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My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--- Legislation that would protect veterans who use service dogs is making its way through a Michigan committee.

Holly Hughes, who represents the Montague and Muskegon areas, introduced House Bill 4313 this week.  The measure would make it unlawful to refuse service to veterans who use service dogs as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, closed head injuries and other service related conditions.  The bill would amend a current state law to specifically include veterans with service disabilities and add airplanes to the list of places that must accommodate service dogs.

Hughes proposed the changes after hearing the plight of veteran Eric Calley.  Hughes says Calley, who uses a service dog, was treated poorly on a recent flight.

“I want to make sure that Eric and others like him never have to endure similar treatment again,” said Hughes.

My Town Whitehall: Artists embrace the 'Change of Seasons' in juried exhibition

My Town Whitehall: Artists embrace the 'Change of Seasons' in juried exhibition

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A graphite and pencil drawing garnered top honors at Arts Council of White Lake’s Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition, by winning artist was Eleanor Goudreau. The youth division was full of tremendous paintings, collages and photographs.

Winners were announced at the show opening and artists’ reception February 27. It runs through March 28 at the ACWL building, 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall.

The 2015 Change of Seasons show drew 74 adult entries, of which 63 were accepted. The youth show has 48 entries.

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 Grand Haven: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Celtic Band Uneven Ground March 8

My Town Grand Haven: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Celtic Band Uneven Ground March 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities come early at Loutit District Library (LDL) as the library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on March 8 with the traditional Celtic band "Uneven Ground" (UG).

Uneven Ground is a four-piece traditional Celtic band that blends vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey. Jigs, reels, airs, hornpipes, stories, and songs comprise the band’s traditional repertoire.

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

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.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

My Town Muskegon: Mercy Health Black History Month Celebration

My Town Muskegon: Mercy Health Black History Month Celebration

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Mercy Health will celebrate Black History Month Tuesday, Feb. 24 with Freedom Crossroads, African Americans Paving the Way Then and Now Presented by Mercy Health People of Color Network Business Resource Group.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mercy Health Hackley Campus' Youngberg Auditorium, 1700 Clinton Ave. in Muskegon.

Join us for an unforgettable experience, which will include food, fun and fellowship. The evening will feature a journey through time with local pastors discussing Muskegon’s past, present and future and the impact the church will have in paving the way. Special guests include local African American dance teams, choirs, musicians and more. You won’t want to miss it.

The public and Mercy Health medical staff and colleagues are welcome to attend. This  free event will feature dance, history, art and African American traditional foods. For more information, contact Kaslena Hussey at husseyk@mercyhealth.com.