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Burning Foot Beer Festival at Pere Marquette Beach

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon has a new festival. This one is combining the city's great beach and craft beer.

The inaugural Burning Foot Beer Festival will take place Saturday from 3-9 p.m. at Pere Marquette Beach.

Members of the Muskegon craft beer scene came up with the idea during a night of taste testing.

36 craft breweries from Michigan and Wisconsin are offering 160 beers. Tickets are $30 and include tasting tickets and a souvenir tasting glass.

There will be food, games, live music and an opportunity to hone your beer tasting palate.

Festival organizers say the event is close to selling out. They suggest you check their website before heading to the beach.

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Neighbors want theme park to connect to Muskegon Co. wastewater system

DALTON and FRUITPORT TOWNSHIPS, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's community pressure to persuade Michigan's Adventure amusement park to connect to Muskegon County's wastewater system.

Michigan's Adventure is in Dalton and Fruitland townships, neither of which has the power to force the park to connect to the Muskegon County wastewater system. The wastewater pipe, though, runs right along the park's property.

The park treats sanitary wastewater from its showers, toilets, and sinks in two treatment lagoons and several discharge beds behind the park. The park is seeking re-authorization from the state's Department of Environmental Quality to increase the amount of wastewater it treats and releases into the groundwater.

New Muskegon Community College science center opening

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's been nearly a year since Muskegon Community College broke ground on its new science center, and on Friday they're opening the building for the first time with a ribbon-cutting at the new facility.

It's right next to the Stevenson Center for Higher Education.

Muskegon County voters approved the project back in 2013, agreeing to pay for more than half of the project.

The building includes new and renovated classrooms and lab space.

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Rescue stations installed at Pere Marquette beach

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- On average, five people drown each year in Muskegon County, and many of those drownings have happened at Pere Marquette beach.

Muskegon High class of 1945 has "last hurrah"


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Members of the 1945 Muskegon High School graduating class say this is their final class reunion.

"That's why we are calling it our last hurrah," explains reunion co-chair Ardis Peters.

Thursday night, 50 or so members from the class of 1945 gathered at Muskegon Country Club to eat, sing, and reminisce.

"It's great to seeing them," says class of '45 member Richard "Red" Layfayette. "It's fun to renew old friendships."

The class of 1945 has been gathering every five years for the past 70 years.

But their numbers are shrinking, their health is declining, and they've decided this is the final reunion.

Still, most say they will still do their best to keep in touch.

"We have been a very loyal group to ourselves and to each other," says Peters.

Missing U.S. flag, apparently stolen, honored late veteran

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon Township man lost a number of important belongings in a house fire, but his cherished American flag survived.

That flag later flew at his Muskegon River property - until it was gone.

Terry Hall would love to show photos of his step-father Robert Anscomb. "He was in the Navy and inspired me to go into the Navy," Hall said, but all of his photos were destroyed in a house fire.

The American flag used at his step-father's funeral, however, was not damaged. "In my estimation it was one of the prettiest flags I have ever seen," Hall recalls.

In July, Terry and June Hall started hanging that burial flag on their pole along the the Muskegon River.