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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Americans are encouraged to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day by rolling up their sleeves to make a life-saving donation.

Blood and platelet donations from all types of donors are needed, as the American Red Cross deals with a summer shortage.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

 The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations daily to meet the needs of patients across the country.  From June 30, through July 7, all donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.

My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—  Community members are invited to celebrate the life of a record-setting resident of Zeeland this Wednesday.

Mister Chops died peacefully June 1 at his longtime home at the Critter Barn.  The beloved pot-bellied pig lived 21 years and 348 days, making him the oldest pig in history. 

Mister Chops spent his whole life at the Critter Barn, greeting a half-million visitors.  His owner credits Mister Chops’ long life on a proper diet and care from hundreds of Critter Crew members.

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: Zeeland Zoom 5K returns June 24

My Town: Zeeland Zoom 5K returns June 24

ZEELAND, Mich.-- The community is invited to visit downtown Zeeland Tuesday night  to support the participants of the 5th Annual Zeeland Zoom 5K race and walk.

The Zeeland Zoom 5K will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 2014 route starts mid-block on Main between Elm and Church.  Runners will travel east on Main to Fairview, south on Fairview to Lincoln, west on Lincoln to Elm, north on Elm to Central, east on Central to Park, north on Park to Main and finally west on Main to the finish line.

Call: (616)772-6400, Ext. 2252 or visit www.feelthezeel.com for more information.

My Town Kalamazoo: Promise scholarship expands to liberal arts colleges

My Town Kalamazoo: Promise scholarship expands to liberal arts colleges

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Students who receive the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship have even more college options available to them, beginning in the fall of 2015.

The Kalamazoo Promise is teaming up with the Michigan Colleges Alliance to allow scholars to attend any MCA liberal arts college or university in Michigan.  Eligible schools include Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Andrews University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Hillsdale College, University of Detroit Mercy, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Marygrove College, Olivet College, Siena Heights University and Spring Arbor University.  The Kalamazoo Promise board member Janice M. Brown says the partnership brings the number of eligible schools up to 58.  In each case, tuition and fees will be fully and jointly funded by The Kalamazoo Promise and MCA member institution.

My Town: Guiding Light Mission thrift store reopening June 17

My Town: Guiding Light Mission thrift store reopening June 17

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Guiding Light Mission will celebrate the grand reopening of its thrift store and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. 

The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store. Appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.