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Toy of the Year Award Winners are Under $100

Holiday shopping is beginning to take off, with many people trying to get a jump on gift giving and save a little money. Money, ah, there is the problem. Seems everything has a pretty hefty price tag. Ah, ah, ah, not so fast. Families from across the country tested more than 400 toys in an effort to name 25 winners in FamilyFun magazine's 23rd annual Toy of the Year (T.O.Y.) Awards.  Each toy was chosen for its exceptional fun factor, innovation, and durability — and a cost of under $100.

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It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, with a theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.”  There are many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

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Forest Hills Central Boys Tennis, East Kentwood and Spring Lake Girls Golf Win State Championships

A successful weekend for West Michigan student-athletes as boys tennis and girls golf champions were crowned.

There were a number of strong finishes from West Michigan schools including championship wins by Forest Hills Central Boys Tennis and from East Kentwood and Spring Lake Girls Golf teams.

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Photo by Ruth Parbel Fine Art Photography
Photo by Ruth Parbel Fine Art Photography
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West Catholic High School Receives $1 Million Gift

On Wednesday night, Hank & Cheryl Makarewicz pledged a gift of $1 million to West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids.

The donation will go towards a state-of-the-art academic learning center and a new entrance.

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Grand Valley State University
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An Evening of Poetry at Grand Valley October 16

Two acclaimed American poets will be reading from their works at “An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Mark Doty and Dorianne Laux” — a part of Grand Valley State University’s annual Fall Arts Celebration.

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Renowned Danish Artist Creates $1.2 Million Stained Glass Windows at Cornerstone University

Peter Brandes, with help from two assistants, have shipped over their workshop from Denmark to begin construction on the four, 23-foot stained glass windows that will be a beautiful reminder of the Gospel message on Cornerstone University's campus and to those who visit

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Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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How Should Michigan Fund Higher Education Debate at GVSU

How should Michigan fund higher education is a question being asked across the state. In fact, across the state and nation, there has hardly been a time when greater pressure has been put on our colleges and universities to fulfill a dizzying array of functions. The demands are many: Colleges must produce  job seekers with competitive degrees.

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Courtesy: GVSU
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Grand Valley State Named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys

It's been 19 years now. 19th year in a row that Grand Valley State University has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. in Georgia.

Each year, Institutional Research and Evaluation identifies the 100

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Fun Trivia With Friday 5 the Hard Way Game

Here are more trivia questions from today's Friday 5 the Hard Way game on "Andy in the Morning." Okay, I'll give you the answers, too.

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Grand Valley State University Launches New Graduate Psychology Program

Grand Valley State University’s Psychology department is launching a new graduate program to help fill a growing need for school psychologists with an open house on September 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alumni House and Visitor Center on the Allendale Campus.

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ArtPrize 2014: Grand Rapids Public Schools Students’ Artwork on Display

Twenty student artists from Grand Rapids Public Schools are competing to have their energy-related artwork highlighted during ArtPrize.

The competition is a collaboration of Consumers Energy, Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and the City of Grand Rapids.

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’9/11 Never Forget’ Mobile Exhibit at Ford Presidential Museum This Week

Grand Rapids will host the “9/11 Never Forget” mobile exhibit today through Thursday,  September 9-11, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Everyone is encouraged to join alongside GR Police and Fire Departments, Rolling Thunder motorcyclists, The Patriot Guard and Boy Scouts of America to greet the arrival of the exhibit at the Ford Museum. It will arrive around 5:30 this evening.

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