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Troopers in training: 126th Recruit School begins

Troopers in training: 126th Recruit School begins

LANSING, Mich.— More than 100 prospective Michigan State troopers are officially in training.

The 126th Trooper Recruit School began Jan. 5.  For the next 20 weeks, 115 recruits will be trained in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits are only allowed to leave the MS Training Academy from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Those who successfully complete the class will graduate May 30. 

The 126th Trooper Recruit School includes:

Greenville high school student nominated for Air Force Academy

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A Greenville High School student is one step closer to getting into the Air Force Academy.

Friday, Rep. Dave Camp announced his nominees for the United States military service academies.  A dozen people were selected from Michigan’s fourth district, after being interviewed by an academy board. The list includes Greenville native Alexander Dillon, who was nominated to the Air Force Academy.

Baldwin Heights Elementary principal to take the plunge

Baldwin Heights Elementary principal to take the plunge

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The principal of Baldwin Heights Elementary School is getting ready to take the plunge.

Mike Walsh will jump into an icy Turk Lake on Feb. 8. This is his fourth Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan.  This year, his 11-year-old son, Brandon, will also join him.

Walsh is collecting donations for Special Olympics online.  On his fundraiser page Walsh writes, “I absolutely believe the Special Olympics [is] one of the most important organizations we have.  As an elementary school principal I see first-hand the importance of opportunities like Special Olympics provide for some of our students.”

If you would like to join Walsh’s Frozen Jackets team for the Polar Plunge, email him at walshm@greenville.k12.mi.us.

'We Bree-lieve': Bone marrow match renews family's hope

'We Bree-lieve': Bone marrow match renews family's hope

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- A 10-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia is getting good news right in time for Christmas.

Baldwin Heights Elementary Principal Mike Walsh says doctors have found a 100 percent bone marrow match for Bree Town.  Walsh says Bree went back into the hospital Tuesday, downtrodden because of upcoming chemo treatments before doctors shared the news.  This match gives Bree the best possible chance at beating leukemia.   Walsh says Bree still has another round of chemotherapy, but doctors may be able to do a bone marrow transplant as early as January.

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Belding treasure wins funding for expansion

Belding treasure wins funding for expansion

BELDING, Mich.—  A park that celebrated its official opening exactly one month ago is now getting ready to expand.

The founders of SMASH Park in Belding announced Wednesday that the Greenville Community Foundation has decided to fund a nine-hole expansion to the disc golf course. 

SMASH Park was created in memory of Cody Moore, who loved to play disc golf with his friends and talked about adding a course to Lightning Bend Park in Belding.  Moore passed away unexpectedly on June 9, 2012.

Veterans of 'Forgotten War' remembered by two nations

Veterans of 'Forgotten War' remembered by two nations

BELDING, Mich.--  It’s called the Forgotten War, but South Korea and the United States are not forgetting the sacrifice made by so many veterans during the Korean War.

Monday, Korean War veteran Harry Weimer visited Belding VFW Post 4406 to tearfully accept a book created by the two nations.  The 175 page book, titled “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation,” features a collection of photos from the Forgotten War.  Weimer’s reaction to the book was so moving, it brought City Manager Meg Mullendore to tears.

Mullendore says the U.S. Department of Defense sent 8,700 copies of the book to Lansing, so they could be distributed to Korean War veterans, free of charge.  Members of Belding VFW Post 4406 handed out three of the books to veterans Monday.  If you know a Korean War veteran who would like a free copy, contact the VFW at (616) 794-9624.