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  • Fallen Limb of a Family Tree
    Avoiding the weak limb on a family tree
    The most popular database on Ancestry.com is the Public Member Tree with currently2,147,483,647 records which are more entries than any individual US Census. That is enough to make one concerned about the value of a member tree. To those new to...
  • February
    February 2015 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    February typically pulls West Michigan out of the cold and snowy month of January and toward a warmer and drier month. February is the driest month of the year with only 1.79” of liquid precipitation. The average snowfall decreases, as...
  • Elvis Presley
    Earliest Elvis Presley acetate sells at auction for $300k
    An acetate of Elvis Presley's first record, “My Happiness,” sold at auction this week for $300,000, the Galveston County Daily News reported Jan. 10. According toGraceland Auctions,which conducted the sale, the disc was actually a...
  • Snow and trees
    White Christmas, near record highs and returning cold
    While most of West Michigan observed a green/brown Christmas, Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula were draped in a blanket of snow on Christmas morning. A White Christmas (as defined by the National Climatic Data Center) is one with an...
  • Thanksgiving
    Grand Rapids mild and wild Thanksgiving weather
    Just in case you’re curious the holiday hasn’t always been on the fourth Thursday of November. According to the Center for Legislative Archives: “On September 28, 1789, just before leaving for recess, the first Federal Congress...
  • Snowfall
    Update - November snow and cold smashes records
    The blast of cold air and lake effect snow set a few records for Grand Rapids. A record low maximum temperature of 19 degrees was set at Grand Rapids on Tuesday. This breaks the old record of 23 set in 1989. A record snowfall of 9.6 inches was set...
  • Intimate Interaction
    Intimate Interaction…why baby boomers are so hot
    Dinner conversations are where so many interesting ideas and thoughts are shared. A plate of food, a glass of wine, and the feeling of being relaxed, is the perfect combination to inspire creative thinking and verbal stimulation. While having...
  • Abbey Road Studio 2
    Fan says hearing Beatles mono records inside Abbey Road Studios was 'incredible'
    London Beatles tour guide Richard Porter, also owner of the Beatles Coffee Shop in St John’s Wood, was one of the lucky ones admitted into hallowed Studio 2 where the Beatles recorded at Abbey Road Studios the night of Sept. 4 for a special...
  • Grand Rapids 90 degree days
    A Grand Rapids temperature record WILL be tied or broken
    Grand Rapids has not observed a 90 degree day yet this year. Our warmest temperature this year so far, occurred on July 22, with a high of 89 degree.Based on the 30-year climate record 1981-2010, the average number of 90 degree days for Grand...
  • Are SWAT teams immune to open disclosure as a private issue?
    SWAT teams immune to open disclosure? Teams claim exempt as 'private' business
    Are SWAT teams immune to certain forms of open disclosure and requests for informational records? According to one Massachusetts SWAT team, they are claiming to be exempt from an American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU) investigation because...
  • Aviation - Post and Gatty
    Flying around the world!
    Eighty-one years ago, on June 23, 1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off in a single-engine Lockheed Vega airplane named the "Winnie Mae" from Roosevelt Field in New York on a record-breaking, round-the-world flight.Due to...
  • June Preview
    June 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids
    June begins the start of the summer season. The typical high temperature warms from 74.6° on the 1st to 82.5° on the 30th. Low temperatures take a similar rise going from 53.2° to 61.2°.You know summer has arrived, since snow has...
  • Record Store Day:  Get your groove on at a record store near you
    Record Store Day: Music lovers get their groove on at record stores
    Get ready to get your groove on, folks! An annual holiday is coming up that has music lovers around the country ready to rock-and-roll! Independently owned record stores around the world will participate in Record Store Day, an annual "...
  • Tuesday snowfall
    New snow and cold records for April 2014
    Winter returned for Monday and Tuesday across West Michigan. Starting with the light snow that blanketed the region. The snow began falling Monday evening and continued until Tuesday morning. The snow that fell before midnight set a new daily...
  • Pauline Toole
    Pauline Toole to oversee NYC Department of Records
    Pauline Toole will take over as commissioner for the Department of Records and Information Services, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday afternoon.“Pauline has a long and distinguished career of increasing translated...