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West Michigan farmers and schools work to bring farm fresh foods to local campus cafeterias

 Directors of school food services in West Michigan want to buy fresh foods from local farmers to serve in their campus cafeterias, but they say area farmers need to be more aggressive with meeting their needs.

In a recent panel discussion sponsored by Michigan State University's Farm to School program, Paul Baumgartner and other school food service directors agreed more education and cooperation was needed to help bring local foods to the schools' menus.

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"Everybody talks about farm-to-school. Where are the farmers?" said Baumgartner, director of nutrition services at Grand Rapids Public Schools. "Nobody's knocking on my door. I've got demand, but where's my pea grower?"

"(We're) always thinking six months in advance," Baumgartner said. "Right now, I'm thinking about summer programming. This is the time to talk about (next school year). Don't come to us in the fall."

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Texas travel mag touts Grand Rapids’ vacation attractions as worth the trip

A Texas-based travel publication highlights Grand Rapids' remarkable transformation from dying downtown to urban chic. That transformation paved the way for world-class hotels that woo travelers to the nightlife and art venues unique to West Michigan.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan may not be the first place that comes to mind for an adventurous vacation or a spot for an exciting culinary weekend, but it is! Surprisingly, the City of Grand Rapids and southeastern Michigan is vibrant, exciting and diverse.

After an international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Grand Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture and today is considered a world leader in the production of office furniture. Grand Rapids led the nation in 1945 when it became the first city in the United States to add fluoride to its drinking water. Grand Rapids lays claims to the first scheduled air service, and the first publicly-funded art installation.

There is no question that Michigan's economy today is suffering, due largely to the loss of market share among the Big 3 U.S. automotive companies and the ripple effects of that downturn. But the leaders of Grand Rapids have taken a proactive role in creating a diverse and vibrant economy.

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New hot spots heat up winter nights across West Michigan

In response to the attraction of young professionals and other residents to our cities’ downtowns, West Michigan entrepreneurs have developed a hotbed of new hotspots and nighttime entertainment venues.

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GRAND RAPIDS -- Is there a subtle nudge of malaise creeping into your life? Limited sunlight, bone-chilling temps and financial woes have a way of doing that. Tempting as it is to wallow on the couch with a "Mad Men" marathon, cold winter days are the perfect excuse to gather the troops and heat things up with a romp on the town. And, if you play your cards correctly, a night out doesn't have to break the bank.

Some of West Michigan's newest night spots are easier on the wallet than their distinguished appearances would lead you to believe. Take Corez, for instance. The lounge, which recently opened in a former law office in the hip Cherry Hills neighborhood, offers a taste of big-city panache, with options suited to spend-weary club-goers.

"We want to mimic the experience of going to a bar in San Francisco or Chicago, in your own neighborhood. It's going to be really different," said owner/wine manager Mike Dombrowski.

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