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Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with their service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema.

Woman who saved swimmer honored by city

Woman who saved swimmer honored by city

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A woman who saved a girl struggling in Lake Michigan will be honored by city leaders Tuesday.

On July 19, two sisters were swimming in Lake Michigan when they got caught in a rip current.  Their father, who cannot swim, enlisted the help of Diane Kooi.  Kooi jumped onto the family’s raft and paddled out to the girls, but could only see one of them.  She pulled the girl out of the water and brought her to shore. Divers found ther older sister's body the next day.

The Muskegon Police Department will honor Kooi for her selfless act during the city’s regular meeting Tuesday, November 12. 

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Red Cross hosts free class on International Humanitarian Law Nov.9

Red Cross hosts free class on International Humanitarian Law Nov.9

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  The public is invited to a free class focused on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Saturday, November 9.

The Red Cross is hosting the introductory class from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the organization’s offices at 313 West Webster Ave. in Muskegon.  The session will feature hands-on group activities, class discussion and videos to help people understand the role of the Red Cross during war, as well as understand their own perceptions of conflict.

The class is encouraged for people interested in international relations, government and political science. IHL- Humanity in the Midst of War contains disturbing information and may not be appropriate for children younger than 16 years of age.

Students rewarded with free Lumberjacks tickets

Students rewarded with free Lumberjacks tickets

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—When the Muskegon Lumberjacks take the ice on Wednesday, chances are some Muskegon County students will be watching, thanks to a new rewards program.

The program honors those who have excelled in the classroom with free tickets to a Lumberjacks home game. The students sit in a special section reserved and paid for by Community Schools Credit Union, County Teachers Insurance Agency and M3 Investment Services.

“Our partnership with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and area school districts is focused on promoting reading among area students. While many schools will use the tickets to recognize student reading efforts, many others already have student reward programs for positive behavior and academics in place.

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

Singing Christmas Tree 'angel' announced as ticket sales begin

Singing Christmas Tree 'angel' announced as ticket sales begin

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Mona Shores High School Singing Christmas Tree now has its 2013 angel.

Choir director Shawn Lawton announced senior Kathryn (Katie) Beemer has been selected to adorn the top of the human-formed tree during the December 5, 6, and 7 performances at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

Beemer has been a member of the Mona Shores High School Choir for four years, serving on the choir board her sophomore year.