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December 21, 2018
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Clays For Kids Autism Support

The Clays-for-Kids Foundation marked its 20th annual Clays-for-Kids Clay Shoot recently at the Kent County Conservation League. For the fifth year in a row, Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Michigan partnered with CFK and raised $25,000 that was donated to Autism Support of West Shore, a nonprofit organization advocating and supporting participation in all aspects of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families throughout the West Michigan area.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fleis & VandenBrink hired Steve Czadzeck, landscape architect, Lori Hansen, administrative assistant, Susan Miller, human resources assistant and Kyle Suttons, engineer-in-training.

AWARDS

Zeeland-based Creative Dining Services announced Aquinas College Dining received a grade A+ and Kalamazoo College Dining an A on the Vegan Report Card from Peta2, the world’s largest youth animal rights group in the world.

BANKING

Angie Gilliland joined Independent Bank as bank manager of the Saranac office. Gilliland has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry, including consumer and mortgage lending.

Lake Michigan Credit Union opened a full-service branch at 925 W. Sherman Blvd. in Muskegon. The Muskegon facility features a walk-in lobby, drive-through service, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, night depository, notary public, as well as ready access to mortgage services, commercial lending, insurance and wealth management.

CONSTRUCTION

Darren Smith joined Bruce Heys Builders as site foreman.

EDUCATION

Albion College appointed Jeffrey Battershall, partner at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP and Albion class of 1986, to the advisory council for the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service; Gary Allore, CEO and president of Mercy Health Muskegon and Albion class of 1985, will serve on the advisory council for the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine.

Grand Rapids Community College English professor Mursalata Muhammad was named to serve on the new state Department of Education’s Social Studies Standards Bias Review Committee, one of several panels the department created in the wake of concerns raised over the proposed curriculum changes.

The Black Law Student Association at WMU Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus hosted its first supply drive for the Deborah House, a charitable initiative providing outreach for single mothers and pregnant women that is in association with Kingdom Life Ministries Community Development Corporation.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Long Road Distillers was awarded Distillery of the Year at the first Golden Jigger Awards hosted by Nick Britsky of NickDrinks.com at the Willis Show Bar. Long Road Distillers topped a list of five distillery nominees from around Michigan selected by the NickDrinks.com team. A combination of a public vote, a panel of Metro Detroit Food and Beverage Media, hospitality industry professionals and the team at NickDrinks.com then chose winners.

GOVERNMENT

Deputy Police Chief David Kiddle was appointed interim chief of the Grand Rapids Police Department. Kiddle replaces Police Chief David Rahinsky, who left Dec. 18 to begin retirement by moving closer to his family. Kiddle has been with the GRPD since 1992.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is the first fire agency in the state to achieve Insurance Services Office Class 1 rating, the result of the city’s water department, emergency communications and fire department’s commitment to continuous improvement, overall efficiency in execution and response of emergency service.

GRANTS

The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Wege Foundation of Grand Rapids. These funds will support diversity and outreach programming at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Independent Bank recently presented Northern Initiatives with a $10,000 general fund grant. The grant will help assist with expenses as the nonprofit works to provide support and financing for local small businesses. In 2017, NI added Muskegon and Grand Rapids to its growing list of Michigan counties it serves, which includes 73 of the 83 counties throughout Michigan.

HEALTH

Zana McClure was named a Special Programs Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Services for her dedicated care of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. McClure has worked at the long-term care facility for more than eight years and currently cares for 29 veterans. She helps her patients, who range from octogenarians that served in World War II to veterans of modern conflicts who would otherwise be homeless, with a variety of needs.

LEGAL

Bloomfield Hills-based Plunkett Cooney hired attorney Dennis J. Malecki in the firm’s Grand Rapids office in the transportation law practice group.

Miller Johnson welcomed attorney Daniel Truesdell to its litigation section.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP hired Brandon J. Cory to its Grand Rapids office. He will concentrate his practice in general commercial litigation.

MANUFACTURING

Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards accepted on behalf of the company the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (Small Tier) Award at the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s MFG Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, on the campus of Michigan State University.

NONPROFITS

Moderation Management in Grandville, a support network for people concerned about their drinking who desire to make positive lifestyle changes, will host the sixth annual Dryuary, starting Jan. 1. Participants can register at dryuary.org to receive daily inspirational posts by recovery and inspirational writers.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

The West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced its board members and officers for 2019. Board officers: president: Andrea Finnigan, Spectrum Health; president-elect: Amanda St. Pierre, Saint PR; secretary: Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR; and treasurer: Amanda St. Pierre, Saint PR. Board members: Karen Kirchenbauer, Seyferth PR; Ashley Rene Lee, Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College; Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR; and Adrienne Wallace, Grand Valley State University.

PUBLISHING

Spring Lake resident and author Joyce Verplank Hatton published her memoir, “Breaking Glass, Broken Barriers: Voyage of an Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Hatton provides readers with an intimate look into her journey in business and politics as a woman in the 20th century and inspires a call to action during this important time of modern women’s movements. 

REAL ESTATE

Watermark Properties intends to purchase Macatawa Legends Golf Club in Holland, currently owned by Mick McGraw, CEO and owner of Eastbrook Homes. Watermark Properties will purchase the 250-acre Macatawa Legends Golf Club, while Eastbrook Homes will maintain ownership of the surrounding property for development of custom homes and condominiums on another 250-plus acres. The golf club purchase includes the 18-hole golf course, expansive clubhouse, restaurant and banquet facility. There also are a pool and tennis courts, bocce ball court, pickleball court, fitness center and more. The purchase of the club will be finalized Jan. 1.

RETAIL

Savasana Quilts opened a 740-square-foot shop located just north of Celebration! Cinema in the Northridge Centre.

SERVICES

Armstrong International in Three Rivers launched SAGE UMT, a wireless, handheld steam trap testing solution that enables accurate, on-the-go testing of steam trap performance. SAGE UMT leverages radio-frequency identification technology to quickly locate and identify steam traps.

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