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NEW YORK — Don’t look for plastic partitions or faraway benches when visiting Santa Claus this year. The jolly old elf is back, pre-pandemic style, and he’s got some pressing issues on his mind.

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The clock on the outside wall of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland says it’s “almost December.” Christmas is in the air.

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The Thanksgiving travel rush was back on this year, as people caught planes in numbers not seen in years, setting aside inflation concerns to reunite with loved ones and enjoy some normalcy after two holiday seasons marked by COVID-19 restrictions.

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After the Doss family sold Muskegon County-based Structural Concepts in 2018, there was a full-fledged assumption that they had washed their hands with the company. The paperwork was finalized, the keys were handed over and life would go on.

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HOLLAND – Tickets for the annual Hope College Christmas Vespers services, an 82-year tradition, will be sold to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 7, at the Events and Conferences Office in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, 100 E. Eighth St., Holland.

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Brett Gish says he’s very much a skeptic when it comes to paranormal activity. But when he received the keys to the upstairs portion of the Grand Haven Elks Lodge a few Sundays ago, all it took was a handful of steps for his perception to flip.

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HOLLAND — The Department of Theatre at Hope College will present William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” this weekend and next weekend in the studio theater of the DeWitt Student and Cultural Center.

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CHICAGO — As the new school year swings into gear, some students carry heavier worries than keeping up with homework: Demand has been growing steadily for children’s books that address traumatic events such as school shootings.

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SPRING LAKE — Cruise & Travel Experts will host its fifth annual Lakeshore Travel Show from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave.

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DETROIT — How do you bring together 74 Vincent van Gogh works worth millions of dollars from museums, foundations and private collections all over the world for one massive exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

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According to USA Today’s 2022 Best Fall Foliage Destination poll, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is No. 1 in the nation for fall color.

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MUSKEGON — The Yankee Air Museum, in conjunction with the Muskegon County Airport and its professional management company, F3 Airport, announced Thursday that it will produce an inaugural aviation experience tour that will include an air show at the Muskegon County Airport.

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CHICAGO — A glass shelf displaying some of the most notable challenged books in the country adorns the entryway of the Chicago Public Library’s Lincoln Belmont branch. The books are surrounded by yellow tape and red signs that inevitably steer the attention of those who walk inside to the ti…

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GRAND RAPIDS — With the first day of fall singing true to its name, the world’s most attended public art event is well underway in West Michigan.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Buccaneer marching band will host its 15th annual Grand Haven Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Buccaneer Stadium.

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The Village of Spring Lake’s Social District was expanded this past Friday, allowing customers to consume their favorite beer or cocktails while strolling around an even larger specified downtown area. That includes the village’s new $3.5 million park project, along with the historic Barber School.

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Grand Rapids’ biggest art festival is back with hundreds of venues and artists spread all across the city’s downtown and beyond.

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Librarians and their legislative allies are pushing publishers of electronic books to lower their prices and relax licensing terms, an effort that could make it easier for millions of library users to borrow the increasingly popular digital versions of books.

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For one day, movie tickets will be just $3 in the vast majority of American theaters as part of a newly launched “National Cinema Day” to lure moviegoers during a quiet spell at the box office.