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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Make a difference by volunteering for individuals to help improve their reading, writing and English language skills!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240 in GR is offering volunteer orientation sessions on Tuesday, February 9 from 2-3pm & Thursday, February 11 from 6-7pm.

Register at (616)459-5151 or at info@literacycenterwm.org

Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for upcoming orientation sessions.

GRPD holding community meeting tonight


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) --- Grand Rapids police will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss improving its relationship with the community.

It's the first in a series of upcoming community conversations.

Department representatives will talk about their mission, determine what's important to the community, and make sure those priorities drive department goals, officials said.

Tonight's meeting begins at 6 o'clock, at Rockford Construction on First Street and Seward Avenue.

4 GR firefighters hurt during overnight house fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four firefighters were hurt after a fire caused a partial collapse overnight on the city's northwest side.

Dispatchers say reports of smoke came in just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. It happened on Lexington Avenue between Bridge Street and Lake Michigan Drive.

The firefighters who were hurt were taken to the hospital and have since been released. An updated statement from the Grand Rapids Fire Department indicated four fighters were injured, rather than two as first reported.

Damage is estimated at more than $600,000.

There's still no word on what caused that fire.


Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Grand Rapids employees collect water for Flint


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Members of the Grand Rapids Employees Independent Union held a water drive Saturday to collect fresh drinking water for Flint residents.

“It’s important to us as city employees that produce water for West Michigan, clean safe drinking water, for us to step up to the plate and do something right for Flint,” said Doug Bentz, the event organizer.

President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint on Saturday, releasing federal financial aid and assistance to help with this man-made public health crisis.