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Next Time You Want To Complain Or Whine About Grand Rapids Heatwave…

Remember this...

This little moment of reflection will put things in perspective for you.  ps, Thanks to my Facebook friend Vince Isenhoff for posting it.

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Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
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Heatwave Kills At Least 22 People; Grand Rapids, Don’t Become A Statistic

This is not the kind of heat that you don't want to take seriously.  If you are thristy, or your mouth is dry PLEASE understand you are already dehydrated.  Whether you are thristy or not continue to drink fluids

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Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
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If You’re Thristy; You’re Already Dehydrated. Tips For Grand Rapids Heatwave

Please let these words sink into your brain.  "By the time you're thristy; you'r already dehydrated."  During an average summer here in Grand Rapids dehydration isn't a major problem but for the next week it is going to be SERIOUS!  Whether you are thirsty or not drink water continually throughout the day

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Funeral Held For Former First Lady Betty Ford
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Tonight’s Faith Hope And Love Songs A Tribute To Betty Ford The Mother, The Wife & The Friend

Join me tonight, Sunday evening, 7-9pm EST for Faith Hope and Love Songs on 100.5 The River.  Listen online too! Sunday, I will be honoring Betty Ford in my own little way and with poignant memories shared by her son Steve from the memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids.  Over the past week or so if you've listened to me on the radio you've learned that I have always admired Betty Ford, long before I moved to GR! 

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Angry Bird Attacks People Downtown

This is pretty hysterical, but a little scary at the same time.  It was almost as if "The Birds" was recreated.

While thousands of people packed downtown to say farewell to former First Lady Betty Ford this week, many of them were met with a most unexpected surprise.

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Gene Parker/100.5 The River
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Steve Ford And His Beautiful Eulogy For His Mom Betty Ford In Grand Rapids

I watched all of yesterday's coverage and my favorite was when Betty Ford's son, Steve Ford spoke.  Steve was the one who got me really choked up.  He spoke from the heart and shared some of his trails with alcoholism too

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Betty Ford Funeral In Grand Rapids Is A Real Celebration Of Her Life!

Isn't it just like Betty Ford to choose a "spiritual" to start off her funeral here in Grand Rapids.  Back in the day before it was politically incorrect to use the term "negro" it was referred to as a "Negro spiritual".  Spirituals are raw, honest, bluesy, transparent, beautiful and real.  Just like Betty Ford!  It's no wonder she chose Done Made My Vow!

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Betty Ford An Independent First Lady [VIDEO]

When it comes to First Lady's Betty Ford stood above the rest.  Yes there were fashionable First Lady's but Betty Ford was that and more.  She was vocal about women's equality, she hinted about their presidential life in the bedroom, she was instumental at saving and changing the lives of alcoholics and  drug abusers, along with the treatment of other multiple addicitons.  But more than that she was a graceful, wise, beautiful human being who did indeed leave the eart a better place simply because she lived. 

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Grand Rapids 4th of July Shooting Caught On Video [VIDEO]

The shooting that occurred in downtown Grand Rapids after the fireworks on Monday night was caught on tape!

A man named Tom Daly shot the video using his cell phone and then posted it on YouTube.  The fight started in the parking lot across from Rosa Parks Circle after the fireworks Monday night.

Police say after a few minutes someone fired a gun several times.  William Brown, 19, and Deron Rodriguez, 20, were watching the fight.  Both were shot in the leg.

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Can You Describe Grand Rapids In 6 Words Or Less?

It seems as if new, interesting and exciting things are always popping up the Grand Rapids, and a new contest is no different.

WZZM TV13 reported that Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell announced the launch of a new website and contest during the Fourth of July Fireworks event downtown.

 

It's called 'My Grand Rapid

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Grand Rapids Press File Photo
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What Granwich Is Grand Rapids Favorite Sandwich?

How fun!  Lots o' restaurants are vying for the Grand Title, in the Grand Rapids, Granwich Competition.  Here's how you can taste, eat and vote for your favorite Official Grand Rapids sandwich called the Granwich!

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To Be A Firework [VIDEO]

If you're looking for a fireworks display to watch with your family or friends this holiday weekend, here's a list from WZZM 13.

While you're enjoying the show, think about what it would be like to ride a rocket into the sky and explode in a brilliant flash.

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