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Cornerstone honors former university President


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cornerstone University faculty and staff are remembering former president and chancellor, Dr. W. Wilbert Welch. Dr. Welch passed away in July.

A community memorial service was held Monday morning in Christ Chapel on campus.

Welch started at the school with less than 150 students meeting in a church basement on Wealthy Street in 1959. During his years as president, he grew the small Bible institute into the accredited Christian liberal arts college that now serves nearly 3,000 students on the East Beltline campus. Dr. Welch served as president until 1983.

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Glow Ball Golf Fundraiser Event at the Pines

Glow Ball Golf Fundraiser Event at the Pines

Terry Hunt is heading up a Charity event on September 11th and then again on September 18th for his sister in law Monica Hunt, 53 years of age, who is suffering from cancer.

This will be an unusual event; it’s Glow Ball Golf, to be held at the Pines located at 5050 Byron Center Ave, phone number 616-538-8380. Terry and his family are paying for all the equipment to be used for this unusual event and all the equipment will remain at the golf course for charity events to be held in the future, thereby saving participants a lot of money.

This event is scheduled to start at dusk on both dates but participants are asked to be at the golf course one hour earlier. The cost for this event is $35 on September 11th and $25 on September 18th. It will be 4-man teams but if you do not have a team to play with, don’t let that stop you. You will be paired up with other people so you can play. Terry can be reached at 616-406-7701.

Davenport Alumni Event at John Ball Zoo

Davenport Alumni Event at John Ball Zoo

Members of the Davenport University Alumni are planning a day of fun and activities at John Ball Zoo Saturday, September 12th from 11am – 2pm. Join them in seeing some exciting exhibits such as the Tigers of the Realm, Living Shores Aquarium, Treetops Outpost and the Children’s Nature Play Zone.

Tickets are limited, so please register at: davenport.edu/GRZoo. Tickets include family friendly activities, lunch and entrance to the zoo. Cost: Adult $10; Child $5; Child under 2 years of age and under FREE. Meet at the Pond Pavilion within the Zoo grounds.

Artists Creating Together students learn the Art of Gardening


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Artists Creating Together is once again partnering with the Creston Neighborhood Association for its Art of Gardening course. But this year, it's a course of 14 weeks instead of four. In that time, people 16 and older with disabilities have focused on three elements: gardening, culinary arts and visual arts.

Through ACT's partnership with the Creston Neighborhood Association's Carrier Street Garden, students have the opportunity to watch their plants grow for an entire season, and also to get involved in the community. Working with teaching artist Brienna Gerard, students are planting tomatoes, basil, lettuce, kale, herbs and more, while also learning about each part of a plant and each element of a garden.

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Fund Raiser for The Dave Weykamp Family

Fund Raiser for The Dave Weykamp Family

A fund raiser is being planned for the Dave Weykamp Family, to be held at St. Peter & Paul’s School Gym, in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, October 17th at 5:30pm.

Dave Weykamp, age 52, passed away on December 28, 2014 after months of treatment for AML Leukemia. His wife Jill has been fighting Multiple Myeloma since April of 2013, while still caring for their two sons, Anthony & Nicholas. Right now she is in a state of remission, thanks to all the medical treatments and prayers from many people.

 As any family knows who has been touched by this disease, treatment costs are staggering, leaving families in dire straits. Thus, the reason behind this fund raiser event, being put together by the Boy Scout Troop that both Weykamp boys belong to.

More information can be obtained by calling Jennifer Schaffer at 616-581-8358 or going to this website, schaf2420@aol.com.

Back to School Rally at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church

Back to School Rally at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church

Join Bishop Marvin L. Sapp and Lighthouse Full Life Center Church for the 18th Annual Back to School Rally on Saturday, August 22nd from 2 – 5pm on the academic campus. This is located in Kingdom Square, 600 Burton St. SE in Grand Rapids, MI. This includes students Pre-K through 12th Grade.

During this event, families in the community will receive free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, clothes, food, various games and much more. Please join the estimated 2000 people who will partake in this important event.

Additional information at 616-241-5448.

Opinion: Robo Calls, Everyone's Nightmare

Opinion: Robo Calls, Everyone's Nightmare

I just read an article about robo calls in the Consumers Report magazine (September issue) called “Rage Against Robo Calls.” Telemarketing fraud that often begins with a robo call is estimated to cost consumers $350 Million dollars a year.

Some of the most common types of calls state that your computer has a virus, then promise to fix it, if you provide access to your computer, thereby opening the door to identity theft. The IRS scam is another one that has been going for months. The caller threatens, saying you will be jailed or imprisoned because of taxes you owe, even leaving messages like this on answering machines. In the first place, the IRS does not make phone calls and secondly, if you do not owe anything to the IRS, why would you ever take this serious? Another claims that you did not show for jury duty and asks that you verify your date of birth and Social Security number.