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This week on Focal Point, we’re live from a local flower shop to see how people are sharing the love on Valentine’s Day. Over the weekend, the Lansing Women’s Expo celebrated 20 years with more than 300 attendees. The Lansing Pup House celebrates Valentine’s Day with their pets during speed dating for dogs.  In entertainment, the 92nd Oscar’s had a lot of firsts and Justin Bieber returns from a four-year hiatus with a new album. 

This and more on this episode of Focal Point.

Mid-Michigan cities apply for HGTV show

It’s not every day that you get to be on TV, but three mid-Michigan towns, Bath Township, Grand Ledge and Charlotte, applied for the chance to win a town makeover from HGTV. The home renovation channel’s newest show “Home Town Takeover” is a spinoff of a current series “Home Town” that renovates businesses and homes in the hosts’ hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. The network put out a nationwide call for cities with a population under 40,000 and a downtown in need of updating. “This is a great opportunity for Bath,” said communications coordinator Tayler Reeves. “Our goal is to bring in more small businesses that would help this community and that we could help support, and this HGTV show would really help us.”

An off-duty Grand Ledge police officer in uniform delivers lunch to those who couldn’t make it out to Bye Financial Group. Food deliveries were made to donors throughout the entire event. Photo used with permission. Photo Credit: Grand Ledge Police Department

GLPD and Bye Financial Group host canine fundraiser

The Grand Ledge Police Department is working to raise $15,000 to bring a canine back to the force. On Oct.24, the Grand Ledge Police Department, in partnership with Bye Financial Group, hosted the K9 Fundraiser at Bye Financial Group. The goal of the fundraiser was to raise $15,000 to fund a new canine dog for the police department. “That’s the approximate startup cost it is going to be for us to purchase a trained canine,” said Police Chief Thomas C. Osterholzer, “but also includes the canine training and the handler’s training.”

The last time a canine was present in the city of Grand Ledge was before Osterholzer took over as police chief last October. “Grand Ledge has an incredible tradition of good canine programs here under former Chief (Martin) Underhill and we’ve been looking to restore that,” Osterholzer said.

Humane society connects families to pets

The Capital Area Humane Society held a fundraiser in Grand Ledge earlier this month. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward its operations and helping animals in the shelter’s care find their forever home. Kelly Chesser of Grand Ledge is one of the many who have adopted a furry friend from the Capital Area Humane Society.

Traffic passes on the Bridge Street bridge over the Grand River in downtown Grand Ledge.

3 compete in race for Grand Ledge mayor

Grand Ledge voters have chance to choose a new mayor on Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are three candidates for Grand Ledge mayor: Michael Coll, Michael Dean Doty and incumbent Thomas J. Sowle Jr. All three men came to the city in a different way.