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Busy GR poll locations

Busy GR poll locations

City Clerk Lauri Parks is reporting long lines at most polling places in the city of Grand Rapids. At this time the average wait is 90 minutes. “This is an important election and a very complicated ballot,” stated Mayor George Heartwell. “I urge voters to be patient and to realize that they will likely have a wait no matter what time they get to the polls.”

Voters can reduce time in the voting booth by going to the polls prepared. The Secretary of State website http://www.michigan.gov/ allows you to pull up a sample ballot. Mark it at home and carry it with you into the voting booth.”

Heartwell assures voters that anyone in line at 8:00 PM, when the polls close, will be permitted to vote. “We recognize there are delays at many of the polling stations. Voters may be waiting to vote when the polls close at 8:00 PM. Everyone in line will get a chance to vote. No one will be disenfranchised.”

A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

If you enjoyed the Beer City Pale Ale promotion awhile back, 11 Grand Rapids area breweries have returned with the new Grand Pumpkin - and this time each one has something a little different to offer. Brewery Vivant and Harmony Brewing Company in Easttown have both participated. Harmony’s Grand Pumpkin is a 7.4% ABV Chai beer. Also on special here when I visited was the Goatoberfest pizza with sausage, goat cheese, basil, and pumpkin sauce. Perhaps you’ve heard of the White House honey ale? Harmony has brewed their own version “Ale to the Chief” and I can attest to the deliciousness. If you are out on 28th Street in Kentwood / Cascade area, you can check out Schmohz experimental Pumpkin Rye and Jaden James has their Pumpkin Ale on tap now also.

Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration to Honor Hope and Calvin College Leaders

Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration to Honor Hope and Calvin College Leaders

Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College and Dr. Gaylen J. Byker, recently retired president of Calvin College, will be honored at this year’s Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration for their outstanding community leadership. Dr. James Calvin Schaap, professor and author of Dutch Reformed literature will speak about the Dutch heritage in America during the program.

The celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Pinnacle Center at 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner program beginning at 6:45 p.m. The annual event strives to keep Dutch history and culture alive for future generations. Dutch-American Heritage Day also celebrates the strong ties between the Netherlands and the United States. The event will feature traditional Dutch inspired music, costumes and food.

Select Secretary of State offices open today

(WZZM)- Some Secretary of State offices will be open today, despite Election Day being a holiday for state employees.

All Super!Centers will be open, and some PLUS and traditional offices will be open.

The offices will have minimal staffing, so you are encouraged to visit the offices only if you have urgent business to take care of.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says late fees for licenses and registrations that expire on November 6th will be waived, as long as you renew on November 7th.

Many services can be completed online at ExpressSOS.com. These services include, but are not limited to renewing vehicle plate tabs and driver's licenses.

Offices open in West Michigan include:

  • Grand Rapids Area SUPER!Center
  • NE Kent County PLUS
  • S. Kalamazoo County PLUS
  • Muskegon County PLUS




Write Michigan deadline is November 30

Write Michigan deadline is November 30

From: http://www.grpl.org/

Have you been busy writing? The Write Michigan short story contest deadline is fast approaching!

Don’t miss your chance to reach a broad audience with your work, get published, and win cash prizes! Writers of all ages are invited to submit their short stories by November 30.

Readers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice cash prizes will be awarded in both the adult and juvenile categories. The top 10 short stories in each age category (18 and older and younger than 18) will be published in a book by Chapbook Press using Schuler Books & Music’s Espresso Book Machine.

GRBJ: The New Baker Lofts

Grand Rapids (WZZM)- A multi-million dollar renovation project is bringing affordable apartments to downtown Grand Rapids, in the building that used to be the Baker Furniture factory.

This story comes to us from our partners at the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Check out the full article from the Grand Rapids Business Journal by clicking here.

Hopheads Unite for Founder’s 9th Annual Harvest Party

Hopheads Unite for Founder’s 9th Annual Harvest Party

Each October Founders Brewing Co. releases their wet-hopped Harvest Ale and throws a party to celebrate pairing together the hoppiest of beers with equally funky fresh music. The $10 admission includes the cover for the bands and also includes the commemorative Harvest Party pint glass plus first pint of the fresh Harvest Ale straight from the source.