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Dog Friendly Beaches in West Michigan

So, where in West Michigan can you go, other than a dog park, or taking long walk, to let your dog run-in-the-sun? Try these beaches.

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courtesy of Southern Poverty Law Center
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How Many Hate Groups Are In West Michigan

With the events in Charlottesville with various hate groups, It makes you wonder how prevalent is hate in our country?  We don’t have hate groups around us, do we...

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Google Maps
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Grand Rapids Barstillery Announces Grand Re-Opening

We talk enough about local businesses closing, that it’s nice to highlight a business that is actually celebrating a re-grand opening!

Back on July 24th, Flat Lander’s Bar, at 855 Michigan St...

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So Why Were There Firetrucks On All The Overpasses Along US-131 Sunday?

If you were driving along US 131 late Sunday morning, you likely saw firetrucks on most of the overpasses as you went through Grand Rapids, and Wyoming honoring someone or something, but what was it...

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You Tube/Jeff Quitney
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Seems That West Michigan Was A Very Romantic Place in 1949

Romance was in the air all over West Michigan in 1949. At least that's what Chevrolet said.

I stumbled upon some fantastic films, the 1949 Chevrolet travel series "Road to Romance," and this one featured West Michigan. What a classic it is.

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Bruce Steffke/Facebook
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People Doing Good: GRPD Officer Caught Helping Overheated Elderly Lady

This is a great story and a great reminder.

I came across a post by Bruce Steffke in the We Are Westsiders Facebook group about an act of compassion he witnessed to at the Meijer gas station on Kalamazoo Ave, just south of 28th Street...

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courtesy WZZM13
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Black Flies Have Invaded A Few Ottawa County Beaches

This isn’t good! This weekend is so nice, and perfect for a little beach time along Lake Michigan, but officials in Ottawa County are warning beachgoers of black flies...

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How Much Of The Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse Will West Michigan Experience?

I'm excited about this, in a few weeks, we'll experience something that hasn't happened in the U.S. since 1979, that's 38 years!  Monday, August 21st, America will experience a total eclipse...

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courtesy of WZZM 13
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Muskegon Academy Adds Dorms For Students to Live In While They Are Getting Their High School Diploma

This is a great story from Muskegon, being reported by WZZM.   Covenant Academy, is ready to open their first dorm, Covenant Hall, aimed at helping homeless students finish high school...

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courtesy WZZM
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The West Side Duthler’s Family Food Store Will Be Closing In A Few Weeks

With the good news of new development, comes the bad news of a staple along Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids closing their doors.

The Duthler’s Family Food Store will be closing August 18th...

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Google Street View
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Is Cheesecake Factory Finally Coming to West Michigan?

When I go to Chicago, one of the places on my lists of “OH, if we have time I’d like to eat at…” is Cheesecake Factory.  So of course, I move to Grand Rapids and think “Man, they have a PF’s, they must have a Cheesecake Factory, too", but no… no, we don’t...

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Rob Sparks/TSM
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What Could We Do With These Old Newspaper Boxes? A Few Ideas

I bet you walk or drive by one of these quite often and never think anything about it.  Around the West Michigan area, are old newspaper boxes, they’re still usually chained to whatever they’re in front of, but never have papers in them anymore...

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