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My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

My Town: Public hearing Jan. 15 for Menards' proposed expansion

My Town: Public hearing Jan. 15 for Menards' proposed expansion

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A public hearing about  Menards' plans to expand in Alpine Township will take place this Thursday.

The retailer wants to build a 40,000 square foot warehouse and lumber yard at 4235 Alpine Ave., near its current store.  The expansion would be within the same complex as the future Tim Horton’s restaurant and drive through and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Developers hope to begin construction on both of those businesses in spring 2015.

Community members may comment on the proposal during the planning commission’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

My Town: Menards looks to expand in Alpine Township

My Town: Menards looks to expand in Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Community members are invited to weigh in on Menards' plans to expand.

The retailer wants to build a 40,000 square foot warehouse and lumber yard at 4235 Alpine Ave., near its current store.  The expansion would be within the same complex as the future Tim Horton’s restaurant and drive through and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Developers hope to begin construction on both of those businesses in spring 2015.

A public hearing on Menards' proposed expansion will take place Thursday, Jan. 15 during the planning commission’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”

 

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The eat local movement is getting a federal boost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Local First a two-year $94,000 grant for Community Supported Agriculture.  Local First is teaming up with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their CSA programs. With CSAs, community members purchase a share of a local farm, which then divides its harvest among investors.  The CSA form of farming provides stability for farmers and allows investors to enjoy seasonable, locally grown produce. The program provides the health, relational and economic benefits that come with eating local.

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: