PHOTOS: 77th annual Vermontville (MI) Maple Syrup Festival

The AmericaJR Web Team was LIVE at the 77th annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival. The festival starts Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday and is always held during the last full weekend in April.  They have something for everyone — Mid-America rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby, and arm wrestling. Their syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy. For more informationRead More

Movie Monday: Friday’s Upcoming Movie Releases for 5/5

Look for these new movies to hit the box office on Friday, May 5, 2017: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Rated PG-13. 136 minutes. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. -Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel; Director: James Gunn “The Lovers” Rated R. 94 minutes. Comedy. -Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters; Director: Azazel Jacobs “The Dinner” Rated R. 120 minutes. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. -Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall; Director: Oren Moverman “3 Generations” Not rated. 92 minutes. Drama. -Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon,Read More

More than 100 student teams competing at Shell Eco-Marathon in Detroit this weekend

DETROIT — More than 100 student teams from across the country have descended in Detroit for the Shell Eco-Marathon. They are here to show off their ultra fuel efficient vehicles that they designed and built and of course, race them! Teams had two vehicle classes to choose from: prototype or urbanconcept. Three energy sources were available: battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell or internal combustion which includes compressed natural gas. Teams must complete 10 laps or 6 miles with a minimum average speed of 15 mph. The time requirement is 24Read More

WATCH: 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon Student Vehicle Builds @ Cobo Center

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from Cobo Center for the 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon. More than 100 student vehicle teams from across the country have descended on Detroit. They are here to show off their ultra-fuel efficient vehicles that they designed, built and of course, race them! There are two vehicle classes to choose from: prototype and urban concept. Three energy sources are available: battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell or internal combustion which includes compressed natural gas. Teams must complete 10 laps or 6 miles with an average speed of 15 mph.Read More

PHOTOS: Senior Day at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, MI

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo visited The Detroit Zoo on Wednesday for Tri-County Senior Day. Senior citizens residing in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a special day at the Detroit Zoo. Senior Day features live music, tram tours, bingo, zookeeper talks and a senior resource area. The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals from anteaters to zebras and features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’sRead More

MDOT and Michigan State Police announce freeway and non-freeway corridors selected for speed limit increases

LANSING, Mich. — In accordance with new state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan State Police (MSP) have identified 900 miles of non-freeway state highways for speed limit increases to 65 mph, and 600 miles of freeway for speed limit increases to 75 mph. Select freeway routes will have increased speed limits posted beginning May 1. Public Act 445, passed by the state Legislature in late 2016, tasked the two agencies with increasing speed limits on some state highways and freeways based on 85th-percentile speeds (the speedRead More

EARTHTALK — Conventional Agriculture: Far From A Green Revolution

Dear EarthTalk: Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use? —Mickey Jurowski, Palatine, IL The advent of new technologies coming out of World War II led agricultural researchers to start experimenting with new classes of chemicals they could use to boost agricultural production. As human populations swelled, these “advances” were applied around the world so farmers could grow more food to feed the hungry masses and stave off widespread famine. This transition from essentiallyRead More

25 Things I Learned from Social Media Superstar Jake Paul’s book “You Gotta Want It”

Jake Paul is a social media superstar. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Jake and his brother, Logan, rose to fame after posting funny videos on Vine. Shortly after, he gained millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Then, he moved to Los Angeles to take on Hollywood. Look for him on the Disney Channel series “Bizaardvark.” Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @jakepaul; on Snapchat: jakepaul1; and on Facebook: jakepaul. I picked up a copy of his latest novel, “You Gotta Want It” at my localRead More

PHOTOS: “From Swing to Hip-Hop: A Photographic History of Music Performance at the University of Michigan”

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the University of Michigan for their Bicentennial Celebration. In this gallery, look for photos from the exhibit “From Swing to Hip-Hop: A Photographic History of Music Performance at the University of Michigan” on display inside the Michigan Union. Music has always been an integral part of life in Ann Arbor and at the university. This exhibit explores how Wolverines and others have employed music for a range of purposes, from embracing a common creative past to fomenting political or artistic rebellion. The images are drawnRead More

Friday’s New CD/Album Releases for 4/28

Look for these new CDs/albums to hit store shelves on Friday, April 28, 2017: All That Remains Madness Anamai What Mountain BNQT Volume 1 [Midlake, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Travis’ Fran Healy] Bruce Robison Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band Colin Stetson All This I Do For Glory: Feist Pleasure Figure Walking The Big Other [Greg MacPherson & Rob Gardiner] Gorillaz Humanz JMSN Whatever Makes U Happy John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Juliana Hatfield Pussycat Kasabian For Crying OutRead More