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My Town: 13 Food for Families 'food fight' comes to your town!

My Town: 13 Food for Families 'food fight' comes to your town!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan says approximately $165 billion worth of food never makes it onto the plates of those who need it, taking an alternative trip to the trash instead.

Now is your chance to change that statistic. 

Our 13 Food for Families campaign is underway, pitting the WZZM 13 team against one another in a “food fight”.  From June 9 through June 16, members of the WZZM 13 family will be camping out outside various SpartanNash stores to collect your food donations. The community that donates the most will receive a free ice cream party.

WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will kick off the food fight Monday, June 9 at the Plumb’s store in Muskegon, located at 1663 W. Sherman. She will be taking your donations live during our news show.

My Town Muskegon: Free food and the city's future

My Town Muskegon: Free food and the city's future

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Dine on free hot dogs and ice cream while helping determine the future of the city during a community meeting Tuesday, June 3.

The city commission’s special community relations committee meeting will take place inside McGraft Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come out and share their ideas for and concerns about the city.  City commissioners and the city managers will discuss an action plan for the city.

For more information, visit the city website here.

My Town: Free business support now available at library

My Town: Free business support now available at library

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- A free resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs is now available at the White Lake Community Library.

SCORE Muskegon offers support for small businesses.  The mentor program is offered through the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

SCORE Muskegon counselors will be available to answer questions every Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library.  No appointment is necessary.

The White Lake Community Library is located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall.

My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

NORTON SHORES, Mich.-- The public is invited to the Wings of Mercy 19th annual CareAffaire fundraiser taking place at the Muskegon County Airport on Saturday, May 31.

Wings of Mercy is a volunteer pilot organization with a mission to provide free air transportation to patients needing treatment at distant medical centers.

Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, served by the Muskegon Host Lions Club  at the Executive Air Transport. There will also be the 9th annual Run for Wings 5K, beginning at 8 a.m.  To register for this sanctioned race, visit www.runforwings.org or www.goracego.com.

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.— A strong relationship between residents and police officers is key in ensuring the safety of the community; that’s why the Muskegon Heights Police Department is hosting the inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day.

All community members are invited to take part in the celebration this Saturday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Rowan Park.  Visitors can view police and fire vehicles from across the county, horses from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division, K-9 Units and meet area sports athletes and city leaders.  Visitors can also register their bicycles, get a child safety seat inspection and take home a child safety kit, which includes fingerprinting. For fun, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, giveaways, refreshments and raffles.  For the entire schedule, see below.

My Town: Where to find the best tasting water in West Michigan

My Town: Where to find the best tasting water in West Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich.—If you’re looking for the best tasting water in West Michigan, you better head to Muskegon.

The city’s water filtration plant recently won first place in a regional “Water Taste-Off” competition, held by the Michigan branch of the American Water Works Association.  An independent panel of water experts ranked Muskegon’s water as the best tasting and best in appearance in the region.  

Public Works Director Mohammed Al-Shatel credits the staff of the city’s water filtration plant.

“This award is well-deserved.  The investment decisions made by the city commission for the water plant improvements as well as the commitment to quality by a dedicated water plant staff is a reflection of their professionalism.  We are pleased to have the water we treat recognized as one of the best,” he said.

My Town Muskegon: Susan G. Komen announces local grantees for 2014

My Town Muskegon: Susan G. Komen announces local grantees for 2014

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan’s health care landscape has evolved with the launch of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan.

Throughout these changes, the West Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen remains a trusted funding resource for undeserved individuals. Federal and state-funded programs will now be able to assist uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have an income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.