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Sidewalks being added along more of Alpine

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A construction project on Alpine Ave. is expanding the area's sidewalks.

The work is being done on the west side of Alpine between Three Mile and Center Drive.

The project targets the gaps in the sidewalks that force walkers and people in wheelchairs to use the grass to get through.

The project will also include a fence over the I-96 bridges to allow pedestrians to safely use the paved shoulder on the west side of Alpine.

The construction is being funded by a community development block grant.

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Title Sponsor

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Title Sponsor

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.

First Graduates of Kenowa Hills Middle College - 2015

First Graduates of Kenowa Hills Middle College - 2015

The Board of Education of Kenowa Hills Public Schools is pleased to announce the savings of college expenses valued at $512,126 by the first Kenowa Hills High School/Davenport University Middle College graduating class. The first students scheduled to complete the program this spring have participated in classes valued from $30,361 to $35,076.

From Allison Polkowski, a student who will be graduating in May. “For the past three years, Middle College has impacted me in a way I had never considered. Taking a blended schedule of high school and college classes simultaneously has challenged, driven and progressed me more than many students the same age. I am incredibly confident in the interpersonal, professional and medical skills that I have gained in this period of time. I have also discovered possibilities for future careers with no college debt.”

Walker roundabout construction begins Monday

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - A major Walker intersection starts getting its facelift Monday.

The intersection of Remembrance Road and Wilson Avenue begins its transition to being a roundabout. Monday. The project is expected to take about five months. The project is part of a larger effort to resurface Wilson Avenue from Lake Michigan Drive to Remembrance Road.

Mayor Mark Huizenga says the number-one priority when making the decision on a roundabout is safety.

"Even if you have the number of accidents decrease, that's one thing -- but we know that vehicles will be traveling at a slower velocity," he said, "so when you have slower-velocity crashes, you are less likely to have significant injuries."

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

“Adoption Day Grand Rapids” FREE adoption event will be held April 25, 2015


GRAND RAPIDS – Spring is often the busiest time for shelters, but also the slowest season for pet adoptions.  BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. are teaming up to flip this figure on its head by turning April 25th into the biggest pet adoption day in Grand Rapids history! 


Defense contractor relocating to Walker

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Vermont-based defense contractor plans to bring 120 new jobs and $12.3 million in new investment to Walker when it relocates to the area, according to economic development group the Right Place.

The Right Place announced Wednesday that Plasan North America's corporate office, research and development, and production resources will be moving into 3236 Wilson Dr. NW. The company's leased space there will be near its sister company, Plasan Carbon Composites.

A Michigan Works! worker training program, local tax abatements from the City of Walker, and a performance-based grant through the Michigan Business Development Program helped the Right Place and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation encourage Plasan North America to choose Walker over competing locations in Vermont, Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee, according to a statement.