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My Town Muskegon: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a parade helping the hungry

My Town Muskegon: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a parade helping the hungry

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Irish or not, everyone is invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Muskegon tradition this weekend.

The Greater Muskegon Jaycees are once again teaming up with Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, the Muskegon County CVB and Michigan Irish Music festival to put on the St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, March 15.  This year’s celebration will include Irish floats, bands, families, organizations and businesses.

The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on Clay Avenue, traveling from 4th Street To Jefferson Street. Spectators are encouraged to bring along non-perishable foods, which will be picked up by the Jaycees to donate to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce) — Applications for the 2014 Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program are now being accepted at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships, offered through the Lakeshore ATHENA Awards Program, a collaboration of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake Ferrysburg, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, assist women in reaching their full potential through financial support for training programs and education.

My Town: Students shine in auto collision and refinishing contest

My Town: Students shine in auto collision and refinishing contest

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (MAISD)--  Six students from the Auto Collision/Refinishing program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center took part in the regional SkillsUSA competition on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

MACTC students finished the day with a clean sweep in both the automotive collision and automotive refinishing categories.

The competition between students from the MACTC and students from the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center included seven separate timed events.  Competitors in automotive collision performed tasks in mig welding, metal repair, plastic repair, and estimating. The automotive refinishing competitors were assigned tasks of color blending, masking, panel painting, and estimating.

My Town Muskegon: Kainay Community Church and Family Promise unite

My Town Muskegon: Kainay Community Church and Family Promise unite

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Brooke Sanford, Kainay Community Church)-- Imagine having to ask yourself, “Where do I go? Where am I supposed to take my family? Can we all stay together?"

Family Promise of the Lakeshore strives to meet the needs of the community by keeping families that would otherwise be separated, together.

In the past year, Kainay Community Church has broken out of its shell and come forward as a helping hand in the community.

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities will come to Grand Haven early as the Loutit District Library presents the Mona Shores High School Fiddlers on March 9 for an afternoon of popular Irish fiddle music as part of the library’s Sunday concert series.

This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials are encouraging the public to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The MSF was formed in 1996 by the retired Mona Shores High School orchestra director, Timothy Staudacher, to create an alternative style for string players that revolved around the performance of folk music from various cultures. The fiddlers are lead by current high school orchestra director, Samer Jeroudi, who is in his third year.

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A newly-renovated Applebee’s restaurant celebrated its grand re-opening Tuesday, Feb. 18 by helping hungry children.

During the ribbon cutting event, the restaurant located at 1825 E. Sherman Blvd. presented a check for $5,573.22 to Kids' Food Basket.  The donation marks nearly $35,000 Team Schostak Family Restaurants has donated to non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan.

“We’re so excited to be here on the lakeshore now and we’re serving two schools- almost 600 students a day,” says Kids’ Food Basket Executive Director Bridget Clark-Whitney. “This kind of donation is going to provide over 5,500 meals to kids right here in the community. Every dollar means a meal and every meal means a time that a child isn’t going to bed hungry and that child is able to get up, go to school and learn right here in Muskegon County.”

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C