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Would You Keep Your Child Out Of Football Due To Risk Of Concussion? – POLL

Kids get hurt when playing sports.  Some sports produce more injuries than others.  Some sports have a greater potential for serious injuries than others.

Playing sports comes with a certain amount of risk.  Balancing the risk between injury and participation can be a difficult decision for parents.

In recent years the risk of concussion to football players has become a growing concern.

Would you keep your child out of football due to risk of concussion?

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Is It Better to Buy School Supplies Online? — Dollars and Sense

Shopping online can incredibly convenient, but should you do it for basic school supplies? That depends on what’s more important to you: time or money.

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What Is The Most Annoying Toy Your Kids Have Ever Had?

Parents are used to hearing cries and squeaks and squeals at home.  Kids make lots of sounds.  Over time, parents learn to understand what each of those unique sounds mean.  Those sounds can help a parent.

When those cries and squeaks and squeals come from a toy, that's a different story.  It's just annoying.

What is the most annoying toy your kids have ever had?

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Would You Support Random Drug Testing Of Students At Your Child’s School?

Galesburg-Augusta High School will begin random drug testing of their students this fall.

Students who participate in extracurricular activities or who purchase a parking pass for the Galesburg-Augusta High School parking lot will be eligible to be tested.

The plan is controversial, to say the least.

Would you support random drug testing of students at your child's school?

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Back to School Grand Rapids – What kids need and don’t need in 2012

It's that time again!  School is getting ready to start, but are the students prepared?

Here are some essential school supplies:

  • Notebooks – try wide-ruled for Elementary and Middle School, and college-ruled for High School
  • No.2 pencils – ScanTron is a new way to sc
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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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