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My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town Alpine Township: Plans for two new businesses clear hurdle

My Town Alpine Township: Plans for two new businesses clear hurdle

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plans for two new businesses in Alpine Township are moving forward.

Thursday night, planning commissioners approved the site plans for a Tim Horton’s restaurant and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Both businesses would be located in a complex at 4235 Alpine Ave. 

Township officials say developers must still finalize their road and utilities plan for the site with the township board, which they hope to do next month.  Developers hope to begin construction on the new businesses in Spring 2015. 

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My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.

Raise Your Forks for hunger relief this holiday season


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- This week, EatGR and FoodCircles are launching the Raise Your Forks!campaign that hopes to raise about $7,500 before the end of the year.

The effort supports Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and its mission to provide food to all who need it in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Raise Your Forks! uses the FoodCircles app to connect food lovers to meal deals in West Michigan. Based on a pay-what-you-want model, diners select a dish, name their price, and 100 percent of their payment will be passed on to Feeding America West Michigan.

My Town Comstock Park: Casino filling plates for the holidays

My Town Comstock Park: Casino filling plates for the holidays

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Hundreds of families will have turkey on the table this Thanksgiving, thanks to a local casino.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is donating 1,000 birds to area food banks.  That’s 200 more turkeys than when the Battle Creek casino began its annual donation in 2010.

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the local food banks for the fifth consecutive year,” stated R. Bruce McKee, CEO of FireKeepers Casino Hotel.  “The food banks continue to put forth a tremendous effort year-round providing meals to those in need, and this extra assistance from FireKeepers during the holiday season will benefit many families in these communities.”

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.