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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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West Michigan Man’s Honest ‘Sarcastic Jerk’ Obituary is Pretty Great

I'm sure we've all been to a funeral where all anyone did was say wonderful, nice things about the deceased and you were secretly thinking, "Well... he could be kind of a tool sometimes..." Well, we all can!

An obituary for a Holland man who recently passed away is refreshingly honest in this way and will make you chuckle. 

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Vigils Planned to Honor Kalamazoo Shooting Victims Tuesday Night

West Michigan is continuing to come together to remember the victims of the Kalamazoo shootings Saturday night. Two vigil events are planned for Tuesday night to honor the victims and their families and to pray for an end to violence.

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Gilda’s Glub Grand Rapids Offers Advice on How to Cope with Kalamazoo Tragedy [Video]

It's really hard to know where to even begin to start healing after such an event as the shootings in Kalamazoo. An entire community is grieving, and I cannot even imagine what it would be like to lose loved ones so suddenly, and to such senseless acts of violence.

The community has come together at vigil events, which is wonderful thing. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, which offers free grief support for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, talked with Fox 17 about more ways to process the pain and cope with what happened.

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Kalamazoo Shooting Victims Honored at K-Wings Game in Toledo [Video]

Following the shooting spree that claimed six lives in Kalamazoo, communities across the country are uniting support the city.

Players and attendees at the K-Wings game in Toledo on Sunday night held a moment of silence to honor the victims and their families, WWMT reports.

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Happy National Drink Wine Day! Michigan Makes ‘Wine Region to Watch’ List

Happy National Drink Wine Day! I know, there's like a made-up holiday for everything now. But any day that gives us an excuse to imbibe, is worth marking on the calendar in my opinion.

Turns out, Michigan is an awesome place to celebrate National Drink Wine Day: According to CNN, Michigan is one of the top up-and-coming wine regions in the entire world!

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Grand Haven in the Running for ‘Best Freshwater Beach in the U.S.’

C'mon, this is The Great Lakes State! If we're talking about the top freshwater beaches in the country, of course Michigan is going dominate!

Grand Haven State Park and five other Michigan beaches are in the running for "Best Freshwater Beach" in a USA Today and 10 Best reader's poll.

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