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Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

The winners of the Comprehensive Therapy Center annual coloring contest will be honored on Monday, April 27th from 3 – 4:30pm at the “Read To Me Tea” held at the Women’s City Club of  Grand Rapids, MI., located at 254 E. Fulton. This years’ subject is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.

Guest readers who will share stories include, Mayor George Heartwell, County Commissioner Candace Chives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. Michigan Representative, Lesa Dion, Mursalata Muhammad of GRCC and Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.

According to Jean Silbar, Executive Director of CTC, many of the children with whom we work, will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports, but they have such passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.

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New Wausau Homes Builder Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

New Wausau Homes Builder Opens Design Studio to Serve Area Homebuyers

(Ada, MI)  (April, 1 2015)

 The hammering has stopped and the dust has settled for new Wausau Homes builder Michael Nosko to celebrate his new showroom  located at 6739 East Fulton Street, Suite D10 in Ada.

 

Visitors can tour the new, state-of-the art Design Studio that showcases a welcome area where homebuyers can share their life story and vision for their new home.  It also features everything from cabinets and countertops to siding and shingles while providing the latest technology to help homebuyers plan and customize their new homes.  Among the highlights is a 3D viewer that allows homebuyers to see their home plans take shape before their eyes so they will know exactly what their new home will look like before it’s ever built.    

 

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

Annual Springfest Show & Sale Returns on April 25

For the 25th year, the West Michigan Potters Guild invite the public to check out handmade pottery & sculpture created by 40 of Southwest Michigan’s most recognized ceramic artists. The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild of GR will also be exhibiting for the fourth year with hand-made fiber works alongside the pottery booths.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

The Grand Rapids Ametuer Astronomical Association invites the public on designated evenings from spring through the fall to experience the skies above.  A close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects are possible to be seen through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The first public observation night for the spring season is Saturday, April 25 from 9:30pm – 12:00am. This is an opportunity to see Jupiter, the Quarter Moon, along with clusters. The Spring – Fall Schedule is pictured below. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, 17 & under, under 5 & GRPM Members are Free.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township.

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ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

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ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.

Palmatier family leaves $2.2 million to Aquinas College

Palmatier family leaves $2.2 million to Aquinas College

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Aquinas College announced today that the school is the recipient of a $2.2 million gift from the Helen Palmatier estate. Palmatier, who died April 2, 2014, was preceded in death by her husband Jackman Palmatier, who died in 1981. Jackman worked at Antrim Iron from 1923-1942 and later Grand Rapids Gravel. The Palmatiers established a legacy of philanthropy throughout their lifetime with the first gift to Aquinas in 1993. The Palmatiers have supported the College’s sustainable business program, annual fund and various fundraising events. They were members of St. Alphonsus parish.

“We so appreciate the commitment the Palmatiers have shown Aquinas over the years,” said President of Aquinas College Juan Olivarez. “Helen and Jackman were very generous to us, and we are deeply grateful.”

The gift will fund an endowed professorship and a number of interdisciplinary degree options. Plans will be announced in the coming months.

Teacher recognized for helping save man's life


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An East Grand Rapids teacher and five public safety officers were honored Monday night for saving a man's life at a basketball game.

Jackie Burdick is a reading teacher at Breton Downs Elementary. She reacted quickly when 47-year-old Matt Krcatovich was having a heart attack during a recent pick-up basketball game at the school. Burdick immediately located an AED and performed CPR until first responders could get there.

Krcatovich was there Monday while Burdick was honored. Burdick received the Chief's Citation.