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My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town: New District Five commissioner named

My Town: New District Five commissioner named

CASCADE, Mich.—There’s a new face among the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

Thursday morning, the board unanimously voted to appoint Mandy Bolter of Cascade to the vacant District Five seat.  

"I am honored to be part of such a great group of people, working to keep our county the best place to live, work, start a business and raise a family,” said Commissioner Bolter.

My Town Ada: Phase I of 'Envision Ada' expected to begin this summer

My Town Ada: Phase I of 'Envision Ada' expected to begin this summer

ADA, Mich.—The first stage of Ada Township’s transformation plan is expected to start this summer.

Township Supervisor George Haga says the township is starting to get into the financing aspect of "Envision Ada." He says the plan has been adopted by the Downtown Development Authority, but the township must still go through the master plan process.

The work is expected to begin on Headley Street this summer.  Haga says the township plans to move Headley north and line it with retail buildings.  The old street will be abandoned.

You can find the entire 176 page Envision Ada plan on the township website here.

Jury duty, trampoline court guidelines signed into law by Governor

Jury duty, trampoline court guidelines signed into law by Governor

LANSING, Mich.—Full-time college students called to jury duty can now postpone their service until the end of the school year.

Governor Snyder signed that bill into law Tuesday.  It allows students attending higher education in Michigan to delay jury duty if they can prove it will interfere with their class schedule. A similar exemption already exists for eligible high school students.

“Serving on a jury is an important part of our civic responsibility,” Snyder said. “However, for college students, jury duty can be disruptive to their studies. This law gives them the opportunity to focus on their education while still giving them the opportunity to serve after the school year.”  

My Town Ada: Date set for Arts in Ada Festival

My Town Ada: Date set for Arts in Ada Festival

ADA, Mich.--   The date is set for an artistic tradition in Ada.

The Arts in Ada Festival will take place Saturday, May 10.  The Ada Township Board recently approved shutting down Bronson Street from Ada Drive to the historic covered bridge for the event.

Each year, approximately 60 artisans participate in the Arts in Ada Festival, displaying their work or performing live for visitors.  Visitors can also enjoy food and children’s activities.

Former Congressional candidate joins Airport Board

Former Congressional candidate joins Airport Board

KENTWOOD, Mich.—There’s a new face on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Steve Heacock Monday.  The seven-member Airport Board is responsible for the general oversight of Gerald R. Ford Ford International Airport.  Heacock replaces former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who left the board last December.  His term will run through Dec. 31, 2016.

Heacock has served as chairman of the Convention and Arena Authority, which owns and operates Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place.  He  served on the Kent County Board of Commissioners fir sux years, including two years as the chairman.  Heacock, who is a Grand Rapids resident, is the senior vice president of public affairs for Spectrum Health Systems.  He was also the chief administrative officer, general counsel and board secretary of the Van Andel Institute for six years.

Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference registration now open

 Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference registration now open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Rub shoulders with other wordsmiths for free, as the third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference returns to Grand Rapids.

Publishers, editors and novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis will be among the speakers sharing their tips on how to take your writing to the next level.  Writers from all generes and skill levels are welcome for the free conference, which will take place Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kent District Library Cascade Township Branch.

 “Libraries wouldn’t exist without readers, and that requires writers,” said Morgan Jarema, KDL communications assistant and conference organizer. “Last year’s conference drew a full house of 200 people and had a waiting list, so writers in West Michigan clearly are looking to hear from experts in their field to help them navigate the path to publication. We really want to support them.”

Now is the time to register for the conference.