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My Town Wyoming: Steelcase workers stitch for a cause

My Town Wyoming: Steelcase workers stitch for a cause

WYOMING, Mich.— While many people are working their mouths on their lunch break, a group of Steelcase employees is furiously working its knitting needles.

Every week for 10 years now, the group of men and women have met during lunch time on Thursdays to knit hats to donate.  Their wooly work has graced the heads of patients at the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center and students at Brookside and other area elementary schools.   Their latest donation of more than 100 hats went to children in need at Godfrey Lee Elementary School.

After hearing WZZM 13’s report about the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, the group identified its next mission.  In January, they will knit red hats for infants with congenital heart defects, helping Mended Little Hearts of West Michigan reach its goal of 1,000 hats by Jan. 21.

My Town: New legislation to save parents time and money

My Town: New legislation to save parents time and money

WYOMING, Mich.—New legislation is now in place to save families time and money when it comes to paternity cases and child support payments.

Governor Snyder recently signed a set of 13 bills that streamlines the state system.  Legislation sponsors included Tom Hooker, who represents Wyoming; Roger Victory, who represents Coopersville, Georgetown Township and Polkton Township; Rick Outman, who represents Greenville; and Marcia Hovey-Wright, who represents Whitehall Township, Muskegon and Muskegon Heights.  The reforms include:

Establishing that a positive genetic test is a conclusive method of determining paternity, if certain conditions are met and without requiring a court determination (House Bill 5463, sponsored by Denby and HB 5464 sponsored by Hooker);

Family Night at the KROC on Friday

Family Night at the KROC on Friday

WYOMING, Mich.-- The Salvation Army KROC Center welcomes community families for an evening of fun at this Family Night on Friday, Dec. 19.

From 6 p.m. through 8:30 p.m., families can enjoy activities, along with games and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is located at 2500 S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids. Admission: Adults - $7.50; Childre 11 years and under - $5; members – free. Visit www.grkroccenter.org for details.

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'blue goose'

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'blue goose'

WYOMING, Mich.-- While many people will be stuffing turkeys and chickens this Christmas, Michigan State Police are getting ready to stuff a blue goose, with the community's help.

The blue goose is actually a Michigan State Police patrol car, and the stuffing isn't made of bread.  Troopers are collecting new toys, clothing and non-perishable foods to fill the vehicle.  The donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution to Kent County and Ottawa County families in need.

Two patrol cars will be parked at the Wal-Mart stores in Grand Haven and Wyoming on Dec. 14.  Troopers will be collecting donations from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'Blue Goose'

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'Blue Goose'

WYOMING, Mich.-- While many people will be stuffing turkeys and chickens this Christmas, Michigan State Police are getting ready to stuff a blue goose, with the community's help.

The blue goose is actually a Michigan State Police patrol car, and the stuffing isn't made of bread.  Troopers are collecting new toys, clothing and non-perishable foods to fill the vehicle.  The donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution to Kent County and Ottawa County families in need.

Two patrol cars will be parked at the Wal-Mart stores in Grand Haven and Wyoming on Dec. 14.  Troopers will be collecting donations from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.