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Morning Buzz: Sept. 17
Posted at 10:13 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 10:13:08-04

1. More upgrades, $30 million worth, are on the way for Ford International Airport.

As part of Phase 1, the ground was broken on a new federal inspection station to support nonstop flights coming in from overseas.

The addition will include a new baggage claim area, restrooms, and a permanent home for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The inspection station will allow the airport to process direct international flights.

2. The City of Grand Rapids is planning to buy hundreds of new e-scooters, and electric-assist bicycles.

It's all part of a pilot program approved by city commissioners to enhance the mobility services in Grand Rapids.

It'll be offered in roughly 12-square-miles of neighborhoods and business districts.

It's expected to begin sometime this fall and run for 18 months.

3. It's not even fall yet, but the Salvation Army is asking for donations to serve families this holiday season.

The Rescue Christmas Campaign kicked off earlier this week. The organization is expected to serve 155 percent more people across the U.S. around Christmas time.

They're also forecasting a big drop in red kettle donations with less people carrying cash and coins, increased unemployment, less foot traffic at retailers, and a growing number of businesses closing.

The Salvation Army is asking for $25 donations per month over the next year to help them spread out their income.

If you'd like to help, just head to salvationarmyusa.org.

4. The second annual Fall Bike Celebration is happening in Kalamazoo County this weekend.

It runs Friday through Sunday in the village of Vicksburg.

Organizers are bringing back some of last year's favorites like ice cream at Apple Knockers on the shores of Sunset Lake, and a scenic bicycle tour on Sunday.

There are also cash prizes and trails that riders of all ages can enjoy.

Get all the details by heading to fallbikecelebration.org.

5. Cats can make pretty much anything into a bed, but why not spoil them while also amusing yourself? People fond of up-cycling are now turning vintage TVs into cat beds.

The crafty creations are both practical and whimsical. Practical because there are plenty of old TVs that don't have much of a purpose anymore, plus cats love sleeping in small, enclosed spaces.

Whimsical because it's a cat in a TV!