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Summertime Blues Series moves location, adds beer


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The popular "Blues on the Mall" concert series has moved locations and changed its signature name. The opening concert kicks off Wednesday night at the Delta Plex.

The 97LAV Summertime Blues Series' new location allows attendees more space for parking, roaming the area and enjoying new brews. This is the first time beer will be served in the 23-year-old concert series.

In the past, the concerts closed during inclement weather, but officials say the new location will allow the series to move indoors during rain.

All concerts are scheduled to start each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

June 17 - Jarekus Singleton

June 24 - Wayne Baker Brooks

July 15 - Larry McCray Band

July 22 - Nick Moss

Thief assaults clerk at Walker store


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are searching for the suspect they say assaulted a convenience store worker early Monday morning.

Officers were called out to the Speedway station near the corner of Alpine Avenue and 3 Mile Road about 10 minutes before 2 a.m. on a report of retail fraud.

They say a man shoved the clerk before running north toward the America's Best Value Inn and Suites across the street. There's no word on whether he was able to get away with anything from the store.

Police never found the suspect. The clerk was able to provide a vague description of the man, saying he was a black man around 6-feet tall wearing a grey hoodie and black pants.

If you know anything about the assault you're asked to call Walker Police or Silent Observer.


Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let’s Go to Bat for Kids!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the day to be at 5/5 Ballpark at 5:30. Bring all the kids, admission is FREE. Parking is $6 per car but the evening includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots and a fun night at the ballpark.

In 2014, Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcomed over 4500 West Michigan fans for this event. Let’s see if we can break that record this year, 2015. This event benefits the family strengthening programs of CCWM that help keep families together here in our community.

This ballgame is played by clergy, religious leaders on the Padres team and media celebrities on the Media Giants team.

Come on out to the Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Dr. NE in Comstock Park, MI 49321. More info at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or phone 616-551-5663.

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awarded scholarships to seniors from 11 different high schools again this year including Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Eggleston, Oakridge, Ravenna, Newaygo, Coopersville and Grant. One senior from each school won a $500 scholarship after writing a 300 word essay, “What does your community mean to you?”

“We value the youth in our communities,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families once they have completed their college studies and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community, especially as they graduate from high school. It’s a local thing.”

Included in this article are just 5 of the 11 students who received scholarship money. Congratulations to all students who participated.

Talented Student, Rachel Myszak, designs Coopersville C of C Logo

Talented Student, Rachel Myszak, designs Coopersville C of C Logo

Rachel Myszak, a senior in Graphic Design at Coopersville High School, was recently recognized by the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce for her logo design. The logo was designed for the Chamber of Commerce marketing campaign; “Shop, Live, Love, Coopersville.”

This partnership between businesses and the Ottawa Area schools and the Community, is an initiative for “Doing More Together” and will offer more educational opportunities for area students.

Rachel states, “My first graphic design class in high school opened my eyes to design and my passion for it. Creating art is a personal process and knowing that people enjoy the completed piece in rewarding.”

This Mexican Rice is very good

This Mexican Rice is very good

I found this recipe on the Food Network/Pioneer Woman a couple weeks ago, it sounded good and so I made it. I really thought it was very tasty. I did not have cayenne pepper but used red pepper flakes instead and it still turned out just great. I did find I used a little more chicken broth than the recipe called for. I will certainly make it again.

MEXICAN RICE       Serves 12 

Ingredients

Suspicious Walker death ruled a suicide


Editor's note: WZZM 13 has a policy of not reporting suicides, but because the nature of the police investigation has changed, we are updating this story.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Walker police say the death of a 39-year-old woman appears to be the result of suicide, not homicide as previously thought.

Children discovered the body of Kristin Louise Sidlauskas Saturday, May 16, while playing in a wooded area on Hillside Drive NW, near West River Drive and I-96.

The Kent County Medical Examiner's Office continues to analyze test results to determine her exact cause of death.