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Enhance Fitness celebrates new location in Comstock Park

Enhance Fitness celebrates new location in Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Older adults are invited to grab their shoes and head out to Enhance Fitness’ newest location—at Greenridge Elementary School.

An open house complete with refreshments and prizes is scheduled for January 13.  Classes will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. starting January 14.  Each class will cater to older adults who want to build strength and improve balance while becoming healthier.  The classes are partly funded by the Kent County Senior Millage, but  participants are encouraged to donate $2 per session. 

For more information, contact Julie Lake at (616) 233-0283.

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.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

Crash the River Rascal promises visit for top Halloween poem

Crash the River Rascal promises visit for top Halloween poem

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The mascot of the West Michigan Whitecaps is looking for Halloween poems from elementary school children.

Crash the River Rascal is promising a one-hour classroom visit on Halloween to the child who pens his top pick.  The winning entry should be original, suspenseful and thrilling.  Crash and his Whitecaps friends will read all of the submissions and select one winner.

The classroom contest is open to all West Michigan schools, grades one through five.   All entries should include school name, address, teacher’s name and email, the child’s grad and the number of students in their class.  Entries are due 5 p.m. Thursday, October 24 and can be submitted via email to community@whitecapsbaseball.com or by mailing Whitecaps Halloween Writing Contest, P.O.

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.