn more about the services and support available to them during a Kinship Care Presentation Wednesday, June 4 at Greenville Public Schools’ Central Services Facility, 1414 Chase Road. The program is provided by Michigan State University’s School of Social Work and the Kinship Care Resource Center.  Participants will receive lunch and a resource guide.  To reserve a space, call (616) 754-1996.

My Town Greenville: May 25 Bake sale to help purchase life-saving equipment

My Town Greenville: May 25 Bake sale to help purchase life-saving equipment

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Buy something sweet and help save lives during the 21st annual Spring Fling Auto Show next Sunday, May 25.

The Montcalm Township Firefighters Corporation will be holding a bake sale during the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Proceeds from the bake sale will go to purchasing a breathing air compressor for the Montcalm Township Fire Department.

The Spring Fling Auto Show by Damp Productions will take place at the Montcalm Township Hall, located at 1880 S. Greenville Road in Greenville.

My Town Belding: New troubles for Rivertown Bike Week Expo

My Town Belding: New troubles for Rivertown Bike Week Expo

BELDING, Mich.—A motorcycle event that’s expected to attract tens of thousands of bikers to Belding is running into more troubles.

Mark Mensch of the Rivertown Bike Week Expo told the city council this week the event’s presenting sponsor has withdrawn.  Organizers are now looking for other funding solutions, but are still planning on holding the the Bike Week Expo July 17-19, 2015.

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.

My Town: City budget and Bike Week on the agenda for May 20

My Town: City budget and Bike Week on the agenda for May 20

BELDING, Mich.— An organizer of a new motorcycle event coming to Belding is expected to update the city council on his plans Tuesday night.

Rivertown Bike Week organizer Mark Mensch is expected to attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.  Late last year, the city council approved holding the Rivertown Bike Week Expo from July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015.  The event is expected to attract tens of thousands o bikers to Belding.

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.

My Town: Whites Bridge cleanup postponed

My Town: Whites Bridge cleanup postponed

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plans to clean up debris from a West Michigan landmark destroyed by fire have been postponed.

The Whites Bridge Historical Society planned to have volunteers pull bridge debris that’s floated downriver from the Flat River this Saturday, May 17, but decided to delay the volunteer effort because the river is higher and faster than normal, due to recent rains.

The group now plans to hold the cleanup on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers should meet at the north side of the bridge site.  Canoes and kayaks will be provided by the Main Street Inn for those who do not have their own boat.  Heffron Farms, Bilbo Bakeries and other businesses will provide lunch for those helping in the effort.  The Bert Jones Band will provide music during the break.

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are: