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After Bike Time

After Bike Time

Every year during Bike Time weekend, my husband and I have left town to go camping to avoid the crowds, the noise, etc. Now mind you, the sound of motorcycles isn't really a nuisance to me as I grew up near a biker bar and the sound of motorcycle motors revving up and tires peeling out was usually my lullaby at night (especially on weekends).  This year however, we stayed close to home because my husband was working some overtime during the weekend.

We drove downtown a few times just to look at the crowds of people and the bikes. We didn't get out and enjoy any of the festivities (I'm pregnant and wasn't feeling the greatest), but we did enjoy "cruising the strip" just to see what you can see! We live near the lake, so we had a lot of people cruising around near us, and there were lots of bikes - everywhere! Business, hotels, almost everywhere you looked… bikes, bikes and more bikes!

Victim identified in fatal hit and run crash

UPDATE Monday - (WZZM) - The victim of the fatal hit and run in the City of Muskegon on Saturday has been identified as Demari Churchwell, 19, who resided in the Muskegon.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.)- Dwayne Watkins, 24, has turned himself into detectives at the Muskegon Police Department and his vehicle has been found and impounded as the investigation continues.

Watkins is lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on a charge of leaving the scene of a traffic crash causing death or serious injury.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- The Muskegon Police Department is investigating a fatal hit and run traffic crash that happened at Catherine Avenue and Williams Street in Muskegon on Saturday night.

Muskegon Police say officers were dispatched to a report of a traffic crash involving a moped and another vehicle at this location.

Made in Michigan - Cole's Quality Foods

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Overlooking Muskegon Lake is the bakery that in the early 1970's forever changed the freezer aisle.

"We are Cole's Quality Foods. We have been in the baking business since 1943. We were the first to invent the frozen garlic bread category," says Bruce Kratt, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Coles.

Muskegon's Cole's Quality Foods is the only national frozen garlic bread brand that's still family-owned. Kratt says it's a 'David vs. Goliath-type' story - the Michigan company with just over 100 employees taking on brands baked by huge food conglomerates. "We ship to California, to Alaska, to New England, and all around the United States," says Kratt.

With the one pound loaf-line in high gear, the Muskegon workers can bake more than 80,000 loafs a day.

Lumberjacks introduce new logo

Lumberjacks introduce new logo

The Muskegon Lumberjacks, Member Club of the United States Hockey League, announce the debut of a new primary logo.

The freshly-created mark (attached to this email) will be implemented immediately. The new design centers around the award-winning logo introduced by the IHL Lumberjacks in 2008 and used by the third-year USHL club throughout its existence.

While the recognizable stylized lumberjack is in the center of the new logo, the outer edge is a modified version of the popular “saw blade” design the team revealed last season. In the new primary logo, the lumberjack replaces the italicized ‘M’ in the middle of the blade.

“As an organization, we have worked extremely hard to maintain a brand our community can associate with and be proud of,” said Lumberjacks President Tim Taylor. “Therefore, it was important to maintain the lumberjack figure while introducing the saw blade design into the primary mark.”

Cleaning up the beer cans from the Muskegon River

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The number of empty cans left behind by people floating down the Muskegon River has become an issue for some.

A group of concerned citizens led by Jerry Carlson organized a beer can clean up Sunday.  The group took off from the Bridgeton boat launch around noon.

They picked up cans and trash as they floated down the river.  Carlson says "We got a mess in this river, and it ain't going nowhere without somebody helping, so we have to do something."

Everyone that brought in 50 cans they collected from the river was entered into a drawing to win a kayak or gift cards.  Carlson hopes to make the river clean up an annual event.

Exhibit honors World War I veterans

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - An exhibition about World War I is making a stop in Grand Rapids, at the Ford Museum, Monday. It's the 58th stop on a 75 city national tour.

The tour is called "Honoring our History" is traveling the country as we approach the 100th anniversary of World War I.

This is no small exhibit. It's an 18 wheel traveling museum with 66 artifacts, including weapons, uniforms, and equipment from nearly 100 years ago. Organizers say visitors can experience life as soldiers and civilians did, including the tight conditions of warfare. Some of the artifacts have not been seen in the public eye until this tour.

Former Mayor shares top 5 accomplishments

Muskegon (WZZM) - He's been out of office for about a month now, but the former leader of Muskegon joined his successor for a mayor's ride around the city on this last day of Bike Fest.

Steve Warmington has spent ten and a half years as the city's leader and we asked him what his top five accomplishments were during his term.

Click on the video link to watch his answer.