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My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

My Town Muskegon: Wings of Mercy CareAffaire fundraiser returns May 31

NORTON SHORES, Mich.-- The public is invited to the Wings of Mercy 19th annual CareAffaire fundraiser taking place at the Muskegon County Airport on Saturday, May 31.

Wings of Mercy is a volunteer pilot organization with a mission to provide free air transportation to patients needing treatment at distant medical centers.

Visitors can enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, served by the Muskegon Host Lions Club  at the Executive Air Transport. There will also be the 9th annual Run for Wings 5K, beginning at 8 a.m.  To register for this sanctioned race, visit www.runforwings.org or www.goracego.com.

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.— A strong relationship between residents and police officers is key in ensuring the safety of the community; that’s why the Muskegon Heights Police Department is hosting the inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day.

All community members are invited to take part in the celebration this Saturday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Rowan Park.  Visitors can view police and fire vehicles from across the county, horses from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division, K-9 Units and meet area sports athletes and city leaders.  Visitors can also register their bicycles, get a child safety seat inspection and take home a child safety kit, which includes fingerprinting. For fun, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, giveaways, refreshments and raffles.  For the entire schedule, see below.

My Town: Where to find the best tasting water in West Michigan

My Town: Where to find the best tasting water in West Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich.—If you’re looking for the best tasting water in West Michigan, you better head to Muskegon.

The city’s water filtration plant recently won first place in a regional “Water Taste-Off” competition, held by the Michigan branch of the American Water Works Association.  An independent panel of water experts ranked Muskegon’s water as the best tasting and best in appearance in the region.  

Public Works Director Mohammed Al-Shatel credits the staff of the city’s water filtration plant.

“This award is well-deserved.  The investment decisions made by the city commission for the water plant improvements as well as the commitment to quality by a dedicated water plant staff is a reflection of their professionalism.  We are pleased to have the water we treat recognized as one of the best,” he said.

My Town Muskegon: Susan G. Komen announces local grantees for 2014

My Town Muskegon: Susan G. Komen announces local grantees for 2014

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan’s health care landscape has evolved with the launch of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan.

Throughout these changes, the West Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen remains a trusted funding resource for undeserved individuals. Federal and state-funded programs will now be able to assist uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have an income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

My Town: Famed band to hold free concert aboard ship May 25

My Town: Famed band to hold free concert aboard ship May 25

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (USS LST 393 Veterans Museum)-- A West Michigan band famed for its concerts in Normandy honoring D-Day veterans will play for free this Memorial Day weekend on the top deck of one of Muskegon’s most famous D-Day veterans – USS LST 393.

The famed Holland American Legion Band will present a free concert Sunday, May 25, at 4 p.m., on the top deck of the World War II warship moored at the Mart Dock that is now a veterans museum. The ship will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shortly after their appearance in Muskegon, band members will pack up and head for France.

This summer thousands of people will visit the sites of D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Literacy Center of West Michigan is getting a big financial boost.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Grand Rapids organization a $10,000 grant to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  The funding is part of more than $6 million in grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded last week to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations nationwide.  Other West Michigan recipients include:

My Town Muskegon: Nomination deadline nears for Future 15 awards

My Town Muskegon: Nomination deadline nears for Future 15 awards

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for The Future 15 awards.

The Future 15 awards recognize business professionals under age 40 who have had a positive impact on the Muskegon community.  The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 23; to nominate someone, click here.

Finalists will be recognized during a Business After Hours event on June 19.  The ceremony will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff Street.  Admission to the event is a $5 donation to the MLCC Foundation.  To register, click here.

WZZM 13 is a proud partner of The Future 15.