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Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is getting a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan.

Darcy Brady with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore says the money will allow professional staff to match five Muskegon County children on the organization’s waiting list with volunteers.   Currently more than 100 children are waiting to be enrolled or matched with an adult mentor.

The grant money will also be combined with other donations to pay for professionally trained match support specialists to monitor each Big-Little relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has served thousands of children, volunteers and families in Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason and Lake counties since 1969.  The agency currently serves more than 150 children, including 16 students at Edgewood Elementary in Muskegon Heights. 

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Run for Sight on August 31

Run for Sight on August 31

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Make a difference with the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) in West Michigan by taking part in this 5K run/walk at Pere Marquette Park Saturday, August 31.

Pere Marquette Park is located on Beech Street. Race registration will take place at 7 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

The 5K is a non-competitive event for all ages.  The race is dog friendly, but dogs must be on leashes. An awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. for overall male and female winners.

For more event information, call  (231) 737-4717 or visit www.run4sight.com.  

Calvary Christian School welcomes rare collection

Calvary Christian School welcomes rare collection

FRUITPORT, Mich.—The Calvary Christian School district now has something in common with Mount Rushmore, Kittyhawk and Washington D.C.

Last Thursday, coworkers and family members of the late Lynne Meyer finished hanging a collection of 50 state flags in her honor.  Meyer, who had been battling breast cancer, passed away in August 2012, just weeks before the new school year began.  Meyer previously taught in Arkansas and at NorthPointe Christian Schools in Grand Rapids. Calvary Christian Schools Superintendent Tom Kapanka says it’s the first time in his 32-year career he’s lost an active teacher.

Meyer was a veteran teacher so popular among students, the 2013 senior class donated a ceremonial U.S. flag and a Christian flag to the district in her honor.  Kapanka says when Meyer’s father saw the seniors present the flags, the veteran decided to donate his entire collection of state flags to the district. 

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Environmental group closer to funding new education center

Environmental group closer to funding new education center

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (MERES)  is more than half way there to funding a new environmental education center.

 

So far, MERES has collected more than $415,000 for the new facility, which will be located at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve on Lake Avenue in North Muskegon.  The $750,000 LEED certified building will include a classroom, laboratory, general work area, exhibit area and the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

 

The education center will compliment, not replace, the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve’s current environmental laboratory, which is already used by thousands of area students.

 

If you’d like to contribute to the environmental education center, donations can be sent to:

 

Community Foundation for Muskegon County

MERES Building Fund

425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon, MI 49440

Muskegon Heights park sees new beginning

Muskegon Heights park sees new beginning

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.--Mona Lake Park sits along Seaway Drive as you approach Muskegon. 

For years, the park has been kind of an afterthought.  There was the occasional basketball game played, plenty of room for geese and little or no attention given to the equipment, play fields and neighborhood.  Sure, there was a guy walking a dog occasionally or plenty of boats being launched, but the overall feel was that it was a forgotten park.