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WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Prepare for backups! MDOT releases 2013 project schedule

 

 (Michigan Department of Transportation) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $100 million in the MDOT Grand Region in 2013 to improve 191 route miles of roadway and 25 bridges.

In addition, $93 million of statewide funding is planned for the construction of the new M-231 route and connections in Ottawa County. MDOT's Grand Region transportation system includes all I, US and M routes in the following eight counties: Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa.

  "There is much to be done and this year’s program strategically addresses maintaining our system and improving operations," said MDOT Region Engineer Roger Safford.

2-Day Seniors Trip to SE Michigan - April 25-26

2-Day Seniors Trip to SE Michigan - April 25-26

If you are interested in seeing the Southeast side of our state, the Plainfield Senior Center has a trip coming up that may itnerested you. It's called "More of Michigan!" and is 2-day trip to the SE side of the state. Highlights include Meadow Brook Hall and Theatre (lunch, guided tour and an evening performance of “Life Could be a Dream”), The Henry Ford Museum, Motown Museum and Pewabic Pottery. It is on April 25-26 for $229 per person.

This active and engaged group is open to all of Plainfield Township and meets at the Plainfield Senior Center (5255 Grand River Dr. NE just west of East Beltline). It offers a broad spectrum of programming with something for most everyone. Contact Christine Friedt (365-6150 or cfriedt@nvps.net) to make reservations, ask questions or to get on the full newsletter (five times a year) mailing list.

Easy one-hour color tours are nearby

Easy one-hour color tours are nearby

West Michigan is exploding with fall colors and you don’t have to go far from Forest Hills to enjoy nature’s color show.

Start your fall color tour at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Township.  The gardens give us a unique combination of colorful leaves mixed with many beautiful chrysanthemums.

When you leave Meijer Gardens turn right onto East Beltline to Grand River Drive NE and turn right and follow it to Ada.  You’ll find the trees are bursting with color along the river.  Make a quick stop at the Ada Covered Bridge before getting onto Thornapple River Drive for the beautiful drive to downtown Cascade.

If you want to bring some of the fall color to your home, turn left on Cascade Road and follow it out to Lowell Township, where you’ll find folks selling pumpkins, squash and corn stocks at roadside stands and farms.

Finally, take Alden Nash Ave SE into Lowell.  From downtown Lowell, you have two options:  take N

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

West Michigan residents in a four county area can now visit one website to find a variety of public and private transportation options if they need a ride for work, school, medical or social service visits, or intercity travel.

The Ottawa County Transit Coalition recently expanded its website, www.lakeshoreridelink.org, to include the counties of Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon.  The website, which was first launched in 2010 with transportation providers for Ottawa County only, now includes more than 50 transportation providers with detailed information on their services and costs to help residents find a ride.

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

From: Kent County Sheriff Department

On Sunday, 8/26 350 athletes will participate in the Michigan Titanium Triathlon. The race will originate at Versluis Park (Northland Ave/Plainfield Ave) at 7 AM. After completing the swim, athletes will then bike 112 miles throughout northeast Kent County (see map). They will then run 26 miles down Grand River Dr and 3 Mile Rd as far south as Knapp St.

These roads are open to traffic however, beware of some delays at intersections. Also, while driving along the course be extra vigilant of cyclists, runners, police officers and volunteers.

The run course, Grand River Dr between Northland Ave and Knapp St – and – 3 Mile Rd between Dunnigan Ave and Grand River Ave will be closed to thru traffic. Local resident’s traffic will be allowed.

Race starts at 7 AM. Bikers will be on the course from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Runners will be on the course from 11 AM to as late as midnight.