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Griffin Fans Excited Dan Cleary is Signed and the new Season Opens October 14

There's good news and excitement in Hockey Town - West this weekend. The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday signed veteran forward Dan Cleary to a one-year contract.

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I Felt Like a Tourist in My Own Town

Have you ever taken the time to experience parts of Grand Rapids as a tourist would? It really gives you a new appreciation for how great our city is.

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“All Aboard!” The Pumpkin Train is About to Depart

 

It's just about time for the train to leave the station. I mean the annual famous Pumpkin Train of the Coopersville & Marne Railway.

Next weekend, and through October, the famous train rides the rails on Saturdays, September 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th and on Sundays September 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Departure times vary by day and date, so check the web site at www.MiTRAIN.net for details. The friendly Conductor will call “All Aboard” at 20 minutes before each departure.

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The Best ArtPrize Entries for Kids

ArtPrize brings thousands to Grand Rapids and kids are always a big part of the event. Many schools take trips to explore ArtPrize and families spend time downtown too.

Sometimes the art kids enjoy most is the same artwork that's favored by jurors and the public, but often it's not.

Here are the best ArtPrize entries for kids to see at ArtPrize Eight!

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Holland’s Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival Makes for Exciting Weekends

Much fun and celebration of the Latino culture is this weekend and next in Holland, during  the 16th Annual Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (Tulips in spanish).

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It’s Time to Run With the Nuns

It's time, once again, to Run from....errr....wait a minute, With, the Nuns.

Seriously, the second annual, very fun, Franciscan Rhythms 5K Trail Run/Walk is fast approaching on Saturday, October 1st. It will be through the rolling hills of the Franciscan Life Process Center 230-acre property. This unique race will feature seven live music stations along a 3.1 mile loop that winds through meadows and woods near the peak of autumn in West Michigan.

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Does Anybody Work at Target?

Okay, my headline, Does Anybody Work at Target, is a bit facetious, but let me set up this story.

My wife Kathy and I were out shopping Saturday, and stopped at Target for a few things. As we were finding what we needed, I was struck by the fact that I hadn't seen a single  "red-shirted" target employee. At the check out, for sure, but not in the rest of the store and isles. I wanted to find an umbrella, so began looking for someone to ask where they might be. It was a long trip.

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9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit and Scout Salute at Ford Museum This Weekend

Grand Rapids is proud to be hosting the "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit again this year, at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum.  Beginning today at 2:30 p.m., through Sunday, September 11, the exhibit will be open to the public in the parking lot of the museum. And,  in addition, it is the 15th Annual Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute on Sunday.

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Unstoppable Mother “Slow Down” Video is for Every Parent [Video]

My wife Kathy told me about a video that was circulating out there, called Unstoppable Mother, or Slow Down. She said, "I defy you to not cry a little when you watch this."

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Logging Festival in Newaygo This Labor Day Weekend

There is a bunch of fun happening in Newyago this holiday weekend, and it just might the thing you're looking for to put a little excitement in your Labor Day weekend. It's the 38th Annual Logging Festival, running September 2nd. 3rd. and 4th.

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Michigan’s Adventure Making Changes to Water Park

Getting in the water and swimming are always a big part of summer in Michigan. Water parks offer another way to enjoy summer and the outdoors.

Michigan's Adventure has announced changes to their water park for 2017.

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It’s Time to Put Education Ahead of Michigan’s Tourism Industry

Many Michigan public school students are back at school this week. Others will return after Labor Day as required by law in Michigan without a waiver.

The post-Labor Day law was created ten years ago to benefit Michigan's tourism industry.

As more days are added to the school year, it's time to waive the post-Labor Day requirement for all schools and put the education of Michigan students ahead of the interests of the tourism industry.

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