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Coffee & Tradition

Coffee & Tradition

Recently Jennifer Pascua wrote an article about Mr. Burger restaurant on Lake Michigan Dr. NW in Grand Rapids, MI but I also have a connection with Mr. Burger in a very special way.

I, along with 5-6 friends, have been meeting for coffee at Mr. B's every Friday morning at 7:00am for the past 25 years. Our group consists of Theresa Tafelski, Sandy Roys, Chick Snoap, Mary Kline, Pat McComb & me, Kal Kamyszek. Donna Tuttle was a part of our group for many years but now lives on the bay up in Traverse City with her retired husband, Dave.

We have been accused of being the loudest group in Mr. B's at times but despite this, many, many people stop by our table for a chat either coming or going from the restaurant. We have laughed and cried together, weathered the loss of two mates and discuss many, many issues.

Free Westside Health Clinic Kicking Off New Year

Oasis of Hope Center, the only Grand Rapids. Mich. 501(c)(3) health clinic, is kicking off their fifth year with an open house event on Saturday, April 16th. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. at 522 Leonard Street NW Grand Rapids, Mich.

The event is open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to meet staff including the board of directors, donors and supporters. Refreshments will be provided.

Parking is available behind Eagle’s Nest Church at 540 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49504.

Learn more at www.oasis-of-hope-center.org

Love-Love when Union gets its tennis courts ready

Love-Love when Union gets its tennis courts ready

You know the weather is finally getting better when Union High School gets its tennis courts ready for the the new Spring Season.

They really have some great courts over there and many Westsiders have been taking advantage of them lately.

Worth checking out!

Plus, there's some bleachers nearby if you need to take a break after breaking a sweat.

Join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry

Join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry

Al Rotman has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jeanne (Nyeholt) for 39 years.  The Rotmans are members of Hillcrest CRC in Hudsonville.  Al has worked for Steelcase for 30 years; he is a Specialist Machine Tech in the Model Shop.  Together, Al & Jeanne enjoy going to Lake Michigan and watching the sunset while walking along the beach.  They love spending time with their 3 married children and 7 grandchildren.  It was 2 days before Christmas 2010 and just a few days before the  birth of their 7thgrandchild that Al was diagnosed with AML (acute Myeloid Leukemia).

Patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphomas, other blood cancers, and immune system disorders will often require a marrow transplant.  Unfortunately, only 30% of patients in need of a marrow transplant will find a matched donor in their family.  The other 70% turn to the National Marrow Donor Program Registry to search for an unrelated donor.  Righ

Benefit for Caitlyn Bilkovsky

Benefit for Caitlyn Bilkovsky

Caitlyn was diagnosed with “Chiari Malformation” in November 2010. Chiari Malformation is when the tonsils of the cerebellum are too long and they grow into the spinal column, putting pressure on the spinal cord and block the flow of spinal fluid. It can also cause pockets of spinal fluid to form in the spinal column and if not treated can rupture and cause paralysis.

Caitlyn underwent surgery on December 13, 2010 and has had many complications since then leading to multiple hospitalizations. Her Mother has been her main caregiver with around the clock care and due to this, her Mother’s job has been terminated.

The benefit being held on Saturday, March 26, 2011, is to help with the family’s medical expenses of $50,000.00. The benefit will be held at Kuzzin’s Lounge from 5-9pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Kenowa Hills High School Blood Drive

Kenowa Hills High School Blood Drive

Kenowa Hills High School is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 7:00am to 2:00pm at the school. The Blood Drive is usually located closest to the west entrance of the school. The school is located at 3825 Hendershot Ave NW, just off 4 Mile NW. Phone: 616-784-2400 if you have questions.

Students 16 years of age may now donate blood with a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian. Students 17 years and older are encouraged to donate as well.

If you are a parent, grandparent or friend of a student, your blood donation is appreciated. For every pint of blood donated, at least 4 people in need of blood are helped.

2 Days Left to Vote to Win $1 million to Fight Hunger in Greater Grand Rapids

2 Days Left to Vote to Win $1 million to Fight Hunger in Greater Grand Rapids

NEWS RELEASE:

2 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE TO WIN $1 MILLION TO FIGHT HUNGER IN GREATER GR

GR/Wyoming market holds 5th place position in

Walmart's national "Fighting Hunger Together" Facebook campaign

 

WHAT:                  With just over 48 hours until the 7 p.m., Dec. 31st voting deadline, FightHungerGR.org is making a final push to win $1 million for area hunger relief organizations as part of Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign.