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Month: November 2021

Ada Historic Center: Shop the Museum

Ada Township, located in the center of Kent County, was founded in 1821. The first settler in this township was Rix Robinson. He engaged in the fur trade with the Native Americans on the Grand River, then founded Ada as others moved into the area. After Robinson had long passed, Edward Bradfield moved into Ada’s growing population and started a mill. The mill created jobs and revenue, which allowed the town to grow. Thanks to…

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Stuff You Should Know: The Unicorns Of The Sea

Narwhals are a type of whale known for their majestic tusk that can extend to more than 10 feet. Nicknamed “unicorns of the sea,” narwhals have obtained a nearly legendary status. It’s a common misconception that narwhals are not real, however, they are completely real and can be found in arctic waters. The name comes from “nar,” an old Norse word meaning “corpse.” They are named that due to the splotchy whiteness that develops as…

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Grand Rapids Comic Con

Downtown Grand Rapids came alive this past weekend, but it wasn’t for the average concert or Griffin’s Hockey game. Instead, the Grand Rapids Comic Con hosted its 8th annual convention, and crowds of people gathered to experience the fun. Last year due to Covid, the event was postponed. Over quarantine, the number of people interested in the convention skyrocketed. The growth in popularity is apparent by looking back to the first Comic Con in Grand…

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The Beauty of Makeup

The concept of makeup can be wrongly portrayed to society in a negative way. Sadly, stereotypes play a big role in this. Generalized comments such as “people only wear make-up because they are insecure,” and insensitive questions such as “why can’t you take advantage of your natural beauty?” overlook the unique reasons and stories behind each person’s choice to use cosmetics.  The standards of beauty have been set very high in society, which can lead…

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Shooting for Success

As fall sports come to a close, the men’s varsity soccer season has winded down. It was a cold, windy Thursday night when their season came to an unfortunate end.  On that chilly night, the Hawks faced off against Lowell High School, a team whom they had defeated earlier in the season, for their first game of the annual MHSAA district tournament. The atmosphere of the game was tense: parents were yelling, players were getting…

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The Increased Consequences of Decreased Sleep

The routine of going to bed late and waking up early is one thing that most teenagers are familiar with. Between having to go to school in the morning and staying out to complete extracurricular activities and homework, a student’s daily schedule is packed. Sometimes, the fleeting hours during the night seem like the only time they are finally able to relax and not worry about other things. Despite the desire for respite from the…

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Picture Perfect Views in Grand Rapids

Whether you waited until the last minute to take your senior picture or are simply looking for a unique place to take some stunning photos, here is a collection of my personal favorite places in the greater Grand Rapids area to capture some amazing pictures. From indoors to the outside, or a bit pricey to completely free, the Grand Rapids area has a wide variety of locations to choose from.  If you’re looking for some…

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Skillful Skateboarding

At some point in our lives, everyone is curious to try something new, whether motivated by the internet or a friend. Everybody can find something that they find interesting that they may have never thought of before. Eden Hostetter, a freshman at Eastern, found exactly that in skateboarding. January 2020, right before the start of quarantine, was when Eden first dabbled in the art of skateboarding. Post-pandemic life has now opened the door for Eden…

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Coffeeshop Collection – Nonna’s Pantry

Take a trip to Nonna’s Pantry. Located in the heart of Ada, Nonna’s has been a staple for coffee dates and study sessions since 2013. This shop creates a warm atmosphere, complete with several small tables and a chalk-covered menu board. The interior is small but packed with the smell of fresh baked goods and rich coffee. Quiet music in a foreign language plays over the speakers. On one side of the Pantry, a large…

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