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My Town Belding: Health Department urges drivers to put away the phones

My Town Belding: Health Department urges drivers to put away the phones

BELDING, Mich.—The ice and snow are gone, but there are still many risks for drivers.

Memorial Day marked the beginning of the 100 deadliest days on the road for teenagers. An average of 261 teens die in crashes during each of the summer months.  That’s a 26 percent increase over the rest of the year.

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation institute, someone who is texting or checking their phone while driving is 23 times more likely to create an accident.

The Ionia County Health Department is asking all drivers to resist the urge to text or check their phone while driving. Drivers should pull off the highway if the message is urgent.  The Health Department also encourages passengers in a vehicle with a driver who is texting insist the driver stop for everyone’s safety.

Texting while driving is now banned in 43 states, including Michigan.  The fine in our state is $100 for the first offense.

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: 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: Spring Fling for Women Returns on March 29

My Town: Spring Fling for Women Returns on March 29

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- The Daily News offers women the opportunity to focus on health, empowerment and style during this spring event.

With more than 40 vendors, women have the chance to learn ways to improve their health, shop their favorite stores and home-based businesses and check out the latest fashion trends.

Admission is free for women to attend this Spring Fling, taking place Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greenville High School,  111 N. Hillcrest Street. For more information, call (616)754-9301 or email lparedes@staffordgroup.com.

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Individuals, families, churches, youth groups and schools can order Mel Trotter purple “Hope Tote” bags which then can be filled with new personal hygiene items for those in need in the community.

To order a tote, visit the Mel Trotter website. Suggested personal care items (standard or travel size) are:

  • Shampoo/conditioner (including ethnic hair products)
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/body wash
  • Bath sponges/Washcloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Tissues

Filled Hope Totes can be dropped off through April 20 at Mel Trotter's Downtown Mission at 225 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids or the Mel Trotter Thrift Stores, at 555 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, 538 S. State Street in Sparta, 363 E. State Street in Belding and 7500 Cottonwood Dr. Suite D in Jenison.

My Town: Free Cone Day March 20 to help hospitalized children

My Town: Free Cone Day March 20 to help hospitalized children

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Enjoy a free ice cream cone and help hospitalized children during a special event this Thursday, March 20 at participating Dairy Queen stores.

From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., more than 50 Dairy Queens in Michigan will be taking part in Free Cone Day, including the Dairy Queen at 1015 W. Washington in Greenville. The stores will give out free soft serve cones in exchange for a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year, the money will help provide services and equipment at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

'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.