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My Town GR South: Date set for ice rink build at Wilcox Park

My Town GR South: Date set for ice rink build at Wilcox Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The date is set to rebuild a wintertime attraction at Wilcox Park.

A team of volunteers will create the outdoor ice rink Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. Help is still needed to maintain the ice rink through winter.  Volunteers will be responsible for clearing snow off the ice.   

Sponsors are also needed to help make this attraction a reality.  The Eastown Community Association still needs to purchase a new liner for the rink. 

Those interested in helping with the upkeep should contact Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org.

RELATED STORY: Ice rinks popping up around Grand Rapids

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.

My Town GR South: Wintertime attraction returns to Wilcox Park

My Town GR South: Wintertime attraction returns to Wilcox Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A wintertime attraction in Grand Rapids proved so popular last year, it may return this season.

The Wilcox Park ice rink is expected to welcome its first skaters of the season in January.  Last year, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Aquinas College hockey players and community volunteers constructed three outdoor ice rinks at Wilcox, Cherry and Richmond parks to encourage people to visit these public spaces during the normally quiet winter season.

The Eastown Community Association needs volunteers to help maintain the ice rink at Wilcox Park. Ideally, at least a dozen people would help build the rink, and eight people would maintain the ice throughout the season.  If you would like to help, e-mail Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org.

RELATED STORY: Ice rinks popping up around Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Collectible Toy & Comic Expo

Grand Rapids Collectible Toy & Comic Expo

 

The above event will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9am to 3 pm at the HSB Auditorium (Home School Building) located at 5625 Burlingame SW in Grand Rapids, MI. Admission is $4.00 but children 12 and younger are free. For additional information, please go to www.grtoycomicexpo.net or call 616-261-5664.

Over 150 dealers will be offering hard to find and collectible toys and comics of all kinds. This is the 20th Anniversary of this show. It is the perfect time to find that gift you have been searching for.  This is a great place for all those die-hard collectors and a great place and time for the entire family.

Food services and free parking for the day.

My Recipe of the Month

My Recipe of the Month

I don't know about the rest of the world but I love apple butter on my toast or on a fresh slice of homemade bread.

For the first time, I have found a recipe to make this delicious spread in a Crock-Pot! It turned out so good and with very little fuss on my part. It is just a matter of assembling the ingredients, letting the Crock-Pot do its thing and then enjoying the results.

My mom made this when I was a kid and I have carried the tradition on with my kids. It's always a treat. Maybe it will be for you too.

HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER

Makes about 6 cups

  • 5 ½ pounds of apples, peeled and cut up (I use a variety)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

 

Put all the apples in a Crock-Pot and top with the remaining ingredients and stir to coat the apples.

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures drop, the risk of chimney and heater fires rises, which is why now is a good time to pick up a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector from the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

The organization is providing these devices for free to households in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming with a child who is 14 years or younger. For more information, call (616) 241-3300 or email info@healthyhomescoalition.org.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.