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'We Bree-lieve': Bree Town returns home leukemia free

'We Bree-lieve': Bree Town returns home leukemia free

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A young Greenville area girl who has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for nearly two years is now cancer free and back home.

Bree Town returned home from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Michael Walsh says she’s still battling illnesses as her immune system rebuilds, but doctors have deemed her leukemia free.

Bree has had more than 75 blood transfusions since she was diagnosed on May 1, 2012.  Her family was told she had just a 60 percent cancer of survival; a survival dependent on generous strangers who donated hundreds of units of blood and became registered bone marrow donors in her honor.

“The community has rallied so much around this girl and this family, it’s amazing,” says Walsh.

In December 2013, doctors found one donor was a 100 percent match for Bree.  She underwent surgery earlier this year.

My Town Zeeland: Farmer donates winnings to families in need

My Town Zeeland: Farmer donates winnings to families in need

ZEELAND, Mich.--  A Zeeland farmer is doing his part to help Third World  families in need.

Alvern Poest has donated $2,500 to Paradise Bound Ministries to provide food, medical care and housing to struggling families in Guatemala.

“I think this a great opportunity,” Poest said. “This organization builds houses in Guatemala. We went a few years ago, and it was a great experience. This money will give other people in the community a chance to go there and help people that don't really have anything.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works with farmers to support organizations like Paradise Bound Ministries. The program offers farmers a chance to win $2,500 which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit organization o f choice.  Since its inception in 2010, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has led to more than $16 million in donations to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations nationwide. 

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town Greenville: District surveying community about alternative school year

My Town Greenville: District surveying community about alternative school year

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville Public Schools is turning to the community to help decide if it should move away from the traditional academic calendar.

The district sent home a letter with students this week, notifying their parents and guardians about the online survey. The district’s is encouraging parents and all community members to take the survey to determine the best schedule for students.  The survey is available online here.  All feedback is due March 15. The results will be reviewed by the district’s Alternative Calendar Committee.

My Town Greenville: Free family movie showing March 6

My Town Greenville:  Free family movie showing March 6

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Flat River Community Library will fire up its big screen Thursday, March 6 for Family Movie Time.

Community members are encouraged to come out and watch “The Smurfs 2”, which was recently released on DVD.  The family-friendly film will begin airing at 4 p.m. at the library, located at 200 West Judd Street in Greenville.

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker tournament to benefit young father battling cancer

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker tournament to benefit young father battling cancer

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Greenville High School is getting ready to host a Gus Macker Tournament supporting a young father battling cancer yet again.

Scott Young graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2003.  Tournament organizers say he is battling cancer for the third time, and he’s not even 30 years old.  Cancer was most recently found between his heart and lungs.  Young will be traveling to Indiana University for treatment.

Young has a 1-year-old son and young daughter, who is in first grade at Baldwin Heights Elementary.  The Greenville Schools family is encouraged to donate to the dinner and auction for Young. You can also show your support by registering for the tournament, which is March 8.  For more information, visit macker.com.

My Town Greenville: Family Engineering Night Rescheduled

My Town Greenville: Family Engineering Night Rescheduled

GREENVILLE, Mich. --- Baldwin Heights Elementary School is postponing its Family Engineering Night, because of the inclement weather.

Greenville Public Schools decided to cancel classes Thursday because of high winds, snow and dropping temperatures.

Because of the cancellation, Engineering Night, which was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, will now take place Thursday, March 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. K-5 students and their families can take part in hands-on activities while enjoying a free dinner.  Admission is free and walk-ins are welcome.