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Fight Hunger: 10 Donation Ideas for Food Banks; Find and Give Help in Grand Rapids

This time of year, food banks and food pantries are working extra hard to keep their shelves stocked.

For those in a charitable mood, you might wonder what these charities seeking for donations. Here are 10 ideas:

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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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Powerless Christmas for 37,000-plus in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

It’s going to be a powerless Christmas for many households in Grand Rapids and elsewhere across West Michigan because of a weekend ice storm and a continued wintry mix including snow, officials said Monday night.

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More than 70,000 Without Electricity in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

As of noon today, more than 285,000 Consumers Energy customers statewide were without power caused by a snow and ice storm over the weekend.

That includes nearly 70,000 in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, according to the Jackson, Mich.-based utility.

 

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NORAD Tracks Santa Claus! [Video]

Santa Claus is getting ready for his annual Christmas Eve jaunt across the globe, bringing toys to all the good girls and boys.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is again helping make certain the trip is safe for the jolly old elf. NORAD is the U.S. and Canadian military combining forces to assist Santa Claus, and is tracking Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve journey across the globe.

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Grand Rapids Named Lonely Planet’s No. 1 U.S. Travel Destination for 2014

Grand Rapids scored some high marks from Lonely Planet!

The marks were so good that Lonely Planet put Grand Rapids and West Michigan atop its list of "Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2014."

Grand Rapids beat out destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas and Lana'i, Hawaii!

Lonely Planet credits Grand Rapids' craft breweries along with the festivals cele

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Top 3 Places to See Christmas Lights Displays in Grand Rapids!

There's nothing like seeing Christmas lights displays around the holidays.

With that in mind, I offer the top three places in Grand Rapids to see those cool yule hues and help celebrate the season.

 

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Downtown Grand Rapids Skating Rink at Rosa Parks Circle Now Opening Saturday

If you were looking forward to coming to downtown Grand Rapids Friday night, watching the tree in front of the GRAM be lit, and then partaking in some ice skating, you're going to have to rethink part of your plans. It was announced today that the skating rink will not be opening on Friday evening as planned.

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West Michigan Election Results – August 6, 2013

Many communities across West Michigan went to the polls Tuesday.

Results are in.

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Grandwich 2013 Kicks Off In Downtown Grand Rapids

Once again it's that time of year, Grandwich time! I am a bit of a foodie and love this local contest here in Grand Rapids. Each year local restaurants come up with their sandwich that is normally something you wouldn't see anywhere else! Using locally grown food these places come up with some crazy stuff. Do this years contestants have what it takes to win the Grandwich award? Last year one of our favorite places, Skywalk Deli took home the crown... who will it be this year?

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‘Movies In The Park’ Coming To Grand Rapids

It's fun to get outdoors during summer.

It's also fun to relax and catch a movie once in a while.

Why not combine the two?

'Movies in the Park' is coming to Grand Rapids this summer!

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Fireworks Will be Everywhere in West Michigan on the 4th of July

Ahhhh, nothing like the colorful, bombs bursting in air before dawns early light.

Fireworks, and all their glory, will be abundant for the 4th, and I don't mean from every street vendor around town.  I mean the big shows in communities throughout West Michigan.

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