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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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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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Grand Rapids “Start Garden”…Rick DeVos Unveils The Details

This is just so cool!  You've seen all the signs around town, right?  It's kind of difficult to miss them.  The colorful signs are all over in orange, pink, lime green and blue.  They're posted on doors, windows, inside coffee shoppes, cafes, and restaurants.  Start Garden is coming!  Well, Start Garden is HERE!

This morning at a news conference Rick DeVos unveiled what Start Garden is really all about.

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FREE West Michigan Youth Summit! Kids Invited To “Live Above The Influence”

Grand Rapids is hosting the first ever youth summit and West Michigan youth are being invited to "Live Above The Influence."

Registration is already underway for this FREE April 27-28 Event

WHAT IS IT: It's a two-day, jam-packed teen-driven “Above the Influence" Kent County conference, presented by the Kent County Prevention Coalition.  It is designed to foster positive attitudes and behaviors
regarding life

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West Michigan Boats Are In Their Slips, They’re Ready To Sail, Tourism Is On!

Mother Nature has been very good to West Michigan, well at least the boaters and those hoping for an early Spring.  I still hear some winter snow and ice fans complaining that they were'nt able to get out and enjoy the Winter Wonderland in Michigan this past season

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If You’re A Grand Rapids Mom Start Making Money By Blogging At Home!

There are mom's that work outside the home and there are mom's who work at home.  There are mom's who work outside the home and at home too!  If you're any kind of mom and you think you have a novel approach at being a mom, this just might be for you

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