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My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

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Two Baker College of Muskegon information technology (IT) students spent their holiday break giving back to the community. The lucky recipient, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, the largest animal shelter in Muskegon County, is beginning the new-year able to find homes for shelter pets quicker than ever before.

Although the shelter counts eight staff members and dozens of active volunteers as critical to the organization’s success, it didn’t have the necessary resources to fix and upgrade technology at the shelter.

“We never could have done this without the help from Baker College,” said Lana Carson, executive director of Pound Buddies. “The students didn’t just repair and replace equipment, they evaluated our processes and recommended new ways of doing things that we never would have considered before.”

Michigan Winter Try-Athlon Returns Feb. 1

Michigan Winter Try-Athlon Returns Feb. 1

This 25th annual Winter Try-Athlon showcases three winter Olympic sports – ice speed-skating, cross-country skiing and luge!

This family-friendly competition is geared to those who have never encountered these type of sports. With no awards and no pressure to win, the whole family can experience winter sports of a lifetime and bring out their inner Olympian.

Bring the family to the Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Drive North this weekend. Registration takes place 10am-11:30 in the Lodge. FYI: YOU MUST HAVE PROOF OF HEALTH INSURANCE!!

From 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. are the luging competitions; one practice, two race runs. Skating competitions run from noon to 2:30 p.m. The ski race goes off at 3 p.m. sharp whether you are finished or not at the other two venues. The cross country ski race begins at 4 p.m. (mass start).

My Town: Free event to honor 70th year of liberation from concentration camp

My Town: Free event to honor 70th year of liberation from concentration camp

 

The World War II atrocities of the Nazi regime are still fresh in the mind of local Veteran James Zuidema. He and other members of the Muskegon community are urging all people to come together in a stand against anti-Semitism by remembering and honoring the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auchwitz-Birkenau.

                                    

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Police Department is trying to tear down barriers between officers and community members by creating a Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy will introduce students to the functions of law enforcement while creating a new channel of communication between the community and police.  Students cannot miss more than two weekly classes to graduate.  The academy will be limited to 30 students, with preference given to those who live or work within Muskegon.  Students must be 17 years or older.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will run from March 25 to May 27, 2015.  Classes will take place every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Academy applications are due March 13.  They are available at the Muskegon Police Department and online. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Muskegon Police Department or mailed to:

Denny Powers, Police-Community Coordinator

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Get a different perspective of winter in West Michigan by strapping on a set of snowshoes for a hike through P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.

Reservations are required to take part in the Saturday snowshoe hikes, which will take place on Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m. Snowshoes can be reserved in advance through the Gillette Nature Association for $5 per pair. The hikes are limited to two per person so everyone will have an opportunity to participate.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road in Muskegon. For more information or to make reservations, call (231) 798-3573 or visit www.gillettenature.org.

My Town: Time to trash the tree! Free Christmas tree recycling locations

My Town: Time to trash the tree!  Free Christmas tree recycling locations

Christmas is over, which means it’s time to trash the tree.

Many municipalities are offering free tree recycling services to residents with a natural tree.  Some communities are planning to put the trees through a chipper and use the remnants to cover park trails and other green spaces.  Here is the schedule for live tree drop-offs:

Ada Township (Through Jan. 12)

  • Ada Township Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Alpine Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Behind Township Hall, 5255 Alpine Ave. NW

 

Cannon Township (Through Jan. 10)

  • West side of the township building; RHS Honor Society will help unload trees Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (donations encouraged)

 

Courtland Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Fire Station #1 on 14 Mile Road