Southeast Grand Rapids neighbors celebrate mutual dig-out with party

12:28 AM, Feb 3, 2011   |    comments
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Neighbors in on Thomas St. SE, held a cookout after helping each other dig out after the Blizzard of 2011.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- After digging out each other's driveways and sidewalks, people in a southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood took the next logical step -- breaking out the grill.

People living in the 1400 block of Thomas St. SE spent much of Wednesday helping each other clear the snow out of their neighborhood.  They then gathered at one person's home, put brats on a barbecue grill, and enjoyed an early dinner.

The neighbors say the blizzard -- and its aftermath -- bonded them together.

"It just turned into a chance to reconnect with neighbors," says Chad Systema. "In the winter, we're all huddled up and hibernating.  But this is social time."

"There is a culture in West Michigan about just taking care of your friend, your brother, and your neighbor," says Robert Ferguson.

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