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Change Ups: Creatures of Light exhibit explores bioluminescence

January 20, 2017
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Creatures of Light

An exhibit planned for next month at the Grand Rapids Public Museum will explore the organisms that produce light. Opening March 11, Creatures of Light will move visitors through a series of luminous environments, from mushrooms on land to the deepest parts of the ocean, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it. Themes covered will include the ways light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey and defend against a predator.


Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC announced the promotion of Stephanie M. Cleaver to partner. Cleaver joined the firm in 1999 as a staff accountant after graduating from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in business accountancy. She began her career in AHP’s Greater Lansing office and transitioned to Grand Rapids in 2003.

Rehmann in Troy named Sandy Shecter director of the firm’s accounting, consulting and tax department.


TowerPinkster announced the additions of Scott Harmon, architectural project coordinator; Don Glennie, mechanical designer; Matt Van Duinen, processing plant designer; Andrew Queenan, project architect; Rina Sahay, BIM specialist; Kevin Tempelman, architectural designer; and Allyson Andrews and Marissa Dotson, interns.

WBK Engineering LLC announced the move of its Battle Creek office to 68 E. Michigan Ave.


The Grand Rapids Arts Museum announced the promotion of Christopher Bruce to director of learning and creativity.


The Kent County Administrator announced for the 25th time in 26 years the county has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award recognizes Kent County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for year ending Dec. 31, 2015. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Lacks Enterprises recently sponsored the 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Production Car. The award recognizes designers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision in design for a production vehicle. The award was presented at the Cobo Center Atrium during the North American International Auto Show.


Great Lakes Label announced organizational changes: Ed Jaroszewicz is the company’s vice president and managing director; Todd Staskiewicz is vice president of sales and marketing; and Chuck Pearce is director of key accounts and equipment sales.


Miller-Davis Co. in Kalamazoo was selected as construction manager for the demolition and re-construction of Eastern Elementary School in Traverse City.

Nugent Builders Inc. in Rockford hired George Germain, project manager/safety director; Nancee Ritsema, administrative assistant/contract administrator; and Don Sobie, project superintendent.


Crystal Schneider and Monica Zweedyk have joined Argus Financial Consultants, as the client relations manager and as a client services associate, respectively.

Regal Financial Group LLC in Kentwood announced the additions of Paige Fraga as director of advisor advocacy and recruiting and Mendy Morgan as compliance specialist.


CoreLife Eatery announced its first franchise with restaurateur Joyce Lunsford, whose corporate office is in Stevensville. Lunsford has been in the quick service restaurant business for many years and owns nearly 50 franchise restaurants, including Pizza Hut, Sonic and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Her first Michigan location will be Bucktown, a shopping area near Rivertown Crossings mall and is slated for an April 2017 opening. Lunsford’s initial plans call for 25-30 CoreLife Eatery locations throughout Michigan and, possibly, into Indiana.

Madcap Coffee had its a soft opening Jan. 3 at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, 435 Ionia Ave. SW, with a grand opening planned soon.

Short’s Brewing Co. in Elk Rapids announced the distribution of two brews for independent Michigan accounts only: Publican Porter, a classic Short’s brew and Chief Hopper, a new Double IPA. Both will be distributed to interested Michigan accounts with fewer than five locations nationwide. Both will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and various keg sizes.


Exalta Health was awarded a $25,000 grant by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of its safety-net clinic system.


The city of Kentwood launched a new service project in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King called the Kentwood Little Free Pantry, where people can take or leave food and household supplies. It is located inside the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE. Donations can be made at The Pantry at 4150 Kalamazoo Ave. SE.


The Kent County Health Department recently teamed up with the Grand Rapids Griffins to stop radon gas. While the Griffins took on the Charlotte Checkers recently at Van Andel Arena, KCHD staff gave away thousands of radon test kits. KCHD also offers free radon test kits to Kent County residents at all three of its locations until supplies runs out. Radon gas is colorless and odorless that kills more Americans annually than drunk driving and drowning combined, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ottawa County Parks announced its Step it Up Fall Colors program resulted in 404 participants walking a combined 71,174 miles. Participants were challenged to walk 225 miles over a seven-week period. To help them get their steps in each week, they were invited to weekly group walks at several Ottawa County Parks, led by the parks naturalist guides.


Founder/owner Elizabeth Harrell marked the fifth anniversary of Crossroads Eldercare Planning, which she launched to serve seniors and their families to educate them on their options for senior housing, home care and senior resources. Details:

WMU Cooley Law School’s Student Bar Association recently donated $1,500 to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in Grand Rapids. The funds were raised at the law school’s annual Barrister's Ball that students, faculty and staff attended at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.


Acrisure LLC announced Adam C. Reed was named its General Counsel. He succeeds John P. Iacono, who will retire later this year.


Price Heneveld LLP announced the promotion of Gregory A. Lewis to partner.


Tulip Time Festival in Holland announced the opening of online registration and details for the 2017 Tulip Time Run scheduled May 6 at Kollen Park. For more information, call (616) 396-4221 ext. 114, email or visit


Tubelite Inc. in Walker welcomed Jim Leadbetter as director of operations in Reed City.


Heart of West Michigan United Way recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The nonprofit has worked together with local businesses and donors to invest $500 million into the community. Today, it supports local programming crucial to helping families in the areas of education, mental health, housing, food security, violence prevention and workforce development.


The Diocese of Grand Rapids announced it sold the former property of St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in Muskegon. The property at 1292 Jefferson St. sat vacant since the church closed in April 2015 as part of the diocese’s Our Faith, Our Future pastoral plan. The parish merged with St. Mary Catholic Church in Muskegon.

Third Coast Development and city of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss plan to break ground Jan. 25th on the Diamond Place mixed-use development at the NE corner of Diamond Street and Michigan Street in Grand Rapids. The $42-million, 2.8-acre development will have 165 residential units, two retail spaces, a grocery store and a 240-car parking deck.

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