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Change Ups: $40,000 grant makes meal deliveries possible

July 19, 2019
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Meals on Wheels

Families in Allegan County who need home-delivered meals now have additional access because of a $40,000 grant from Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation. The grant enabled Meals on Wheels Western Michigan to purchase a specialized food delivery truck, which covers 150 miles of Allegan that serves more than 300 families. More than 48,000 meals will be delivered annually across Allegan County — the same community as Perrigo’s North American base of operations. Prior to the grant, Meals on Wheels delivery drivers needed to use their own car.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Scott Allen Creative staff received a front-end coding certificate from Grand Circus. The front-end coding bootcamp teaches students a host of programming languages and skills including: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, Node.js, Express, PostgreSQL.

Taste the Local Difference in Traverse City expanded its services to include marketing services for farms, farmers markets, specialty producers, restaurants and other local food businesses. TLD annually curates a printed, magazine-style Local Food Guide that serves as a directory to these businesses in addition to sharing recipes and highlighting regional local food champions. This year, TLD is combining its multiple publications into one statewide guide with highlights on all of Michigan’s diverse regions.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. announced the additions of Phil Ledent, senior structural engineer; Kyle Reidsma, senior traffic engineer/project manager; Steve Johnson, senior project superintendent; Brian Thompson, electrical engineer; Lauren Chwojnicki, geologist; Christian Johnson, surveyor; Jade Pyman, intern architect; Lucas Ratu, intern architect; Michael Hansen, water and wastewater engineer; and Grace Van Wienen, administrative assistant human resources.

TowerPinkster hired Chris Hamilton as a senior technology designer. Hamilton has 26 years of technology system experience, including recent work at East Lansing Public Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools, the University of Michigan, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the city of Battle Creek.

ARTS

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced a new digital membership card and ticket platform, while still allowing printed tickets and receipts if preferred. The customized platform gives members and visitors alike a better website experience to pre-purchase tickets before visiting, and a faster service at the museum’s front desk and other point of sale stations throughout the museum. Current memberships and purchased tickets still will be valid for use. GRPM will cut back on its carbon footprint by lowering the amount of paper being printed and mailed.

ASSOCIATIONS

LeadingAge Michigan announced the election of Jeff Huegli, president and CEO of Beacon Hill at Eastgate in Grand Rapids, to its board of directors.

BANKING

Independent Bank Corp., the holding company of Independent Bank, announced Robert Shuster, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the corporation and the bank, intends to retire on or about Jan. 31.

Independent Bank was named Best Bank in Michigan for a second year in a row by Forbes Magazine. The bank also received the Loyal Corporate Partner Gold Award by Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Moody on the Market named Brittany Grasley, vice president of operations at United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, one of its Top 40 Under 40 for 2019.

Sparta-based ChoiceOne Bank announced Diane M. Van Epps joined its Alpine branch, 5050 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park, as branch manager. Van Epps’ most recent position was with Comerica Bank as the vice president, banking center manager in Muskegon.

West Michigan Community Bank announced the hiring of Cadie Putnam as AVP branch manager for the Hudsonville office and Lynn Hoeksema as VP retail loan originator in Holland and surrounding areas.

EDUCATION

Holly Lake joined Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School as principal.

Jennifer Krygier joined Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland as principal.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

FormulaFolio Investments LLC was named to the 2019 edition of the Financial Times’ 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. This is the company’s second consecutive appearance on the list.

Norris, Perné & French Investment Counsel was recently named to the Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisers for 2019.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Cedar Springs Brewing Co. announced the promotion of Jeff Majewski to culinary director.

Prospectors Specialty Beverage Co. will sell a line of Bloom Ferments kombucha at Gordon Foods Service starting in early August. Flavors will include lemon honey ginger, bloomberry and strawberry kiwi.

FOUNDATIONS

Larry Murphy retired as chairman of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation board of directors, and GRCC alumnus James V. Buzzitta was elected the new chairman after serving as vice chairman. Kristine Babcock was elected vice chairperson and Doug Klein and Nancy Ayres continue as the board’s treasurer and secretary, respectively.

GOVERNMENT

Lansing-based Progress Michigan announced Grand Rapids native Sam Inglot was promoted to deputy director.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners recently approved the Brownfield Incentive Program, or BIP, to help incentivize the redevelopment of brownfield properties with local funding. The fund, managed by the Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, consists of certain revenues generated under the Brownfield Redevelopment Act, and from an Urban Cooperation Agreement with the Ottawa County Land Bank Authority, which provided funding for the BIP because of their shared goal of revitalizing vacant and underutilized land in Ottawa County.

The Ottawa County Road Commission is widening and resurfacing 120th Avenue from New Holland Street to Port Sheldon Street. The current and existing width of 120th Avenue is 24 feet (12-foot lane width) and once construction is completed the new width of the roadway will be 30 feet (15-foot lane width), making the road 3 feet wider. The road remains open to traffic during construction, as the work shall be completed using lane closures and traffic control. The road widening and resurfacing will take place in several stages and may take some time to complete. 

HUMAN SERVICES

Aegin Place of West Michigan moved to 333 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon.

LEGAL

The State Bar of Michigan announced the contested elections to the Board of Commissioners: E. Thomas McCarthy Jr., shareholder at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge and Thomas G. Sinas, Sinas Dramis law firm, both of whom will serve District C, representing Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Newaygo, Kent, Osceola, Mecosta, Clare, Isabella and Gladwin counties. Danielle M. Anderson of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone PLC’s Kalamazoo office, was elected to serve District F, representing Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

NONPROFITS

Mel Trotter Ministries recently appointed the following as officers: Chair: Kurt Hein, president/CEO, Christian Brothers Automotive; vice chair: Bob Worthington, chief operating officer, Mercantile Bank. Elected trustees: Anedra Eatman, director of human resources, TGG Solutions; Joe Jones, president/CEO, Grand Rapids Urban League; and Scott Smith, superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools.

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