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My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13. 

Grant helping buy flood homes in Plainfield Twp.


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $700,000 FEMA grant is going toward buying homes damaged by the April 2013 flooding.

Fifteen Plainfield Twp. properties are eligible for the buyouts. They're all within the Grand River floodplain.

If owners agree to sell, the homes would be purchased at their pre-flood value and then demolished.

The land will be turned into permanent open space maintained by the township.

There are several additional properties planned if owners of the 15 designated properties opt out of selling.


State lawmaker on reading to local students: 'I cherish the opportunity'

State lawmaker on reading to local students: 'I cherish the opportunity'

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State Rep. Chris Afendoulis will be stopping by several local elementary schools and reading to area students in observance of March is Reading Month.

Rep. Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, emphasizes that reading is fundamental to a child’s long-term success.

“I’m excited to meet with students and to help them foster a love for reading,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “One of the great things about being a dad was reading to my children. I cherish the opportunity to visit classrooms and help promote a love for reading.”

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

Woman hit by car on Plainfield Ave.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car on Plainfield Ave. Tuesday morning.

The accident happened at about 8:30 am at Lamberton Lake Drive NE.

Police say three people were attempting to cross Plainfield when two stopped and turned around. The third woman was struck by a car.

She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anna's House to open Grandville restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- As flapjack lovers across the country celebrate National Pancake Day, local breakfast haunt Anna's House announced the pending opening of a new location.

General manager Bill Hogan says the new location on Potomac Circle in Grandville, is expected to open this summer.

This will mark the third location in West Michigan; customers have enjoyed breakfast at Anna's House on Plainfield Ave. for generations. And about 11 months ago owners opened the second restaurant on the East Beltline near Woodland Mall.

Hogan attributes their success to great food and loyal customers.

National Pancake Day was created by IHOP Restaurant a decade ago. The restaurant is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes Tuesday. In exchange, IHOP asks guests to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which includes Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.