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My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town Wyoming: Williams Furniture property up for auction

My Town Wyoming: Williams Furniture property up for auction

WYOMING, Mich.— The former home of Williams Furniture is up for bid.

The online auction will begin March 27 at 8 a.m. on Biddergy.com’s website.  The two-parcel property is located at 40 & 60 28th Street SW.  It includes a parking lot and 30,000 square foot building, complete with a showroom and two offices.  The entire property’s worth is estimated at $532,312.

Williams Furniture closed late last year, after 67 years of business.  The family-owned store was founded by Lorraine and Jacob Baart in 1946.  The family says the economic downturn was too much for the store.

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A former meat shop in Hudsonville has gone to the dogs.

Tolman’s Wholesale Meats recently moved from 6363 56th Avenue to a larger facility, to accommodate growing demand. Realtor Olga Hallstedt says the building’s specialized washable walls appealed to retiring Wyoming Police Officer Randy Adams, who was looking to open a daycare, boarding and training facility for dogs. Adams, who handled and trained police service dogs for more than 20 years, bought the building in January 2014 to expand his dog training business, Adams K-9, which started in his garage in 2009. He says work is still underway to transform the facility into a business that will serve up to 18 dogs a day.  Adams hopes to celebrate the business' grand opening by the end of April or early May. 

Adams retired with his police K-9 companion, Mojy in November.

Fire in boys bathroom forces elementary school evacuation

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A fire forced students to evacuate an elementary school Friday afternoon. It happened at around 2 p.m. at Parkview Elementary School on Lee Street SW.

Firefighters say the fire started in a boys bathroom.

No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

One person injured in a serious crash on M-6

One person injured in a serious crash on M-6

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Westbound M-6 is closed just east of Byron Center Ave. because of a crash.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday on M-6 just west of Byron Center Avenue SW.

The WZZM 13 News crew on the scene says it appears the car went airborne off a snowbank near the highway and hit a billboard pole in the median of M-6.

Emergency scanner traffic indicates the driver of the car was trapped for some time. The driver was then flown to the hospital via an AeroMed helicopter.

The car was headed westbound on M-6 when the crash occurred.

We'll have more developments online and on later editions of WZZM 13 News.

Demolition to begin this month on closed Studio 28

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) \- Demolition will begin this month on the now closed Studio 28.

The theater was once billed as the largest in the world. It's owned by Loeks Theater Inc. Emily Loeks confirms the demolition will happen but says it is weather dependent.

Studio 28, located at 1350 28th Street, was once the company's showplace theater. It closed six years ago when it became too costly to operate. It's located on 20 acres.

City officials say demolishing the building opens up new possibilities for the area. It includes a development called 28 West. Supporters of the project say they want to create a downtown feel in the area with shops, apartments and other development.

Wyoming City Councilman Dan Burrill says it's an exciting time. "I'm seeing it as a gain," he says.
From my understanding that building is in great disrepair."

Wyoming Fire chief ends a family tradition with the department

Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM_ It's an historic moment for the Wyoming Fire department. Fire Chief Bob Austin retired Monday marking the first time in 86 years that a member of the Austin family will not be serving in the department.

Austin says he plans to take it easy for a while, but then do some teaching in the fire service. He says while he had some 'not-so-good' days in his job, overall he says he's had a great career. "I've always felt fire service is the best job you can have in the world, " said Austin. "You get to have something different every day, you get to learn new skills just by having to and you get to help people at their worst times."

Austin Worked for the fire department for 37 years. The Austin family firefighting tradition began in 1929 with Bob's grandfather, followed by his father and uncle.