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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.

Halloween Skary Skate at Walker Ice Arena

Halloween Skary Skate at Walker Ice Arena

Walker Ice Arena is hosting a Halloween Skary Skate on Friday, October 24th from 8 – 10 pm.

Treats, prizes, fun and a costume contest are on the venue for the evening. Come join in the fun.

Contact Sharon Johnson, Recreation Program Director for any additional information at 616-735-6286 x 15.

Profile Industrial Packaging moving to bigger facility in Walker

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan-based manufacturer is expanding, and that means new jobs are coming to the Grand Rapids area.

Profile Industrial Packaging announced on Monday its plans for a $26 million expansion on an Avastar Parkway site.

"The new facility is twice the size of our current facility," said president Steve Ehmann. "We'll be able to expand to twice our current size over the next five years. Our plan is to invest approximately $12 million into the Avastar building and another $14 million plus in equipment over the next five years."

Construction at the Avastar building has already begun and company officials say they anticipate full production at the new site by the end of 2015.

Memorial 5K in honor of fallen Walker Police officer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A community is raising money today in honor of a Walker police officer killed in the line of duty.

Officer Trevor Slot was run over in 2011 while trying to stop two bank robbers on I-96 near Marne. The 3rd annual Trevor Slot Memorial 5K is being held today in his honor. It starts at 1:30 p.m. with a ceremony at the Walker Police and Fire Memorial.

The run begins at 3 p.m. in front of the Walker Public Safety Building at 4343 Remembrance Rd. That section of road has been named after Slot. The finish line will be in front of the Walker Police and Fire Memorial.

There will also be an official after party at the Applebee's on Lake Michigan Dr. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 10% of all sales will go to the Trevor P. Slot Foundation.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

As promised, I am posting a recipe for some of the most delicious bars I have ever had. I play dominos once a month with a group of gals; we meet for lunch at each others' homes and then play for the afternoon and end with dessert and coffee and this is the dessert my friend Sandy Gensen served this past Wednesday.

She said it took some work but it sure was well worth it according to all who ate them. I hope all of you will try it as well. We have such an abundance of apples here in Michigan, so take advantage as they are coming off the trees.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

Elzinga & Volkers Reports Strong Results, Announces New Hires, Outpaces Industry Growth

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today strong growth for the first three quarters of 2014, driven by an increase in rising demand from a range of industries and building on the Company’s continued focus on delivering the highest quality construction management and consulting services to its customers. 

Through the third quarter of 2014, Elzinga & Volkers has grown 36.9 percent compared to the same time period last year and new construction and renovation projects have grown 53.3 percent.