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My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new gymnastics center for children in Wyoming.

The Vance family and staff members celebrated the groundbreaking of For The Kidz Gymnastics’ new facility on May 27.  The $1.5 million center will include 28,000 square feet of space-- roughly double the size of the current facility at 5690 Burlingame Ave. SW, which Alisa Vance opened in 2005.

“We’ve grown to capacity at our current location and the new center will allow us to expand our gymnastic equipment and the number of classes we can offer,” said Vance, who graduated from Cornerstone University with degrees in physical education and early childhood education.

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town Wyoming: Family prepares to move into new Habitat home

My Town Wyoming: Family prepares to move into new Habitat home

WYOMING, Mich.—A West Michigan family is getting ready to move into their new home, thanks to some sweat equity and a team of Habitat for Humanity women volunteers.

The home at 1046 Rathbone Ave. SW is part of the Habitat Women Build program.  Habitat for Humanity of Kent County joined the new homeowner and her family last Tuesday to dedicate the new living space. 

The home is part of Habitat Kent’s Building Blocks Campaign to revitalize West Side neighborhoods.  At least two other homes on Rathbone are also part of the program.  The newest home under construction should be finished by August.

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive say while donation numbers are down this year, the results are better than they first thought.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says the Northwest, East Paris and Northeast communities dominated in this year's drive.  The final donation numbers from the May 10 event are: