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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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Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
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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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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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