Chamber Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins

Chamber Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins The public is invited to join the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 2nd during our annual Chamber Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins held at the VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids.  The evening is also the 7th Annual Purple Community Game presented by the VanAndel Institute where players wear purple jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game. The game begins at 7:00pm when the Griffins face off against the Penguins. The chamber has reserved seating on the lower level at center ice and are offering tickets for $25 per person (normally $29-$36 plus a service charge). The Griffins Friday “$2 Beer and Hot Dog” Special will run between 6:00pm – 8:00pm. All ages are welcome to attend this game. Tickets can be ordered by contacting Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director at 269-792-9246 or denise@waylandchamber.org prior to February 19,...

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UNITED BANK COLLECTS 550 BLANKETS TO HELP SPREAD WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS WINTER

UNITED BANK COLLECTS 550 BLANKETS TO HELP SPREAD WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS WINTER In an effort to ease the burden of staying warm during the cold winter months, United Bank collected blankets at all twelve of its branches and distributed them to our neighbors in need through its Blanket the Community project. “We are so proud of the enthusiasm and how everyone came together to make this effort a success.  In its first year, our Blanket the Community Project collected 550 blankets,” said United Bank President & CEO Mike Manica.  “These blankets are making a difference for families in need, veterans, and the homeless in each one of our United Bank communities.  These gifts were so much more than a warm blanket.  It was a reminder to our neighbors that they are not alone during a difficult time, and that their community cares about them.” United Bank thanks all participants for their enthusiasm, support and generosity in providing a solution to a need that is real, right here in our community. About United Bank Founded in 1887 as a small community bank in Wayland, United Bank, though still closely held, has more than $600 million in assets and 12 branches throughout West Michigan. A leading small business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of personal and business banking products and services that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized local...

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Meet the Allegan County K-9 Unit – Tuesday, January 2nd

TONIGHT!! Public Invited to meet the Allegan County K-9 Unit! American Legion Post 127 in Dorr (18th Street) at 6:30pm. There will be a Q & A session with time to meet the officers and their hardworking...

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“ONE OF A KIND” CHRISTMAS GIFT SALE

“ONE OF A KIND” CHRISTMAS GIFT SALE   Get that special gift for a loved one this Christmas season at the United Church of Wayland, 411 E. Superior Street in Wayland. The “Holiday Extravaganza” will be offered on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9am to 2 pm. All items will be hand-crafted one of a kind items, and include etched glass, jewelry, barnwood quilts, lamps, baked goods, and many other unique items. Come and check off some of those special gifts on your Christmas list. Luncheon items will be available for sale. Proceeds of the event will go for special events planned by the United Fellowship of the church. For questions call the United Church of Wayland at...

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WAYLAND CHAMBER ANNOUNCES MR. & MRS. BURRELL STEIN AS GRAND MARSHALS FOR THE 2017 CHAMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE

WAYLAND CHAMBER ANNOUNCES MR. & MRS. BURRELL STEIN AS GRAND MARSHALS FOR THE 2017 CHAMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE Wayland, Mich. (November 2, 2017)—The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that Mr. & Mrs. Burrell Stein of Wayland have been selected as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Chamber Christmas Parade. “The chamber is honored to annually select the Grand Marshals to lead the annual parade started over forty-years ago by this year’s Co-Grand Marshal, Mr. Burrell Stein. Mr. and Mrs. Stein are true pillars in our community and we couldn’t be more excited to have them lead the Christmas Parade,” stated Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director. Their journey as Mr. & Mrs. Stein began on June 25, 1955 when they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Salem.  That same year, Burrell was drafted in the US Army and served a tour in Germany until 1957. In 1969, Burrell joined the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce and is still an active member, currently serving as a Chamber Ambassador and working for chamber member Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services. Mr. Stein opened the Wayland Carpet Store in 1969 which was located on the corner of Pine and Main Streets. He sold it in 1987 when he became the branch manager of United Bank in Wayland. Phyllis worked hard raising their five daughters and four sons. Burrell likes to add that Phyllis raised their nine children and also, one husband, – himself! In 1984, Burrell and Phyllis moved to Wayland and became active members in the community and at St. Therese Catholic Church. Burrell and Phyllis fell in love with Wayland which led Burrell to run for the Mayor of Wayland, to which he was elected, and served in that position from 2004 until 2008. It is our sincere honor to have this year’s Grand Marshals as Mr. & Mrs. Burrell Stein.  Please look for Mr. & Mrs. Stein leading our Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00am in downtown...

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Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details

Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details The first full weekend of December has been set for a fun filled weekend of Christmas activities in Wayland. The fun begins on Friday, December 1st at 5:00pm which will be the start of the Wayland Main Street Annual Art Hop from 5:00pm-9:00pm. During the Art Hop, the downtown streets will be transformed into an Art Hop celebrating with many Christmas festivities. The street will closed so guests so can walk safely from the different venues. Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art. In addition to art, there will be many family friendly activities including horse and wagon rides, warming fires, strolling carolers, musicians, an annual Christmas tree lighting, and much more. Artists are encouraged to register for an opportunity to showcase and sell their art. For additional details, please call 269. 525.2323, visit www.downtownwayland.com or email info@downtownwayland.com. On Saturday, December 2nd, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Wayland’s Annual Christmas Parade.  The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior.  Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is “A Red, White, and Blue Christmas” which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. For additional information, please call 269.792.9246. In addition, the Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these items along the route. Items can be handed to the Scouts as the walk by. All...

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