cached: Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan Ranks in Nation's Top 100 Hospitals - 03/26/08 02:56 PM
 No one wants to get ill and end up in the hospital. But life happens. We get sick,
we get in accidents, we fall off ladders and break bones, we have babies.  When this
 happens it is very comforting to know you have an excellent hospital in your local area
that will be able to care for you until you recover.
Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan we are very fortunate to have one of the nation's best
hospitals to care for our citizens in need of health care. ~ Spectrum Health has
 7 Hospitals and more than 140 service sites.
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cached: Medical Mile Proposed to Bring Billions to Grand Rapids Michigan Economy - 03/20/08 11:45 AM
Medical Mile Proposed to Bring Billions to Grand Rapids Michigan Economy
 
Grand Rapids Michigan could be where new cancer treatments are formulated,
new medicines to treat Alzheimer's disease, and new vaccines for diseases thought
to be untreatable will originate.
 
The investment in the medical research facilities, infrastructure and 
MSU College of Human Medicine in GrandRapids, Michigan is just the start of what
many hope to be future leaders in medical technology and life sciences for here
in West Michigan.  The area where all this growth is occurs is called "The Medical Mile." 
It is located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.  
 
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cached: Are Foreclosures selling FASTER than Traditional Listings? - 03/15/08 12:21 AM
                                   Are Foreclosures selling faster than traditional listings in your area?
I asked myself that question and then went to the Grand Rapids Michigan MLS statistics to see what kind of
answers I could find. As of Mid-March 20.59% of the listings on the MLS are Bank owned or short sale
properties  and yet 50% of the sales year to date are Bank owned or short sale. Yes, it looks like a lot of
business in short  sales and foreclosures in our area. But are they selling faster?
Currently there are 1171 pending sales on the MLS:
 51% are Traditional Transactions 49% are … (2 comments)

cached: Horrock's Market in Kentwood, Michigan - A Winter Treat - 03/03/08 06:52 AM
Horrock's Market is like a visit to spring time, especially now, in Kentwood MI.
Take a moment and let's look at what they have to offer: Fresh Flowers, Fresh
Vegetables & Fruits, Meats & Dairy, Deli, Garden & Homes Supplies,  Pet Supplies,
Gifts & Accessories, Floral for Weddings, and a Book & Candy Corner. In the spring
& summer they have outdoor  plants and trees for your garden and yard. Worth a
visit any time of year, but especially in the dead of winter.
  
Horrock's Market is located at 4455 Breton Road at the intersection of 44th St and
Breton in Kentwood, Michigan.   The glass green … (5 comments)

cached: Grand Facts - Did you Know?? - 03/01/08 09:25 AM
Grand Rapids Michigan is over 180 years old and in that time, many notable events and firsts have occurred in this  "Biggest Small Town" in the Midwest. Gerald R. Ford described it as "The City that Works".  It is the kind of town that will have a lost pet turtle story on the local evening news, not just the local accidents and disasters.  If you are From Grand Rapids, Live in Grand Rapids, or are considering Moving to Grand Rapids, some of these facts might interest you.
                        
Ottawa Indians were Grand Rapids' first inhabitants and in 1826 the city was … (5 comments)

cached: Do you Know what Kim Zimmer & Johnny Benson Jr Have in Common ?? - 03/01/08 08:44 AM
 No, I'm not suggesting Johnny Benson was featured on the Guiding Light or that Kim Zimmer drove in a Nascar Race. Both of these notable people claim Grand Rapids Michigan as their home town, along with the list below. There might be some surprises for those of you that keep track of celebrities. Other famous Grand Rapids natives range from Gerald R Ford, 38th US President to Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
                                                      
 
Gillian Anderson, lead actress, The X-Files                                       Paul Assenmacher, Major League Baseball player Steve Belkin, Atlanta Hawks, MBNA Terry Barr, professional football player Johnny … (4 comments)

cached: Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ~ Children's Garden ~ Part Three - 03/01/08 05:05 AM
Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Michigan has a very special Children's Garden. Admission is included with your daily or membership ticket. At over 5 acres, it is one of the largest Children's Gardens in the nation. This is a magical place for children of all ages, even the entrance is designed with children in mind: right beside the large entance is a mouse hole arched entrance with a gate. All of the Children's Garden is wheelchair accessible, even Tree House Village. 
     
