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In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

I was on vacation in Maryland recently abd had the pleasure of having my daughter-in-law's sister, Terri, make this dinner for us. It was all part of my son Mark's recovery from hip surgery. (You know that theory- send over a dish when someone is sick.)

Anyway, the dish arrived in time for dinner as a surprise, but Donna, my daughter-in-law, had already prepared a pork dinner for the family, so she just let this cool on the counter and put it away in the fridge overnight and we had it for dinner the following evening.  It turned out to be a very versatile dish.

Recipe:

In a 9" x 13"  pan, cut three boneless chicken breast in three pieces, add two cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red potatoes on the other side.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it. Sprinkle an envelope of zesty Italian dressing mix over everything. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The founder of a Coopersville-based nonprofit aimed at helping children with disabilities is releasing a new children’s book.

Lori Hasting’s third book, titled “Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” will be available within the next week. Hasting, who was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy as a child, writes her books using voice activated software. Proceeds from each book go to her organization, Lori’s Voice, which supports young people with disability.

“Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” features illustrations by Julie Baldwin.  For updates on its sale, visit Lori’s Voice’s Facebook page.

My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Watch a best-selling book come to life on the big screen July 22 during free Premiere Movie Night at the Coopersville Area District Library.

Tuesday’s film is “Heaven is for Real”.  The film is based on the New York Times bestseller by Todd Burpo, which chronicles his young son’s journey to heaven and back.  Heaven is for Real is rated PG.  Tuesday’s showing will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa Street.

Premiere Movie Night series is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club. 

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

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.” 

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

My Town: Finding free meals while school is out

School is out, leaving many children from low-income families without meals during the summer months.

That’s where the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service program comes in. The program provides nutritious meals to people 18 years of age or younger for free.  All participants need to do is show up.

There are hundreds of participating locations, including places in Walker, Grand Rapids North, Grand Rapids West, Grand Rapids South, Grand Rapids Central, Grandville, Wyoming, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Montague and Greenville. You can find the full list on the state website here.