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My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17


Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

Two seriously hurt in Alpine Twp. crash

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash, just west of Comstock Park.

It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday near the corner of 6 Mile Road and Baumhoff Avenue NW.

Deputies say a 22-year-old driver from Walker was headed south in a Pontiac Grand Am with two passengers. The driver did not yield to Chevy Tahoe, driven by a 53-year-old from Comstock Park.

The two vehicles collided and two people had to be pulled from the Grand Am, including the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt and suffered multiple skull fractures.

Police have not yet released the names of those involved.

Kent Co. deputy involved in minor crash

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. ( WZZM) -- A Kent County Sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries in a weekend crash at an apartment complex. The crash happened around 9 p.m Saturday.

The deputy was patrolling York Creek Apartments, heading south on Alpenhorn Drive, when a car traveling east failed to yield to the patrol car.

The deputy and the driver sustained very minor injuries.

There were not tickets given out. The accident is under investigation.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward


Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

Missing Kent County woman hasn't been seen since Friday

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are looking for a missing West Michigan woman who has not been seen or in contact with her family recently.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says Teresa Lynn Curry, a 44-year-old Comstock Park woman, was last seen the morning of Friday, February 27 at the Speedway gas station at 4100 West River Drive, using the ATM.

Curry's family members say they're concerned for her well-being and that it's out of character for her not to be in touch with them.

She's described as white, 5'2", 120 lbs., with short brown hair. She's also hearing impaired and wears hearing aids in both ears. She was last seen wearing a pink coat, jeans or khaki pants, a black knit hat, and blue tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about where Teresa Lynn Curry might be should call the sheriff's department at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125


Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.