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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.”

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

Aspect Foundation is a nonprofit organization that can show families how to have a cultural adventure of a lifetime.

Host families, married adults and single adults are encouraged to host an international high school student for a semester or an academic year.

Aspect Foundation works with students of nearly 30 different countries that all share the same vision-- to experience life the American way. The students are ages 15-18 years and chosen by their English proficiency, maturity and academic excellence with a variety of different abilities and interests.  They arrive in August.

Potential host families can view student profiles or get more information at www.aspectfoundation.org or call 1-877-966-6498 or 1-800-US-YOUTH.  

Steve Loftis Recieves Award for Distinguished Service

Steve Loftis Recieves Award for Distinguished Service

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The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) is pleased to announce that Steve Loftis of Grand Haven has received the MRA Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Association. He was bestowed the honor at the MRA's annual Chairman's Dinner, held this year in Kalamazoo on January 25, 2015.

 

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional and continuing leadership, vision, and commitment to Michigan’s foodservice industry. Previous Distinguished Service Award winners select a new winner each year from submitted nominations.

 

Loftis is owner of Harbor Restaurants, which owns and operates Snug Harbor, Dee-Lite Bar & Grill, Theatre Bar, Jelly’s, and the Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar – all located in Grand Haven. He also owns Creative Advantage, a hospitality training and consulting firm.

 

My Town Spring Lake: State representatives to meet with voters Feb. 6

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State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Spring Lake on Friday, Feb. 6, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern.

Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during that time, and appointments are not necessary.

Residents can contact Price at any time by calling toll-free (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.

 

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Linda Hundt, author of "Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life" and owner the nationally recognized award-winning Sweetie-licious Bakery Café, tells the story of her journey from start-up to star at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Linda’s program will feature tips about business, mission and customer service, including :

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library invites the public to join David Garland of FirstMerit Bank on Thursday, Jan. 8 for an interactive and insightful presentation regarding personal fraud and identity theft.

Learn what to carry in a purse or wallet, what to keep in one’s safe deposit box or home safe, and what information to share over the phone. Garland will teach the right way to check a credit report and the safest way to use debit and credit cards. There will be a question and answer session to allow additional discussion.

The program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.