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My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Governor Snyder is naming ten more people to a panel in charge of tackling poverty in Michigan.

The Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity is a 12-member commission focused on promoting social and economic opportunities for low-income people.  Those appointed to a one year-term on the commission include Hope College graduate Jacob Maas.  The Grand Rapids native is executive director of the Area Community Services Employment and Training Council. He will represent community action agencies.

My Town: Pilates studio expanding physical therapy services

My Town: Pilates studio expanding physical therapy services

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Pilates studio is expanding its services for those trying to bounce back from injury.

Beginning Aug. 18, physical therapist Annette Schwartz will be increasing her time at BodyMind Pilates to approximately 40 hours a week.  Studio owner Carolina Pava added a physical therapy program after noticing a need for unique and effective rehabilitation within the community.

“I strongly believe that healing can take place faster and more effectively when a patient gets full hour sessions of one on one attention, treatment and directions from a fully licensed physical therapist that treats the entire body along with the specific symptoms.  No two bodies are alike, no two injuries are the same and therefore, I wanted to create a truly personalized service I felt wasn’t available yet in our city,” says Pava.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

Ellis doubles down on bid to upset Amash

Ellis doubles down on bid to upset Amash

WASHINGTON (Maureen Groppe, Gannett Washington Bureau)— Brian Ellis, the Republican financial consultant hoping to upset GOP Rep. Justin Amash in next month’s primary, has committed $800,000 of his own money to the race, new campaign disclosure reports show.

That puts him among the top 10 self-funders running for the House this year, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington group that tracks political fundraising. But Ellis still had only about half as much cash in the bank as Amash about a month before the Aug. 5 primary.

And Amash has benefited from about $373,000 in independent advertising from the conservative Club for Growth, which wants to see him re-elected.

That compares with the approximately $844,000 that Amash’s own campaign has spent through June and the $1 million that Ellis has spent.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

Rhubarb Custard Squares; It's still that time of year

Rhubarb Custard Squares; It's still that time of year

My Grandma use to tell us kids that Rhubarb was like a Spring Tonic after the long winter. For that reason, I probably should have listed this recipe under Health. Anyway, I ran across this recipe recently, made it, and it was a hit. The rhubarb can almost be mistaken for apples when it is baked up.

Try this recipe for a special occasion and see what your family or guests think.

Rhubarb Custard Squares          

2 cups Flour

¼ cup Sugar

1 cup cold Butter

Combine in a bowl and mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 9x13 cake pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Filling:

2 cups Sugar

7 Tablespoons Flour

1 cup heavy Whipping Cream

3 Eggs, beaten

5 cups cut up Rhubarb

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of Grand Rapids children have a new place to play, thanks to an army of volunteers.

On June 13, more than 300 people from Amway,  Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology and KaBoom! pitched in to build a new playground at in front of the school, located at 600 Burton Street SE.  The volunteers spent several hours transforming children’s designs into a place to play. 

Dr. Marvin L. Sapp and other community leaders will celebrate the playground’s grand opening Tuesday, June 17 at 5 p.m., before officially welcoming children to play at the new site, which is the 16th of its kind built by Amway and KaBOOM.