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G.R. dog owner to stand trial on cruelty charges


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids woman was ordered today to stand trial on animal cruelty charges stemming from sub-par treatment of 39 dogs taken from her Northeast Side home in June.

Kimberly Savino was bound over to Kent County Circuit Court after Grand Rapids District Court Judge David Buter this morning found there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Criminal charges were dismissed Wednesday against her co-defendant, Susan Kay Strotheide.

Savino, 32, is charged with felony animal abandonment-cruelty. If convicted, she faces two years in prison and up to 300 hours of community service.

Animal control officers seized the dogs in June. They were put up for adoption on Friday after Savino was unable to come up with $106,000 to pay for their care. As of today, three of the dogs have been adopted.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town GR North: Creston Neighborhood welcomes city's first hostel

My Town GR North: Creston Neighborhood welcomes city's first hostel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two longtime Grand Rapids residents plan to transform a 150-year-old Victorian home into the city’s first hostel.

Cousins Mark and Phil Bouman plan to open the Grand Rapids International Hostel in 2015. The men recently purchased a home near Leonard and Plainfield for their pursuit.  The house, built in 1878 by a lumber baron, features four bathrooms and five bedrooms, which will welcome up to 30 people a night.

“The hostel experience is really one of community,” said Phil Bouman, co-owner of Grand Rapids International Hostel. “It’s about sharing space, food, knowledge and experience. Mark and I believe Grand Rapids has a lot to offer, and we want to share it with others.”

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

I was on vacation in Maryland recently abd had the pleasure of having my daughter-in-law's sister, Terri, make this dinner for us. It was all part of my son Mark's recovery from hip surgery. (You know that theory- send over a dish when someone is sick.)

Anyway, the dish arrived in time for dinner as a surprise, but Donna, my daughter-in-law, had already prepared a pork dinner for the family, so she just let this cool on the counter and put it away in the fridge overnight and we had it for dinner the following evening.  It turned out to be a very versatile dish.

Recipe:

In a 9" x 13"  pan, cut three boneless chicken breast in three pieces, add two cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red potatoes on the other side.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it. Sprinkle an envelope of zesty Italian dressing mix over everything. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.