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Wyoming restricts fireworks use

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- If you want to set off fireworks in Wyoming you'll soon be restricted as to when you can do that. Starting Saturday, residents can only light consumer fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after a federal holiday. Anyone who uses them outside those times could be ticketed for disturbing the peace.

The new rules apply to bottle rockets, Roman candles and fireworks that go up into the air.

Wyoming joins at least two other local communities restricting consumer fireworks.

Tonight the Grand Rapids City Commission approved new guidelines limiting fireworks to the same days as Wyoming. The Grand Rapids restrictions, which will take effect July 1, also prohibit lighting off fireworks in public areas.

Rockford has also banned consumer fireworks from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. with the exceptions for the day before, the day of and the day after major holidays.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Fireworks

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Fireworks

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

As we get closer to the Fourth of July, we are beginning to hear fireworks on a nightly basis – and that means our Police Department is getting calls on a nightly basis.  To enforce a violation, our officers must witness the violation.  It has become even more complicated as the State Legislature has now approved the use of fireworks in Michigan that were previously illegal.  As a result, you no longer need to drive to Indiana or Ohio to purchase the big booms. 

A Skill Teens Can Learn in About an Hour

A Skill Teens Can Learn in About an Hour

Have you ever been to a carnival or fair and marveled at the man or woman who seemed to draw people’s likenesses so well (and so quickly!)? Learn the basics of cartooning and caricature from Corey Ruffin, a nationally-recognized caricaturist. For teens grades 6-12.

Tuesday, June 19, 4:00 PM – Plainfield Township branch
Tuesday, June 26, 2:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Kentwood branch
Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 PM – Englehardt branch
Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 PM – Walker branch

Sixty Seconds for a Chance To Win

Sixty Seconds for a Chance To Win

Back by popular demand, the Minute To Win It program will offer you the chance to test your ability to perform timed, nonsensical tasks individually or as a team. Everyone will win! For teens grades 6-12.

Wednesday, June 20, 2:00 PM – Caledonia Township branch
Thursday, June 21, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial branch
Saturday, June 23, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake / Nelson Township branch
Thursday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Comstock Park branch
Thursday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Gaines Township branch

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Snyder unveils Pure Michigan Fit Initiative

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Governor Rick Snyder unveiled the Pure Michigan Fit Initiative Wednesday at the Family Fare in the Metro Health Village in Wyoming.

The program is aimed at promoting health and wellness initiatives for all Michigan residents. The Pure Michigan Fit program has three parts that will be phased-in during the next three years.

The first will increase nutrition information found at grocery stores. Then the state will work to increase healthy food access and education for low-income families. The third is to jump start nutrition education and training for those in the medical field.

The State of Michigan spent nearly $3 billion on medical costs in 2008 and projects that amount will quadruple in the next 6 years.

The Best BBQ in Michigan is announced!

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - MLive Entertainment reporter John Gonzalez has announced his version of the best barbeque in Michigan.

Gonzalez spent last week on a mission to find the best BBQ in the state. Now he is sharing his opinion of the places with the best ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, or chicken.

Gonzalez and Michael Terry, president of the Great Lakes Barbecue Association, visited 27 barbeque joints, including five in West Michigan.  Gonzalez created a Top 10 list and named a "Rising Star."