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G-Sync: At the Intersection of Meijer & Me

G-Sync: At the Intersection of Meijer & Me

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

It is odd how they say that death travels in threes and even stranger how true it seems to be. I have a theory that only when faced with a death do we begin to think about death. In Grand Rapids last week, we witnessed three individuals passing that gave all of us pause.

One of the three was Cindy Van Andel, 57, wife of 33 years to Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel. She passed quickly after a battle with illness.  

Another was Martha VanderEyk, 69, who is survived by her partner of 37 years, Leslie Kohn. Martha was one of the founding members of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus.

And while I have met both Martha and Cindy while living in Grand Rapids, it was the passing of Fred Meijer that really caused me to reflect on the impact this man, whether directly or indirectly, had on my life.

Carson City hunters film kills for national television show

Carson City hunters film kills for national television show

By Jessica Dudenhofer

From The Daily News


With the arrival of crisp fall days and the occasional snowfall, many local residents are eager to get out hunting.

While many hunters would be satisfied to see something worth shooting, four Carson City men enjoy the thrill of the shoot - on film.

Mark Brown, Adam Eller, Gabe Stanley and Mike Swagart are hunters and videographers for "No Limits Outdoors" - a television show that features videos of average hunters pursuing deer, bear, turkeys and other wild game.

The four Carson City men comprise the Michigan team for the nationally broadcast weekly show on the Sporting Channel.

Book signing with local author T. K. Francisco

Book signing with local author T. K. Francisco

Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Robins Book List

Meet and greet local Cedar Springs author T. K. Francisco. Get a signed copy of the first in a series of seven young adult/adult fiction novels.

The new release "Seven Wings and the Bleeding Twin Flowers" is a Christian futuristic based action packed read that is hard to put down. Previews of the first chapter and reviews are available on her website tkfrancisco.com.

T. K. Francisco is excited to present her series as a family experience that is sure to entertain, encourage, and inspire.

17 local artists to compete in ArtPrize

17 local artists to compete in ArtPrize

Elisabeth Waldon-Staff Writer
Form The Daily News


GRAND RAPIDS - Seventeen local artists will be competing in the third annual ArtPrize, which gets under way Wednesday in Grand Rapids.

ArtPrize is a unique event which allows the public to vote and choose the winners. Ten cash prizes will be awarded, including a first prize of $250,000. The top 10 art displays will be announced Sept. 29 and the winners will be announced Oct. 6. 

The event ends Oct. 9.

Here's a look at local artists and their projects:


Beverly Adams, Crystal

Title: "Cone Flowers with Globe Thistle"

Displayed at: First United Methodist Church, 227 E. Fulton St.

Medium: Acrylic on canvas.

Author David Stricklen to Visit ANBL

Author David Stricklen to Visit ANBL

From: belding.michlibrary.org

Author David Stricklen will visit the Alvah N. Belding Library on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

ANBL will be welcoming David Stricklen author of the book "Beyond Blackwater Pond" a novel for young adults and teens. Stricklen visit on Monday October 17 at 7:00 is designed for students grades 5 - 12.  He will discuss his book and answer questions about his writing style and the writing process.  Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.

This program is free but reservations are required.  Please call the library at 794.1450 to make your reservation today!!!

America's two days of infamy remembered by elders

America's two days of infamy remembered by elders

Ryan Schlehuber-Special Sections Editor

Lorraine Walsh never thought she would ever have the shocking, sick feeling of horror and helplessness like she did on Dec. 7, 1941, after learning Japanese war planes bombed Pearl Harbor and killed more than 2,200 Americans.

Sixty years later, that feeling resurfaced.

Walsh said when she watched the events of Sept. 11, 2001, unfold on her television at home, it was a vivid reminder of Pearl Harbor.

"I just had that same feeling," she said. "I felt so sad for all those people."

In 1976, 35 years after Pearl Harbor, Walsh visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It overwhelmed her as it brought back memories of what she remembers of that day in 1941.