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My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

My Town: Marco's Pizza offers free pizza for canned spinach March 26

WYOMING, Mich.—Clear out your cupboard, help hungry families and get a free pizza in return during National Spinach Day.

On Thursday, March 26, each patron who drops off a can of spinach at Marco’s Pizza can pick up a free medium Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza, complete with fresh baby spinach.  Marco’s Pizza will send all of the canned spinach donations to local food banks.  The offer is good for carry-out and dine-in orders at all Marco’s Pizza locations, including Spring Lake, Jenison and Wyoming.

“This was a successful community event for us last year and it’s a great way to share the love of spinach”, said Cathy Hull, chief marketing officer at Marco’s Pizza. “Together, we can support our communities by helping stock the shelves of our local food banks, while delighting our customers with the delicious flavor of our Grilled Chicken Florentine pizza.”

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: Huntington bank expands to Meijer stores

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A new bank is moving into Meijer stores across the area.

Huntington Bank is partnering with the retailer to open 43 branches within Meijer stores, a dozen of which are in the greater Grand Rapids area.  The bank says the deal will create 250 jobs within the state and make Huntington the third largest bank branch network in the state.  Huntington says the partnership will bring its company workforce up to 2,300 people.

The announcement comes months after Chase began notifying customers it is closing its Meijer store branches.  A spokesman for Meijer told WZZM 13 “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”

Huntington’s new Meijer branch locations will include Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Ionia, Jenison, Lowell, Muskegon, Portage, and Wyoming.

My Town Grand Haven: Ice cream entrepreneur to give the scoop on business start-ups March 19

My Town Grand Haven: Ice cream entrepreneur to give the scoop on business start-ups March 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Kelly Larson, owner of several ice cream stores in Grand Haven, will share funny stories and insights into the life of a small business owner with her program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, March 19, titled "I Wish I had Your Job: All You Do is Drive Around and Buy Bananas."

Topics include starting a business, developing a business philosophy and applying it to everyday practices. Larson started scooping ice cream at her parents’ shop in the late 1980s and is now owner of Temptations, Sweet Temptations, Skoops, Front Porch, and more recently, Fortino’s.

Larson’s program is free to the public and runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A. For more information on LDL programs, visit www.loutitilibbrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.