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Regional poetry competition winners make Art Talk at museum

Regional poetry competition winners make Art Talk at museum
Regional poetry competition winners make Art Talk at museum   The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the public to attend a poetry reading and awards ceremony for its first Art Talk Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Competition at the museum on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Awards and readings of the winning poems will begin at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. Musical entertainment will be provided from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m by GVSU performance music majors Ashley Stanley on flute and Adam Brennan on the clarinet. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.   The juried Art Talk competition was open to writers throughout West Michigan and 67 entries from all across the region were received by the March 28 contest deadline. Writers were invited to enter original poems, each poem inspired by one of ten selected works of art from the MMA’s permanent collection.

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Culinary students hone their job seeking skills

Culinary students hone their job seeking skills

LANSING: On Monday, April 8, 2013, nine Muskegon Area Career Tech Center Catering & Culinary Management students took part in Getting Hired 101, an innovative professional skills development day for ProStart® students piloted by the Michigan Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, held at the Lexington Hotel in Lansing, MI.  A team of industry executives and professionals from companies like Millennium Restaurant Group, DiamondRock Hospitality Company, Aubrey’s, Bagger Dave’s, Biggby Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, Gordon Food Service, LaBelle Management, and the Michigan Restaurant Association volunteered their time to coach students through multiple job interviews, critique their resumes, and teach them about interpersonal communication skills, professional dress requirements, and business dining etiquette.


Keynote speaker Brad Hansen, President and CEO of LaBelle Management told his story and advised students that, “The harder I worke

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Recent rains boost water level in Lake Michigan

Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) - The cold and constant rain over the past week is making many people feel depressed and miserable

But there is a silver lining to this wet weather.

The water levels in Lake Michigan are up significantly.

According to measurements by the Army Corps of Engineers, the lake has risen 2 inches since April 1.

"That is a lot of water," says Dr. Alan Steinman, Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon. "In terms of the sheer gallons, we are talking about a lot of water."

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Would-be hitman turns in friend, shares his story

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore man is speaking with WZZM 13 after he says a mother tried to hire him to kill her husband. But the plan fell apart after Carlos Ramos went to police and they set up a sting to arrest her.

Julia Merfeld, 21, was charged Thursday with trying to hire a hit man to murder her 27-year-old husband. Investigators say they believe Merfeld would have gone through with the scheme, if not for the courage of Ramos.

"I did what I thought I had to do because I thought that it was serious," he told WZZM 13.

Ramos says while he and Merfeld were working one night at a Muskegon area restaurant when she asked him to kill her husband.

"She first came to me in February. She was laughing and joking and I thought she was kidding. So I did not pay any mind to it," Ramos said.

April rains bring flooded basements

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Pothoff home has been through a lot this year; high winds knocked down a fence, and heavy rains this week flooded their basement. It's a scene playing out in neighborhoods across West Michigan.

Trudging down the stairs to her basement, Bobbi Pothoff notes the water has receded. A day or two ago it was up to the first step on the stairs.

"It was the worst it's ever been since we've been here," Pothoff said Friday.

They've lived in the home for seven years. They have their weekend plans set: Fill up the dumpster now sitting in their driveway with wet items now sitting in their basement.

Three to five inches of rain have fallen across the area this week, and all of West Michigan is under a flood watch.

There is some good news from all the rain. Experts say Lake Michigan's water level, which is at a historic low, has risen two inches this week.

38 students awarded 2013 MEA Scholarship

EAST LANSING, Mich. (MEA) -- The Michigan Education Association today announced the recipients of the 2013 MEA Scholarships, honoring exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall.

Among the 1,116 applications submitted for scholarship awards this year, the MEA Scholarship Fund Trustees chose 20 new award recipients who will each receive $1,500. In addition, 18 repeat winners who are already enrolled in college will receive $750 each.

Since 1997, the MEA Scholarship Fund has awarded 410 scholarships totaling $440,790 to graduates of Michigan public high schools.

The general criteria for awarding the scholarships include academic achievement, extra-curricular activities as well as school and community service. All other criteria being equal, children of MEA members and students from lower income households are given first consideration.