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Morning Buzz: October 21

Posted at 9:55 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 10:54:53-04

1. A new park is now open in Kent County. Grand Rogue Park sits along west river drive west of Northland Drive on the property that used to be a campground, golf course, and gravel pit.

The park has more than 65 acres of woods, meadows, and ponds, making it the township's second-largest park. Also, the park has frontage on both the grand and rogue rivers, giving the public access to both waterways.

There are plans for more features in the future, including fishing piers, picnic shelters, and kayak and canoe launches. To learn more head to

2. The company that owns Bistro Bella Vita, has created new private dining locations. Essence Restaurant Group says it has re-purposed five unused spaces.

The main space is inside the old Grove Restaurant in East Hills, called The Essence Room. It can hold up to 40 people, and will feature menu items from Bistro Bella Vita and The Green Well.

There are guidelines to keep everyone safe. The rooms can be used for both work and family gatherings.

3. If you forget your mask while visiting city hall in Grand Rapids, no worries, there's a new tool to help you out. It's a Safety Kiosk and it's in the lobby off Monroe Avenue.

It not only offers masks and gloves, it can check your temperature with an infrared scanner and offer hand sanitizer without any person-to-person interaction. It's the first machine of its kind in the city and they're encouraging visitors to use it as they come in.

The kiosk costs $4,900 and were purchased with money from the CARES Act.

4. Turkey farmers are worried they'll have too many turkeys come Thanksgiving.

The Washington Post reports that farmers are concerned about a drop in demand due to stay-at-home orders and that families will buy smaller turkeys because of smaller family gatherings. Last year, the National Turkey Federation says the U.S. consumed about $5.3 billion pounds of turkey, which is an average of 16.1 pounds per person.

5. While a lot of people are staying home because of the pandemic, Lowe's is making it easier for you to get your Christmas tree. Starting October 30, Lowe's is offering delivery on fresh-cut trees, and wreaths.

You can buy them online or at the store and have them sent to your house in two to five days. As long as the order is over $45, delivery will be free.