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My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town: Forest Hills Schools using technology to combat snow days

My Town: Forest Hills Schools using technology to combat snow days

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—As many West Michigan schools are preparing to extend their academic calendar into June because of snow days, one district is combating a longer school year with the help of technology.

Anticipating snow days, language arts teacher Kris Schrotenboer recorded two weeks of lessons at the beginning of the semester with Michigan-made TechSmith Relay.  Shrotenboer even recorded some of her lessons on a smart phone at her kitchen table.   The 20-year veteran teacher then assigned students to watch videos on snow days, keeping her lesson plan on track.  Schrotenboer says her some of her students loved spending a little of their snow day on schoolwork, so they don’t have to cram later on.

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a taste of Hollywood last week, as crews shot scenes for a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

A crew of more than 100 people worked more than 14 hours shooting scenes throughout the airport for “The End of the Tour”.  Grand Rapids’ airport will represent the Minneapolis- St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare airports in the movie.

“Not only are we happy to host the cast and crew for filming, but we are happy they are flying in and out of our airport and bringing in money to support the local economy,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “They are flying in and out of Grand Rapids, grabbing a cup of Starbucks at our airport, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants.  It’s wonderful for the entire West Michigan community.”

My Town Ada: 'Paint it forward' business holding grand opening March 21

My Town Ada: 'Paint it forward' business holding grand opening March 21

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- A new business aimed at uncorking the community’s creativity will hold its grand opening March 21.

Arts & Carafes Studio is located at 6749 Fulton Street, Suite D.  The family-owned business has a license to serve liquor, so adults who attend painting classes can enjoy beer or wine while creating art.  Owners Michele Hardy and Jaclyn Sporte plan to use their business to “paint it forward”, donating a portion of the proceeds from scheduled art classes to a different charity each month

Hardy and Sporte held their first event in a mobile studio on Nov. 15, 2013.  Their liquor license was approved in December.  For more information about Arts & Carafes Studio, visit its website here.

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

FOREST HILLS, Mich.-- Learn more about upcoming programs by the Forest Hills Parks & Recreation Department during the Forest Hills Community Expo this Saturday, March 15.

The event is free to the public.  Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, food from area resstaurants and enter to win door prizes.  Grand Rapids Gymnastics will also set up a play area for children.

The Forest Hills Communty Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ada Christian School.

My Town Ada/Cascade: Evangelical leaders discuss immigration reform

My Town Ada/Cascade: Evangelical leaders discuss immigration reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—How does the Bible address the issue of immigration reform?

Michigan faith leaders plan to discuss the answer to that question during the Christian Community Development Association’s West Michigan Regional Conference this Saturday, March 8.  Evangelical leaders will discuss a biblical response and the future of immigration reform at Cornerstone University, located at 1001 East Beltline Ave. NE. As part of the conference, Kate Kooyman of the Evangelical Immigration Table will host an immigration workshop Saturday.