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Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.

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My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

Name of wrong-way crash victim not yet released

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The victim in a fiery wrong-way crash over the weekend was burnt beyond recognition.

An autopsy was scheduled Monday, to determine the dead man's identity. He was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

The Michigan State Police have not yet released the victim's name in the crash because investigators say they have to wait for a positive identification from the medical examiner.

Michigan State Police believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but so far, no charges have been issued against the driver.

The accident happened at 2:54 a.m. Sunday just east of the East Beltline.

Investigators say it appears a 2010 Saturn SUV was travelling east in the westbound lanes, hitting a 2004 Hyundai head on. Both vehicles burst into flames in the crash.

Man who led police on chase arraigned

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man who police say led them on a chase from Plainfield Township to Grand Rapids last week was arraigned Monday.

Cameron Wright, 23, appeared in 61st District Court on charges of fleeing a police officer, resisting and obstructing, and being a fourth-offense habitual offender.

The chase started late in the afternoon last Thursday, when workers at Paul Medawar fine jewelers called police to report a person acting suspiciously.

Police later pulled a silver car over on Plainfield, but when they asked Wright to step out of the car, he sped off.

At Elmwood and Center in Grand Rapids, police say Wright got out of his still-moving vehicle, and ran off.

His car crashed into a parked car, and Wright was arrested a short time later.

Wright has prior convictions for drug crimes, along with breaking and entering.

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Cauliflower-One of Fall's great Vegetables Prepared Simple

Cauliflower-One of Fall's great Vegetables Prepared Simple

I bought a large head of cauliflower recently and just yesterday decided to prepare it. I decided to do it the simple way, steaming. Here is what I did to fix it and enjoy some real good eating.

Steamed Cauliflower

1 large head of Cauliflower

Salt & Pepper

Cheese-your choice (shredded or sliced)

You'll need a double boiler with holes in the top pan or use a collander over a pan of hot water. Just put about an inch and a half of water in the lower pan and bring to a boil. Turn the burner down so the water just continues to boil slowly.

Turn the head of cauliflower upside down and cut out part of the stem, removing the leaves. You don't have to cut deep, just far enough so all the leaves fall away. Wash the cauliflower and sprinkle the top with salt & pepper.

Behind-the-scenes look at new Japanese Garden

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) – Sunday was the last day for the public to get a sneak peak at Meijer Garden's new project, a Japanese garden, before it opens to the public next June.

"We're welcoming the world," said Joseph Becherer, chief curator. "We're bringing in all sorts of people from across the globe, but we're also offering all sorts of opportunities like the Japanese Garden for people to be here in West Michigan and taste the globe."

The garden welcomes nearly 600,000 visitors annually and has been ranked among the top 100 most visited art museums worldwide by The Art Newspaper.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.