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Meet the Teacher: Karah Hensel

Meet the Teacher: Karah Hensel

Editor’s Note: Meet the Teacher is a weekly feature, introducing new instructors in the area. To suggest a new local teacher to be …

Angel Ride set for Saturday

Angel Ride set for Saturday

BIG RAPIDS — Anyone planning to enjoy a bike ride or go for a walk this weekend also has the chance to provide food for hungry children. …

Evart promise program to offer scholarships for students

EVART — Students in Evart Public Schools could soon receive scholarships of up to $10,000 for post-secondary education, with no minimum …

FFA members to share their thoughts in Ferris leadership

FFA members to share their thoughts in Ferris leadership

BIG RAPIDS — Members of Ferris State University’s faculty association will spend the next two days considering a vote of no …

News in Brief

BRHS Alumni Association to host second annual Alumni Night

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids High School (BRHS) Alumni Association, in partnership with the Big Rapids Public …

BRMS names Students of the Week

BRMS names Students of the Week

Big Rapids Middle School named the Students of the Week for the week of Monday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 21. Students of the Week …

Mecosta County Commission on Aging to host flu clinic

MECOSTA — The Mecosta County Commission on Aging will host a flu and pneumonia clinic on Friday, Sept. 28. Services will be provided by …

Camping season winds down at county parks

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Residents and visitors to Mecosta and Osceola counties only have a few more weeks to enjoy the outdoors and …

Lifestyles

GFWC ‘Patchwork of Colors’ Garden Tour set for July 17

GFWC ‘Patchwork of Colors’ Garden Tour set for July 17

Submitted to the Pioneer BIG RAPIDS — Area residents can enjoy a variety of beautiful blooms and restful landscaping without pulling a …

Mark Brejcha: A rose like no other: Local woman was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII

Mark Brejcha: A rose like no other: Local woman was a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII

By Mark Brejcha Special to the Pioneer When we think about the men and women who were the Greatest Generation, we can’t help but admire …

What can you do to prevent heart disease?

What can you do to prevent heart disease?

BIG RAPIDS — A person’s heart beating is like breathing — most people simply don’t pay attention to the fact …

Surviving cabin fever: Ideas for adults, children to beat the winter blahs

Surviving cabin fever: Ideas for adults, children to beat the winter blahs

  BIG RAPIDS – It hasn’t been a very typical winter. Frigid, freezing temperatures bluster through the area one week, while …

Business

Business owners still have mixed feelings on smoking ban after five years

Business owners still have mixed feelings on smoking ban after five years

MECOSTA COUNTY — Nearly five years after Michigan’s ban on smoking in bars and restaurants took effect, area business owners still have …

Carmike Cinema holds off on downtown theater project

Carmike Cinema holds off on downtown theater project

BIG RAPIDS — Cinema lovers who were looking forward to watching the newest film in an expanded Big Rapids downtown movie theater are …

Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

Reed City business offers solution to electronic woes

REED CITY — Sometimes technology that is supposed to make lives easier only causes headaches when things go wrong. Ian Lacovara, owner of …

Family

OBK grant to go toward new shower/tub installation

OBK grant to go toward new shower/tub installation

Our Brother’s Keeper recently accepted grant funds from TransCanada. (Pictured) Larry London (right), of TransCanada, passes a …

Angels of Action receives TransCanada grant

Angels of Action receives TransCanada grant

(From left) Joni Thompson, president and CEO of Angels of Action, a local nonprofit which combats childhood hunger by providing area …

Morton Township Library’s summer program wraps up with magical performance

Morton Township Library’s summer program wraps up with magical performance

Morton Township Library’s Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” recently concluded with Amazing Clark’s …

State News

Upcoming Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibits to feature dinosaurs, toys

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently announced it will open …

Los Bandits de Michigan to kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association  COLDWATER — As National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) gets ready …

Frederik Meijer Gardens’ fall exhibition celebrates contemporary disability sculpture

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association  GRAND RAPIDS — Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park will be host to 16 …