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My Town: Donations dire for Red Cross after storms shut down drives

My Town: Donations dire for Red Cross after storms shut down drives

LANSING, Mich.—Although signs of the harsh West Michigan winter are melting away, the American Red Cross is still hurting from the season’s icy impact.

The organization says March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 American Red Cross blood drives, leading to a shortage of nearly 7,000 blood and platelet donations. The shortfall comes after severe weather in 27 states led to more than 26,400 uncollected donations.  Meanwhile, the demand for blood and platelets remains high.

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Jim Flickema, CEO of the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

HOLLAND – For a 16th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “giving hope to kids.”

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, the “So You Hope You Can Dance” competition featuring faculty and staff, and the popular annual lip-sync.  The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m. conclusion approaches.

My Town: Ottawa Conservation District elections March 3

My Town: Ottawa Conservation District elections March 3

---NEWS RELEASE---

The Ottawa Conservation District will be holding their Annual Meeting and Elections on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6pm in the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park, 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive. 

The evening will feature “Breakfast for Dinner” in keeping with our special presentation, Maple Syrup and the Sugar Bush at Blandford Nature Center.  Learn about maple syrup production in Michigan (you can do it in your own backyard!) and about the activities that Blandford has to offer. 

Also on the agenda will be a short summary of conservation accomplishments in Ottawa County and a look ahead to our plans for 2015.  To wrap things up, we will announce the new director that will be elected that night and celebrate with a few door prizes!  

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

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My Town: Seedlings for sale by Ottawa Conservation District

My Town: Seedlings for sale by Ottawa Conservation District

Plan ahead for spring while helping the environment.

The Ottawa Conservation District's semi-annual tree seedling fundraiser is underway. The order pick up date is set for Arbor Day-- Friday, April 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Reenders Blueberry Farm, 10012 West Olive Road (US-31) in West Olive. 

This is a pre-order, pre-pay sale, so please submit orders with payments by Friday April 3.  The Ottawa Conservation District can now accept credit cards if you come to the office or call to provide the card information.  

The organization offers a wide variety of trees native to Michigan for use in landscaping, reforestation, or windbreaks.  This a great way to support the Ottawa Conservation District while it helps landowners in conserving, maintaining and improving the natural resources of Ottawa County. 

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

(WZZM) - Lent is underway and we have a list of area churches and organizations offering fish on Friday's for the next 40 days.


Some churches are having events on Good Friday (4/3) and some are not.  For further details and confirmations on any listing, you may want to call ahead.


If you have a Fish Fry not listed here, send details to webmaster@wzzm13.com.


 If the database is not displaying for you, check this link on a desktop computer.


Online Database by Caspio

My Town Holland: Hope College grad receives award and grant for Alzheimer’s research

My Town Holland: Hope College grad receives award and grant for Alzheimer’s research

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Dr. Emilie Dykstra Goris of the Hope College nursing faculty has received an award and a new grant for her on-going research into the genetics of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease.

In April, she will be presented the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Physiology, Behavior, Genomics & Society Research Section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) for work that she conducted while in graduate school.  During the next two years, she will continue her research through a $50,000 grant she recently received from the Kenneth H. Campbell Foundation for Neurological Research.

She has been seeking to learn more about the role played by a specific gene, Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR), in apathy as a symptom among those with Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s research that she notes may also enhance understanding of apathy among those with other disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.