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My Town: Berlin Fair searching for dance coordinator

My Town: Berlin Fair searching for dance coordinator

MARNE, Mich.— Organizers of the Berlin Fair are on the hunt for a new dance coordinator.

The fair board is looking for a person or group of people interested in leading the grand finale dance for 4Hers.  It is a volunteer position.  Anyone interested in helping with the event should contact Molly at chromespurcowgirl@gmail.com.

The Berlin Fair will return to the fairgrounds in Marne June 8-13.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

Catalytic converter thefts 'resurged' in Ottawa Co.


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- There are new cases of valuable car parts stolen from vehicles in Ottawa County after a spike in the same crime last year. In the latest incidents, investigators say thieves stole catalytic converters from half a dozen cars at park-and-ride lots in Coopersville and Nunica earlier this week.

Those who know what to look for can turn what looks like trash into treasure. Managers of KLW Recycling in Holland Township buy and sell scrap metal. Unfortunately, thieves have also discovered the value of a catalytic converter.

"Some people might just see it as an easy way to make money," says Andy Swett, plant manager for KLW Recycling.

Because of recent changes to state law, scrap dealers are no longer allowed to pay cash for big purchases.

"Send a check in the mail for any items over $25, and that's going to be the catalytic converters," says Swett.

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its’ 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale on Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th at the Folkert Community Hub, side entrance, located at 640 Seminole Rd. Early Birds admitted at 8am with a $5.00 donation.

This event started in 1963 and since then has given the club an opportunity to help children in a very positive way. Because everyone volunteers, the money raised from the sale goes directly to the YMCA and Camp Pendalouan. The bulk of the money goes to finance camp scholarships for a great number of children in the area.

The public can help in many ways. Donate goods in good condition, like furniture, household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies. The club will pick donations up at no cost to you. Cash donations along with gift cards or certificates are welcomed. The club will provide a receipt for your tax donations.

5K Run in Lamont, April 25, 2015

5K Run in Lamont, April 25, 2015

Lamont Christian School is hosting its’ 6th Annual “Lamont 5K River Run/Walk” on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This race will take place along Leonard St. in scenic Lamont, located between Allendale and Coopersville, MI.

This run has been endorsed by the Governor’s Council and is a fund raiser for the school. If you register by April 14th the cost is $20 and that includes a T-shirt. Little ones will have their chance to race also following the 5K race. There is no charge for this race, The Gator Gallop, for kids 8 years and younger.

Following the races, stroll into the school for a Pancake Breakfast that is Free for all registered runners but for fans, it’s by donation.

Print out a registration form at www.lamontcs.org or you may stop at the school office at 5260 Leonard Rd, Coopersville, MI  49404

Ottawa Co. ranks healthiest in state


PRINCETON, NJ and MADISON, Wisc. (WZZM) - Ottawa County ranks as the healthiest county in Michigan, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Wayne County is ranked last.

The 6th annual rankings show that the healthiest counties have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays, and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy have more smokers, more teen births, and more alcohol-related car crash deaths.

Allegan County ranked 13th, Kent ranked 17th, Ionia and Barry, 20th and 21st, respectively, and Muskegon 65th.

To see the complete interactive rankings, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org


My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”