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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

My Town: Final free concert of the summer Aug. 28

WALKER, Mich.-- Celebrate the final days of school break with the "Lazy Blue Tunas" during the Standale Summer Concert Series' last free concert of the season Aug. 28.

Bring your family and lawn chairs or blankets to the Walker Community Park located at 700 Cummings Ave. for this family-friendly, alcohol-free evening. From 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, any cancellations will be posted on www.ci.walker.mi.us/business/dda .For more information, call (616) 453-6311.

My Town Walker: Animal shelter closed Aug. 27

My Town Walker: Animal shelter closed Aug. 27

WALKER, Mich.-- The Humane Society of West Michigan will be closed to the public  Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Drop-offs will not be accepted at that time.  No pet adoptions will be processed that day.

Volunteers are welcome to complete their scheduled shifts and obedience classes are still on as scheduled.

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

I was on vacation in Maryland recently abd had the pleasure of having my daughter-in-law's sister, Terri, make this dinner for us. It was all part of my son Mark's recovery from hip surgery. (You know that theory- send over a dish when someone is sick.)

Anyway, the dish arrived in time for dinner as a surprise, but Donna, my daughter-in-law, had already prepared a pork dinner for the family, so she just let this cool on the counter and put it away in the fridge overnight and we had it for dinner the following evening.  It turned out to be a very versatile dish.

Recipe:

In a 9" x 13"  pan, cut three boneless chicken breast in three pieces, add two cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red potatoes on the other side.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it. Sprinkle an envelope of zesty Italian dressing mix over everything. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

My Town Walker: Resources aplenty at Grand Rapids Veteran Expo Sept. 5-6

My Town Walker: Resources aplenty at Grand Rapids Veteran Expo Sept. 5-6

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LANSING, Mich. (State of Michigan) – Veterans from across West Michigan can find out what their military service has earned them and what a grateful community has to offer them at the 2014 Grand Rapids Veteran Expo, Sept. 5-6 at the DeltaPlex Arena.

“Whether you hung up your uniform five months ago, five years ago or fifty years ago, there’s something here for you,” said Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes. “We want this to be a one-stop shop for veterans and their families, with services and information for every chapter of their lives.”

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan debuts inaugural lip dub

WALKER, Mich.-- The Humane Society of West Michigan is hoping its creative twist on a popular song will help clear out the shelter.