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 15, 2017

Treasures for Troops Restaurant Night

All set up at the Wagon Wheel, donations were taken inside and placed outside in the truck.

Penny Beeman, Kathy Barnes (Blue Star Mom), and Devyn Christenson (National Honor Society Member) visited with diners inside the Wagon Wheel from 4-7pm.

Blue Star Mothers, Lorena Bignell, Debbie Rassmussen and Sara Stancil chatted with diners at Lamplight Grill.

We have a sample care box and "Loot in the Boot" available for people to check out at our table.

And the Young Automotive Group Truck to collect donations.

Donations coming in a bag at time!  Every item or just a few items, it all adds up together.

Here's a sneak peek at our storage facility with the donations from 2 of our 5 days of collecting!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Treasures for Troops at the Muir Village Market

WION Radio and Young Automotive kicked off the 4th Annual Treasures for Troops at the Muir Village Market on Monday, Nov 13th!

A warm welcome was waiting for us when we arrived in the form of a shopping cart filled with supplies that had already been donated by local shoppers.

Blue Star Mothers Volunteers helped with passing out the Shopping List to store customers and loading supplies into the Young Automotive Truck.

Volunteers did a quick inventory of donations about half way thru the evening and came up with a plan to go shopping with some donated funds from local neighbors.

Jim holding down the fort before the Shopping Spree began.

Muir Village Market Cashiers worked together to shop the store spending $100 in donations.

Seasoned Shopper and Care Packer, Brenda and her team of Blue Star Mothers went shopping for items high in protein and always in need for care packages.  They purchased some specialty items that cost a bit more, but add that special touch to a care package.  Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter!  Along with some other highly sought after meats.

Penny led the WION team accompanied by loyal local listener, Gordie B from the Lyons Fire Dept and Citizen Corps Volunteer, Debbie R.  Together this team was able to use the special sale items and all around great deals at the Muir Village Market to spend the remaining $100 donation and filling a cart almost to the top.  Items included chunky soups, mixed nuts, Little Debbie treats, and personal care items.

After all was said and done the truck was loaded up and donations taken to H.O. Steele for storage until our pack day on Sunday.  Everything you see here was donated today at the Muir Village Market or donations that were delivered to the Blue Star Mothers before Kick Off.

This is just the start of our week!  We had to get some more Shopping Lists printed tonight, and we thank S&K Printing for working late to get these to us in a hurry.  You can download and the print the list below, or pick up a copy of the list at one of our remaining pick up locations.

Tomorrow Night be sure to join us for Restaurant Night!  Visit with Blue Star Mothers and WION Friends and Family at the Lamplight Grill in Ionia or the Wagon Wheel in Portland.  Each restaurant will be giving 10% of all sales from 3pm to close to the Blue Star Mothers to help with shipping!

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!

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