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Farm to Ada event features farmers market ingredients


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Six West Michigan restaurants are teaming up with more than a dozen farmers market vendors for an event called Farm to Ada. It's meant to highlight the fresh foods grown here that you can also buy here.

Participating restaurants include the Ada Pour House Gastropub, Nonna Café, RiverHouse Ada, Saburba, Schnitz Ada Grill and Vitale's. The vendors involved all sell at the Ada Farmers Market.


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Ada redevelopment underway, creating new part of town


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) – In 2006, the Village of Ada started its downtown redevelopment plans. Fast forward to today, and phase one is underway.

Ahead of the redevelopment, Headley Street had no sidewalks or on-street parking, but construction crews are changing that. "It's being reconstructed with sidewalks, on-street parking," explained Ada's director of planning, Jim Ferro. "It will be a street that will be part of the village."

Ferro's also choosing a new streetlamp design. The more energy-efficient street lamps will line Headley Street when construction is finished. Ferro says the Headley Street work is just part of the improvements in this first phase of Ada's redevelopment plan.

It's an exciting time for Ada, as it's an opportunity to build a whole new part of town from the ground up.

Community leadership award honors Williams CEO


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Local businessman Jim Williams was honored Tuesday night with recognition for his dedication to West Michigan. The Cascade Community Foundation gave him the 2015 Claude and Marion Robinson Community Leadership Award.

Williams is the CEO of Williams Distributing/Kitchen & Bath. He has experience serving on local boards, including those of the Greater Grand Rapids YMCA, Celebration on the Grand, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and others.

Williams was honored during the Cascade Iron Chef fundraising event, which featured apple-themed dishes by local restaurants and student chefs from the nonprofit Kitchen Sage. Attendees voted for their favorites.

The event was held at the northern jet hangar at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. It raised money for the new airport viewing park, which will break ground next May.

Driver, passenger narrowly escape car fire


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver and passenger said they smelled gas from their car while driving on I-96 Tuesday evening.

They pulled off onto the next exit -- 28th Street -- and moments later, their car burst into flames.

The Cascade Township Fire Department got there a short time later and quickly got the fire under control.

No one was hurt.


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Two Forest Hills Northern students diagnosed with MRSA


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two students at Forest Hills Northern High School have been diagnosed with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, according to a letter sent home from the school's principal.

MRSA is bacterial infection commonly found on the skin. It's resistant to some antibiotics; however, it is treatable.

Skin infections can look like a pimple or boil, and can be red and painful to the touch.

It's transferred by skin-to-skin contact, or by sharing things like towels or razors.


Meijer Gardens reports busiest summer on record


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan says it had its busiest summer season for attendance in its 20-year history.

The Grand Rapids attraction announced Wednesday that it had about 280,000 visitors in total in the months of June, July and August.

Meijer Gardens says the opening of its $22 million Japanese garden after years of construction and the acquisition of "Iron Tree," a large iron sculpture by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, were among the reasons for this summer's spike in attendance.

Joseph Becherer, chief curator and vice president of Meijer Gardens, says in a statement: "In this, our 20th year, it is extraordinary to see the development of Meijer Gardens from a regional institution to a cultural organization on the global stage."

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

There is a lot happening in the Ada/Cascade area with construction that started on July 27th and will run through October 31st.

In Cascade, near the original Town Hall, changes will be made to the Museum Gardens, redesigning it to encourage more interaction. There will be new trees planted along with new plants, a sculpture pad, musical interaction pieces, soft lighting and new seating.

Old 28th Street will be realigned to reduce speeds when approaching and entering Cascade Rd from the east. This intersection will continue to be a right turn only but closer to a 90 degree angle. New sidewalk will be included in this project also.