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Belding employees switching to four-day work week

Belding employees switching to four-day work week

BELDING, Mich.—Some Belding city officials are going to a four-day work week.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says the city council unanimously approved the schedule change during their meeting July 16.  Mullendore says administrative staff, department of public works employees and front-line office workers will switch to four ten-hour days, starting August 19. After a six-month trial, the City will decide if the new schedule should become permanent.

Mullendore says the four-day work week will improve customer service, giving residents more time to visit city offices with their concerns.  The new office hours will be 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Mullendore says so far she’s only heard praise from employees and residents about the altered hours, which will affect approximately a dozen city employees.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Recreation department director on fire: We will rebuild

Recreation department director on fire: We will rebuild

GREENVILLE, Mich.-  Donations are coming in to help replace community sports equipment lost in a fire on July 4.

Interim Public Safety Director Mike Stuck says a passerby spotted the fire at 300 E. Charles St. around 5 a.m. that day. The facility was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Stuck says it took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire. Everything inside the facility—including balls, soccer goals, camp supplies and board games—was destroyed.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Organizers present Rivertown Bike Week Expo plans to the city council

BELDING, Mich.—We’re learning more about the inaugural Rivertown Bike Week Expo, which is planned for July 22 through July 25.

Organizers tell the Belding City Council they will tap local vendors for the event.  Proceeds from Rivertown Bike Week Expo will benefit the local memorial park, community organizations and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Traffic wise, organizers are planning for shutdowns similar to what the city experiences during Labor Day. Depot Street would close and so would portions of parking lots.  Central Riverside Park would be used for vendors.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including: