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My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Even in death, a Grand Rapids police officer is caring for the dogs he loved.

Monday afternoon, the father of Officer Andrew Rusticus will present a check to the Grand Rapids Police Canine Team, to cover the cost of purchasing and caring for retired police dogs.  The money came from the inaugural K9K race created in honor of Rusticus, who died from a heart attack while on a training run to become a canine handler.  Rusticus was just 29 years old when he collapsed Feb. 25, 2012.

The first K2K race took place Aug. 9, 2014 at Riverside Park.  Proceeds from the event are going to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a scholarship at Trinity Christian College, in Rusticus’ name. 

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

OPINION: Snow Storms bring out Crazy Drivers

OPINION: Snow Storms bring out Crazy Drivers

We have crazy people out there today!!!!

Why is it that so many people just do not seem to think ahead, especially when the first snow storm arrives, like the one in progress right now as I am writing?

Driving to work today was quite an eye opener. I saw so many people stuck in the end of driveways at both homes and businesses. People who just plain refuse to clean their vehicles off just make driving so hazardous for both the driver and the people following behind them with all that extra snow blowing backward. One driver pulled out of a street half way up a hill on Bristol NW, expecting to travel up the rest of the way, only to get stuck in the middle of the hill, causing a backup of cars. Are these people who have never driven in snow before?

1st Bridal Show for the New Year, 2015

1st Bridal Show for the New Year, 2015

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will be host to the 2015 the 1st Bridal Show of the year, come January 5th from 5 – 9pm.  Additional information can be found at www.kohlerexpo.com

The area’s best bridal vendors will be on hand to help newly engaged brides put the finishing touches on their spectacular wedding day. Meeting vendors face to face is a real plus when planning such a special event.

There will be bridal exhibitors there to help with Ice Sculptures, Flowers and Decorations, Limousines, Honeymoons, Catering, Wedding Cakes, Reception Facilities, Wedding Dresses, Tuxedos, Photography & Videography, Favors, Photo Booths, DJ’s and Bridal Registry.

This event is open to the public with admission at the door. A $1 coupon is available at the site listed above. Information also available at www.GRBrides.com

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

If you are looking for an interesting and informative evening, plan on attending this event in Greenville, MI on November 18th at the Flat River Library, located at 200 W. Judd from 6 – 8pm.

Michigan’s Orphan Train is about 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area, who were taken from the streets and placed in Michigan from 1854 – 1927. Many of these children were never actually adopted but were used as teenage labor.

Join in the research with historians and television producers, Al and David Eicher, who will share details about this obscure time in Michigan’s history.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. Admission is free but if you would like more information, contact Tim West at gretjw@flatriverlibrary.org

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, Miranda Lambert comes to the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, March 15, as part of her Certified Platinum Tour.

Every Dress Has a Story Campaign Through November 14

 Every Dress Has a Story Campaign Through November 14

The Girls Scout of Michigan Shore to Shore, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Goodwill Industries of West Michigan & Goodwill of Northern Michigan are teaming up to make this dress drive possible.

This campaign will make a difference for those giving & those receiving. Those giving, it will help clean out closets, which in-turn provides giving back to the community. So, donate your dresses to ANY Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan or Northern Michigan store through November 14.

Then, get social! Share the “Every Dress Has a Story” initiative with all your social networks. Post your commitment to this campaign with the hashtag #EveryDress & share a picture of the dress that you’re donating plus the story behind it.