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Grand Rapids woman wins national photo contest

Grand Rapids woman wins national photo contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Two photos are all it took to get a Grand Rapids woman to her family in Missouri this holiday season.

Kristie Lynn Schrotenboer is a winner of the Exxon and Mobil Fueling Connections national photo contest.  She created a seamless photo mash-up with the help of her friend Lori.  Their prize: $1,000 worth of ExxonMobil gift cards.  

“I plan on using the gift card on my Thanksgiving drive to my sister’s house in Missouri,” said Schrotenboer. “It’s a 10-hour trip that came up recently when we learned my sister and her family couldn’t come to our parent’s house in Grand Rapids. Instead, our immediate family, all 13 of us, including our parents and brother from Texas, will be driving down to spend Thanksgiving together.”

Wyoming Animal Hospital wins Celebrated Service Award

Wyoming Animal Hospital wins Celebrated Service Award

WYOMING, Mich.--- Wyoming is home to this year’s winner of Celebration! Cinema’s Celebrated Service Award.

Wyoming Animal Hospital won the public vote, which took place Nov. 12- Nov. 26.  The Celebrated Service Award was created by Celebration! Cinema to spark conversation about service in the community. Cinema employees nominated more than 300 businesses for this year’s honor.

“Celebrated service is the magic that happens when people take their work personally,” said Emily Loeks, Director of Community Affairs for Celebration!

Michigan Blood joins alliance to save money and lives

Michigan Blood joins alliance to save money and lives

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Michigan Blood is teaming up with two blood centers based to share services and cut costs.

Michigan Blood is joining the Centers for Transfusion and Transplant Medicine (CTTM).  BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Chicago-based Heartland Blood Centers are already non-profit members of the alliance. Michigan Blood brings its expertise in cord blood and cell therapies to the table. 

“The addition of Michigan Blood marks another milestone for CTTM to shape the future of healthcare,” according to Jacquelyn Fredrick, president and CEO of BloodCenter of Wisconsin and CTTM. “As new affiliates join the strategic alliance, greater opportunities are presented through sharing expertise and resources. This will lead to even greater transfusion medicine services for the hospital systems we serve.”

Michigan Blood serves more than 40 hospitals across the state.

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
  • D.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include: