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Trick-Or-Treating Around West Michigan

The trick-or-treating schedule for Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities has been released! Looks like most communities are sticking to the "trick-or-treat on the actual day" way of thinking (which I like, but hey, I don't have kids that I have to take around and then get to bed). Check out the full schedule after the jump!

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GVSU geologist explains earthquake effects felt in West Michigan.
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GVSU Geologist Explains Earthquake Felt In West Michigan! [VIDEO]

Virginia's earthquake was felt 650 miles away in West Michigan!

Just before two o'clock yesterday afternoon, if your desk shook or your feet felt like they were moving, but you weren't going anywhere, you experienced a tremor -- it was not your imagination.

Everyone at Channel 957 is talking about 'where they were' or 'what they were doing' when they felt something peculiar.

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Virginia earthquake is felt in West Michigan!
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Virginia Earthquake Felt In West Michigan!

Everyone in the office is chattering about feeling the earthquake that rattled Virginia this afternoon.

It happened about a half hour ago or just before two and according to WZZM 13 it registered at a 5

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bayasaa, Flickr
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West Michigan Fourth Of July Fireworks Schedule

The weather looks dry through the Fourth of July!  All of West Michigan's Fourth of July celebrations should go off as scheduled and there is no shortage of celebrations to choose from. 

Now is the time to make a run to the grocery store to get all of your campfire supplies

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Four West Michigan-area Perkins restaurants close!
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7 West Michigan-Area Perkins’ Restaurants Close!

I love Perkins!  Especially their wide selection of eggs Benedict breakfast specials AND tasty variety of muffins.  They're all good and it's the kind of place you go to catch-up with a friend over a bottomless cup of joe!

As of this morning, you will have to drive all the way to the Upper Peninsula to find one that is open because seven West Michigan area Perkins restaurants closed their doors to customers after many years of successful business in Grand Rapids, Jenison, Holland, Muskegon Heights and Kalamazoo.

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(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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The Price At The Pump Coming Down?

As the national average for gas hit the highest level since 2008 at $4.11 (national average), we were paying $4.29 a gallon across West Michigan last week.  There seems to be some relief in sight... at least in the short term.

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Today is the 60th annual National Day of Prayer!
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A West Michigan Guide Of ‘National Day Of Prayer’ Events

I have the coolest story to share with you today about the National Day of Prayer!

Today is the 60th observance since the National Day of Prayer was enacted in 1952.

My friend Susan, who lives in West Michigan, was the national coordinator for the National Day of Prayer in the eighties.

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(Photo via http://topics.mlive.com)
(Photo via http://topics.mlive.com)
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West Michigan Election Results!

The results are in and while some people are celebrating the outcome of yesterday's elections ... others are facing defeat.

In Kent County, voters were asked to approve a transit millage to improve service for The Rapid bus system

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Are you for or against raising taxes to grow The Rapid?
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Get Ready To Vote Next Tuesday!

A week from today, voters in several cities across West Michigan will vote on a bus millage that is intended to increase service to residents over the next five years.

In a time when salaries are shrinking and the unemployment rate looms around 5-6% ... are you more prone to vote for a millage that would increase your tax base or will you vote no with a suggestion that those who use the bus, simply pay a higher fee per ride?

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(via flickr user NoHoDamon)
(via flickr user NoHoDamon)
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Grand Rapids Spring Dates That Won’t Make You Broke

Let’s face it, in this economy paying our own way is is pretty expensive. Add in another person, it can get pretty pricey just to go on the most basic of dates.  But it's Spring (even if it doesn't seem that way), and love is supposed to be in the air.  Here are some great not-so-expensive springtime dates.

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Researchers say some of us actually have a coffee gene!!
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Got The ‘Coffee Gene?’

I'm all in!  Researchers say there may actually be a gene that causes many of us to crave caffeine!

Of course, I could stop drinking coffee at any time, right?  But, my taste buds and sometimes a throbbing headache tell me otherwise!

I love the smell of coffee and drink it all day and throughout all the seasons we so enjoy in West Michigan!

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The Bitter End Coffeehouse
The Bitter End Coffeehouse
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Best Coffee in West Michigan – Our Top 5

Getting that perfect cup-o-joe can be a very satisfying experience, especially after a long night of studying at the library or partying out with friends.  Compiled here for you is our take on West Michigan's Best Coffee.  You don't have to agree with our list, in fact... I almost guarantee that you won't.  So take a look, see how we did, and let us know if we got our list right!

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