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School holds Right to Life event


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WZZM) -- 43 years ago Friday, a decision by the Supreme Court on the Roe vs. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States.

On this 43rd anniversary, students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School lit luminaries to remember the victims of abortion.

This is the 16th year the school has held their peaceful protest. School leaders say just because abortion is legal, it does not make it moral. 

"It's a serious event but there's joy in our hearts because we have hope. And hope says someday we wont have to do this," said Colleen Lowe, Marketing and Recruitment Director at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School.

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.

Men hurt in explosion identified


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department has released the names of two men hurt in an explosion at a marijuana grow operation.

Five cars involved in chain reaction crash


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Five cars were involved in a crash on Knapp Street, west of East Beltline Thursday.

Witnesses say a Rapid bus had pulled out from Celebration Cinema in front of a car, causing that car to swerve and crash into another vehicle, which caused a chain reaction.

The bus driver did not stop but witnesses believe the bus driver probably did not see the car.

Man critically hurt in marijuana grow explosion, fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men were injured, one critically, in an explosion that lead to a house fire on the city's South Side.

The explosion happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Sigsbee St SE.

The Grand Rapids Police Department was called to assist the fire department after learning the fire started in a marijuana grow operation.

GRPD: Man arrested after pointing gun at wife


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have arrested a 23-year-old man who they say pointed a gun at his wife before briefly barricading himself inside a Grand Rapids home Thursday evening.

Responding officers said they saw the man's wife, also 23 years old, leaving the home when they arrived. She told them her husband had fired the weapon and was threatening suicide. Officers surrounded the house and made announcements urging the man to come out of the house, which he did without incident shortly before 6 o'clock. At that point, police tweeted he'd been taken into custody.