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Country stars Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerini talk about the COVID safety precautions in place at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as the return of Taylor Swift to the show. (Sept. 15)

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Taylor Swift made a high-profile return to the Grand Ole Opry House on Wednesday night during the Academy of Country Music Awards and gave her first country awards show performance in seven years.

The Nashville-bred superstar sang “Betty,” a highlight from her latest album, “Folklore.”  The surprise album made Swift the first artist in history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s album and songs charts. 

The song’s sound harks back to the confessional country-pop of Swift’s earliest albums, and thus was the first single of hers to crack the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart since “Red” in 2013. 

2013 was also the last year Swift performed at the ACMs — or any country awards show. That year she joined Tim McGraw and Keith Urban to sing “Highway Don’t Care” at the ACMs, and enlisted Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and others to perform “Red” at the CMA Awards. 

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Swift’s sound made a full swerve into pop (and away from Music Row) with 2014’s “1989” album. But she hasn’t been completely absent from the country landscape. In 2016, she penned Little Big Town’s chart-topping song “Better Man” and appeared on Sugarland’s 2018 single “Babe.”

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House agrees to rename Grand River Post Office for police officer Andy Nowacki, who died in Iraq war

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday agreed to rename Grand River’s post office after Andrew “Ace” Nowacki, a Grand River police officer and U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005.

A graduate of Lyndhurst’s Brush High School who resided in South Euclid, Nowacki was working as a the gunner on a Humvee, protecting a truck convoy in the Anbar region, south of Baghdad, when he died at age 24. His family set up a memorial scholarship fund in his name to assist public safety and nursing students. Nowacki joined the Grand River Police Department in 2001, and was part of its ready response team, honor guard and bike patrol.

“Andy’s commitment to community, dedication to service and desire to help others is something we should forever honor, and his sacrifice is something we should never forget,” said Bainbridge Township Republican Rep. Dave Joyce, who introduced the measure for the name change. The House of Representatives passed his bill on a noncontroversial voice vote.

“By renaming the Grand River Post Office after him, we can help ensure Andy will forever be remembered by the community he cared so deeply for and contributed so much to,” Joyce continued. “I thank my colleagues here in the House for helping me preserve the legacy of a true American patriot and urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”

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grand prize winner Homestyle Garden Photo Contest

One thing is for certain: Metro Detroit is home to some talented gardeners.

More than 1,000 entries were submitted to our 2020 Homestyle Garden Photo Contest from 600 people – entries came from all over the state and even some from outside Michigan – and there were so many beautiful gardens.

There were flower gardens, pollinator gardens, vegetable garden, even a bowling ball garden. It was clear that gardening took on new meaning this summer amid the novel coronavirus pandemic with so many of us looking for a soothing and safe distraction.

But in the end, we could only have one winner. And readers chose Juliette LaMonica of Dearborn Heights. Her photo, “Burst of Happy,” is the grand prize winner of our contest.

LaMonica, who will receive a $200 English Gardens gift card, received 304 votes out of the 1,037 that were cast. LaMonica’s garden includes a mix of potted plants and some in the ground. And talk about winning at a bittersweet time.

Eventually, LaMonica plans to add a memorial area to her garden for her father who died this year of COVID-19.

Congrats to LaMonica and a big thank you to our contest sponsor, English Gardens, and to all the gardeners who shared their yards with us this summer. What a treat.

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New apartment complex will house adults with disabilities in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, MI – A new apartment building for adults with disabilities will open next week with a socially distanced car parade to celebrate the new residents.

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Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven, faith-based housing organization, will open Lakeshore Flats at 17003 Lakeshore Flats Drive on Thursday, Sept. 10, with a 4 p.m. car parade planned to welcome 25 residents to the building.

The apartments are structured to allow the residents, who range in age from 20 years old to senior citizens, to live independently while being part of a community, according to a press release.

“We believe that independent living for those with unique abilities is attainable,” said David Burdo, the housing group’s executive director, in the release. “The opening of Gracious Grounds at Lakeshore Flats expands on our mission to provide our residents with an opportunity to live a more independent life where they are able to socialize and integrate themselves into a welcoming community.”

With the opening of the building complex, the organization will house 40 people total, up from 15 currently at the organization’s other two properties.

All community members are invited to take part in the parade on Thursday, according to the release.

Gracious Grounds also provides “employability skills and opportunities, daily living skills and spirituality,” according to its website.

