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Kids’ Food Basket Partners With Michigan to Make Sure No Child Goes Hungry This Summer

Hunger is a big problem for many children, too many. Not enough food can mean concentration problems, anger and health issues, doing poorly in school. During any school year there are State and National programs that provide breakfast and lunch for those children that otherwise might do without. And, at the end of the day, Kids' Food Basket provides a sack supper for the student to take home so that they will have a healthy meal that evening.

But, wait, it's summer. School is out, so what happens to these vulnerable kids?

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Sparta Opens New Splash Pad [Video]

There's still a lot of summer ahead to celebrate and you can be sure that's exactly what kids (and adults) will be doing in Sparta with the splash pad that just opened today!

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Do You Remember the Kentwood Station Restaurant?

Just thinking back to some more good, local, restaurants that have closed, and the Kentwood Station popped into my head. It was like stepping back in time when you walked into the old train station like restaurant, with sound effects and all, as I remember.

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Griffins Win Another “Big Time” Award [Video]

Congratulations to the Grand Rapids Griffins! Yes, we know they won the Calder Cup this year, way to go, but they also won another special award.

Their’ “LEGO – I Wanna Drive the Zamboni” video won a Golden Matrix Award for Best Music Video at the 2017 Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) conference, held this week in Philadelphia, competing against the NHL and NBA!

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Free or Cheap, Fun Things to do in Grand Rapids

Are you looking for fun things to do in Grand Rapids, but you're on a tight budget? Well, I have an answer. How about FREE, or at least CHEAP, fun things to do. Believe me, there are a lot, and they're right in your own back yard.

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A Red Panda is Joining the John Ball Zoo Family This Summer

A new, cute furry critter is coming to the John Ball Zoo this summer. It's a Red Panda, one of the most adored animals in the world, and this one is coming to the zoo in August.

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Traveling For the 4th? So Are Thousands of Others So Here Are Some Tips

Are you traveling for the 4th of July weekend? Quite possibly you left yesterday for the cottage, the lake, Northern Michigan, wherever. And, if you are busting out of town for the long weekend, experts say, have a strategy.

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Visit Mackinac Island in 1944 and Step Back In Time [Video]

I don't know what you may have planned for this 4th of July weekend, but I know the Rent's, there are a lot of us, will be heading up to Traverse City for a Cherry Festival weekend. However, our weekend wouldn't be complete without a day trip to beautiful Mackinac Island.

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Eating Out is Expensive, But Your Kids can Eat Free, or Cheap, at These West Michigan Restaurants

There is a great website, Grand Rapids Kids, that covers all things, well, kids. One of the best things they cover is how, or where, to feed your kids for FREE, or at least cheap.

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Be a Real Sherlock Holmes at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced a cool new experience opening this summer, the Puzzle Room: Quest for Conviction. The Puzzle Room will give groups one hour to search a simulation of the Museum's Archives, solving puzzles, finding clues and creating a display of evidence to achieve conviction.

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2017 West Michigan Chalk Art Festival [Photos]

The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival is drawing hundreds of spectators to Byron Township this weekend. Take a look at some of the chalk art before, during and after completion.

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Child Missing in Michigan Mom’s Last-Day-of-School Photo And Every Parent Can Relate

Every parent has been there. The school bus is minutes from arrival and something that should be routine turns into an emergency and a last-second scramble to avoid missing the bus.

One mother was forced to take the traditional last-day-of-school photo without her child in the frame due to circumstances every parent has seen before.

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