Local company Christmas party focuses on giving back

Event looks to ‘shake off the Grinch,’ donate Toys for Tots Byrne Electrical Specialists Inc, a local manufacturer privately owned and operated for 40 years by Norman and Rosemary Byrne, has decided to “shake off the Grinch” this holiday season with its bi-annual Christmas party to be held Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Grand Rapids. […]

Great gifts do good works for women

This holiday season, wouldn’t it be nice to know the gifts you purchase for your loved ones are directly helping change the lives of others? This Christmas, Women At Risk (WAR) International has a couple ideas to help you do just that! The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit is founded on a passion for creating circles of […]

Rockford skater featured in Grand Rapids festivities

by ANA OLVERA Lynzee Broussard, 18, will be the featured skater at the Art Museum’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and opening of Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink, 155 Monroe Center, on Friday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Broussard has been skating since the age of three and competing since the age of six. She has competed in […]

Townships mixed on background checks, offender policy

Plainfield Township is facing harsh criticism regarding their lack of a policy requiring background checks on potential employees (see related story page 1), and their decision not to fire a firefighter who was convicted of a sex offense, but in fact the township is not alone. Cannon Township also does not require background checks for […]

Childhood graces still in use after 55 years

GRACES—Dave Wiltse shows off one of four Thanksgiving graces he made as an elementary student at Parkside Elementary School.

  Thanksgiving prayers include heirloom school project When Dave Wiltse was given the project as a second-grade student at the brand-new Parkside Elementary School in 1954 to create a Thanksgiving grace (prayer) out of construction paper and glue, he did a good job of it. Now, 55 years later, the four graces he made as […]