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Muskegon hosts rallies on anniversary of Roe V. Wade

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Groups on both sides of the abortion issue are rallying in Muskegon on Saturday marking Sunday's 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v Wade decision.

Muskegon County Right to Life and the Muskegon-Ottawa Chapter of the National Organization for Women are holding marches.

Right to Life will meet at 1 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1215 E. Apple, and march to a clinic that performs abortions, as well as providing counseling and emergency contraception.

A memorial service will follow at Our Redeemer at 2 p.m.  

The National Organization for Women will hold a prayer breakfast at 10:30 a.m. at Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church, 1296 Montgomery.

A march will follow at noon at Hackley Park, with a soup luncheon and discussion at the church at 1 p.m.






Horse rescued after falling through ice

NORTON SHORES, Michigan (WZZM) - Three horses fell through the ice at a horse farm in Norton Shores Friday morning. The farm owner was able to rescue the horses with help from a friend and the Norton Shores Fire Department. They had to use chainsaws and sledghammers to cut and break the ice.

The three horses fell through about 4 inches of ice on water at Sunny Brook Equestrian Facility in the 5600 block of Martin.

All three horses were rescued and checked out by a veternarian. They are being warmed in the barn and will be monitored for a day or so.

My Town Muskegon Salute: Glenside Elementary

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Students at Glenside Elementary School in Muskegon wave hello in the attached video clip.

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.