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Friends of the Cascade Library donate new sign

Friends of the Cascade Library donate new sign

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Cascade Township Library’s old, antiquated sign is getting replaced.

John Alcorn, President of Alcam Signs & Lighting Inc., and Friends of the Cascade Library member Paula Rowland began staking out space for a new electronic sign Monday, November 11.  Rowland says the LED message board was ordered Monday and the concrete base for the sign will be installed within the next couple of weeks.  The LED board is being built by Electro-Matic Products, Inc.  in Farmington Hills.  Alcam Signs & Lighting, Inc., located in Wyoming, will be putting the sign together.

The new electronic sign is being donated by Friends of the Cascade Library.  The organization, which is approximately 300 families strong in Cascade Township, is funding the $20,000 project through its used book sales.

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

Voters approve bond for Forest Hills Public Schools upgrade

Voters approve bond for Forest Hills Public Schools upgrade

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Forest Hills Public Schools will get a $45 million dollar bond to upgrade classroom technology, expand school facilities, buy school buses and develop and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and athletic facilities.

Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved the bond proposal, by 4,678 votes to1,502 votes.  The .38 mill ($0.38 per $1,000 taxable value) bond will be limited to 22 years, taking effect in 2014.

For a link to the complete election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.

Ada Township to join the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council

Ada Township to join the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is expected to get two new members.

Communities that are members of GVMC voted to add Ada Township to the group.  The GVMC is expected to formally welcome Ada Township during its December 5th meeting.

The Village of Sand Lake is also looking to join GVMC, which helps connect communities to help them grow, develop and coordinate governmental services.

Lowell and Belding were the last communities to join the GVMC in 2007.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.