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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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How Sweet It Was: The 16th Annual Rockford Sweetheart Splash

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Gene Parker’s Photo Of The Week

Kim Carson loves flowers..especially Gerber Daisys . Kim and Rosie from our sister station, WNWZ, and I were on facebook last night all whining about Valentines Day. It was like junior high all over again

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Rockford Sweetheart Splash Pictorial History

WGRD Labatt's Blue Pond Hockey
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Nice Ice For WGRD Labatt’s Blue Pond Hockey Tourney At Reeds Lake

Our sister Station, WGRD, is hosting the first ever Pond Hockey Tournament at Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. The River's morning man, Chuck LaTour, came up with the idea for the tournament. Chuck spent two weeks building the rinks

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Rockford Sweetheart Splash Feb 12, 2011

Last year at the 15th annual Rockford Sweetheart Splash I battled the "cold, icy" Rogue River, and despite the bone-chilling temperatures, I believe I won. This year I seem to be losing my nerve.

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Not my chicken lasagna recipe
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Chicken Lasagna Recipe Not Really My Recipe

I have a confession to make. This Chicken Lasagna recipe is not mine. It was submitted in 1995 by Therese Oom to the Comstock Park Band Parents, who were putting together a cookbook as a fundraiser. My sister, Kathie, was the president of the group so I bought a copy. I loved Therese's recipe for Chicken Lasagna and have been making it ever since. I've never met Therese, but I'd like to thank her for this yummy recipe that's perfect for a cold winter's day.

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Keep the tips up doesn't work for XC skiing
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Who Says The Snow Is All Bad

There are two things you can do in the Midwest during winter; and since it's cold everywhere else, moving is no longer a good option.  The second choice is much more fun.  Get outside and get moving. Lamoreaux Park on Coit Avenue in Grand Rapids is a beautiful spot to go Cross-Country Skiing. It's relatively flat and takes you right near the Grand River.

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The Sauce for Gene's Best Burritos is the secret
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Gene’s Best Burrito’s — Recipe #2

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My wife is a great cook. She's had lots of practice over the years. I, on the other hand, am good a just a few dishes. The easier, the better! One of my favorite things to make is something called Gene's Best Burritos. I have messed with this recipe many times. It's best when done simply.

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Chess Pieces created by the Ice Brigade at Rosa Parks Circle
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Ice Chess Battle At Rosa Parks Circle

A thinking persons game on Ice? Rosa Parks Circle hosted the Ice Chess Battle Tuesday afternoon. The Ice pieces were made by Randy Finch and Ice Sculptures, LTD of Grand Rapids. The Food Network was on hand to film the icy battle

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Helen Devos Children's Hospital
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Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Open Tuesday

Helen Devos Children's Hospital will offically opens its doors Tuesday.  After years in the planning stages, it is a big day for health care in West Michigan.  Hospital workers will move patients Tuesday from the old hospital to the new hospital.  It took hospital officials one year to work out the logistics of the move.

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Second Semester begins

Christmas break is over and college students all across Michigan are returning to the classroom.  The house is quiet now until May. Study hard children.  Make your parents proud.

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