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President Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter will visit Michigan next month to mark what would have been the 99th birthday of first lady Betty Ford.

The Gerald Ford Presidential Foundation says Mary Jean Eisenhower will be the featured speaker during the group's annual America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy luncheon on April 11 in Grand Rapids.

President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will participate in the event.

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Grand Rapids native son and  NASA astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. Chaffee was killed January 27, 1967 , along with Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White, when a fire broke out during a launch pad test of the Apollo 1 command module.  We talk with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy about the legacy of Chaffee and the place where science and religion meet.

Gerald R. Ford memorial and wreath-laying service in Grand Rapids.
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Events marking the 103rd anniversary of the birth of President Gerald Ford are taking place in western Michigan.
 
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is hosting Thursday's ceremonies, which include a wreath-laying tribute at Ford's tomb in Grand Rapids.
 
The wreath-laying will be conducted on behalf of President Barack Obama and the Ford family. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will present a wreath on behalf of the city.
 
Following the ceremony, the Ford Presidential Museum will open free to the public through 5 p.m.
 

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A 9-year-old boy celebrated his birthday by eating sushi, decorating cupcakes and riding a mechanical horse - all part of a nine-hour party at a Meijer store in western Michigan.

Fletcher Moore wanted to spend Saturday at the big-box store where customers can buy food, clothes, games and pet fish.

He told his mom, "I don't want you to rush me."

Fletcher got a behind-the-scenes tour at a Meijer store in Grand Rapids.

He took his time going up and down the aisles, and even met company executive Doug Meijer.

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Wednesday commemorated first lady Betty Ford’s 98th Birthday. NPR and ABC News political commentator and author, Cokie Roberts, was in Grand Rapids Wednesday honoring Ford during a luncheon at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

WGVU visited with Roberts.

Cokie Roberts family and the Fords have shared a long lasting friendship. Her father hale and mother Lindy Boggs served in the U.S. House of Representatives. I spoke with Cokie Roberts about that friendship and celebrating betty Ford.