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North Muskegon's Caleb Dibble named McDonald's Crew Person of the Year

North Muskegon's Caleb Dibble named McDonald's Crew Person of the Year
NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Caleb Dibble, 22, of North Muskegon has been named McDonald’s  2013 Crew Person of the Year.Dibble has been a crew trainer at the McDonald’s on Whitehall Road in North Muskegon since June 2010.  The award, established in 2002, honors the top crew persons across the country and spotlights the contribution that crew members make to delivering exceptional customer satisfaction. The annual award is given to a crew member who delivers exceptional customer service.

Entries sought for West Michigan Regional Art Competition

Entries sought for West Michigan Regional Art Competition

LOWELL, Mich.—LowellArts is looking for entries for its 28th annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition.

Entries can be dropped off anytime between Feb.20 and Feb. 22 for judging by Henry Matthews, director of galleries and collections at Grand Valley State University.  Matthews previously served as director of the Muskegon Museum of Art and was a staff member of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The Austrian native has conducted dozens of worldwide tours over the past 25 years.

The West Michigan Regional Art Competition is open to artists 18 years and older who reside in one of 15 West Michigan counties.  Only original artwork completed with the past two years is eligible.

The West Michigan Regional Art Competition runs from Feb. 26- April 10.  The top five entries announced Feb. 25 will receive a total of $2,000 in cash prizes. 

Career Tech students win awards at FFA contest; Student headed to state

Career Tech students win awards at FFA contest; Student headed to state

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District)-- The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) FFA Chapter competed in the FFA District Leadership Events at Montague High School, Monday, February 3, 2014. FFA Leadership Events help students gain leadership and presentation skills to assist them in becoming better leaders. Thirty-five FFA members competed in five different events. 

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering some free programs to help you make the best of the snow burying our area.

The DNR’s “Just Add Snow” programs include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and other winter-themed activities at nine DNR visitor centers throughout February.  Each program is free of charge, but a Recreation Passport is needed for vehicles to enter state parks.

 “We’ve had a good snowfall this year and conditions are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of winter,” said Kevin Frailey, who oversees programs at the DNR visitor centers. “It doesn’t cost much. Most programs are free, the instruction is free and, in most cases, loaner equipment is available for those who don’t have their own.

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

'Angel' credited with saving driver from water-filled ditch

FRUITPORT, Mich.—Witnesses are crediting an “angel” for rescuing a driver after her vehicle flipped into a ditch filled with icy water.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fruitport Township Police say the woman slid off South Dangl Road near Ellis Road.  Her vehicle flipped, coming to rest upside-down in a water-filled ditch. 

One witness says a man risked his own safety to rescue the woman, wading through chest-high icy water to free the driver from her car.  Another person helped the woman into their vehicle to stay warm until officers arrived.

The driver was not injured.

Officers are cautioning drivers to take it slow on the roads- even if they appear clear, there may be black ice.

'The Moxie Strings' to perform at Mona Shores Fiddle Festival Feb. 8

'The Moxie Strings' to perform at  Mona Shores Fiddle Festival Feb. 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.  -- From their toe tapping melodies to electrifying rhythms, the Celtic band, The Moxie Strings, have amazed crowds the past three years in Muskegon at the Michigan Irish Festival.

The band returns to the area on Saturday, Feb. 8 as The Mona Shores Fiddlers present their 12th annual ‘Fiddle Fest’ at 7 p.m in the high school’s performing arts center, 1121 Seminole Road in Muskegon.

The Mona Shores Fiddle Festival is an annual event where a guest professional group is invited to perform and work with the students during the day. Last year’s band was the Oat Bran Boys. Proceeds of this concert benefit the MSF’s continuing education of the alternative Irish/Celtic music style. 

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Celebrate Michigan’s 177th Birthday with a Party In Your Parka at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Saturday, Jan. 25.

This is the second year for the all-ages, all-day celebration, which includes winter activities, live music and art.  Admission is free with a Michigan State Park pass, but there are fees for using the trails, renting equipment and getting luge lessons.  Pricing can be found on the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex page here.  Concessions and drinks will also be available.  Park passes will be available the day of the event at the complex for $11. Those passes are good all year for every state park in Michigan.

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