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By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Tuesday June 14th marks the date for the West Central Association of Realtors 8th Annual Golf Outing which promises to be a fun filled day of networking and laughter. This is only my second year attending these and while the first year I was horrified of looking like a fool, this year I realize I...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Almost that time of year when we get our Ferris students back. Every year our quiet little townbecomes a bustling hot spot with 14,000 or so new residents. First few weeks are mayhem but we eventually get our rhythm right and work well together. The students have several options available in rega...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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This is Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan and today in Big Rapids it is the 6th Annual Catch-A-Fish, Grant-A-Wish fishing tournament. Saturday June 11th from 9am-12pm so bring the whole family to this fun filled day of fishing in Hemlock Park on Riverwalk.  All proceeds go towards the Make-A-Wish ...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Usually I write about local events a few days before they are happening but this one needs a little notice. It is the Third Annual Clay Art and Fire pottery fest to be held in Mitchell Creek Park in Downtown Big Rapids on June 18th and 19th, 2011. This is a must do event open to the public and wi...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 6
Yesterday was the annual Susan P Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness walk here in Big Rapids, MI. This year they made it a 5K, almost double last years. The scenery was amazing as we walked along a paved walkway along the Muskegon River. Yes...I said walked. There were those who ran but I like to enjo...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Every year the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce holds a business trade show on the last Saturday of April. This is a great way to showcase your business and get your name out in the community that is filled with would be buyers and clients. Has been sold out for the last four years in a ro...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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For anyone looking for the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce, you are in for a treat. They have launched a new website which can be found here: New Website . I wasn't a huge fan of our old site but this one rocks! This one has a much cleaner look and is way easier to navigate. Upcoming even...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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This month's Business After Hours will be at Altercare on West Avenue. Every month the local Chamber of Commerce holds these events and they are perfect places for local businesses to network and learn more about what each other have to offer. This month Altercare of Big Rapids will be the host a...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 4
One of the benefits of belonging to the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce is the networking opportunities. Each month they host both a Business Rise and Shine and Business After Hours. These are great time to get together with other area businesses outside of your normal business setting. T...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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February 22, 2011 we had another ribbon cutting here in Big Rapids as the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Dr Zeilinger to his new office. Located at 123 Warren, they are easily accessible from most anywhere in town. Dr Zeilinger is a Chiropractor who offers a full-service chiropr...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 1
This month the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held at Ferris State University's Michigan College of Optometry. This will give our members a chance to see what $27 Million looks like from the inside. Using state of the art technology and the public having acce...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Congrat's for being accepted to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. One of your many new challenges is to find a place to call home while attending school. There are always the dorms, and for some , that is the only option available. Ferris has restrictions on who can live off campus and ...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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How much can you tell about your buyer agent when they ask you for gas money to show you homes? Now I have heard it all! I had an agent relay this story to me the other day.  I had to stop and think about the statement I had just heard.  The agent probably thought I had been the victim of brain t...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Today is the first Friday of December which marks one of my favorite events of the year...The Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gala. The Chamber's largest annual fund-raiser, the Gala draws more than 200 Chamber members and friends together on the first Friday in December for an evening...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 3
Every month the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Hours. What a great networking event for area businesses. This month you can join us at Quality Inn & Suites here in Big Rapids. Just South of Ferris State University. They offer almost a hundred rooms with Internet ac...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 1
This year the Big Rapids Greater Federation of Women's Club is holding a Veterans Day Luminary Tribute at Highland View Cemetery. The GFWC will light more than 800 luminaries on each veteran's grave site in the cemetery on Veteran's Day. The event is free and open to the public. For more informat...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 1
Probably my favorite place for breakfast in Big Rapids would be our local Bob Evans restaurant. It is always nice to go to a place that not only knows you but makes you feel special every visit. My wife and I have breakfast there every Friday ad are impressed with each visit. This morning they we...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
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Our Chamber has done it again. They have found another way to help promote new business in Mecosta County. We recently had a Member Drive and had over 70 new members join our Chamber. At 8:30am on Wednesday Nov 3, 2010 we are having a new member breakfast at Falcon Head Golf Course just South of ...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 0
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 6:30pm - 9:30pm the Downtown branch of Chemical Bank will be hosting another Festival of the Trees. The auction begins at 7:30 and features more than 40 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, as well as other holiday décor and gift items. The entire proceeds will go to su...

By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Comments 1
Yesterday's Ribbon Cutting at Mecosta County CARES (Companion Animal Resource/Education Society) introduced me to another great bunch of people dedicated to helping. From their FaceBook page I found this snippet that give us all a glimpse into what they do. Mecosta County CARES (Companion Animal...

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