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My Town: Wyoming CEO among finalists for Ernst and Young award

My Town: Wyoming CEO among finalists for Ernst and Young award

WYOMING, Mich.—The CEO of Grand Rapids Plastics, based in Wyoming is  a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Arthur J. Bott Sr. was selected from a group of more than 50 nominations.  The judges’ based their decisions on each finalist’s innovation success, financial performance and personal commitment to business and communities.

The award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 5 at the MGM Grand Detroit.  This is the 28th year for the award program, which now includes more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries worldwide.

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

My Town: Kent Career Tech Center names first National Tech Honor Society members

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A dozen students from Kent Career Tech Center are now members of the National Technical Honor Society.

The students were inducted into the Tech Center’s inaugural NTHS class for demonstrating outstanding skills in their program and overall academic achievement.  The NTHS is similar to the National Honor Society, but with tougher requirements, including involvement in a career or technical education program, a 3.5 or higher GPA and community service hours.

My Town Wyoming: Wyoming Concerts in the Park lineup unveiled

My Town Wyoming: Wyoming Concerts in the Park lineup unveiled

WYOMING, Mich.—Although there is snow on the ground, the Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission is already set for a summertime tradition.

The Wyoming Concerts in the Park series will return to Lamar Park June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  The series kicks off with a special Kids Night concert featuring “Zumbatomic” followed by the Grand Rapids First Church Youth Choir.  Kid-friendly activities are also scheduled.

The rest of this year’s lineup is as follows:

Wyoming Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Services now available

Wyoming Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Services now available

The Wyoming Parks & Recreation Department have a few newsworthy items that should be of interest to many. They want residents to be made aware of the following:

PARK RESERVATIONS for 2014: Pinery Park reservations are now being accepted for your family reunions, showers, graduation parties, etc. These are available from May 1st through September 30th. Please call 616-530-3164 or go to: www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/reservations%20info.asp for more information

CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS: These inspections will take place on Thursday, May 8th at Wyoming Fire Station #1, located at 1500 Burton St. SW from 5 - 8pm. Pre-register by calling Safe Kids of Greater Grand Rapids at 616-391-7233 x2.

YARD WASTE EXTENDED HOURS: The yard waste site is open Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 7:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am - 5pm through December 31st.

Free Tax Help Available

Free Tax Help Available

IRS-certified student volunteers from Davenport College are offering free tax preparation for anyone with an income of  below $52,00.00. Volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes for people on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 1pm.

The program is free and sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. For additional information or for an appointment, called 616-871-6147 or visit:  taxhelp@davenport.edu.

 

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is rebuilding its K-9 Unit, with the help of donations collected by the Wyoming Animal Hospital.

Last year, the hospital, which is the sole health care provider for the city’s police canines, held a canine demonstration and 5k walk featuring the Wyoming Police K-9 Unit.  The events raised more than $6,300, which Wyoming Animal Hospital donated back to the K-9 Unit.

Shortly after the events, the police department  lost an officer and two canine partners to retirement.  The search for a new handler and two dogs took the department to Vigilant Canine Services International, where they found Azar.  The department was able to pay for Azar using the money raised by Wyoming Animal Hospital. 

The Wyoming Animal Hospital plans to make the Wyoming 5-0 5k walk an annual event.  Plans are already underway for this year’s event.

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A former meat shop in Hudsonville has gone to the dogs.

Tolman’s Wholesale Meats recently moved from 6363 56th Avenue to a larger facility, to accommodate growing demand. Realtor Olga Hallstedt says the building’s specialized washable walls appealed to retiring Wyoming Police Officer Randy Adams, who was looking to open a daycare, boarding and training facility for dogs. Adams, who handled and trained police service dogs for more than 20 years, bought the building in January 2014 to expand his dog training business, Adams K-9, which started in his garage in 2009. He says work is still underway to transform the facility into a business that will serve up to 18 dogs a day.  Adams hopes to celebrate the business' grand opening by the end of April or early May. 

Adams retired with his police K-9 companion, Mojy in November.