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This Mexican Rice is very good

This Mexican Rice is very good

I found this recipe on the Food Network/Pioneer Woman a couple weeks ago, it sounded good and so I made it. I really thought it was very tasty. I did not have cayenne pepper but used red pepper flakes instead and it still turned out just great. I did find I used a little more chicken broth than the recipe called for. I will certainly make it again.

MEXICAN RICE       Serves 12 

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Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Leaders and parishioners from Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church, a culturally-diverse place of worship in Grand Rapids, will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of their church with a service led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison. The Church service is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30am followed by a celebration dinner at 12:30pm.

This celebration dinner is open to all people and is free to attend. It will be catered by the LINC Up Soul Food Café and held at the church, located at 961 Temple SE in Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Oakdale’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has helped the congregation grow its’ ministries, community outreach and service programs. The church also helps other outside organizations by providing use of its facilities.

Oakdale Park CRC was founded in 1890 and has more than 400 parishioners and currently is led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison.

Opinion: It's my Point of view on St. Mary's Church

Opinion: It's my Point of view on St. Mary's Church

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, MI. and what a pretty church it is. Today there were several vases of pink roses, I’m guessing maybe from their May procession? When I looked around the church, I’m guessing there was maybe 50 people or less at 5 o’clock Mass. I thought how sad. It is very evident that the older people at Mass who do take part in helping Father Nolan are there because they want to be, very dedicated.

I belong to Holy Spirit Parish on the west side of Grand Rapids but every so often I get the urge to go to Mass at St. Mary’s; it kind of brings me back to reality, makes me remember my childhood parish in Northern Michigan.

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Event planning is under way for the Heritage Hill Association in Grand Rapids, MI. Here a few things on the calendar.

Starting off, the 46th Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes will be held on May 16 and 17.  Eight private homes will be open to share their architecture, design, are and the history of the homes.

There is an opportunity for anyone to get a FREE ticket for the tour by signing up to be a tour guide right up until the days of the tour to cover any cancellations. For more information about this and tour times, please call 616-453-8950 or e-mail: heritage@heritagehillweb.org

June 6th will find many people milling around at the Heritage Hill Yard Sales. You may get more information by using the phone number and web site posted above.

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

I for one, was really disappointed to hear that Jazz at the Zoo is moving downtown to the Ah-Nab-Awen Park this year. I loved the atmosphere at John Ball Park at the old band shell.

No matter how hot it was when I left home for the concerts, soon after arriving at the Zoo and getting settled, along came a breeze and the shade from the big, beautiful trees only added to the enjoyment.

I wrote an e-mail to the Jazz Society and below is the answer I received from Donna at that address. As much as I appreciate her reply and explanation it really won’t do much for me when Jazz at the Zoo time comes along.

 

Kal,

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor honored for contribution to Catholic history

My Town EGR: Aquinas College professor honored for contribution to Catholic history

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Dr. John Pinheiro, professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, was recently awarded the Father Paul J. Foik award from the Texas Catholic Historical Society for his contributions to Catholic history.

This annual award is given to the author of the publication judged as the most important contribution to Texas Catholic history. Dr. Pinheiro’s book “Missionaries of a Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War,” released in March 2014, details the religious history of the Mexican-American war. Pinheiro traces the rise to prominence of the discourse that began in the 1820’s and culminated in the Mexican-American War. He invites the reader to use these lessons learned, and challenges them to see some of the current issues surrounding immigration in a different light, as well as help the reader to understand the power that religion can have in shaping decisions.