Written by the Literacy Center of West Michigan The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find one or more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is a non-profit, United Way agency devoted to reducing illiteracy in our community. Based on the 2003 National Assessment for Adult Literacy and the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey, up to 14.6% of adults in Kent County lack basic prose literacy skills and have difficulty using certain reading and writing skills considered necessary in everyday life. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The information session will be held at the Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids, MI. Please call 459-5151, Ext. 10 to register.
Alexa Victoria Thompson of Rockford, Michigan has been awarded the Social Work department award from Grand Valley State University. Thompson is a graduate of Rockford High School and is the daughter of Gary and Lori Thompson. At the graduate level, the faculty reviews the academic records of masters degree candidates o choose the one award recipient for each graduate degree program. Grand Valley is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal education that teaches students critical thinking and problem solving.
Nearly 300 students participated in Alma College’s 2015 commencement ceremony in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena, on Saturday, April 18, 2015. U.S. Sen Gary Peters, a 1980 graduate of Alma College, gave the college’s commencement address. Chelsea Bennett of Rockford, and a graduate of Rockford High School has graduated Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, French and Biology.
Nearly 300 students participated in Alma College’s 2015 commencement ceremony in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena, on Saturday, April 18, 2015. U.S. Sen Gary Peters, a 1980 graduate of Alma College, gave the college’s commencement address. Among the graduates were Meredith Rahrig of Rockford, a Rockford High School graduate, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
You may notice Water Department crews working at fire hydrants and see water running down the street. Your first thought may be that we are ignoring our own philosophy of conserving water. Normally in the spring, we flush water lines through the use of fire hydrants, which is an important preventive maintenance activity. Although it may appear to waste water, the process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system allowing us to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers. As a result of the line flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your home by running all water faucets for a few minutes. The same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. Your home’s water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturers’ recommendations, to keep it working effectively and efficiently. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Why does the water system need to be routinely flushed? A: The city’s water distribution system is a complex network of pipes and storage reservoirs where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate over time. If not removed, these materials may cause water quality deterioration, taste and odor problems, or discoloration of the water. Water may also stagnate in lesser-used parts of the distribution system. This can result in degraded water quality. What should I do when I see city crews flushing hydrants in my area? If you see a city crew flushing hydrants, PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY. What should I do after the flushing? If the tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment and discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into […]