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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

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Student with disability designs gear, wins X Games gold


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Valley State University student is back in West Michigan after competing in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, this past weekend.

And his carry-on was about 16 ounces heavier for the plane ride home.

Sunday afternoon, Garrett Goodwin wasn't at his Holland engineering internship. He was chasing after a dream from the seat of a specially-built snowmobile, competing in the snocross adaptive event and not letting a disability trump his ability to maneuver a snowmobile quickly and with great precision.

"I started racing when I was five," Goodwin said. He started racing young, but had to learn all over after a motorcycle crash three years ago.

"The bike came down on top of me and landed on my head, so it set things back, certainly," he says of the accident.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

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Holland leaders approve power plant construction contract


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland leaders and a contractor have a deal for building the city's new natural gas power plant.

The City Council and the Board of Public Works announced Wednesday evening that they've approved an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to have Southfield-based Barton Malow design and build the Holland Energy Park facility.

This contract approval follows an engineering services agreement made in November, under which the BPW had Barton Malow begin the plant's preliminary engineering and come up with the EPC contract's final language.

Barton Malow's approved bid was for almost $145 million, but the BPW says it expects the final price to come in under the original $140 million budget. At the same time, the board did recommend approving $145 million just in case.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Holland neighbors fight graffiti by leaving lights on


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Neighbors are fighting back against vandals in Holland by sending a silent but powerful message.

A neighborhood group is asking people to keep their porch lights on overnight, in response to dozens of buildings being tagged with anti-police graffiti.

"It shows a lack of respect, graffiti in general, but especially on churches," says Andrew Spidahl, a neighborhood connector for the Washington School neighborhood.

During the day, the graffiti gets covered up, but at night, the neighborhood flips a switch to expose the problem.

"#shinedowngraffiti was kind of the hashtag we chose," says Spidahl.

The Washington School neighborhood group is one of two neighborhood groups in Holland asking residents to keep the lights on overnight. In the past few weeks, more than 50 buildings have been damaged with anti-police graffiti.