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My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than 450 people are expected to fill John Ball Park Zoo Saturday, but not because of the animals.

They’re signed up to take part in the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis.

The event, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, is a non-competitive event aimed at raising awareness and money to help Michiganders who have arthritis.  This year’s honoree is 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores.  She is among the more than 300,000 children nationwide diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Participants in this year’s walk will enjoy refreshments, music, massages and other family-friendly activities.  Those who donate $25 or more will be given admission to the zoo.

WZZM 13’s Jennifer Pascua will emcee this year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m.

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A team of volunteers hopes to return soon to repair two Muskegon cemeteries severely damaged during recent storms.

On Saturday, April 26, approximately 45 volunteers with The Home Depot’s Team Depot descended on Oakwood and Evergreen cemeteries to clean up with devastation left behind during the April 12 storms. Straight line winds, heavy rains and hail hit the area, uprooting large trees, which came crashing down on some of the grave markers within the cemeteries.

Store manager Michael Zizak says the volunteers got through about a third of the work Saturday. Unfortunately, Team Rubicon, which partnered with Team Depot in the effort, was called to handle the aftermath of flooding in Newaygo and the tornado outbreak in Kansas.

Zizak says it’s unclear when volunteers will be able to return, but the City of Muskegon hopes to have the debris cleared in time for Memorial Day.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town Muskegon: Health experts share Muskegon County disease trends April 24

My Town Muskegon: Health experts share Muskegon County disease trends April 24

MUSKEGON, Mich.—In honor of Michigan’s Public Health Week, Public Health Muskegon County will address community trends in communicable diseases this Thursday, April 24.

The free information session is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Youngberg Auditorium on the Mercy Health Hackley Campus.  The event is meant to raise awareness and help control the spread of infectious diseases within the county.  No registration is required.

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is April 22, but Muskegon County conservation groups are spending eight days raising awareness while helping the environment.

Muskegon Area Earth Week began April 19 and runs through April 27.  This year’s events include a guided hike if Five Lakes Nature Preserve, rain barrel, sustainable gardening, and hydroponics workshops,  hazardous waste and medication collection, beach day clean-ups and an Earth Fair.  Nearly all of the events are free.  The detailed schedule is as follows:

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Big Blue Hydroponics, 590 Ottawa St, Muskegon
Click here for directions.

Muskegon City Commission Accepts Action Plans as Road Map to Muskegon’s Future

Muskegon City Commission Accepts Action Plans as Road Map to Muskegon’s Future

 

 

 

 

Muskegon City Commission Accepts Action Plans as Road Map to Muskegon’s Future

 

On April 8, 2014, the Muskegon City Commission took action to accept the staff recommendation to begin working toward implementation of the action plans for nine City Commission goals that were adopted earlier this year.  As the actions plans are implemented, city staff expects to see measurable results in the following areas: