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Linda Odette

Linda Odette
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Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio or email Linda.

Students Keep an Ancient Tradition Alive

When Caledonia High School's band director Kyle Wellfare first tried to play a song on the bagpipes, it didn't go smoothly.  "This is the hardest thing I have ever done," he remembers saying. It got easier, and he and...

TK Trombone Player Marches with the Notre Dame Band

Being part of the Notre Dame band the first year at college makes for a crazy-busy life, says 2012 Thornapple Kellogg High School graduate Alicia Czarnecki, but she loves it. “It's amazing,” Czarnecki says. “It's really a lot of work...

Bigs and Littles Find Rewarding Relationships

When you're in elementary school and a high schooler gives you some attention, it feels cool. Thornapple Kellogg High School students have been making younger kids feel that way the past three years by building relationships with the district’s...

TK Honors Farming Heritage in Homecoming

Grabbing your books and driving a tractor to school isn’t the typical way to go to school, but it was during homecoming week at Thornapple Kellogg High School. With a school district that covers more than 125 square miles,...

His Life is a Lesson

Roger VanLaan, 91, lives in a world he couldn't have imagined when he graduated from Caledonia High School in 1939. And the students he recently spoke to in history class there can barely imagine the world he once lived...
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Students celebrate black history, diversity through arts

Uplifting poems, skits, dances and music were all part of the eighth annual Black History Diversity Celebration Feb. 13 in the East Kentwood High School auditorium...

Lincoln Developmental Center renovations showcased

Area education leaders recently got a look at renovations at Lincoln Developmental Center, 862 Crahen Road NE...

Community leaders keeping students safe

Checking out fire trucks and getting to sit in the driver’s seat of a police SUV is exciting for first graders -- and it’s also a perfect way to teach them about safety...
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