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Change Ups: Mel Trotter burns debt note

January 3, 2014
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Met Trotter Ministries is free of a $3.2 million debt. The money owed was the result of projects over a period from 2000 to 2007, including the purchase of adjoining property for a women’s shelter at 225 Commerce St. SW and the acquisition of a building at 555 28th St. SE that serves as its thrift store. Upon the purchase of the 28th Street building, Mel Trotter reached its maximum amount of debt at the end of 2007 of $3.2 million. A final lump sum payment was made by a local anonymous family foundation.

ACCOUNTING

Kaptein, Dykstra & Co. PC, of Grandville, announced the promotion to partner of Joel Holstege.

ARTS

Three Grand Rapids Public Library locations have been selected to join the Family Place Libraries national network, providing a welcoming community environment with resources that families need to nurture their children’s development during the critical first year of life: Grand Rapids Main Library, Madison Square Branch and Ottawa Hills Branch.

Kalamazoo Public Library has been designated a Family Place Library, a network of children’s libraries that believe literacy begins at birth and libraries can help build healthy communities.

BANKING

The boards of directors of ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. and ChoiceOne Bank have appointed Paul Johnson to chairman of their respective boards of directors. Johnson is the former owner and retired president of Falcon Resources Inc., a Belmont-based sales, engineering and design firm and manufacturers representative agency for the automotive and furniture industries.

EDUCATION

Davenport University’s College of Health Professions announced it has launched a new Master of Science degree program in occupational therapy at its W.A. Lettinga Campus. The program has earned Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and plans to enroll the first class of students in September 2014.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Miller Poultry and D&W Fresh Market distributed 5,000 pounds of Miller Poultry drumsticks/thighs and 600 pounds of chicken sausage for needy families, an effort coordinated through 10 food pantries.

GRANTS

Sarah Hinkley, a Ferris State University associate professor and chief of vision rehabilitation services at FSU’s Michigan College of Optometry, was awarded a $2,000 Fredric Rosemore Low Vision grant to help fund her Interprofessional Collaboration in Vision Rehabilitation for Student Education and Patient Care project. The venture is in collaboration with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to assist the rehabilitation of vision impairment and blindness patients through a team approach.

HEALTH

North Ottawa Community Health System announced the appointment of Haney Assaad, M.D., to the newly created role of vice president of medical affairs.

Spectrum Health Systems board of directors announced the elections Melonie S. Ice, M.D., Grand Valley Medical Specialists, and Stephen J. Boshoven, Foremost Brand.

HUMAN SERVICES

Mel Trotter Ministries announced it served meals to an estimated 300 people on Christmas Day. Gift bags that included dental items, socks and gloves also were given at no charge to men, women and children.

INSURANCE

The ASU Group announced two new members to its board of directors: David Hop, Van Wyk Risk and Financial Management; and Richard R. Current, formerly of Neogen Corp.

MANUFACTURING

The Right Place Inc. and Grand Rapids SmartZone announced the West Michigan Medical Device Consortium has been rebranded as MiDevice. The new brand is the latest move in an ongoing evolution of the group since The Right Place began running it in August 2012.

MEDIA

WOOD TV 8 announced anchor shifts starting Jan 6: Marlee Ginter and Brian Sterling will debut as the new anchor team for 24 Hour News 8 at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV, and at 11 p.m. on WOOD TV 8. Susan Shaw and Sterling will remain the anchors for 24 Hour News 8 at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Shaw will move dayside to also anchor 24 Hour News 8 at noon.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Scott Gilman, of Kentwood, to the Michigan Autism Council.Gilman will serve the remainder of a four-year term that expires Sept. 30, 2015.

RETAIL

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids announced the grand opening of its 1,400-square-foot Wyoming store at 870 28thSt. SW. It shares the parking lot with Rogers Plaza and Duthler Foods.

Meijer Inc. announced it contributed $10,000 to the 2013 Great Start Parent Coalition Diaper Drive, enabling the coalition to purchase more than 60,000 diapers for families in need in Kent County. The Diaper Drive has contributed more than 300,000 diapers to local food pantries and other community agencies over the last five years.

SPORTS

MVP Sports Clubs announced the final plans for completion of its real estate purchase of Orchard Hills Swim & Sports Club at 115 Crahen Ave. NE. The transaction is contingent upon the Grand Rapids Township approval of MVP’s plans for the property.

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