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My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

OPINION: Snow Storms bring out Crazy Drivers

OPINION: Snow Storms bring out Crazy Drivers

We have crazy people out there today!!!!

Why is it that so many people just do not seem to think ahead, especially when the first snow storm arrives, like the one in progress right now as I am writing?

Driving to work today was quite an eye opener. I saw so many people stuck in the end of driveways at both homes and businesses. People who just plain refuse to clean their vehicles off just make driving so hazardous for both the driver and the people following behind them with all that extra snow blowing backward. One driver pulled out of a street half way up a hill on Bristol NW, expecting to travel up the rest of the way, only to get stuck in the middle of the hill, causing a backup of cars. Are these people who have never driven in snow before?

My Recipe for Big People Mac & Cheese

My Recipe for Big People Mac & Cheese

BIG PEOPLE MAC & CHEESE

2 c. Heavy Cream

1 c. Mascarpone Cheese

1 c. fresh Goat Cheese

½ c. crumbled Blue Cheese

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon chopped Fresh Rosemary

1# Penne Pasta

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 # shredded cooked Chicken

8 oz. frozen  Peas - thawed

½ c. Parmesan Cheese

1 c. fresh Bread Crumbs

In a saucepan combine cream, cheese, goat & blue cheese, pepper and rosemary. Heat until cheeses are melted and the sauce is creamy. Keep warm until ready to mix with pasta.

Cook pasta with 1 Tablespoon of salt until al dente. Drain & let dry for about 2 minutes.

Toss pasta with sauce, chicken, peas, 1 teaspoons of salt and mix well. Pour into a baking dish, top with Parmesan Cheese and bread crumbs and bake @ 350 uncovered for 20 minutes until crumbs begin to brown.

U.S. Census Bureau looking for Field Representatives

U.S. Census Bureau looking for Field Representatives

 

U.S. Census Bureau has

Field Representative Positions

Available

Salary:

$13.55- $14.84 per hour starting salary (varies by location) 10% night differential for hours worked after 6PM 56 cents per reimbursable mile driven

Hours:

Halloween Skary Skate at Walker Ice Arena

Halloween Skary Skate at Walker Ice Arena

Walker Ice Arena is hosting a Halloween Skary Skate on Friday, October 24th from 8 – 10 pm.

Treats, prizes, fun and a costume contest are on the venue for the evening. Come join in the fun.

Contact Sharon Johnson, Recreation Program Director for any additional information at 616-735-6286 x 15.