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My Town: Harvest on the Ridge returns Sept. 20

My Town: Harvest on the Ridge returns Sept. 20

SPARTA, Mich.—  A celebration of West Michigan's agricultural Mecca returns to Sparta this weekend.

Harvest on the Ridge festival will unfold at Rogers Park Sept. 20. This year’s event includes a couch racing fundraiser, the Dirty Apple Obstacle Run, a cupcake baking contest, an apple pie eating contest, hay rides, corn mazes, kids’ activities and a farmers’ market.  Johnny Appleseed is kicking off the event with donkey rides and his tale of how  “The Ridge” became filled with apple orchards.

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

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by Matthew Russell
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

There are many resources out there for those starting their first or newest business, but few of them cater specifically to the position and challenges women face in today’s world.

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

As organizers with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. plan the installation of a new wayfinding system in the urban core of downtown Grand Rapids, they hope new signage will not only

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.

Annual Dirty Apple Obstacle Run on September 20

Annual Dirty Apple Obstacle Run on September 20

Experienced runners, walkers, along with families & their children who are willing to get a little DIRTY, are invited to take part in this 2-mile obstacle course.

The Annual Harvest on the Ridge Festival takes place this Saturday, September 20 and showcases this challenging run at 10:00am at Roger’s Park located at 75 N Union Street in Sparta. There will be 12 obstacles including apple pits, dirt bogs, apple box jumping & more to navigate through for the completion of the race.

Cost is: $35 individual, $85 Family or 4 person Team.

On-site registration & packet pick-up takes place on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 9:00am at the Sparta Civic Center at 75 N. Union.

Visit www.spartachamber.com or Google Dirty Apple Run for more information.    

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

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