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Fire department to auction off old equipment

Fire department to auction off old equipment

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Are you in the market for your own Jaws of Life?

The Ada Township Fire Department will be selling an old set of Hurst hydraulic cutters online to the highest bidder.  The Ada Township Board unanimously approved the equipment auction during its regular meeting Monday, August 26.  The equipment up for sale also includes a used air boat and thermal imaging camera.

Proceeds from the sale will go back into the township’s fire safety fund.  The location and date of the auction has not yet been set.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

Ada Garden Party July 26

Ada Garden Party July 26

ADA, Mich.—The Ada Historical Society invites you to take part in a garden party Friday, July 26.

Visitors are invited to stroll through the museum gardens while enjoying music and refreshments.  Area vendors will also be available, as well as the Historic Society’s master gardener.

The Ada Garden Party runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum, located at 7144 Headley St. in Ada.  For more information, call (616) 676-9346.

Furniture business opens new store in West Michigan

Furniture business opens new store in West Michigan

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A furniture retailer  has opened a second store in My Town Kentwood.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce recently helped owners of “One of a Find Furniture” cut the ribbon on their new facility, located at 4060 29th St. SE.  One of a Find Furniture features furniture and accents from around the world; its first store is based in Saginaw.

Last week, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cuttings for four other businesses, including: 91.3 WCSG/88.3 & 89.9 WaYfm at 1159 East Beltine Avenue NE in My Town Ada/Cascade; “Bin There Dump That,” located at 4500 West River Dr. NE in My Town Comstock Park; and Genius Phone Repair and Zounds Hearing of West Michigan, at 2700 Kraft SE in My Town Ada Cascade.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”