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Celebrated Service Award Nominees Announced

Celebrated Service Award Nominees Announced

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. – Local First member Celebration! Cinema announced yesterday this year’s nominees for the Celebrated Service Awards. Local and non-local businesses known for their outstanding customer service in Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Portage, Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, and Muskegon comprise the pool of nominees. One winner from each community will be decided by an on-line vote. The voting page is now live: www.celebratedservice.com.

 “We talk about locally owned businesses having superior service – this validates it,” said Local First Executive Director Elissa Hillary. “Businesses that understand the value of building the prosperity of our community from within also understand the value of each unique customer.”

Coach McKenzie takes charge, looks to boost Jacks

Coach McKenzie takes charge, looks to boost Jacks

MUSKEGON, Mich. – New Muskegon Lumberjacks Head Coach Jim McKenzie played 15 seasons in the NHL, so a midseason coaching change is not a foreign concept to him.

Rather, the 42-year-old native of Saskatchewan knows that a switch like this is common in a results-oriented business like sports, and he’s ready for the challenge of taking over a team midstream.

“My focus is on getting these guys ready to play,” said McKenzie, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils. “I’ve tried not to change too much right away, because a lot of what they were doing was working. They’ve had some success this season and I want to help them build on that.”

The past few days have been eventful for McKenzie, as he was officially named to the position Friday morning and arrived in Muskegon over the weekend. He observed practice Monday before getting into instruction Tuesday.

UPDATE: Industrial building burns near Ravenna

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - An industrial fire kept firefighters from six Muskegon County departments busy Wednesday afternoon.

The metal building in the 2500 block of South Slocum Road houses Cast Metal Core. The company makes sand cores for foundries. Fire officials say a wall heater ignited combustible materials that were too close to the unit.

Three adults, including the building's owner, were inside when the fire started. Two adults were living inside a small office inside the building. All three were uninjured.

Heavy smoke could be seen for several miles and filled another building next door to the factory. .


Ham Radio Operators Demonstrate Emergency Communications Capabilities

Muskegon, MI. – Hundreds of Amateur Radio (HAM) operators across the country will be displaying their emergency communication capabilities on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The public is invited to stop out and view what Amateur Radio Communications can do in times of emergencies.

The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR) established a Winter Field Day event in 2007 and invited Amateur Radio operators to participate. 

Using emergency power, Ham operators will construct, and operate portable emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools, and backyards across the country. Radio operators will demonstrate long and short range voice, data, and Morse code communications.

Dream Garden Project

Dream Garden Project

The Muskegon Catholic Central Art Department has proudly presented The Dream Garden Project, which is possible due to a generous, anonymous donation from a Muskegon Catholic Family. It is a space located outside the cafeteria where a few picnic tables stand on a cement slab. The large lawn area showcases a special tree planted in memory of a former MCC student.

 This project is solely planned, researched and executed by the students of Muskegon Catholic under the supervision of Art teacher, Mrs. Jane Stoepker. The purpose of this project is the creation of a green space where students can share with others, relaxing, eating lunch, reflecting and creating. This garden sanctuary will also be a place for students to construct their own sculpture for the garden.

Three brothers arrested for holiday hold-ups

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three Muskegon brothers who detectives blame for a series of armed robberies are now in police custody.

Jordan Brown, 19, and his 21-year old brother Lloyd are being held in the Muskegon County Jail. Their younger brother, 16-year old Adonis, is being held at the county youth home.  Adonis Brown's photo is not available because the youth home does not release mugshots.

Police say the siblings' robberies started in November and continued into this month. All four of the crimes happened at Muskegon-area convenience stores.

Police say surveillance images of the robberies generated a number of tips, which led them to the three brothers.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor says there seems to be an annual increase in robberies during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 this year to further their college education with the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“My brothers and I are proud to honor our parents with this new scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter retail chain.

The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that was established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975 originally for children of Meijer team members that awarded $500 scholarships. In 2010, the scholarship program was expanded to include Meijer team members and increased to $1,000 awards. The Meijer family funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant endowment gift to the Community Foundation.