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UPDATE: Growing up in Nazi Germany: A museum volunteer remembers

UPDATE: Growing up in Nazi Germany: A museum volunteer remembers

UPDATE: The Grand Rapids Public Museum has postponed Saturday's lecture due to illness.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—This Saturday will mark 72 years since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, pushing the United States to enter World War II.

This Pearl Harbor Day, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will turn the spotlight on one of its own volunteers, who grew up in Nazi Germany.  Bernie Siehling will share an insider’s perspective of the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler and Nazi rule.  Siehling plans to talk about avoiding Hitler youth, building relationships with Prisoners Of War ordered to work on his family’s farm, and witnessing a British Royal Air Force Bomber crash.

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Walker Charter Academy student's journey to Eagle Scout leads to a gaga pit

Walker Charter Academy student's journey to Eagle Scout leads to a gaga pit

WALKER, Mich., Nov. 20, 2013 A teenager's  journey to earn the Boy Scout’s highest honor of Eagle Scout, has led to the creation of a new outdoor activity for his classmates at Walker Charter Academy.

Jacob Pointe, 14,  is an eighth grade student at Walker; he has attended the school since he was in kindergarten. One of the requirements to earning the Eagle Scout rank is to plan, develop and give leadership to a service project. Jacob decided he wanted to sponsor the creation of a gaga pit at his school.

“I wanted the middle school students to have something besides regular sport to do at recess that still promoted physical activity,” said Pointe.

The game involves dodging, running and jumping as students stand inside an octagonal pit and try to strike each other below the knees with a gaga ball. The last one standing wins.

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Earl Irwin smiles when he walks a section of the bike/walking trail west of Irwin Seating, located near Four Mile Rd NW & Fruitridge Ave NW.

Not too long ago, Irwin donated land to help with the nearly completed connection of the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, the Musketawa Trail in Ottawa County and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail in Kent County. Irwin Seating has also dedicated a parking lot on the north side of Irwin Seating as a Trail Head for people using the trails and a place to park their vehicles while on the trails.

What use to be a wood chip trail for employees to walk has now become a trail for everyone to use, according to Irwin. The former trail was built to encourage Irwin Seating employees to take advantage of a walk on their breaks, lunch hour or after work.

Through the efforts and private donations such as this, all these trails are available to the public to use and enjoy.

Feeding America Food Bank

Feeding America Food Bank

Feeding America!! What an eye opener that was on Saturday when a team of volunteers from WZZM13 went to the warehouse off West River Dr. in Comstock Park, MI. I’m sure each and every one of us came away thinking differently than when we arrived.

This warehouse is the hub for the entire state of Michigan, including the UP. Trucks travel daily to destinations to help feed the hungry in our state. Food pantries, church organizations, Kids Food Basket, God’s Kitchen, along with many, many other organizations, obtain food through this warehouse. The food donations from businesses are overwhelming and so heartwarming but despite these donations, there is always a need for more.

We were all shocked to hear how much food is wasted and thrown away in our state each year and how shameful is that? This amount probably could have fed all the hungry people in our state many times over.

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

A fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Chef Mark Noseda will take place September 22.

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Sunday's fundraiser will run from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.