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Local business helps move Muskegon forward using Facebook

Muskegon, MI - Muskegon Local is using Facebook and Twitter to bring the businesses that operate in their area closer to the people that live there... But they don't stop there.

They’re also helping businesses reach unique creative goals. For example, they’re working with Toast 'N Jams to bring Diners, Drive In's, and Dives to the restaurant to film a segment.

The website reflects this creativity by organizing it's content by the five senses; see, hear, taste, touch, and under your nose, so you can, as their slogan says, Get a Sense of Muskegon. The “taste” section features businesses, such as Toast 'N Jams, which excite the taste buds.

White River Light Station is worth the trip

A trip to the White River Light Station is not only a beautiful drive in the fall colors but a fun destination.

Built in 1875 by Captain William Robinson, the White River Light Station now serves as tribute of the rich nautical history of Michigan. The light house is now a museum and open to the public. You can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the light house tower, see many 19th and early 20th century photographs and a collection of nautical artifacts, and the view across Lake Michigan and it’s ever changing sand dunes is breathtaking.

The photographs, paintings, artifacts and stories give you a glimpse into our areas's rich Maritime History.

Oakridge kids visit the Muskegon Farmers Market

The Muskegon Farmers Market is always fun, the sea of colors and the delightful smells of area fruits and vegetables bring people to buy from local venders as well as just enjoy the beauty of the bountiful harvest. Today was a real delight as the kindergarten classes from Oakridge schools were on a field trip to the market. The excitement was contagious; I marveled at the variety of gourds and pumpkins with the kids, I took a second look at the wide variety of Michigan apples and winter squash on display and the magnificent array of fall flowers. Today the market was even better than usual as I got a chance to really see the bountiful harvest in the wonder and joy of the kids enthusiasm.

The Farmers Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 7am to mid afternoon, May thru November and in December on Saturday only.

Goodwill celebrates anniversary with documentary screening


MUSKEGON – In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Goodwill Industries® of West Michigan, Inc. is bringing an award-winning documentary to the Harbor Theater in Muskegon with free screenings to the public October 11 – 14, 2010.

“For Once in My Life” is an inspiring, feel-good film about an unlikely group of musicians that work at a Goodwill Industries manufacturing facility in Miami, Florida. The 29 members that make up the Spirit of Goodwill Band face a wide range of mental and physical disabilities. Music is their shared joy.

Muskegon Surgical Associates receives accreditation by the ICAVL


Muskegon Surgical Associates, PLC, The Vascular Laboratory of West Michigan located in Muskegon, MI, has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

Muskegon parent nominated for Alferd Williams Literacy Award

Muskegon, MI - Kirsten Bremer, a parent volunteer from Nelson Elementary School in Downtown Muskegon, is representing Michigan in being nominated for the 2010 Alferd Williams Literacy Award. The award honors those that promote literacy and encourage the love of reading in children that live in economically challenged neighborhoods and areas where literacy concerns are higher.

Kristen has demonstrated her willingness to end literacy through several actions including developing a K-5 backpack book program, developing a teacher book lending program, and working with individuals, organizations and businesses to donate books.

Online voting to determine the final winner of the award ends this Thursday, September 30th. The winner will be announced in November. Kristen is the only nominee that is not a teacher.

Vists www.scholastic.com/literacyaward for more information about this award.

7th Annual Cupcakes for a Cause a big success

By: Angie Hull - Ryke’s Bakery, Catering, and Café

Muskegon, Mi - With the 7th Annual Cupcakes for a Cause Week officially over, please accept our sincere thanks for your participation and support of the program, With your help, Ryke’s Bakery, Catering, and Café sold 1,864 cupcakes!!

We blew away our goal of 1,000 cupcakes and didn’t look back! With a 40% contribution, we were able to send $923.00 to CancerCare for Kids!!

CancerCare for Kids is a very distinct program that focuses on a child coping with a cancer diagnosis, either their own or that of a parent or sibling. We know from our clinical experience and research that help for children coping with cancer makes a big difference.

Please accept our deep appreciation in helping to make this campaign a great success, and we hope you'll consider joining us in this effort again next year.