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Walker Charter Academy student's journey to Eagle Scout leads to a gaga pit

Walker Charter Academy student's journey to Eagle Scout leads to a gaga pit

WALKER, Mich., Nov. 20, 2013 A teenager's  journey to earn the Boy Scout’s highest honor of Eagle Scout, has led to the creation of a new outdoor activity for his classmates at Walker Charter Academy.

Jacob Pointe, 14,  is an eighth grade student at Walker; he has attended the school since he was in kindergarten. One of the requirements to earning the Eagle Scout rank is to plan, develop and give leadership to a service project. Jacob decided he wanted to sponsor the creation of a gaga pit at his school.

“I wanted the middle school students to have something besides regular sport to do at recess that still promoted physical activity,” said Pointe.

The game involves dodging, running and jumping as students stand inside an octagonal pit and try to strike each other below the knees with a gaga ball. The last one standing wins.

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

Plans for new community center move forward

Plans for new community center move forward

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A new church and community center facility is taking shape near York Creek apartments.

After holding a public hearing, the Alpine Township Planning Commission unanimously approved the site plan by Land & Company on October 17.  Land & Company operates many apartment communities within West Michigan, including York Creek.

The new church and community center will be located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr.  Worship services will be non-denominational and open to everyone.  It’s unclear when the facility will be complete.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

Auction September 28 to transform courthouse into museum

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Organizers are hoping for a bidding frenzy Saturday as the Rockford Area Historical Society holds a silent auction to help pay for the new Rockford Area Museum.

Bidding in the silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. at Rockford City Hall.  A live auction will kick off at 1 p.m. under a tent in the City Hall parking lot.  The entire event is expected to wrap up by 3 p.m. 

Million Meal March returns September 28

Million Meal March returns September 28

One in six people in Michigan often don’t know where their next meal is coming.

Help them by making plans to take part in the Million Meal March 10K Trail Hike Saturday, September 28 to benefit Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. 

The hike begins at 9:30 a.m. and  is bike and stroller friendly.  Participants will travel 6.5 miles from the food bank at 645 West River Center Dr. in Comstock Park to the Plainfield Township Office in Belmont and back along the White Pine Trail.

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

An important piece of the Affordable Care Act takes effect October 1, when Healthcare Marketplace enrollment opens for those who do not have health insurance, purchase their own health insurance policy, or are looking for another coverage option.

Priority Health and several Kent District Library branches are teaming up to help you navigate the changes, with a special informational seminar titled, “The Affordable Care Act and You.”  People under age 65 who are responsible for purchasing health benefits for their family are invited to attend the free presentation, which will address how to enroll for coverage in the new system.

Each seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. at select library branches. The schedule is as follows: