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Community updates: Thursday, Dec. 17

Submitted 12-17-2020 under NEWS

COVID-19 vaccinations begin in West Michigan; Mel Trotter Ministries, partners prepare winter emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness; and Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink opening on Friday.

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The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign nears final weekend for bellringing

Submitted 12-17-2020 under NONPROFITS

With less than a week remaining, The Salvation Army encourages all who are interested in ringing bells to sign up now. The needs of many families across Kent County is greater than ever before. With less kettles available, and less bell ringers, The Salvation Army needs help!

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Putting the Pieces Back Together: Derek Achieves a Year of Sobriety

Submitted 12-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

Through Guiding Light's programming, 27-year-old Derek recently achieved a milestone in his journey in sobriety.

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Ericka 'Kyd Kane' Thompson becomes Grand Rapids' new poet laureate

Submitted 12-15-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As poet laureate, Kyd Kane will act as an ambassador of poetry for the city, creating programs that encourage the writing and reading of poetry among residents. She was named in the role this fall by the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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COVID vaccine trials need diverse test subjects, so a doctor rolled up his sleeve

Submitted 12-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

When the opportunity came for Dr. Rakesh Pai to volunteer in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, he didn't hesitate.

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Rescue Christmas Updates: Pilots for Christ Extend Lead for Golden Kettle

Submitted 12-14-2020 under NONPROFITS

Two new groups enter the race for the Golden Kettle, but the Pilots for Christ extend their lead against the competition.

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Ethics and Religion Talk - Misperceptions

Submitted 12-14-2020 under OPINION

Becky wonders, “Are there misperceptions about your religion that you find yourself constantly attempting to explain to others?”

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In Season Report: December 12, 2020

Submitted 12-11-2020 under NONPROFITS

Happy First day of Hanukkah! Which means, only two weeks left until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and before you know it will be the New Year! Come stock up on all your holiday essentials from local produce to farm fresh meat, holiday decor and handmade gifts.

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Community updates: Thursday, Dec. 10

Submitted 12-10-2020 under NEWS

Kent County Health Department reports stabilizing COVID-19 case growth for Kent County; City of Grand Rapids making city parks, playgrounds smoke-free zones on Jan. 1; Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses launches revamped website; and more.

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Secchia Honored with Hillman-Orr Award by World Affairs Council

Submitted 12-10-2020 under NONPROFITS

The late Ambassador (ret.) Peter Secchia has been named the 2021 Hillman-Orr Award recipient for global engagement

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