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Looking Forward to the Next Holiday Weekend: Labor Day

The summer is midway through practically, although it's only mid-July.

That's what we get for starting the season with Memorial Day instead of the official start of summer with the summer solstice.

Soon, Labor Day will be upon us here in West Michigan, which means a long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Watch for Meteor Shower in West Michigan Tonight

The Lyrid meteor shower peaked early Tuesday morning, but some had too many clouds to get a good look.

Clear skies are expected tonight in West Michigan, which will give us another opportunity to see the meteor shower while it's still going strong.

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Weather Alert: It’s Still Winter [Video]

The arctic blast gripping Grand Rapids and West Michigan is expected to loosen today, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office and WZZM-TV, Channel 13.

The temperature reached a high of 8 degrees and a low a minus-1 degree Tuesday, with wind chills as low a 20 degrees-plus below zero at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

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Detroit Deals With Heavy Snow And Bitter Cold
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Greater Grand Rapids: Stuck in Polar Mode [Video]

Good morning. Welcome to the artic. You've been officially temporarily moved to a polar region.

Michigan and the Midwest are stuck in a polar vortex, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office. Typically, such an arctic blast -- or wintry hurricane -- only hits northeastern Canada a la Ontario, Quebec and regions further north.

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Wintry Wonderland in Grand Rapids

Well, we survived the onslaught of snow.

Now, we bundle up to deal with the ridiculously low wind chills and more lake-effect snow!

In Grand Rapids, we were fortunate to have not been dumped on as bad as areas south.
I just saw that Four Winds Casino closed! How crazy is that?

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Consumers Energy Fixing Power Outages in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan

This will remembered as the Christmas without power for many.

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 4:30 a.m. Friday, 52,000 Consumers Energy customers were without electricity. Since noon Saturday, the winter storm caused more than 377,000 outages across Michigan.

Among the counties most affected by the outages still are Kent, with 313 customers without power; Barry, 6,754; Ionia, 1,909; Kalamazoo, 187; and Calhoun, 739.

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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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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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Grand Rapids/West Michigan Home Market Stabilizing

I have a couple friends who are real estate agents and they have been echoing the same thing.  However, I have had a cute little house next door, more than reasonably priced, that has been for sale for over a year now; so these statistics do make me wonder?  But the statisticians say the West Michigan housing market is seeing some healthy signs.  The number of housing listings went down 19% last month. Compare that to an 8% decrease from last year.  So does that mean the houses were actually sold or does it mean they were "rented or leased out"?

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June 22nd Is Take Your Dog To Work Day!

I guess instead of asking you ,"Are you taking your dog to work on Take Your Dog To Work Day?" I should have asked "Can you take your dog to work on Take Your Dog To Work Day?"

June 22nd, is Take Your Dog To Work Day and this is the day that every dog in America gets to see how hard their masters work to put food into their dog bowl, provide shelter over their little heads at night, and always have a fresh bowl of water ready to drink. 

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“Pure Michigan” Ad Campaign Features Holland

Way to go Holland!   A new Pure Michigan radio spot featuring Holland recently hit the airwaves. The spot sells Holland as a featured destination in Michigan, highlighting the Dutch hospitality, the variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, the farm fresh foods, and more!

That's very cool because it helps sell West Michigan as a true destination.

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Today Is Flag Day! How Can You & Grand Rapids Veterans Celebrate?

June 14th, 2012 is Flag Day, so what does that exactly mean?  This is a little story about Flag Day and the celebration of it started...

June 14th is a big day at the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans too!  Today is a day when the veterans come out for the Flag Day All Wheels Show from 6pm -8pm.  They like to reminisce when they see some of the old cars they drove around the streets of Grand Rapids when they were young men and women.

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