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My Town: Free event to honor 70th year of liberation from concentration camp

My Town: Free event to honor 70th year of liberation from concentration camp

 

The World War II atrocities of the Nazi regime are still fresh in the mind of local Veteran James Zuidema. He and other members of the Muskegon community are urging all people to come together in a stand against anti-Semitism by remembering and honoring the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auchwitz-Birkenau.

                                    

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Police Department is trying to tear down barriers between officers and community members by creating a Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy will introduce students to the functions of law enforcement while creating a new channel of communication between the community and police.  Students cannot miss more than two weekly classes to graduate.  The academy will be limited to 30 students, with preference given to those who live or work within Muskegon.  Students must be 17 years or older.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will run from March 25 to May 27, 2015.  Classes will take place every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Academy applications are due March 13.  They are available at the Muskegon Police Department and online. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Muskegon Police Department or mailed to:

Denny Powers, Police-Community Coordinator

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Get a different perspective of winter in West Michigan by strapping on a set of snowshoes for a hike through P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.

Reservations are required to take part in the Saturday snowshoe hikes, which will take place on Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m. Snowshoes can be reserved in advance through the Gillette Nature Association for $5 per pair. The hikes are limited to two per person so everyone will have an opportunity to participate.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road in Muskegon. For more information or to make reservations, call (231) 798-3573 or visit www.gillettenature.org.

My Town: Time to trash the tree! Free Christmas tree recycling locations

My Town: Time to trash the tree!  Free Christmas tree recycling locations

Christmas is over, which means it’s time to trash the tree.

Many municipalities are offering free tree recycling services to residents with a natural tree.  Some communities are planning to put the trees through a chipper and use the remnants to cover park trails and other green spaces.  Here is the schedule for live tree drop-offs:

Ada Township (Through Jan. 12)

  • Ada Township Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Alpine Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Behind Township Hall, 5255 Alpine Ave. NW

 

Cannon Township (Through Jan. 10)

  • West side of the township building; RHS Honor Society will help unload trees Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (donations encouraged)

 

Courtland Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Fire Station #1 on 14 Mile Road

 

My Town: Lakeshore family gets triple surprise at Meijer

My Town: Lakeshore family gets triple surprise at Meijer

NORTON SHORES, Mich.—A West Michigan family received three surprises while shopping at Meijer for the holidays.

Not only did the store cover Elizabeth Flores’ bill, but co-chairman Doug Meijer and other team members surprised Flores with items that didn’t make it into her grocery cart.  During her trip down the aisles, Flores picked up some gifts, but eventually returned them to store shelves because she was worried she couldn’t pay for them.  Little did she know, Doug Meijer and store employees were picking up those discarded items to surprise her with at checkout.  Doug Meijer also added a bicycle and helmet to Flores’ complimentary order, for her 7-year-old son, Octavio.

Meijer picked up the tab for 213 shoppers this season, as part of its inaugural Very Merry Meijer event on Dec. 13.  Co-chairman Hank Meijer and President J.K. Symancyk also took part in the giveaway at the 28th Street and Plainfield Avenue stores, respectively.