Tuesday, October 6, 2015

9-1-1 Open House

Ionia County Central Dispatch uses Smart911 to stay connected!  You can sign up for your profile listing your cell phone numbers, pets, medications and other important info that you want first responders to know!

Go to https://www.smart911.com/ and create your FREE safety profile today!

You can also see posts about unscheduled road closures by following Ionia County Central Dispatch on their Facebook Page.  https://www.facebook.com/ioniacountycentraldispatch/timeline 

Stop in for your tour on October 15th!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ladie's Night in Ionia


Call your girlfriends! $500 Visa Grand Prize - generously donated by Mark Purkey and Purks, Inc! To enter for Grand Prize and all door prizes- one entry for each 2 items you bring for Zion Food Pantry. Bring to Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Hoppough. See you Tuesday, October 6 from 5 to 8- beautiful downtown Ionia!

1. See you all Tuesday, Oct 6 from 5 to 8 in beautiful downtown Ionia
2. BAKERS - please bring your baked goods to Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Hoppough Monday afternoon or Tuesday from 8:30 to 2. All proceeds from the bake sale go to our sweet little friend Kennedee- who is fighting like a girl. Help us make this a huge success for her!
3. Bring two non perishable food items that we will donate to Zion Food Pantry to Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Hoppough. For every two items, you get one entry into the wonderful door prizes AND the $500 Visa Grand Prize, so graciously donated by Mark Purkey.
4. See the facebook page for all of the local businesses, their specials and all of our wonderful vendors - it is going to be a great evening.
5. Remember all of our proceeds from the event go to the Tom Loucks Cancer Prevention Fund. This fund does great things for women in OUR area.
6. Our Ladies Night Out shirts are available at Promo Prints - they are darling!
7. It is also Purple Week in Ionia- please support all of the events and see you at the Purple game Friday. Buy your purple shirt at Wreckers for free entry into the game.
8. Bring all of your friends! Please share this so we can make this our greatest event ever!
Thanks to all for your support. This event is tremendous amount of work- but we have a blast doing it! We appreciate all of you coming and joining us - see you Tuesday!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall Shopping Expo to Support Zion Community Food Pantry

IM Kids 3rd Meal Bag-a-thon!

September is Hunger Action Month! Join the fight against childhood hunger in your community. 

IM Kids 3rd Meal is a feeding program committed to ending childhood hunger by providing daily evening meals to food insecure children. 
Calling all brown bag artists! Classrooms,4-H, scouts, churches or any community groups, help IM Kids 3rd Meal reach their goal of collecting 10,00 decorated lunch sacks during Hunger Action Month. Drop off decorated bags at the Ionia ISD office or IM Kids 3rd Meal facility.

IM Kids 3rd Meal is also in need of some more volunteers to make sandwiches(Fridays 9-11) and to pack meals (Wednesdays 11-1). Could you help out one day a week, or once a month???

Local Businesses Support IM Kids 3rd Meal

Many local businesses supported IM Kids 3rd Meal for September Hunger Action Month through the Eat Local, Give Local and Dinner Plates Campaign.  If you enjoyed the food and beverages at any of these great local businesses, YOU helped to support IM Kids 3rd Meal!

Other local businesses have supported IM Kids 3rd Meal at special events where funds were raised such as the Soap Box Derby that took place during Oz Fest in Ionia!

Soap Box Derby revenues donated to IM KIDS 3rd Meal!
Hamblin Body Shop held the 3rd Annual Soap Box Derby and donated the proceeds back into the community. Hamblin Body Shop presented a check of $710.37 to the IM Kids 3rd Meal program on Tuesday, June 30th at 8:00 AM.
Roger, Roxanne and Donna Kammers explained that the Soap Box Derby is a bracket competition event for kids in the community to use their imagination and create their own ‘gravity’ driven car. Roger Kammers said “It is a fun event for kids and that is why we chose to donate to IM Kids 3rd Meal; IM Kids 3rd Meal is for kids.”
In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 are food insecure. IM Kids 3rd Meal is a feeding program that provides daily evening meals to food insecure children in Ionia and Montcalm counties.
IM Kids 3rd Meal is thankful for the gracious donation from local businesses in Ionia and Montcalm Counties! Every dollar donated to the program goes to purchasing the food that goes into the 3rd meals. Each 3rd meal contains five food groups and approximately 1,000 calories, ready-to-be-consumed five nights a week.For more information on how you or your company can support IM Kids 3rd Meal program, please call IM Kids 3rd Meal at 616-527-4900, email imkids3rdmeal@gmail.com or visit www.imkids.org.

