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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town GR: Side street plowing rescheduled amid new snow

My Town GR: Side street plowing rescheduled amid new snow

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids is postponing clearing snow from the city’s side streets as crews focus on removing a fresh blanket of snow from major roadways.

The city says snow clearing in the area of I-196 to Fulton and Lafayette to Fuller will now take place Monday, March 3.  The work was previously scheduled for Feb. 27.

Side street clearing in the area of Knapp to Leonard and Plainfield to Fuller is being rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3.  The work was supposed to take place Feb. 28 before the latest round of snow hit.

Disability Advocates of Kent County hold bus stop clearing contest

Disability Advocates of Kent County hold bus stop clearing contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The higher temperatures and rain will likely not rid West Michigan of all of its snow, which is why the Disability Advocates of Kent County is inviting all shovelers to take part in a contest.

The organization is asking everyone to help dig out bus stops in the Grand Rapids metro area, which are buried under snow.  While many people can climb over the snow banks to get on buses, people with disabilities cannot.

People who dig out a bus stop are asked to take a before and after picture and email them to Aric Coleman at aric.c@dakc.us , along with the location of the bus stop.  The Disability Advocates of Kent County will post the pictures on its Facebook Page to recognize your efforts.  Members of the group that clears the most stops by Feb.

Mangiamo! Snowman Festival Feb. 8

Mangiamo! Snowman Festival Feb. 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Everyone is invited out to help transform the powder blanketing Mangiamo’s grounds into an army of snowmen.

The restaurant’s second annual Snowman Festival begins Saturday, Feb. 8.  Builders of all ages are invited to compete in the contest; people age 13 and up will compete from 10 a.m. to noon, and children ages 3-12 can sculpt their own snowman from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  The people behind the top three snowmen in each category will get gift cards. Mangiamo will also serve complimentary hot cocoa and spiced cider to all participants.  Contestants must provide their own snowman decorations.

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The recent winter storms and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on donations to the American Red Cross.

The organization says more than 7070 blood drives were cancelled last month because of the weather—leading to a loss of more than 25,000 blood and platelet donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to supply medical centers. 

“While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in January, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Kulman says the recent uptick in cold and flu cases is also taking a toll on blood donations.   Community members are encouraged to donate blood at one of the following drives:

  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m.

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The new WZZM13 Weather Guide is now available here at the station for anyone wishing to read statistics and see the photo winners of the 2013 Weather Guide.

Copies of the new guide were also inserted in the Advance Paper, delivered with the Grand Rapids Press this past Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Feel free to stop by the station located at 645  3 Mile Rd. NW for your copy. It will be interesting to compare last year’s weather with what we are experiencing in weather in our area this year.

It’s a great paper for school discussions.

Gun Lake Casino helps hungry and homeless amid extreme cold

Gun Lake Casino helps hungry and homeless amid extreme cold

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Gun Lake Casino is doing its part to help the hungry and homeless amid the extreme cold.

On Monday, Jan.