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My Town: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank celebrates record-setting year

My Town: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank celebrates record-setting year
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— With only a few weeks left in what will be its second record-setting year in a row, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is asking the community to remember families in need this holiday season.

 

 
“It’s painful to think that our neighbors are dealing with hunger issues at this time of year,” said CEO Ken Estelle. “We’re asking people to think about how they can get involved and make sure everyone is provided for.”
 

 

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps win top industry awards

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps win top industry awards

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— The season is over, but the West Michigan Whitecaps still have three reasons to celebrate.

The Whitecaps were recently honored by Baseball America with the 2014 Bob Freitas Award, which is given to minor league clubs with the best overall operations for at least five years. The winners are selected based on recommendations by Minor League Baseball staff, including President Pat O'Conner, league presidents and long-standing baseball writers. The Whitecaps earned the same award in 1998, making them the second Class A team to win twice since the award’s inception in 1989.

My Town: Whitecaps manager stays, two former players join coaching staff

My Town: Whitecaps manager stays, two former players join coaching staff

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COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The Detroit Tigers Tuesday announced that Andrew Graham will return to the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2015 for a second season as the team’s manager.

The Tigers also announced that Mark Johnson will be returning to the Whitecaps as pitching coach and Phil Clark will join the organization as Whitecaps hitting coach for the 2015 season.

Graham successfully balanced his primary task of player development with his desire to win in his first season as Whitecaps manager, guiding the 2014 team to an 82-58 record, the most successful team on the field since 2007. He led the team to the Midwest League Eastern Division first-half championship and a berth in the league playoffs for the first time since 2010.

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

CASCADE, Mich.—If you’re looking to give more than gifts to loved ones this holiday season, several businesses are accepting cash and canned food donations for families in need.

The food and funds will be shipped to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. 

  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 19: Goldfish Swim School, 2845 Thornhills Avenue, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 22: KoKo FitClub 2845 Thornhills Ave. SE, Cascade, MI 49546
  • Dec. 1- Dec. 31: Hampton Inn and SpringHill Suites (5200 28th Street SE and 5250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512)

For a list of most-needed food items, visit Feeding America West Michigan’s website.

My Town: Comstock Park author helps readers maintain Christian values at work

My Town: Comstock Park author helps readers maintain Christian values at work

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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Author Dave Kahle announces the nationwide release of his new book, “The Heart of a Christian Sales Person,” where he helps readers maintain their Christian values at work.

Being a Christian sales person is tricky. That’s what Kahle thought as he entered his first professional sales position. In retrospect, his life as a Christian sales person was confusing, gut-wrenchingly difficult, frustrating and wonderfully rewarding. He dealt with questions that readers may also face.

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows: