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Two teen golfers selected for The First Tee – Champions Tour Challenge in Florida

Two teen golfers selected for The First Tee – Champions Tour Challenge in Florida

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Two local teens are getting away from the winter cold and bringing their golf clubs to compete in The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Florida. 

Elias Aouad, a senior at East Grand Rapids High School and Andrew DeYoung, a junior at Kenowa Hills High School are being sent by the local non-profit The First Tee of West Michigan. The First Tee teaches students values and life skills through the game of golf and has had Aouad and DeYoung as participants since 2011.  

In conjunction with the ACE Group Classic, a Champions Tour event, six affiliates of The First Tee from across the country have been invited to participate.  The Challenge will be hosted at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida on February 9 and 10.

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Work off those Christmas cookies while helping families in need when the “Go Santa Go” 5k comes to Walker next month.

The family friendly 5k run/walk will unfold at Millennium Park.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, which will be providing food to local families in need this holiday season.  Participants may also win prizes for best costume. 

For more information, visit the event page here.

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

This brings my CX running career at Syracuse University to an end except for Outdoor Track in the spring, so said Reed Kamyszek in a recent e-mail to me. Reed is in his 5th year at Syracuse on full scholarship & will go on to medical school next fall. He also tutors at Syracuse.

Reed was with the team at Nationals in Indiana over the weekend and Syracuse placed 5th in the Nation for the first time in 60 years and to quote Reed: “Who would have thought that a kid from Walker, MI would have been a part of taking the team to this level?” He is so proud of the entire team and has really enjoyed being a part of the team.

Reed is a graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, Class of 2010.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center kicks off snowshoeing season

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center kicks off snowshoeing season

WALKER, Mich.-- There's a silver lining to all the snow piling up outside-- Blandford Nature Center enough of it to begin the snowshoeing season.

Visitors can trek down through the snowy woods during regular center hours-- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Blandford will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  

Blandford Nature Center offers snowshoe rentals, which are $5 for members and $6 for non-members.  For additional information, visit the Blandford Nature Center website.

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.

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Western Little League Minors are following in the footsteps of the league's senior baseball team, with a run for the Little League State Championship title.

The 9/10 division beat South Portage Tuesday night in the state semi-final game, 11-4.  Western remains undefeated in the state tournament (5-0) with an overall record of 12-1.  Western will take on Essexville-Hampton for the state title  at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Southern Little League’s East Field, located at 2525 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The 9/10 year old division of the Little League State Tournament began Friday, July 25 with 16 teams.  Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening, who is a former Southern Little League player, helped kick off the competition.

My Town: Final rounds of Little League State Tournament unfold in Grand Rapids

My Town: Final rounds of Little League State Tournament unfold in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Just one West Michigan team remains in the running for the Little League State Tournament  title.

The Western team based out of the Walker/Standale area carries a 5-2 record into Tuesday night’s semi-final game against South Portage.  The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Little League’s East Field, located at 2525 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The 9/10 year old division of the Little League State Tournament began Friday, July 25 with 16 teams.  Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening, who is a former Southern Little League player, helped kick off the competition.

All games and parking are free to the public. Concessions will be open during all games. For updated scores and information, visit www.southernll.blogspot.com and click on 9/10 Tournament.