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Retiree Profiles – 2010-2011 Grand Rapids Christian Schools

From: http://www.grcs.org

We are pleased to recognize newly retired teachers for their years of exceptional service to Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Thank you for bringing faith and learning to life at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. We have been blessed by your work and dedication.

  • Lois Brink– GRCS Director of Curriculum
  • Randy Commeret – Science teacher at GRCHS
  • Dirk Pegman – Counselor at GRCHS
  • Barb Piersma – Business teacher at GRCHS
  • Tim Quist – Teacher at GRCES – Evergreen campus
  • Joyce Slotsema - History and Math teacher at GRCMS
  • Norlyn Wolterink – Latin teacher at GRCHS

ArtPrize host help & hospitality for artists reception is Wednesday

ArtPrize host help & hospitality for artists reception is Wednesday

News Release:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – ArtPrize is looking for a few good Grand Rapidians to volunteer to help artists during the 2011 event, which takes place Sept. 21 – Oct. 9. The organization will host Help & Hospitality for Artists on Wednesday, June 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the ByrneBoehm Gallery in Grand Rapids to help new volunteers sign up and connect with other, potential volunteers.
 
In 2010, ArtPrize had more than 1200 volunteers, nearly 100 were artist hosts. Without volunteers to serve as host families, ArtPrize would not be possible. It could not bring artists into the city or create the connections and conversations around art that are unique to the event. ArtPrize is hoping to augment this group of artist hosts by identifying ways that the local community can help support the artists, either through materials acquisition, preparation space or an extra set of hands.

Local music artist in competition to record song with Dallas Austin

Local music artist in competition to record song with Dallas Austin

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man is looking for his big break in the R&B music world, but he needs your help. Royce Tyrell is an aspiring music artist from Grand Rapids who is vying for a a chance to win $10,000 and have his original song produced by Hip Hop giant, Dallas Austin.

Tyrell wrote and recorded "Her Song" and entered it in the Metro Lyrics Be Heard online contest. He is one of 40 semi-finalists competing for the top prize.

Lee Meyerhoffer Promotes Local with Lo-kel

Lee Meyerhoffer Promotes Local with Lo-kel

By Lindsay Patton-Carson

Lee Meyerhoffer has had many homes in his 29 years. Born in Philadelphia, Penn., his father's career in the Navy had him moving from state to state. He's resided in Ohio, Nebraska, Minnesota, California, Texas, New York and even Iraq, where he served in the Marines.

"I spent a large portion of my life living in a really small town in Nebraska," he says. "At night, I'd always look at airplanes that would fly past and it was nice to see that life was going on somewhere else. I always wanted to leave, and to me, everything else was fantasy. Life was happening somewhere else and I feel like I was always chasing that."

It's Grand Rapids, Mich., however, where Meyerhoffer wants to stay. It's this modest-sized city that inspired Meyerhoffer to name his company Lo-Kel, which is the phonetic spelling for "local." The name is backed by his "local only" attitude toward art and business in the community.

Enter the Alger Heights neighborhood flower contest

Enter the Alger Heights neighborhood flower contest

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - June is here, and yards across the city are in full bloom. Is there a yard on your street that deserves some special recognition?

The Alger Heights Neighborhood Association is hosting a flower judging contest. To register, nominate the yard on the Alger Heights Facebook page and include the address. Judging is July 9, 2011.

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

We have some amazing summer reading programs for kids.  Sign up as early as possible so you can make the most of them.  Not all of the details have been announced, so check back for updates!

Economic growth requires more than bright ideas and risk taking, by Carl Erickson

Economic growth requires more than bright ideas and risk taking, by Carl Erickson

Carl Erickson is the President of Atomic Object and SoftwareGR. He's recently started blogging about building and running software product development firms at Great Not Big.

West Michigan is missing critical ingredients common in more entrepreneurial communities -- or at least so I keep hearing. According to this line of thinking, our major shortcomings are a lack of ideas, intolerance of failure and an unwillingness to take risks. If there were more ideas, if it were more socially acceptable to fail, or if people were more willing to risk success than to avoid failure, we'd have a more diverse and vibrant regional economy.