Spectrum Health Donates Backpacks Locally After Setting a Guinness World Record

Today at Franklin school Spectrum Health is donating backpacks to area students.

Spectrum Health recently organized a backpack collection drive among employees to donate to West Michigan schools and in an apparently successful attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most backpacks laid end to end.

 The effort was undertaken as a kick-off to the hospital systems United Way campaign.

The world record effort is an apparent success. A total of 3,318 backpacks were collected and laid out around the Spectrum Health buildings in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, Sept. 11. That eclipses the existing record of 2,710 backpacks lined up at Pepperdine University in California. If recognized by the Guinness Book, it will become the new official record.

The donations came in from the health system's 23,000 employees, who work at 12 hospitals in West Michigan, including Ludington, and at Priority Health. The event was conceived to generate enthusiasm for and kick off the Spectrum Health United Way campaign. The backpacks will be given to children in the employees' various communities.

Backpacks from Ludington Hospital employees will also be donated to other area school districts.

Harvest Fest Queen Crowend: Complete List of Events This Weekend

Penny Peterson of Scottville Michigan was crowned 2015 Harvest festival Queen last night at the Scottville bandshell. The Queens Coronation Ceremony helped kicked off a weekend of events for the 2015 Harvest Festival. Penny is a 16 year old junior at MCC that loves acting and runs cross country.

The Scottville Harvest festival is all weekend long here is a list of events: 


·         Kids Parade, 6pm

·         Entertainment Tent Opens, 8pm

·         Smoke & Mirrors, 9pm-1am, Entertainment Tent


Friday, September 18

·         Quilt Show, 10am-4pm, Scottville Senior Center

·         Schmidt Amusements & Pixie Ponies, noon-10pm, Main Street

·         Kids Parade, 6pm

·         Entertainment Tent Opens, 8pm

·         Smoke & Mirrors, 9pm-1am, Entertainment Tent

Saturday, September 19

·         Softball Tournament, all day, McPhail Field

·         Registration for Running of the Clowns, 8am, Scottville Riverside Park

·         Craft Fair/Farmers Market, 9am-3pm, Miller's Marketplace

·         The Gathering, 9am-5pm, south of Cole's Antiques Villa

·         Running of the Clowns 5K, 10am, Scottville Riverside Park

·         Quilt Show & Sale, 10am-4pm, Scottville Senior Center

·         Lyle Taylor Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, 10am, Charles Thompson Memorial Green, next to Optimist Center

·         Princess Contest, 11am, Scottville Clown Band Shell

·         Soup & Sandwich Luncheon, 11am-3:30pm, Scottville United Methodist Church

·         Schmidt Amusements & Pixie Ponies, noon-10pm, Main Street

·         Grand Parade, 1pm, Main Street

·         Scottville Clown Band Concert, following parade, Entertainment Tent

·         Petting Zoo, following parade, south of Holden's Home Emporium

·         Kids Pedal Pull, following parade, west parking lot.

·         Shot Man Band, 9pm-1am, Entertainment Tent

Sunday, September 20

·         Annual Softball Tournament, all day, MacPhail Field.

West Shore Celebrates the U.S. Constitution Today

In celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution West Shore Community College has organized a variety of activities today to commemorate the vote taken on Sept 17, 1787, by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention to approve the adoption of the United States Constitution.

The Student Senate is sponsoring Constitution Day Trivia contest to be staged in the atrium of the Schooner Campus center from 12-2 pm There Will be prizes for those who from a team.

Faculty members are being encouraged to read and discuss selections from the Constitution with their classes and have been provided a list of video and curricular resources to stimulate discussion.

We can appreciate our freedom and respect our system of government by learning more about its importance on this special day.

You can also get free pocket copies of the constitution at the college's Beans and Bread Cafe, library, and bookstore.

Chalkboard at Harvest Festival Wants Community Feedback

During the Scottville Harvest Festival the Scottville Downtown Development Association wants to hear from you the community member, or the visitor. A 4 x 8 chalkboard will allow community members and visitors to Scottville to let them know what you love about Scottville but also, suggestions to improve Scottville.

The chalkboard (which is mobile due to wheels) and chalk will be available during the Ox Roast Thursday and near the carnival in Scottville’s Pocket Park area on both Friday and Saturday.

The comments left during the Harvest Festival will become a focus point for the upcoming community meeting; this from city manager Amy Williams.

Scottville DDA's alternative idea is an effort to involve the community as they begin their rebranding process. 

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