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Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Lowell Area Farmers' Market closed July 4

Lowell Area Farmers' Market closed July 4

LOWELL, Mich.--The Lowell Area Farmers’ Market will be closed July 4 for the holiday.

However the market is extending its hours to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays for the rest of the season.

The Lowell Area Farmers’ Market runs through September 12.  The market will also be open Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.as part of the Harvest Celebration at the Lowell Fairgrounds.

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

ROCKFORD, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s first “Healthier Homes” will be on display during the 2013 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

The home, located at 9309 Stone View Drive, is part of Sable Homes’ Stone Crest development in Rockford.  The 2,242 square foot house is the first of its kind in West Michigan to feature AirRenew gypsum board walls, which purify the air for 75 years, converting contaminants like formaldehyde into safe inert compounds. The walls are also moisture and mold resistant. It also contains latex paint and primer that  are free of volatile organic compounds.

The Spring Parade of Homes runs May 24 through June 8.  Tickets start at $10.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Last Day Friday for Giggles & Gumdrops

Last Day Friday for Giggles & Gumdrops

This is the last week for Giggles & Gumdrops in downtown Lowell. After three years in business, the consignment shop for toys, children's and pre-teen clothing and shoes, and baby gear is closing its doors for good on Friday.

Owner Melissa Freeman says while the business has always generated a profit, and continues to grow, she is closing the store at 217 W. Main Street to focus more on her family. She is also shifting her business endeavors to e-commerce. But you will still see her around town, as she plans at least one on-site event each month. More details will come on that new business in April through the store's email newsletter and Facebook page.

Lowell Expo This Saturday

Lowell Expo This Saturday
17th Annual Lowell Community Expo

Where: Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes

When: Saturday, March 23 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

What: Spotlighting more than  150 businesses, churches, organizations and government agencies in one place! Entertainment, raffles, interactive displays, concessions, FREE admission and parking. Check out this map of the Expo.

Also... Free Annual Electronics Recycling Event
9:00am to 3:00pm
Lowell High School Parking lot