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Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The season is over for the West Michigan Whitecaps, but the games will continue on at Fifth Third Ballpark this fall.

According to the ballpark’s Facebook page, the Whitecaps grounds crew began removing the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, September 10 to prepare the grounds for the high school football game the ballpark hosts each year. 

Forest Hills Northern will take on Greenville in this year’s game, which will take place October 11.

Proposed site for cell phone tower to remain untouched

Proposed site for cell phone tower to remain untouched

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A parcel of land in Ada Township that may soon contain a cell phone tower will remain untouched for now.

During its regular meeting August 26, the Ada Township Board unanimously agreed to not disturb the property located at 6390 Knapp St.  The parcel is one of two locations being considered for AT&T’s proposed tower.  The other location is on the campus of Forest Hills Eastern. 

During the August meeting, the board also approved a 120 day hold on any building permits for the 150 foot tower, until the township, school district and area homeowners can agree on the best possible location for the tower.

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of a local executive chef who died while preparing to open a new restaurant.

Chef Mark Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Four more chefs are needed to help with a scholarship fundraiser in honor of the late Chef Mark Noseda .

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser brunch will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.  The brunch and auction will be hosted by local chefs Jenna Arcidiacono, Randy Finch and Tommy FitzGerald.  Additional chefs are needed; if you would like to help, email info@flavor616.com.  

Township sets up timetable for debated cell phone tower

Township sets up timetable for debated cell phone tower

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—AT&T should soon know where it will be allowed to build a much-debated cell phone tower.

Ada Township Clerk Susan Burton says on August 12, the township board unanimously approved a resolution in support of allowing AT&T to install antennas on an existing water tower on East Forest Hills campus, near Pettis and Knapp.  The water tower is operated by the Township, but owned by the school district, so school leaders must sign off on the proposal first.  If the district turns down the project, the Township will allow AT&T to build its 130-foot cell phone tower at Egypt Valley and Knapp.  However, as a condition of the project, AT&T must wait until mid-November for the school district’s decision before obtaining a construction permit from the Township.

Advance Newspaper Essay Contest Winners

Advance Newspaper Essay Contest Winners

Once again, the Advance Newspapers sponsored their “Back to School Essay Contest” and came up with many winners. This was the 22nd year for the contest and this year it appears to be centered on how school back in 1913 compares to school today.

Grand Prize winners were: Ben McCarty, 3rd Grade at Grandville Christian; Maggie Eastland, 5th Grade at St.