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Backyard Maple Syrup Demo

Backyard Maple Syrup Demo

Register soon to join this Free Demo to learn the process of how to make your own maple syrup with the tapping of your own trees.

Get an understanding of tapping your own Maple trees, collecting, the weather conditions & the sugaring procedure through Kristin from Blandford Nature Center.

This fun, informative evening takes place on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00pm at Rylee’s Ace Hardware at 1234 Michigan Street NE.  

Seating is limited, so register today at www.ryleesace.com

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Water main break causes sinkhole, school bus accident


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Part of a school bus fell into a sinkhole Wednesday morning in Grand Rapids.

Police tell WZZM 13 a water main break caused the road to collapse around 7 a.m. near E. Fulton & Lakeside Dr. SE.

Only three kids were on the Kent ISD bus at the time of the accident. No one was hurt.

Lakeside will remain closed while crews repair the road.

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Ready to buy tickets or enter your chili in the competition? Click Here!

Ada Chili and Beer Festival

December 5: 11:00am-3:00pm

Join us for the second annual Ada Chili and Beer Festival!  This is a family friendly event following the Christmas parade in the center of Ada Village.  12 Breweries will highlight seasonal beer offerings while restaurants and home-cooks compete for the coveted Chili cook-off trophy from 11:00am – 2:00pm. More than 20 kinds of Chili will be featured for everyone to sample. Hot Dogs, prepared by the Ada Fire Department, will be available also.

EGR honors officers and store worker for rescue


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group of police officers and a store worker are being honored for their efforts to save a man's life.

The incident happened in August, when a customer at Grand Rapids Bicycle Company collapsed. Officer Jon Karnes was the first person to get to the scene. He and store employee Joseph Vanessendels gave the man CPR, and shocked him with a portable defibrillator.

Other officers soon arrived to help, and managed to restart the heart and breathing of the victim. The victim who suffered a heart attack, Tim Zych, was on hand Monday night when the officers and store employee were honored for their efforts.


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Fall Show & Sale Returns

Fall Show & Sale Returns

For the 32nd year, one of the most popular art shows featuring 75 talented Southwest Michigan pottery & sculpture artist’s creations will be on display for purchase.

The West Michigan Potters Guild invites the public on Friday, November 13 from noon to 9pm and Saturday, November 14 from 9am to 4pm to the Cultural Center at St. Nicholas located at 2250 East Paris SE in Grand Rapids.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

EGR helps grieving kids through football game fundraiser


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Friday nights in fall mean football to many around West Michigan, but a group of students is using that excitement to help grieving children and teenagers.

East Grand Rapids hosted the community-wide Hearts of Gold fundraiser during its home game against Forest Hills Central Friday night.

The event raised more than $65,000 to supports Ele's Place, a healing center for grieving children, teenagers, and their families.

School leaders say the event is more than one night.

"As an individual, you are bigger than yourself, and if you can do something solid for your community, it is something we want to teach our young people to do," said Director of Athletics Tim Johnston. "Athletics is an opportunity to do that."

One of the highlights of Friday night's event: a performance by the University of Indiana's marching band at halftime.