Independent Bank receives Financial Literacy Award Independent Bank has been recognized for its 2010 financial literacy efforts by the Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) with the 2011 MBA Financial Literacy Award. Independent Bank reached more than 20,000 individuals through its financial literacy efforts. The bank educated students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, […]

Summer Reading Club returns to library

The Kent District Library (KDL) invites the whole family to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and spend some time reading this summer! This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, August 6. With new activities for babies and adults, KDL’s Summer Reading Club really does offer something for everyone. […]


Friday-Monday, May 20-23 Spectacular Book Sale—Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Plainfield Township Library, 2650 Five Mile Rd., Grand Rapids. Hardcovers only $1, softcovers 50¢, and paperbacks and children’s books only 25¢. Bag-of-books only $2 on Sunday and […]


Eraser by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church Imagine for a moment, your child is born and in the delivery room you’re handed a script of their life and an eraser. Doctor says you have five minutes to edit the script of this little life before a day of it is lived out. What would […]



Water, Water (Almost) Everywhere by CRAIG JAMES Can you believe Lake Michigan has nearly three trillion more gallons of water in it than at this time last month? With the wet spring we have had, the lake has risen seven inches since mid April, which translates to 2.73 trillion gallons more water. According to the […]