Monday, December 4, 2017

Congrats Liberty Trailer Project!

Congratulations to the four winners of the Independent Bank Investing in Communities Challenge!
The non-profits that received the most votes have been chosen to each receive $5,000 from Independent Bank.
And the winners are...

American Legion Post #491
Ingham County
Liberty Trailer Project
Ionia County

Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter
Muskegon County

Yellow Ribbon Guard
Saginaw County

Learn more about Investing in Communities

Jingle Bell Fun Run

Jingle Bell Fun Run

Sat December 9 2017
401 W. Main st
Cantwells Personal Training Studio
Ionia, MI US 48846
This is a time tested Holiday themed fun run! The 5k course is very flat and fun. This is a chip timed event for runners who want to get a very accurately timed 5k under their belts before Christmas gets here! Walkers will be happy to spend time on the red brick road and by a Christmas Tree that is sure to help the Holiday Spirit. Many walkers and runners have brought their dogs along in the past and we hope to see yours make the trip for a free dog treat.
Medals for top 3 male and female finishers and age category winners.
Top 3 Holiday themed costumes will split $300.00 in door prizes!

Christmas in the Park - Bertha Brock

The Ionia County Sheriff's Department Dive Team is having their annual Christmas in the Park at Bertha Brock Park in Ionia on Friday and Saturday nights December 15 & 16, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Come and visit Santa Clause, enjoy the Parks seasonal festivities, hopefully even slide down the hill and help our Sheriff's Dive Team.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ionia Festival of Lights

Ionia's Festival of Lights is started Dec 1st!

Make sure to get out tonight and see the beautifully lit houses in the area, click here for a map of all the registered houses!…
Don't forget to vote for your favorite house! Follow this link to vote!…
Thank you to our sponsors: Viewpointe Counseling, Ionia DDA, Feehan Agency - Farm Bureau InsuranceGobblin' Good to Go Food Truck and Catering, and the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Veteran's Day Celebrations

IHS Veterans Day Ceremony

Date: Friday - November 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: IHS Room 304

Our Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm on November 10th in room 304. Veterans are encouraged to be present, but their names will be called to honor their service whether or not they are in attendance. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend as well. Please arrive by 6:45 pm as our ceremony will commence promptly at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

To allow us to honor your veteran, email, mail, or bring us the information below by November 1st. We will announce each veteran's name, rank, branch of service and the dates of service; we will ask each veteran to stand when their name is called. You are not limited to honoring just one veteran; you may provide us with information for multiple veterans. You may also provide a photo that we will include as part of the ceremony. 

You can email the below information to Ms. Weller at or mail/bring it to 250 E. Tuttle, Ionia, MI 48846. Please call Ionia High School at 616-527-0600 if you have questions.

Name of Veteran: ________________________________________

Branch of Service: _______________________________________


Dates/Years of Service: From ______________________ to____________________

If you provide a hard-copy photo, write the address to which it should be returned:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday AND Grand Opening Celebrations
Saturday, November 25th 

American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday for small town USA. This special day encourages holiday shoppers to patronize local brick and mortar businesses rather than traveling distances or using on-line purchasing. To be a Small Business Saturday partner, cities must submit an application providing retail data and list activities that support the project. 

The DDA is proud to announce that Ionia has again been selected to be a part of the national program. American Express provides marketing materials to all approved communities which are then distributed to businesses. This year, the DDA is adding a new component to the annual Small Business Saturday tradition. With the opening of numerous downtown businesses since the beginning of the year, a special grand opening styled event is being planned for each. We are also celebrating the many milestone anniversaries for several downtown shops. As the merchants celebrate, they will be offering in-store specials, gift wrapping, contests and more. A number of vendors will also be showcased in several downtown businesses and will offer handcrafted items for that one of a kind type of gift. 

