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My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier
Muskegon Lake will get a new fishing pier, thanks to a $253,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. The GLFT announced the award for construction of a pier fully accessible to people of various needs and abilities on the lake’s Hartshorn Peninsula. The pier will add to environmental and recreational improvements started with a $10 million federal grant to the WMSRDC for habitat restoration. This project will protect the peninsula’s recently restored habitat and construct a universally accessible fishing pier for deep-water fishing. A paved spur from the City of Muskegon’s Lakeshore Trail bike path will connect the pier to the region’s recreational infrastructure. The City of Muskegon will own and maintain the pier.

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier
Muskegon Lake will get a new fishing pier, thanks to a $253,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. The GLFT announced the award for construction of a pier fully accessible to people of various needs and abilities on the lake’s Hartshorn Peninsula. The pier will add to environmental and recreational improvements started with a $10 million federal grant to the WMSRDC for habitat restoration. This project will protect the peninsula’s recently restored habitat and construct a universally accessible fishing pier for deep-water fishing. A paved spur from the City of Muskegon’s Lakeshore Trail bike path will connect the pier to the region’s recreational infrastructure. The City of Muskegon will own and maintain the pier.

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.

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.  The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.  Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.

“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”

Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron.  His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.

Friends of the Muskegon County Parks

Friends of the Muskegon County Parks

Muskegon, Michigan – "Dare to dream," was the message Muskegon County Board of Commissioners Chair Kenneth Mahoney sent to a newly-formed advisory committee to the board, the Friends of the Muskegon County Parks. The committee met for the first time January 23, 2014.

Mahoney stressed the fact that the new advisory committee should develop "new ideas and new methods of letting residents and visitors know about Muskegon County’s parks, which are probably the best county parks in the State of Michigan. Everything is on the table, and no idea is a bad one."

"The County Board recognized the fact that our parks are real assets," added County Commissioner Terry Sabo, "and we voted unanimously to create Friends of the Muskegon County Parks advisory committee to assist the Board in making decisions about Muskegon County parks."

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  The Downtown Development Corporation is in the final stretch of fundraising for Muskegon’s new Farmer’s Market.

Project managers say slightly more than $300,000 is needed to meet their goal.  The final donations will complete a community kitchen, landscaping and a picnic area at the farmer’s market, which will be located downtown.  Developers hope to finish and open the $3.8 million venue on May 1, 2014.

"We are excited to see this project take shape and are confident it will be a catalyst for additional development downtown," says Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron.

To donate to the Farmer’s Market project, visit  http://www.cffmc.org/give or send a check to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, 49440.