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New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Give your old wine corks new life with ReCORK

Give your old wine corks new life with ReCORK

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids restaurant is giving wine lovers another excuse to drink.

As part of its partnership with ReCORK, Houlihan’s is collecting old wine corks that will be recycled into sustainable footwear and other upcycled products.  The restaurant says even though cork is completely natural, renewable and biodegradable, most wine corks end up in landfills.   Since cork trees take up to 50 years to mature and can only be harvested every nine years, cork can be a hot commodity.

Houlihan’s is one of the few cork recycling drop-off locations in Grand Rapids.  Corks can be dropped off inside the bin located near the restaurant’s entryway.  Houlihan’s is located at 1968 Breton Road SE in Grand Rapids. The other drop-off locations include Art of the Table, 606 Wealthy St. SE and Haworth in Holland.

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, a Grand Rapids-based food delivery business is celebrating record growth.

Doorganics recently added another delivery van to its fleet to accommodate a record high number of organic food deliveries last month; nearly quadruple the number of orders it filled the previous year.

“This has been a very challenging winter to run a delivery-based business,” says Mike Hughes, owner of Doorganics. “Our delivery van has been pulled out of snow banks and we’ve had to increase our hours to keep deliveries running, but we are thrilled to be staying this busy to serve our largest customer base yet.”

Hughes credits word of mouth and a new online shopping system for the company’s growth.

Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams team up to bring people closer to home

Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams team up to bring people closer to home

 

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams Realty Lakeshore are proud to announce the Closer to Home fundraising project. 

This initiative is designed to raise funds and awareness for those seeking sustainable, long-term housing solutions. Good Samaritan Ministries receives 300-400 calls per month from people facing a housing crisis. 

"The Closer to Home project will help people in crisis overcome barriers and put them in a better position for homeownership," says  Linda Jacobs, Good Samaritan Ministries' executive director.

Spectrum Health releases list of top baby names of 2013

Spectrum Health releases list of top baby names of 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The two most popular baby names in West Michigan last year are reclaiming the top spot again in 2013.

“Emma” and “Liam” remain No. 1 on Spectrum Health’s list of Top 10 Baby Names for 2013.  For girls, the only new moniker to break into the top 10 was “Charlotte.”   However, seven new boys’ names made the cut this year, with only “Liam,” “Gabriel” and “Noah” returning from 2012.

Top 10 Names for Girls in 2013

Gun Lake Casino helps fill struggling families' plates

Gun Lake Casino helps fill struggling families' plates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of struggling families will be able to fill their plates this holiday season, thanks to a $15,000 donation from Gun Lake Casino.

On Monday, Dec. 15, the casino awarded $1,500 each to 10 food pantries, including Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, Community Action House in Holland,  Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, Hopkins Community Food Pantry, Christian Neighbors Inc. Douglas, Martin Area Resource Center, Wayland Area Christian Neighbors, Plainwell Christian Neighbors, Allegan Ministerium Central Food Pantry and Project Hope in Dorr.

“We deeply appreciate the generosity of the casino as they partner with us to help those in need in Northeast Allegan County. At this time of the year, it is a special blessing to our families,” said Mary Barnes, executive director for Project Hope. “This $1,500 donation will purchase over 9,000 pounds of food from Feeding America.”

Old whiskey barrels get new life at New Holland Brewing Co.

Old whiskey barrels get new life at New Holland Brewing Co.

HOLLAND, Mich.—Two men are giving New Holland Brewing Co.’s retired oak barrels new life.

Instead of sending spent whiskey and Dragon’s Milk barrels to the dump, Steve Raad and Jeff Dyke transform the aged wood into a variety of handcrafted products, including their patented portable beach chair, tables, clocks, bottle openers, coat racks, guitar stands and skateboards. 

New Holland’s upcycled whiskey barrels are now available at its downtown Holland pub, located at 66 E. 8th St.   You can also order items online at the BarrelWorks Project website.