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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: 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: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

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.

Big Boy hosts benefit for Bree Town Jan. 30

Big Boy hosts benefit for Bree Town Jan. 30

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Community members are encouraged to show their support for a 10-year-old girl battling acute myeloid leukemia by grabbing a meal at the local Big Boy Thursday night.

From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Big Boy will donate 15 percent of food purchases to Bree Town and her family. However, patrons must print and present the flyer below for their bill to count.   The benefit is sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church.

Last month, Baldwin Heights Elementary Principal Mike Walsh said doctors found a 100 percent bone marrow match for Bree, giving her the best possible chance at beating leukemia.   Walsh said Bree still had another round of chemotherapy, but doctors may be able to do a bone marrow transplant as early as January.

Ionia County Health Department offers alcohol training class

Ionia County Health Department offers alcohol training class

The Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) is opening its alcohol training program to restaurants. 

Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) is a program that teaches people how to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol. TIPS teaches participants how to recognize alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent tragedies.

Training will take place August 21, from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. at the Ionia County Health Department.  The agency also offers on-premises training for restaurants and bars.  Registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 527-5341.

 

Grabbin' A Bite reviews The Winter Inn

Grabbin' A Bite reviews The Winter Inn
GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Upon entering  the Winter Inn in Greenville, you will be instantly transported back in time. The Winter Inn was the place to stay for visitors at the turn of the century.  The train was only three blocks away and the Inn had already established a good service policy by providing a stagecoach to transport their guests to their nearby location. In 1978, renovations began to bring this old building back to glory and by 1980 it was open for business. Recently the new owners, Wade, Becky and Barry Thornton, completed another remodel.  The lobby at the front door takes you into the bar. You will see a  large gas pump and other memorabilia including a hand-crank telephone. Walking through the bar, you can't help but notice all of the beautiful wood and the tin ceiling.