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Fundraiser held in honor of murdered biker

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Friends of a lakeshore man who died in a motorcycle crash are raising money to help his family.

One of a series of fundraisers in honor of Jake Rameau took place Tuesday evening at Skeetown Tavern in Muskegon.

The event included car and bike washes and drink specials.

Rameau died June 26th while chasing his brother's stolen car in Muskegon Heights. He was shot and crashed.

His friends say Rameau was the first one to help others, which is why he was chasing the stolen car.

"Jake would not let anything happen to anybody, and he was at the bar and he was the quickest to hop on his bike and take off," says Katie Tenhove, Rameau's friend.

Rameau's funeral was last week.

Money raised Tuesday will help pay for that and for his daughter's future.

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

Lakeshore Art Festival takes over downtown Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Lakeshore Art Festival is taking over downtown Muskegon.

Hundreds of artists, street performers, and craftsmen are downtown showing off their skills this weekend.

There are interactive art projects, Children's Lane, and an artisan food market.

You can even paint your own postcard-sized canvas and take it home with you for $5.

Festival director Carla Flanders says the event stretches from one end of downtown to the other.

"Western Ave. is the main street for craft and food, Hackley Park is for fine art, and the side streets are for food, crafts, artists, music, chalk art, and the food carve."

The festival resumes Saturday, from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

Muskegon to be busy with Independence Day events

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Campgrounds on the lakeshore are pretty much full, as people from all over West Michigan settle in for the Fourth of July and a busy weekend of activities.

From the Here's to the Heroes celebration, to the Lakeshore Art Festival, there's lots to do in Muskegon. There will be music from 4-9 p.m. Friday at Heritage Landing, plus fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

A city worker there is welcoming visitors in his own special way. "I am going to put a flag on the mower today," explained Randy Schneider of the City of Muskegon Department of Public Works. He says he's reminding drivers arriving on the lakeshore of the meaning of Independence Day.

To him, that meaning is "just the freedom of living in this great country."

US-31 crash caused by wrong-way driver

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - One person was seriously hurt in a one-way crash on US-31 Thursday morning.

The crash happened in the southbound lanes of US-31 near the Pontaluna exit in Norton Shores. Police say a 73-year-old woman from Twin Lake was heading northbound in the southbound lanes. Police are not sure where the woman entered the highway, but they say that several motorists called 911 before the crash to report her.

A car driven by a 30-year-old man was not able to avoid her. The collision sent his car rolling onto the shoulder of the road. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The woman was not hurt, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

No word yet on citations for the crash.

Budweiser Clydesdales on parade in Muskegon


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The city of Muskegon is honoring veterans and other community heroes this weekend, and the most famous horse team in the world helped to kick off the event.

The Budweiser Clydesdales arrived in Muskegon earlier this week.

Wednesday night, they walked down Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon for the start of the Here's to the Heroes event.

There will be a free Salute to Muskegon Night at Heritage Landing Thursday, beginning at 5pm, with live music.

The music continues Friday and Saturday, too, with fireworks each night.

Oil leak polluting Muskegon River

BRIDGETON, Mich. (WZZM) - Oil is polluting a picturesque area of the Muskegon river that is known as a prime spot for fishing, swimming and tubing.
The oil is leaking from an old industrial pipeline between Big Rapids and Muskegon that sits on the river bottom near the Bridgeton Bridge.

The pipeline is not in use anymore, but there is still oil in it, and its oozing into the water.

"It slowly seeps out," says resident John Pomeroy, pointing to an oily sheen on the surface of the river. "Smell it? There could be a lot of oil left in there."

Residents say the pipeline used to carry oil to the Cambell, Wyant and Cannon Foundry in Muskegon. Several years ago it was capped to stop leaks, but recently oil started bubbling out of a broken valve.