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My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13. 

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town Greenville: Students celebrate last day of school

My Town Greenville: Students celebrate last day of school

GREENVILLE, Mich.—It’s the day the students of Greenville Public Schools have been waiting months for: the last day of school.

The district had to push back the end of the school year this year due to the harsh winter weather.  Greenville and Ionia public schools are among the last districts to dismiss students for the summer, after accumulating too many snow days to meet the state’s minimum requirements for instructional hours.

Many other districts ended the school year on time, after Governor Snyder signed a law giving districts with more than 174 school days on their calendar additional snow day relief, provided they met the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction.

My Town Belding: Residents encouraged to run water to prevent frozen pipes

My Town Belding: Residents encouraged to run water to prevent frozen pipes

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is encouraging residents to run their water to prevent frozen pipes and water lines.

Residents should let their water run in a toothpick-size stream, to keep the water flowing as the frost depth nears five feet below ground.  With the forecast calling for below freezing temperatures, the frost will likely travel deeper into the ground, leading to more frozen service lines.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says the city will reduce water rates as a result of its request. 

The city is also suggesting residents keep their cupboard doors open to allow heat inside the area around pipes, to help prevent freezing.

Classes to cut into summer break for Greenville Public Schools

Classes to cut into summer break for Greenville Public Schools

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  At least one West Michigan school district is already extending its academic year, because of the recent winter storms.

Greenville Superintendent Peter Haines sent a letter home to parents Monday, explaining how the district will handle the recent spate of school cancellations.  In the letter, Haines writes, “This has certainly been a winter unlike most in the last several years.”

Haines says the school calendar has been updated to extend classes into the second week of June, to regain some of the lost days.

Greenville Public Schools prepares to make up snow days

Greenville Public Schools prepares to make up snow days

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- The inclement weather may take a toll on summer break for students of Greenville Public Schools.

According to Baldwin Heights Elementary School's Facebook page, the district is now to the point of having to make some school days up, because of all the recent snow days.

The Facebook message continues: "We are not clear as to how many we will have to make up at this time though.  Sometimes the governor comes out and forgives a certain number of days so that you do not have to make up as many.  We will wait and see what he says before making a district-wide decision."