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KDL Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

KDL Holiday Closing — Memorial Day

All Kent District Library branches will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 29.

All KDL branches will be closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Sunday hours will resume on Sunday, September 9.

For additional 2012 holiday closing information, please view our holiday closings page.

We appreciate your patronage and wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

Summer Reading at KDL is Coming Soon!

Summer Reading at KDL is Coming Soon!

Summer Reading is just around the corner! Starting June 1, the whole family can sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL and have fun reading this summer! This year, the program runs from Friday, June 1 through Friday, August 31.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Memorial Day

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Memorial Day

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

Let me take this opportunity to remind everyone about the City of Wyoming Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Garden on Monday at 7 p.m.  Come and join many local veterans and community members as they honor those who served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice.  I also encourage you to spend a few minutes strolling down the “Walk of Honor,” where many in our community have chosen to recognize a loved one with a brick in their memory.  This event serves as a small honor in appreciation for all the men and women who have served our country.

Bank robbery suspect walks away with cash

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a man with a gun held up the Fifth Third Bank branch in Wyoming Thursday.

It happened around 1:55 p.m. Thursday at the Fifth Third Bank in the 1000 block of Chicago Dr. SW.

The man showed the gun to tellers, demanded money, then walked away from the bank.  No one was injured.

Police are releasing a preliminary description of the suspect: a black man, 6'0" - 6'2", and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

Wyoming investigators plan to release surveillance photos or videos after they've reviewed the images.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Wyoming Police at (616) 530-7300, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Grand Rapids Parade of Homes opens Friday

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The newest in home design will be available for all to see in the Grand Rapids area starting Friday, May 25th. The Grand Rapids Parade of Homes has 63 houses on tour this year, and eight conceptual houses to view online only.

You'll find homes ranging from $100,000 to $1 million in 17 communities.

"A lot of the new construction this year we've seen has been in the $200,000 and $300,000 on average," said Emily Siebert, Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids.

Siebert says most of the new development is in Byron Center, Ada and Cascade Township.

Sable Homes has a house in the parade in Wyoming listed for about $240,000.

Sable Homes President John Bitely says people are willing to spend more on the little things this year compared to last year.

Tax credits to help create 600 local jobs

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Up to 600 new jobs are coming to West Michigan.

Wednesday the state announced more than $2.5 million in tax credits for Amway, Center Manufacturing, and MedDirect. In turn, the companies are planning to invest $84 million into their expansions.

MedDirect plans to open a new facility in Grand Rapids, creating 300 jobs.

Amway will build a new plant at its Spaulding Avenue location to manufacture Nutrilite products. The expansion in Ada will create about 200 jobs. Construction will begin later this year. The plant will be up and running by late 2014.

Center Manufacturing is expanding its Byron Center headquarters, adding 100 jobs over the next three years.

Fencing's popularity pointing up in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Don't call it a comeback.  Fencing has been here for years.

Close to 3,000 years, actually.  But it's growing in popularity in now, thanks to the West Michigan Fencing Academy.

Head coach Mike Nemecek welcomes a full house to his academy, located on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, each week.

Kids, teenagers and adults are all suiting up with armour to enjoy a sport that's origin dates back to ancient Egypt.  

But why?

"Just the idea of wielding a sword," says Nemecek.  "When I first tried to get into it years ago, I wanted to do it because I wanted to sword fight."

Wielding a sword got him started, what got him to stay involved a whole lot more.

"You can have fun on the surface and stay there forever," Nemecek says. 

"The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know.  It's always like evolving so you have to learn new stuff."