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My Town Comstock Park: Voting underway for Whitecaps Hall of Fame

My Town Comstock Park: Voting underway for Whitecaps Hall of Fame

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--- Who belongs in the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Hall of Fame?

Baseball fans are encouraged to help answer that question in an online vote that is currently underway.  Visitors to the Whitecaps’ website will whittle the 13 nominees down to three finalists, who will each receive a one fan vote each toward Hall of Fame induction.  This year’s nominees are:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A plan to improve the water system at the recently burned Fifth Third Ballpark will go before the Plainfield Township Board next week.

In January, fire crews spent precious time pulling hoses 500 feet from the nearest fire hydrants to the fire at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The fire destroyed the first base concourse, including some suites.  As part of the rebuild, contractors added a modern sprinkler system and six hydrants inside the ballpark stairwells. 

Upgrades also include adding at least three more fire hydrants outside the ballpark. All of the hydrants will be fed by a 36-inch water main running beneath White Pine Trail.  The looped system would provide better water pressure because it is coming from two points, rather than one.

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Help make history while getting your pooch squeaky clean during the World’s Largest Dog Wash.

The clean fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The event will happen before the Whitecaps’ “Dog Days” game. There is a $10 per dog minimum donation, but participants will get free parking and a doggy bag, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the event will go toward the children’s cancer and grief program at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The World’s Largest Dog Wash will include a pet contest with prizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The categories include best pet trick, tallest dog, dog with the longest ears and the dog that looks most like its owner.

For more information, visit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ website.

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: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Give your unwanted sports equipment new life by donating it to the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

This is the final week for the equipment drive, which ends Friday, June 6.   The program is in need of kid size bats, cleats, catcher’s gear and other baseball or softball equipment. Donations can be dropped off at Fifth Third Ballpark, any Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, Wolverine World Wide YMCA, Visser YMCA, Southeast YMCA or Lowell YMCA.

Donors will receive four lawn seat tickets to a 2014 Whitecaps home game, a Wendy’s small combo meal and a YMCA family day pass.