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Man to stand trial in murder at Walker hotel

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - The man accused of killing an elderly man at a Walker hotel will stand trial.

A judge ordered Matthew Brunn to stand trial for the strangulation death of Casey Wybenga.

Wybenga, 81, was killed in late December at the America's Best Value Inn at Three Mile Road and Alpine Avenue. Brunn, 29, admitted to strangling Wybenga at America's Best Value Inn on Three Mile Road and Alpine Avenue NW. The death occurred in room 211 sometime Dec. 29th or the 30th, court records show.

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

Thieves smash into phone repair store

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - The owner of a local phone repair store found the store had some unwelcome guests overnight.

As he was opening the Genius Phone Repair store on Alpine Avenue, he noticed that the front door had been smashed in.

Police are investigating and the store employees are determining what may have been taken.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Just a Cooking Tip when making Pastry Cream/Pudding

Just a Cooking Tip when making Pastry Cream/Pudding

Not too long ago, I posted a recipe for Pastry Cream, a real versatile dessert item. In most cook books and even on food TV shows, when making this or any kind of pudding, they will instruct you to cover the pastry cream or pudding with plastic wrap right on the surface of it, to avoid a skin forming while cooling.

I personally never liked doing that for two reasons; one, you actually lose quite a bit of the cooked product when you take the plastic off, and two, I didn’t like the idea of plastic wrap on the pastry cream or pudding itself. I decided to try something different and it worked just fine.

After cooking to the proper stage, I put a piece of paper towel over the pan and then placed the cover over this on the pan. I then put it in the fridge to cool completely. When I was ready to use it, I found the paper towel stuck just a little in a couple places on the pan, but the pastry cream was perfect.

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.