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Should Sandy relief money go to West Michigan?

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - WZZM 13 has learned that communities in West Michigan are getting money that is supposed to help victim's of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast.

The Army Corps of Engineers Lake Michigan office wanted the money for dredging.

"When the hurricane hit the east coast, we ended up getting some back winds from that," says Tom O'Bryan with the Army Corps of Engineers. "The wave energy picks up a lot of sand from the shoreline."

WZZM 13 has learned that Holland and Muskegon are each receiving $200,000 and Saugatuck's getting $350,000. When asked if the money would be better served for on the east coast, O'Bryan said," I believe the majority of the package for Sandy went to the east cost."

The local relief money is part of a larger $40 billion package. Congressman Bill Huizenga supports the idea, but voted down the bill.

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N. Muskegon school district closes due to virus

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) North Muskegon Public Schools is closing Thursday and Friday due to illness.

The school district sent a letter home to parents saying the district is closing due to a 'possible viral gastroenteritis' among students in the district.

The letter from District Superintendent Curt Babcock, PhD. is below:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We have become aware of a possible viral gastroenteritis outbreak among students at North Muskegon Public Schools. We are working closely with the Muskegon County Health Department in response to this increase in illness. For the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students, North Muskegon Public Schools will be closed Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12 as a thorough sanitation of the facility must take place.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. Cycling enthusiasts are being urged to register now for “Haiti Ride 2013”.

The annual bike ride raises funds to support villagers and residents in the island nation of Haiti, as it continues its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the 2010 quake, three recent hurricanes and cholera epidemic.  United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will serve again as the host site for the bike tour.

Haiti Ride 2013 will be held from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15.

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Muskegon OKs moving farmers market downtown

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon City Commissioners voted six-to-one Tuesday night in favor of moving the farmers market from Yuba Street closer to downtown. The vote clears the way for the nonprofit Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation to start officially gathering private funds to build the market.

Groundbreaking at West Western Avenue and Terrace Street is expected in June. The market would open in May 2014.

The new market design includes 125 stalls, larger than what the city currently offers. Each vendor will have electricity, water, and indoor space for year-round sales. Once it's built with private funds it will become city property.

"After the market is complete, the DMDC will turn this property over the the city of Muskegon for one dollar. The city will then take ownership and full responsibility for maintaining this facility," explains Steve Olsen of the Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation.

Wetland projects starts in Muskegon County

MOORLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Work is officially underway on a 100-acre wetlands project in Muskegon County.

The project is being funded by environmental protection agency grants. It will filter pollutants and sediment runoff from Black Creek and the Mona Lake Watershed by creating berms at the Muskegon County wastewater facility.

When finished, the site will fill with water up to three feet deep and provide a new home for wildlife. Work is expected to be completed this fall.

Enter the WZZM 13 'Made in Michigan' giveaway

(WZZM) -- WZZM 13 is highlighting companies that make products here in our state and you could be a winner. Friday we will announce the third winner of our Made in Michigan giveaway.

This week's prize package includes one box of Sweetland chocolate every month for a year, a premium twin mattress set from Jonathon Stevens, and makeup from Artistry cosmetics.

To enter the contest visit the WZZM 13 Grand Rapids Facebook page. You can enter the contest once each day. The winner will be announced Friday during WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.

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