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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

Cooking with Kal - Asparagus Recipe

Cooking with Kal - Asparagus Recipe
ASPARAGUS- One of spring’s most wonderful vegetables

 

We here in West Michigan, are so very fortunate to be so near to a community such as Hesperia, that is famous for an abundant crop of asparagus each year.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use asparagus after cleaning and snapping it.

Wash thoroughly and then snap from the bottom up. The asparagus will snap at the point where it becomes tender. Throw away the bottom part or keep to put in stock you may be making.

 

  1. Roasted Asparagus: Put the cleaned asparagus on a big cookie sheet that has sides on it. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and salt & pepper. Toss with your hands and put into the oven, preheated at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm as a side dish or cut up and add to a salad.
  2. Creamed Asparagus Soup-Make any basic soup recipe and substitute asparagus for your main vegetable.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Walker: Students duct tape principal and gym teacher to a pole

My Town Walker: Students duct tape principal and gym teacher to a pole

WALKER, Mich.---  Students at Walker Charter Academy celebrated a fund-raising success this month with the help of many rolls of duct tape.

The school raised $13,632.20 for the American Heart Association during its “Jump Rope for Heart” and “Hoops for Heart” events.  On Thursday, April 3, every student that raised at least $50 got to duct tape the Walker Charter Academy's principal and gym teacher to the school’s basketball poles. Students also handed over a check to the American Heart Association for the fundraisers.

On average, Walker Charter Academy raises $10,000 for the American Heart Association during the events, making it one of the top 100 fundraising schools in the nation for these events.