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Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

Book store collects donations for Northview Public Schools

Book store collects donations for Northview Public Schools

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Don’t forget to add Northview Public Schools to your Christmas list this year.

Now through December 31, the Barnes & Noble store in Woodland Mall is accepting book donations for the district.  Customers can donate at the checkout counter.  The coveted books will be added to the district’s collection to promote student reading. 

All of the donations will be delivered to schools across the district in January 2014.

New hours and rates approved for Farmers Market

New hours and rates approved for Farmers Market

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Some changes are coming to the Plainfield Township Farmers Market.

During its regular meeting November 18, the township board of trustees approved changes to the markets rules of operation.  Starting next season, the Farmers Market will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  City Clerk Ruth Ann Karnes says the changes are meant to allow community members to visit the market during their lunch hour. Previously, the market was open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The other major change is a rate hike for occasional vendors.  Merchants who do not purchase a stall for the entire season will be charged $15 a day; that’s up from $10 this past season.

The Plainfield Township Farmers Market runs from June through October in front of Frontline Church, located at 4411 Plainfield Ave. NE

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Surveying underway to determine fate of Plainfield Farmers Market

Surveying underway to determine fate of Plainfield Farmers Market

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plainfield Township employees are circulating surveys to try to determine the future of the Plainfield Farmers Market.

Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the Township is surveying market vendors and shoppers to determine if the farmers market should be scaled back from two days a week down to one day a week.  The market currently operates Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Frontline Community Church. Van Wyngarden previously said the number of farmers markets may make it more difficult to obtain vendors.

Van Wyngarden hopes to have all the surveys finished and collected within a month.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Plainfield Township Farmers Market expected to return next season

Plainfield Township Farmers Market expected to return next season

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Plainfield Township Supervisor says the Township will likely enlist a citizen’s advisory committee to find ways to improve the Township Farmers Market.

Supervisor Jay Spencer says the farmers market review during Monday’s board meeting was a condition of the farmers market contract the Township agreed on last winter.  Spencer says the overall sentiment during the meeting was the Plainfield Township Farmers Market is a good event that is beneficial to community; however, it needs to be fine-tuned to reach its full potential.

The Plainfield Township Farmers Market operates at 4411 Plainfield Avenue.  It’s open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 10.