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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: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

My Town: Forest Hills Community Expo March 15

FOREST HILLS, Mich.-- Learn more about upcoming programs by the Forest Hills Parks & Recreation Department during the Forest Hills Community Expo this Saturday, March 15.

The event is free to the public.  Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, food from area resstaurants and enter to win door prizes.  Grand Rapids Gymnastics will also set up a play area for children.

The Forest Hills Communty Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ada Christian School.

My Town: Cornerstone University loses a namesake

My Town: Cornerstone University loses a namesake

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Cornerstone University community is mourning the loss of a long-time trustee and supporter.

John Miller, 82, was laid to rest Wednesday in Marco Island, FL.  Miller’s influence on Cornerstone can be seen throughout campus; multiple buildings have been named after his family, including Miller Library and Miller Hall. Miller also served on the Cornerstone University Board of Trustees from 1964 to 2003. He was an honorary trustee since 2003. 

 “Besides Dr. (Wilbert) Welch, John Miller has had the most impact on this university and we have lost a dear friend,” said President Joe Stowell.

The Miller family is also responsible for numerous scholarships to CU students.

My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—Nine Forest Hills school buses that were pulled off the road after a  school bus fire are back in service.

Forest Hills School Superintendent Daniel Behm says the buses were pulled as a precautionary measure, to replace electrical components, which posed a fire hazard. The buses were the same make and model as the bus that caught on fire Nov. 20, 2013.  All of the students and the driver safely escaped the fire, which started in the bus’ engine compartment area.  Two investigations found a failure within the bus’ power distribution module likely caused a short circuit, which led to the fire.  The dealer, Hoekstra Transportation, Inc., replaced all nine of the buses power distribution modules, connection cables and any corroded parts.

My Town Ada/Cascade: Evangelical leaders discuss immigration reform

My Town Ada/Cascade: Evangelical leaders discuss immigration reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—How does the Bible address the issue of immigration reform?

Michigan faith leaders plan to discuss the answer to that question during the Christian Community Development Association’s West Michigan Regional Conference this Saturday, March 8.  Evangelical leaders will discuss a biblical response and the future of immigration reform at Cornerstone University, located at 1001 East Beltline Ave. NE. As part of the conference, Kate Kooyman of the Evangelical Immigration Table will host an immigration workshop Saturday.

My Town Cascade: Academy of Music in Grand Rapids celebrates new space

My Town Cascade: Academy of Music in Grand Rapids celebrates new space

CASCADE, Mich.—One of the largest private music schools in the community is celebrating its grand re-opening.

Friday afternoon, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon on the new home of the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids, located at 6159 28th St SE, Ste 24 in the Cascade Business Center. The new site caters to the growing school, with more than double the number of teaching studios. In several of the 14 classrooms, teachers can now wirelessly connect their mobile devices and mirror them on screen, allowing for a more modern, engaging lesson. The facility also features LED monitors and Apple TV in classrooms. The waiting area features Wi-Fi and USB ports, activities for children and a coffee bar for adults.   Director Barbara Hendricks says there’s also enough space for the academy’s new baby grand Kawai piano.