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Patients evacuated when car hits medical building

Ada TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) – About 40 patients and health care providers were briefly evacuated after a car crashed into an Ada Township medical building Tuesday afternoon.

They stayed outside until it was certain there was no structural damage to the building at 5060 Cascade Road SE and it was safe to occupy.

Police say a 74-year-old woman arriving for an appointment pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake.  Her station wagon jumped the sidewalk and smashed the building.


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GR Township home considered 'total loss' after blaze

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters worked to extinguish a large house fire located east of the East Beltline.

Firefighters had been at the scene of the blaze since about 3 p.m. Saturday before it was put out just before 5 p.m.The house is located in the 1900 block of Emerald Glen Court.

The 911 call, placed by the homeowner, was reported as a chimney fire, said the Grand Rapids Township deputy fire chief at the scene.

No one was injured.

Firefighters had to request extra water tankers to assist in putting out the fire because the area has few hydrants, according to reports. 

The home is considered a total loss, the deputy chief said.


Searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Try pottery

ADA,Mich. (WZZM) -- Still searching for that perfect Christmas present? Something unique, one-of-a-kind and personal?

In this Weekend Adventure, the weekend morning news crew checked out The Mud Room in Ada to make a few special holiday gifts.

The Mud Room is a paint-your-own pottery studio but they also do glass fusing, potters wheel classes, hand prints and all kinds of fired and non-fired arts. They also offer a number of special events and classes.

The clay studio is not available for walk-ins during regular studio hours, so be sure to schedule a visit in advance.

Or, choose from a number of scheduled classes listed on their website.

It takes about one week for the studio to

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

Second Annual Chili & Beer Festival follows Parade in Ada

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Ada Chili and Beer Festival

December 5: 11:00am-3:00pm

Join us for the second annual Ada Chili and Beer Festival!  This is a family friendly event following the Christmas parade in the center of Ada Village.  12 Breweries will highlight seasonal beer offerings while restaurants and home-cooks compete for the coveted Chili cook-off trophy from 11:00am – 2:00pm. More than 20 kinds of Chili will be featured for everyone to sample. Hot Dogs, prepared by the Ada Fire Department, will be available also.

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Weekend Adventure: Meijer Gardens celebrates Christmas around the World

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The holidays are here and that means the annual Christmas display is back at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. This year they've added a few new pieces to their display.

As part of its 20th anniversary, more than 40 trees with special ornaments and decorations line the halls for the "Christmas Traditions from Around the World" exhibit.

Each tree represents a different country, from Russia to Finland and Switzerland.

In addition, the gardens unveiled five new landmarks on its "Railway Gardens" exhibit, representing Grand Rapids' five sister cities.

For exhibit hours and more information, visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park website.

Ada celebrates completion of new Headley Street

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thursday's weather didn't stop people in Ada from celebrating a development underway in their community.

They packed the fire department for an evening party celebrating the new Headley Street, which now connects to Fulton Street and Ada Drive.

Local vendors provided the food, and musical group the Crane Wives provided the music.

Township supervisor George Haga said they have a way to go to finish the entire development project; Thursday's event simply acknowledged the first milestone. "It's to celebrate the grand opening of the new Headley Street, and we invited the entire community to be part of the celebration."

Next year, the community plans to connect Headley Street to Thornapple River Drive. For now, they hope to open Headley Street back to traffic in December, if not sooner.

Taste of my town: Manna Cafe

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- This week's Taste of My Town brings us to Manna Cafe near Ada. They opened just a few years ago, on Christmas Eve of 2013. Now they're attracting diners with their delicious breakfast dishes and a positive message.

"Everybody is intrinsically valuable in God's eyes and in our eyes so we just want people to come in and know that they are welcome here and we want to serve them well and leave them with a feeling of peace and a full stomach," said the owner.

They specialize in breakfast and lunch options, including a wide array of unique Eggs Benedict dishes and baked goods. Their corned beef is smoked over applewood and is featured in their bestselling Manna Hash.