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Christmas Shopping Primer/Countdown

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone. So have Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

After all, you've only got until Christmas Eve to do your shopping for Christmas.

Here's a list of some stores and restaurants to visit as you continue your Christmas shopping.

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2014′s Snowiest Year in Grand Rapids History Through November 19

Add the finish Grand Rapids had to last winter to the start we've seen this season and 2014 is the snowiest calendar year on record for Grand Rapids through November 19.

It's not even close.

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Hazardous Travel Warning Issued by National Weather Service for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Winter officially does not arrive until next month, but it sure feels like it's already here, doesn't it?

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning in effect from this afternoon through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The bottom lines: heavy lake-effect and blowing snow.

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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Times For West Michigan

Trying to figure out when trick-or-treating is happening in your area? We've found a comprehensive list that you can reference!

It seems that all communities here in West Michigan will be doing their trick-or-treating on Friday, Oct. 31 -- Halloween night. 

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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online at WFGR

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at WFGR.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Last Gasp of Summer: Looking Forward to Labor Day Weekend

Drat. Summer is almost done.

Schools go back next week, at least those who aren't on year-round schedules.

Labor Dayis upon us here in West Michigan, which means one long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Looking Forward to the Next Holiday Weekend: Labor Day

The summer is midway through practically, although it's only mid-July.

That's what we get for starting the season with Memorial Day instead of the official start of summer with the summer solstice.

Soon, Labor Day will be upon us here in West Michigan, which means a long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Y’All Ready For an Awesome ’80s Holiday Weekend? [Video]

Are you all ready for an awesome '80s holiday weekend!

Of COURSE you are! Who DOESN'T love the '80s?

It's when I grew up, became a real person and developed a love for music and radio! Plus, let's be honest, Molly Ringwald was super hot!

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Tuesday Is Free Pancake Day At IHOP!

So this year IHOP threw us a curve ball. Last year, National Free Pancake Day was in February and on the same day as National Weather Persons' Day. Weather persons' day has come and gone, and Tuesday is IHOP Free Pancake day!

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