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My Town Belding: Kari Ann & Lost Creek to take stage for free summer concert

My Town Belding: Kari Ann & Lost Creek to take stage for free summer concert

BELDING, Mich.-- Enjoy music and free popcorn when Kari Ann & Lost Creek take the stage this week for Belding's Music in the Park summer concert series.

Each seasonal performance takes place on Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Park.  The rest of this year's lineup is as follows:

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Greenville: Bree Town honored for inspirational battle against cancer

My Town Greenville: Bree Town honored for inspirational battle against cancer

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A 10-year-old girl whose battle with a rare form of cancer inspired a community is being honored by her school.

Just days before the end of the school year, Bree Town visited Baldwin Heights Tuesday to see her classmates and teachers.  During her visit, Bree was surprised with the Principal’s Award for inspiring others through her strength, perseverance and courage.

Bree has been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia for two years.  Her cancer is now in remission after receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant earlier this year.  It's unclear if she will be returning to class next fall.

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:

My Town Belding: WWI monument closer to reality

My Town Belding: WWI monument closer to reality

BELDING, Mich.—Visitors to the Belding Veterans Park now have a place to sit. 

Project leader Denny Craycraft says the park now has six benches.  Two of those benches were donated by Belding Tank, which also made a sizable donation toward bricks for the WWI monument.  Lake Design and Gerref Industries also donate to the effort.

Craycraft, who is a Vietnam veteran, has been working on adding park memorials for local veterans of every war since July 2010.  The World War I monument will feature the names of 135 area veterans who served in the war.  It will be the fourth monument installed at the park.  The most recent addition was a Korean War Monument, which was dedicated on Veterans Day, last November.

For more information or to donate, call Craycraft at (616) 550-6990.

My Town: Belding native named Michigan FFA president

My Town: Belding native named Michigan FFA president

BELDING, Mich.—Belding is home to the newest president of Michigan’s Future Farmers of America.

Alexandria Schut, 18, was recently elected to a one-year term.  She'll lead a team of 12 state officers throughout the state, and travel more than 20,000 miles to represent the 6,200 members of the Michigan FFA. She will finish out her term by leading the 87th Michigan FFA Convention in March 2014.

Schut is a senior at Caledonia High School, were she holds a 3.9 grade point average as an honor student.  Her relatives say she plans to study animal science and agricultural law at Oklahoma State University through online courses, once she graduates.

My Town: U.S. Congressman Dave Camp retiring

My Town: U.S. Congressman Dave Camp retiring

GREENVILLE, Mich.— The man representing Greenville in Congress will not be running for re-election.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) announced his retirement Monday, issuing the following statement:

“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives.  This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family.

“Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life.  I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me.  Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration.

“During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net and finding new markets for U.S. goods and services.”