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Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

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Fundraiser helping rebuild Katrina survivor's home

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some people in West Michigan got a taste of New Orleans Monday night. Jambalaya was on the menu at a fundraiser at Mustard Seed Ministries in Rockford.

The chef, Miss Kim, lost her home during hurricane Katrina and then was a victim of contractor fraud.

The money raised will go to build her a new house when the group travels to Louisiana in November.

"Some of my friends are having problems," Kim Castle said. "They're trying to come home, they want to come home, but for whatever reason they don't have the resources to come back and restore their home."

Three generations of Rockford family going to see Pope

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - Thousands are heading to see the Pope this week, including people from West Michigan. Three generations of a Rockford family are among those heading to Philadelphia. That's where Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families.

The family tells us their hope is the trip becomes a bonding experience.

"It's about us as a family pilgrimage together, taking the prayers and needs of other people that may be sick or passed away or just need a prayer," said Amy Periera.

Pope Francis will also be making stops in New York and Washington D.C. While in our nation's capitol, he's expected to address Congress.

Rockford class teaches rain barrel use

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- You can use it to wash your car, or water your lawn or garden.

The environmental group Trout Unlimited hosted an event teaching people how to use rain water, and prevent it from running off into the watershed.

Wednesday night's Barrels and Brews at Rockford Brewing Company taught participants how to set up a 55-gallon rain barrel at their own home.

"The goal of the project is to protect and restore this really unique and special urban watershed which is the Rogue River," said project coordinator Jamie Vaughan. "The major source of water pollution in our water is storm-water runoff. Rain barrels are a really easy way for homeowners to capture that water before it gets into the river."

The barrels can collect as much as 1,800 gallons of water every year.

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Cars for Kids Toy Drive/Car Show in Greenville

Cars for Kids Toy Drive/Car Show in Greenville

The Greenville Corvette Club and the Greenville Lions Club are sponsoring a day of fun for everyone. It is their Annual Cars for Kids Day, held at 9481 Jordan Rd. just south of Greenville at the Grattan Academy, on Sunday, September 13th from 10am to 2pm.

Entry fee is $10 or a new unwrapped toy of equal value. This show is open to all Show Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles.

Music will be provided by Gilbert Jewell of Midnights Music Machine and there will be food available through the Greenville Lions Club. 50/50 drawings will take place during this event along with Trivia Quiz and a Fan Belt Toss.

Trophies to the top 25 entries and Dash Plaques to the first 100 entries.

Any questions: Call Judy 989-287-2420

Charges filed in runaway's disappearance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three people accused of hiding a Rockford-area teen who ran away from home now face charges, the Kent Count Sheriff Department announced Wednesday.

The 16-year-old ran away on August 7. The sheriff department announced on August 14 it was investigating, and on August 17 investigators said she had been found safe.

On August 20, the Kent County Prosecutor's Office charged the teen's boyfriend, his mother, and his maternal aunt with harboring a runaway. Their names are being withheld pending arrest, the sheriff department said.

Missing 16 year old found safe

UPDATE 8/17/15: Joanna Henry has been found safe. 

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff Department is asking the public for help in locating a missing 16 year old. Investigators say Joanna Renee Henry left her Cannon Twp. home on August 7, between 3:45 p.m. and 5:41 p.m.

They say Henry has run away before, but has never been gone this long. Investigators do not believe foul play is involved, but say the teen suffers from bi-polar/depression and is possibly without her medication.

Joanna is described as a white female, 5'10", 190 pounds, medium length blond hair, hazel eyes, a tattoo of "Faith" on the left side of her rib cage, and a tattoo of a cross on her right pinky.