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Send us your summer pics!

Send us your summer pics!

It's not over yet, but we want to see your summer photos!! Has there been a moment that you've photographed that just screams summer or was there a moment when you thought to yourself, "It's finaly here!" Well, send us your best summer photo and we'll add it to our West Michigan Summer 2012 photo gallery.

Please send your photos to mytown@wzzm13.com along with your name and location.

Thank you!

Stuff the Bus needs more supplies this year

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Store shelves are filling up with school supplies.  Some districts hope you'll buy a few extra items, because they have an increasing number of students who can't afford even the basics.

Stuff the Bus kicks off Friday, August 3. Organizers are striving to get at least 500 more supplies than last year to meet the demands of six districts.

This is the third year for "Stuff the Bus" in the Grand Rapids area, and sponsoring companies first collected 2,500 supplies.

The goal this year is to receive 3,500 brand-new pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, and rulers.

Sponsors, including Amway and Fifth Third Bank, are donating backpacks with deodorant, shampoo, and toothbrushes.

These will go to middle schoolers in Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Jenison, Wyoming Park, Godfrey Lee and East Kentwood public schools.

Congratulations Mango Winners!

Congratulations Mango Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Share Your Mango Story and Win contest! We loved learning about all the different ways that our patrons have used Mango.

Congratulations go out to Kathleen and Cassandra, the grand prize winners! They will each receive a Sony eReader. We hope to share their stories on our Branches page in the coming months.

If you haven’t tried Mango Languages, check it out today!

Court overturns Wyoming's ban on medical marijuana

Update at 11:00 P.M. (WZZM) - Now that he's won in court, Wyoming resident John Ter Beek says he will start growing marijuana in his basement as soon as possible.

"I follow the law," he says. "The law says I can grow, so I'm going to grow."

In 2010, when Wyoming banned the cultivation and use of medical marijuana in the city, state certified patient John Ter Beek sued the city. After losing in Kent County Circuit Court, Wednesday Ter Beek learned the state court of appeals unanimously supported his case.

"I'm very happy the appellate court took a close look at it," he says.

In 2008, 63 percent of Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana. The court of appeals says Wyoming and other municipalities cannot overrule the people.

"I knew it," says Ter Beek. "I knew they couldn't do what they were trying to do. They will not let Wyoming continue to spit on 63 percent of the voters."

August Hot Titles at KDL

August Hot Titles at KDL

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials you want to read, listen to or view. Look what’s new this month:

Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith
To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson

Wyoming Schools Community Picnic

Wyoming Schools Community Picnic

From: http://www.wyoming.k12.mi.us

Wyoming Public Schools is holding a free  community event to showcase and celebrate  the re-branded WPS (The Wolves) at the  high school, 1350 Prairie Parkway SW.  There  will be a free Hot Dog Dinner for all and  free activities for children on the field by the  football stadium.  Enjoy this opportunity to  tour the Wyoming High School, hear the new  fight song, meet the district administration  team, see the new school mascot, and view   the new sports uniforms/colors.

Please join us with your children on Thursday, August 23  

3:55 PM:
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  

4:00-6:00 PM:
Open House at Wyoming High School  

Free Hot Dog Dinner in the  Wyoming High School Cafeteria

Local residents receive Purple Heart Medals

Local residents receive Purple Heart Medals

Rep. Justin Amash presented the Purple Heart Medal to Ford Elmer Briggs of Rockford and James Dwaine Fryman of Wyoming this morning at a ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Briggs is an Army veteran of the Korean War, and Fryman served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Briggs received a Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for wounds received in action on October 25 and November 1, 1952, in Korea. Briggs also received the Army’s Good Conduct Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

“Mr. Briggs’ courageous actions served the country he loves so deeply. It is an honor to present these awards to him,” said Amash. 

While serving in Vietnam on September 29, 1970, Fryman decimated hostile forces while sacrificing his own safety. As a superior officer reported, “Through his timely and courageous actions, he was instrumental in thwarting the enemy assault and minimized friendly casualties.”