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For Immediate Release
August 23, 2010


Grand Crossings Labor Day bridge walk

July 2010

City of Grand Rapids plans “Grand Crossings,” a Bridge Walk on Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2010, 8:00 a.m. , Ah-Nab-Awen Park

You don’t have to go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge to join the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.
Join your neighbors, invite your friends. Participants can walk as many as five miles, the equivalent of the Mackinac Bridge, and cross as many as seven bridges. The route is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all fitness levels. No sign-up is necessary. Please make sure you are physically able to participate. Mayor George K. Heartwell will lead the walk.
The City of Grand Rapids offers its own bridge walk on Labor Day, September 6, 2010, at 8:00 a.m., at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, near the corner of Pearl and Scribner, as part of the Active Michigan Summer initiative organized by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

Find Burial Records Online

August 23, 2010

Find Burial Records Online
If you are searching for loved ones who are buried at any of the City’s six cemeteries (Fairplains, Fulton, Greenwood, Oakgrove, Oakhill, or Woodlawn) you can now find information online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Simply go to the website http://cemetery.grcity.us to search by name. Information such as the date of birth, age, burial location, gender, place of death, date of death, spouse’s name, mother’s name, and father’s name (if available) can all be found with the click of a button. This new webpage is a great resource for families of loved ones and genealogists.

Scientists deem grizzlies a bigger threat followng Grand Rapids man's death

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Yellowstone's grizzlies are going to be hungry this fall, and that means more dangerous meetings with humans in a year that is already the region's deadliest on record.

Forty-eight-year-old Kevin Kammer of Grand Rapids, Mich., was killed and two people were hospitalized in a grizzly attack in Montana, and another death occurred in Wyoming.

Scientists report that a favorite food of many bears, nuts from whitebark pine cones, is scarce.

So as grizzlies look to put on some pounds in preparation for the long winter ahead, they will be looking for another source of protein -- meat -- and running into trouble along the way.
Already wildlife managers report bears coming down into areas frequented by hunters and hikers.

John Ball Zoo offers admission discount for donations

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-  John Ball Zoo hopes that the $2.00 discount on admission this week will encourage visitors to help the zookeepers with their animal enrichment program.

Here is a list of what the zoo would like you to bring!



Sugar Cane - An edible "toy" that takes a long time to consume.






Sugar Cane - An edible "toy" that takes a long time to consume.


Sugar Free Kool-Aid - Sometimes frozen in a bucket along with fruit or vegetables and even a rat or mouse can be a cooling popsicle!

Dried Fruits - A treat alone or mixed with other food items.

Saltines - Crumbled over a bowl of food. Alone as a treat.

Sugar Free Cereal - Same as above.

Mixed Nuts (w/shell) - Another special treat that takes a little effort to consume

GR commissioner misses meeting for movie shoot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Chickens took a backseat to pigskins -- and movie cameras -- for a western Michigan city commissioner.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Saturday that Grand Rapids 3rd Ward Commissioner James White was shooting scenes the night of Aug. 10 for "Touchback" starring Kurt Russell.

White missed a meeting where commissioners killed a proposed ordinance to allow residents to keep hens in backyards.

White declined to discuss the issue but praised Russell. The ordinance lost by a 3-3 vote.

The 70-year-old community theater veteran plays an assistant coach alongside Russell.

The movie that co-stars Melanie Lynskey and Christine Lahti is shooting this month in and around Grand Rapids.

White had a role this summer in the Mario Van Peebles-directed "Things Fall Apart."