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Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Shuttered Fairview Elementary reopens for one night only

Shuttered Fairview Elementary reopens for one night only

WALKER, Mich.—Fairview Elementary’s doors will reopen to the public Thursday September 26, as the Salvation Army of West Michigan introduces potential plans for the shuttered school.

Fairview Elementary closed in 2010. Earlier this year, the Salvation Army of West Michigan purchased the school, with the intention of moving its “Turning Point” substance abuse program into the facility. The school sits on 10 acres of land which leaders of Turning Point  say are ideal.

However, the Salvation Army of West Michigan is seeing some opposition.  One neighbor tells WZZM 13 that at least 300 residents have signed a petition against the proposed plan.

A local Salvation Army spokesman says Thursday night's meeting will focus on the Turning Point program, as well as community questions or concerns.  The mayor of Walker will moderate the forum, which begins at 7 p.m.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

101 Mushroom Hunt Saturday, August 24

101 Mushroom Hunt Saturday, August 24

WALKER, Mich.—Learn how to identify edible mushrooms from poisonous ones during Blandford Nature Center’s 101 Mushroom Hunt Saturday, August 24.

An instructor from Michigan Mushroom Hunters will lead the event, which includes an introduction to mushrooms, a mushroom hunt and an ID session.   The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $20 for members and $24 for non-members.  Participants should bring their own lunch. 

To register for the 101 Mushroom Hunt, call (616) 734-6240.

ALL4ONE festival takes over East Grand Rapids August 10

ALL4ONE festival takes over East Grand Rapids August 10

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Local retailers and non-profit organizations will unite during the ALL4ONE festival in East Grand Rapids August 10.

Tobi Tungl with Seva Yoga says the festival is meant to celebrate and raise awareness of our connectedness to one another.  Admission is free, but a family donation of $5 is encouraged. Proceeds from this year’s ALL4One festival will go to the Humane Society of West Michigan.  The first 100 people of families/individuals to donate will get a free reusable bag, courtesy of Natural Awakenings Magazine.

This is the fourth year for the festival, which also highlights local artists, healthy living and yoga.  Visitors can take part in free yoga classes taught by some of the Midwest’s leading yoga practitioners.  ALL4ONE will also feature food, face painting, animals and a variety of performances, including fire and hoop dancing. 

'Gran Fondo' in West Michigan Saturday, June 29

'Gran Fondo' in West Michigan Saturday, June 29

There will be some “Gran Fondo” in West Michigan this Saturday, June 29.

Roughly 1,500 cyclists have registered to ride in the inaugural Gran Fondo, which will benefit skin cancer research by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Participants are coming from Canada and 15 states, including Oregon.

 Riders will choose between three courses spanning 12 miles, 40 miles and 80 miles. The 80-mile route takes cyclists through the Grand River Valley, which cuts through My Town Grand Rapids Central, My Town Walker, My Town Grandville and My Town Coopersville.  They’ll turn around near Lake Michigan at North Ottawa Beach.

City commission to discuss ambulance consortium June 24

City commission to discuss ambulance consortium June 24

WALKER, Mich.—The Walker City Commission will consider joining a proposed ambulance consortium for Kent County during its meeting June 24.

The ambulance consortium was proposed last year as a way to improve Kent County’s emergency response system at a shared cost to communities.  The consortium would allow cities to award contracts to ambulance services based on performance.