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Meekhof Welcomes Constituent to Memorial Day Service

Meekhof Welcomes Constituent to Memorial Day Service

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R – West Olive, welcomed a local constituent, Ms. Charlotte Nelis to the State of Michigan Senate Memorial Day service, held yesterday on the Senate floor in Lansing and hosted by the honorable Senator Patrick Colbeck.

“It was a blessing to have Ms. Nelis join me for the service,” said Meekhof. “It is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by Ms. Nelis, Sgt. Seif and the rest of their family and friends.”

Ms. Nelis’s son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, was one of the seven marines and four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a night training mission in Florida recently.

Lost Boat Ceremony at the Silversides Submarine Museum

Lost Boat Ceremony at the Silversides Submarine Museum

News Release:

The 29th annual Lost Boat Ceremony will be held at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum on Sunday, May 24, 2015. This annual event honors the 52 USN submarines that were lost during WWII and the over 3500 men who are still on “eternal patrol”.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with a flyover by a local warbird group, the Hooligans. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Captain Michael B. Ryan, Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science at the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit at the University of Notre Dame.

The ceremony is the perfect balance of celebration of the accomplishments and remembrances of the sacrifices soldiers and sailors made in WWII.  The ceremony concludes with the starting of the Silversides’ engines!

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

Grand Haven High School among Top Schools in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report has awarded Grand Haven High School the prestigious Silver Medal ranking in the latest “America’s Best High Schools” results released on Tuesday.

Out of 21,000 High Schools, GHHS ranked in the top five percent of all high schools in the U.S. In Michigan, they ranked 32nd out of 862 high schools, including charter and magnet schools, placing them in the top four percent.

Tracy Wilson, Principal at GHHS, said “We are extremely proud of our students and the staff for again attaining this accomplishment. This award demonstrates that we continue to have a program of excellence on a state-wide and national level. The ranking also affirms the K – 12 teaching staff, parents and community.”

Superintendent Keith Konarska said, “This ranking validates what we know to be true, that our district is one of the premier districts in the country. This is another great day for our school district.”

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

Job Fair, May 11, 2015 in Holland, MI

As a service to our community, the City of Holland and WORKFORCE will host a Job Fair on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI from 3 – 6pm.

There is no charge to participate or to attend. Below is a list of businesses participating in this Job Fair:

ITW Drawform

Zeeland Farm Services

Dykhuis Farms

Zeeland Lumber

Woodward

JR Automation

Holland Hospital

Taco Bell

Tennant

GVSU. Meijer Campus (Higher Education Opportunities)

GRCC (Higher Education Opportunities)

Thermotron

Boatwerks

Haworth

The list of participants is growing daily. A great way to explore new opportunities in the working world.

Mom 2 Mom Sale at Lakes Mall in Muskegon

Mom 2 Mom Sale at Lakes Mall in Muskegon

The Lakes Mall announces the upcoming Mom 2 Mom Sale taking place at The Lakes Mall on Saturday, April 11, from 9am – 2pm.  The free event will feature over 55 vendors, character appearances, car seat installations and much more.

Mom 2 Mom Sale is a first-time event offering a large selection of gently used children’s clothing, accessories, toys, gear, furniture, strollers and more sold by Muskegon-area Moms.  In addition, local nonprofit organizations geared towards families will participate in the event including March of Dimes, Muskegon Community Health Project, Catholic Charities West Michigan, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Birth Quest Services and many more.

My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Parents have a new, free resource to lead their children down a path of success.

The Great Start Collaborative of Muskegon County launched its new website early this year.  ParentVille.org is an age-based guide to prepare children for success in kindergarten.  The website focuses on children up to age four, delivering age appropriate information on physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language development.  The site also includes links to local resources and an “ask Grandma” area.

In a survey of Muskegon area parents, Great Start Collaborative found parents were not confident of their role as their child’s first teacher and did not regularly engage in teaching early literacy or math skills.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves: