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My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Plainfield: Avoid a roof collapse and clear off the ice and snow

My Town Plainfield: Avoid a roof collapse and clear off the ice and snow

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—The Plainfield Township Fire Department is encouraging home and business owners to remove snow from their roofs now to avoid a potential roof collapse.

In an advisory sent Friday morning, the fire department states:

“Over the past 36 hours, there have been many reports of roof collapses or buildings with potential structural damage from the weight of snow and ice loads on roofs.  In many instances, homes and businesses have been evacuated as a result of collapses or safety concerns resulting from indications of structural weaknesses.  The current severe roof load conditions are the result of the recent prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms. Short periods of rain that will get absorbed in the snowpack on roofs will make matters even worse.  Compounding the situation is the short-term weather forecast of potentially more snowstorms in the next week.”

Kellogg's sends truckloads of PopTarts to food bank

Kellogg's sends truckloads of PopTarts to food bank

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-  Thousands of PopTarts that would normally be wasted are now finding their way into the cupboards of struggling families.

Up until last year, Kellogg’s was producing thousands of extra PopTarts each week that did not meet weight standards, so the company had nowhere to send them.  That’s when the breakfast food manufacturer teamed up with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, coming up with a food rescue program so that all the extra boxes of PopTarts could be sent to the food bank. Now, Feeding America West Michigan accepts a truckload of PopTarts each week. 

Kellogg’s plans to expand the food rescue to other facilities in West Michigan, and may consider making it a global program.

Frey Family Dentistry hosts free clinic for children

Frey Family Dentistry hosts free clinic for children

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—Frey Family Dentistry is donating its time to give uninsured children a smile.

On Friday, Feb. 7, the dental office will offer free exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants to children ages 14 and under who do not receive regular dental care because they do not have insurance.  The complimentary clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the dental office at (616) 222-0202.

Frey Family Dentistry is located at 6220 Jupiter Ave. NE in Belmont.

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

Meijer redevelopment plan approved by Township

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road has the green light.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Algoma Township Board approved the proposal, with some modifications-- any signs for the development will only be allowed on outlots, not along 10 Mile Road, and  restaurant facilities added to the outlots cannot be drive-through, but can have a drive-up feature for takeout.

The plan previously approved by the planning commission called for redividing the plot owned by Meijer to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for future senior housing. The planning commission recommended deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.

One year adds up to $82 million for West Michigan realtor

One year adds up to $82 million for West Michigan realtor

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Keller Williams is marking a milestone: one year since it opened its Grand Rapids North office, located at 4949 Plainfield NE.

In that time, realtors for Keller Williams Grand Rapids North have sold 350 homes, accounting for $82 million dollars in sales.

“We are very excited to celebrate our one-year anniversary with the support of our clients, friends, and families,” said Ed Hansen, managing partner. “This year has far surpassed our vision of how fast the firm would grow, and with the help of our partners has allowed us to accelerate numerous projects. We look forward to expanding the Keller Williams North’s presence and building on the success of our first exceptional year together."

Keller Williams North partners include Katie Karczewski, Lisa Quist, Ed Hansen, Alan Moore, Dave Melvin and Marilyn Hazard.

 

Registration open for 'West Michigan Battle of the Buildings'

Registration open for 'West Michigan Battle of the Buildings'

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.---  It’s a crusade against kilowatts, a barrage against BTU’s… whatever you call it the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings is about to begin.

Commercial building owners can sign up now to be a part of this inaugural competition, which is being organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter.  The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to educate commercial building owners on how to cut their energy use through building improvements, optimizing operations and maintenance, and engaging occupants to save.  The buildings that cut down their energy use the most will be recognized as winners at a 2015 energy summit.