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Dogs rescued by Puppy Pipeline up for adoption in G.R.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Humane Society of West Michigan is helping almost three dozen puppies find forever homes.

More than 30 puppies, rescued from euthanization at the Dothan City Animal Shelter in Alabama, were picked up Thursday. They arrived at the Humane Society of West Michigan Friday morning. The animals were saved by the Puppy Pipeline, a Georgia-based program that brings unwanted and abandoned dogs from the south to northern states.

All of the puppies up for adoption are 8 weeks to 10 months old; they include Cocker spaniels, Labrador retrievers, huskies, bulldogs, shepherd mixes, and other breeds.


My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

WALKER, Mich.—A building on Alpine Avenue that’s been home to numerous restaurants will no longer be serving up meals.

Construction crews this week are gutting the former Wild Chef Restaurant at 3303 Alpine Ave.  The site was previously home to a Bennigan’s restaurant.

Walker building official Tim Musser says the building will be split into two businesses—a Mattress Firm on the south side and The Vitamin Shoppe on the north side. 

At least two other mattress stores have opened or are planned for Alpine Avenue; Art Van opened its Pure Sleep shop in the former Hallmark storefront at 3450 Alpine Ave. NW late last year and plans are in place to open a Sleep Doctor Mattress store at 4235 Alpine Ave., in Alpine Township.

Musser says developers have already obtained all the necessary permits to convert the former Wild Chef restaurant, which abruptly closed Sunday, June 1.  It’s unclear when the new businesses will open to the public.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

WALKER, Mich.-- Celebrate the final days of school break with the "Lazy Blue Tunas" during the Standale Summer Concert Series' last free concert of the season Aug. 28.

Bring your family and lawn chairs or blankets to the Walker Community Park located at 700 Cummings Ave. for this family-friendly, alcohol-free evening. From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, any cancellations will be posted on www.ci.walker.mi.us/business/dda .For more information, call (616) 453-6311.

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My Town Walker: Animal shelter closed Aug. 27

My Town Walker: Animal shelter closed Aug. 27

WALKER, Mich.-- The Humane Society of West Michigan will be closed to the public  Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Drop-offs will not be accepted at that time.  No pet adoptions will be processed that day.

Volunteers are welcome to complete their scheduled shifts and obedience classes are still on as scheduled.

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

I was on vacation in Maryland recently abd had the pleasure of having my daughter-in-law's sister, Terri, make this dinner for us. It was all part of my son Mark's recovery from hip surgery. (You know that theory- send over a dish when someone is sick.)

Anyway, the dish arrived in time for dinner as a surprise, but Donna, my daughter-in-law, had already prepared a pork dinner for the family, so she just let this cool on the counter and put it away in the fridge overnight and we had it for dinner the following evening.  It turned out to be a very versatile dish.


In a 9" x 13"  pan, cut three boneless chicken breast in three pieces, add two cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red potatoes on the other side.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it. Sprinkle an envelope of zesty Italian dressing mix over everything. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right.