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My Town Plainfield Township: Shelly Wind-Bell benefit Aug. 20

My Town Plainfield Township: Shelly Wind-Bell benefit Aug. 20

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar will host a benefit for the family of a dying woman.

Shelly Wind-Bell has end stage renal disease and both of her kidneys are failing. To help her family cover expenses, Flo's will donate 15 percent of food sales on Wednesday, Aug. 20 to her family.  Patrons must show their server a flyer for the benefit to have a portion of their paid bill donated.  Donations for the family can also be made at any Huntington Bank Branch under  the Andrew Tolley Memorial Foundation.

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar is located at 1259 Post Dr. NE in Belmont.  For a flyer, visit  www.facebook.com/AndrewTFoundation.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Northview Board of Education looking for members

My Town: Northview Board of Education looking for members

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The Northview Board of Education is looking for four new members.

The board needs to fill the seats currently held by Tim Detwiler, Lisa Gendler, Alicia Keur and Doug LaFleur. Two seats are for a four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2018; the remaining two seats are for a six-year term ending Dec. 31, 2020.

Nominating petitions and affidavits of identity must be filed at the Kent County Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.  The seats will be filled during the school election Tuesday, Nov. 4.    Nominees must be registered electors of Northview Public Schools by the filing deadline.

Petition and affidavit forms are available at the Plainfield Charter Township Office, 6161 Belmont Ave., Belmont.  For additional information, call 364-8466.

My Town: Local representative honored as Afterschool Champion

My Town: Local representative honored as Afterschool Champion

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A lawmaker from West Michigan is being honored for championing support for afterschool programs and the children who participate in them.

Rep. Peter MacGregor and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were recently honored as Afterschool Champions during a “Breakfast of Champions” by the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, D.C.  Both state representatives worked together last year to generate bi-partisan support to restore critical afterschool funding in the Department of Human Services budget.  MacGregor and Tlaib were also instrumental in securing funding for a summer learning loss study by Michigan State University researchers.

MacGregor represents East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids.

My Town: Local physicians take leadership reins with Michigan State Medical Society

My Town: Local physicians take leadership reins with Michigan State Medical Society

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LANSING, Mich.The Michigan State Medical Society recently completed its annual House of Delegates Meeting where local physicians from across Michigan were elected to influential leadership positions within the organization.

In addition to the selection of James D. Grant, M.D., an Oakland County physician, as President of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), new leaders include physicians from Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and metro Detroit.

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The face of a Special Olympics Michigan athlete from Rockford is now gracing grocery store shelves.

SpartanNash has selected David Paquette to be featured on boxes of Spartan brand honey and oat crunch with almonds cereal this month.  Paquette was named the 2013 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year last may during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics State Summer Games.  He has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years.  He has lost 55 pounds because of his dedication to living healthy, sparked by is participation in SOMI.

Paquette will visit the Cascade D&W Fresh Market to sign autographs this Friday, May 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  He will also appear at the Northland Drive Family Fare on Saturday, May 17 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.