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Tossed cigarette causes house fire


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A family is expected to be able to stay in their home after investigators say a cigarette caused an overnight fire.

It happened in the Creston Heights neighborhood on Marietta Drive between North and College Avenues just before 1:30am.

Firefighters say a discarded cigarette caused flames near the back of the home, but they were able to put out the fire before any serious damage was done.

No one was injured and the fire was limited to the outside of the home.


ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

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ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.

Home health care business closes


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Spectrum Health is helping patients find a new place to buy home medical equipment after one company unexpectedly shut down.

The 'Home Care of Michigan' office on Michigan Street closed earlier this month. Officials with Spectrum Health say the hospital system used to have a partnership with the company, but disolved it last year.

Home Care provided specialty pharmacy, prosthetic and medical equipment services to hundreds of patients.

WZZM 13 attempted to contact Home Care, but did not receive a response.

Spectrum Health is telling patients to call 616-486-3063 to get referrals.


Intersection at Michigan & Fuller opens to traffic


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The intersection at Michigan and Fuller is back open to traffic a week ahead of schedule. The intersection re-opened around Noon on Saturday. The intersection closed on Saturday April 11 at 4:00 p.m. for a concrete overhaul.

The construction was supposed to take about two weeks, but crews working 10-12 hour shifts and good weather allowed construction finish in half of the scheduled time.

Grand Rapids Police say they issued 64 tickets to drivers cutting through business parking lots to avoid detours, each ticket cost drivers $170 and two points on their license.


Vandermill opening G.R. cider mill


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids has plenty of breweries and brewpubs, and is getting distilleries. Now a new alcoholic cider mill has plans to expand here.

Vandermill, LLC, which operates a cider making facility in Spring Lake, plans to turn a former beer distribution site into a large cider making and serving location.

Vandermill Tuesday won city commission support for tax incentives for the project.

City commissioner Rosalynn Bliss told WZZM 13: "They have a well established product; they're very well respected, they have a great product and so having that addition to Grand Rapids I think is really a great thing."

Vandermill plans to invest over $1.5 million in the project that will create 75 new jobs at its 435 and 505 Ball Avenue NE locations.

Brewery was planned for G.R. building destroyed in fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM/AP) -- Authorities are investigating after an overnight fire destroyed a vacant factory on the northeast side of Grand Rapids.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. Sunday at the former site of the Oliver Racing Parts, near the corner of Clancy Avenue and Cedar Street. But firefighters say since the area is not well-traveled, the building may have been burning for some time before the fire was reported.

The roof and other parts of the building collapsed as firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Sehlmeyer says no one was inside the building at the time, and all firefighters had been accounted for. He says some neighboring homes and businesses could have been affected by downed power lines.

The building has been deemed a total loss. It's still unclear what caused the fire.

Meijer Gardens announce Summer Concert Series lineup


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is announcing another exciting lineup for this year's Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series. And, once again the event is attracting big names in the music industry.

The eclectic 30-show lineup, which includes a special 20th anniversary concert, will feature artists like The Steve Miller Band; Harry Connick, Jr.; Vince Gill; The Beach Boys & The Temptations; Diana Krall; Under the Sun Tour featuring: Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker & Eve 6; Styx and Tony Bennett.

The concert series kicks off June 3 and runs through September 7. The 20th anniversary finale will wrap up the season with fireworks.