Thank YOU Ionia County Intermediate School District and the AmeriCorps VISTA team for organizing such a great program with the support of local businesses and groups to ensure that No Kid will have to go to bed hungry!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Main Street Music Benefit

In June Main Street Music experienced a big set back with major roof damage to their building!  The Community has been helping every since with a donation from the Tin Box Tourists kicking things off following the weekend of OZ Fest.

Here is note from Owners Jim and Gretchen that was posted in July:  
Gretchen and I have been totally humbled the last 3 weeks by the show of love, and support, we have been blessed with after gravity has changed our immediate and future plans for the building. 
So far, over 300 man hours have been logged cleaning from front to back. There wasn't one piece of retail or recording equipment that did not get effected by the huge amount of dust and debris.
At one point Saturday, there were 5 shop vacs running at once.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all listed who helped, and to all not listed, who we know are praying for us and continuing to support the GoFundMe campaign we have running.
Jim and Gretchen

Main Street Music is there to support our community at numerous community events!  Let's return the favor and show our support by attending and donating at this event!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ionia Band Boosters

The Ionia Band Boosters welcomes community members to join their Annual Golf Scramble on August 22nd. Registration is only $220 per team or $55 for an individual. This will not only get you 18 holes of golf with a cart, but also dinner, catered by Lumber Mill Inn, consisting of pull pork, salads and dessert. The day will surely be fun with contests including: longest drive men/women, closest to the pin men/women, longest putt, 50/50 Raffles and more
This event is a great way to support the award winning Ionia High School Band. Money raised will be used for Band Camp Financial Assistance, transportation, maintenance of instruments and equipment, band uniforms, supplies, and other unexpected costs that may arise.
The marching band students have already been hard at work, attending Band Camp at Camp Kimball as well as practicing at least once a week. The theme for this year’s program is “Play Time” and you can see them perform at the Ionia High School’s first home football game on Thursday, August 27th. For more information or to register please call Donnette Vogt 517 526 2105

Portland Strong Benefit

Shelby Ann-Marie w/The Royal Ramblers with special guests Bear Creek BrothersTHREE MEN and a TENORMax Boyle, Jamie Miller and Patrick Dawdy.

Sunday, August 9 @ Portland High School Football Field

Ticket Prices: $15 Track GA // $10 Grandstand GA
*Bring your own bag chair for Track GA.

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Portland Disaster Relief Fund/Portland Community Fund Association.

Gates @ 1:30pm // Show @ 2:30pm

**Free Parking - Concessions - Giveaways**

Tickets will be available at the gate based on availability. Buy in advance at the following locations:

Fabiano's River House Grill ** Fabiano's Grocery & Deli ** Independent Bank - Portland ** Studio 176 ** Portland Federal Credit Union ** Dr. Roger Miller, DDS ** Grand Barber Lounge ** Coldwell Banker Frewen Realty

Lyons/Muir Weekend

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Speghetti Dinner for IM Kids 3rd Meal

Love Spaghetti? This is an opportunity to eat a hearty meal, while supporting a local cause. On June 30th, the Ionia First Christian Church will be open for community members to eat local and give local. The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will take place from 4:00P.M. – 7:00P.M., with all the proceeds benefiting the Ionia Montcalm(IM) KIDS 3rd Meal Program.
Adults pay $5 and children 5 years or younger eat free. The Ionia First Christian Church is located at 130 E. Washington, Ionia, MI. This endeavor requires of community support, and every bit of support helps.
Why support IM Kids’ 3rd Meal Program?
In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 are food insecure. IM Kids 3rd Meal is a feeding program that provides daily evening meals to food insecure children in Ionia and Montcalm counties. Each 3rd meal contains five food groups and approximately 1,000 calories, ready-to-be-consumed five nights a week.
For more information on how you or your company can support IM Kids 3rd Meal program, please call IM Kids 3rd Meal at 616-527-4900, email imkids3rdmeal@gmail.com or visit http://www.imkids.org.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summerfest this Weekend!

WION received this nice e-mail yesterday late afternoon from Sue VanLente. We'd like you to read it, and believe this is another GREAT example of how Ionia County's residents help EACH OTHER in times of need. Please attend if you can!
Here is the e-mail.

"Hundreds of volunteers were on hand over the past 24 hours to clean up the athletic fields at Portland St. Patrick, which were badly damaged in yesterday's tornado. The annual parish festival, Summerfest, is scheduled to take place there this weekend, and for a few hours, it was feared that the event would have to be cancelled.