Become an inspirational shopper and create a “tourist in your own town” experience for you and your friends. Shop local and support your community. Many businesses are operated by friends, neighbors and in some cases even family. To ensure a strong business district, we all need to remember to shop local. 
  1. Shopping local creates jobs that provide added spending in the our community’s economy and helps create even more jobs. 
  2. Local shops invest more in our hometown. They support local charities, schools, and community events which financially impact Ionia. Local shopping supports neighbors, friends and relatives. 
  3. Shopping local saves you money. Shipping and handling costs for larger items make the overall price of items more. 
  4. Shopping local retains our community. Without the support of shopping in the local community, restaurants and services are forced to close. 
  5. Shopping local retains our distinctiveness. Our community’s businesses respond quicker to the needs of customers and stock products to meet the changing population’s needs. 
  6. Shopping local helps reduce environmental impact. Local shops often stock more locally sourced goods saving long distant freighting. 
  7. Local shops can be easily reached especially for the elderly and young people and those without transportation. Shop Small Business Saturday November 25th!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Moulage Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed to assist as patients for Citizen Corps Program practice exercises!
April 13th 7:30-9:30 PM
April 20th 6-9:30 PM

This is perfect for an individual, family, or group!  
Boy scouts and girls scouts who have earned or are working toward their first aid badge can gain some great experience!  
Drama students can learn some makeup tips!
Other Citizen Corps Volunteers can also be of great assistance!

For more information or to sign up, contact Penny Beeman at or 616-755-8050!

Ionia Conservation District Needs Volunteers!

Volunteers Needed
Each year the Conservation District provides over 30,000 trees to be planted over the Michigan landscape.
It takes several hands to make this large event run smoothly. 
If you like trees and would like to learn more about the seedlings that you have purchased this spring or in the past,  please consider volunteering in honor of Arbor Day week on April 26th

We will package tree seedlings on this day starting at 8:00 am and ending about 4:00 pm.  We will hold the event at the Ionia Fair grounds in the front Merchant building.  Lunch provided.

The Ionia Conservation District is proud to promote tree planting.  Trees are a renewable resource that can provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife. 

Please contact me by email or phone if you would like to volunteer.
Melissa Eldridge

Melissa Eldridge, District Manager
Ionia Conservation District
431 Swartz Ct. #300
Ionia, MI 48846
616-527-2620 ex 101

‘The best time to plant a tree was 40 years ago.  The next best time is now!” Ed Blyth, Ionia Conservation District Board of Directors

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Relay Skate Night!

Join TEAM SHILOH in supporting Relay For Life of Ionia County by attending this event! All ages are welcome to attend with a $5 donation that includes entry, skate rental, and your chance to vote for your favorite participating Relay For Life Team.  We will also have games on the skating floor and off the skating floor, so bring some extra fun money!

You do not have to be a part of a Relay For Life team to participate in this event!  
Everyone is welcome!

If you are part of a Relay Team and want to sign your team up to participate and receive some of the donations for YOUR team, contact Penny at

Much thanks goes out to everyone who attended this event!  
We had a great turnout and raised over $230 for Relay For Life of Ionia County!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

8th Grade Pop Can Drive

We will be collecting returnable cans and bottles to help students and chaperoning parents fund their trip to Washington DC in June. All students and parents attending the trip who participate in the collection of returnables will split 100% of the proceeds from the drive.

Starting now thru 4/8/2017 returnables can be dropped off at 447 King ST Ionia, MI. 

Saturday March 25th we will have a team collecting returnables at TSC in Ionia. There will be other fundraising events for the trip that day as well.

Saturday 4/8/2017 students and parents will be going house to house to collect returnables, if you wish to have them stop by, please message us a time and address for us to stop and pick them up!

We can also collect and store any cans donated beforehand! If you are a local business or collect a lot of returnables quickly and wish to participate, let me know and I will stop by regularly to collect your cans leading up to the dates of the fundraiser!

Any questions or anyone wishing to volunteer, please message us on facebook or call/text 616-291-6544


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

20- Hour CERT Class

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,
such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Free CERT Training includes:
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Beginning First Aid & Triage
  • Light Search & Rescue

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT Members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT Members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT Training follows a national standard that teaches Volunteer Safety is the most important concern.  CERT Members are instructed to help themselves and their families first and then reach out to their community if they are able.  CERT Members also learn through hands on activities and practicing skills.CERT Members do different activities and exercises to better their skills.

H.O. Steele Education Center
10260 S Sheridan Rd, 
Fenwick, MI 48834

Thursday Nights 
6:00 PM to 10:00PM
March 16th thru April 20th!
To register call 616-755-8050 or email

Friday, February 17, 2017

Relay For Life Kick Off

Be sure to join us for the Kick Off of the 2017 Relay For Life of Ionia County!

Monday, January 2, 2017

MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - #MLKDay

What is the MLK Day of Service?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  Make a pledge to serve your community for MLK Day of Service and register that pledge at this link!

Hosting a project?

If your organization is planning an MLK Day of Service project and you are looking for additional volunteers, please email details to to have YOUR project added to this blog!