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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: Save lives and help fight cancer during Pink Arrow blood drive July 29

My Town: Save lives and help fight cancer during Pink Arrow blood drive July 29

LOWELL, Mich.— Donate blood and help support those battling cancer when a special Pink Arrow drive returns next week.

Michigan Blood is once again committed to donating $10 to the Gilda’s Club of Lowell Pink Arrow Project for each person who signs up to give blood during the July 29 event.  The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gilda’s Club in Lowell, located at 314 S. Hudson Street.

This is the fourth year for the drive, which has generated $5,000 for Gilda’s Club in Lowell. Michigan Blood also says one-third of all blood and platelet donations it collects go to cancer patients.

LaughFest announces 2015 dates, economic impact

LaughFest announces 2015 dates, economic impact


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Gilda's LaughFest will return in 2015 for its fifth edition of providing laughs to West Michigan and donations to Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

The comedy festival will run from March 5 to March 15 2015.

Grand Valley State University also released preliminary results of the economic impact to West Michigan of the festival. The study says that LaughFest created a $3.2 million economic impact on the region, and that those from outside of Grand Rapids who came to the festival spent just under $50 per person in the area. This includes hotel room spending, dining, and transportation costs, which are additional to buying tickets to LaughFest shows.

50,000 people purchased tickets to LaughFest events in 2014.

LaughFest announces 2015 dates, economic impact

LaughFest announces 2015 dates, economic impact


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Gilda's LaughFest will return in 2015 for its fifth edition of providing laughs to West Michigan and donations to Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

The comedy festival will run from March 5 to March 15 2015.

Grand Valley State University also released preliminary results of the economic impact to West Michigan of the festival. The study says that LaughFest created a $3.2 million economic impact on the region, and that those from outside of Grand Rapids who came to the festival spent just under $50 per person in the area. This includes hotel room spending, dining, and transportation costs, which are additional to buying tickets to LaughFest shows.

50,000 people purchased tickets to LaughFest events in 2014.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed for large scale emergency exercise

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed for large scale emergency exercise

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Area Fire Department is looking for community members to help during a large scale training exercise this weekend.

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the training event Saturday, July 26.  Families, church and scouting groups are encouraged to sign up.  For more information, contact the fire department by messaging them through their Facebook page.

The man who died after crashing into a tractor Saturday afternoon has been identified


GRATTAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man who died after crashing into a tractor Saturday afternoon has been identified as 60-year-old Richard Olthoff of Kentwood.

Another motorcyclist riding alongside him, Luke Knol, 31, of Cascade Township, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

The accident happened near 5 Mile and Byrne Ave. around 1 p.m.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says the men were riding eastbound around 1 p.m. on the road together when they saw the tractor. They were unable to stop in time and collided with the tractor.

The driver was towing farm equipment and he was not injured.

The crash is still under investigation, but the sheriff's department says speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors.