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Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

Missing Kent County woman hasn't been seen since Friday


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are looking for a missing West Michigan woman who has not been seen or in contact with her family recently.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says Teresa Lynn Curry, a 44-year-old Comstock Park woman, was last seen the morning of Friday, February 27 at the Speedway gas station at 4100 West River Drive, using the ATM.

Curry's family members say they're concerned for her well-being and that it's out of character for her not to be in touch with them.

She's described as white, 5'2", 120 lbs., with short brown hair. She's also hearing impaired and wears hearing aids in both ears. She was last seen wearing a pink coat, jeans or khaki pants, a black knit hat, and blue tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about where Teresa Lynn Curry might be should call the sheriff's department at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

10th annual Winter Beer Festival underway this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- This weekend is the tenth annual winter beer fest at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Thousands of people are braving the cold weather to enjoy a Michigan craft brew.

See more in the video above.

Friday night events wrapped up at 7 p.m., and tickets for Saturday's events (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) are sold out.


WZZM 13 personalities judge business's chili cookoff


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A cold, February day with some hot chili. It's a combination one local business has fun with every year.

Rapid Engineering in Comstock Park lets its employees compete in the Hungry Heifer Chili Cook-Off. This year, 23 chilis were entered. That's a record.

The judges were WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua, Nick LaFave, and Kal Kamyszkek - whom you may remember from Cooking with Kal.

It was a great time -- we're more than full.

Congrats to the winner, Roger Paxson!


Whitecaps fan food voting is underway


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - Get your stomach and fingers ready - it is time to vote for the fan food menu item for the 2015 baseball season at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The West Michigan Whitecaps announced the top 10 suggestions from the public. Now, you can vote for your favorite item to be on the menu this summer at the ballpark. You can vote at www.whitecapsbaseball.com . Previous winners include the Baco, the Declaration of Indigestion, and Chicks with Sticks. Voting runs until March 6 at Midnight.

Here are this year's choices:

Cheesy Does It - Instead of a bun, cheese is the delivery device for this burger, which includes more than 1,000 calories.

Weenie Panini - Imagine your favorite panini...with a hot dog in it!