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A proud weekend for West Michigan Pride Festival

by (saradipity)

Submitted 06-21-2011 under NEWS

Bigger crowds, more vendors, exciting performers and a beautiful summer day made this year’s West Michigan Pride Festival, celebrating the LGBT community, one to remember. The festival started silently 23 years ago by the owners of The...

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2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit inspires community to be bicycle friendly

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 05-17-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

On Friday, May 6, over 200 attendees and 25 exhibitors found themselves assembling at GVSU’s Eberhard Center for the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s (GGRBC) 2011 Bicycle Summit. With the tagline “Inspiration to Action,...

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2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit a call to action as part of National Bike Month

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 05-02-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

May is National Bike Month and on Friday, May 6, GVSU’s Eberhard Center will host the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s (GGRBC) 2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit: “Inspiration to Action." GGRBC Interim Director, Tom...

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West Michigan therapy dogs create smiles one wag at a time

by (Ed Hillerich)

Submitted 03-25-2011 under NEWS

Friends Terrilynne Lymburner and Jeanne Lewis founded West Michigan Therapy Dogs  (WMTD) in 2001 after witnessing the therapeutic effects on hospitalized patients during visits with therapy dogs.   Lymburner and Lewis realized...

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New Website Promotes Summer Camps in West Michigan

by (GRCommFound)

Submitted 03-08-2011 under NONPROFITS

  To help support local summer camps and promote the summer camp experience to all West Michigan families, Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently revamped the West Michigan Summer Camps website.   The new website, created with the help...

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Season's greetings and what Picturesque shows us about Rapidians so far

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 12-21-2010 under OPINION

It's been half a week since Picturesque went up, and we've gotten over 30 submissions in the meantime. A few things that are coming across in the photos: Even in the winter, Grand Rapidians feel a strong connection to the lake. When I tell folks I...

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National Novel Writing Month: To Build Without Tearing Down

by (LorenaSlager)

Submitted 11-15-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

With the recent time change reminding us of how bleak November can get, you might find yourself looking for a diversion to keep your spirits up. So what about that novel you’ve always wanted to write? Why don’t you finally start writing that this...

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When there is something strange in GR, who you gonna call? W. MI Paranormal Investigation

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 10-28-2010 under OPINION

There are things that happen in this world in that are not easily explained, and Grand Rapids is no exception to this rule. One group in this city that is helping to find an explanation is The West Michigan Paranormal Investigation team (WMPI). WMPI...

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Returned Peace Corps volunteers to plan local celebrations for PC's 50th anniversary at Ming Ten

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 10-21-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Returned Peace Corps volunteer groups are in nearly every region of the country, and there are numerous RPCVs studding West Michigan. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., they will break bread (or snake around the buffet trays) at Ming Ten (2090 Celebration NE...

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Jeff Hill: Dedicated Dad Goes the Distance

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 06-02-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

This is how dedicated Jeff Hill is to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes: he’s given up golf for the summer.  The avid once or twice a week golfer is spending his summer riding a bike 80-100 miles a week. Unlike golfing, the biking isn’t...

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