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Goodwill accepting unwanted electronics this weekend

Goodwill Industries will be accepting unwanted electronics at the Frauenthal Center on Friday and Saturday.

The recycling donation event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to drop off any electronics, working or non-working and household items you no longer need.  A Goodwill truck will be part outside at  425 W. Western to take those items.

For more information, call (231) 726-3231.

Muskegon gets dredging project contract from Army Corps of Engineers

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DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has awarded dredging contracts for two western Michigan harbors on Lake Michigan: Muskegon Harbor and St. Joseph Harbor.

The Detroit District awarded a $396,000 contract to the King Co. of Holland, Mich., for dredging 54,000 cubic yards of material from Muskegon Harbor; and a $445,000 contract to MCM Marine, Inc., of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for a dredging job involving 61,000 cubic yards of material to be removed from St. Joseph Harbor. The two contractors will dredge sand, silt and organic shoal material, then deposit it on beach areas for nourishment. Work is scheduled to begin in early spring.

“These are important projects for the local economies,” said Lt. Col. Michael Derosier, district engineer.

Milestone for GVSU water research program in Muskegon


NEWS RELEASE: Grand Valley research vessel to begin 25 years of service

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Since 1986, the D. J. Angus research and education vessel has provided “on the water” experiences for almost 74,000 students and the general public. The vessel is docked on Harbor Island in Grand Haven and is operated by the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) at Grand Valley State University.  

More than 12,000 Grand Valley students have been on the D. J. Angus, conducting hands-on water-quality sampling and analysis. AWRI scientists use the vessel for their research.

More than 40,000 students, grades 4-12, have participated in AWRI’s Water Resources Outreach Education Program on the D .J. Angus. Students from at least 27 counties in Michigan have been on the vessel and school districts, such as Grand Haven Public Schools, provide this experience for all of its middle school students.

AWRI maintains a second vessel, the W. G.

MEDC Awards grant to energy center in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)—The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is awarding a grant to Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

The $1,000 in funding will go to the center’s business incubator program, which supports new energy and technology-related businesses.  The grant will help pay for an incubator manager and support services, like legal consultation on patenting new technology.

The director of the MAREC says the grant will strengthen ties between the business community, MAREC and the Muskegon Lakeshore SmartZone.

MAREC is currently home to five businesses:  Smart Vision Lights, Logical Lighting Systems, Energy Partners and McKenzie Bay International, along with a field office for Scandia Wind.

MEDC Awards grant to energy center in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)—The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is awarding a grant to Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

The $1,000 in funding will go to the center’s business incubator program, which supports new energy and technology-related businesses.  The grant will help pay for an incubator manager and support services, like legal consultation on patenting new technology.

The director of the MAREC says the grant will strengthen ties between the business community, MAREC and the Muskegon Lakeshore SmartZone.

MAREC is currently home to five businesses:  Smart Vision Lights, Logical Lighting Systems, Energy Partners and McKenzie Bay International, along with a field office for Scandia Wind.

MAREC is currently home to five businesses: Smart Vision Lights, Logical Lighting Systems, Energy Partners, and McKenzie Bay International, along with a field office for Scandia Wind.

Muskegon County Nature Club volunteers join the 111th Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count

Muskegon County Nature Club volunteers join the 111th Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count

From December 14 through January 5 thousands of volunteers throughout the U.S. take part in the Christmas Bird Count, families and students, birders, volunteers and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on this annual event. For over 100 years the volunteer citizen scientists who annually brave the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count make an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

The Muskegon County Nature Club, a chapter of the Michigan Audubon Society will be doing 2 counts this year. Volunteers are welcome to join either of the county events.

Wednesday, December 15 the count will included the Muskegon Wastewater and Surrounding Areas.

Meinert County Park doubles in size

From: Michelle Harris, Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Muskegon County took possession of 95-acres of additional park land with the help of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.  This expansion of Meinert Park more than doubles the size of the County Park.