This afternoon, after meeting with the other ministers in town, Father Larry King announced that Summerfest will go on as planned, and that St. Patrick Church will donate 25% of the proceeds to the Portland Area Ministerial Association, to help with expenses for the churches that were damaged in the storm. This year, Summerfest will be a Community Event, focused on helping heal the wounds of the June 22 tornado."

Complete information at www.stpatssummerfest.com

Welcome to St. Pat's Summerfest, a family-friendly weekend filled with food, festivities and fun.

There are activities for kids of all ages --- from the stroller set all the way to the senior members of our parish and beyond.

Sign up to participate in one of the sporting events; or bring your lawn chair and watch others play ball; come and play DJ Trivia or get into the Euchre Tournament!  On Saturday afternoon, stop by the Refreshment Tent and join The Taste of Summerfest wine/microbrew party.

Be sure to stop by the Food Court for delicious homemade food.  The menu prices have been set with your wallet in mind....you'll be surprised at the low cost to feed your entire family!  Stop by the Refreshment Tent for a cool, refreshing adult beverage.

On Sunday,an Outdoor Mass will be held in Alton Park at 10:30 followed by a delicious all-you-can-eat Sunday Dinner, featuring Swiss steak, oven-fried chicken and all the fixings, including homemade dessert. There will be music and dancing on the stage and classic cars along the street!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

RACE to OZ to support Autism Awareness!

This is just one of the things happening at the Wizard of Oz Festival next weekend!

Members of Tin Can Tourists and Sisters on the Fly are joining to display vintage travel trailers during the Ionia, Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival.

Tin Can Tourists is a trailer organization originally formed in 1919. The group's stated objective was "to unite fraternally all autocampers". Their guiding principles were clean camps, friendliness among campers, decent behavior and to secure plenty of clean, wholesome entertainment for those in camp. By the mid 1980s, the organization was no longer around, in any form. In 1998, Forrest and Jeri Bone renewed the club as an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. The renewal gathering was held at camp Dearborn, Milford, Michigan. Twenty-one rigs attended the May Renewal Gathering. By the end of the year, fifty member were accepted as charter members of the renewed version of the Tin Can tourists. The group has grown steadily, currently holding Annual Gatherings in Michigan and Florida, and regional rallies at various locations around the United States. Recently Regional Representatives were added to represent England, Japan and France. The new version of Tin Can Tourists is open to all. Its goal is to abide by the original group's objectives and guiding principles as well as the promotion and preservation of vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange.
Sisters on the Fly is the larges women's outdoor adventure group in the United States. Formed in 1999 by real life Sisters Maurrie and Becky, it has grown to membership numbers of over 6000 women. While various books, television shows and newspaper/magazine articles focus on the highly customized trailers many of the women have, one does not need to have a trailer to join. Sisters on the Fly is about encouraging women to step outside their comfort zone, to try new things, and enjoy the outdoors. In May, 2015 the group kicked off their largest, and longest, event to date. Starting on May 12th in Chicago, Illinois, over 300 women took part in a great Route 66 caravan. 27 women did the entire route from start to finish. The rest of the women took part in various stops along the way.
Both organizations are looking forward to introducing their trailers, and their way of enjoying the outdoors, to the attendees of the Ionia Wizard of Oz Festival.
More information about Tin Can Tourists can be found atwww.tincantourists.com
More information about Sisters on the Fly can be found atwww.sistersonthefly.com

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Classic Car & Truck Show

Ionia Classic Car & Truck Show

June 6th Downtown Ionia on Main St

Music, Food, and Fun for the whole family!  Show From 9 AM to 3 PM!  Rain or Shine!  Contact Scott Feehan for more information at 989-855-2108,  info@IoniaClassicCar.com 

Proceeds from this event benefit local area food pantries!

Neighborhood Assist for IM Kids 3rd Meal

IM Kids has been selected as one of the Top 200 of the 2015 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Submissions!

The voting phase for Neighborhood Assist began Thursday, May 14 and closes on Wednesday, June 3.  Each Facebook user will be able to vote up to 10 times per day for IM Kids 3rd Meal.  At the end of the voting phase, the Top 40 Causes will be awarded $25,000 to complete their project.
Vote at: https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1501152/im-kids-3rd-meal

Show your support of IM Kids 3rd Meal with our Support Selfie Facebook contest!
Click here for more information!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Freedom Acres Freedom Makers

Freedom Acres Freedom Makers is a group of teens working to build an inclusive playground for students with physical and other challenges at Freedom Acres School. Freedom Acres is a school which includes students with multiple impairments. The current playground at Freedom Acres is no longer safe for play. In conjunction with the ISD, we want to create a place where students, families, and community members can play and have fun together. We are looking for community supporters to help make this happen within the next three years.

