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My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis is in the books.

Organizers say more than 500 people filled John Ball Park Zoo for the May 3 event, which raised more than $84,000 to support Arthritis Foundation programs.

The event honored three-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with arthritis at age two.

“Arthritis is a terrible disease,” said  her mother, Jeanne. “We are very grateful to all the people who came to today’s event. We know that, with their support, we can and will find a cure.”

More than 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan have arthritis- 31 percent of the population.

My Town: Norton Shores among best places for home ownership in Michigan

My Town: Norton Shores among best places for home ownership in Michigan

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to six of the top ten best places for home ownership in Michigan.

That’s according to a new report out by the consumer advocacy website,  NerdWallet.  The publication based its rankings on home ownership rates, monthly homeowner costs, monthly household income and population growth.  The rankings are as follows:

  • #1: New Baltimore
  • #2:  Forest Hills
  • #3: Jenison
  • #4: Lambertville
  • #5: East Grand Rapids
  • #6: Norton Shores
  • #7: Holt
  • #8: Northview
  • #9:  Cutlerville
  • #10: Allen Park

To see the entire report, click here.

My Town: Celebrating mom on a budget this Mother's Day

My Town: Celebrating mom on a budget this Mother's Day

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--  Mother’s Day is this weekend and Muskegon County businesses and organizations have some free and inexpensive ways to help you celebrate.

On May 10, children and teenagers who visit Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon can create a pot filled with flowers for mom for free.  The pots, dirt and flowers will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  For more information, call (231) 744-6080.

Children in Muskegon can also harness their artistic skills for mom at Hackley Library on May 10.  From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the library will be hosting Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids.  

My Town: Local business recognized with excellence award

My Town: Local business recognized with excellence award

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MUSKEGON, Mich.—For the second year in a row, Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning, a West Michigan-based heating and cooling business, was recognized at the Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems annual dealer meeting with a Tier 1 Medal of Excellence (MOE) Award.

The MOE award is a business enrichment program specifically designed to recognize Bryant dealers like Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning  that do “whatever it takes” to improve their business.  The decision to honor a Bryant dealer with the MOE distinction is based on their sales growth, product mix, and customer satisfaction.  Additional criteria such as their dealer program utilization and the company’s self-assessment are also taken into consideration.

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than 450 people are expected to fill John Ball Park Zoo Saturday, but not because of the animals.

They’re signed up to take part in the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis.

The event, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, is a non-competitive event aimed at raising awareness and money to help Michiganders who have arthritis.  This year’s honoree is 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores.  She is among the more than 300,000 children nationwide diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Participants in this year’s walk will enjoy refreshments, music, massages and other family-friendly activities.  Those who donate $25 or more will be given admission to the zoo.

WZZM 13’s Jennifer Pascua will emcee this year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m.

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A team of volunteers hopes to return soon to repair two Muskegon cemeteries severely damaged during recent storms.

On Saturday, April 26, approximately 45 volunteers with The Home Depot’s Team Depot descended on Oakwood and Evergreen cemeteries to clean up with devastation left behind during the April 12 storms. Straight line winds, heavy rains and hail hit the area, uprooting large trees, which came crashing down on some of the grave markers within the cemeteries.

Store manager Michael Zizak says the volunteers got through about a third of the work Saturday. Unfortunately, Team Rubicon, which partnered with Team Depot in the effort, was called to handle the aftermath of flooding in Newaygo and the tornado outbreak in Kansas.

Zizak says it’s unclear when volunteers will be able to return, but the City of Muskegon hopes to have the debris cleared in time for Memorial Day.