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Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

Zeeland opens its own ice skating rink

Zeeland opens its own ice skating rink

ZEELAND, Mich.—The City of Zeeland is embracing this cold winter by opening up its own ice rink.

Mayor Kevin Klynstra and city events coordinator Kerri VanDorp came up with the idea.  Klynstra has invested hours of work into clearing a portion of the parking lot next to Main and Elm streets for the rink. He began flooding the space last week.  The rink was officially ready for skates this past Saturday.

The rink is free and open to the public, but visitors must bring their own skates.  Thanks to lighting, the ice rink is open until 9 p.m., weather permitting. 

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—Zeeland is staging a Wintervention Jan. 25, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

This is the fourth year for Wintervention, although the festival has been canceled the past two years because of a lack of snow in Zeeland and/or competing cities.  To avoid the same problem this year, organizers have added more events that are not reliant on snow.

Wintervention’s main event is a snowman building competition.  In the festival’s inaugural year, the Zeeland community created 268 snowmen in 120 minutes, earning them second place among three competitors.  The City of Saline took the title with 483 snowmen built.

Spanish presentation of Living with Diabetes Jan. 19

Spanish presentation of Living with Diabetes Jan. 19

HOLLAND, Mich.—An estimated 25.8 million Americans are living with diabetes, and Hispanic adults are 1.7 times more likely than Caucasian adults to be diagnosed with the condition.

That’s why Holland Hospital is teaming up with St. Francis DeSales Church to host “Living with Diabetes” in Spanish.  The presentation will take place at the church, located at 171 W. 13th Street on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.  A registered nurse from Holland Hospital’s Center for Good Health will be leading the presentation, which is free to the public.

No registration is necessary.  For more information, contact St. Francis DeSales Church at (616) 392-6700.

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including: