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Drive teams up with Van Andel Institute for home opener


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Drive started the season on a four game road trip. They lost the first three games before knocking off Canton on Saturday night.

The Drive plays their first ever home game on Wednesday against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at the Deltaplex. The game is a "Purple Community" game to help raise money for disease research at Van Andel Institute. A Purple Community ticket package is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to VAI.

The package includes tickets to the game, Purple Community thunder-sticks, Grand Rapids Drive "Beat LA" t-shirt, an on court photo op, and a meet and greet with two players after the game. Children can take part in a high five tunnel before the game. Ticket packages are $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under.

3 Mile Project celebrates 4th anniversary


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A center dedicated to providing young people with a safe gathering space is celebrating a milestone this weekend.

The 3 Mile Project, a community youth center in Walker, is four years old. More than 17,000 young people have used the facility since it opened. It's staffed primarily by volunteers, many of whom went to the 3 Mile Project themselves, according to executive director Stan Kiste.

"We know from stories from young people that have visited us the impact that the place has had on them, and we know especially because so many of them when they reach high school age come back and volunteer -- because the place has made an impact on them," Kiste said.

Their celebration continues Saturday, with activities including bubble soccer and racing in an Indy car driving simulator.

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

Grand Rapids Comic-Con underway


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Comic book fans have reason to celebrate this weekend: the Grand Rapids Comic-Con has opened at the Deltaplex and features all things comics.

Attendees can meet comic book writers and artists and see people dressed up as some favorite characters.

The convention goes through Sunday. Single-day passes are $15 on Saturday and Sunday. Kids ages five through 12 get in for $5.

Learn more in the video above.


Comic-Con begins at Delta Plex


(WZZM) - Super hero fans, get ready for the 2nd annual Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

The costumes, games, and meet-and-greets will be Friday through Sunday at the Delta Plex. There will also be a car show, art show, film fest and much more.

Click here for hours, directions, and ticket prices.

My Recipe of the Month

My Recipe of the Month

I don't know about the rest of the world but I love apple butter on my toast or on a fresh slice of homemade bread.

For the first time, I have found a recipe to make this delicious spread in a Crock-Pot! It turned out so good and with very little fuss on my part. It is just a matter of assembling the ingredients, letting the Crock-Pot do its thing and then enjoying the results.

My mom made this when I was a kid and I have carried the tradition on with my kids. It's always a treat. Maybe it will be for you too.

HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER

Makes about 6 cups

  • 5 ½ pounds of apples, peeled and cut up (I use a variety)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

 

Put all the apples in a Crock-Pot and top with the remaining ingredients and stir to coat the apples.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center kicks off snowshoeing season

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center kicks off snowshoeing season

WALKER, Mich.-- There's a silver lining to all the snow piling up outside-- Blandford Nature Center enough of it to begin the snowshoeing season.

Visitors can trek down through the snowy woods during regular center hours-- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Blandford will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  

Blandford Nature Center offers snowshoe rentals, which are $5 for members and $6 for non-members.  For additional information, visit the Blandford Nature Center website.