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My Town: Culinary Institute of Michigan indulges in sweet victory at chocolate competition

My Town: Culinary Institute of Michigan indulges in sweet victory at chocolate competition

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Chocolatiers from Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) carved up the competition at the 26th annual Michigan State University Museum Chocolate Party Benefit. Faculty members and students representing CIM Muskegon earned 12 awards, including the top two—Pastry Chef of the Year and Student Team of the Year.

The competition, sponsored by Great Lakes Gourmet, was part of the annual fundraising event for the MSU Museum that generated approximately $15,000 for the care and preservation of the museum's science and culture collections.

Competitors were asked to create chocolate masterpieces inspired by the feature film, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” The CIM Muskegon had a strong presence in every category of the competition:

Professional Masterpiece

My Town: MAISD administrator among top 'Leaders to Learn From' in nation

My Town: MAISD administrator among top 'Leaders to Learn From' in nation

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WASHINGTON--  In more than 14,000 school districts across the country, education leaders are tackling the critical task of preparing students for success during and beyond their K-12 years. Amid scarce resources, shifting demographics, and competing education providers, district-level administrators tirelessly work to improve the school systems in their communities. After reviewing hundreds of nominations, Education Week‘s annual Leaders To Learn From report, released today in print and online at edweek.org/leaders, recognizes 16 forward-thinking district leaders who are working to enact, and inspire, change in our nation’s public schools.

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

My Town: Career Tech Center chefs bring home gold

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On Feb. 20, 2015, the Baker College of Muskegon Culinary Institute of Michigan hosted 63 hospitality students from seven career tech centers in Northwestern Michigan for the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition. These students competed in four areas: Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking, Food & Beverage Service, and Team Banquet. Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students earned gold medals in all three events.

Team Banquet members Chef McCayla Dixon (Oakridge), Sous Chef Kaley Billman (Oakridge), Prep Cook Leah Stokes (Montague), Pastry Chef Samantha Wilson (Whitehall), and Server Kathy Allen (Whitehall) prepared and served a four-course “Taste of the Caribbean” menu. This gold medal winner included coconut lentil soup, watercress pineapple salad, Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with black bean stew and rice, and finished with Cuban coffee custard.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

My Town: Optimists recognize top students; offer cash prizes for contests

My Town: Optimists recognize top students; offer cash prizes for contests

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On January 28 and February 4, 2015, Mona Shores Optimist Club members celebrated the successes of area high school students with a recognition luncheon at Baker College. Two students from each of the 14 Muskegon Area high schools were honored for their academic success and for best reflecting the Optimist Creed. The creed charges members to expect only the best, wear a cheerful countenance, forget the mistakes of the past, and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

The students briefly shared their accomplishments and plans for the future, followed by a speech from Baker College President Lee Coggin on January 28, and Baker College Business Department Chair Tim Stein on February 4. At the close of the luncheon, each student was awarded a gold keychain and certificate.