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My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.

My Town: 13 Food for Families 'food fight' comes to your town!

My Town: 13 Food for Families 'food fight' comes to your town!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan says approximately $165 billion worth of food never makes it onto the plates of those who need it, taking an alternative trip to the trash instead.

Now is your chance to change that statistic. 

Our 13 Food for Families campaign is underway, pitting the WZZM 13 team against one another in a “food fight”.  From June 9 through June 16, members of the WZZM 13 family will be camping out outside various SpartanNash stores to collect your food donations. The community that donates the most will receive a free ice cream party.

WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will kick off the food fight Monday, June 9 at the Plumb’s store in Muskegon, located at 1663 W. Sherman. She will be taking your donations live during our news show.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town: Deadline nears for 'Many Hands Against Hunger'

My Town: Deadline nears for 'Many Hands Against Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Time is running out to join Feeding America West Michigan for “Many Hands Against Hunger.”

Hunger hero Owen Ronning will share his inspirational story during the benefit.  Last summer, the 8-year-old boy went without the traditional birthday gifts, asking for a mobile food pantry instead.  With his parent’s encouragement, Owen went door-to-door, asking for money to make the pantry happen.  In June, his act of kindness came to fruition, as he and his friends distributed 5,000 pounds of fresh produce, milk and baked goods to 115 families in need.

The luncheon to support hunger relief is Thursday, June 10 at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW in Grand Rapids.  Those interested in attending must RSVP by 12 p.m. on Friday, June 6.  Registration is available online.  Admission is $25.

My Town: Construction on an upswing in Plainfield Township

My Town: Construction on an upswing in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Hammers and saws are busy once again in Plainfield Township, as home and business construction picks up with the improving economy.

“Plats of land that have been on hold for years are coming back to life this spring,” said Bill Fischer, community development director for Plainfield Township.  “Many of these plats already have the infrastructure built; subdivisions that have roads and utilities, water and sewer.  And now, finally, the builders are feeling confident in the market and moving forward with construction.”

From Jan. 1 through the month of April, construction crews worked on homes and businesses in the township totaling more than $5.5 million in value.  Fischer says the long winter delayed many building permit applications until late April, so that investment only reflected a few weeks of investments.

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.

My Town Plainfield: Township to enforce irrigation checks for residents

My Town Plainfield: Township to enforce irrigation checks for residents

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The township is enforcing an ordinance requiring all township water customers with an irrigation system get an inspection every three years.

The township says the testing is necessary to prevent water contamination caused by a backflow from irrigation piping.  This is the first time township residents are coming under scrutiny for cross connection contamination.

“Yes, it’s for the good of the township, but ultimately it’s for the good of the resident.  If your backflow device is not working correctly, it’s the drinking water in your home that’s going to get contaminated first.  And then all your neighbors’ water will get contaminated,” said Rick Solle, director of public services.

Affected residents must get an inspection by a qualified plumber.  The plumber should complete a test form, which must be filed with the township.