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My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

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.

Right now, students are busy preparing for the fundraising  event, which will take place May 2 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.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Grand Haven: Self-defense training classes offered at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

My Town Grand Haven: Self-defense training classes offered at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Aaron Pretzer, a member of United Methodist Church of the Dunes and a black belt karate instructor, will teach girls’ and womens’ self-defense classes Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the social hall at church.

UMCD is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Cost for the self-defense training classes is $5 per person. Girls and teens between ages four and 20 years, plus adult women are encouraged to attend, dress comfortably and bring friends.

“Participants will learn the skills needed to protect themselves through easy-to-learn demonstrations I will be providing,” said Pretzer.

Pretzer will teach a form of self defense known as Shaolin Kempo Karate, which is a system that combines the three arts of Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Jiu Jitsu.

“This combination is known by some to be the most effective martial arts practice today,” said Pretzer.

Ferrysburg to consider selling bonds to create more trails

Ferrysburg to consider selling bonds to create more trails

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—The City of Ferrysburg will consider selling bonds to support the building a new set of trails throughout the city.

The bond proposal will be presented during the city council’s meeting Monday, Feb. 3.   The proposal is still in its early stages; the council will consider scheduling a work session regarding the issue.

The trails would be non-motorized, meaning no vehicles would be allowed.