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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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Fireworks on the 4th? They’re Everywhere! Here’s the List!

Fireworks on the 4th of July are as American as Apple Pie and Chevrolet.  Okay, it is our Independence Day, but, come on, you just have to watch a big display of fireworks somewhere.

We thought you'd like this list, as up-to-date as we know at this time.  That way, you and the kids can make your plans early and find an exciting fireworks show near you.

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Where’s The Crime In Your Grand Rapids Neighborhood? Find Out NOW!

I was on www.wzzm13.com 's website today and saw this cool new feature they have.  It's called Spot Crime! If you live in the Grand Rapids area you can type in your zip code and various crimes that have occurred in your area show up on a map.  They include, arrests, burglaries, shootings, arson, theft, assault, robberies, vandalism and other.

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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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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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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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West Michigan’s John Ball Zoo & Binder Park Zoo Are Now Officially OPEN

This is the closest many of us will ever get to seeing animals in a somewhat natural habitat.  At least they are protected and won't be hunted down like so many animals in the wild. Rhino's in South Africa were the animals most recently in the news.

So if you want to see animals that are protected, loved, and nurtured we have two zoos in our area that are now officially open.  The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.

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Apple Farmer Says, “We’re Just Growing Trees This Year”

Sad.  That's all I can say I felt when I read this headline on mLive.  Sad.

Apple farmer says, "We're just growing trees this year."

It was the apple farmers greatest fear and honestly it was my greatest fear too, because no one in this country can grow tasty apples like Michigan farmers can.  Well, this season is pretty much a bust for West Michigan apple growers.

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Shopping Fresh Michigan Fruits & Vegetables Via West Michigan Cooperative

You probably have friends who have belonged to a food co-op before.  The amount of food you get far exceeds the amount of money you pay for it!  Plus the best part is, is that it is locally grown, fresh and you can follow the source where your food came from

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Rand McNally Wants To Know What West Michigan Site Deserves A Place On Its Map?

If you live in West Michigan, you already what a spectacular part of the country we live in.  If you don't know that then that tells me you haven't traveled much.

Rand McNally, for those who don't know, is a very famous map maker and they are looking for nominations to include in their Best of the Road contest.  They are looking to identify some of the "best" small towns in the United States of America and they want to include places that travelers might enjoy as well.

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Photo by Chris Clark-Pool/Getty Images)
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Experience Grand Rapids Holding Photo Contest

It's time to take those 'city-scape' photo's of Grand Rapids and, maybe, win some prises.

Experience Grand Rapids is celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week with a community-wide Instagram photo contest, and the person who best captures the city's beauty, excitement and local flavor in a single photo will win a prize package valued at $300.

* One night stay in the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids - Downtown

* Two tickets to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, John Ball Zoo, and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and,

* One Polaroid wireless printer

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West Michigan Author, Greg Smith, On Faith, Hope, And Love Songs Sunday

West Michigan's very own Greg Smith joins me Sunday, on Faith Hope And Love Songs.  He just authored his latest book entitled Be Wise, Do Good, Live Free: Random Advice For The Best Kind Of Life.

The Grand Rapids Press probably put it best.  They said in a review that "Smith believes firmly in the power of stories to teach, educate, provide guidance and set examples."

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