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To Paczki Or Not To Paczki? That Is The Question.

I have an emotional attachment to Paczki, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to eat one today.  Don't get me wrong,  "the Polish donuts" are tasty, but they pack the equivalent of an entire day's calories.  Back in the day my grandmother, or "Bushie" or we called her , made them from scratch, but they were filled with prunes instead of  the various fruit fillings.  I loved the big donut, but avoided the prunes.

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Michigan H.S. Basketball Plays In State Tournament After Death Of Star Athlete
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Fenville Wins Emotional Game; Honors Fallen Player

When I heard Fennville was going to play its district basketball game Monday; one day before the funeral of its best player, I wondered if it was the right thing to do.   Wes Leonard made the winning shot in the game against Bridgman before collapsing on the floor.   Leonard later died of an what some doctors believe was an "enlarged heart".

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Hawaiian Volcano Spews Lava 65 Feet Into The Air

There"s nothing like a little volcanic activity to get your heart racing.  Scientists at the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island in Hawaii. say a new vent has opened at one of the world's most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the  eruption was spotted shortly after the floor at the Pu'u O'o crater collapsed around 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Heritage Hill District Honored As One Of 64 Best In Nation

Finally, a magazine that speaks highly of the place we call home.  "This Old House" magazine loves the Heritage Hill Neighborhood, calling it a "mecca for people who love historic American architecture."  In the April issue of the magazine, the Heritage Hill Historic District near downtown Grand Rapids was named "one of the best 64 Old House Neighborhoods in the United States."

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Justice For All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation Senate Hearing
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Actor Mickey Rooney Testifies Before Congress About Elder Abuse

Actor Mickey Rooney has had lots of roles in his career.  Perhaps one of the most important came Wednesday testifying before Congress about elder abuse.  Rooney told a special Senate committee considering legislation to curb abuses of senior citizens that he was left powerless by a family member who misused his money.

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West Michigan Based Show ‘Ice Brigade’ Premiers Tonight

Remember the chess set made out of ice at Rosa Parks Circle in January.  Ice Sculptures Ltd. of Grand Rapids created the spectacular pieces for their Food Network Show Ice Brigade. The premiere of the seven episode series is tonight on the Food Network at 10.  The six professional sculptors from the Ice Sculptures Ltd. will be a premier party at GP Sports inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  The party kicks off at 9.

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