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My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Police Department is trying to tear down barriers between officers and community members by creating a Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy will introduce students to the functions of law enforcement while creating a new channel of communication between the community and police.  Students cannot miss more than two weekly classes to graduate.  The academy will be limited to 30 students, with preference given to those who live or work within Muskegon.  Students must be 17 years or older.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will run from March 25 to May 27, 2015.  Classes will take place every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Academy applications are due March 13.  They are available at the Muskegon Police Department and online. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Muskegon Police Department or mailed to:

Denny Powers, Police-Community Coordinator

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Get a different perspective of winter in West Michigan by strapping on a set of snowshoes for a hike through P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.

Reservations are required to take part in the Saturday snowshoe hikes, which will take place on Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m. Snowshoes can be reserved in advance through the Gillette Nature Association for $5 per pair. The hikes are limited to two per person so everyone will have an opportunity to participate.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road in Muskegon. For more information or to make reservations, call (231) 798-3573 or visit www.gillettenature.org.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Lakeshore family gets triple surprise at Meijer

My Town: Lakeshore family gets triple surprise at Meijer

NORTON SHORES, Mich.—A West Michigan family received three surprises while shopping at Meijer for the holidays.

Not only did the store cover Elizabeth Flores’ bill, but co-chairman Doug Meijer and other team members surprised Flores with items that didn’t make it into her grocery cart.  During her trip down the aisles, Flores picked up some gifts, but eventually returned them to store shelves because she was worried she couldn’t pay for them.  Little did she know, Doug Meijer and store employees were picking up those discarded items to surprise her with at checkout.  Doug Meijer also added a bicycle and helmet to Flores’ complimentary order, for her 7-year-old son, Octavio.

Meijer picked up the tab for 213 shoppers this season, as part of its inaugural Very Merry Meijer event on Dec. 13.  Co-chairman Hank Meijer and President J.K. Symancyk also took part in the giveaway at the 28th Street and Plainfield Avenue stores, respectively.