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My Town Walker: Students to duct tape principal to a pole

My Town Walker: Students to duct tape principal to a pole

WALKER, Mich.---  Students at Walker Charter Academy are getting ready to break out the rolls of duct tape, to celebrate a fund-raising success.

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 will get to duct tape the school’s principal and physical education teacher to the school’s basketball poles. Walker Charter Academy will also hand 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.

It's still cold out- A great Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

It's still cold out- A great Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

It's still pretty cold outside so a good bowl of soup always hits the spot. I have made soup with this squash before but this recipe that I got from my friend, Sandy Gensen, is much better than my own, I think. It really is good and rivals any like soup that you will find in Grand Rapids. Give it a try.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP                     

1 butternut squash peeled and cut up

1 sweet potato or large baking potato peeled & cut up (I used 2 med)

3 large leeks cut up (white parts only)

3 garlic shallots minced (reg shallots are OK, even mild onion)

1 stick butter to sauté all of the above to a soft consistency. (I used olive oil & ½ stick butter)

I sautéed’ all this in a large skillet until the veggies were softened.


Salt and pepper 

1 tsp. cumin 

1 tsp.

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

Skateboarder concussion workshop Feb. 21

Skateboarder concussion workshop Feb. 21

WALKER, Mich.— The Spectrum Health Sports Medicine Team is partnering with 3 Mile Project to help young skaters protect themselves for potentially life-changing injury.

SK8 Clinic- Concussion Awareness will take place Feb. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3 Mile Project.  Professional skateboarder Auttiesh Danger will also lead a skate skills clinic.  Seventh and eighth grade students who come for the seminar can get in free to 3 Mile Project afterward. 

For more information, visit the 3 Mile Project website here.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Feb.

Kent County Animal Shelter waives late fees for dog licenses

Kent County Animal Shelter waives late fees for dog licenses

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent County Animal Shelter will not be charging late fees for dog licenses this year, as the county changes its program.

Now, dog licenses will be linked to the month a dog receives its rabies vaccination.  Dogs that get a one-year rabies vaccine will be eligible for a one-year license; dogs with a three-year rabies license can purchase a three-year license. 

“If your dog’s rabies shot was updated after you bought your 2013 license, you may need to update your registration with us, to show proof of vaccination and the expiration date,” said Carly Luttmann, Kent County Animal Shelter Supervisor. “Most veterinarians can provide us with proof of vaccination quickly.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.