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My Town Belding: Prom safety tips from the Ionia County Health Dept.

My Town Belding: Prom safety tips from the Ionia County Health Dept.

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BELDING, Mich. (Ionia County Health Department)-- It’s that time of year when Ionia County schools will be celebrating their proms and graduations.

Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) reminds us that it is an especially important time for students, schools, and parents to think about the risks of using alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.  According to Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) “Think About It… Prom and Graduation Season Campaign”, there is a rise in the use of alcohol and drugs during prom and graduation season.  Thus, it is important to take preventative action to ensure that students are alcohol and drug free, during this time of year.  According to testimonials from the SADD website, students who abstain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs have better memories of their prom and graduation.

Below are tips for prom and graduation season:

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My Town: Whites Bridge rebuild project enters new phase

My Town: Whites Bridge rebuild project enters new phase

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  The Whites Bridge Historical Society has entered a new phase in replacing the historic bridge destroyed by arson on July 7.

Tom Byle, vice chairman of the group, says it is now focusing on raising funds to build a replica of the bridge.  He says the group submitted an application for a federal grant on May 1, which would cover about two-third of the project’s estimated $400,000 cost.  The Whites Bridge Historical Society must raise the remaining $125,000.  Byle says the group has hired a professional grant writer to pursue additional project funding.  Once the historical society has collected enough money, the funding will be signed over to Keene Township, which will work with the Ionia County Road Commission on rebuilding the bridge. 

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: Greenville to participate in National Day of Prayer May 1

My Town: Greenville to participate in National Day of Prayer May 1

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Community members are invited to “Pray 4 America” during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.

Participants are encouraged to meet at noon at the flag pole in Heritage Park to pray for the nation for half an hour.

Heritage Park is located on the corner of M-57 and M-91.  For additional event information, contact Marie Neitzel at (616) 754-8513.

My Town Greenville: Volunteers needed to help with triathlon

My Town Greenville: Volunteers needed to help with triathlon

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Volunteers are needed to help pull off this year's Tri-Greenville Triathlon.

The event will take place Saturday, May 31.  Organizers also need help setting up the second annual triathlon.

To sign up, call 754-8887 email grec@greenvillemi.org, or visit http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/385078372073#/form.

My Town Belding: Register now for a Belding Community Garden plot

My Town Belding: Register now for a Belding Community Garden plot

BELDING, Mich.—It’s spring, which means now is the time to sign up for a plot in the Belding Community Garden, located at 541 Orchard Street.

This is the third year for the community garden, which is a group effort led by the Belding Community Garden Group, the city and Belding Area Schools.  Last year, the city won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award for the garden program.

At the Belding Community Garden, green thumbs can plant whatever they want on their own schedule.  All abundant or designated vegetables are donated once a week to the Belding Food Pantry. 

Gardeners itching for a space can download an application here or visit City Hall to pick up a copy.  For more information about the Community Garden, contact Andrea Belding at (616) 240-1472.

My Town Greenville: Safe Schools Community Forum April 23

My Town Greenville: Safe Schools Community Forum April 23

GREENVILLE, Mich.—  Community members are encouraged to share their school safety concerns during an information session by Greenville Public Schools on Wednesday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

The Safe Schools Community Forum will take place inside the Greenville High School Auditorium.  District leaders will make a short presentation on the state of security within the district before fielding questions from parents and community members.