The greatest budget need is the cost of playground equipment at $180,000. Obviously, this amount will need to come from a wide variety of sources. We would also like to use funds to support a Community Picnic which is part of our plan to raise awareness and generate community support. We hope to use this grant as part of the matching funds required by many of the larger donors including the Kaboom Playground Grant that we hope to apply for in 2015. We believe our project is unique because typically volunteers support causes that affect them on a personal level, however Freedom Makers chose this project based on a community need with indirect personal gains to members of our group.

Independent Bank - Investing in Communities

Freedom Acres School is on the list for the "Investing With You" program at Independent Bank. All the information is below. You can log in each day and vote for the school you wish to win. We would appreciate any and all your votes to help us! If we win, we hope to apply the $5,000 toward our playground project at Freedom Acres. Feel free to share with your family and friends as well. Thank you in advance for your support.  

Terry Platte
Principal of Freedom Acres School.

Link for Voting:  http://bit.ly/1DnYTtT

Learn more about Freedom Acres Freedom Makers

The Freedom Makers teens developed the early stages of their plan at the Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp in 2014. The group approached the Freedom Acres Principal and the ISD Superintendent to request permission to continue working on the playground project. We drafted a letter to the Ionia County ISD Board of Directors gaining permission to start collecting funds in a dedicated account for the playground.

Our group meets on the first Tuesday of every month for 1.5 hours to discuss project needs, plan fundraisers, and prepare grants. We toured the playground area and classrooms to learn more about needed resources to encourage extended physical activities for students. Most of the current playground equipment is unsafe preventing outside exercise and play. We are researching various types of playground equipment and surfaces that will fit the needs of students in wheelchairs and those requiring special equipment. We learned that in years past playground equipment has been damaged by youth attending events at nearby ball fields. Youth and families were then excluded from the school playground. Freedom Makers plans to develop an awareness campaign that would include families in the building of the playground and encourage shared access to the playground.

We are developing a 3 year plan to build the new playground in stages costing $180,000. We hope to implement Stage 1 with a smaller piece of equipment in 2015. Stage 2 includes a larger play structure and resurfacing to make the playground safe and inclusive. Stage 2 will require the largest amount of support from the community through funds, volunteerism, and special events held at the playground. It is our goal to complete the project with Stage 3 including the assembly of the final equipment by June 2018.

Voting tips from the Technology Department...

We would encourage you to vote from home.  Due to the way the system tracks votes, only one person's vote per building / district location would be recorded per day.  You can also vote from your smart phone as long as you're not connected to the wifi.

Read about other activities taking place at the Ionia County ISD by reading their Spring Newsletter at http://www.ioniaisd.org/Newsletter/2015-05.php#FA_1214

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ionia Memorial Day Parade

2015 Ionia Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade presented by the Local VFW 12082. A formal Dedication will be presented on the Ionia Armory lawn at 9:30 AM.  The parade will then proceed up Main Street at 10:00 AM to the Ionia County Court House for an honorable presentation of remembrance and a full gun salute.  Make plans to join us for this annual and special occasion in which our men and women of our USA military are remembered, honored and given thanks for their personal sacrifice and contribution in defending our beautiful Country - the United States of America! 

Pictures from 2014 Ionia Memorial Day Parade



For national info about the VFW check out this website:  http://www.vfw.org/CommunityService/

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp

2015 MIYLT Registration is now OPEN!!

The Ionia County Intermediate School District in collaboration with and sponsored by State Farm is holding the FOURTH annual Michigan Youth Leadership TrainingCamp (MIYLT).
Throughout this week long experience, campers will have the opportunity to: discover the wilderness, experience service, build skills, learn about and experience different cultures, explore issues of community involvement, social justice, poverty, race relations and diversity, and ethics through interactive simulations and training.
This year’s camp will bring youth together from around the state for the opportunity to network, learn, and make new friends.
MIYLT allows campers to use self-discovery and reflection to recognize their own leadership skills and how they can implement them into their daily lives.
Please note, there are several required steps for your application to be considered finished:
BOTH the Camper Registration Form and the Medical Form need to be completed in full.
Camper Registration Fee paid, or Scholarship Form filled out and accepted.
A copy of the camper’s medical insurance card faxed to us, at 616-527-4731 attn: Allison Peabody.

