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My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: Volunteers remove dozens of bags of debris from Buck Creek

My Town: Volunteers remove dozens of bags of debris from Buck Creek

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—  A threatened cold water trout stream is much cleaner, thanks to two teams of volunteers in Grandville and Wyoming.

On Aug. 12, volunteers pulled on waders to help clean up Buck Creek.  The morning cleanup effort was organized by Peter Miller with Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.  Volunteers filled approximately 25 bags with trash that had built up along the creek's banks.   The debris included basketballs, sandals, three or four vehicle tires, the spindle of an old washing machine and countless empty alcohol bottles.  

A second cleanup scheduled for that evening had to be cancelled because of inclement weather.  Miller says he'll likely try to reschedule the event in the near future.

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids area Tim Hortons are serving up some sweet smiles for a good cause.

Now through Aug. 17, participating Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shops will be selling Smile Cookies to benefit Special Olympics Michigan’s Young Athletes program.  The cookie is chocolate chunk with a smiley face draw on it in pink and blue frosting.  Each treat is $1 and available while supplies last.

The Young Athletes Program introduces children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities to sports, fostering their physical, cognitive and social development.

This is the second year for the Smile Cookie program in Grand Rapids; last year, participating businesses collected more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Michigan in just 10 days.

My Town: Volunteers clean up Buck Creek Aug. 12

My Town: Volunteers clean up Buck Creek Aug. 12

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—A team of volunteers will pull on waders Tuesday night to help clean up Buck Creek in Grandville and Wyoming.

The cleanup effort is being organized by Pete Miller with Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited. Volunteers will be removing garbage and debris that’s built up along the banks.  Conservationists say the work is important, as Buck Creek is a threatened cold water trout stream.

A group of volunteers began clearing the creek early Tuesday morning.  A second team of volunteers will meet at Lemery Park off Byron Center Avenue north of 44th Street at 5 p.m.  Each volunteer shift is three hours.

For additional information, contact Miller at (517) 420-4003.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town Wyoming: Baseball and softball training center opens next week

My Town Wyoming: Baseball and softball training center opens next week

WYOMING, Mich.—Just in time for summer- there’s a new place to play ball in Wyoming without facing the elements.

The new Elite Baseball and Softball Training Center is located at 5920 Clyde Park Ave. Its owners will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration next Wednesday, July 16.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.”