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My Town GR South: Wintertime attraction returns to Wilcox Park

My Town GR South: Wintertime attraction returns to Wilcox Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A wintertime attraction in Grand Rapids proved so popular last year, it may return this season.

The Wilcox Park ice rink is expected to welcome its first skaters of the season in January.  Last year, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Aquinas College hockey players and community volunteers constructed three outdoor ice rinks at Wilcox, Cherry and Richmond parks to encourage people to visit these public spaces during the normally quiet winter season.

The Eastown Community Association needs volunteers to help maintain the ice rink at Wilcox Park. Ideally, at least a dozen people would help build the rink, and eight people would maintain the ice throughout the season.  If you would like to help, e-mail Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org.

RELATED STORY: Ice rinks popping up around Grand Rapids

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The All New “Retro” Shasta Airflyte Arrives at TerryTown RV Superstore

The introduction of an ordinary new travel trailer model, while a big deal to RV enthusiasts, usually wouldn’t be considered newsworthy. But then, the 2015 Shasta Airflyte “Reissue” is no ordinary new travel trailer. The Airflyte is a brand-new faithful reproduction of Shasta’s 1961 design, from the birch-paneled interior with lantern-style LED light fixture to the distinctive canned-ham exterior profile right down to the wide whitewall tires. TerryTown RV Superstore, located on Division Avenue south of 68th Street, is proud to announce the arrival of the first models and welcomes customers to travel back in time as they travel the country.

Visitors to TerryTown’s showroom can’t walk by the Airflyte without poking their heads in the door. The trailer has been the subject of considerable Facebook buzz.

2014 Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals on October 5

2014 Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals on October 5

Rain or shine the community is invited to lace up their athletic shoes on Sunday, October 5 to join in this 2.9 mile Farm Animal Walk taking place the 6th Street Bridge Park located at 627 Monroe Avenue NW.

Check in time is scheduled for 1:00pm. There is a yoga stretch at 1:30pm provided by Michele Fife and the walk takes place from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Dogs are welcome at this event.

“Free parking is available south of the 6th Street Bridge on the west side of Monroe Avenue near the park.”

Visit www.walkforfarmanimals.org  for more information.

2014 AQ Run Thru: 5K Run & Two Mile Walk on September 27

2014 AQ Run Thru: 5K Run & Two Mile Walk on September 27

As part of the Aquinas College Homecoming, walkers & runners are invited to take part in this 2014 AQ Run Thru to benefit Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports.

This 6th Annual fun run course is a scenic route through Aquinas College, highlighting many new additions to the campus & the natural trails.

Aquinas College is located at 1607 Robinson Road SE in GR. Registration takes place at Lower St. Joe’s Parking Lot on Saturday, September 27 from 8:00-8:45am and the run starts at 9:00am.

Visit www.aquinas.edu/health/aqrun.html for more information & to download the Registration Form.

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.

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: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

My Town: Local Little League team to play for state title Wednesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Western Little League Minors are following in the footsteps of the league's senior baseball team, with a run for the Little League State Championship title.

The 9/10 division beat South Portage Tuesday night in the state semi-final game, 11-4.  Western remains undefeated in the state tournament (5-0) with an overall record of 12-1.  Western will take on Essexville-Hampton for the state title  at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Southern Little League’s East Field, located at 2525 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

The 9/10 year old division of the Little League State Tournament began Friday, July 25 with 16 teams.  Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening, who is a former Southern Little League player, helped kick off the competition.