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Loutit District Library to show documentary on eating local food October 9

Loutit District Library to show documentary on eating local food October 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library and Local First are teaming up to present a free screening of the movie "Ingredients" on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the library’s program room A.

The goal of the movie is to educate West Michigan on the importance of buying local foods, supporting local farms and recognizing restaurants that also do so. The documentary will focus on Portland, OR, but has direct ties to Michigan's agriculture systems. The film's run time is 67 minutes.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

More than two dozen West Michigan companies are among the “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” in Michigan.

The annual list was released September 11, one week before the award celebration at Davenport University.  The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies list celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology, positively impacting the industry and environment.  An independent research firm selected the winning companies based on the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning and operational implementation, innovation and problem solving, building and grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance.

The list of 2013 winners includes:

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Free QuickBooks Classes at Spring Lake District Library

Free QuickBooks Classes at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE,  Mich.--Local businesses DeBoer, Baumann & Company P.L.C. and Next I.T. are partnering with Spring Lake District Library to provide free QuickBooks classes for the community.

QuickBooks is an accounting and financial software program that can help businesses manage their financial data.  QuickBooks ProAdvisor and CPA at DeBoer, Luke LaCourse, will teach the three-part series. Leigh Williams, senior solutions consultant with Next I.T., will be available for technology questions.

Those interested in learning about QuickBooks will need to register for each class in the series they’d like to attend. Register for one or all three classes, as each presentation will be an individual unit. The classes will take place at the library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, Sept. 10 QuickBooks Tips and Tricks for Newbies, Part 1
  • Monday, Sept.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Loutit District Library to close August 2 and 3; reopening August 5

Loutit District Library to close August 2 and 3; reopening August 5

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be closed Friday, August 2 for a staff in-service and Saturday, Aug. 3 for the Coast Guard Parade.

The Library re- opens on Monday, Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. The library’s normal summer hours are: