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Michigan Winter Try-Athlon Returns Feb. 1

Michigan Winter Try-Athlon Returns Feb. 1

This 25th annual Winter Try-Athlon showcases three winter Olympic sports – ice speed-skating, cross-country skiing and luge!

This family-friendly competition is geared to those who have never encountered these type of sports. With no awards and no pressure to win, the whole family can experience winter sports of a lifetime and bring out their inner Olympian.

Bring the family to the Muskegon State Park located at 462 Scenic Drive North this weekend. Registration takes place 10am-11:30 in the Lodge. FYI: YOU MUST HAVE PROOF OF HEALTH INSURANCE!!

From 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. are the luging competitions; one practice, two race runs. Skating competitions run from noon to 2:30 p.m. The ski race goes off at 3 p.m. sharp whether you are finished or not at the other two venues. The cross country ski race begins at 4 p.m. (mass start).

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

My Town Muskegon: Police break down barriers by offering Citizen's Academy

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Police Department is trying to tear down barriers between officers and community members by creating a Citizen’s Police Academy.

The academy will introduce students to the functions of law enforcement while creating a new channel of communication between the community and police.  Students cannot miss more than two weekly classes to graduate.  The academy will be limited to 30 students, with preference given to those who live or work within Muskegon.  Students must be 17 years or older.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will run from March 25 to May 27, 2015.  Classes will take place every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Academy applications are due March 13.  They are available at the Muskegon Police Department and online. Completed forms may be dropped off at the Muskegon Police Department or mailed to:

Denny Powers, Police-Community Coordinator

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

My Town: Experience a West Michigan winter from snowshoes

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Get a different perspective of winter in West Michigan by strapping on a set of snowshoes for a hike through P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.

Reservations are required to take part in the Saturday snowshoe hikes, which will take place on Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m. Snowshoes can be reserved in advance through the Gillette Nature Association for $5 per pair. The hikes are limited to two per person so everyone will have an opportunity to participate.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is located at 6585 Lake Harbor Road in Muskegon. For more information or to make reservations, call (231) 798-3573 or visit www.gillettenature.org.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather: