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Proposal for Alpine Avenue Tim Hortons renewed

Proposal for Alpine Avenue Tim Hortons renewed

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— When it comes to bringing Tim Hortons to Alpine Avenue, the third time may be the charm.

A proposal for a Tim Hortons along the busy corridor is being renewed by a different developer. Visser Development, Inc. will present its preliminary plan to the Alpine Township Planning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 20.  Visser Development President Bill Mast says his company wants to work with the township and a local franchisee to transform the empty union hall at 4235 Alpine Ave. NW into a Tim Hortons restaurant, complete with a drive-through.

Restaurant closes after less than a year in business

Restaurant closes after less than a year in business

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Alpine Township officials are stumped as to why a new restaurant in Alpine Avenue shut its doors for good.

Leasing information has already been posted over the sign for Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet, located at 3725 Alpine Ave. NW.  Robert Devereaux, code enforcement officer for Alpine Township, says he was called to the business in November 2013 to check the utilities because of freezing temperatures.  During his inspection, he noticed the restaurant was closed.

The owners of Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet took out permits to remodel the space in July 2012.  Devereaux says the final building inspection happened in January 2013, and the restaurant held its grand opening shortly thereafter.  Devereaux suspects the restaurant closed about nine months later, but no one contacted the township.

Kellogg's sends truckloads of PopTarts to food bank

Kellogg's sends truckloads of PopTarts to food bank

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-  Thousands of PopTarts that would normally be wasted are now finding their way into the cupboards of struggling families.

Up until last year, Kellogg’s was producing thousands of extra PopTarts each week that did not meet weight standards, so the company had nowhere to send them.  That’s when the breakfast food manufacturer teamed up with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, coming up with a food rescue program so that all the extra boxes of PopTarts could be sent to the food bank. Now, Feeding America West Michigan accepts a truckload of PopTarts each week. 

Kellogg’s plans to expand the food rescue to other facilities in West Michigan, and may consider making it a global program.

Feeding America West Michigan celebrates record year

Feeding America West Michigan celebrates record year

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—   Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is celebrating a record year of filling stomachs.

The organization says 2013 was its biggest year for distribution, with 20 million meals provided to people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says it sent out 25.6 million pounds of groceries and household goods.  That’s more than 9 percent over 2012 and the most in the organization’s 33-year history.

 But CEO Ken Estelle says all signs point to an increase in demand in the coming months, as families struggle with limited employment and a decrease in public assistance.

 “Although the job market is picking up, they’re not the kind of jobs people can live on,” Estelle said.

Lake-to-Lake Food Drive feeds thousands of families

Lake-to-Lake Food Drive feeds thousands of families

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Thousands of families have food to eat, thanks Lake Trust Credit Union’s Lake-to-Lake Food Drive.

The business says more than 24,000 pounds of food were donated during the second annual drive, which ended last month.  Feeding America West Michigan received a portion of the donations.  Altogether, the food is expected to provide 20,000 meals for families in need.

The Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicked off with a 400 turkey donation from FireKeepers Casino Hotel.

 “Team Lake Trust couldn’t be more pleased than to be able to make this difference for so many Michigan families,” said David Snodgrass, Lake Trust Credit Union President and CEO. “We can’t thank our members, communities and partners enough.

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.