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My Town: City of Grand Rapids releases Water System Water Quality Report

My Town: City of Grand Rapids releases Water System Water Quality Report


Findings in the City of Grand Rapids’ Water System Water Quality Report for 2014 show that the agency continues to provide safe, quality drinking water that meets or exceeds national requirements.

According to Joellen Thompson, water system manager, the System is proud of its water quality and the steps taken to ensure the safety and reliability of the public water supply. She said the annual Consumer Confidence Report, which provides information and results of water quality monitoring for 2014 as required under the Safe Drinking Water Act, is currently being mailed to all Water System customers. The System provides residential and commercial water service to the cities of Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Walker, to the townships of Ada, Cascade Charter, Grand Rapids Charter and Tallmadge Charter, and to portions of Ottawa County.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward


Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Ottawa Conservation District elections March 3

My Town: Ottawa Conservation District elections March 3


The Ottawa Conservation District will be holding their Annual Meeting and Elections on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6pm in the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park, 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive. 

The evening will feature “Breakfast for Dinner” in keeping with our special presentation, Maple Syrup and the Sugar Bush at Blandford Nature Center.  Learn about maple syrup production in Michigan (you can do it in your own backyard!) and about the activities that Blandford has to offer. 

Also on the agenda will be a short summary of conservation accomplishments in Ottawa County and a look ahead to our plans for 2015.  To wrap things up, we will announce the new director that will be elected that night and celebrate with a few door prizes!  

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Truck driver hit retrieving paperwork in roadway

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) A Wyoming truck driver suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a car early Monday morning.

The accident happened on 64th Avenue near west Randal Street at about 6:30am Monday.

Investigators say that James Schumacher, 55, had pulled his semi-truck to the side of 64th Avenue from Randal Street to retrieve some paperwork that was left on the truck. That paperwork then blew into the roadway. While he was trying to pick up the paperwork and searching for it using a flashlight, he was struck by a 21-year-old Coopersville resident in a passing vehicle.

The driver slowed and moved into the inside lane, according to investigators, but he could not avoid him. Schumacher is in stable condition with a broken leg at Spectrum Hospital.

I-96 reopens after large propane leak near Coopersville

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An employee at Van Andel Propane received burns to his face and neck while filling a large tank near Coopersville.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, Brent Alan Phies, 50, was disconnecting a hose from a tank when it began spewing liquid propane in his face. Another employee turned turned off the emergency shutoff valve, but the the line continued to flow, spilling an estimated 200 to 300 gallons of propane.

The accident forced the closure of both directions of I-96 between 48th and 68th Avenue. The interstate reopened 15 minutes later after the propane leak was contained.

Phies was taken to Mercy Health in Muskegon where he was treated and released.