Camper Registration Form – Part 1

Camper Registration Form – Part 2 – Medical

Scholarship Application

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Peabody at 616-527-4900 ext. 1223 or via email at apeabody@ioniaisd.org.

Here is a packing list for the campers:
MIYLT Packing List

Now Accepting Staff Applications:

Staff Application

Click below for a complete list of available staff positions for the 2015 Camp:
2015 MIYLT Job Descriptions

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine's Survival Kits

Volunteers for a Cure

WION Radio, PromoPrint&Stitches2, and Lamplight Grill are pleased to support the Volunteers for a Cure Team at the 2015 Relay for Life.  Staff, Supporters, and Volunteers from these local businesses work together to host fundraisers, offer specials, and raise money for Relay for Life.

The first fundraiser of 2015 will be a Candy Gram Offering!  For a donation of $5 or more, Volunteers will deliver a Valentine's Survival Kit to your Valentine this February!

You can visit the Volunteers for a Cure Team Page to make a donation or contact Team Captain, Penny Beeman at pbeeman@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Walk for Warmth!

February 28, 2015
Ionia County Commission on Aging

Welcome to the 10th Annual Walk for Warmth ! Through your eff orts last year, over $61,000 was donated to EightCAP, Inc. for its 9th Annual Walk for Warmth (W4W). These dollars were used in our Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella, and Montcalm County Community Services o ffices to help with energy bills, shelter, or other needs a family might have in order to stay warm. Thank you!

We wish we could say that this battle is over, that the basic needs of all our citizens and neighbors are being met. Across our nation people are suff ering from unemployment, under-employment, high energy bills, and weather extremes. Michigan has not suff ered from a “super” storm - it justgets cold and stays that way.

Our 10th Annual Walk for Warmth will include four events. Participants will enjoy wintry outdoor walks followed by soup/chili and bread cook-o luncheons.

Events will start at 10:30 am and end at 1:00 pm.

  • Isabella County - February 7, 2015, at Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission in Mt. Pleasant
  • Gratiot County - February 14, 2015, at the Alma First Church of God - His Place
  • Montcalm County - February 21, 2015, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Greenville
  • Ionia County - February 28, 2015, at the Commission on Aging in Ionia

Please dress according to the weather. 

In the central part of Michigan, we still help each other when the going gets tough. Whether you bring a pot of chili, get pledges and walk, or just donate, we hope you will join this eff ort. 
Each walker who turns in $35 in pledges will receive a FREE W4W long-sleeved T-shirt! Put your name on a W4W sponsor mitten or pledge form today! A business donating a minimum of $50 will have its name printed on the back of the W4W T-shirt.

Join us for a soup/chili and bread cook-off luncheon following each walk. Bring some money to vote for your favorite entry. Organizations interested in supplying soup/chili are asked to contact Jan Lacy (616)754-9315, x 3345

Visit the EightCAP website for more information!
Or download the Registration FORM!

If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend one of the 2015 Walk events, a direct contact the EightCAP Office to lend your support.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Story Book Night at the Moose

The Ionia County Intermediate School District and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Ionia are teaming up to host a Storybook Character Night on Saturday January 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm to raise money for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ionia County. 

The Ionia Moose will be preparing a home cooked meal of Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes, coleslaw, a vegetable, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese and cake for all to enjoy. Storybook characters will be on hand as servers for your child to meet and get their picture taken with. The band Jonas Ridge will be providing blue grass music and some familiar tunes for the kids to enjoy too. The Women of the Moose are creating delicious treats for a baked-goods auction and there will be 5 quilts in the theme of The Fuzzy Little Duckling that will be available to buy. 

Tickets for the event are $8.00 for those 13 and up; $4.00 for children 6 to 12 and those five and under are free! Tickets can be purchased at the Ionia ISD, Moose Lodge of Ionia and both locations of Michigan One Community Credit Union in Ionia as well as at the door on the day of the event.

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and who is eligible to participate?
Reading to your child is one of the MOST important things you can do to get them off to a great start in life. The Imagination Library will help you read to your child by sending books directly to your home. All children who live within the Ionia County Intermediate School District (Belding, Ionia, Lakewood, Palo, Portland, Saranac, Haynor, and North LeValley) who are between birth and five years of age, (but have not turned five years of age) are eligible to participate. This is a free literacy program for young children and it is considered a GIFT from the community back to its youngest citizens. For just $27.00 per year, a child will receive a high quality book once a month delivered right to their home for an entire year.  Visit the ISD website for more information!