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President Donald Trump's new budget proposal would cut 90 percent of the funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program helps clean up the lakes and protect them against invasive species.

Founder of Art Van Furniture dies at 87

Feb 13, 2018
Art Van Elslander portrait
Art Van Furniture

The founder of Michigan-based Art Van Furniture retail chain, Archie A. Van Eslander, passed away Monday at the age of 87 from complications related to lung cancer.

A native of Detroit, Van Elslander was the son of a Belgian immigrant. He started peddling papers and working in his father’s bar as a young boy. At age 14, he discovered his love of fashion when he took a job working at a local menswear store, the company said.

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An old, unworn coat taking up space in a closet could be keeping someone warm this winter.

St. Vincent de Paul and Art Van Furniture have teamed up to collect these coats for people in need.

Today, the partnership kicked off Operation Coat Check.

New or gently used coats for children and adults can be dropped off at any Art Van location through Feb. 11.

This is the first year that St. Vincent de Paul and Art Van are partnering for the initiative.