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My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for its busiest time of year by bringing back a travel favorite.

Passenger Appreciation Days returns to the airport’s Grand Hall Thursday, April 2. Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks says the celebration serves as a way to thank the community for supporting the airport.  Travelers who pass through the area can pick up free refreshments, food and freebies and enter prize drawings and contests.  The bon voyage celebration will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday, April 4.

Ryks reminds travelers passing through the airport during spring break to give themselves extra time.  More passengers mean fewer parking spots and longer lines at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration is urging travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their plane leaves.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Ford Airport prepares to unveil new logo

My Town: Ford Airport prepares to unveil new logo

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting ready to revamp its logo and brand.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, airport officials will unveil a new logo and brand promise that supports the airport's marketing campaign for 2015.  The event will also include a cake adorned with the airport's new logo.

Ford Airport's current logo highlights the travel hub's 50th anniversary.  The airport hit that milestone in 2013.

My Town: More than $95 million in improvements coming to Ford Int'l Airport

My Town: More than $95 million in improvements coming to Ford Int'l Airport

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is committed to providing state of the art facilities for its passengers, and the Airport will do just that by investing to improve its facilities with future projects.  GFIA’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which was approved by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board at today’s meeting, will include projects from 2015 through 2020 that total over $95 million.

The anticipated CIP includes a substantial investment in the construction of the Consolidated Checkpoint & Marketplace, reconstruction of the terminal apron, a master plan update, and reconstruction of the North and East Parking Lots.  In addition, the plan includes resurfacing a portion of the airfield Perimeter Road, and mid-term maintenance items associated with the public parking structure.

My Town: Prepare for more construction cones on I-96

My Town: Prepare for more construction cones on I-96

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More construction cones are going up on Interstate 96 near Lowell.

From 9 p.m. Monday, July 14 through 5 a.m. Thursday, July 17, drivers can expect lane closures on eastbound I-96 from Quiggle to Timpson avenues and on westbound I-96 from Morse Lake Road to Whitneyville Avenue. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says workers will be working on improving the road.  MDOT warns there will be no workers present in the construction zone when the concrete is curing, and work may be delayed if inclement weather occurs.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.”