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Grand Rapids Hairstylist Gifts Kidney to Client

Ask anyone who knows Becky Richard if they’re surprised about her decision to become a living organ donor and you’ll get the same basic response. Not at all. Not even a little bit. When the Eastown Salon hairstylist heard a client…

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The Story of Holland’s Historic DeZwaan Windmill

The DeZwaan windmill at Windmill Island Gardens has been a symbol of Dutch pride and heritage in Holland, Mich., for 50 years. If the iconic windmill could talk, its stories would fill a book. Luckily, Alisa Crawford, the first Dutch-certified…

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Charity Ball to Benefit Two Grand Rapids Non-Profits Devoted to Kids

Baxter Community Center and Ele’s Place will be the recipients of proceeds raised at this year’s Kent County Medical Society Alliance (KCMSA) Charity Ball for Children. This is the 25th year for the event, which will be held on Saturday,…

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Be Nice: Organization Aims to Expand Bullying and Suicide Prevention Program

“You may not see the sun, but it has not failed to shine. It is just being covered. You may not see a hope for something better, but there is.” “You are more than your worries.” “Keep your heads held…

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Soup’s On: Grand Rapids Event Raises Money for God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry Programs

Smoked chicken andouille gumbo. Butternut apple curry bisque. Smoked swordfish and jalapeno chowder. Those are just a few of the delicious-sounding soups that you’ll be able to sample at an upcoming Grand Rapids fundraiser. If you love soup and helping…


Riding the Luge and Celebrating 30 Years at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (With Video)

With a single push, the sled started its descent down an 850-foot icy track – with me at the helm. The next 19 seconds were a mix of gripping tight to the luge sled’s handles, attempting to remember the detailed…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations Planned for West, Northern Michigan

There are many ways to celebrate, honor, and remember the legacy of civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 86 this year. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is sponsoring events in Detroit and a…

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23 Michigan Communities with More Famous Counterparts

If you’re from one of these villages, townships, or cities in Michigan, you might dread the small talk obligation of answering where you’re from. Or, maybe you love seeing the confused look on people’s faces when you tell them you…

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You have to believe in yourself, your talents and not give up advises West Michigan business leader

One of this year’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan awardees is heavily involved in providing a strategic foundation for impressive growth to West Michigan. Birgit Klohs is the President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., a regional economic development…

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