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My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan breaks ground on expansion Sept. 9

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan breaks ground on expansion Sept. 9

WALKER, Mich.— The Humane Society of West Michigan is growing to accomodate more cats.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the nonprofit organization will break ground on its Bissell cattery expansion project. The larger space will allow HSWM to accomodate the many felines it currently admits, which are often housed in several rooms. The space issue is often compounded during summer, when many litters of kittens are typically admitted.

The expansion project is named after Cathy and Mark Bissell, who have committed to donating $100,000 to renovate and improve the cattery as long as HSWM can raise $25,000 by Oct. 1.   So far, the nonprofit organization has raised $20,000.

Cathy Bissell will be on hand for the ground breaking ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m. at HSWM, located at 3077 Wilson NW in Walker.  Visitors can tour the current cattery and enjoy refreshments.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center names new president and CEO

My Town: Blandford Nature Center names new president and CEO

WALKER, Mich.—A new person is at the helm of Blandford Nature Center. 

Jason Meyer recently took over as president and CEO of the nonprofit group.  Meyer previously worked at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

Community members are encouraged to meet Meyer during a welcome event Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan expanding shelter

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan expanding shelter

WALKER, Mich.— A safe haven for animals in West Michigan is expanding.

The Humane Society of West Michigan will break ground on its Bissell cattery expansion project Tuesday, Sept. 9. The shelter currently takes in so many felines, they must be housed in several rooms.  The space issue is often compounded during summer, when many litters of kittens are typically admitted.

The expansion project is named after Cathy and Mark Bissell, who have committed to donating $100,000 to renovate and improve the cattery as long as HSWM can raise $25,000 by Oct. 1.   So far, the nonprofit organization has raised $20,000.

Cathy Bissell will be on hand for the ground breaking ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m. at HSWM, located at 3077 Wilson NW in Walker.  Visitors can tour the current cattery and enjoy refreshments.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A life-saving donation could get you a new look.

The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sport Clips to provide coupons for free haircuts to those who sign up to donate blood at participating drives and blood donation centers.  The campaign, called “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good”, runs through the month of September at the Sports Clips locations at Knapps Corner, Shops at Plaza on the East Beltline, in Grandville and the Kenowa Center.

For more information and to find a participating blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

WALKER, Mich.-- Celebrate the final days of school break with the "Lazy Blue Tunas" during the Standale Summer Concert Series' last free concert of the season Aug. 28.

Bring your family and lawn chairs or blankets to the Walker Community Park located at 700 Cummings Ave. for this family-friendly, alcohol-free evening. From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, any cancellations will be posted on www.ci.walker.mi.us/business/dda .For more information, call (616) 453-6311.