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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.

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—National Heritage Academies is offering a new smart phone app to connect parents to their child’s school work.

The app provides instant access to student grades, school news and meal balance accounts.  Parents can also contact their child’s teacher or search the school’s online carpooling database.  

“We are proud to offer this technology to our parents,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wykoff. “The app allows them to find information located on the school website, but eliminates the need to have an Internet connection.”

NHA operates 14 schools in West Michigan, including:  

Whitehall Schools hosts technology and security millage forums

Whitehall Schools hosts technology and security millage forums

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Beginning this week, Whitehall District Schools will host two public forums about the proposed technology and security millage for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

The first forum will take place Jan. 29, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Community Services Building board room.  The second forum is slated for Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Whitehall High School auditorium.

 The technology and security enhancement millage is expected to be on the Feb. 25 ballot.  Supporters hoped to put the millage up for public vote last November, but were not able to get enough petition signatures in time.  For more information about the millage, visit the MAISD website here.

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Celebrate Michigan’s 177th Birthday with a Party In Your Parka at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Saturday, Jan. 25.

This is the second year for the all-ages, all-day celebration, which includes winter activities, live music and art.  Admission is free with a Michigan State Park pass, but there are fees for using the trails, renting equipment and getting luge lessons.  Pricing can be found on the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex page here.  Concessions and drinks will also be available.  Park passes will be available the day of the event at the complex for $11. Those passes are good all year for every state park in Michigan.

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Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Ottawa Hills High School will host Saginaw Arthur Hill  this Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the Floyd Mayweather Classic.

Five games will play out on the basketball court, starting with Lansing Sexton vs. River Rouge at noon.  Kalamazoo Central will take on Lansing Eastern at 2 p.m., followed by East English Village vs. Flint Southwestern at 4 p.m. and the Muskegon Big Reds vs. Chicago Orr at 6 p.m.  Ottawa Hills will close out the classic at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Classic are $10 and are good for all five games.  Children age 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or at the Ottawa Hills Athletic Office Wednesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.   OK Conference, Golden Age and Grand Rapids Public Schools staff passes will not be accepted at the event.

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

Junior Jacks and Peewee players take over L.C. Walker Arena

Junior Jacks and Peewee players take over L.C. Walker Arena

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The L.C. Walker Arena  will come alive Saturday, Jan. 11 as young hockey players take the ice.

The Junior Jacks Squirt B1 hockey team will take on the Holland #1 team at 1 p.m.   At 2:30 p.m., the Junior Jacks Squirt B2 team will take on the Big Rapids #1 team. The fun on ice continues Sunday, Jan. 12 with the Junior Jacks Peewees, as they compete against the Big Rapids Peewee team at 2:30 p.m.

The L.C. Walker Arena is located on Fourth Street in Muskegon.   For more information, call (231) 726-2400 or visit  www.lcwalkerarena.com.