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Students with special needs collect water for Flint

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- At the Lincoln Development Center, students who need the most help are the ones now trying to help by donating drinking water to Flint.  

The Lincoln Development Center works with about 100 students from across the area who have multiple development challenges.  

Liesha Crawford is the teacher that spearheaded the donation effort.  

"We are collecting water," Crawford said. "We are calling it kids to kids water for Flint when we found out how bad the situation was over (there)."

Using a cart, she guides Max a student to the donation table with a case of water. She uses the water as a teachable moment. The students count the number of cases.  

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

GRPD looking for woman who tried to rob gas station

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police need your help tracking down a woman they say tried to rob a gas station early Monday morning on the city's northeast side.

It happened at the Admiral Gas Station on Plainfield Avenue near Knapp Street. Police say the woman came in the store and told the clerk to give her money. But the clerk, who was behind bulletproof glass, refused. The woman took off.

Police say she did not pull out a weapon during the attempted robbery. This suspect may be the same person wanted for other recent robbery attempts in the area. Investigators say the woman was driving a dark car, possibly a Dodge Avenger.

GRPD investigating gas station robbery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are looking for the person who held up a gas station Tuesday evening.

Just before 8 o'clock, police were called to the Admiral gas station on Plainfield north of Knapp.

Officers said a masked woman implied she had a weapon, demanded cash, and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3403 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or www.silentobserver.org.

Fire destroys vacant home on the city's NE side

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A fire destroyed a vacant home Sunday on the city’s Northeast side.

According to Grand Rapids Fire Battalion Chief Dan Stoddard, the fire started just after 12:30 p.m. The home located on Ford Avenue, near Brenner Street, was under construction. No one was living in it at the time.

Firefighters evacuated a neighboring home out of precaution, but the blaze did not spread.

The fire is still under investigation. No one was injured.


Taste of My Town: Green Restaurant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you're looking for a new you in 2016, a few simple changes to your diet could make a world of difference. But you don't have to sacrifice flavor to feel more healthy.

Places like The Green Restaurant near the corner of the East Beltline and Knapp Street in Grand Rapids could be the perfect solution, if you love to eat out and want to drop a few pounds. The place specializes in grass-fed and organic foods with vegetarian and gluten-free options.