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Power Restoration Continues in Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Despite some extra efforts, Christmas is a powerless holiday for many in greater Grand Rapids and across West Michigan because of snow, cold and the lingering effects of a weekend ice storm, officials said Tuesday.

More than 152,000 electricity customers of Consumers Energy were without power headed into Tuesday evening.

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Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids Named Lonely Planet’s No. 1 U.S. Travel Destination for 2014

Grand Rapids scored some high marks from Lonely Planet!

The marks were so good that Lonely Planet put Grand Rapids and West Michigan atop its list of "Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2014."

Grand Rapids beat out destinations such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas and Lana'i, Hawaii!

Lonely Planet credits Grand Rapids' craft breweries along with the festivals cele

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Flickr, Michael_Lehet
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Who Makes The Best Pizza In West Michigan?

So the results are in for the contest of "The Best Pizza In West Michigan," and it was a close one.

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Dogs & People Beware: Tick Season Is Here

If you're an animal lover, here's your yearly reminder that it's almost tick season!

Experts are saying that because of the really warm weather we've had, the eggs will hatch sooner and we'll see ticks earlier than usual (tick season is usually May through August)

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New Food At Fifth Third Ballpark For Whitecaps Games!

A few of us here at Channel 95-7 were invited down to Fifth Third Ballpark to taste test some of the new menu items for this seasons Whitecaps games. First off, let me thank the nice folks from the West Michigan Whitecaps organization for the invite

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flickr, camknows
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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!
Taking time out for prayer (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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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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