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My Town Walker: Salvation Army honors veterans and WZZM 13 with doughnuts

WALKER, Mich.—Friday, June 6 is National Doughnut Day, and the Salvation Army is celebrating by delivering thousands of the treats to local organizations.

Don Tekautz of The Salvation Army says the organization invented the doughnut during World War I, as a way to support U.S. troops.  He says The Salvation Army sent approximately 200 officers, mostly women, to the frontlines to create a treat to remind military members of home.  Because the bakers couldn’t figure out how to cook the centers of the dough, they cut them out- and the doughnut was born.

Approximately 20 volunteers with the Salvation Army Action Group will be visiting West Michigan organizations Friday to honor their commitment to the community with doughnuts.  WZZM 13 is among those groups the Salvation Army is celebrating; the organization awarded the station with a certificate of appreciation during Friday morning’s newscast.

My Town Walker: Memorial Day tradition returns to Lake Michigan Drive

My Town Walker: Memorial Day tradition returns to Lake Michigan Drive

WALKER, Mich.—A Memorial Day tradition will return to the streets of Walker on Monday, May 26.

The Memorial Day parade kicks off at noon.  This year’s procession of floats, bands and organizations will run down Lake Michigan Drive, between Lincoln Lawns and St. Clair NW.

Walker City Hall will also be closed Monday in observation of Memorial Day.

My Town: Standale Summer Concert Series lineup released

My Town: Standale Summer Concert Series lineup released

STANDALE, Mich.—  A free, family-friendly tradition is returning to Standale this summer.

The 2014 Standale Summer Concert Series  returns to Walker Community Park Thursday, June 19.   Each performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The concert lineup is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 19 – The Adam’s Family
  • Thursday, July 10 – Deep Greens & Blues
  • Thursday, July 24 – Free Hand
  • Thursday, Aug. 14 – Boogie Woogie Babies
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – The Lazy Blue Tunas

Each concert attracts an average of 300 people.  If you would like to sponsor a performance, click here.

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event thgis Friday, May 2.

Students have spent weeks preparing for the benefit, which will take place at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds from Homes For A Hero will go toward building a home for a veteran.  Students are teaming up with Homes of Hope, a Grand Rapids organization, for the six-day build.

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

WALKER, Mich.—Learn how to live off the land more efficiently by attending the Spring Wild Edibles workshop at Blandford Nature Center next month.

On Thursday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a Blandford naturalist will walk participants through Blandford’s forest to show them how plants have been used for sustenance for centuries.  Visitors will also get a chance to sample some of this season’s wild greens.

The workshop is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 735-6240.

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event.

Right now, students are busy preparing for the fundraising  event, which will take place May 2 at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.