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Estate sale to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

Estate sale to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Nance Sonke was an ardent supporter of Humane Society of West Michigan; her love for the organization became clear in January 2013, when she passed away and left her estate to the animals of HSWM.

Now a team of volunteers is getting ready to sell her possessions to help HSWM.  The Nancy Sonke Estate Sale will run Thursday, October 17 through Saturday, October 19 at 3094 Windcrest Way NE in Grand Rapids.  The sale hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Empty lot may soon be home to a new grocery store

Empty lot may soon be home to a new grocery store

WALKER, Mich.—An empty lot in Walker may soon be transformed into a new grocery store.

On Wednesday, October 2, Walker’s planning commission will review the final area site plan for a proposed Save-A-Lot grocery store at 2189 Avastar Parkway NW.   The store would be 17,820 square feet.  Its sign would be posted on an adjacent lot at 2134 Alpine Avenue NW.

West Michigan is already home to 10 Save-A-Lot stores, including one at 555 Center Dr. NW in Walker.

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

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Church holds community sale May 11

Church holds community sale May 11

WALKER, Mich.-- The community is invited to check out a variety of gently used and one-of-a-kind crafts on sale at Mount Olive Lutheran Church Saturday, May 11.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Mount Olive Lutheran Church is located at 3950 Leonard Street NW.

For more information, call (616) 453-0803.