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Morning Buzz: February 9
Posted at 11:01 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 11:01:55-05

1. Allegiant has announced a new nonstop service from Grand Rapids to two cities, with one-way fares less than $1,000.

Those services are to Portland, Oregon, as well as a special limited route to Rapid City, South Dakota for people who want to attend the city of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

A spokesman for the airport says the new routes are an indication that the demand for safe, affordable travel options will likely continue in the months ahead. The new flights will operate twice weekly.

Flight days, times, and the lowest fares can be found at allegiant.com.

2. Meijer is selling black history month t-shirts at nearly all their stores, designed by an 11th grade students from Grand Rapids.

Elijah Bruce, a WMCAT student, came up with the concept and the quote, and local artist Jasmine Bruce brought the design to life.

The quote reads, "this isn't just a month, it's every day for us" with #BlackHistory. The design features a bird released from its cage.

A limited number of these shirts are at the front entrances of 220 Meijer stores in the midwest.

Each one was hand-printed locally at Ambrose, WMCAT's custom design and screen-printing business.

3. The World of Winter festival is in full swing, and the Grand Rapids downtown market is bringing their ice-themed events back for its 6th year.

Valent-Ice returns this weekend, where the downtown market will set up five ice sculptures outside five different merchants. Each one has a special market theme.

In addition to some cool sights, guests can take advantage of some other promotions, including an all-day brunch on Valentine's Day.

Valent-Ice runs Friday through Sunday.

4. If you're looking for another activity on Valentine's Day, go for a walk in the park.

Paths at Huff Park, Roosevelt Park, and Garfield Park Nature reserve will be illuminated this weekend, no registration required.

It's free for anyone to stop by. Friends of GR Parks recommends bringing a flashlight and wear some boots to navigate the unplowed paths.

Social distancing and face masks are required.

5. Grand Valley State is offering free tuition for low-income students.

They announced the Grand Valley Pledge Monday, offering full undergraduate tuition, up to four years, for students who have a family income of less than $50,000.

Students also have to live in one of six Michigan counties, which includes four in West Michigan.

Find more information at GVSU's website.