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Local students use green thumbs to beautify Lake Michigan beaches in preparation for summer

Local students use green thumbs to beautify Lake Michigan beaches in preparation for summer

Timberland Charter Academy’s 5th grade students recently did their part to care for the environment by cleaning up Lake Michigan’s beaches at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in preparation for summer.

Students visited P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and combed the beaches and fore dunes, gathering trash washed ashore during the winter months so visitors can enjoy nature at its best: our beautiful Lake Michigan and her litter-free beaches. The class enjoyed a picnic-style lunch and divided the remaining waste into parts to be recycled.

This green initiative taught the students the responsibility of caring for the environment while being good stewards within their community.

Police search for attempted counterfeiters

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM)- Detectives in Norton Shores hope surveillance video will help them catch a pair of attempted counterfeiters.

On May 16, police say they tried to use fake $20 bills at the Mobil Mart on Henry Street. The clerk refused the counterfeit bills but police say the same two people have tried to use phony money at other businesses.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Norton Shores Police, or Silent Observer, at (231) 722-7463.

Mich. to reopen Muskegon prison, move Ryan inmates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The head of Michigan's corrections officers union says state officials plan to reopen the Muskegon Correctional Facility this fall while turning the Ryan Correctional Facility into housing for parole violators.

Michigan Corrections Organization executive director Mel Grieshaber told The Associated Press of the changes Thursday.

Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan didn't immediately return a call Thursday requesting confirmation. But he did tell Gongwer News Service that Grieshaber was correct.

The changes mean more than 1,000 inmates will have to move to other prisons.

Grieshaber says the state closed the Mounds Correctional Facility in Detroit early this year, so fewer inmates are being housed in the city. He says that will make family visits difficult.

The Tuscola Re-Entry Facility in Caro also will close and move its operations to Ryan.

Memorial Day Weekend offers plenty of fun

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you are looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, there is plenty to choose from in West Michigan and across the state.

Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer travel season. About 1.1 million people in the state are expected to travel least 50 miles or more.  Most cities and counties are holding events and parades.  But it's, Michigan businesses and attractions that are hoping to attract people looking to have fun.

Of course one of the biggest attractions here in West Michigan is Muskegon's Michigan Adventure Amusement park.

The 250 acre park is the state's largest amusement park. It officially opened for the season earlier this week and has roller coasters, thrill rides, a water park and much more.

Size matters for Lumberjacks in Entry Draft

Size matters for Lumberjacks in Entry Draft

The Muskegon Lumberjacks redefined their roster in dramatic fashion Tuesday night, as they added 16 players via the USHL Entry Draft, which was open to any hockey player born from 1992 to 1997.

"We got the guys we identified,” said Lumberjacks Owner/General Manager Josh Mervis. “We will be bigger, faster, stronger and older. We got exactly what we hoped to get out of the draft.”

The Jacks acquired the rights to 11 players over six feet tall, and they started right away. With back-to-back picks at Nos. 2 and 3 overall, the Lumberjacks chose right winger Adam Gilmour and center Connor Hurley, the top two players available according to Muskegon's hockey operations department.

Gilmour, a 6-foot-2 right winger from Dedham, Mass., put up 56 points (26 goals) in 26 games for the Noble & Greenough prep school in the Boston area. He recently committed to perennial power Boston College.

Two men shot in Muskegon County

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM)- Police believe a pair of shootings in Muskegon Heights are connected. Officers tell the Muskegon Chronical that the first shooting happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 3,000 block of Maffett Street. There, a 22-year-old Muskegon Township man was shot in the back.

Shortly after, another 22-year-old Muskegon man showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the knee.

At least two cars and a house in the 3,000 block of Maffett Street were also hit by gunfire in the incident.

The victims told police officers that they do not know who shot then.

Muskegon Heights Police have not made any arrests in this case..

Old Fashioned Days Festival

FRUITPORT, Mich. (WZZM) -- A long running festival in Muskegon County kicks off Wednesday. Fruitport's Old Fashioned Days festival runs from May 23rd to 28th.

It will be held at Fruitport's Pomona Park. There will be fireworks, carnival rides, parades, and grand lady riverboat cruise.

The festival is free, but entrance to the midway will cost $17 to $20 dollars.