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My Town Belding: Holiday tradition returning to Jay Street

My Town Belding: Holiday tradition returning to Jay Street

BELDING, Mich.--  A Belding family is bringing back a holiday tradition this Thanksgiving.

Robert Brown recently got the green light from the Belding City Council to set up an outdoor Christmas display spanning four properties on Jay Street. With the approval of Brown’s neighbors, council members agreed to suspend the city light and noise ordinance from Nov. 27 through Jan. 1 for Brown so he can run his light display, which will be active from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Brown told the city council earlier this month that he wants to bring back the family tradition, which started in the early 70s.  He says Santa will be out front handing out candy canes, and Christmas music will be playing along with the display.

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

BELDING, Mich.—Waterfowl in Belding have a safe place to hide out, thanks to a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project.

Allison Harrison recently completed building six wood duck boxes for the city parks of Belding.  Harrison hopes the boxes will encourage the duck population to remain in Belding so hunters and nature lovers can enjoy the fowl for years to come.

Harrison joined the Girl Scouts in elementary school and stuck with the organization, despite being teased by her classmates and the collapse of her original troop.

"I got past all of the bullying and judgment and followed through with Girl Scouts, no matter what people threw at me," she said.

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

If you are looking for an interesting and informative evening, plan on attending this event in Greenville, MI on November 18th at the Flat River Library, located at 200 W. Judd from 6 – 8pm.

Michigan’s Orphan Train is about 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area, who were taken from the streets and placed in Michigan from 1854 – 1927. Many of these children were never actually adopted but were used as teenage labor.

Join in the research with historians and television producers, Al and David Eicher, who will share details about this obscure time in Michigan’s history.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. Admission is free but if you would like more information, contact Tim West at gretjw@flatriverlibrary.org

Human Trafficking Awareness Event in Greenville

Human Trafficking Awareness Event in Greenville

The Women's Action Network and Greenville Community Church present "The Slave Across the Street." Theresa Flores, the author of this book and a suvivor of human trafficking, will be the featured speaker. Come and listen to her story along with updates from Senator Judy Emmons on Michigan's Human Trafficking Legislation.

Location and Time: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00pm. Admission is free. For additional information and questions, please call, Jennifer Iteen at 616-835-6937. website: http://womensanction.net

Greenville Community Church, 6596 Vining Rd. in Greenville, MI.

Learn important tips and guidelines about teens and internet safety.

 

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Head Start for Kent County names new executive director

My Town: Head Start for Kent County names new executive director

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new face is taking the helm of the Head Start for Kent County.

The Board of Directors has appointed MaDonna Princer as executive director of the Walker-based organization, which provides resources to low-income families to aid in the well-being and development of children age five and under.

Princer has worked with the Head Start Program EightCAP, Inc. of Greenville for 15 years.  For the last five years, she’s held a senior management position overseeing childhood systems within the areas of early childhood education, child and family outcomes, family engagement and evaluation.

Princer replaces Mary Hockwalt, who is retiring this summer after 13 years of serving as executive director for Head Start for Kent County.