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The Grand Wedding in Lake Michigan Weds, Renews Vows for 64 Couples [Video]

Sixty-four couples took part Friday in Channel 95.7's second annual The Grand Wedding in Lake Michigan in Grand Haven.

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64 Couples Get Married, Renew Vows in The Grand Wedding at Lake Michigan

They came. They got married and remarried. They celebrated with family, friends and unbelieving onlookers.

Sixty-four couples took part Friday evening in Channel 95.7's second annual The Grand Wedding in Lake Michigan on an summery evening under sunny skies with a slight breeze in Grand Haven.

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64 Couples, One Grand Wedding in Lake Michigan [Photos/Video]

Channel 95.7′s Connie & Curtis are officiating the second annual The Grand Wedding in Lake Michigan this evening in Grand Haven.

At 6 p.m. EDT tonight, 64 couples are getting married for the first time or are renewing their vows with their toes dipped in the waters of Lake Michigan at Grand Haven City Beach.

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Tournament Week Arrives for Inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft [Video]

Tournament week has arrived for the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft.

The 20th stop on the LPGA Tour, the Meijer LPGA Classic is being played Thursday through Aug. 10 at Blythefield Country Club. Walker-based Meijer's nudge for a community-focused LPGA tournament is that all proceeds benefit Meijer's Simply Give food pantry-supporting and hunger-fighting program.

Nine of the top 10 LPGA pros are in the 144-player field, including Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 female golfer in the world; U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie; rookie superstar Lydia Ko; and veterans such as Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson.

Tickets for the Meijer Classic, which has a $1.5 million purse, are still available. Pre-tournament activities start Monday.

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Channel 95.7′s World’s Largest Dog Wash Goes to the Dogs for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids [Photos]

Woof. woof. Wash. wash. Wag. wag.

It was a sunny Sunday for Channel 95.7’s 12th annual World’s Largest Dog Wash to benefit Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, brought to you by Bissell.

The fun-filled, family-friendly, Fido-focused, four-hour festival at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park barked up with hundreds of participants -- both two- and four-legged varieties -- as part of the West Michigan Whitecaps' Dog Days Game.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Enjoy the Water [Sponsored]

Boaters should enjoy their time on the water, being smart and playing safely while on it.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to be smart while out boating, regardless of whether you're on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, rapids, creek, whitewater course or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.

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Channel 95.7 Playlist — August 2014 Top Songs

Check out the 40 songs in Channel 957‘s rotation for the month of November

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Paddle Smart [Sponsored]

Paddle sports are the fastest-growing segment of recreational boating, with more than 300,000 paddle craft, primarily kayaks, being sold annually in the U.S., according to the Water Sports Industry Association and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing, rafting and various other paddle sports are thrilling, exciting and fun.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to paddle smart, regardless of whether you are on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, whitewater course, rapids or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.

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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Remember That Personal Watercraft Is a Boat [Sponsored]

There's plenty of summertime left and lots of boating still to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to say safe as possible when boating.

Caution and common sense are necessary, regardless of whether you're using a powerboat, a sailboat, a pontoon, a fishing boat, a ski boat or personal watercraft.

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Consumers Energy is increasing its tree-trimming efforts this year. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
Consumers Energy is increasing its tree-trimming efforts this year. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
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Consumers Energy Increases Tree Trimming for Safer, More Reliable Electricity [Video]

Consumers Energy is increasing tree-trimming efforts across Michigan this year in an ongoing effort to make delivering electricity safer and more reliable.

“Our work to keep electric lines clear is a vital part of our promise to deliver the energy you need, whenever you need it," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery.

"Fallen limbs or trees can cut power to hundreds or thousands of people at a time, and that’s why you see crews at work throughout the year in all conditions."

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Stay Afloat, Don’t Sink [Sponsored]

While the long Independence Day weekend may be over, there's still plenty of summer left and boating to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to keep yourself, those around you and others as safe as possible when boating.

One main tip: Keep your boat afloat; don't sink out there. And if you do or must, there are steps to take when that happens to protect and preserve your safety.

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