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Wireless Internet coming to Muskegon County

Wireless Internet coming to Muskegon County

MONTAGUE, Mich.—Internet service is about to get faster in Montague and Muskegon.

Wireless Internet provider miSpot will soon offer 4G LTE Internet service in the city. 4GLTE is 10 times faster than 3G service and more than 200 times faster than dial-up Internet.

miSpot is a division of Agri-Valley Broadband Inc., dedicated to providing wireless internet in areas with little or no coverage.  The company is family owned and Michigan based.  For more information, visit the miSpot website here or call (877) 453-1776.

MAISD deputy superintendent: "There is a hurricane coming"

MAISD deputy superintendent: "There is a hurricane coming"

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--   In three years, the budgets for all 11 public school districts in Muskegon County will be in the red.

That’s the prediction from Marios Demetriou, deputy superintendent of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. 

“There is a hurricane coming.  We better start boarding up our houses before we are blown away,” Demetriou said during last Thursday’s meeting of the Muskegon County School Boards Alliance.

Demetriou says his predictions are based on projections from local school leaders.  Rising health care and retirement costs combined with lower per-pupil payments, elimination of the Michigan Business Tax and less state funding to the School Aid Fund.

Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.-- Experience the natural paintings of vibrant fall colors along some of Muskegon County's scenic drives during the Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour.

The tour is open on three Saturdays: October 5, October 12 and October 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants in this free, self-guided touring event will receive coupons from area businesses, discounts to area museums, and the opportunity to enjoy fall refreshments. Stop at seven designated spots on any of these three Saturdays to get your map stamped and turn it in to either depot to be eligible to win some great prizes.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

'Thanks A Latte': Get a deal on coffee while helping mentorships

'Thanks A Latte': Get a deal on coffee while helping mentorships

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  More than 100 children are waiting to be matched with a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.

This month, you can help while getting a cup of Joe.   The Book Nook in Montague and Holland’s Lemonjello’s and Joe2Go  are all teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore to launch the “Thanks A Latte” fundraiser.  On October 1, LemonJello’s will donate 20 percent of its sales to the agency, as well as offer a specialty ceramic coffee mug to customers who donate $10 to the organization.   Joe2Go and The Book Nook are also offering mugs for a $10 donation and will be asking customers if they would like to add a $1 donation to their order.  All three locations are offering $1 refills on coffee to customers who bring in their specialty mugs.

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.