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Get a glimpse of West Michigan during 'House Hunters' September 26

Get a glimpse of West Michigan during 'House Hunters' September 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A segment of HGTV’s “House Hunters” filmed in Grand Rapids will make its national debut Thursday night.

Realtor Marilyn Hazard, who helped Holland native Diane Travis make the move to Grand Rapids, says the segment will air at 10 p.m.

Hazard’s realty company is based at 4949 Plainfield NE in Plainfield Township, but she says crews also shot scenes at Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids and G.B. Russo & Son International Grocery in Kentwood.

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

More than two dozen West Michigan companies are among the “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” in Michigan.

The annual list was released September 11, one week before the award celebration at Davenport University.  The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies list celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology, positively impacting the industry and environment.  An independent research firm selected the winning companies based on the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning and operational implementation, innovation and problem solving, building and grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance.

The list of 2013 winners includes:

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

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

Some West Michigan shoes are making the rounds on celebrities’ feet.

On August 3, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson posed with his wife Korie while sporting a pair of wooden shoes specially created by Nelis’ Dutch Village. The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned the business to create two pairs of shoes for the A&E stars as part of a thank you gift basket for participating in a VIP event organized by the Zeeland non-profit, Winning at Home and the Berlin Raceway in Marne.  The shoes feature the logo of Duck Commander, which is owned and operated by the Robertson family.  An employee of Discover Holland says Willie put the shoes on his feet almost immediately and posed for pictures.  Duck Commander employee Justin Martin took home the other pair.  

Volunteers still needed for Community Labor Day Truck Parade

Volunteers still needed for Community Labor Day Truck Parade

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade, taking place on September 2, is a celebration of our local businesses and workforce.

The event will host close to 60 large trucks from companies that produce and distribute goods from the Holland/Zeeland area. These big rigs “bring the noise” as they roll through downtown Zeeland beginning at 9:15 a.m. The parade will arrive in Holland at approximately 9:30 a.m. and end at the Holland Civic Center where free ice cream (compliments of the Truck Parade Foundation and Macatawa Bank), Boar’s Head hot dogs and other items will be handed out (while supplies last). 

We invite the community to join in the celebration by cheering on the trucks along the parade route and then joining us at the Holland Civic Center directly after the parade.  Whether you’re new to the area or a long-time resident, this is an event you wont want to miss!

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.