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My Town: Meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO Sept. 13

My Town: Meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO Sept. 13

WALKER, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO this Saturday, Sept. 13.

Jason Meyer recently took over the post for the nonprofit group.  Meyer previously worked at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

The meet and greet event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the nature center, located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.  The event is free with regular admission.  Visitors can also enjoy a fall scavenger hunt as well as refreshments.

Poet Gregory Orr To Speak at Aquinas' Contemporary Writers Series

Poet Gregory Orr To Speak at Aquinas' Contemporary Writers Series

On September 17, the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series presents poet and award-winning writer Gregory Orr. A master of short, lyric free verse, Orr is the author of eleven collections of poetry. His most recent volumes include: The River Inside the River, How Beautiful the Beloved, and Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved. His memoir, The Blessing, was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the fifty best non-fiction books of 2002.

Doctors: Too dangerous to remove bullet from woman's shoulder


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman shot while trying to get her children out of the line of fire is out of the hospital, but doctors say they are unable to remove the bullet.

Amelia Lockridge, 33, was shot in the shoulder Tuesday night while two groups of young men fought on Jennette Ave. in northwest Grand Rapids.

Doctors determined its too dangerous to remove the stray bullet that hit her.

Witnesses say the gunfire came as a group of young men arrived on the avenue about 8 o'clock at night to confront another group at a house in the neighborhood. It started as a fist fight, but at least one of the outsiders pulled a gun and started firing. Lockridge's mother says the young mother was rushing her children inside when she was shot.

"All of a sudden, I turn and see a guy over there with a gun, and I hear 'pop, pop, pop,'" said neighbor Myrdis Scott.

Aquinas College Presents "Save a Life Tour"

Aquinas College Presents "Save a Life Tour"

Aquinas College Department of Campus Safety, has chosen to do something about the problems that kill or injure thousands each year; Distracted Driving and Drinking and Driving! The Save a Life Tour is a six-hour high impact anti-texting/distracted driving and anti-drinking and driving program.

This huge multi media event features no holds barred video presentations coupled with two multi-million dollar simulation experiences like nothing you've ever seen. One simulator features texting and driving and the other drinking and driving.

Wege Center at 1607 Robinson Rd SE in Grand Rapids, will host this event on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

The National Save a Life Tour has been endorsed by high schools and colleges across the country and by all the branches of the Armed Forces, along with many insurance companies and hospitals nationwide.

Article: from a division of Kramer

Tomato & Wine Tasting on September 11

Tomato & Wine Tasting on September 11

There is still available registration for the Tomato & Wine Tasting event at the Blandford Farm for tomorrow, September 11.

From 6pm to 8pm, guests will have the opportunity get a tour of the garden to see a wide selection of tomatoes, while sipping on local wine, along with enjoying the sweet taste of fresh tomatoes in the company of garden & wine enthusiast.

This tasting event takes place at the Blandford Nature Center farm located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids 49504.

Cost: $15.00 for members & $18.00 for non-members & is for Adults only.

Call: (616)735-6240

GRPD investigating West Side shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a shooting.

It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening on Jennette Ave. NW near 12th St.

Police say someone reported a group of kids fighting in the street. Another caller then reported that shots were fired, and a third caller told authorities someone had been hit by gunfire.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was struck in the shoulder and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say she was a bystander.


Chemical plume released at Haviland Enterprises in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are wrapping up on the scene of a hazardous materials situation at Haviland Enterprises in northwest Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Fire Department battalion chief Dan Stoddard told WZZM 13 pool chemicals, known as oxiders, got wet, creating a chlorine plume at the chemical plant located at Ann Street and Turner Avenue NW.

Firefighters evacuated businesses along Turner where the plume was strongest. Residents living north of the area were advised to stay inside because the gas release could create breathing discomfort.

Crews closed several roads in the area including: Ann Street between Alpine and Monroe; the U.S. 131 exits to Ann Street; and Turner Avenue. The chemical leak also forced a CSX train to idle north of Ann. Authorities say traffic has returned to normal.