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MAISD named Breastfeeding-Friendly Business of the Year

MAISD named Breastfeeding-Friendly Business of the Year

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District has earned a new title as Muskegon County’s Breastfeeding-Friendly Business of the Year.

The Muskegon County Breastfeeding Coalition announced the honor during the Great Start Muskegon Legislative Breakfast Friday.  Six groups were nominated for the honor, including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at Public Health Muskegon County, The Lakes Mall, The Healing Light, Ryke’s Bakery and O’Brien Family Chiropractic.  The Muskegon Area Intermediate School district took the honor for its flexible scheduling for breastfeeding moms, as well as providing a separate room equipped with a sink and refrigerator for private pumping.

Public Health Muskegon County says supporting breastfeeding leads to lower health care costs, employee turnover rates and absenteeism rates, while boosting employee productivity and morale.

Free car seat check September 17

Free car seat check September 17

Join Safe Kids West Michigan for a free safety check Thursday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will take place at Roosevelt Park Community Center, located at 3106 Roosevelt Rd. in Muskegon.

Child passenger safety experts will check your child's car seat, booster seat or seat belt and answer any questions you may have.  New and expecting parents are welcome.

Come learn:

  • What type of safety  seat or seat belt fits your child best
  • How to properly install your child's safety seat into your car
  • How to secure your child in the safety seat or seat belt

Free checks are available on a first come, first serve basis.  A limited number of replacement seats will be available for families in need.  No appointment is needed.  Please bring your child/children, car seat/booster seat, and the car seat and vehicle manuals if available.

Free car seat check September 12

Free car seat check September 12

Join Safe Kids West Michigan for a free safety check Thursday, September 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will take place at Custer Fire Department, located at 2549 E. US 10 in Custer.

Child passenger safety experts will check your child's car seat, booster seat or seat belt and answer any questions you may have.  New and expecting parents are welcome.

Come Learn:

  • What type of safety  seat or seat belt fits your child best
  • How to properly install your child's safety seat into your car
  • How to secure your child in the safety seat or seat belt

This event is first come, first serve.  A limited number of replacement seats will be available for families in need.  No appointment is needed.  Please bring your child/children, car seat/booster seat and the car seat and vehicle manuals if available. 

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The lakeshore is getting ready to welcome the top bass fishermen in the world.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and the Evan Williams Bourbon Championship will take place on Muskegon and White lakes September 27 to September 29.  Bob Lukens with the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the event will attract 14 of the top bass anglers in the world, including Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam, Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace and the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year. The top eight anglers in the bass standings have also been invited to the event; the remaining anglers voted in by fans include Gerald Swindle of Alabama, Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho, Michael Iaconelli of New Jersey and Skeet Reese of California.

Kainay Community Church looks to make 'We Serve' a tradition

Kainay Community Church looks to make 'We Serve' a tradition

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  The cities of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights look even better, thanks to an army of volunteers from  Kainay Community Church.

On Saturday, September 7, 200 volunteers visited 21 places around the cities for an inaugural day of service called “We Serve.”    Pastor Jeff Steele says the projects included cleaning and painting and Mona Lake Park, Every Woman’s Place, Webster House Youth Services and Muskegon Pregnancy Services.  Church volunteers also planted shrubs and perennials along Glade Street in Muskegon Heights, cleaned and sorted The Hope Project’s thrift store, built planting boxes for a courtyard at Christian Care, installed siding on a widow’s home and cooked and served hot dogs during youth soccer games for the grand opening of the Fruitport Soccer Complex.

Steele says Kainay Community Church plans to make “We Serve” a tradition.

Pilaf dinner and Greek dance program September 8

Pilaf dinner and Greek dance program September 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Muskegon invites the public to a pilaf dinner on Sunday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy good conversation and meet new friends while experiencing Greek cuisine and watching dancers perform traditional Greek performances.

Food is available for take out.

The Annunciation Greeth Orthodox Church is located at 185 Pontaluna Rd. For more information, call (231) 799-0185 or visit www.annunciationmuskegon.mi.goarch.org.

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

Mentoring organization gets grant to help more at-risk youth

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is getting a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan.

Darcy Brady with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore says the money will allow professional staff to match five Muskegon County children on the organization’s waiting list with volunteers.   Currently more than 100 children are waiting to be enrolled or matched with an adult mentor.

The grant money will also be combined with other donations to pay for professionally trained match support specialists to monitor each Big-Little relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has served thousands of children, volunteers and families in Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason and Lake counties since 1969.  The agency currently serves more than 150 children, including 16 students at Edgewood Elementary in Muskegon Heights.