The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: Berrien, Cass, St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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Bangor non-profit going green, giving back

Updated: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 |
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BANGOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Bangor non-profit is going green and giving back.

Saving Timbers, a group of developmentally disabled adults, is making paper from recycled materials collected throughout Van Buren County.

Their projects are then sold in local stores to raise money for Van Buren County Community Mental Health.

It all starts with scraps of discarded paper pulled from recycling bins across Van Buren County.

"We are saving trees," said Kelly Glassnor, with Van Buren County Community Mental Health. "Everything we use is from recycled paper, things people put in the dumpsters."

Saving Timbers started making paper products about four years ago, and continues to grow.

"We do private orders, like wedding invitations and wedding packages," Glassnor said.

A group of 30 people works in Bangor three days a week, breaking scraps down into pulp, and re-working it into usable materials.

"We dip it, screen it, and they put a cloth screen over it and vacuum the water out, then it's ready for the dryer box," Glassnor explained.

There's paper in every color, shape, and size, all made here in West Michigan.

"They love doing it, it makes them feel important, they love the finished product, and seeing it in the stores," said Glassnor.

Now that it's successfully up and running, the group is setting its sights on larger goals, and hoping to grow into a profitable local business.

Saving Timbers sells cards from South Haven to Kalamazoo, and they're always looking for donations.

For more on how you can purchase or help, click here.
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