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My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Ottawa County Honors Employee

Ottawa County Honors Employee

Ottawa County Honors Employee for Customer Service

Ottawa County extends its congratulations to Mark Bos for the Outstanding Customer Service Award.  Mark is a Magistrate in the 58th District Court. Learn more about Mark and read excerpts from the three nominations he received at http://bit.ly/cs-award.

West Ottawa QB up for MVP

West Ottawa QB up for MVP

West Ottawa QB Caleb McNitt is in the running for the Mercy Health 13 On Your Sidelines MVP of the Week.

Click here to vote for Caleb.

Click here to watch all the nominees.

Pumpkinfest Celebrates 30 Years – Kids Activities Abound!

Pumpkinfest Celebrates 30 Years – Kids Activities Abound!

Pumpkinfest will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary this October 2, 3 and 4. The annual Zeeland tradition is a celebration of fall, family, friends, food and all things pumpkin!  This multi-generational event has something for everyone but especially young kids!  This year’s Pumpkinfest hosts, “KidZfest” which is a full line-up fun activities that are all located in or near downtown Zeeland. Some of  the events include:

 

Decorate Your Bike / Bike Contest / Bike Parade:  Sponsors: Main Street Bicycle / ZQuest School

Decorate: Thurs. & Fri., 4pm-7pm / Sat., 10am-1:30pm - At KidZfest booth.

Contest Begins: Sat., 2pm - In front of Main St. Bicycle Co. – 201 E.

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Forest Hills Central’s varsity football team is taking the battle against cancer onto the gridiron this week, with an inaugural game benefit ting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The Rangers will take on West Ottawa Friday, Sept. 26 in the charity game at the FHC stadium.  Tailgating will start at 6 p.m. and kick-off is 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  For additional information, contact Kathleen Buzzitta at kathleenswanson@hotmail.com (616) 308-1646.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones through networking, workshops and community activities.  The nonprofit organization serves more than 10,000 people each year at its two club houses in Grand Rapids and Lowell and five community centers.