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Vanguard Charter Academy fathers sign up to be Watch D.O.G.S.

Vanguard Charter Academy fathers sign up to be Watch D.O.G.S.

WYOMING, Mich.-- Vanguard Charter Academy kicked off its Watch D.O.G.S. program for the school year with a pizza party on Tuesday, September 24.

More than 100 fathers, grandfathers and father figures attended the event to learn more about the program.

Learn about and help prevent hunger during free film showing Sept. 25

Learn about and help prevent hunger during free film showing Sept. 25

WYOMING, Mich.—One in four children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal is coming from.

It’s an issue addressed in the documentary “A Place at the Table,” which will be shown for free a during “Movie Night at Metro” Wednesday night.  “A Place at the Table” focuses on why children are going hungry and how it threatens our nation’s economy and society.

Wednesday night’s viewing begins at 6 p.m. inside the Metro Health Conference Center, located at 2225 Main St. SW in Wyoming.  While the movie is free, visitors are encouraged to bring donations for a food drive by Metro Health Hospital.  For more information and to register, visit Metro Health’s website here.

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Flu season is approaching and now is the time to get immunized.

The Kent County Health Department is administering its first flu shots of the season beginning Monday, September 23.  Adults and children six months and older are eligible for the vaccine.  Prices are $33 for the preservative free FluMist nasal spray, $20 for a preservative free four strain shot, $29 for the preservative free three strain vaccine and $25 for the three strain shot.   Parents of children who have no insurance or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines will only be asked to pay for administering the shot, which costs up to $15.

Although no cases of flu have been reported to the county so far this season, health officers say Kent County experienced a substantial increase in confirmed flu cases last season, leading to dozens of calls for vaccinations late in the season.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 21.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2350 Ivanrest SW in Grandville. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, 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.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 7.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at  5068 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, 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.

St. John Vianney Festival underway

St. John Vianney Festival underway

WYOMING, Mich.--  The St. John Vianney Festival is underway in Wyoming.

Visitors can enjoy games, carnival rides, food, BINGO and beer, starting at 6 p.m. Friday. DJ Wolfman Keith will be spinning live music starting at 7 p.m. Friday; the St. John Vianney Sports Bar will begin showing the Tigers game an hour later.

St. John Vianney Parish is located at 4101 Clyde Park Ave. SW in Wyoming.

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.