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My Town Ada: Construction company targeted in real estate rental scam

My Town Ada: Construction company targeted in real estate rental scam

ADA, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For has become a target in a scam.

Early this year, Dan Vos Construction Company of Ada notified the Better Business Bureau that its name was being used in a real estate rental scam.  The company had received complaints from people in Arizona, New Jersey and Texas about a posting on Craigslist and Hotpads, claiming a Richard Carlson recently accepted a job with Dan Vos Construction Companies in Michigan and was offering his home in Arizona/New Jersey/Texas for rent.  The rent posted varied between $600 and $740 per month and included all utilities.

Dan Vos Construction Company informed the BBB about the false posting.  The company does not have an employee named Richard Carlson. The company name is also Dan Vos Construction Company, not companies.

As of April 1, both listings appeared to have been removed. 

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A 114-year-old family business is expanding beyond the lakeshore.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction’s newest branch is located at 3736 West River Drive NE in Comstock Park.  The new location is managed by Edward Macklin III and Joseph Waldner.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction is based in Spring Lake, but provides roofing services to residents throughout the West Michigan area, including Holland, Muskegon, Whitehall, Ada and Rockford.  The business also installs siding, windows, doors and skylights.  The business provides fee estimates.  For additional information visit the West Michigan Roofing & Construction website.

My Town: Prepare for a 'Museums Free 4 All'

My Town: Prepare for a 'Museums Free 4 All'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—One month from today, it will be a “Museums Free 4 All” in Grand Rapids.

On May 4, Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to four major Grand Rapids museums, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum.  Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

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: 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: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.