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My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town: Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

My Town:  Where to find Santa and holiday cheer this season

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(West Michigan Tourist Association)-- It’s getting to be that time of year when good ole’ St. Nick starts getting his list out, and checking it twice. Find out where in West Michigan you can catch Santa Claus this holiday season, along with some other special events that will let you get in the Christmas mood.

 

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Live Reindeer at Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel has some jolly fun planned for the entire family! Come meet two live reindeer on Friday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 18, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Come into Santa’s Christmas Corral in the Shadowland Ballroom where you can pet and have a professional keepsake photo taken with these friendly, gentle animals of North Pole fame.

My Town Zeeland: City Christmas tree arrives Nov. 25

My Town Zeeland: City Christmas tree arrives Nov. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—While many families are preparing for Thanksgiving, the City of Zeeland will be kicking off the Christmas season this week.

The city Christmas tree will make its grand entrance down Main Street Tuesday, Nov. 25 around 10 a.m.  This year’s tree is a Concolor Fir from Dutchman Tree Farm in Manton, Michigan, which is the largest Christmas tree farm in the country.   The tree farm previously supplied trees to Ford Field and Universal Studios.

Zeeland’s tree stands over 29 feet tall, which means a team of city workers will be needed to position it on its stand at the center of the city’s new splash pad.   The splash pad was actually designed to accommodate the large tree, which will be fully lit with LEDs provided by Holiday Lighting of Zeeland.

Mayor Klynstra will officially light the tree Dec. 1 at 6:15 p.m.  Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade will immediately follow.

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.

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.