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Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Here is your chance to see and hear several different marching bands from around the state at the beautiful East Kentwood High School stadium.

Twenty-two bands from around the state will be performing shows in the competition on Saturday, October 19.  The evening will be capped off with an exhibition performance by the East Kentwood Marching Band. 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (62+), and children under age five are free.  The concession stand will be open and serving lots of delicious food like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc.  The proceeds will go to Kentwood Band & Orchestra Boosters. 

Gates open at 2 p.m., with the first band taking the field at 3 p.m.  The final exhibition by the East Kentwood High School Marching Band will begin at  9:15 p.m.  The EKHS Band's performance features the music of Motown;

Kent County Senior Millage Open House October 18

Kent County Senior Millage Open House October 18

WYOMING, Mich.—Learn how taxpayer money can benefit you or your elders during the Kent County Senior Millage Open House Friday, October 18.

The Kent County Senior Millage was approved by voters in 1998 and renewed and increased in 2006.  In 2013, the millage is expected to generate $6 million for 44 service programs for older adults.

The Kent County Senior Millage Open House runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kentwood Christian Church, located at 5841 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.  Visitors can enjoy a light lunch while perusing booths representing 31 millage service providers.  Door prizes will also be available.

Visitors are encouraged to come early to attend the Advocates for Senior Issues meeting, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  State Rep. Ken Yonker is the guest speaker.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Silent parade honors local firefighters

Silent parade honors local firefighters

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—One of the quietest parades in the nation will roll down the streets of Grandville Thursday night.

This is the 13th year for the Silent Night Memorial Service and Parade of Apparatus.   Wyoming, Walker and Grandville fire departments team up for the ceremony each year.  The memorial is meant to recognize and remember local firefighters, active or retired, who have passed away in the past 12 months.  A bell sounds once for each firefighter lost, then tolls 5-5-5, signifying the last alarm.

The ceremony continues with the blessing of any fire equipment that is less than a year old, which then leads a parade where only emergency lights are turned on.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m.  Thursday at the Grandville Library, located at 4055 Maple St.

The parade will travel south on Wilson Avenue to 40th Street to Canal to 36th Street, ending at Mars Hill Bible Church.

Revised millage for Wyoming Public Schools on November ballot

Revised millage for Wyoming Public Schools on November ballot

WYOMING, Mich.—A revised version of the school improvement millage that failed before voters in May will be back on the ballot in November.

Wyoming Public Schools has divided the original millage into two bond proposals.  Proposal I is for $37 million to remodel and refurnish school facilities, add secure entryways, and add new technology to the high school, as well as build/improve playgrounds, athletic facilities and fields.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.