We try to take our grandson, Jeffy, whenever he comes to visit.  Come take a quick photo tour with us … (0 comments)

cached: Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ~ The Outdoor Sculptures - 02/17/08 11:56 AM
 Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a world class park with world
class attractions in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   This is more than a garden, it is
 a community and area treasure with many aspects of the fine arts on
permanent and traveling displays. Listed below are the major attractions:
The Sculpture Park                                                                 Gallery Collection                                                                                      Garden Trails & Conservatory Collection Sculpture Exhibitions Children's Garden Outdoor Concert Stage






 
Because this park offers so many attractions, I will just cover 
The Sculpture Park in this article. The 30+ acre Sculpture Park is set within
the gardens 125 acre site.  It features  outdoor … (3 comments)

cached: Yes, We Are Still Selling Real Estate in Grand Rapids Michigan - 02/16/08 03:08 AM
 News Flash!!   Real Estate in Grand Rapids Michigan is Still Selling

No matter how much negative news we hear, the fact is people still
have to sell their homes and move, whether it is a job transfer, a
new job in a different area of the city, retirement or just time for a
bigger/smaller home.  We are still helping people move into and
move out of their homes with the least possible stress.
 
With 35 years of experience, we have the details worked out for you
and know our business extremely well.  We use the latest technology,
intensive internet marketing, and … (0 comments)

cached: FINAL FACE OFF FOR GRAND RAGGIDY GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT - 01/21/08 11:01 AM
                                  Final Bout for This Season's Flat Track Roller Derby Championship
                                         Between the undefeated Blue Collar Broads 
                               &  Everyday Rebelles for the D-Cup of Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
 If you have become a fan of Women's Flat Track Roller Derby like I have ( see my
previous posts -  2007 Finale  - Biff! Bam! Ooomph! Roller Derby & Real Estate?  and
Warning! Roller Derby Can be Addictive!! ) then you know that I'll probably be there for
 the big finale for this season of women's flat track roller derby
 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
                                                                           
 
 
 
                
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cached: 4379 - 4388 Pleasantview Lane Dorr Michigan 49323 - 01/18/08 04:56 AM
FIVE BUILDABLE LOTS IN A SMALL SUBDIVISION IN RURAL DORR  MI - The Builder - Owner can build your
house or choose your own builder. All five lots have been approved with natural gas and underground utilities
by Allegan Township. Several of the lots are wooded and offer walk-out capabilities.
Lot # 1  - 1.18 acres - address: 4388 Pleasant view Lane , Dorr, MI 49323  Price:  $55,000.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lot #2  - .51 acres - address: 4384 Pleasant view Lane SW Dorr, MI 49323 - Price : $55,000.

 
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cached: Ada Township Assembly Hall in Ada Michigan - 01/17/08 09:09 AM
 The Ada Township Assembly Hall was originally the First Congregational Church of Ada, United Church of
Christ, established in 1870, an excellent use of an older structure and very green in today's building and
use standards.   The building was rededicated as the Ada Township Assembly Hall in 1990, as the original sign
out front for the bulletins (pictured below) attests.
 

                                                     
 Ada Township was very much in the forefront of the green environmental movement in deciding to use this
historic building in this way.  
                                         
The historic building is used for township monthly meetings and other township assemblies. As you … (3 comments)

cached: Vitale's Restaurant & Pub ~ Ada Michigan - 01/10/08 08:27 AM
                             VITALE'S RESTAURANT & PUB   425 Ada Drive Ada Michigan    
A bright and airy atmosphere with all the traditional Italian favorites Vitale's is known for: spaghetti, lasagna,
pizza, and all-American favorites also. They have been satisfying customers for many years in the Grand Rapids
area, though the move to new digs in Ada has been recent.  The new restaurant and Pub has lots of room for
dining and the Pub in back has room for a good sized crowd.
 
                     
Vitale's Restaurant and Pub is a great place to have lunch or dinner. 

