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Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Get a sneak peak inside newly renovated Northview High November 18

Get a sneak peak inside newly renovated Northview High November 18

UPDATE: Northview High School tours have been pushed back to Monday, November 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—   Community members are invited to get a sneak peek inside the newly renovated Northview High School Monday, November 11.

Public tours will run from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Parents, students and community members are encouraged to meet Northview Board of Education members during their visit.

So far, construction crews have finished adding  more than 18 classrooms, a first floor student resource center and counseling offices,  a second floor work room, special education classrooms and locker rooms.   

The entire project should be finished next year, when the fitness center and pool are completed.

Participants in the November tour are encouraged to park in the Performing Arts Center parking lot and enter through the closest set of doors.

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

Firefighters collect winter clothes for kids in need

Firefighters collect winter clothes for kids in need

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  The temperatures are dropping and many children in the community don’t have a way to keep warm.

That’s why the Plainfield Township Fire Department is holding a winter clothing drive.  Now through December, people are encouraged to drop off new or slightly used winter coats, snow pants and/or new hats at the township’s two fire stations.  Snow pants should be sizes 5/6, 7/8, 10/12 or 14/16.   All donations will be distributed through the school system.

Items can be dropped off at Plainfield Fire Station #1 at 6145 Belmont Ave. NE and Plainfield Fire Station #3 at 4343 Plainfield Ave. NE.

Northview High School offers sneak peak of renovations

Northview High School offers sneak peak of renovations

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—   Community members are invited to get a sneak peek inside the newly renovated Northview High School next month.

Public tours will take place Monday, November 11, from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Parents, students and community members are encouraged to meet Northview Board of Education members during their visit.

So far, construction crews have finished adding  more than 18 classrooms, a first floor student resource center and counseling offices,  a second floor work room, special education classrooms and locker rooms.  The athletic lobby is also expected to be finished by the time of the tours. 

The entire project should be finished next year, when the fitness center and pool are completed.

Participants in the November tour are encouraged to park in the Performing Arts Center parking lot and enter through the closest set of doors.

Donate hair to help children October 15

Donate hair to help children October 15

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Get a free hair cut while helping children during the Wigs 4 Kids Hair Donation Drive at Northview High School on Tuesday, October 15.

The event is part of Northview’s Black Out Week, which honors the lives of those touched by childhood cancer. Design1 stylists are donating their time to provide professional haircuts to donors.  All participants must have at least eight inches of hair to donate.  Color treated strands will be accepted, but highlighted hair will not.

Wigs 4 Kids is a Michigan based non-profit organization that provides free wigs to children battling cancer or hair loss.  For more information about Northview’s event, email Erin Combs at ecombs@nvps.net.