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My Town Muskegon: Safety and technology millage narrowly approved

My Town Muskegon: Safety and technology millage narrowly approved

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Technology and safety upgrades are coming to the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

Voters narrowly approved a millage funding the upgrades during a special election Feb. 25.  The unofficial results from the election show 6,285 voters supported the measure while 6,099 voted against it.

The 10-year millage is expected to cost the owner of a home with a taxable value of $50,000 approximately $50 each year.  Superintendent Dave Sipka says the millage will generate approximately $161 per pupil which will be invested based on the list of priorities each of the 11 MAISD school districts created.

Superintendents of all 11 districts have agreed to compile an accountability report, to show where the millage funds are going.  The first report will be released by Feb. 25, 2015.

My Town Muskegon: Move your vehicle now for street clearing

My Town Muskegon: Move your vehicle now for street clearing

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon residents are encouraged to move their vehicles off the street for a chance to get their street cleaned.

The Department of Public Works says it has a short window of time to clear streets before the cold weather hits again, so residents and their neighbors are encouraged to park off-street sometime today through Friday so city plow truck drivers can come through and clear off the snow and slush.

Property owners are also encouraged to make sure any catch basins are clear of snow and slush to help alleviate any possible flooding during this wet weather.

African American Men’s Health Fair

African American Men’s Health Fair

Mercy Health and affiliates are sponsoring screenings in support of men’s health.

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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