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My Town Wyoming: Businesses at Jan. 14 fair looking to hire hundreds

My Town Wyoming: Businesses at Jan. 14 fair looking to hire hundreds

WYOMING, Mich.—West Michigan businesses are on the hunt for hundreds of new workers.

More than two dozen companies will be represented during a job fair hosted by Kentwood Community Church.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.14 on the church’s Wyoming campus, at 2950 Clyde Park Ave. SW.  Altogether, the businesses are recruiting for more than 500 jobs in sales, retail, customer service, health care, auto tech, manufacturing, truck driving, marketing, skilled industrial trades, food service and other fields.

This is the seventh job fair Kentwood Community Church has hosted at its Wyoming Campus, which opened Oct. 6, 2013 in the former Wyoming Adult & Community Education building.  Kentwood purchased the property from Wyoming Public Schools.

For additional job fair information, visit the event website or call the church at (616) 827-3267.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town Wyoming: Businesses at Jan. 14 fair looking to hire hundreds

My Town Wyoming: Businesses at Jan. 14 fair looking to hire hundreds

WYOMING, Mich.—West Michigan businesses are on the hunt for hundreds of new workers.

More than two dozen companies will be represented during a job fair hosted by Kentwood Community Church.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.14 on the church’s Wyoming campus, at 2950 Clyde Park Ave. SW.  Altogether, the businesses are recruiting for more than 500 jobs in sales, retail, customer service, health care, auto tech, manufacturing, truck driving, marketing, skilled industrial trades, food service and other fields.

This is the seventh job fair Kentwood Community Church has hosted at its Wyoming Campus, which opened Oct. 6, 2013 in the former Wyoming Adult & Community Education building.  Kentwood purchased the property from Wyoming Public Schools.

For additional job fair information, visit the event website or call the church at (616) 827-3267.

My Town: Goodwill Industries of Greater G.R. offers 'Annie' donation deal

My Town: Goodwill Industries of Greater G.R. offers 'Annie' donation deal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Clean out your closets, help people find jobs and get a deal on tickets for Broadway Grand Rapids with the new deal by Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids.

The nonprofit organization is offering $20 off tickets to “Annie” to people who donate gently used clothing or household items to any Goodwill store. You can find the list of locations here. The coupon is good for select seats during the Jan. 13 performance at DeVos Performance Hall.  Goodwill will also be accepting gently used coats at DeVos Hall on opening night.

“Annie” runs through Jan. 13-18.  The musical is centered on a determined orphan who journeys through New York looking for her parents.  Her adventure includes foiling the plots of Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage; meeting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and finding a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

My Town: KDL Gives Back nets thousands of donations and dollars

My Town: KDL Gives Back nets thousands of donations and dollars

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Bookworms across West Michigan banded together this holiday season to help local charities.

Kent District Libraries says patrons and staff collected nearly 16,000 items for the 18-month KDL Gives Back initiative.  The donations are going to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Kent Intermediate School District, Humane Society of West Michigan, Family Promise of Grand Rapids, the Post-Partum Clinic at Pine Rest, School Supply Santa and Kid’s Food Basket.  KDL recently delivered approximately 750 hygiene products, snacks and other goodies to the veterans’ home.  The delivery also included 500 letters to vets written by adults and children and $457 raised through library staff jean days.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.