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Kent County Health Department Issues West Nile Virus Warning

The Kent County Health Department is advising residents to take precautions when spending time outdoors after the discovery of West Nile Virus in three Michigan counties.

Officials are saying that the conditions this summer have caused mosquitoes, which carry the virus, to hatch early. West Nile Virus can be fatal, and has symptoms that include fevers, meningitis, and even encephalitis.

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Help 100.5 The River And Amway ‘Stuff The Bus’

100.5 The River, Amway, 5/3rd Bank, Meijer and many other sponsors are working hard now through August 10th to Stuff The Bus for students in need all over Kent County! And, we're asking for your help! Now through August 10th, you can drop off new, unwrapped folders, No.2 pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers and rulers at any of the thirty-seven 5/3rd bank branches all around Kent County.

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What Is Your Favorite Michigan Destination For Kids’ Summer Adventure?

Back-to-school sales may have already started, but we have a lot of summer left.

Whether you have a long vacation planned or are just trying to cram as much fun into every remaining summer night and weekend, it's good to have options.  Especially if you have kids to entertain.

Fortunately, Michigan has many options for those seeking a little summertime fun.

What is your favorite Michigan destination for kids' summer adventure?

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Berlin Fair In Marne Through Saturday

Summer is Fair season and one of Michigan's best is going on now!  The Berlin Fair is running through Saturday in Marne.

The Berlin Fair is well known for its involvement with 4-H and its raceway, but there is much more than that.

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Should Hospitals Stop Giving Away Baby Formula? – Poll Of The Day

Breastfeeding is good for babies.  No, breastfeeding is GREAT for babies.  But, for varying reasons, it is not always an option for every family.

Hospitals have been sending home new Moms with gift

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You May Not Believe How Much Parents Will Spend On Back-to-School Supplies This Year — Survey of the Day

For a kid, there may be nothing more depressing than the first advertisements for back-to-school sales, which remind them that their summer vacation won’t last forever.

The only thing more depressing for parents may be the cost of sending their little ones back to a new classroom.

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Ionia Free Fair Fun July 19-28th!

The Ionia Free Fair is this Thursday and will continue through Saturday, July 28th!  The Fair has been a tradition here in Michigan since 1857 and has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the nation.

Over the years lots of big names have graced the Ionia Free Fair stage.  Some of the old timers include  Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, and world renowned country artists Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Willie Nelson.

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Grand Rapids Children’s Museum To Celebrate 15 Years With Secret Exhibit

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum will be celebrating their 15th anniversary with the opening of a brand new "secret" exhibit.  There will also be cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

They had me at cake.

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Grand Rapids Museums FREE 4 ALL Happens Again This Weekend!

It's time for another Grand Rapids FREE 4 All!  A few months ago we you about the first Free 4 All that happened in January, and I am happy to tell you that it was a GREAT success! All of Grand Rapids was invited to take advantage of FREE ADMISSION to  4 Grand Rapids museums in the month of January. The tally at the end of the the very first Free 4 All was 14,000 people.  The second one was just as successful so here comes number three for the museum Free 4 All!

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How Did Your Kids Learn To Swim? – Poll Of The Day

Two of my kids just started swimming lessons this week.

They've had group lessons in the past, with only a limited amount of success.

We're trying one-on-one lessons this time and hoping for better results.

What worked for you?  How did your kids learn to swim?

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Adult Children Living at Home Are Really Stressing Out Their Parents

In today’s world of the super-expensive everything, more kids are making the decision to stay at home with their parents well into adulthood rather than get out on their own.

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Who Rides Bigger Amusement Park Rides: You Or Your Kids? – Poll Of The Day

Last week, my family spent a lot of time at Michigan's Adventure over vacation.  I wasn't sure how my 5-year-old would do with it being the first time she was tall enough for the big rides.

She rode them...over and over and over.  She rode so many more big rides than me, I lost count!

Am I the only one?

Who rides bigger amusement park rides?  You or your kids?

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