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Die hard polka fans turn out to dance in Grand Rapids despite weather

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-The hot weather kept many people inside Sunday, but not some die hard polka lovers in Grand Rapids.

A polka jam session Sunday afternoon capped off the Polish Harvest Festival. The weekend long event featured Polish food, live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations and a beer tent.

"There are a ton of Polish people in Grand Rapids as we all know," said Polish Heritage Society member Ed Sypniewski. "You know the Polish brought so much to this city many, many years ago, the turn of the century. [They brought] lot of workers, a lot of crafters. And they did a lot of harvesting this time of year so that's why we're celebrating."

Organizers say the festival started at Rosa Parks Circle about 40 years ago, then moved to Calder Plaza. This was the first time it was held at Rosa Parks Circle in about 25 years.

Fun times at the Yassou Greek festival

The Yassou Greek Festival lived up to its billing, with good food and lively entertainment.

This was the inaugural festival for the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Lakeside Drive NE.

By 7pm Saturday, many of the dessert selections were sold out, but the lines were long for the dinner items, including gyro, spanakopita and moussaka.

I have eaten Greek food in Greece, and have attended Greek festivals in California, Arizona, Nevada, and even the Kalamazoo Greek festival in June.  The food at Yassou was flavorful and fresh.  Perhaps next year, the menu will be expanded to include other Greek staples such as dolmathes and pastichio.

The one dessert I always look for is loukoumades.  Yassou had the little Greek donuts, that weren't so little.  These were plump, tender and dripping in a sweet glaze and cinnamon.

DuPage 7, GRCC 65

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Tony Annese's second season as head coach of Grand Rapids Community College couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

The Raiders (1-0), ranked tenth in the NJCAA national rankings, routed College of DuPage 65-7 with 589 yards of total offense.

Quarterback James Stallons and wide reciever Brian Parker racked up 99 of those yards on one play when the two connected for a 99-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Stallons, a freshman from Macomb Dakota, threw for 345 yards and three scores.

The Raiders travel to ASA College in Brooklyn, NY next Saturday.

Traverse City St. Francis @ G.R. Catholic Central

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Catholic Central hosted the St. Francis Gladiators at West Catholic for a Friday afternoon matinee.

St. Francis came to town riding on a 26 game winning streak and two straight state championships.

The Catholic Central Cougars struck early and often.  The first touchdown came on a 30 yard toss by quarterback Miles Morrissey to John Haley.

Later in the game, St. Francis punter Riley Bullough could not handle the snap, fumbling the ball in the end zone where the Cougars recovered for the score.

The Cougars ended the Gladiators winning streak with a convincing 29 to 6 final score.

South Christian @ Grand Rapids Christian

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Rivals South Christian and Grand Rapids Christian opened the 2010 season for the 12th straight year.

The Eagles scored the first touchdown of the game on a pass by Matt Grasmeyer to a wide open Jaylen Staten.

The Sailors tried to answer with a pass by Michael Wierenga to Brian Heidmann, who was stripped of the ball.  GR Christian recovered the fumble.

The Eagles capitalized on the turnover with an Andre Davis run to raise the lead to 17-0.

South Christian tried to stay in the game, but Grand Rapids Christian dominated with a 58-20 win.

Wayland bests Grand Rapids Union, 12-6

The Wayland Wildcats traveled to Houseman Field to open the season against Grand Rapids Union.

The scoring started in the first quarter as an errant snap went over Union punter Anthony Estrada's head. He would scoop it up in the end zone but he had no where to go and would be wrapped up for the safety. That put Wayland on top 2-0.

The Wildcats would add ten more to that score as they'd top Union, 12-6.

MDOT closes S-Curve lanes to replace pavement markings

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing some lanes of the U.S. 131 S-Curve through downtown Grand Rapids this weekend to replace pavement markers.

MDOT is installing durable markers that will be recessed into the pavement.  The markers are expexted to last five years.

Crews are closing two lanes both north- and southbound to allow workers to replace the markers overnight Friday to Saturday.  the lanes will be closed between Franklin Street and I-196 until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Work will resume on U.S. 131 overnight Saturday to Sunday, though only one lane will be closed in each direction.