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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Flooding organization planning summits begin March 18

My Town: Flooding organization planning summits begin March 18

WYOMING, Mich.—As spring creeps closer, the risk of flooding grows.

Parts of West Michigan are at a higher risk of flooding this year because of the record-breaking winter snowfall, which will melt when temperatures finally climb above freexing.  That’s why the American Red Cross of West Michigan is teaming up with local relief organizations and government officials to hold three planning summits, beginning Tuesday, March 18.

The summit schedule is as follows:

March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center 
306 North Street, White Cloud

March 18, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
2500 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids

My Town GR: Side street plowing rescheduled amid new snow

My Town GR: Side street plowing rescheduled amid new snow

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids is postponing clearing snow from the city’s side streets as crews focus on removing a fresh blanket of snow from major roadways.

The city says snow clearing in the area of I-196 to Fulton and Lafayette to Fuller will now take place Monday, March 3.  The work was previously scheduled for Feb. 27.

Side street clearing in the area of Knapp to Leonard and Plainfield to Fuller is being rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3.  The work was supposed to take place Feb. 28 before the latest round of snow hit.

Disability Advocates of Kent County hold bus stop clearing contest

Disability Advocates of Kent County hold bus stop clearing contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The higher temperatures and rain will likely not rid West Michigan of all of its snow, which is why the Disability Advocates of Kent County is inviting all shovelers to take part in a contest.

The organization is asking everyone to help dig out bus stops in the Grand Rapids metro area, which are buried under snow.  While many people can climb over the snow banks to get on buses, people with disabilities cannot.

People who dig out a bus stop are asked to take a before and after picture and email them to Aric Coleman at aric.c@dakc.us , along with the location of the bus stop.  The Disability Advocates of Kent County will post the pictures on its Facebook Page to recognize your efforts.  Members of the group that clears the most stops by Feb.

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The 2014 WZZM13 Weather Guide is Here

The new WZZM13 Weather Guide is now available here at the station for anyone wishing to read statistics and see the photo winners of the 2013 Weather Guide.

Copies of the new guide were also inserted in the Advance Paper, delivered with the Grand Rapids Press this past Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Feel free to stop by the station located at 645  3 Mile Rd. NW for your copy. It will be interesting to compare last year’s weather with what we are experiencing in weather in our area this year.

It’s a great paper for school discussions.

Race, Culture and Health event postponed due to weather

Race, Culture and Health event postponed due to weather

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The Kent County Prevention Coalition is postponing its Race, Culture and Health event, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The organization says it had to postpone the event because of inclement weather and transportation restrictions with the shuttle bus company.  It's not clear when the event will be rescheduled.

The Kent County Prevention Coalition says people who registered for the event will be given priority for the rescheduled lunch and learn event.

The Kent County Prevention Coalition's cancellation policy is based on whether Grand Rapids Public Schools closes due to weather.

WZZM 13 Weatherball gets an updated look

WZZM 13 Weatherball gets an updated look

WALKER, Mich.—The WZZM 13 Weatherball is getting all dressed up before winter starts.

Crews installed new signs on the 13 Weatherball Tuesday, featuring the station’s updated logo.  The crane got stuck in the wet lawn outside the WZZM 13 studios, so workers had to put up the signs the old fashioned way, using rope and scaling a 100 foot ladder attached to the Weatherball's base.

The 13 Weatherball celebrated its 10th anniversary standing above the WZZM 13 station on Three Mile Road NW in May.  For the landmark's history, including its trip to the Kalamazoo scrap yard, click here.