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My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A bill that would provide college credit to those who served their country in the military is on its way to Michigan’s Senate.

House Bill 4060 would require state public universities to inform veteran applicants about college credits for their past military service.  The bill would also require universities review a veteran’s Joint Services Transcript. 

The bi-partisan legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague.

“When you serve our country in the military, your experience and hard work should be recognized when you transition back into civilian life,” said Hughes. “Our veterans shouldn’t be taken advantage of by charging them twice and forcing them to take classes over again. In states that have implemented similar legislation, veterans have seen significant savings, sometimes upwards of $30,000 and a year’s worth of college courses.”

The bill passed 110-0 in the State House Friday.

My Town: Muskegon Lake in need of spring cleaning

My Town: Muskegon Lake in need of spring cleaning

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is less than a month away, but now is the time to sign up to clean up a Muskegon jewel.

Volunteers are needed again this year to clear the Muskegon Lake watershed of trash.  The cleanup will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26.  The event is being coordinated by The Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, United Way of the Lakeshore and West Michigan United Labor.

Last year, dozens of artists transformed junk and debris from the shoreline into art.  Proceeds from the Muskegon Lake Project artwork went to the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership.

To volunteer for this year’s cleanup, contact Kathy Evans by emailing kathy@muskegonlake.org .

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its’ 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale on Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th at the Folkert Community Hub, side entrance, located at 640 Seminole Rd. Early Birds admitted at 8am with a $5.00 donation.

This event started in 1963 and since then has given the club an opportunity to help children in a very positive way. Because everyone volunteers, the money raised from the sale goes directly to the YMCA and Camp Pendalouan. The bulk of the money goes to finance camp scholarships for a great number of children in the area.

The public can help in many ways. Donate goods in good condition, like furniture, household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies. The club will pick donations up at no cost to you. Cash donations along with gift cards or certificates are welcomed. The club will provide a receipt for your tax donations.

My Town: Muskegon Community College gets grant for Downtown Center equipment

My Town: Muskegon Community College gets grant for Downtown Center equipment

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Muskegon Community College students are getting a financial boost to learn new skills.

MCC’s Downtown Center is getting a $4.1 million grant to purchase equipment to train skilled trade students in a variety of fields, including welding, machining and manufacturing automation.

“These are skills that are highly sought after by area employers, which will give Muskegon Community College graduates a good start on establishing promising careers,” said Marcia Hovey-Wright, who represents a large swath of Muskegon County. “This grant will allow the college to install state-of-the-art equipment that will ensure Muskegon has highly trained workers, which in turn will attract companies with good-paying jobs to locate and grow in our community.”

MCC will provide $2.6 million and voter-approved bonds will cover the remaining cost of the $7.2 million project.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

---NEWS RELEASE—

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to: