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Georgetown Township roadwork earns state honor

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A stretch of repaved road in Georgetown Township is getting statewide attention.

The Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan recently awarded Rieth-Riley Construction Company and the Ottawa County Road Commission the 2013 Paving Award for work on Baldwin Street, from 20th Avenue to Cottonwood Drive. 

The overlay project ranked among the highest in appearance and smooth ride based on its degree of difficulty.

Bell's Brewery opening in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Bell's Brewery opening in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport may soon get a taste of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry.

The airport will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 18 to celebrate two new restaurants: Bell’s Brewery Bar and Greens.  The businesses will be operated by HMSHost.  Both are located before the security screening portion of the airport.

The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 10 a.m.  The vice president of Bell’s Brewery and other business leaders are expected to attend.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Tinsel Treats & Trolleys take over Ada December 6

Tinsel Treats & Trolleys take over Ada December 6

ADA, Mich.—  Christmas will come early to Ada with Tinsel Treats & Trolleys Friday, December 6.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with the annual lighting ceremony at Ada’s historic covered bridge.  Visitors can also enjoy listening to carolers, trolley rides and specials at area businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Santa is also expected to stop by.

The holiday celebration will continue Saturday with Ada’s annual Christmas Parade.  The parade kicks off at 11 a.m., winding down Thornapple River Drive.  Visitors are invited to the fire department to enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and photos with Santa, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit the Ada Business Association’s website here.

Cascade Township approves road closures for 2014 race

Cascade Township approves road closures for 2014 race

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  The Grand Rapids Triathlon will return next year, and so will the road closures.

During its regular meeting November 20, the Cascade Township Board approved shutting down a portion of Thornapple River Drive, Grachen Street, Mountain Ash Street, Hurley Street, Peace Street, Orange Avenue and Orange Court from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.

Tris4Health says the Grand Rapids Triathlon 2014 will stretch from Cascade to Ada Township and Lowell Township.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kids’ Food Basket, which provides sack suppers to thousands of children each day.

New airline adds up to more travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

New airline adds up to more travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is filling up more with travelers.

According to a report released this week, the number of passengers increased 9.4 percent in September 2013, which was the first full month of airport service with Southwest Airlines.  The number of passengers who boarded planes rose increased 8,636 over the same time last year, to 92,173.  The number of people who landed at Ford Airport also rose; 87,828 travelers deplaned, which is 6,801 more passengers than the same time last year.

Southwest had 27,451 passengers at Ford Airport in September; that’s more than double the passenger total AirTran had last year, before it was bought out by Southwest.  Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Allegiant Air also saw passenger numbers rise at Ford Airport in September 2013.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport adds new feature for traveling techies

Gerald R. Ford International Airport adds new feature for traveling techies

Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport can now get an extra jolt of energy – for their electronic devices, that is. 

The airport is adding 46 charging stations in between gate area seating throughout its concourses.  Each charging station includes six 120-volt outlets and two USB connections, allowing visitors to charge cell phones, laptops and other electronics.

“We are constantly looking for ways we can make our airport more passenger-friendly,” said Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “Our new charging stations will give both business and leisure travelers the ability to stay plugged-in and entertained while traveling in and out of our airport.”

The charging stations have already been installed in Concourse A.  Crews are expected to finish adding the stations to Concourse B by the end of the week.