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My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

My Town: Fallen Lowell soldier to be honored during inaugural event

My Town: Fallen Lowell soldier to be honored during inaugural event

LOWELL, Mich.—The family of a Lowell native killed while fighting in Afghanistan will be honored during an inaugural event in West Michigan this week.

Lucas Beachnaw died in a fire fight in 2010.  He was 23 years old.

Organizers say Beachnaw’s family will be honored along with Korean War POW John Erickson during Freedom Cruise 2014, sponsored by Village Motorsports.  The five day event begins June 25 and will include car and motorcycle shows, performances by Carrie Lynch and Ryder Jones,  a guest appearance by Danny “The Count” Koker from “Count’s Kustoms” on the History Channel, and Honor Cruises spanning from Sparta to Lowell.

Proceeds from the event will go to Finish The Mission veteran relief fund.  For additional information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Firemen, ballerinas, mascots, sports figures, literary characters and more will be at local library branches on June 21 to get kids reading!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way are joining forces to present Book Buddies, a program that encourages children to check out a “book buddy” and spend ten minutes reading their favorite book together.

The Book Buddies program is designed to help children meet the goal of reading 400 minutes over the summer, the amount of time it is estimated that kids should spend reading to prevent summer slide and maintain the reading gains they made over the school year.

Seven local library branches will present Book Buddies on June 21. The schedule is as follows:

My Town Lowell: Jukejoint Handmedowns take the stage June 19 for Sizzlin' Summer Concert

My Town Lowell: Jukejoint Handmedowns take the stage June 19 for Sizzlin' Summer Concert

LOWELL, Mich.—Expect an eclectic mix of music Thursday, June 19 as the second act of the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series takes the stage.

Jukejoint Handmedowns started with Nathan James and Tim Foley in 2010 and has since doubled in size, with Paul Harris on steel guitar and Craig Van Otteren on mandolin.  The American roots group’s collection of songs mixes old country and western with 70s AM pop radio hits, jazz, rock and roll and contemporary music.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. at Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell.  Admission and parking is free.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or take a seat on the public bleachers.

The summer concert series is brought to the community by LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.

My Town Lowell: Pick the film for Sizzlin' Summer Concerts celebration

My Town Lowell: Pick the film for Sizzlin' Summer Concerts celebration

LOWELL, Mich.— What movie should grace the big screen during this year’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts?

That’s the question LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce are asking community members.  Now through June 26, residents are encouraged to nominate their favorite film, which may be shown Aug. 22 on the Riverwalk Plaza.  The public will be asked to whittle down the nominees by voting during each concert this summer.  On July 10, the top ten films will be announced.  The public will then have another chance to vote for their favorite before the winning film is announced July 31.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.