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Michigan’s “Jim Crow Museum”, In Big Rapids Showcases Largest Collection Of Racist Artifacts

Back in the day, there were plenty of strange, racist artifacts that you would never see these days. And one man has decided to showcase them.

Well, if you have only read about such things or watched them in movies now is your chance to see what early America was really like, the full picture.  It will help you understand a bit more of how we got to where we are today and maybe help you understand that racism in many forms is still alive.

Big Rapids has a new museum but be prepared, it's not for the faint of heart.

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West Michigan Farmers Markets Open

The Fulton Street Farmers Market is officially open!  A couple weeks ago  the Holland Farmers Market is opened and I found a list of various Farmer's Markets in our area that you can visit both during the week and on weekends too.

I'm trying to eat more and more local, and it's easy with all of the farmers' markets right here in West Michigan.

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Grand Rapids Singer Writes A Special Song For His Sister Who Was Diagnosed With Autism

His name is Chas Burtchett, and I first met him and heard him sing at the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon a few weeks back at Kuiper College.  I've been hosting the event for the past 5 years or so.  Chas was telling me and some of the others, about his sister who was diagnosed with Autism.

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John Ball Zoo Adds Funicular Cars, Funicular? It Sounds Like Fun!

Funicular, now there is a word I have never heard before.  At first I thought it may have been a made up word.  But no, it's for real.  Funicular: is a motorized tram on a track and it just came to the John Ball Zoo.

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Think The Potholes Are Bad Now? Study Shows Grand Rapids Roads Getting Worse

Driving down Hall Street and dodging all the potholes gets me to thinking.  I wonder if maybe one day while driving home from work, my car and me might just disappear into one of those big potholes, falling deep into the dark abyss of the earth, only to resurface in China.   They just seem to gobble you up, don't they?   Seriously, at the very least they do an enormous amount of damage to the front end of cars, tires and alignments.

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Festival Of The Arts June 1st, 2nd and 3rd At Grand Rapids Calder Plaza

What's your favorite part of Festival Of The Arts.  In the past I've heard people joking that its name should be changed to Festival Of The Food because there is so much of it there.  Talk about arousing your sense of smell.  Festival offers it all up!  Whether you are looking for Italian, German, Vegetarian, Ribs,  Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc., you can find it all at Festival!

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Rockford Construction May Bring More Than 160 Jobs To Grand Rapids

Whenever I see a news story that talks about more jobs coming to Grand Rapids and/or West Michigan it always piques my interest.  It's a good thing, right?  I mean when you think of all the people who have lost jobs in Michigan it can be a bit overwhelming.  Any bit of news about jobs moving here is a good thing.

Right now Rockford Construction is looking to relocate to Grand Rapids, possibly as early as this summer, in addition to creating 160 jobs.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here’s What’s Happening Around Town

What does Memorial Day Weekend mean to you?  Over the years it has become an occasion, for many,  as a weekend to remember.  Many people visit the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not.   Red, white and blue flags wave over the grave stones and flowers sometimes decorate the grave markers.  It has also become a long weekend devoted to bargain shopping, family gatherings, barbecues, fireworks, and trips to the beach. (Grand Haven and the Lakeshore is usually PACKED on Memorial Day weekend, if the weather in nice.)

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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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Pastor Marvin Winans Beaten And Carjacked In Detroit

Man, I wouldn't want to be on the end of this justice when it is served up!

Detroit Police are saying they don't believe this group of young attackers knew they had targeted a prominent Detroit pastor and gospel recording artist when they beat him and carjacked him Wednesday afternoon.

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John Russo’s Wine Warehouse And Deli Is NOW Carrettino Italian Market & Wine

John Russo owns one place, and one place only in Grand Rapids, Carrettino Italian Market and Wine. What use to be known as John Russo's Wine Warehouse and Deli on 44th Street and Kalamazoo has a new name now.  It is

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Van Halen POSTPONES Summer Concerts Including Van Andel Arena[video]

Van Halen has announced that they are POSTPONING summer concert dates including the stop at the Van Andel Arena originally scheduled for July 26th.

I saw Van Halen in concert back when DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan was known as Pine Knob

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