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My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Give your unwanted sports equipment new life by donating it to the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

This is the final week for the equipment drive, which ends Friday, June 6.   The program is in need of kid size bats, cleats, catcher’s gear and other baseball or softball equipment. Donations can be dropped off at Fifth Third Ballpark, any Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, Wolverine World Wide YMCA, Visser YMCA, Southeast YMCA or Lowell YMCA.

Donors will receive four lawn seat tickets to a 2014 Whitecaps home game, a Wendy’s small combo meal and a YMCA family day pass.

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (Trout Unlimited)-- This is your last chance to sign up for this 3-day public journey of discovery to experience conditions and opportunities of Michigan’s Rogue River and its watershed.

 It will be held June 19 through the 21st.  The Expedition team will travel by land, canoes, and kayaks, and provide demonstrations, interactive displays, and exhibits in communities along the Rogue River.

My Town Plainfield: Park naming contest in the hands of the Township Board

My Town Plainfield: Park naming contest in the hands of the Township Board

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Plainfield Township Board is whittling down the naming choices for the township’s newest park.

The park is located south of 10 Mile Road between U.S. 131 and the City of Rockford.  Once it’s complete, the park will feature a BMX bicycling track, mountain biking trails, an indoor archery range, two soccer fields, basketball courts and a sledding hill.  Additionally, the park shares an entrance with the new Art Van Sports Complex, which will feature eight tournament quality baseball/softball fields and the Miracle Field- a custom-built rubber surface baseball facility for athletes with special needs.

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.

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center hosts landscaping weekend May 16-17

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center hosts landscaping weekend May 16-17

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Volunteers are needed to help put the finishing touches outside the West Michigan Archery Center.

The new recreational hub is hosting a landscaping weekend May 16-17.  Employees from Herman Miller will be helping plant the banks and hillside adjacent to the building, but additional volunteers are needed.  The landscaping work will also include spreading stone, planting shrubs, grasses and wildflowers as well as planting rain gardens.

The West Michigan Archery Center is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and is utilized by Rockford, and Sparta and Plainfield townships.  For more information, visit the West Michigan Archery Center website.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Meijer LPGA Classic Tournament

My Town: Volunteers needed for Meijer LPGA Classic Tournament

BELMONT, Mich.--   Meijer is looking for volunteers to help pull off the first LPGA event in West Michigan in more than a decade.

Meijer LPGA Classic Tournament will take place Aug. 4-10 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.  The 72-hole event is expected to attract 144 professional female players from across the nation.  Meijer needs approximately 600 volunteers for a variety of roles, from media assistance to scoring.  To sign up to help, visit http://meijerlpgaclassic.com/volunteers.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of the event, and you don’t have to know or love golf to volunteer. The experience for our volunteers is priceless,” says Lesley Baker, tournament director.

My Town: University of Tennessee names Northview alum new coach

My Town: University of Tennessee names Northview alum new coach

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The University of Tennessee is tapping a Northview High School alum to lead its basketball team.

Tuesday afternoon, the university will introduce Donnie Tyndall as its new basketball head coach.

Tyndall is a Grand Rapids native and Morehead State alumnus. UTSports.com reports Tyndall’s eight-year coaching career includes an unprecedented 56-17 , championship-winning two-year run at Southern Miss. Tyndall has worked with teams at Morehead State,  Southern Miss,  LSU, Idaho, Middle Tennessee and St. Catharine College near Springfield, KY.

A West Michigan native is already leading Tennessee’s football program; coach Butch Jones is from Saugatuck.