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Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

A lot of people figure that employees really don’t go out of the way to do anything extra any more but Linda Falkowski who works for Consumers Energy in Muskegon, Mi has proven them wrong. Linda is a field representative for the company and as such, comes in contact with numerous customers. Because of her work ethics, Linda has been given the Gatekeeper of the Year award from the State of Michigan.

My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Parents have a new, free resource to lead their children down a path of success.

The Great Start Collaborative of Muskegon County launched its new website early this year.  ParentVille.org is an age-based guide to prepare children for success in kindergarten.  The website focuses on children up to age four, delivering age appropriate information on physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language development.  The site also includes links to local resources and an “ask Grandma” area.

In a survey of Muskegon area parents, Great Start Collaborative found parents were not confident of their role as their child’s first teacher and did not regularly engage in teaching early literacy or math skills.

My Town: MDCH awards $292,000 in Building Healthy Communities planning grants

My Town: MDCH awards $292,000 in Building Healthy Communities planning grants

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As part of continued efforts to promote community-based systems of care, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Building Healthy Communities (BHC) program recently awarded seven local health department more than $292,000 in grants to create three-year strategic plans to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases at the local level.

My Town Muskegon: Balance classes start Feb. 24 for seniors at Mercy Health

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Do you have concerns about falling? Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. You will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Who should attend? Anyone concerned about falls, anyone interested in improving balance flexibility and strength, anyone who has fallen in the past and anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns. Classes start Tuesday, Feb. 24 and are held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for eight weeks at the Mercy Heart Center, 1212 E. Sherman Blvd, Muskegon, MI.  The cost is $10. To save a spot, call Holly Alway, injury prevention coordinator, at 231-672-4910.

My Town Muskegon: Crews prepare for worst during mock incident

My Town Muskegon: Crews prepare for worst during mock incident

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  On Jan. 31, the patrons of Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts and Smash Wine Bar & Bristo walked into what looked like the scene of an emergency.

The facility hosted mock incident training organized by the Muskegon Citizen Corps and Region 6 Healthcare Coalition. Students of the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center’s (MACTC) Criminal Justice class and area first responders took part in the session. Participants included paramedics, nurses, firefighters, social workers, pharmacists and physicians, as well as Dr. Jerry A. Evans of Mercy Health Muskegon. Students wore badges explaining their role and acted as bombing victims.

My Town Muskegon: Mercy Health Black History Month Celebration

My Town Muskegon: Mercy Health Black History Month Celebration

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Mercy Health will celebrate Black History Month Tuesday, Feb. 24 with Freedom Crossroads, African Americans Paving the Way Then and Now Presented by Mercy Health People of Color Network Business Resource Group.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mercy Health Hackley Campus' Youngberg Auditorium, 1700 Clinton Ave. in Muskegon.

Join us for an unforgettable experience, which will include food, fun and fellowship. The evening will feature a journey through time with local pastors discussing Muskegon’s past, present and future and the impact the church will have in paving the way. Special guests include local African American dance teams, choirs, musicians and more. You won’t want to miss it.

The public and Mercy Health medical staff and colleagues are welcome to attend. This  free event will feature dance, history, art and African American traditional foods. For more information, contact Kaslena Hussey at husseyk@mercyhealth.com.

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: