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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

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.