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Whitehall Middle School students help knock out hunger

Whitehall Middle School students help knock out hunger

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall Middle School is giving hunger in West Michigan the one-two-three punch.

Students have been helping Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank by sorting food in the warehouse, funding mobile food pantries and collecting 68 pounds of plastic for TerraCycle, which makes a donation to the food bank in return for the clean recyclables it collects.  For more information on the recycleable donation program through Terracycle, click here.

Soccer and disc golf planned for Grand Isle Park

Soccer and disc golf planned for Grand Isle Park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Plainfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is considering teaming up with two organizations to develop Grand Isle Park into a haven for soccer and disc golf.

Department director John Short plans to present the partnership proposal during Tuesday night’s township board meeting.

Short says the Parks and Recreation Department are considering teaming up with a new disc golf club and PASS soccer club to raise funds for an 18-hole disc golf course and four soccer fields at the park.  The disc golf club would likely raise the $18,000 for the course at Grand Isle Park, with the Township agreeing to provide advertising or some sort of incentive for donors.  PASS would try to raise $100,000 with the township matching that amount. 

Short says the hope is the disc golf course will be built this year, and the soccer fields would be created in 1-2 years, down from the 3-5 year window in the park’s master plan.

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.

Two homes set for demolition in Plainfield Township

Two homes set for demolition in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Two homes in Plainfield Township may soon be reduced to rubble.

During a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, the Township Board is expected to approve a bid from River City Excavating to demolish the buildings on 4646 Abrigador Trail NE and 4337 Willow Drive.  The project is expected to cost approximately $14,200.

Both properties, which are located  along the Grand River, were purchased by the township as part of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation program grant program.  The township plans to keep the land undeveloped, as it is prone to flooding.

Park renaming contest gets the green light

Park renaming contest gets the green light

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- What should Plainfield Township's 10 Mile Park be named?

That's the question township officials are posing to the community in an upcoming contest.   Township Superintendent Cameron Van WynGarden says he is working on rules and guidelines for the naming contest.  He was going to present his plan to the Township Board of Trustees Monday, but that meeting was canceled because of the winter storm.  The naming contest is not on the agenda for the next two township meetings.

Van WynGarden says the contest restrictions will be fairly minimal.  Residents can submit name and/or logo ideas for the park.  All entries must have "Plainfield" somewhere in the name.  The winner will get a cash prize.

It's unclear when the naming contest will begin.

 

Plainfield Township Christmas tree recycling available

Plainfield Township Christmas tree recycling available

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Christmas is over, which means it’s time to figure out what to do with that tree,

Plainfield Township is offering Christmas tree recycling to its residents now through Jan. 26.  Residents may drop off their trees at Versluis Park, located at 3650 Versluis Drive.

Plainfield Township considers park renaming contest

Plainfield Township considers park renaming contest

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—10 Mile Park may get a new name.

During its meeting Monday, Dec. 16, the Plainfield Township Board is expected to discuss a proposed campaign to rename the park.  Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden believes the campaign would draw attention to renovations planned for the park facilities.  He’s recommending the township hold a community contest to name the park, with board members picking the winner.

The Township Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 616 Belmont Ave. NE.