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Grand Rapids City High Middle Ranked Among “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Grand Rapids City High Middle school.  City High Middle has been ranked the 21st most challenging high school in the Midwest by The Washington Post. It is ranked the 4th most challenging in the state and is among the top 2% of high schools in the country.

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GVSU’s Annual Economic Impact Is Over $730 Million

Grand Rapids continues to enjoy steady growth and the success of Grand Valley State University is one of many reasons why.

Grand Valley State University's annual economic impact report is out. The report shows Grand Valley had a regional economic impact of $730.1 million in 2013.

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Summer Music Camps at St. Cecilia Music Center

For 131 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. St. Cecilia Music Center is proud to support music programs for Youth and Adults from West Michigan offering participation in bands, orchestras, ensembles and music clubs, as well as, summer camps.

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Fun Trivia With Friday 5 the Hard Way

Friday is always trivia day on "Andy in the Morning" with Friday 5 the Hard Way.  Five question a listener must get correct to win the prizes.

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West Michigan Students Ride Bicycles for Bike to School Day

Thousands of students across Michigan, from over 150 schools, participated in the third annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

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Capt. Richard Phillips Talks with 100.5 The River’s Tom Cook [Video]

Capt. Richard Phillips is in Grand Rapids today.

Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009; and his heroics were chronicled in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

Tonight, he is the keynote speaker for Davenport University's Excellence in Business Dinner Gala, a black-tie fund-raiser for Davenport University Foundation student scholarship funds, at DeVos Place.

This morning, he spent time with me on 100.5 The River. I was filling in for Andy Rent on the "Andy Rent Show" along with guest host Tim Harris. Andy is currently on vacation in Hawaii, where he's on a group tour with YMT Vacations and listeners of 100.5 The River.

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Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
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Mackinac Island Opening for Historic Season Including War of 1812 Battle Bicentennial [Video]

While the Great Lakes still have some ice on them, Mackinac Island is about ready to come alive.

It has been a long winter, with ferry service to Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan just getting back into operation. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry said it plans to start passenger service Tuesday.

Bob Benser, Jr.'s family owns two hotels, a bed-and-breakfast and Murdick's Original Fudge on Mackinac Island. The bed-and-breakfast is open year-round, but the hotels -- The Chippewa Hotel and The Lilac Tree Hotel & Spa -- are opening May 9, just in time for Mother's Day, he told "Andy Rent Show" guest host Tim Harris this morning on 100.5 The River.

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Grand Valley State University is Green

 

Grand Valley State University has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for the fifth year in a row. The university is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

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Grand Valley State to Launch Concerts in National Parks [VIDEO]

The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is returning to the national stage with the launch of its Music in Our Parks project. Two years in planning, the ensemble commissioned composers to create music inspired by national parks in the southwest, where the ensemble will then perform the pieces, April 29-May 4.

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West Michigan schools make list of Michigan’s “most challenging high schools”

Several West Michigan high schools ranked very well on the Washington Post list of "most challenging high schools".

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Trivia Fun with Friday 5 The Hard Way

Every Friday morning, we play Friday 5 The Hard Way on "Andy in the Morning."  Five trivia questions that a listener must get correct to win the prizes.

Here are the questions and answers from today's show.

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Music Video Contest Rocks to Help Tune Teens Away From Distracted Driving [Video]

Music is a powerful tool when it comes to spreading the world about distracted driving.

At least that's the push with GEICO’s Distracted Driving Music Video Contest.

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