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My Recipe for Big People Mac & Cheese

My Recipe for Big People Mac & Cheese


2 c. Heavy Cream

1 c. Mascarpone Cheese

1 c. fresh Goat Cheese

½ c. crumbled Blue Cheese

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon chopped Fresh Rosemary

1# Penne Pasta

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 # shredded cooked Chicken

8 oz. frozen  Peas - thawed

½ c. Parmesan Cheese

1 c. fresh Bread Crumbs

In a saucepan combine cream, cheese, goat & blue cheese, pepper and rosemary. Heat until cheeses are melted and the sauce is creamy. Keep warm until ready to mix with pasta.

Cook pasta with 1 Tablespoon of salt until al dente. Drain & let dry for about 2 minutes.

Toss pasta with sauce, chicken, peas, 1 teaspoons of salt and mix well. Pour into a baking dish, top with Parmesan Cheese and bread crumbs and bake @ 350 uncovered for 20 minutes until crumbs begin to brown.

U.S. Census Bureau looking for Field Representatives

U.S. Census Bureau looking for Field Representatives


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Community helps rescue injured dog

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan veterinarian is asking for help for a young injured dog rescued by two homeless people and members of the community.

Blitz is a shih-tzu found in the last few weeks in downtown Grand Rapids. Two homeless people found Blitz injured and took it to the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

Firefighters helped get the dog to the Kent County animal shelter, which sent Blitz to Kelley's Animal Clinic in Walker.

Dr. James Kelley says Blitz had serious fractures to his rear legs, requiring the insertion of pins to repair them.

Kelley says the dog had learned to adapt to his injuries.

"He was in pretty bad condition," says Kelley. "He couldn't walk at all on either one of his back legs. To this day he walks only on his front feet. Once in a while he puts the leg down in back, but most of the time he's walking on his front feet."

Ramp to SB US-131 reopens

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A crash involving a car and two semis closed a busy ramp from I-96 to U.S. 131 for a few hours Tuesday morning.

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. Tuesday on the ramp from eastbound I-96 to southbound U.S. 131.

Emergency crews had to cut open the roof of the car to rescue the driver. Police have not released information on the driver's injuries, but the person was being transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital for treatment.

Michigan State Police closed eastbound I-96 at Alpine Avenue so emergency vehicles could get to the scene.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Read for the Record Day: Charter students aim for new record

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Local charter school students are attempting to break a national record of reading the same book on the same day.

At Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Tuesday morning, high school students read the children's literature classic "Bunny Cakes" to second graders from Walker Charter Academy.

The reading event is in celebration of Read for the Record Day, which promotes children and adults to celebrate literacy with a reading experience.

"There are books that are sometimes really good and interesting. I like magic tree house a lot," said student Abby Ludwick.

"The more kids are exposed to books the more they are exposed to good modeling of reading. They have more of a chance to enjoy stories, and reading and that's what we want them to do," teacher Mary Donaldson said.

The school encourages reading at home and guest readers at school.