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Gus Macker registration deadline nears; volunteers still needed

Gus Macker registration deadline nears; volunteers still needed

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Time is running out to register for the Greenville Gus Macker Tournament.

More than 600 players are expected to take part in the basketball competition, when it returns to historic downtown Greenville July 13 and 14.  This year’s tournament will feature a multi-division Slam Dunk Contest, a community photo booth and a variety of shooting contests.

Proceeds from this year’s Gus Macker Tournament will go to 12 local non-profit organizations.  To register your team, visit http://www.macker.com/. Online registration ends June 24.  To volunteer for the Macker, call the Greenville Recreation Department at (616) 754-8887.

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.

Elementary students join fight against cancer during Relay Recess

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  Students from Walnut Hills Elementary school took left their desks for a few hours Monday to join the fight against cancer.

 Relay Recess is a youth-focused version of the traditional Relay for Life.  Monday’s event featured volleyball, a dance part and relay races. Many of the activities held during Relay Recess teach children how to make healthy choices to reduce their risk of cancer.

 Cancer survivors kicked off Monday’s event with a survivor walk.  The children also walked laps in honor of those who have been touched by cancer.

This is the second year for Relay Recess; last year students raised more than $1,500 to support Relay for Life of Montcalm County.  This year’s Relay For Life will take place June 14 through June 15.  To find out how you can help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit the Relay For Life website here

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Club using Corvettes to collect canned food for pantries

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Corvettes will invade a Greenville dealership May 11 as part of a benefit for area food pantries.

The Greenville Area Corvette Club is organizing car show, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blake Hollenbeck Auto Sales. The event is open to all show cars, trucks and motorcycles; to register, all you need is a canned food donation.

For further information, email Judy at DePue@yahoo.com or call (989) 287-2420.


Name the community garden and win $25

Name the community garden and win $25

BELDING, Mich.— Ionia County has a new community garden; now all it needs is a name.

Organizers of the garden in Ionia are encouraging children from throughout the county to enter their garden naming contest.  Participants must be between the ages of 5 and 18, and all name ideas should be simple, but creative.  The winner will receive a $25 prize donated by the Ionia County 4-H Advisory Council.  Organizers will reveal the winner during a spring planting event that is not yet scheduled.

All garden name entries must be submitted no later than April 19 by email to dthalison@ioniacounty.org or mail to the Ionia County Health Department, 175 E. Adams Street, Ionia, Michigan 48846.

The community garden is located at 3853 Sparrow Dr.