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Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Kentwood Parks & Recreation Fall Classes are about to get underway beginning November 1, 2013. This is a listing of the classes:

Fridays, November 1st thru December 13th: (Skip 11/29) from 6-7pm, Dog Obedience classes will be held. This class is for dogs 5 months and older who have never had formal obedience training or as a refresher course for others. The cost is $60.00.

Mondays, November 4th through the 18th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ballroom Dance will be taught to beginner couples and those who may need a tune-up. Cost: $99.00 per couple.

Mondays, November 4th through December 9th, from 7-8:30pm, Introduction to Pottery will be taught with a variety of techniques working with clay in this fun, hands-on class.

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Wyoming Police honor citizens who stopped crimes

Wyoming Police honor citizens who stopped crimes

WYOMING, Mich.--  Six people who saved lives and made the community a better place were honored by the Wyoming Police Department this week.

The police department presented its Citizen Awards June 26.

“These awards are to acknowledge those who step forward – at great risk to themselves sometimes – to do the right thing to help their fellow citizens,” said Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody.  

This year’s recipients included Luis Alberto Araujo and Luis Arturo Araujo, who stopped a person assaulting a neighborhood child last June; Juan Cisneros who recovered a woman’s purse from a thief last February; Gary Pykerman, who rescued a drunken man from a grass fire last July; and Barbara DeCan and Leonardo Guiliano, who created a neighborhood association for Oriole Park.

Award recipients are picked by a committee of five Wyoming Police Department employees. For more information, call (616) 530-7272.

Want your own day? Just become Michigan Clerk of the Year like Heidi Isakson

Want your own day?  Just become Michigan Clerk of the Year like Heidi Isakson

WYOMING, Mich.—Wyoming is home to Michigan’s Clerk of the Year.

The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks awarded the honor to Heidi A. Isakson.   In recognition of the honor, Mayor Jack A. Poll declared June 20 “City Clerk Heidi Isakson Day” in the City of Wyoming.

“Heidi is an outstanding clerk,” said Wyoming Mayor Jack A. Poll. “She goes above and beyond in customer service for the residents of Wyoming, runs the Clerk’s office with professionalism and keeps City Council meetings on track and running smoothly with her deep knowledge of city operations and protocol. We are proud of and grateful for her dedication to the city of Wyoming.”

Isakson took over as city clerk in 2001.

San Juan Diego Academy names new principal

San Juan Diego Academy names new principal

WYOMING, Mich.—San Juan Diego Academy is getting a new principal.

Dr. Manuel J. Brenes will take over the post July 1.   Brenes most recently served as the director of the bilingual and world languages program for Kalamazoo Public Schools.