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Rockford photographer's work now on display at Diana's Cafe

Rockford photographer's work now on display at Diana's Cafe

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A fresh collection of photographs by Tom Scott is now on display at Diana’s Café in downtown Rockford.

The pieces will be available for viewing at the café, located at 9 N. Main St., through October 14.  Visitors can check out the exhibit during the café’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scott says his love of photography began more than a decade ago with snapshots of nature. Today, he also works on portraits because he simply enjoys photographing people.

Rockford ACE hosts annual Antique Tractor Show this Saturday

Rockford ACE hosts annual Antique Tractor Show this Saturday

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- This Saturday, September 28, return to those thrilling days of yesteryear when from out of the past come the thundering "putt-putts" of antique tractors that once tilled the fields of West Michigan. 

Rain or shine, Pete Kruer of Rockford ACE Hardware will host his annual Antique Tractor Show.

"I've lost track of how many years I've been hosting this event," said Kruer. "I starting sponsoring the show to pay homage to the lovingly cared for and meticulously maintained tractors of a bygone era. The event was such a huge success that first year that I've continued the tradition to this day."

Last year, in what might have been record numbers, 40 antique tractor owners from near and far were on hand to show off their pride and joy throwbacks to an earlier time. They are a joy to behold for young and old alike, especially for aficionados of antique tractors, which are legion. 

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

West Michigan shoes grace feet of 'Duck Dynasty' stars, Kate Middleton

Some West Michigan shoes are making the rounds on celebrities’ feet.

On August 3, Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson posed with his wife Korie while sporting a pair of wooden shoes specially created by Nelis’ Dutch Village. The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned the business to create two pairs of shoes for the A&E stars as part of a thank you gift basket for participating in a VIP event organized by the Zeeland non-profit, Winning at Home and the Berlin Raceway in Marne.  The shoes feature the logo of Duck Commander, which is owned and operated by the Robertson family.  An employee of Discover Holland says Willie put the shoes on his feet almost immediately and posed for pictures.  Duck Commander employee Justin Martin took home the other pair.  

City commission to consider Ford statue installation project

City commission to consider Ford statue installation project

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The East Grand Rapids City Commission is expected to vote on proposed landscape renovations to the plaza that will soon feature a bronze statue of President Gerald R. Ford.

The proposed project would costs about $15,895 and take place right outside the East Grand Rapids Community Center.  It would include replacing portions of concrete with clay pavers, adding a spotlight to the existing streetlight to highlight the statue, and adding a base for the artwork.

The city previously commissioned Mike Smith and Associates for the work, which will be paid for through the general fund.

The city commission will weigh in on the proposed project estimates during its regular meeting September 3.

City Manager Brian Donovan says he hopes to have the artwork installed by fall 2013.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

From beer to skin cancer, West Michigan students present their summer research projects August 21

From beer to skin cancer, West Michigan students present their summer research projects August 21

A summer of intensive research is nearing an end for 11 Ferris State University students.

Daniel Tiesman of My Town Grand Rapids South, Spencer Crittenden of My Town Rockford, Tyler Felty of Cedar Springs, Lauren Clements of Alto and Nathan Richmond of Big Rapids are among the group of students admitted into the university’s 10-week summer fellowship program.  From skin cancer cell tests to documenting the effect of yeast on wine and beer production, these West Michigan students will present their research results during the SRF Summer Symposium August 21 at 2 p.m.

Ferris began its summer fellowship program in 2011.  Applications for the summer 2014 summer fellowship program will be available in September.  For more information, click here.