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My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

WYOMING, Mich.—United Church Outreach Ministry is getting down and dirty to help fight hunger in West Michigan.

As part of their newest project, Growing Green Neighbors, ministry members teamed up with community members, Metro Health employees and other volunteers Tuesday to turn a patch of Wyoming’s Marquette Park into a thriving garden.

The food will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan, increasing the amount of healthy fresh vegetables available to pantry visitors.

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent District Library)-- On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kent District Library residents will vote on a 1.28 mills ballot proposal to provide funding for KDL for 10 years.

The 1.28 millage rate consists of a renewal of the 0.88 mills levy, which has been in place since 2000 and expires at the end of 2014, and an additional 0.4 mills. The Kent District Library property tax millage provides 90% of the funding for services offered at 18 branch locations and online, including all library materials, technology, staff and programs.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: York Creek Community Center offers free child mentorship program

My Town: York Creek Community Center offers free child mentorship program

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—School is out, but the learning is far from over at the York Creek Community Center.

York Creek Apartments kicked off its York Kids and York Teens summer mentoring program at the center this week.  The initiative offers free programming for children in the Comstock Park area.  Kids learn about a variety of topics, including health, nutrition, gardening and other life skills.  The program runs 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday  and is led by a variety of groups, including Wedgewood Christian Services, Comstock Park Public Schools and Kent District Library.

My Town: Feed company looking to expand in Alpine Township

My Town: Feed company looking to expand in Alpine Township

 ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A Wisconsin company is looking to expand in Alpine Township.

Quality Liquid Feeds wants to build a livestock feed manufacturing facility at 5715 Comstock Park Drive.  The family-owned company has been developing and manufacturing liquid feed supplements for animals for more than 30 years.  Quality Liquid Feeds claims to be the largest user of domestic cane molasses.

The township planning commission will review the company’s site plan on Thursday, June 19.  The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

My Town Comstock Park: Kent District Library looking for new librarian

My Town Comstock Park: Kent District Library looking for new librarian

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Kent District Library is looking for a part-time librarian to work in the Comstock Park branch’s youth section.

Eligible candidates must have a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution, a Library of Michigan Professional Certificate, as well as experience working with children and teenagers.  Pay would start at $19.82 an hour.  For additional information and a link to apply, visit the Kent District Library website here.

My Town Comstock Park: KDL hosts Whitecaps tickets giveaway

My Town Comstock Park: KDL hosts Whitecaps tickets giveaway

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Kent District Library is teaming up with the West Michigan Whitecaps to take you out to the ball game.

Now through June 14, library patrons who stop by their local branch can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Whitecaps game on June 30 at 12 p.m.  Library fans can increase their chances of winning by commenting on the Win Whitecaps Tickets blog post on the library website.  One commenter will be chosen at random to win a pair of tickets.

KDL cardholders who do not win can still cash in.  Those who show their library card at the box office can get a free reserved seat to the game when they purchase one ticket.