 
 
 My wife likes the grilled salmon salad … (2 comments)

cached: Garden Club Park ~ Downtown Parks in Rockford Michigan ~ Part One - 01/07/08 04:13 AM
              GARDEN CLUB PARK
              Rockford Michigan 49341
 
 The ideal spot for relaxing in the heart
  of downtown Rockford.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This open space park provides wonderful opportunities for picnicking and strolling along the banks of the
beautiful Rogue River. An ideal spot for relaxing in the heart of downtown Rockford, it also provides direct
access to the Frederick Meijer White Pine Trail State Park for  92 miles of bicycling, walking, etc. The park is
located just northeast of the dam on the picturesque Rogue River.Enhancements in 2005 included new leveling, picnic tables, lighting, and a concert deck.
 
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cached: The best time to buy in Ada Michigan? Market Comparison 2006-2007 - 01/02/08 07:47 AM
As we start a new year it is good to review and look back to see if we can learn from the past. So much of the news lately is on the Housing Market and the difficulties that sellers are having through the erosion of prices. Buyers are waiting for the lowest point in the market to buy. Sellers are looking at prices that were higher a year ago to set prices for today.
 In some markets we have seen the average price go down while in others, the prices has been stable and even risen. How do you make the right … (0 comments)

cached: Caledonia Michigan ~ Market Comparison 2006-2007 ~ The Best Time to Buy is Now - 01/01/08 07:26 AM
As we start a new year it is good to review and look back to see if we can learn from the past. So much of the news lately is on the Housing Market and the difficulties that sellers are having through the erosion of prices. Buyers are waiting for the lowest point in the market to buy. Sellers are looking at prices that were higher a year ago to set prices for today.
 In some markets we have seen the average price go down while in others the prices has been stable and
even risen. How do you make the right … (0 comments)

cached: Byron Center MI 49315 ~ 8719 Carlisle SW ~ Withdrawn - 12/29/07 10:50 AM
Would you like to live on a lake year round?  Go fishing or just do a little paddle boating..... Maybe
you can see yourself soaking up the sunshine on your new deck overlooking the lake?                   
 This new home may be just the place for you. New construction, finished in 2006, it has many
upgrades, including oak custom woodwork, six panel oak doors, and lots of tile flooring. Located
close to Byron Center Schools, shopping and the new Medical Buildings.   1720 sq ft 
 
                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lower level has … (6 comments)

cached: MY MEME ~ Facts about My Life as a Child. - 12/29/07 10:27 AM
I guess the only way to talk about yourself is to start. Since Karen Webster asked for the facts here they are: 
 
#1) Early childhood memories of training and racing sled dogs are
fond ones. I think of the fun and the lessons learned about
 responsibility that have served me well in our profession.
 
 
 
 
 
 
#2) In 1969 I joined the Army, became a Warrant Officer
 and learned how to fly Helicopters. I went to Vietnam in 1970 and
 flew "C" Model Huey gun ships for a year. As I told my
mother before I left for Vietnam, "I have become a trained killer".
What a comforting thought … (12 comments)

cached: Need a Charming Home with Lots of Space? Too Late ~ SOLD - 12/22/07 01:04 AM
 This is a great little starter house for anyone in a charming Grand Rapids Northeast neighborhood. 
This all brick ranch has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a finished recreation room with 2nd fireplace on the lower level.
A breezeway between the garage and the house, a screened in porch and a large yard add up to outdoor living
at its best. Indoors or outdoors, this would be wonderful place to call home.
Price: $146,900        MLS# G611127
                         You should take a look at 708 Conger NE, this might be your next home.
                                          Grand Rapids Real Estate is My Real Job  
                                        Terry Westbrook's Grand Rapids Real Estate Blog   
                                        … (5 comments)

cached: Home Buyers: Avoid Paying Too Much for Your Next Home Part One of Ten - 12/18/07 09:38 AM
A Simple Guide to Help Avoid Overpaying for Your Next Home   
 Simply put, PAYING TOO MUCH can jeopardize the integrity of your investment. Here's vital information to help you avoid overpaying for your home.
Whether you are a first time buyer or an old pro at the real estate game, buying a home can be a daunting process.
It's an emotional time filled with difficult choices - and each decision you make has money riding on it, your hard earned money. 
 
Finding the right home to meet your family's needs is hard enough. But knowing how to avoid paying too … (6 comments)

 
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