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Walker Department of Public Works - What's the condition of your mailbox?

From: http://www.ci.walker.mi.us

Winter is just around the corner. This would be a good time to check the condition of your mailbox and post. Make sure the post is sturdy and that it will hold up to the heavy snow load that comes off the snowplow blade. If the post or mailbox is not in good condition, the heavy snow load will take a mailbox down easily. Occasionally, our operators will hit a mailbox. If you feel that the plow hit your mailbox and damaged it, call the Department of Public Works at 791-6854.

The City of Walker Mailbox Replacement policy is: Any mailbox damaged by snow as a result of plowing or scraping the roadway is the responsibility of the property owner.

KHPS - October letter from the Superintendent

From: http://www.khps.org

Dear Friends,

We have had a great beginning to the school year. Reconfiguration is now in the rearview mirror, and we are moving forward with our emphasis on high levels of learning for each and every student. Each student has taken our MAP test, and we have real-time data on each student’s skills in reading and math. This allows teachers to prepare lessons that address student needs throughout the year. Standards will be tested again midway through the year and at the end of the year.

We have a few projects from this summer that will be finished up over the next couple of weeks. The playground at Central Elementary should be finished within the next few days. We are still on schedule with the installation of the air conditioning for daycare at the Early Education Center. It looks like we will be transitioning the program over to the Walker Station site in early November.

A message from the Mayor

From: http://www.ci.walker.mi.us

Dear Citizens of Walker,

One of the privileges and responsibilities of being your Mayor is to represent you at various events that take place in our community. While I enjoy this part of the job of Mayor, I wish everyone could participate. These events remind us of the quality and character of the community in which we work, live, and raise our families.
They reveal many of the positive things going on around us that are rarely reported in the media.

On September 11, I was invited to speak at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum as part of the "Scout Salute." This was the 8th year that the Boy Scouts have saluted the flag flying at the Museum in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The continuous salute ran from 7:15 am to 8:00 pm.

Walker country club evacuated due to burning smell

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters in Walker Thursday night evacuated a country club after someone noticed a burning smell in the building.

It happened around 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln Country Club in the 3400 block of Lake Michigan Drive.

Firefighters say someone reported a burning electrical smell coming from the building's basement.

"We did call Consumers to have them come check the transformer because they get power from three different directions and so they are trying to eliminate and find out where the problem is because there is power in half the building," says Walker Fire Chief Bob Walker.

People inside the country club evacuated the building before fire crews arrived.  No one was injured.

Consumers Energy was checking the wiring to the facility late Thursday night.

KHPS - Athletic Boosters Save Teams!

From: http://www.khps.org

As school begins, we would like to thank the Athletic Boosters for covering the cost of our Middle School athletic B teams. One of the budget reductions made last spring was eliminating the B teams, for a savings of $15,000. The athletic boosters, knowing the value in these opportunities for our students, stepped up and covered the cost. We are thankful the boosters were willing to assist us by providing these valuable experiences for our students. This is just one of a multitude of ways our athletic boosters have supported and continue to support our student athletes. If you see an Athletic Booster, please say thank you for all of the many valuable contributions they make to the students of Kenowa Hills Public Schools.

Adopt-A-Pet: Rose

(WZZM)- This week's Adopt-A-Pet is Rose, a 2 and a half year-old pitt bull mix with brindle markings. We're told she is laid back and obedient and looking for a best friend to take her on walks.

For information about Rose or other animals up for adoption call the Kent County Humane Society at (616) 453-8900.

West Michigan Army Reserve unit gets new trucks

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - A local Army Reserve unit received 60 new trucks that are safer and easier to operate in combat situations.

The dedication ceremony was held this morning in Walker at the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Three Mile Road.

The M915A5 Line-Haul Tractor Truck is the prime-mover for the Army's fleet of semi-trailers and fuel tankers.  The M915A5 is the first to be designed with a fully integrated armor protection package and can be upgraded to provide 360 degree protection for the crew in a combat environment.