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'Hot-To-Tot' wins 2015 Whitecaps food vote


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The votes have been counted, and the winner of the sixth annual Whitecaps food contest is Hot-To-Tot. In a tight race, the buffalo chicken and bleu cheese covered tater tot dish received 17% of the fan votes.

Hot-To-Tot will be on the menu at Fifth Third Ballpark this season. It will make its debut on Thursday, April 9 at the Whitecaps' home opener and will be served at the Mac and Cheese cart located on the concourse behind home plate.

The Whitecaps narrowed down a list of hundreds of menu ideas submitted by fans in January. The top 10 items were announced last month and fans voted for their favorite online.

My Town: Alpine Township to stick with residential farm animal rule

My Town: Alpine Township to stick with residential farm animal rule

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Alpine Township's rules about residential farm animals will remain unchanged for now.

Last week, the planning commission decided to keep its livestock-to-land ratio rule the same.  The ordinance came under question after Michael and Jamie Velting sent a letter to the township, asking for a change so they can raise more chickens to produce enough eggs for their family of seven.  The couple said based on the current ordinance, which allows only one farm animal per acre of property, they can only raise two chickens.  The Veltings said they do not understand how the space, housing and upkeep for two chickens can compare to larger livestock, like horses and cows; that’s why they were asking the township to increase the number of chickens allowed on residential property.

Planning Director Sue Becker says it's unclear if or when the issue will come up again, but it's not on the planning commission's agenda for next month.

Woman sought in Alpine Twp. break-in


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff is asking for help in finding a woman suspected in a break-in at a local grocery store.

The Plumb's Grocery Store at 1025 Four Mile Road was broken into during the overnight hours of March 4 and cash and lottery tickets were stolen. Later that same day, a woman tried to cash one of the stolen lottery tickets at a gas station on Michigan Street NE in Grand Rapids.

The surveillance photos show the woman wearing a unique jacket that they hope will help lead to her identity. Anyone with information should call Kent County Sheriff at 632-6357 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Alpine Township to consider changing residential farm animal rule

My Town: Alpine Township to consider changing residential farm animal rule

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Alpine Township Planning Commission Thursday night will consider changing its rules when it comes to allowing farm animals in residential areas.

In a letter sent to the township, Michael and Jamie Velting are calling for a change to the township ordinance so they can raise more chickens to produce enough eggs for their family of seven.  The couple says based on the current ordinance, which allows only one farm animal per acre of property, they can only raise two chickens.  The Veltings say they do not understand how the space, housing and upkeep for two chickens can compare to larger livestock, like horses and cows; that’s why the couple is asking the township to raise the ratio of chickens to property size.

The planning commission will take up the issue in a work session during Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.   

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

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Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

Two seriously hurt in Alpine Twp. crash


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash, just west of Comstock Park.

It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday near the corner of 6 Mile Road and Baumhoff Avenue NW.

Deputies say a 22-year-old driver from Walker was headed south in a Pontiac Grand Am with two passengers. The driver did not yield to Chevy Tahoe, driven by a 53-year-old from Comstock Park.

The two vehicles collided and two people had to be pulled from the Grand Am, including the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt and suffered multiple skull fractures.

Police have not yet released the names of those involved.