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My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

My Town: GVSU and DHS awarded research grant for family support program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Human Services is teaming up with Grand Valley State University to measure the success of a family support program in more than 150 Michigan schools.

A three-year, $1.05 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will go toward measuring the impact of the Pathways to Potential program in Michigan.  The program places DHS case workers in schools to make it easier for children and their families to address barriers to their safety, health, education, attendance and self-sufficiency.

“We know that many children struggle in school because of outside of school challenges affecting both students and their families,” Gov. Snyder said. “The goal of Pathways to Potential is to reduce or eliminate those challenges by conveniently connecting families to the services they need to help everyone become more successful.”

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Our Kitchen Table improves lives through the power of plants

My Town: Our Kitchen Table improves lives through the power of plants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A leafy green initiative to improve the lives of Grand Rapids families is leading to a plant free-for-all this weekend.

On Saturday, July 26, Our Kitchen Table will be giving away a variety of vegetable plants to those who rely on the United Church Outreach Ministry and the Asian West Michigan Association for support.  Kale, collars, broccoli, cauliflower, Bok Choy, chard, lettuce, cabbage and Brussel sprouts will all be available on a first come, first serve basis. The plant pick-up will take place at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Ave. SE from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) – A man accused of leading a cross-state crime spree, ranging from carjacking to assault, appeared in a courtroom Friday morning to face charges.

 

 

Daniel Leussenkamp is considered a habitual offender which means the charges could land him behind bars for the rest of his life.

 

Police say over a span of a few days, Leussenkamp robbed and stabbed a Wyoming man at a motel, carjacked an elderly woman in Greenville, and drove to Macomb County near Detroit where he committed an armed robbery.

 

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans ribbon cutting celebration July 25

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans ribbon cutting celebration July 25

WYOMING, Mich.--  The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Wyoming's newest store with a ribbon cutting celebration at 8:30 a.m. July 25.

Gordmans opened to the public on July 17. The new 50,000-square-foot store is located at 4910 Wilson Ave. SW, next to The Home Depot in the Wilsontown Shopping Center.  The new retailer is expected to employ 100 people.

Friday's ceremony kicks off  Gordmans' grand opening celebration, which runs through July 27.

The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March. 

Stabbing victim relieved crime wave suspects in custody


Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM) – A 50-year-old Wyoming man stabbed during what police call a crime spree is relieved the three suspects are in custody.

"That's good," says Jeff, the only name the wounded man wants published. "I'll sleep good tonight."

Jeff says he and girlfriend Kimberly Wonsey were sleeping in his room at the Jim Williams Motel on Division Avenue early Saturday morning.

At about 3:30 a.m. he says Daniel Leussenkamp and Kevin Seely knocked on the door.

"I got up and opened the door, and Lessenkamp said it was a robbery and stabbed me," recalls Jeff. "He forced his way back into the house and stabbed me again. He told Kimberly to get her clothes, she was leaving with them. They took what money I had and left."

Jeff says Leussenkamp and Wonsey had a relationship before Leussenkamp was sentenced to prison.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: