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My Town: Blythefield Country Club to detail plans for LPGA tournament

My Town: Blythefield Country Club to detail plans for LPGA tournament

BELMONT, Mich.—Monday night, the Plainfield Township Board will learn more about the tournament bringing nearly 150 professional golfers to Belmont.

Blythefield Country Club will present information on how it’s preparing for the Meijer LPGA Classic Tournament.  The golf course will host 144 of the best players in women’s golf, a first for West Michigan in more than a decade.

The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic will be held August 7-10. The $1.5 million tournament will be the LPGA Tour’s first stop in Michigan since 2000.

Monday’s board meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town: Highlands Middle School to host boater safety classes

My Town: Highlands Middle School to host boater safety classes

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The temperatures are warming up, which means now is the time to sign up for boater safety classes.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is offering two information sessions on Monday, April 28 and Wednesday April 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Highlands Middle School Cafeteria.  Anyone born after 1978 who wants to operate a personal watercraft, 12 to 16-year-olds who want to drive a motorboat alone and anyone concerned about the laws and how to safely operate a vessel on waterways should attend this course, which is free.  Students must attend both sessions to receive a certificate.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, call the Community Education Office at (616) 361-3444 or email lbockheim@nvps.net.

My Town: Sign up now for Access Hunger Walk

My Town: Sign up now for Access Hunger Walk

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to join its team for the Access Hunger Walk.

This year’s walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Park Church in downtown Grand Rapids.  Proceeds from the event will go to Feeding America West Michigan and other anti-hunger agencies in the area.

To join the team, visit the sign up page here.

My Town: Grand Rapids Catholic Central searching for new coach

My Town: Grand Rapids Catholic Central searching for new coach

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Grand Rapids Catholic Central is searching for a new varsity football coach.

Current coach Trip Gallery has announced he will not return for the 2014 season.  Gallery has served as head coach the past two seasons, leading the Cougars to a combined 16-5 record.  He also teaches social studies at Northview High School.

“First, I want to thank Trip for all that he has done for our school and our student athletes.  He’s a first class individual who cares about helping young people succeed,” Hinshaw said.  “I wish him the best, but ultimately we felt it was critical to have our head football coach employed as a full-time staff member.  For reasons I certainly understand, Trip is unfortunately unable to make a career move at this time.” 

My Town: Whitecaps offering Opening Day ticket special and Tigers watch party

My Town: Whitecaps offering Opening Day ticket special and Tigers watch party

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COMSTOCK PARK, MI - Baseball season in Michigan kicks off Monday and the West Michigan Whitecaps are celebrating the return of America’s Pastime with a party to watch the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers and a ticket special for the Whitecaps home opener!

For the ninth straight season the Whitecaps and 97 LAV are opening the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth Third Ballpark to watch the Detroit Tigers start their season against the Kansas City Royals. Game time is 1:08 p.m. and the doors to the Pepsi Stadium Club open at noon.

This is a free event with food and beverage available for purchase. WLAV morning show host Tony Gates will be on hand to emcee. There will be prizes given away throughout the game including tickets to future Tigers games this season.

My Town: Pizza Hut to donate sales to Relay for Life of Comstock Park

My Town: Pizza Hut to donate sales to Relay for Life of Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Pizza Hut is holding a March 31st fundraiser to benefit the Relay For Life of Comstock Park High School Teams.

Plan your weekly pizza night for Monday, March 31, 2014 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and 20% of your total purchase will be donated to Relay For Life of Comstock Park. This is good for delivery, carry out or dine in at the Alpine, Plainfield and 10 Mile locations.

The above flyer must be printed out and presented at the time of purchase.  The flyer can also obtained by visiting the Relay For Life of Comstock Park Facebook page.

 

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Plainfield Township Board is poised to financially back an environmental group's plan to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Board last month, as part of a county coldwater habitat project.