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Man builds refrigerator out of snow

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Here is a way to use winter to your advantage.

Tom Herrgard created a refrigerator made of snow, which can be seen outside his home on Jones Street NW. He sculpted it with slush, them using a plant sprayer, he covered it with water, which of course turned into ice.

Then he installed a couple of refrigerator racks and a low voltage light bulb to complete the project.

Tom says it took him three months to build the snow fridge.

He's not sure what kind of project he'll tackle next.

Just a Cooking Tip when making Pastry Cream/Pudding

Just a Cooking Tip when making Pastry Cream/Pudding

Not too long ago, I posted a recipe for Pastry Cream, a real versatile dessert item. In most cook books and even on food TV shows, when making this or any kind of pudding, they will instruct you to cover the pastry cream or pudding with plastic wrap right on the surface of it, to avoid a skin forming while cooling.

I personally never liked doing that for two reasons; one, you actually lose quite a bit of the cooked product when you take the plastic off, and two, I didn’t like the idea of plastic wrap on the pastry cream or pudding itself. I decided to try something different and it worked just fine.

After cooking to the proper stage, I put a piece of paper towel over the pan and then placed the cover over this on the pan. I then put it in the fridge to cool completely. When I was ready to use it, I found the paper towel stuck just a little in a couple places on the pan, but the pastry cream was perfect.

My Town GR West: Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids hosts free information sessions

My Town GR West: Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids hosts free information sessions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Students at Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a local blended learning school, spend time together during their Fall Harvest party.

To learn more about Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids or to attend one of their upcoming information sessions, visit their website here

Home burns on Grand Rapids' west side

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Crews are on the scene a house fire on Grand Rapids' west side.

The fire broke out about 1:30pm in the 900 block of McReynolds. Everyone did make it out of the house.

Flames can be seen shooting through the roof.

We'll have more details when they become available.

Harlem Globetrotters advocate for bullying prevention

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – The Harlem Globetrotters Tuesday are teaching students at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary about the ABC's of Bullying Prevention.

Bullying within schools is a problem nationwide. Star Flight Time Lang hopes to put a stop to this destructive behavior through an interactive program that empowers youth to take Action, be Brave and show Compassion.

"We just want to express to kids how important it is to stand up to bullying," Flight Time said. Sharing his own story of being bullied when he was young, he said: "There's always a few kids that like to pick on kids and I wasn't always 6 foot 3 inches and handsome."

The Globetrotters will visit more than 300 schools and community centers this year to advocate anti-bullying behavior. The iconic team will play at the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, January 25.

Amash calls for changes in Washington

Amash calls for changes in Washington

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Congressman Justin Amash says Washington D.C. needs changes. Amash added that he doesn't think House Speaker John Boehner is the right man to lead the changes.

Amash made those remarks during a town hall meeting at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Saturday morning. This was his first meeting with the public since the new congress convened on Tuesday.

The Republican from Michigan's 3rd Congressional says despite the fact that he likes House Speaker John Boehner, he wants to see more get done. Amash said, "unless someone really wants to go out on a limb it's very hard to change the system, and I think unfortunately Speaker Boehner is not willing to do what it takes to change the system, and that is the biggest problem we have right now. We need someone in there who will go there and say I don't care if I upset a bunch of special interest."

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather: