Morning Buzz- 5 things to know for July 14

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1. Events marking the 103rd anniversary of the birth of President Gerald R. Ford are taking place today.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is hosting the ceremonies, which include a wreath-laying tribute at Ford’s tomb in Grand Rapids.

The wreath-laying will be conducted on behalf of President Barack Obama and the ford family.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will present a wreath on behalf of the city.

Following the ceremony, the Ford Presidential Museum will open free to the public through 5 p.m.

 

2. The City of Grand Rapids is making things easier when it comes to hailing a cab downtown.

They’ve created five new taxi zones.

Two run 24-hours a day at DeVos Place and Founders, and three others run from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, Heartside Arena District, and the JW Marriott.

The city says it plans to add 15 more zones in the near future.

 

3. Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids has installed nearly 200 solar panels on top of their building.

The brewery says renewable energy has been a goal since they opened in 2010.

Now they are partnering with the Green Brewery Project and Michigan-based company, Renovo Energy, to meet that goal.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and toast to celebrate next week.

A dollar from every beer sold that day will go towards the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

 

4. If you're already tired of Pokémon Go, you're probably not alone.

Local police are issuing a safety warning about the app.

The Grand Rapids Police Department posted a safety warning on their Facebook page.They say they're seeing a lot of people walking around downtown with their phones out, so they're reminding you to be aware of your surroundings.

But they still kept things lighthearted, with a picture of a worn out pup.

They're also still encouraging you to "catch ‘em all".

 

5. Thousands of motorcyclists will be heading to the lakeshore because the 10th annual Bike Time kicks off today.

It's going on in Fruitport, at the former Great Lakes Downs site on Harvey Street.

It features stunt shows, live music, and food.

Tickets cost between $10 and $20.

If you miss the old downtown Muskegon location, the city is hosting a new event called Rebel Road and it also starts today.

It's happening for the second year in a row on Western Avenue.

Both events run through Sunday, and proceeds from both will benefit different charities.

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