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Football Standout Eric Hipple to Speak at West Catholic High School

Football Standout Eric Hipple to Speak at West Catholic High School

Former Detroit Lions football star Eric Hipple will speak on March 2, 2012, at West Catholic High School, kicking off a year-long campaign aimed at helping students gain new awareness and insight into the dual effects of bullying and teen depression.

Although Hipple was well-known at the Pontiac Silverdome during the 1980s, many people are unaware of his struggles off the field, battling his own depression and coping with the suicide of his 15-year-old son in 2000. Hipple's memoir, Real Men Do Cry, published in 2008, chronicles his journey through depression to wellness.

"It wasn't until my son's death that I finally realized that it wasn't about someone else 'fixing me,'" he said. "It was about being completely honest, learning everything I could, and asking questions, getting answers and taking action."

Discover Millennium Park

Discover Millennium Park

The Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist program and Kent County Parks is sponsoring a free and fun discovery program for kids of all ages! Join us at Millennium Park's Hansen Nature Trail between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Families will enjoy a nature experience together-learning about Millennium Park and its history while walking the Hansen Trail with staffed and guided docent stations.

For more information on this event and directions go to: www.stuckongardening.com

Union High School Basketball Games to Benefit Gilda’s Club

Union High School Basketball Games to Benefit Gilda’s Club

Union High School’s varsity basketball teams will host their annual “Play for Hope” games on Friday, February 10, 2012 to benefit Gilda’s Club. The Union Red Hawks will be taking on Reeths-Puffer High School. Admission to the game is free with the purchase of a “Play for Hope” t-shirt, which are available at the Union High School Athletic Office.

Varsity girls game 6:00pm
Varsity boys game 7:30pm


Student tickets are $3. General Admission tickets are $5. Admission is free with the purchase of a “Play for Hope” t-shirt. T-shirts can be purchased at the Union Athletic Office for $10.

Catholic Central / West Catholic fencing team brings home the trophy

Catholic Central / West Catholic fencing team brings home the trophy

The West Michigan Fencing Academy announced that a composite team from Catholic Central and West Catholic captured the Team Trophy at the Midwest High School Championships.

According to the WMFA, Kayla Kelch of Caledonia High School, Desree Ortega-Furgeson of Catholic Central and Amanda Williams of Rockford High School came in first, second and third, respectively, out of a field of 46 women in the foil competition.  All three were undefeated until meeting each other at the end of the competition.

You can find out more about the sport at WMFA.org.

The Hills are Alive

The Hills are Alive

The hills are alive once more with the sound of kids and parents alike out and sliding on the hills at Union High School on Grand Rapids Northwest side. There is lots of squealing, shouting and laughs as they all take turns sliding down the hills and then trudging back up for another spin.

What an awesome way for families to spend time together while getting fresh air and lots of exercise. And, it’s all free.

The Westside of Grand Rapids is very fortunate to have two great sliding areas with Union and also Richmond Park. Take time to check them out!

Season Changes and Outdoor Activities

Season Changes and Outdoor Activities

The first snowfall of the season brings new ideas for still getting exercise during our winter months along with enjoying the beauty of nature.

For people who take advantage of the wonderful walking and biking trails that are available to all of us at no charge, now is the time to reprogram ourselves not only for walking but maybe some cross country skiing on some of the same trails.

In looking through different websites I saw advertisements for winter snow tires for bikes. I did not know this was something that was even available.

Pick out a trail; they are all mapped out at Kent County Parks Department on line where you can print off a map. Kent County has 5 main access trails at Johnson Park, John Ball Park, Douglas Walker Park and Millennium Park

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

From: http://grpublicschools.org

This year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, the 19th annual, was a huge success! More than 1,400 participants came out to Cornerstone University to take part in the event.

(Above) Competitors and spectators gather near the Start/Finish line before the gun goes off.

Click here to watch a video of the beginning of the race.