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Good News You Need for June 12

Posted at 10:51 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 10:53:21-04

Whose ready to play in the sand? Silver Lake State Park has announced plans to reopen this weekend.

The ORV Area will open for vehicles Saturday and the park anticipates a very large volume of vehicles and visitors this weekend, possibly even more than a holiday weekend.

The welcome center gates will open at 3 a.m. on Saturday to allow visitors who feel the need to arrive early to receive a parking lot voucher.

ORV Trail permits and recreation passports are not required on vehicles for this weekend because this is the first of two free ORV weekends each summer.

The Shops at Centerpoint in Grand Rapids will be back open on Monday.

The strip mall at the corner of the East Beltline and 28th Street features more than 40 different stores and several major retailers like TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Ulta, and Nordstrom.

Management says all of their shops were able to survive this pandemic, despite going about three months with no in-person business.

Nearly all of the shops will reopen on Monday. You're being asked to contact individual retailers about their guidelines for things like face coverings and social distancing.

The Little Free Pantry in Kentwood has reopened, but they still need your help to support those who may be struggling to make ends meet.

The pantry is located inside the Kentwood Activities Center off 48th Street. It's open by appointment only between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Staff members will be on hand to help folks grab the items they need, no questions asked.

The pantry typically serves hundreds of people each year, but they're anticipating even more now due to the pandemic.

Find more information on how to help by heading to

In honor of Father's Day, from now until June 30, Dickey's Barbecue Pit is hosting the Dickey's Best Dad Joke Contest.

People can enter by posting their most memorable dad jokes on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #DadJokes and #DickeysBarbecuePit. The Grand Prize winner will win free barbecue for a year.

Submissions that feature Dickey's iconic Big Yellow Cup in their post will receive an additional entry toward the Grand Prize.

Forget about a scoop of ice cream and cake, how about a whole ice cream truck?

Bob Stritzinger and his neighbor John both turned 90-years-old this week, so they rented an ice cream truck to celebrate.

Fliers were passed out around the neighborhood in the Forest Hills Area, and families came by with their kids and handmade cards.

Bob invited his seven kids and 25 grandchildren to celebrate, too. Some even drove all the way up from Florida.