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EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, has announced the winners of its 5 in 5 scholarship program. 

Launched in 2013, the program is a five-year initiative in honor of the company’s 55th anniversary as a leading regional provider of business staffing solutions. EmploymentGroup started the program to give Michigan-based community college students the skills and resources they need to succeed.

As part of the 5 in 5 program, each year three students are awarded scholarships totaling $5,000.  This year, students were encouraged to tie their essay submissions to EmploymentGroup’s mission of helping people succeed, explaining how their future plans include both their own professional growth and helping others excel.

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit farmers whose crops were devastated because of the unusual spring weather in 2012 are now eligible for federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications Tuesday for Michigan farmers who lost their fruit crops due to the freeze.  The funding is available through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program,  which was authorized in this year’s Farm Bill.

 “After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:

Kalamazoo

  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)

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My Town Holland: Coppercraft vodka awarded gold medal by TheFiftyBest.com

My Town Holland: Coppercraft vodka awarded gold medal by TheFiftyBest.com

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Coppercraft Distillery, a Holland-based distiller of quality spirits with a focus on local ingredients and production, was recently awarded a gold medal for its vodka by TheFiftyBest.com.

TheFiftyBest.com hosted a domestic vodka tasting during which 45 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished Best Domestic Vodka awards for 2014.

“We are very honored for our vodka to receive a gold medal from TheFiftyBest.com,” said owner and co-founder Walter Catton. “Perfecting the flavor of the vodka was the most time consuming process of any of our spirits to ensure a smooth, clean tasting vodka that can stand on its own. This evaluation reaffirms our belief that this is a world-class product.”

My Town Holland: New Holland riding the wave of beer industry boom

My Town Holland: New Holland riding the wave of beer industry boom

HOLLAND, Mich.—A Holland brewery is riding the wave of popularity for the beer industry.

Newly released numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau find the number of U.S breweries more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, from 398 to 869.

With the rise in demand, New Holland Brewing Co. recently expanded distribution to New England.  The brewery celebrated its growing footprint in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island last month.  L. Knife & Son companies are partnering with the brewery for the distribution expansion.

According to the Census Bureau, in 2012, the beer industry employed 26,077 people, up from 22,252 in 2007; however the average number of employees per business was nearly halved and payroll per employee changed little.

My Town: New restaurant opens in Holland July 1

My Town: New restaurant opens in Holland July 1

HOLLAND, Mich.—Visitors to Washington Square Minit Mart will have another place to dine at, starting Tuesday, July 1.

The Ottawa County Health Department has given the store’s new Blimpie the green light to begin operations.  The restaurant plans to open to customers on July 1.

Washington Square Minit Mart is located at 434 Washington Ave. in Holland.