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My Town: Governor joins volunteers to fight student hunger

My Town: Governor joins volunteers to fight student hunger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Gov. Snyder traded in his suit coat for an apron Tuesday to help fight childhood hunger at Kids’ Food Basket.

The governor and his staff joined volunteers from AmeriCorps Grand Rapids in packing meals for Grand Rapids-area students to take home from school.

Kids’ Food Basket provides about 6,000 sack dinners for children in 31 schools.  Each day, approximately 200 volunteers prepare sack suppers for students in schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Godwin Heights, Wyoming and Muskegon Heights.

Last summer, the nonprofit also served food to more than 2,000 children at 29 parks and schools each day for nine weeks.

My Town Muskegon: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a parade helping the hungry

My Town Muskegon: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a parade helping the hungry

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Irish or not, everyone is invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Muskegon tradition this weekend.

The Greater Muskegon Jaycees are once again teaming up with Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, the Muskegon County CVB and Michigan Irish Music festival to put on the St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, March 15.  This year’s celebration will include Irish floats, bands, families, organizations and businesses.

The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on Clay Avenue, traveling from 4th Street To Jefferson Street. Spectators are encouraged to bring along non-perishable foods, which will be picked up by the Jaycees to donate to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Tools for Dealing with Grief and Loss at SLDL

Tools for Dealing with Grief and Loss at SLDL

Tools for Dealing with Grief and Loss at SLDL

 

Grief resulting from a significant life change or loss of someone close to you can affect you in unexpected ways.  Feelings of depression, loneliness, and anxiety are common and can be overwhelming. Desiree Davis of Hospice of Michigan will be at Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. to share effective coping skills. Attendees will learn techniques to help process the feelings resulting from loss and how to support their emotional and physical health during difficult times. The public is invited to attend this free presentation. Pre-registration is requested. 

 

To pre-register or for more information, call Hospice of Michigan at 231.773.5394, ext. 8382 or Spring Lake District Library at 616.846.5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

My Town Muskegon: Kainay Community Church and Family Promise unite

My Town Muskegon: Kainay Community Church and Family Promise unite

MUSKEGON, Mich. (Brooke Sanford, Kainay Community Church)-- Imagine having to ask yourself, “Where do I go? Where am I supposed to take my family? Can we all stay together?"

Family Promise of the Lakeshore strives to meet the needs of the community by keeping families that would otherwise be separated, together.

In the past year, Kainay Community Church has broken out of its shell and come forward as a helping hand in the community.

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.