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My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town Walker: Students to duct tape principal to a pole

My Town Walker: Students to duct tape principal to a pole

WALKER, Mich.---  Students at Walker Charter Academy are getting ready to break out the rolls of duct tape, to celebrate a fund-raising success.

The school raised $13,632.20 for the American Heart Association during its “Jump Rope for Heart” and “Hoops for Heart” events.  On Thursday, April 3, every student that raised at least $50 will get to duct tape the school’s principal and physical education teacher to the school’s basketball poles. Walker Charter Academy will also hand over a check to the American Heart Association for the fundraisers.

On average, Walker Charter Academy raises $10,000 for the American Heart Association during the events, making it one of the top 100 fundraising schools in the nation for these events.

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids has taken the next step in restoring the Grand River, from Lamoreaux to Millennium Park.

Collabarating with Grand Rapids Whitewater, the city this week appointed 22 people to serve on a newly formed Grand River Restoration Steering Committee.  The panel of local leaders will guide efforts in restoring the Grand River and its riverbank, make sure river studies and projects are effectively communicated, garner support for restoring the river, encourage fundraising and explore potential long-term management options for the river.  The steering committee will advise the city commission on any projects tied to the Grand River.   However, final decisions will be made by commissioners.

The steering committee is composed of:

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Walker: Griffins' April 4 ticket special benefits shelter animals

My Town Walker: Griffins' April 4 ticket special benefits shelter animals

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Griffins are giving back to shelter animals with a ticket special for Friday, April 4.

The Griffins are teaming up with the Humane Society of West Michigan for Pet Care Night. Proceeds from every ticket sold through the special ticket discount will go back to HSWM.  The Griffins’ $2 beer and $2 hot dog promotion will be running during Pet Care Night.  For more information, contact Scott Berry at (616) 774-4585 ext. 3017 or sberry@griffinshockey.com.

My Town Walker: Cross Country skiing postponed

My Town Walker: Cross Country skiing postponed
WALKER, Mich.-- Blandford Nature Center is postponing a program scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22. The Cross Country Ski Exploration program has been postponed indefinitely. 

Skateboarder concussion workshop Feb. 21

Skateboarder concussion workshop Feb. 21

WALKER, Mich.— The Spectrum Health Sports Medicine Team is partnering with 3 Mile Project to help young skaters protect themselves for potentially life-changing injury.

SK8 Clinic- Concussion Awareness will take place Feb. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Mile Project.  Professional skateboarder Auttiesh Danger will also lead a skate skills clinic.  Seventh and eighth grade students who come for the seminar can get in free to 3 Mile Project afterward. 

For more information, visit the 3 Mile Project website here.