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West Nile Virus Is In Michigan – How To Protect Your Family

West Nile Virus has been found in Michigan.  This is the earliest the virus has been discovered in Michigan in several years.

Learn more about where the virus has been found and how to keep your family safe.

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What Age Should Kids Start Going To Loud Fireworks Displays? – Poll Of The Day

Time to celebrate the Fourth of July!  There's the big fireworks in Grand Rapids, plus many options in other West Michigan communities.

The fireworks are a lot of fun, but they can sometimes be a little too loud and scary for young ears.

What is a good age for kids to start going to loud fireworks displays?

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Adorable Toddler Talks Giving Her Sister the Worst Haircut Ever

When NPR radio reporter Jeff Cohen’s 5-year-old daughter Sadie gave her 3-year-old sister Eva a very unauthorized haircut, he obviously wasn’t too pleased. But it didn’t take long for him to realize that Eva’s new asymmetrical do (pictured left) was actually pretty funny and that the story of how the haircut came to be was downright adorable.

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Terrible Parenting Tips– What’s the Worst You’ve Heard?

Kim Zolciak, the platinum blonde with the wigs and the "singing career" on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"  recently shared her  favorite parenting tip with Us Weekly. The mom of three (with the fourth on the way) says she keeps a wooden spoon in her purse at all times, "For my kids if they get fresh. I've never used it; I just pull it out and they know I'm serious." Wow, really?! Inspired by this, Redbook put together a list of the worst pieces of parenting advice they've ever received. 

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West Michigan Chalk Art Festival 2012 In Byron Center

When I first heard about the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival, or really any event that involves chalk, what person do you automatically think of?  If you were living in Grand Rapids in 2009, Rob Bliss, of course!  Remember Chalk Flood? It's the same thing that happens every time I hear American Pie by Don McLean on the radio, on my iPod, wherever; my mind starts streaming images of the American Pie lipdub video (almost 5 million view so far!).  It's still as brilliant as it was the first time I watched it.  It's poetry in motion.  Kind of strange how big events and good music,  have a tendency of cementing memories inside the brain.

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Most Americans Now Work Through Lunch Or Eat At Their Desks

Yup, it's happening everywhere.  Why?  Because if you don't work through lunch with the work load Americans now have they'll still be at work during their family's dinner time.  Plus, lots of companies are so short staffed that they have no one to replace someone when they take a lunch break.

National surveys underscore this change.

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The Amway Fourth Of July Fireworks Are Back This Year!

Fireworks will illuminate the sky once again this year during 4th of July celebrations at Ah Nab Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids, presented by Amway.

In addition to the fireworks, a parade will kick off the celebration Wednesday, July 4 at 5 p.m.

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Are You Up For The Walker Michigan Bike Parade?

Happy 50th Birthday, Walker!  The Walker Festival is this weekend, June 16th at City Central Park, behind City Hall on Remembrance Road.

Calling all kids ages 12 and under!  Pedal your bike over the the Walker Festival Parade, Saturday morning and learn bike safety, get fitted for helmets, play some Bike Bingo, then join the parade and show off your decorated bike, you can win some great prizes! 

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Bullying: It Doesn’t Only Happen To Kids, It Happens At Work, Too

With the increasing frequency of bullying stories in the news about children who are singled out and bullied, sometimes to the extent where they take their own life; we can forget that bullying can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere.  Thus this story...

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What Is The Best/Worst Color Of Popsicle? – Poll Of The Day

 

We've had a couple of hot days lately, but we're only getting started with summer.  Now that the kids are getting out of school we need a few easy ways to keep both them and ourselves cool.  Most of us can agree that popsicles are towards the top of that list.  As for agreeing on which color of popsicle is the best, that's a different story...

What is the best/worst color of popsicle?

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Grand Rapids Man Saves Son, Loses Everything, In Fire

Mark Samp, from Wyoming, is being lauded as a hero this week after he rescued his 6-month-old son from their flame-engulfed home on Wednesday night. Shortly after 9p.m., shortly after his son had been put down and his wife had walked down the street to talk to a neighbor, Samp noticed smoke pouring out of the side door of the home. He was outside on the phone with his mother.

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Pow Wow Fun At Grand Rapids Riverside Park This Weekend

This is a fun family event that children of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.  There's music, colorful costumes, crafts, dancing,  and food!  It's all a part of the 33rd Annual Homecoming Of The Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow!

Check out everything you'll need to know after the jump!

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