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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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Thieves target Cascade jeweler through neighboring shops

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating break-ins at three businesses that happened sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Detectives say the thief or thieves broke into Panopoulos Salons and Kim's Cleaners in order to access Vandenberg Jewelers, which sits between those shops in the 6700 block of Cascade Rd.

Whoever broke into the businesses first cut outside phone and cable lines. They then pried open the back doors at both Panopoulos and Kim's Cleaners before going through the wall between Kim's Cleaners and Vandenberg Jewelers. They broke into one safe and stole another, taking several thousand dollars in jewelry. They also took the security video system.

Investigators said Panopoulos Salons didn't have an alarm and the alarms in the other two businesses were smashed and didn't go off. The alarm companies are investigating why the systems failed.

Breakfast on the go: Chicken & Waffles from Gastropub

ADA (WZZM)-- It's a partnership that's bridging the gap between the farm and the kitchen. Six restaurants are teaming up with more than a dozen Farmers Market Vendors to highlight foods grown right here in West Michigan, called Farm to Ada.

Christopher DeJonge, Executive Chef at Ada Pour House Gastropub, stopped by the WZZM13 studio to show off one of the delicious dishes available.

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.