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National Safe Boating Week

Since the summer vacation and boating season isn't too far off, it's a good time to remember your boating and water safety training.

In fact, it'd be a good idea to make sure your kids are aware of the responsibilities that come along with being on the water.  That's why the "North American Safe Boating Campaign" put together a website designed specially for your kids, called "Sidekicks: Ready, Set, Wear It!"

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MEAP Exam Test Constantly Changing For Grand Rapids Kids & Teachers

Yeah, I remember these tests.  The pressure seemed to be just too much.  Even if I knew the information the importance of scoring on this test just made me blank out. If you're raising children in Michigan, you are all too familiar with the MEAP test.

This year, the state has raised the passing standards. Come this fall, and there are some lawmakers who want to get rid of the test all together.

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Go Fly A Kite! At The Great Lakes Kite Festival In Grand Haven

Talked to Josh Depenbrok this morning from grNow and he mentioned the Great Lakes Kite Festival.   It took me back to my days in Detroit.  I couldn't wait for the springtime when the wind would start kicking up and I would head over to the church parking lot where there weren't too many overhead wires and I would run as fast as I could to get my kite in the air.  I would make it dip and soar.  I think kids who even spend a lot of time behind a computer screen or in front of the television flying a virtual kite might even enjoy this.

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Adopt Cela NOW at www.CrashsLanding.org
Adopt Cela NOW at www.CrashsLanding.org
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Crash’s Landing Kitty “Cela” Needs A Loving Home To Call Her own

Kim Carson Here!  I've been working with Crash's Landing for 9   years now.  Crash’s Landing, is a non profit no kill animal shelter. Their mission statement is, “Saving Our Little Corner Of The World, One Cat At A Time

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7 Things Pet Owners Do That Drive Veterinarians Crazy!

Dr. Jen at Clyde Park Veterinary Clinic is one of the most compassionate loving people that I know.  She and her volunteers give endless amounts of time and energy to the welfare and well being of the animals that they care for

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Didn’t They Hear, Money Can’t Buy You Love? [video]

Apparently not.  There are some clients that are pretty dissatisfied with a local dating service here in Grand Rapids.  They believe that they paid too much for a chance at love and got little in return.   Eli

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What Teachers Make: A Pro Teacher Moment By Taylor Mali [video]

This video already went viral and with the school year soon coming to a close I thought it might be appropriate to share this with you today.

Think back to your childhood. You may have been lucky enough to have a couple teachers who really meant something to you.  I was fortunate to have a handful.  Long after I left elementary, middle and high school I stayed in touch with many of my teachers.  I would go back and visit them in Detroit or speak for a career day.  I considered them my friends long after my school years.

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Head Lice Boutique To Open In Grand Rapids

You read that correctly. A "head lice boutique" is set to open here in Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 19th. I don't know if any of you were unlucky enough to get lice when you were a kid, but I did. It was possibly one of the most horrific experiences of my life. And even writing this, I suddenly can't stop itching my head. But now, there's a boutique you can go to in order to get rid of the itchy little pests.

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West Michigan’s John Ball Zoo & Binder Park Zoo Are Now Officially OPEN

This is the closest many of us will ever get to seeing animals in a somewhat natural habitat.  At least they are protected and won't be hunted down like so many animals in the wild. Rhino's in South Africa were the animals most recently in the news.

So if you want to see animals that are protected, loved, and nurtured we have two zoos in our area that are now officially open.  The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.

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How Much Do You Owe Mom?

Naturally, now that Mother's Day is over, we found a pretty hilarious website that allows you to calculate how much you owe mom for giving birth to you.

This site was created by the "American Coalition for Labor Reparations" (get it, labor?).

It provides an online tool to calculate how much you owe mom

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Adopt Fredrico NOW from www.CrashsLanding.org
Adopt Fredrico NOW from www.CrashsLanding.org
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Crash’s Landing Kitty “Fredrico” Needs Someone To Adopt & Love Him

Kim Carson Here!  I've been working with Crash's Landing for 9   years now.  Crash’s Landing, is a non profit no kill animal shelter. Their mission statement is, “Saving Our Little Corner Of The World, One Cat At A Time

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Adopt "The Biscuit" NOW from www.CrashsLanding.org
Adopt "The Biscuit" NOW from www.CrashsLanding.org
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Adopt “The Biscuit” Now From Crash’s Landing, A Grand Rapids Animal Shelter

Kim Carson Here!  I've been working with Crash's Landing for 9   years now.  Crash’s Landing, is a non profit no kill animal shelter. Their mission statement is, “Saving Our Little Corner Of The World, One Cat At A Time

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