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Doctors in Flint Offered Another Way to Test Kids for Lead

The Michigan State and Genesee County Health Departments are asking pediatricians to test all children up to age 6 who consumed Flint city water after April 2014. In collaboration with the county health department, Magellan Diagnostics has announced it is loaning its LeadCare II systems to practices in Flint to expand access to testing.

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Kids Can Earn $1 per Pound by Donating Halloween Candy to Troops

The annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program is returning with an opportunity for kids to make money by donating their candy to our troops overseas.

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First (Park) Congregational: A Must-Visit ArtPrize Venue for Families

When you visit ArtPrize as a family, minimizing walking and avoiding crowds takes on a new importance.

First (Park) Congregational at 10 E Park Place NE provides a good starting point. More importantly, the venue has a lot of entries that will grab the interest of kids.

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2015 Halloween Activities For You (& Your Family)

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are some great Halloween activities (some for families, some for adults only) that you can check out this year!

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ArtPrize Guide for Kids

Big crowds, long walks and 1,550 works of art.

It's best to have a plan when you visit ArtPrize with kids. Little legs get tired fast.

The ArtPrize Guide for Kids will help you to make the most of your family's time in downtown Grand Rapids.

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It’s the Simple Things in Life That can Really Make a Difference

The other day, I was driving home from the radio station, a million thoughts on my mind, the next event I would be attending, work I was taking home with me, when I drove past a lemonade stand. You know, the one kids have set up in their yard on a small table, hoping people will stop and buy some. It may be their first attempt in the world of free enterprise, and they are full of hope and excitement. But, as the day wears on, their hopes dim because most people, as I did, just drive by, too busy to stop.

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West Michigan Chalk Art Festival in Byron Center This Weekend

The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival brings children and adult artists together for two days of art and competition.

The festival is June 19 - 20 in Byron Center.

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Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Times For West Michigan

Trying to figure out when trick-or-treating is happening in your area? We've found a comprehensive list that you can reference!

It seems that all communities here in West Michigan will be doing their trick-or-treating on Friday, Oct. 31 -- Halloween night. 

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Woman Uses Halloween Costume to Tell Husband She’s Pregnant [Video]

After trying for nearly a year to get pregnant, YouTube user Leslie A. took a pregnancy test one day and "voila!" it had finally happened. She knew she needed to come up with a clever way to tell her husband, so she decided to show off her new Halloween costume - a skeleton shirt with a little baby skeleton over the stomach (how cute is that, by the way?)!

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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online with 100.5 The River

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at 100.5 The River.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Writes Powerful Letter to Teachers

The mother of one of the 26 victims of 2012's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has written a powerful letter to the teachers of America.

Nebla Marquez-Greene had two children attending Sandy Hook Elementary that day. Her daughter, 6-year-old Ana Grace, was killed in the Connecticut massacre, and her son was uninjured in the attack.

Her letter, which was posted on the Education Week website is powerful, gut-wrenching and encouraging all at once. Read it after the jump.

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