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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

East Grand Rapids leaders pursue roads millage


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - East Grand Rapids city leaders want to fix the roads. The problem is they don't have the money. The topic dominated Monday night's commission meeting.

"It's hard on our cars, it's hard to ride your bike around the lake, it's difficult, and they need to be fixed," says Jane Gray, a lifelong resident of East Grand Rapids.

Monday night, city leaders approved a proposal to ask voters for more money.

"We have a set amount of money that we've been getting, and that's been buying less and less -- and so over the last few years, the roads have been going downward," says East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold.

How far down have they gone? Because of the harsh winters, less than half of the roads are in good or fair condition -- and it gets worse. If they keep the same amount of funding, leaders say that number will drop below 10 percent within eight years.

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My Town: Commissioners to vote on potential road tax Jan. 19

My Town: Commissioners to vote on potential road tax Jan. 19

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— City commissioners are expected to vote on a proposed tax for road and sidewalk repairs Monday, Jan. 19.

The city commission will hear from residents one more time before deciding whether to move forward with the proposed 2.0 millage.

In October, Mayor Seibold convened a group of citizens to research and recommend a long-term solution for improving the road and sidewalks in East Grand Rapids.  After several meetings, the Streets & Sidewalks Task Force recommended the city propose a 10-year millage dedicated to upgrades.  The tax would cost approximately $300 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home. More information on the proposal can be found at www.eastgr.org/streets.

My Town EGR: 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' student performances Jan. 16-17

My Town EGR: 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' student performances Jan. 16-17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The student-directed play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner"  will take over East Grand Rapids High School's Little Auditorium this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

In this Broadway favorite and classic 1930s comedy, audiences will be taken back in time to the Stanley home. After finishing a meal at the home, Sheridan Whiteside, a famous radio talent, slips on their doorstep just prior to Christmas, breaking his hip.  A tumultuous month of confinement follows as the invalid invades the Stanley family's home with hilarious results.

This is the 11th annual student-produced play for East Grand Rapids High School. Students direct, design, act and work as crew members.  

Admission is $5 at the door.  Tickets are also available in the high school lobby 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Jan 12. through Jan 16.

My Town: East Grand Rapids gets AAA rating

My Town: East Grand Rapids gets AAA rating

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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sabo PR) – Fitch Ratings has affirmed the AAA Bond of the City of East Grand Rapids’ AAA Bond Rating.

The Fitch rating cited consistently strong unrestricted general fund balances, a strong financial management team and a stable tax base as factors that contributed to the rating.  The region’s solid, diverse economy and the City’s affordable carrying costs for both debt service and retiree benefits were noted as additional factors.

“We are very pleased East Grand Rapids has again received a AAA bond rating,” said East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan. “Our conservative policies and practices help us ensure that our residents’ tax investments in the City are put to the best, most efficient use.”