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Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of Grand Rapids)-- David Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as its new Parks and Recreation Director. “I am pleased David has chosen to be part of our team. His experience in leading the Planning, Design and Construction division of the Denver Parks Department positions him well to jump in and lead implementation of parks millage investments,” said City Manager Gregory Sundstrom.

In the final stages of the interview process, Marquardt visited Grand Rapids and had an opportunity to meet community members, park advocates, and City officials. Reflecting on that process, Marquardt stated, “I was impressed by the community’s demonstrated commitment to parks and recreation services. There is energy here that is intriguing and exciting.”

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

This brings my CX running career at Syracuse University to an end except for Outdoor Track in the spring, so said Reed Kamyszek in a recent e-mail to me. Reed is in his 5th year at Syracuse on full scholarship & will go on to medical school next fall. He also tutors at Syracuse.

Reed was with the team at Nationals in Indiana over the weekend and Syracuse placed 5th in the Nation for the first time in 60 years and to quote Reed: “Who would have thought that a kid from Walker, MI would have been a part of taking the team to this level?” He is so proud of the entire team and has really enjoyed being a part of the team.

Reed is a graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, Class of 2010.

2014 Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals on October 5

2014 Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals on October 5

Rain or shine the community is invited to lace up their athletic shoes on Sunday, October 5 to join in this 2.9 mile Farm Animal Walk taking place the 6th Street Bridge Park located at 627 Monroe Avenue NW.

Check in time is scheduled for 1:00pm. There is a yoga stretch at 1:30pm provided by Michele Fife and the walk takes place from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Dogs are welcome at this event.

“Free parking is available south of the 6th Street Bridge on the west side of Monroe Avenue near the park.”

Visit www.walkforfarmanimals.org  for more information.

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.

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.