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My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Parents have a new, free resource to lead their children down a path of success.

The Great Start Collaborative of Muskegon County launched its new website early this year.  ParentVille.org is an age-based guide to prepare children for success in kindergarten.  The website focuses on children up to age four, delivering age appropriate information on physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language development.  The site also includes links to local resources and an “ask Grandma” area.

In a survey of Muskegon area parents, Great Start Collaborative found parents were not confident of their role as their child’s first teacher and did not regularly engage in teaching early literacy or math skills.

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Lake Michigan water level up 14'' over last year


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Seven years ago when the Great Lakes were low, freighters couldn't carry full loads and one even got stuck at the mouth of the Muskegon Channel. But now a captain with more than two decades of experience on the Great Lakes says he can't remember a time when the water level has rebounded so fast.

Like the ice bobbing on Lake Michigan, water levels go up and down with peaks and valleys separated by years. This lake is in the up cycle. The Army Corps of Engineers predicts in June, Lake Michigan will be 14 inches above last year and eight inches above its historical average.

The water level on Muskegon Lake is also increasing.

Captain Fiore with Grand Valley State University says tour groups will have to step up to get onto the W.G. Jackson research vessel this summer. The June prediction could put his boat's rub rail too close to the top of steel pilings.

More detour signs coming to downtown Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The gateway to downtown Muskegon is about to be covered in construction cones.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will start improvements on the U.S. 31 Business Route, also known as Seaway Drive, in mid-April. The project will impact the cities of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights and Norton Shores. The work should be completed in September.

MDOT will resurface 5.5 miles of U.S. 31 Business Route from U.S. 31 to Shoreline Drive. Other work includes bridge repairs at the Little Black Creek, modifications to various intersections along the route, drainage improvements, and sidewalk ramp upgrades that will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Muskegon, named 2014 Tree City USA

Muskegon, named 2014 Tree City USA

Arbor Day Foundation Names Muskegon Tree City USA

 

Muskegon, Ml was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

 

The City achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

 

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

 

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My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A bill that would provide college credit to those who served their country in the military is on its way to Michigan’s Senate.

House Bill 4060 would require state public universities to inform veteran applicants about college credits for their past military service.  The bill would also require universities review a veteran’s Joint Services Transcript. 

The bi-partisan legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague.

“When you serve our country in the military, your experience and hard work should be recognized when you transition back into civilian life,” said Hughes. “Our veterans shouldn’t be taken advantage of by charging them twice and forcing them to take classes over again. In states that have implemented similar legislation, veterans have seen significant savings, sometimes upwards of $30,000 and a year’s worth of college courses.”

The bill passed 110-0 in the State House Friday.

My Town: Muskegon Lake in need of spring cleaning

My Town: Muskegon Lake in need of spring cleaning

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is less than a month away, but now is the time to sign up to clean up a Muskegon jewel.

Volunteers are needed again this year to clear the Muskegon Lake watershed of trash.  The cleanup will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26.  The event is being coordinated by The Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, United Way of the Lakeshore and West Michigan United Labor.

Last year, dozens of artists transformed junk and debris from the shoreline into art.  Proceeds from the Muskegon Lake Project artwork went to the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership.

To volunteer for this year’s cleanup, contact Kathy Evans by emailing kathy@muskegonlake.org .

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves: