Good News June 2012

Lansing JazzFest Receives National Grant The 2012 Lansing JazzFest has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America Fast-Track program (CAFT). This will be the second time Lansing JazzFest has received this grant, and it is one of only three recipients in the state of Michigan. Entering its 18th year, the Lansing JazzFest continues to be a free event. This year’s festival is Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 in Old Town. Capital Area United Way Announces Board Election Results Elections were recently held to fill 10 open positions on the United Way Board of Directors. Those elected include: Dr. Renee Canady, Ingham County Health Officer; John Fedewa, General Motors, UAW Local 602; David Houston, Dickinson Wright PLLC; Josh Hovey, Truscott Rossman; Jerry King, Retired General Motors, UAW Local 652;  Patricia Munshaw,  Community Volunteer; Ronda McCoy, MSU Federal Credit Union;  David Pasant, Retired, Jackson National Life Insurance;  Brian Priester, President and Publisher, Lansing State Journal; and Kenneth Theis, Dewpoint. The Board of Directors is charged with carrying out the mission of the organization, as well as managing the affairs of the organization. For more information, call (517) 203-5000. Granger Honored with Contributing to the Community Award  The Where Development Begins Co-op presented Granger with a Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Award in the Contributing to the Community Category on Thursday, May 10 during a ceremony at Hawk Hallow. “Granger is honored to be recognized with this award,” said Granger CEO Keith Granger. “We strive to be a dedicated community partner by giving back to the regions we serve.” Rod Taylor, DeWitt Township Manager said Granger was an easy choice for the Co-op. “Many businesses are here, but there are certain businesses that decide to go above and beyond … Granger is obviously a big supporter of not only the DeWitt Community, but communities all over the region,” he added. Granger is a third generation, family-owned and operated business based in Lansing, Mich. Through innovation and planned growth, Granger has evolved into a leading comprehensive environmental management firm responsible for the recovery of resources through recycling, composting and landfill gas-to-energy programs. Visit to learn more. CARQUEST Celebrates 50 Years For 50 years, Holt has been the home of leading automotive repair and maintenance experts in mid-Michigan. Beginning as Holt Auto Supply Inc. in November 1963, the flourishing family business saw the benefits of expansion and joined the CARQUEST group in 1976. Since then, the company has grown into CARQUEST The Parts Place, a family-owned business with eight locations, a machine shop and a repair facility serving the greater Lansing area. CARQUEST The Parts Place is owned and operated by brothers Dick and Dave Seehase and their sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Larry Meirndorf. They attribute the company’s longevity to strong family foundations and commitment to the community. “We’re proud to call greater Lansing our home since 1963, and The Parts Place is looking forward to another 50 years in the community,” said President Dick Seehase. CARQUEST The Parts Place is a local, family-owned automotive parts business that prides itself on longevity, customer satisfaction and expertise. The Parts Place team has years of knowledge and experience, prides itself on creating solid relationships and provides competitively priced products and quality service. Learn more at Taps 25 Celebrates Grand Opening Boasting 26 rotating beers on tap that range from classic domestics, imports, as well as Michigan favorites, micro-brew fanatics will love downtown’s newest beer pub. Located at 414 E. Michigan Ave., Taps 25, is a bar that blends the latest social media technology with a good old-fashioned beer pub. With a bar handmade from 125-year old reclaimed barn wood, patrons will feel right as a large TV screen displays a live stream of tweets with the hashtag #Taps25 and messages mentioning @Taps25. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony were held in mid-May.

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