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Blackhawks' Heintzelman brings Stanley Cup to West Michigan

SHELBYVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A member of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated a championship with hockey's holy grail in West Michigan.

Wyoming native, Jim Heintzelman, the equipment assistant for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, hosted a party with friends and family on Gun Lake with the oldest trophy in North American professional sports.

Heintzelman, who spent nine years with the Grand Rapids Griffins, helped the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years last June.  It was his first year working in the NHL after spending his entire career in the minors with the Griffins and the Blackhawks' minor league squad, the Rockford Ice Hogs.

"I honestly never thought I would get here," Heintzelman said.  "To have it happen (winning the Cup) in my rookie year, makes it that much more sweeter."

It's a tradition that each member of the Stanley Cup winning team spends a day with the trophy during the summer.

New McDonald's brings 66 new jobs to area

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Michigan's newest McDonald's officially opened for business in Wyoming today with a ribbon cutting featuring local dignitaries and a check presentation to Byron Center and Grandville school districts. the restaurant is owned by Wiseman LLC, which with the 66 new jobs at the Wyoming location, now employs more than 280 people in metro Grand Rapids.

The new restaurant, which features McDonald's new contemporary look, is expected to help bolster the area's growing business community near M-6 and Metro Health hospital.

Grant brings new technology to Wyoming students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- For many school districts, budgets for textbooks have been replaced by the need to fund technology in the classrooms. Everyday, every sixth grader at Lee Middle School in Wyoming will get to work on new notebooks that aren't the paper kind.

"When kids come to school, they don't want to feel like they're visiting a 1980's museum," says Superintendent David Britten.

Thanks to a statewide grant, students are able to keep up with learning online.  But sacrifices had to be made in the district  Britten explains, "We've made cutbacks. We've trimmed our administration, eliminated our entire curriculum department.... we've moved those funds over."

The program being used is called Rebelnet.  Last week, teachers spent time learning what their students would.  It's a transition that for some can be challenging.

Repaving, sidewalks & pedestrian bridge part of Grand Rapids 28th Street improvements

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The construction cones and lane closures are gone from one of the busiest stretches of road in Kent County.

The Michigan Department of Transportation Tuesday celebrated the completion of its 28th Street (M-11) project.

The $3.2 million investment included resurfacing the road from Kalamazoo Ave. to S. Division Ave., and adding four miles of sidewalk and a pedestrian bridge over Plaster Creek.  Crews also upgraded traffic signals in the stretch of 28th St.

Federal stimulus money paid for the improvements.

Wyoming home damaged by fire

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- The owners of a Wyoming home damaged by fire believe strong winds played a role in the fire.

It happened in the 4900 block of Buchanan Street SW just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

A neighbor spotted smoke coming from the home and called 911. Firefighters had the fire knocked down within a half hour.

No one was home at the time. The owners say their basement was burnt out, and other parts of the home were damaged by smoke.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

Back to School: Upstart Anchorpoint Christian School opening on next week

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- An old Wyoming school is reopening under a new name and new leadership this week.

In December of last year, the parents of nearly 130 students enrolled in Calvin Christian Schools found out the district would be shutting down. In February, parents responded and came up with plans to open a new Christian school in Wyoming. Anchorpoint Christian School will serve more than 70 students.

"We shouldn't be here," said school board committee chair Rick Tolar. "You shouldnt be able to start a brand new Christian school, or any school for that matter in 9 months or less."

But Tolar says because of planning and community support, that's exactly what happened. Tolar says the school has more students than they planned on serving, with more money than they planned on having.

Wyoming Park 7, South Christian 14

Travis Gregg's one-yard touchdown run helped South Christian to a 14-7 win over Wyoming Park Friday night at Waddell Field.

The Sailors (1-1) trailed 7-0 at the half before rebounding with a pair of third quarter touchdowns.  South tied the score on a 21-yard pass from Hayden Youngs to Brandon Haan.

Wyoming Park's Lonnie Field opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  The Vikings are now 0-2 to start the year.