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Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Mel Trotter reopening renovated chapel

Mel Trotter reopening renovated chapel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Mel Trotter Ministries) – In partnership with over fifty churches in the Greater Grand Rapids area, Mel Trotter Ministries will celebrate the re-opening of its newly renovated Men’s Chapel on April 28.

The Men’s Chapel renovation began December 2012 and was re-opened March 2013.  With the new changes, the chapel has upgraded the lighting and sound systems to better equip its services.  The chapel has expanded its capacity to 250 people.  This room has been made more conducive to a multi-purpose use while still maintaining its primary intention of offering nightly Chapel services to emergency shelter men.  As with the Chapel before its renovations, it will be used to sleep overflow men from Mel Trotter’s Emergency Shelter.

Mel Trotter Ministries has renamed the Men’s Chapel the Bob and Betty Kregel Chapel.

Western Michigan University singer wins opera competition

Western Michigan University singer wins opera competition

GRAND RAPIDS (Opera Grand Rapids & WZZM 13) – A record number of students entered Opera Grand Rapids’ annual Collegiate Vocal Competition, but only nine though made it to the competition’s Final Round Concert on Sunday, April 14.

At the end of the parade of opera arias, Chelsea Helm, a soprano from Western Michigan University, took first place.   Andrea Fleming of Grand Valley State University claimed second place, and Hope College’s Jenna Buck took home third place.

Nearly 200 people turned out for the free final round concert at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center. Divided into two divisions, the annual competition provides an opportunity for regional vocal students to compete in a professional atmosphere, while gaining valuable feedback from the judges. This was the first year Western Michigan University was eligible for the regional competition.

Final round judges:

Living in Harmony fundraiser for Eastown April 16

Living in Harmony fundraiser for Eastown April 16

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Residents and business owners are invited to show their support for  Eastown by visiting Harmony Brewing Company Tuesday, April 16.

From 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Harmony Brewing will be donating 10% of  all food sales, as well as $1 for each beer sold  to the Eastown Community Association. Harmony Brewing is also creating a specialty cocktail in honor of the ECA; for each one sold, the brewery will donate $1.

Harmony Brewing Company is located at 1551 Lake Dr. SE in Eastown.  For more information about the Living in Harmony- Support Eastown fundraiser, call (616) 451-3025 or visit the Eastown Community Association's website.

Power outage closes library

The Kentwood Library is temporarily closed, due to a power outage. 

Consumers Energy is reporting 2,523 homes and businesses in  Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, Walker, Comstock Park and Kentwood are without power. It's unclear when power will be fully restored.

According to a tweet sent Wednesday morning, workers at the Kentwood library hope to reopen later this afternoon when the line is repaired.


Public meeting for Kent County road projects

Drivers may soon experience more traffic backups on a busy Kent County corridor.

The Grand Valley Metro Council wants to resurface Alpine Avenue NW, between Leonard Street and just beyond 4 Mile Road NW.  The construction proposals for 2014 to 2017 also include adding turn lanes, resconstructing and resurfacing portions of  4 mile Road  NW between Fruit Ridge Avenue NW and Alpine Avenue NW.  The Metro Council has already posted a ma