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Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Wins Bryant Medal of Excellence Award

Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Wins Bryant Medal of Excellence Award

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Schaafsma Heating & Cooling, Inc., was recently honored at the annual Bryant Dealer meeting with a Tier 2 Medal of Excellence (MOE) Award. Schaafsma will also go on to compete as one of the top 15 dealers in the nation.

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

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Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

Nice weather draws anglers to fish ladder

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Beautiful weather on Monday brought out the anglers in Grand Rapids.

The Grand River near the Sixth St. dam and the fish ladder was filled with people trying to catch steelhead. Some of them were having success.

"There are a lot of fish in here running to spawn," said fisherman Kevin Hoskin. "I came down here because it is a beautiful day; it's morning time, and they start hitting around noon to 2 p.m., and it is just a beautiful day out."

Many anglers like steelhead because the fish put up a good fight.

The area by the fish ladder is one of the best fishing spots in Grand Rapids.

Cherry Health & Grand Rapids Public Library Observe Successes in Early Childhood Development Class

Cherry Health & Grand Rapids Public Library Observe Successes in Early Childhood Development Class

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Cherry Health continues its collaboration with the Grand Rapids Public Library, offering free family activity classes for children ages 2-5. EatPlayGrow™ is an initiative to help families develop healthy habits from an early age.

Jacklyn Chandler, EatPlayGrow™ Coordinator, noted: “We have had a wonderful community response to class activities and lessons. Families enjoy this dedicated time with their children – from story time to amusing experiments with glue. We witness a lot of laughter in our classes.”

April classes focus on healthy food choices while referencing a familiar image – the traffic light!

The classes also feature art-making, storytelling, music, and movement activities to encourage knowledge attainment and to learn through play!

The following is the class schedule for the month of April:

Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.
West Leonard Branch
1017 Leonard NW 49504


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Fire starts in basement of Red Jet Cafe

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A fire in the basement of a popular Grand Rapids restaurant closed down Plainfield Avenue Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at about 8:00am at the Red Jet Cafe on Plainfield Avenue. The restaurant was not open for business at the time.

Firefighters had to evacuate from the building due to concern of a gas leak. Plainfield Avenue was blocked as crews work the scene. DTE Energy is on the scene working on the utilities.

The restaurant is closed and management will announce when they open on their Facebook page.

One shot in NW Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating a shooting on Grand Rapids' northwest side.

Police were called to Quarry Street around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, there they found someone had been shot.

The victim was taken to Saint Mary's Hospital; their condition is unknown.

Police continue to investigate the scene.

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.