Thanksgiving event aims to attract, retain visiting talent

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A Thanksgiving party aims to attract and retain former west Michiganders traveling home for the holidays. 

“The development that’s occurred, the job creation and opportunities that have occurred in the past couple years, really tends to take somebody by surprise.”

That’s Tim Mroz with The Right Place.

The economic development agency and Hello West Michigan are teaming up for the fourth annual ReThink West Michigan – a free event that’s part party, and part networking.

Consumers seeking health policies with the most freedom in choosing doctors and hospitals are finding far fewer of those plans on the insurance marketplaces. And the premiums are rising faster than for other types of coverage.

Four days after security levels were raised over a possible terrorist attack, the Belgian capital remains on high alert — but schools, businesses and subway stations are reopening to the public.

Police and soldiers were standing guard as life in Brussels returns to something like normal, reports NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton:

Extra state police patrols are coming to Michigan roads and highways over the Thanksgiving holiday period.
Troopers on Wednesday will start high-visibility enforcement that will focus on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding.
The annual crackdown runs through Sunday.
Officials say Thanksgiving is Michigan's second deadliest holiday in terms of traffic crashes. Six people were killed last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Over Thanksgiving 2013, a dozen deaths resulted from crashes.

A 40-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a charge related to a distracted driving crash that killed a 13-year-old western Michigan boy.
The Holland Sentinel reports  Tuesday that Travis Fox will be sentenced Dec. 22.
Fox of Crown Point, Indiana, entered the plea Nov. 17 to the one-year misdemeanor.
Police were told he was eating a sandwich and checking his GPS while driving Aug. 3 on Interstate 196 in Georgetown Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. Traffic in front of him had slowed for a construction zone.

The oldest, continuing black Baptist congregation in Grand Rapids has been celebrating its 125th anniversary this fall.
The Grand Rapids Press reports that Messiah Missionary Baptist Church started on Sept. 16, 1890. It marked the anniversary with a banquet last week and a worship service on Sunday.  
Three churches have occupied the same site since the original church was built in the 1890s. The first pastor was the Rev. Robert Gillard. He was a former slave, who served the congregation for five years before retiring.

Organizers of Detroit's Thanksgiving Day parade are sending in the clowns to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The Parade Co. says in a release that members of the Distinguished Clown Corps will welcome travelers on Wednesday. They'll distribute beads to people arriving at the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.

Time was in America that stores routinely closed on Thanksgiving Day. People sent Thanksgiving greeting cards, people donned odd costumes and schools and communities staged elaborate parades and Thanksgiving pageants in which Native Americans and pilgrims gathered together and smiled and waved.

One of two crew members survived the shooting down of a Russian warplane by Turkey on Tuesday, Russian officials say, and was rescued by a Syrian commando unit in an operation that ended early Wednesday.

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving

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You know the drill: Trace your hand, then add the details. Two feet, a beak, a single eyeball. Color it in, and voila! Hand becomes turkey.

You know the rest too: The Pilgrims fled England and landed on Plymouth Rock. The Native Americans there, the Wampanoag, taught them to farm the land. In 1621, they sat down together for a thanksgiving feast, and we've been celebrating it ever since.

It's a lesson many remember from childhood, but the story has some problems.