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Construction Update

Construction Update

The ramp from westbound Interstate 196 to westbound M-121 (Chicago Drive, Exit 69B), and the ramp from eastbound M-121 to westbound Interstate 196 are now open.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

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For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: http://www.michigan.gov/drive

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Kent County Single Family Housing Starts are the Highest in 5 Years

Kent County Single Family Housing Starts are the Highest in 5 Years

The quarterly report for housing starts in Kent County show very good news in the housing industry. In the second quarter of 2012, 221 new home starts were recorded. This is the most new homes built in a single quarter since 2007 when the economy slowed. Housing starts are the leading indicator for economic growth and recovery.

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Men's Hair Cuts - Back to Basic's

Men's Hair Cuts - Back to Basic's

I have tried going to a couple places like Judes and Great Clips to get my hair cut and each time I walk out of there I'm not happy. I have actually had poeple tell be to go right back there and have them fix it. This got me to thinking; I am seeing all these places geared towards men's hair cuts and was wondering if  they are all barber shops. Apperently thats not the case. I had the opportunity to speak with a real barber; Zach Booker owner of Zach's Barber shop who is a fourth generation hair business owner and is a Master Barber. He also owns Booker Barber College in Holland. 

So I asked a couple question: 

Sidewalk chalk madness will color Chicago Drive business

Sidewalk chalk madness will color Chicago Drive business

The Hudsonville Arts Council and RE/MAX Grand Valley have partnered together to offer kids of all ages the opportunity to doodle downtown. 

Equipped with 480 pieces of sidewalk chalk and a generous donation of Crème Curls, they have invited the community to join them in the parking lot of RE/MAX Grand Valley on July 28 between 11am and 1pm to cover the pavement in art and doodles. 

“This invitation is for all of our little artists, from those who are getting creative for the first time to those who will wow the crowd with their creations.  The idea is to make beautiful things while getting covered in colored chalk dust with your neighbors!” said Brandi VanHouten, Director of the Hudsonville Arts Council. 

All ages are welcome to join in on the fun.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Dry weather boosts sprinkler business

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The dry weather is making it a challenge for people to keep their lawns from dying, but it is also boosting the business for companies that offer sprinkler systems and services.

Gary Schepers is turning up the water sprinkler for many of his customers.

"Its extremely dry and it takes a lot of water right now," says Schepers, owner of Schepers Lawn Sprinkling.

Schepers' irrigation business is taking calls all day long.

"We're running about 40 to 45 service calls a day, from seven a.m. to seven p.m. trying to keep up with the demand," says Schepers.

Schepers has done everything from selling new sprinkler systems to repairing old ones, as well as resetting the time for how long they run.

"Generally people have about 30 minutes a zone, but now we're running them up to 45 minutes or an hour," says Schepers.

Man who burned flags was "full of rage"

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - On a day where flags in Michigan are supposed to fly at half staff, in honor of a fallen soldier, there is no flag at the Hudsonville veterans memorial.

It was one of at least two flags burned by William Howerton, 57, who was arrested Tuesday night.

The first call came in shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Someone saw a man burning the American flag at the veteran's memorial located at Hudsonville City Hall.

As police investigated, other calls came in. One from Vitale's restaurant. Jenn Hoezee and her friend were pulling out of the parking lot when they noticed a flag on fire.

"It was dripping and melting and I said, 'uh oh,' and we pulled over," says Hoezee, who who used water from a cooler in her trunk to put out the fire.  "I just kind of starting dumping it on the embers and what not."

The two women called 911, but at the time, they didn't know about the other burnings.

Balloon release in Hudsonville

Balloons will fill the sky on July 20 at a community celebration hosted by Life Family Chiropractic Centres.  The community is invited to participate in the balloon launch by filling out a card with good wishes, which will be let loose into the Hudsonville skies. 

In addition to the balloon launch, the community will have the opportunity to meet Griff, the Griffins Mascot at 5pm, hear music by Greg Secor, have the chance to win a free grill, and enjoy free food in the parking lot of Life Family Chiropractic.  There will also be tons of great activities for kids including a bounce house, carnival games with prizes, and spin art. 

The festivities, which are in celebration of 10 years of business for Life Family Chiropractic, will be held at 5795 Balsam Drive (next to Vitales) and will run from 3pm to 7pm on July 20.