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Change Ups: Little Red Schoolhouse renovated as general store

September 7, 2018
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Little Red Schoolhouse

Renovations inside and outside of Ada’s Little Red Schoolhouse are finished. Its new location is at the heart of the Envision Ada redevelopment project at 7430 River St. in Ada. The 150-plus-year-old building now is home to the Ada Village General Store. From 1859 to 1964, the building was a school until Forest Hills schools consolidated its district, making one-room schoolhouses unnecessary. The well-known landmark also was an ice cream shop and a flower shop.

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Court Reporters Foundation announced Tami Keenan, a retired court reporter from Battle Creek, was installed as its 2018-2020 board of trustees chair.

AWARDS

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ West Michigan Chapter announced its 32nd annual National Philanthropy Day award recipients who will be honored at a luncheon Nov. 15: Benjamin Franklin Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Vicki Weaver, Spectrum Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation; West Michigan Chapter Award for Excellence in Fundraising: Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors; Distinguished Philanthropist Award: Mary Ann Keeler; President’s Award: Louise “Punky” Edison, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology; Emerging Nonprofit Development Professional Award: Stephanie Kerr-Cathey, Kids’ Food Basket; Outstanding Corporation, Foundation, or Community Organization Award: Lake Michigan Credit Union; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award: Veverly Austin, Girl, Get Your Fight Back; and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award: Janean Couch, and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Youth Grant Committee.

Groundswell was named a winner of the 2018 Underwriters Laboratories Innovative Education Award and received $25,000. Groundswell, housed in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University, is a coalition of community partners that creates opportunities for hands-on environmental learning for K-12 students in West Michigan.

The Michigan Center for Assisted Living named Joe LeBlanc, executive director of The Village of Heather Hills, as its first Executive Director of the Year Award.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development selected Dr. John’s Candies of Comstock Park as the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Agricultural Exporter of the Year Award. Dr. John’s Candies was established in 1995 by John and Debra Bruinsma — a dentist and a dental hygienist — as a candy manufacturer that specializes in the world’s only natural, sugar-free lollipops and hard candies, which are made from premium ingredients, have no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and are free of major allergens.

BANKING

Dan Vandenbosch joined Commerce Bank as vice president, senior relationship manager.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Calder Capital LLC announced the addition of Matt Uhl as a lead mergers and acquisitions adviser.

MyWay Mobile Storage will provide one of its on-site portable storage containers to be used as backdrop for one of the commissioned artists for this year’s ArtPrize.

CONSTRUCTION

CSM Group in Kalamazoo announced its status as an Accredited Quality Contractor was renewed by the Associated Builders and Contractors.

DESIGN

Rodolfo Gonzales Interior Design opened its new location at 40 Monroe Center NW, Suite 105. The space is located inside the historic Peck Building and houses a 4,200-square-foot furniture showroom and high-end interior design studio.

ENERGY

Foresight hired Brooke Vermullen as data analyst; Brock Rodgers as director of sustainability and energy engineer; and Tony Canonie and Matt Rueping as business development.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Alva announced the appointment of Jeremy Lehman as a nonexecutive director.

FOUNDATIONS

Kalamazoo Community Foundation hired Kururama Sánchez as a community investment manager and Jordan Duckens as a communications officer.

GRANTS

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is the recipient of a $5,633 AAA Traffic Safety Grant that will be used to purchase advanced warning signs and traffic safety cones to help promote safety during emergency incidents, reduce the risk of crashes at incident sites and protect the motoring public.

GOVERNMENT

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and Ottawa County Geospatial Insights and Solutions released a mobile-friendly incident mapping system. The system allows users to search for police activity by date, location and type of incident. Incident types are categorized as traffic and crashes, crimes against persons, health and safety, drugs and alcohol, property, marine and other services.

HEALTH

Chief medical officer Dr. Peter Hahn was selected as Wyoming-based Metro Health - University of Michigan Health’s president and chief executive officer, starting Oct. 1. He succeeds Michael Faas, who last year announced his plan to retire after 25 years at Metro.

Sue Hicks, D.O., joined Metro Health-University of Michigan Health in Wyoming as an OB/GYN.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Flip Dog Yoga opened a studio at 1511 Plainfield Ave. NE.

SMG-managed Van Andel Arena now is completely smoke free for all events. The arena will no longer have a designated smoking area outside of the venue, making the building and its immediate surrounding area a nonsmoking space. As re-entry is not permitted, patrons who exit the arena for any reason, including to smoke, will not be allowed to re-enter the facility.

LOGISTICS

Dematic opened a new distribution center by the Toll Group, a third-party logistics company based in Australia. The Toll Group needed a highly automated DC to meet increasing demands from its customers for efficient e-commerce and omnichannel order fulfillment. The DC features several Dematic solutions integrated with best-in-class technologies.

RELIGION

Sunshine Community Church will relocate to a 42,182-square-foot location at 3019 Coit Ave. NE and will serve as Sunshine’s main campus. NAI Wisinski of West Michigan assisted the church in finding the new site.

RETAIL

Inner City Christian Federation will welcome two neighboring retail tenants to its Tapestry Square development at 435 LaGrave Ave. SE this fall. Motive Training will open its first brick-and-mortar location and Chasing Vanity Salon & Spa will maintain its current location at 150 Wealthy St. SE and expand into 435 LaGrave Ave. SE.

SpartanNash Co. announced Ted Adornato, executive vice president and general manager, corporate retail, will retire effective Oct. 6. Tom Swanson, currently vice president, merchandising and marketing for SpartanNash’s corporate retail, will succeed Adornato as senior vice president and general manager of corporate retail.

TECHNOLOGY

Blue Medora’s VMware User Group surveyed more than 400 IT professionals to research if increased access, data depth and context provided by a Dimensional Data stream positively impacted IT outcomes. Dimensional Data refers to a real-time metric stream provided by a monitoring integration as a service. The study found 75 percent of companies lack critical data to manage IT system health and performance. Only 9 percent of organizations have access to Dimensional Data across the majority of their integrations and are considered fully deployed. On average, 43 percent of organizations wish to increase Dimensional Data adoption within the next 18 months.

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