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My Town Comstock Park: Casino filling plates for the holidays

My Town Comstock Park: Casino filling plates for the holidays

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Hundreds of families will have turkey on the table this Thanksgiving, thanks to a local casino.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is donating 1,000 birds to area food banks.  That’s 200 more turkeys than when the Battle Creek casino began its annual donation in 2010.

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the local food banks for the fifth consecutive year,” stated R. Bruce McKee, CEO of FireKeepers Casino Hotel.  “The food banks continue to put forth a tremendous effort year-round providing meals to those in need, and this extra assistance from FireKeepers during the holiday season will benefit many families in these communities.”

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Yule Run, I’ll Walk Returns

Yule Run, I’ll Walk Returns

Register your family soon for this 5th annual family oriented event. This fun activity gives participants the opportunity to “preview” the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Drive in Comstock Park before it is open to the general public on November 26th.

This 5K takes place on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00pm, where the course will reveal approximately 1 million lights with over forty fun creations with animated capabilities.

 Visit www.YuleRun5k.com to Register.

Grand Rapids Public Schools Presents We Are GR School Choice Expo

Grand Rapids Public Schools Presents We Are GR School Choice Expo

Grand Rapids Public Schools We Are GR School Choice Expo

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

As promised, I am posting a recipe for some of the most delicious bars I have ever had. I play dominos once a month with a group of gals; we meet for lunch at each others' homes and then play for the afternoon and end with dessert and coffee and this is the dessert my friend Sandy Gensen served this past Wednesday.

She said it took some work but it sure was well worth it according to all who ate them. I hope all of you will try it as well. We have such an abundance of apples here in Michigan, so take advantage as they are coming off the trees.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs