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Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.-- Experience the natural paintings of vibrant fall colors along some of Muskegon County's scenic drives during the Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour.

The tour is open on three Saturdays: October 5, October 12 and October 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants in this free, self-guided touring event will receive coupons from area businesses, discounts to area museums, and the opportunity to enjoy fall refreshments. Stop at seven designated spots on any of these three Saturdays to get your map stamped and turn it in to either depot to be eligible to win some great prizes.

'Thanks A Latte': Get a deal on coffee while helping mentorships

'Thanks A Latte': Get a deal on coffee while helping mentorships

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  More than 100 children are waiting to be matched with a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.

This month, you can help while getting a cup of Joe.   The Book Nook in Montague and Holland’s Lemonjello’s and Joe2Go  are all teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore to launch the “Thanks A Latte” fundraiser.  On October 1, LemonJello’s will donate 20 percent of its sales to the agency, as well as offer a specialty ceramic coffee mug to customers who donate $10 to the organization.   Joe2Go and The Book Nook are also offering mugs for a $10 donation and will be asking customers if they would like to add a $1 donation to their order.  All three locations are offering $1 refills on coffee to customers who bring in their specialty mugs.

MAISD named Breastfeeding-Friendly Business of the Year

MAISD named Breastfeeding-Friendly Business of the Year

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District has earned a new title as Muskegon County’s Breastfeeding-Friendly Business of the Year.

The Muskegon County Breastfeeding Coalition announced the honor during the Great Start Muskegon Legislative Breakfast Friday.  Six groups were nominated for the honor, including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at Public Health Muskegon County, The Lakes Mall, The Healing Light, Ryke’s Bakery and O’Brien Family Chiropractic.  The Muskegon Area Intermediate School district took the honor for its flexible scheduling for breastfeeding moms, as well as providing a separate room equipped with a sink and refrigerator for private pumping.

Public Health Muskegon County says supporting breastfeeding leads to lower health care costs, employee turnover rates and absenteeism rates, while boosting employee productivity and morale.

Muskegon Southside Lions Club Meetings

Muskegon Southside Lions Club Meetings

The Muskegon Southside Lions Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 6:30pm at the Cherokee Restaurant on Sherman Blvd. in Muskegon. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Muskegon Southside Lions Club, please contact Lion, Walt Zerlaut at 616-510-9619.

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.