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How Often would you ever see a Sign like this

How Often would you ever see a Sign like this

I received this picture on my grandson Andrew’s Facebook page today.

How often has anyone ever seen anything like this? I just traveled that bridge last week with my son while visiting in Maryland.  I think it’s a Hoot.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town: Inaugural Winter Fest comes to Walker Dec. 4

My Town: Inaugural Winter Fest comes to Walker Dec. 4

WALKER, Mich.—  A new seasonal celebration will take the ice in Walker this Thursday.

The City of Walker is teaming up with Walker Ice and Fitness Center and the Kent District Library Walker branch to host the inaugural Walker Winter Fest.  Community members are invited to enjoy an evening of free ice skating, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, hot chocolate and holiday music provided by the Kenowa Hills High School marching band and orchestra.  At 7 p.m., the city’s Christmas tree will be lit.

We will be inviting the community to enjoy an evening of free ice skating, live reindeer, hot chocolate, holiday music, and our 7 p.m. tree lighting!  Live performances will be provided by the Kenowa Hills High School marching band and orchestra. Santa will also be visiting from the North Pole. The event will be held at the Walker Ice and Fitness Center at 4151 Remembrance Rd. NW.

My Town Walker: City kicks off trail improvement project Nov. 20

My Town Walker: City kicks off trail improvement project Nov. 20

WALKER, Mich.—The City of Walker will kick off its community campaign to improve a major trail Thursday, Nov. 20.

The city wants to build a pedestrian tunnel under Lake Michigan Drive to connect two parts of the Fred Meijer Standale Trail. City officials believe the tunnel will improve safety on the trail, eliminating the need to cross at a very busy intersection. Residents will learn more about the project during a community kick-off breakfast Thursday morning.

Earlier this year, the City of Walker was awarded a grant for building the tunnel.  However, that funding will only be granted if the city can raise additional funds by June 2015. A similar tunnel project in Greenville cost $1.4 million.