Healthy snacks, snack mascots, prizes at Healthy Kids Run at RHS

West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids: Race for Healthy Kids has been recognized as a quality physical activity event by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids (WMAHK) is holding the third annual Race For Healthy Kids 5K run or walk and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 […]

Bikes and Smiles were the order of the day at Wolverine Worldwide YMCA

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Family YMCA Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma, and Amy Horn, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Program Asst., standing in the foreground of a long line of bikes to be gifted to 29 area children.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Kent County Sheriff Department, in collaboration with the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA and Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition, conducted a bicycle give-a-way and safety event for 29 area children on Tuesday, August 28. Making it all possible were 29 new or gently used bikes that had come into the […]

Remodeled, expanded gym a first-class facility

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“It’s wonderful to be part of a community that is always trying to grow and improve, expand,” said Tim Chesla, owner of NorthStar Gymnastics Inc., now in its 18th year at 723 Byrne Industrial Drive. In fitting with a town that is always updating, remodeling and celebrating growth, NorthStar is wrapping up a months-long remodeling […]

Rockford woman a repeat offender in random acts of kindness

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by BETH ALTENA At age 64, Vern Criner is “the baby here” at Richter Place Apartments, a fair housing complex for residents age 62 and older. Julie Carr, 74, is his senior by 10 years. When she heard that the relative newcomer to the complex wished he had a bedspread, she sprang into action. With […]

‘Discover Pickerel’ needs volunteers

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Help defend the natural habitats at Pickerel Lake Park/Fred Meijer Nature Preserve against an alien invader! Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist program is partnering with Kent County Parks to host an Autumn Olive Control Project at Pickerel Lake on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. An orientation is included […]