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Memorial Day 2014 in Alpine Township

Family members and friends of veterans laid to rest in Alpine Township cemeteries met at Pine Grove Cemetery  this Memorial Day to pay homage to there heroes. The brief ceremony included the reading of  the names of all veterans buried in Pine Grove, Holy Trinity, Englishville and Alpine Center Cemeteries.  Participating in the ceremony were members of the Alpine Township Board and the Fire Chief. Special thanks go to the honor guard of American Legion Post 258 and members of the Michigan Council of Boy Scouts Troop 223.

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Visitors to seven area Culver’s restaurants  today can join the effort to bring veterans to their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Participating Culver's restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales on Tuesday, May 20 to the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive say while donation numbers are down this year, the results are better than they first thought.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says the Northwest, East Paris and Northeast communities dominated in this year's drive.  The final donation numbers from the May 10 event are: 

My Town: Consumers Energy donates energy-efficient bulbs to food pantries

My Town: Consumers Energy donates energy-efficient bulbs to food pantries

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Consumers Energy is shedding a light on savings by donating energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs to thousands of struggling families in West Michigan.

The utility company is donating 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to food banks for distribution. Feeding America West Michigan of Comstock Park will distribute 40,000 of the Energy Star-qualified bulbs this month.  Another 2,500 will be distributed through the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek during the week of May 26.

My Town: Lack of sponsor hurts Stamp Out Hunger campaign

My Town: Lack of sponsor hurts Stamp Out Hunger campaign

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive believe the lack of a regional sponsor hurt the outcome of this year's drive.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says letter carriers collected an estimated 70,000 pounds of food in the Grand Rapids area May 10.  That's less than half of what they collected the year prior, when a sponsor distributed paper bags printed with the Stamp Out Hunger information ahead of the drive. Traditionally, residents will fill those bags with non-perishable food items and place it by their mailbox the morning of the drive. Steiner says other communities also saw a decline in donations.

Steiner says this year's donations will provide nearly 55,000 meals for people living in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  He also says the weather cooperated during the drive; volunteers didn't lose a single food item to rain damage.

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Letter carriers across West Michigan will be picking up something extra during their mailbox visits this Saturday, May 10.

This is the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Families are encouraged to help by filling a paper bag with non-perishable food items and placing it by their mailbox Saturday morning.  Letter carriers will pick up the donations and transport them to participating post offices, where approximately 75 volunteers will sort and ship the donations to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s warehouse in Comstock Park, to feed other families in need.

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps looking for bands for Social Media Night

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps looking for bands for Social Media Night

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The West Michigan Whitecaps are once again turning to Facebook to help piece together  Social Media Night.

The team is looking for a local band to play at the post-game party on the Miller Lite House Deck.  The Whitecaps are asking fans to submit the name of their favorite local band on Facebook by Monday, May 12.  The team will chose the best ones and then put them up for a vote.

Earlier this year, the Whitecaps challenged fans to come up with a custom jersey for the team to wear during Social Media Night.  Submissions were made through Facebook and Twitter.  Social Media Night will take over Fifth Third Ballpark Thursday, May 29.