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My Town: United Way hosts fourth annual Community Baby Shower

My Town: United Way hosts fourth annual Community Baby Shower

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Greater Ottawa County United Way will host the 4th Annual LIVE UNITED Community Baby Shower during the week of February 9-14, 2015. Donations received from the public will benefit babies, young children and their families. When families receive baby essentials free of charge, they can use their resources for crucial needs such as food, transportation, and housing.

Five locations will accept donations during their business hours from February 9-14. In Grand Haven, donations can be dropped off at: Tri Cities Family YMCA, Anytime Fitness, and Loutit Library. In Holland, donations can be dropped off at Chico’s and DeNooyer Chevrolet. Donation suggestions include (ONLY NEW ITEMS CAN BE ACCEPTED): clothing, educational toys and books, car seats, high chairs, hygiene items, diapers and wipes. Perishables and used items cannot be accepted.

My Town: Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt to host Lenten season fundraisers for parish

My Town: Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt to host Lenten season fundraisers for parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.―Anyone wishing to feast before they fast in observance of the start of the Lenten season is encouraged to attend two fundraisers at Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt, at 1125 S. Beacon in Grand Haven to help benefit St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.  Funds raised will support the parish’s capital stewardship campaign.

Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt will give back 15 percent of its sales to the parish on Monday, Feb. 16 and Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17 from these fundraisers, held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both dates.  The general public is invited to attend.

Jim and Chris Wadaga, owners of Wild Blue Frozen Yogurt and parishioners at St. Patrick-St. Anthony  hosted one fundraising event in December and plan to host more throughout 2015 to support the parish’s capital campaign.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Several West Michigan hospitals are getting funding to help ensure newborns have a better chance at surviving and thriving at home.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is awarding $10,000 to each birthing hospital to help employees identify and connect families in need to home visiting programs, including the Maternal Infant Health Program and the Children’s Special Health Care Services program.

“Michigan’s birthing hospitals have the unique opportunity help link newborns and their families to important support services as they transition home,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH. “Connecting Michigan families to these resources is crucial to reducing infant deaths, improving the health of babies at birth, during their first year of life, and throughout early childhood.”

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish hosts men’s retreat Jan. 10

WEST OLIVE, Mich.-- “Wisdom for a New Year” will be the theme of an upcoming Men’s Retreat Day planned for Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

The event will be held at The Weaver House, a restored 1901 home, located at 15400 Polk Street in West Olive, at Pine Bend Park.

The guest presenter is Fr. Phil Shangraw, D.Min., canonical administrator with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish. Fr. Shangraw was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 1979.  Over the past 35 years, he has directed many retreats and served in a variety of roles in the diocese―as a pastor, spiritual director and director of the continuing formation of priests.