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My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes' 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes' 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.Dan Duncan, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, will present the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 25 at 11:45 a.m. in the church parking lot at 717 Sheldon Road.

The general public is invited to attend and ride their road bicycles, tricycles, big wheels, motorcycles and scooters to obtain a special blessing.

Bikers and cyclists have attended the blessing for a number of years.  The observance is to provide prayer for safety, joy and fellowship for those cyclists sharing the roadways over the summer months as they ride throughout God’s creation. For further information, contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of local restaurants are joining the effort to ensure veterans get a chance to see their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Seven area Culver’s restaurants will host fundraisers Tuesday, May 20 for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  Ten percent of sales on May 20 will go toward the effort.

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: Local business recognized with excellence award

My Town: Local business recognized with excellence award

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MUSKEGON, Mich.—For the second year in a row, Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning, a West Michigan-based heating and cooling business, was recognized at the Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems annual dealer meeting with a Tier 1 Medal of Excellence (MOE) Award.

The MOE award is a business enrichment program specifically designed to recognize Bryant dealers like Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning  that do “whatever it takes” to improve their business.  The decision to honor a Bryant dealer with the MOE distinction is based on their sales growth, product mix, and customer satisfaction.  Additional criteria such as their dealer program utilization and the company’s self-assessment are also taken into consideration.

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event thgis Friday, May 2.

Students have spent weeks preparing for the benefit, which will take place at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds from Homes For A Hero will go toward building a home for a veteran.  Students are teaming up with Homes of Hope, a Grand Rapids organization, for the six-day build.

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A group trying to save a piece of Ottawa County history is now collecting donations.

The South Evergreen Schoolhouse is a small one room school that sits at the corner of 88th Avenue and Leonard Road.  Preservationists say it’s one of few one room schools still standing in its original condition.

The building and property are now on sale. A small group of community members are collecting donations in hopes of purchasing the schoolhouse to preserve this piece of history. The fundraising page reads:

My Town Spring Lake: "Anything Goes: Domestic Architecture in Spring Lake” April 29

My Town Spring Lake: "Anything Goes: Domestic Architecture in Spring Lake” April 29

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SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is pleased to announce this lecture in support of the museum’s Historic Home Tour to be held in May.

The lecture is being co-sponsored with the Spring Lake District Library and will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  The lecture is free and is open to the public.  The speaker will be Steven Radtke, Director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.  He will focus his lecture on the styles of house architecture found in Spring Lake, especially the styles of homes on the 2014 Historic Home Tour.

Spring Lake District Library is located at 123 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake, MI, 49456.  Phone number is (616) 846-5770.

My Town Grand Haven: Freedom Rider to visit Grand Haven with his book on segregation

My Town Grand Haven: Freedom Rider to visit Grand Haven with his book on segregation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- On May 4, 1961, seven black and six white visionaries left Washington, D.C., on two public buses bound for the Deep South.

They intended to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional. The “Ride” started out as a non-violent protest, only to turn into beatings, arrests and death threats that would forever change the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

On Thursday, May 1, the 53rd anniversary of the month this historic event took place, Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong will visit  the Loutit District Library to discuss his book, "Autobiography of Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights", from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.