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Flexible Garden Hosess Market Assures To Achieve $26.12 Billion By 2027 | Grand View Research, Inc – Press Release

Flexible Garden Hosess Market Assures To Achieve $26.12 Billion By 2027 | Grand View Research, Inc

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According to report published by Grand View Research, the global flexible garden hoses market size was valued at USD 1.0 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2020 to 2027.

The global flexible garden hoses market is anticipated to witness a growth upsurge during the forecast timeframe and is likely to register a CAGR of 4.3%. A flexible garden hose is a well-known and widely accepted tool to replace the work of carrying heavy watering cans for watering purposes. The flexible garden hose can also be used for cleaning vehicles, garden tools, garden furniture, etc. quickly and easily.

Consumer inclination towards nursery activities, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, is driving demand for gardening supplies like flexible garden hose. In August 2020, Central Garden & Pet announced vendor awards for 2020, which consists of participants from leading companies in the independent garden retailer center market. All these factors are likely to kickoff flexible garden hoses sales during the forecast period.

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The U.S. flexible garden hoses market size, by product, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

Covid-19 Effect:

As the COVID-19 pandemic sets in, an increasingly growing number of people are gaining interest in gardening activities. With the struggle to slow the pandemic crisis leaving most households self-isolated and food-obsessed. Novices have been observed to have a greater inclination for indoor plantation. According to the national garden bureau in March 2020, people were buying curbside from local IGCs, planting a veggie garden, plantation of an herb garden, redesigning the plantings in the front of the house, and create a new indoor display of plants.

Key Takeaways from the report:

  • The medium-duty hoses in terms of revenue dominated the market in 2019, with a share of 45.3%. The growth of this segment can be owed to its flexibility and that is specially designed for lawn care and gardening needs. They are made with tough and weather-resistant vinyl cover for year-round use and a longer product life. These factors are set to drive growth in the coming years.
  • Based on the distribution channel, the offline distribution channel segment accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 78.0% in 2019. The market is driven by the availability of a wide variety of products and numerous brands under one roof.
  • The conventional hoses product segment held the largest share of 62.7% in 2019

  • By performance, the medium-duty hoses segment accounted for the largest share of 45.3% in 2019

  • The offline distribution channel segment was valued at USD 822.8 million in 2019

  • Asia Pacific is expected to witness substantial growth over the forecast period with a revenue-based CAGR of 5.7% from 2020 to 2027.

Global flexible garden hoses market share, by product, 2019 (%)

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Major Players:

  • Craftsman
  • Legacy Manufacturing Co.
  • Water Right Inc.
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  • Gilmour 
  • Teknor Apex Company
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Terraflex 
  • Swan Products,
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$1.25M mansion in Westlake is ’grand and cozy’

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Entering the home at 1540 Roseland Way certainly gives off storybook vibes: the ornamental mouldings, the beamed cathedral ceiling and the Juliet balcony in the living room. It’s not until you walk into the open-concept kitchen and great room when the home’s 1987 origins become apparent.

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But it’s a house that buyers looking for something more modern shouldn’t overlook, says the home’s listing agent.

“I think this house was built before its time. It has so many elements that buyers today are looking for in this price range,” says Stacy Watson with Keller Williams Citywide. “When you enter the home you feel a sense of grandness, but it still feels warm and cozy. It’s very inviting.”

That grandness is reflected in the home’s size: 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (4 full) in more than 7,700 sq. ft.

“The thing I was most surprised about was the finished third floor, you just don’t ever see that,” Watson says. “Plus, the location is great, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac street. It’s very private, but you are within minutes of the highway and Crocker Park.”

On the market since mid-June, the home is available for $1.25 million.

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Address: 1540 Roseland Way

City: Westlake

Price: $1,250,000

Year built: 1987

Square footage: 7,718

Lot size: 0.64 acre

No. bedrooms: 4

No. bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half

School district: Westlake City School District

Real estate agent and contact info: Stacy Watson, Keller Williams Citywide

p: 440-829-2355

e: [email protected]

The formal dining room was designed intentionally with a lower ceiling, which makes for better acoustics at dinner parties.

With its warm wood paneling and built-in cabinets, the library is ready-made for any work-from-home situation.

From the listing: “The master is a grand retreat featuring an impressive master closet and en-suite marble bathroom with plenty of storage space, jetted tub, and walk-in shower.”

The staircase in this bedroom leads to the third-floor loft (below).

More from the listing: “The finished lower level features a bar, entertainment area, pool table room, tons of storage, and full bath.”

The stamped patio is ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining.

For more information on 1540 Roseland Way, contact Stacy Watson, Keller Williams Citywide at 440-829-2355 or [email protected]

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