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My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new restaurant

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new restaurant

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new restaurant expected to create up to 60 jobs in Wyoming.

The new McDonald’s will be located at 1115 Chicago Drive SW.  Mayor Jack Poll, joined other city and business leaders to help owner Tony Castillo break ground on the work on March 31.  Castillo owns three other McDonald’s restaurants in Holland, and was recently named the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Person of the Year.

The new restaurant will feature a the latest technology and a contemporary design  including two drive-through windows to provide faster food service.  The new McDonald’s is expected to open this summer.

My Town Wyoming: Wyoming Concerts in the Park lineup unveiled

My Town Wyoming: Wyoming Concerts in the Park lineup unveiled

WYOMING, Mich.—Although there is snow on the ground, the Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission is already set for a summertime tradition.

The Wyoming Concerts in the Park series will return to Lamar Park June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  The series kicks off with a special Kids Night concert featuring “Zumbatomic” followed by the Grand Rapids First Church Youth Choir.  Kid-friendly activities are also scheduled.

The rest of this year’s lineup is as follows:

Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Todd Wenzel Automotive announces the acquisition of their third Michigan dealership, Jim Waldron Buick GMC of Davison.

This purchase represents the second Buick GMC franchise for Todd Wenzel. The first, located in Grand Rapids, was obtained in 2001 followed by a Chevrolet franchise in Hudsonville in 2004.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Davison and Greater Flint communities," said Wenzel, "We look forward to maintaining the excellent reputation the Waldrons have built."

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is rebuilding its K-9 Unit, with the help of donations collected by the Wyoming Animal Hospital.

Last year, the hospital, which is the sole health care provider for the city’s police canines, held a canine demonstration and 5k walk featuring the Wyoming Police K-9 Unit.  The events raised more than $6,300, which Wyoming Animal Hospital donated back to the K-9 Unit.

Shortly after the events, the police department  lost an officer and two canine partners to retirement.  The search for a new handler and two dogs took the department to Vigilant Canine Services International, where they found Azar.  The department was able to pay for Azar using the money raised by Wyoming Animal Hospital. 

The Wyoming Animal Hospital plans to make the Wyoming 5-0 5k walk an annual event.  Plans are already underway for this year’s event.

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.