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Time to Inventory your Freezer & make some Soup

Time to Inventory your Freezer & make some Soup

Just recently, while looking for something in my freezer, I realized it was time to really go through everything to make certain I was not losing food because of freezer burn. Winter is the perfect time to clean freezers. I decided to eat from my freezer for a week and see what happened.

I found good things that I had labeled and forgotten about. When the week was over, I had a much more organized freezer and at the same time, saved myself a trip or two to the store.

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

ChoiceOne Bank announces internal leadership positions

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SPARTA, Mich. (ChoiceOne Bank) — ChoiceOne Bank recently announced the appointments of Kyle Purdy, Carrie Olson and Angela Anderson, along with staff changes for Patricia Brown, Peggy O’Dea, Dan Wheat and Tina Hall.

“As we continue to grow and expand in the communities we serve, it is necessary for us to expand our levels of expertise and customer service,” explained James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “As the local community bank, our culture is centered on our customers. That means having experienced, caring and professional staff that serve our customers exceptionally well. I am pleased to announce these internal changes.”

Kyle Purdy is appointed to Vice President, Controller. He began his career with ChoiceOne Bank in August 2013 as Controller. Purdy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University in 2003 and an MBA from GVSU in 2008.

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

REgistration is required to attend an informative orientation to learn about Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program.

Refugee youth, who have been separated from their families by community violence, war and abuse are desperate to live in a an accepting and loving foster home that helps welcome them to our country and prepares them for future independence.

This orientation takes place Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Michigan Refugee Services located at 1050 36th Street, Suite 400 in GRand Rapids.

Dinner will be provided. There is no required commitment to this free orientation.

RSVP at (616)365-50096 or visit www.bethany.org/rfc for more information.

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of Grand Rapids)-- David Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as its new Parks and Recreation Director. “I am pleased David has chosen to be part of our team. His experience in leading the Planning, Design and Construction division of the Denver Parks Department positions him well to jump in and lead implementation of parks millage investments,” said City Manager Gregory Sundstrom.

In the final stages of the interview process, Marquardt visited Grand Rapids and had an opportunity to meet community members, park advocates, and City officials. Reflecting on that process, Marquardt stated, “I was impressed by the community’s demonstrated commitment to parks and recreation services. There is energy here that is intriguing and exciting.”

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.

Congressman Justin Amash rejects Boehner for speaker

Congressman Justin Amash rejects Boehner for speaker

WASHINGTON (Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press) – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of west Michigan — once again — joined the move to dump House Speaker John Boehner as his party's leader in the chamber.

It didn't work: Boehner, R-Ohio, was elected to his third two-year term as House speaker but it didn't come without a a spirited challenge by his critics, including Amash, who joined 27 members who rejected either Boehner or Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

Boehner was elected with 216 of 408 votes cast in the 435-member chamber. Pelosi, the former speaker, received 164 Democratic votes. The rest of the votes were split among more than a dozen other names.

Amash was the only one of nine Republican members of Michigan's 14-member delegation to the House to vote against Boehner, a position he announced Tuesday morning on social media.

John Inhulsen assumes post as Chairman of the Kent County GOP

John Inhulsen assumes post as Chairman of the Kent County GOP

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent GOP)-- John Inhulsen, an attorney at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, was unanimously elected as the next Chairman of the Kent GOP in December, officially taking office over the weekend.

Inhulsen, an East Grand Rapids resident, has been an active fundraiser as the Kent GOP’s Finance Chairman over the last two years.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to lead the Kent GOP. I consider it an incredible honor to follow in the footsteps of Gerald R. Ford Sr., Peter Secchia, Terri Lynn Land and Betsy DeVos in being the Chairman of one of the largest county parties in the nation.”