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NFL player helps Van Andel Institute fight cancer July 17-18

NFL player helps Van Andel Institute fight cancer July 17-18

Work out alongside NFL player Jared Veldheer as part of the Van Andel Institute’s Barre Fight Against Cancer.

The two-day workout begins at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Powerstrength Training Systems, located at 1680 4 Mile Rd. NE  and ends at Pure Barre, located at 2107 E. Beltine Ave. NE.  For $20, participants  get NFL training with Veldheer  and a  Pure Barre class, as well as a Purple Community t-shirt.  Proceeds will go towards cancer research at VAI.

Space is limited.  To reserve a spot, visit https://community.vai.org/veldheerbarre.

Governor Snyder picks Ada man for state board

Governor Snyder picks Ada man for state board

LANSING, Mich.—Governor Rick Snyder has picked an Ada man to serve on the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

Ricky Ackerman has served as executive vice president of The Peplinski Group Inc., since 2007.  He previously worked as a nursing home administrator for West Woods of Niles and a physical therapist for Healthrax Inc.    Ackerman is a licensed nursing home administrator who has a bachelor’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in physical therapy.  He replaces Thomas Ensign on the board.

The governor also appointed Patricia Lyden of Commerce Township to the nine-member board, which is responsible for determining the minimal requirements for nursing home administrators in Michigan.

"I thank Patricia and Ricky for their willingness to serve on this board. They bring years of professional experience and are welcome additions to the board," Snyder said.

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

Company building new health care center joins safety partnership

Company building new health care center joins safety partnership

A West Michigan construction company is teaming up with the state to ensure the health and safety of construction workers building a new health care center in My Town Ada/Cascade.

The Spectrum Health Beltline Integrated Care Center is being built at the corner of East Beltline Avenue and Three Mile Road.  The $48 million project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.  Approximately 200 Spectrum Health employees from seven office locations will move into the new 120,000 square foot facility.  The office consolidation includes:

  • 4829 East Beltline
  • 3264 North Evergreen
  • 3322 Beltline Court
  • 2855 Michigan Street NE
  • 1179 East Paris Avenue
  • 3271 Clear Vista Court
  • 5378 Plainfield Avenue

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals plan to sign a new partnership with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Adminsitration (MIOSHA) Thursday, June 27.

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

If you need to get rid of some e-waste for free, now is your chance. 

On May 31, Metron Integrated Health Systems is teaming up with Advanced Technology Recycling to accept electronics at Metron’s Lamont facility, located at 13030 Commercial St.  Visitors can drop off their e-waste from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Metron will accept anything that plugs into a wall that contains a circuit board and/or batteries.  Devices that contain Freon, lighting fixtures and large household appliances will not be accepted.

Organizers say Metron wanted to coordinate this free recycling event to help clear out clutter that poses a risk of tripping and falling.  The company plans to hold additional e-waste recycling events throughout the year.

Metron has six facilities across West Michigan providing a variety of services, ranging from rehabilitation to blood pressure clinics.  Locations include:

  • 414 E.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

ROCKFORD, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s first “Healthier Homes” will be on display during the 2013 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

The home, located at 9309 Stone View Drive, is part of Sable Homes’ Stone Crest development in Rockford.  The 2,242 square foot house is the first of its kind in West Michigan to feature AirRenew gypsum board walls, which purify the air for 75 years, converting contaminants like formaldehyde into safe inert compounds. The walls are also moisture and mold resistant. It also contains latex paint and primer that  are free of volatile organic compounds.

The Spring Parade of Homes runs May 24 through June 8.  Tickets start at $10.