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My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center member appreciation day July 26

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center member appreciation day July 26

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is celebrating its supporters this weekend with  freebies during Member Appreciation Day.

Members are invited to come out to the preserve on July 26 and enjoy a free wildlife program, wagon rides and homemade ice cream.  The program runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blandford Nature Center Visitor Center. 

Member Appreciation Day is free for members and people who purchase a membership, however registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 735-6240. 

My Town Walker: Salon opens in Green Ridge Square Shopping Center

My Town Walker: Salon opens in Green Ridge Square Shopping Center

WALKER, Mich.—Walker residents looking for a trim have a new option.

Supercuts celebrated its grand opening this past weekend.  The salon is located at 3150 Alpine Ave. NW in the Green Ridge Square Shopping Center.  In honor of its opening, Supercuts is offering $9.99 haircuts through Monday, Aug. 18.  The salon’s standard prices are $12.95 per haircut for adults and seniors and $10.95 per haircut for children ages 10 and under. Supercuts also offers styling, coloring and facial waxing.

The Walker salon is open seven days a week.  For additional information or to make an appointment, call (616) 647-0564.

Cooking with Kal: Lemon Dream Bars (always a favorite)

Cooking with Kal: Lemon Dream Bars (always a favorite)

I got this recipe from Suzie Pomper, after her husband David  brought them into work one day. Believe me, they are delicious bars.

I made them this past week for my son Eric’s birthday but I doubled the recipe to make a half sheet pan of them to share at his work. The only thing I would do differently if I made this size again is to triple the filling only. It would make the bars a little thicker. Instead, I put a Cool Whip flower on each of the bars, to make up for them not having as much filling. Sometimes you just have to improvise.

Lemon dream bars

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 T. lemon juice

Frosting:

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

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My Town: Construction company donates talents to West Michigan's homeless

My Town: Construction company donates talents to West Michigan's homeless

WALKER, Mich.--  The sale of a new home in Walker is helping West Michigan’s homeless.

After handing over the keys to the new owners of 4588 Gordonshire NW, Ver Woert  Construction handed over a $35,500 check to Degage Ministries.   The company built the home with the intention of donating the proceeds to the charity.  Owner Ken Ver Woert came up with the idea after listening to a sermon at his church about using his gifts and talents for God’s glory.

“My firm has enjoyed building this home, knowing our hard work would be benefiting others in need,” said Ver Woert. “We are also grateful for the kind hearts of our subcontractors who pledged to join us in this mission, raising the amount we were able to provide Degage Ministries.”

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My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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My Town: Head Start for Kent County names new executive director

My Town: Head Start for Kent County names new executive director

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new face is taking the helm of the Head Start for Kent County.

The Board of Directors has appointed MaDonna Princer as executive director of the Walker-based organization, which provides resources to low-income families to aid in the well-being and development of children age five and under.

Princer has worked with the Head Start Program EightCAP, Inc. of Greenville for 15 years.  For the last five years, she’s held a senior management position overseeing childhood systems within the areas of early childhood education, child and family outcomes, family engagement and evaluation.

Princer replaces Mary Hockwalt, who is retiring this summer after 13 years of serving as executive director for Head Start for Kent County.