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My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

WYOMING, Mich.—United Church Outreach Ministry is getting down and dirty to help fight hunger in West Michigan.

As part of their newest project, Growing Green Neighbors, ministry members teamed up with community members, Metro Health employees and other volunteers Tuesday to turn a patch of Wyoming’s Marquette Park into a thriving garden.

The food will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan, increasing the amount of healthy fresh vegetables available to pantry visitors.

My Town Wyoming: New restaurant opens in Godfrey Lee neighborhood

My Town Wyoming: New restaurant opens in Godfrey Lee neighborhood

WYOMING, Mich.—There’s a new place to eat in Wyoming, bringing more jobs to the Godfrey Lee neighborhood.

The new McDonald’s celebrated its grand opening July 11 with a ribbon cutting and flag raising ceremony. Wyoming Mayor Jack A. Poll, members of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Center of Western Michigan joined owner Tony Castillo for the event.

 The restaurant located at 1115 Chicago Drive SW is the first new business to be built in the area in more than a decade.

Ray and Joan Kroc Center summer programs and events


Kroc Center in Grand Rapids has several summer programs and a whole list of events.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 14, 2014– The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, located on 20 acres in the city of Grand Rapids and will be hosting a family urban camping event, the first of its kind in the area, on Saturday July 26-27, 2014.

Volunteers from the BoyScouts , Bill and Paul's Sporthaus and Kroc Center krew will be on hand to help campers learn how to set up tents, learn camp fire safety and cook camp food recipes. Additional activities will include the slip and slide, a nature scavenger hunt, camp fire sing alongs, s'mores, archery, fishing, and arts and crafts projects.

Bill and Paul's Sporthaus will teach campers how to pump water with a hand held filter, share dehydrated camp food samples, and showcase modern camping gear and accessories.

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent District Library)-- On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kent District Library residents will vote on a 1.28 mills ballot proposal to provide funding for KDL for 10 years.

The 1.28 millage rate consists of a renewal of the 0.88 mills levy, which has been in place since 2000 and expires at the end of 2014, and an additional 0.4 mills. The Kent District Library property tax millage provides 90% of the funding for services offered at 18 branch locations and online, including all library materials, technology, staff and programs.

My Town: Be mindful of your health during storm cleanup

My Town: Be mindful of your health during storm cleanup

WYOMING, Mich.—If you plan to spend the weekend cleaning up damage from Sunday night’s tornadoes and storms, the American Heart Association wants you to be mindful of your health.

Cleaning up storm damage can be physically taxing, leading to a higher risk of heart attack.  Residents should take plenty of breaks, carry smaller loads and drink plenty of water.  The American Heart Association says most importantly, residents should listen to their bodies. 

The warning signs of a heart attack include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck and arms.
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

People who experience the warning signs of a heart attack should stop what they’re doing immediately and call 911.

My Town Wyoming: Baseball and softball training center opens next week

My Town Wyoming: Baseball and softball training center opens next week

WYOMING, Mich.—Just in time for summer- there’s a new place to play ball in Wyoming without facing the elements.

The new Elite Baseball and Softball Training Center is located at 5920 Clyde Park Ave. Its owners will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration next Wednesday, July 16.

Dog missing after tornado found safe


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's good news to report after a dog disappeared in Sunday's tornado.

Puckett, a golden Labrador/border collie mix has been found safe at the Kent County Animal Shelter. The dog went missing from the Well-Mannered Dog Kennel on Clay Avenue SW.

The kennel was heavily damaged in the tornado and the owner initially believed all dogs inside were accounted. But Puckett escaped and could not be found despite a search in the surrounding neighborhood.

Owner Barbara Shenton tells WZZM 13 she was reunited with Puckett Wednesday morning and he is in good health. Puckett was also micro-chipped Wednesday as a precaution in case he ever goes missing again.

Owners Barb and Norm are from Vermont and had been in the Grand Rapids area visiting family. Puckett was put in a kennel while his owners visited Ludington when the storm struck.