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My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

KALAMAZOO, MIch.-- On Thursday, April 3, students at Paramount Charter Academy had the opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall.

The students have been logging their reading hours throughout March for a chance to duct tape their principal or dean as a reading reward. For each book read, the students earned a duct tape raffle ticket. The top reader in each wing got to choose who they wanted to duct tape to the wall.

The event is a way to celebrate the end of a successful March is Reading Month.

Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Tours begin March 8

My Town: Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Tours begin March 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Blandford Nature Center will offer the community a glimpse into the history of maple syrup production during its Sugarbrush Tours March 8 and March 15.

Participants can learn how maple syrup was created by Native Americans and pioneers, as well as modern methods. Visitors can also peek inside the Blandford Sugar House during the tours, which run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required for these informative tours, which are open to all ages. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for non-members.  To register or for more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit  www.blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

The Great Brew Ha-Ha returns to the DeltaPlex

The Great Brew Ha-Ha returns to the DeltaPlex

WALKER, Mich.—The Great Brew Ha-Ha is taking over the DeltaPlex this weekend.

More than 100 craft beers will be available for tasting, as well as the Brew Olympics and performances by comedians Al Jackson, Pat McGann and many others.  The event was established in 2009 by 101.3 the Brew. Country music station B-93.7 also plans to broadcast live from the event.

DeltaPlex employees say a Groupon deal for the event has been very successful for ticket sales. 

The Great Brew Ha-Ha runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

Robotics director earns presidential honor

Robotics director earns presidential honor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s robotics director is being honored for her commitment to the high school’s robotics program.

Mary Beth Zakfeld received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from David Price of GE Aviation Systems on Saturday, Feb. 2.  The prestigious award recognizes people whose commitment to their community inspires others to volunteer.  As part of the honor, Zakfeld received a congratulatory letter of recognition from President Obama, along with a commemorative pin.

In addition to her work with West Catholic, Zakfeld has also spent numerous hours working with Kettering University, Aquinas College and Catholic Central to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Grand Rapids.