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Michigan Irish Music Festival Sept. 13-15 to feature Perrin tasting

Michigan Irish Music Festival Sept. 13-15 to feature Perrin tasting

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Have you heard this year’s Michigan Irish Music Festival at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing will be featuring Perrin on tap?

Near the County Kerry stage is where these can be found. Perrin’s Gold and The Black will be featured throughout the festival. Saturday and Sunday will feature special tastings with Perrin’s Head Brewmaster at 1:00 p.m.   IPA and Razz will be included in the tastings, along with the debut of the Malted Milk Ball Baltic Porter, a barrel-aged ale with chocolate and vanilla overtones which clocks in at a hefty 10.5% ABV.

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

More than two dozen West Michigan companies are among the “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” in Michigan.

The annual list was released September 11, one week before the award celebration at Davenport University.  The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies list celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology, positively impacting the industry and environment.  An independent research firm selected the winning companies based on the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning and operational implementation, innovation and problem solving, building and grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance.

The list of 2013 winners includes:

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The lakeshore is getting ready to welcome the top bass fishermen in the world.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and the Evan Williams Bourbon Championship will take place on Muskegon and White lakes September 27 to September 29.  Bob Lukens with the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the event will attract 14 of the top bass anglers in the world, including Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam, Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace and the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year. The top eight anglers in the bass standings have also been invited to the event; the remaining anglers voted in by fans include Gerald Swindle of Alabama, Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho, Michael Iaconelli of New Jersey and Skeet Reese of California.

Kainay Community Church looks to make 'We Serve' a tradition

Kainay Community Church looks to make 'We Serve' a tradition

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  The cities of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights look even better, thanks to an army of volunteers from  Kainay Community Church.

On Saturday, September 7, 200 volunteers visited 21 places around the cities for an inaugural day of service called “We Serve.”    Pastor Jeff Steele says the projects included cleaning and painting and Mona Lake Park, Every Woman’s Place, Webster House Youth Services and Muskegon Pregnancy Services.  Church volunteers also planted shrubs and perennials along Glade Street in Muskegon Heights, cleaned and sorted The Hope Project’s thrift store, built planting boxes for a courtyard at Christian Care, installed siding on a widow’s home and cooked and served hot dogs during youth soccer games for the grand opening of the Fruitport Soccer Complex.

Steele says Kainay Community Church plans to make “We Serve” a tradition.

Pilaf dinner and Greek dance program September 8

Pilaf dinner and Greek dance program September 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Muskegon invites the public to a pilaf dinner on Sunday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy good conversation and meet new friends while experiencing Greek cuisine and watching dancers perform traditional Greek performances.

Food is available for take out.

The Annunciation Greeth Orthodox Church is located at 185 Pontaluna Rd. For more information, call (231) 799-0185 or visit www.annunciationmuskegon.mi.goarch.org.

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is getting a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan.

Darcy Brady with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore says the money will allow professional staff to match five Muskegon County children on the organization’s waiting list with volunteers.   Currently more than 100 children are waiting to be enrolled or matched with an adult mentor.

The grant money will also be combined with other donations to pay for professionally trained match support specialists to monitor each Big-Little relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has served thousands of children, volunteers and families in Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason and Lake counties since 1969.  The agency currently serves more than 150 children, including 16 students at Edgewood Elementary in Muskegon Heights.