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My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is April 22, but Muskegon County conservation groups are spending eight days raising awareness while helping the environment.

Muskegon Area Earth Week began April 19 and runs through April 27.  This year’s events include a guided hike if Five Lakes Nature Preserve, rain barrel, sustainable gardening, and hydroponics workshops,  hazardous waste and medication collection, beach day clean-ups and an Earth Fair.  Nearly all of the events are free.  The detailed schedule is as follows:

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Big Blue Hydroponics, 590 Ottawa St, Muskegon
Click here for directions.

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—As home and business owners continue to clean up from last weekend’s storms, the City of Muskegon is offering some help.

City workers will be picking up tree limbs and brush left behind by the storm until 4 p.m. on April 25.  All brush and limbs must be placed curbside and cannot block sidewalks or encroach on streets. 

For more information, call (231) 724-6705.

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.