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Tuba Bach continues with music from Central and South America

Tuba Bach continues with music from Central and South America

BIG RAPIDS — Sounds of the tango, samba, salsa and many other Central and South American styles of music filled Big Rapids over the …

Garden tractor pull finishes off season for BRAF&P Club

Garden tractor pull finishes off season for BRAF&P Club

BIG RAPIDS — Dust flew and engines revved on Saturday as the Big Rapids Antique Farm and Power Club rounded out the season with the …

CCA elementary pilots Montessori-inspired program

CCA elementary pilots Montessori-inspired program

BIG RAPIDS — Students have taken control of their education at Crossroads Charter Academy’s elementary building as the school is …

Fill the Boot campaign raises money for muscular dystrophy research

Fill the Boot campaign raises money for muscular dystrophy research

Samantha Spring (left) and Levi Luce, firefighters with the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety fire division, collected donations to go …

News in Brief

Reed City pair injured in Saturday accident

GREEN TWP. — A Reed City man and his passenger sustained minor injuries during a two-vehicle accident on Saturday. According to the …

Tuesday farmers market closing for the year

BIG RAPIDS — Although customers will be able to purchase fresh produce, sweet treats and more for a few more weeks on Fridays, Tuesday, …

Sixth-graders learn by creating tasty treats

Sixth-graders learn by creating tasty treats

Chippewa Hills Intermediate School sixth-graders celebrated the turning of the season through a hands-on lesson in simple machines on …

Community members to host abuse awareness public forum

MORLEY — Morley community members hope to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse and the resulting consequences through a public …

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 …