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New Hudsonville teacher prepares for the school year

HUDSONVILLE, Michigan (WZZM) - We've reported on the challenges of educators looking for a job in West Michigan.

But, Hudsonville Schools had a number of openings thanks to retirement and increased enrollment.

More than 500 students will soon head back to school at Georgetown Elementary. Among those greeting them back is Toby Jurewicz. "I'm really excited to get started on things," he says. Jurewicz is one of 23 teachers who was able to land a job this school year. "Hudsonville, in particular, is lucky. Not only are they not laying off teachers, but they're hiring teachers. It's one of the few that I know of so I count myself lucky for being able to teach in a district like that," he says.

It's a district he's familiar with. That's because he's a 2001 Hudsonville graduate.

Whitecaps magic number trimmed to two

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - Despite four-hit nights from both Wade Gaynor and Michael Rockett, the West Michigan Whitecaps' five-game winning streak was snapped during a 13-7 loss to the Great Lakes Loons in front of a crowd of 6,393 at Tuesday night's regular season home finale at Fifth Third Ballpark.

West Michigan (34-30, 60-73) saw their magic number reduced to two thanks to Lansing's loss to Dayton, meaning that the Whitecaps can clinch a playoff berth with a win in any of the three games during their upcoming series with the Lugnuts.

The 'Caps finished their final homestand with a 5-2 record but fell just short of a four-game sweep against Great Lakes (42-22, 85-48). Every batter in the Loons lineup registered a multi-hit game, led by a 4-for-5 night with three RBI from Brian Ruggiano.

Whitecaps move closer to clinching a playoff berth

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The West Michigan Whitecaps continued their stampede towards the postseason with a 10-3 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Monday, reducing their magic number to three with a fifth consecutive win at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The West Michigan (34-29, 60-72) victory combined with other action around the Midwest League to officially eliminate Bowling Green and South Bend from playoff contention while giving the 'Caps a five-game lead over the Lansing Lugnuts with seven games remaining in the race for the Eastern Division's final playoff berth. The Whitecaps have led all 27 innings of the current series with Great Lakes (41-22, 84-48), outscoring the Loons 28-9 in the process.

Playground at York Creek is now open!

Kids were anxious to play on the new playground that opened up today at York Creek Apartments.

The youngsters had to wait all weekend for the cement to dry. Many kids and parents stopped by in the afternoon and evening to get a good taste of the new play equipment.

The tire swing was one of the most requested items.

So much fun for the kids, so rewarding for the builders.

Mill Creek Middle School - Homework Hotline

From: http://www.cppschools.com

Parents and students may call 254-5997 to hear a message regarding a team’s homework for that day. We suggest calling the Homework Hotline to check the student’s accuracy in recording assignments in the Student Planner. The prompt will ask you to push a number assigned to a specific team (see below).  
Push 1 for the 6th grade 3 person team
Push 2 for the 6th grade 4 person team
Push 3 for the 7th grade team
Push 4 for the 8th grade team

The caller cannot leave messages. If you would like to talk to a staff member, please call the office at 254-5100 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 2:30 PM. The caller cannot leave messages. If you would like to talk to a staff member, please call the office at 254-5100 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 2:35 PM.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society Fall Open House

The Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society will be holding their Fall Open House September, 18th from 11am to 4pm. There you'll be able to watch model trains run on over 1,100 feet of track designed to represent the Pere Marquette Railroad, circa 1945, as it existed between Grand Rapids and Bay View, Michigan. The event is free but donations are welcomed.