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  • Local veterans plan ’22 for 22 silkies’ hike

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich.–The first event of its kind is coming to West Michigan. This Saturday, the VFW and American Legion are teaming up to co-host an event called ’22 for 22 Silkies Hike’ to raise awareness and prevention of military member suicides. Military veterans are encouraged to come together for the 22km hike, and carry a 22kg pack in remembrance of the 22 service members who take their own lives each day. The event begins with breakfast at 8 a.m. […]

  • Tech Tuesday: Apps for the election

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–As election day approaches, many are still trying to decide who to vote for. In this Tech Tuesday, Camren De Waard of Genius Phone Repair introduces us to a few apps that could help with that. Voter: After a few swipes, it tells you which candidate aligns with your views the most. Settle It!: An app from Politifact, it lets you double-check whether or not a candidate is telling the truth. Countable: Government made easy, this app lets […]

  • The Financial Fix: Discussing returns with investors

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–If you have funds tied up in the bull market, you may want to talk to your investors about their outlook on returns. Jaime Westenbarger of Forest Hills Financial tells us how expectations could impact your future.

  • The Financial Fix: Picking a retirement date

  • Tech Tuesday: On-the-go cameras

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Smart phones are what most people use to take pictures nowadays, which means on-the-go technology and additions are the way to go. Casey Cochran of Genius Phone Repair tells us about two of the latest ways to take video and pictures to a whole new level: Spectacles, from the creators of Snapchat, allow you to take a 10-second ‘snap’ with a single click of your glasses. The Hasselblad True Zoom is an accessory that snaps onto your phone. It allows […]

  • Responding to panhandlers during ArtPrize

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Thousands of people are heading downtown for ArtPrize 8 to see all of the pieces of work on display. However, there are still those struggling downtown, which means visitors could be approached by panhandlers. Degage Ministries offers suggestions on how people can respond to those who ask for money. They include: Treating the person with dignity and respect Acknowledging them with a greeting Making eye contact Don’t give them money Instead, offer a Degage voucher For more information on […]

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest in Beer City

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–An annual German beer festival is taking place in Beer City this week. Oktoberfest West Michigan kicks off this weekend, partnering with Kids’ Food Basket to help fight childhood hunger. Last year, organizers of the beer festival helped feed thousands of kids, and this year, they’re hoping to feed even more. Oktoberfest West Michigan is the largest traditional festival based off the Bavarian celebration of the same name. For beer lovers, the official sponsor is Erdinger, the world’s largest […]

  • Tech Tuesday: An app for ArtPrize

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–ArtPrize begins this week, and the festival’s official app is expected to make the experience even better for visitors. Casey Cochran of Genius Phone Repair tells us more about the ArtPrize app, and how it’s changed since last year.

  • A tour of Grand Rapids history with a comedy twist

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–A bus tour looking at the city’s history promises to  be full of laughs. GR Comedy Tours promotes itself as “A Tour de Farce,” with its first-ever tour of Grand Rapids history on Sunday, September 18th. Tickets are still available for the tours, which take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. You can also book them for a private tour. For more information, you can visit their website.

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