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Lake Effect Boat Time begins

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Roger Zuidema is turned a love for boating on Muskegon Lake into this week's inaugural Lake Effect Boat Time.  Zuidema says the idea started last summer while relaxing on his boat near the Muskegon Lake channel.

Zuidema created a website and made connections on social media over the last 10-months to promote the event.

This week participants in Lake Effect Boat Time on Muskegon Lake will learn about water issues on G.V.S.U.'s water research boat, and gather near the Muskegon pier.

Saturday boaters are asked to anchor near the Muskegon State Parks' Muskegon Lake beach.  On Sunday more than 100 boaters are expected to gather inside the breakwaters on Lake Michigan.

Zuidema says the event is starting small, but someday he hopes it grows and includes sponsors and other events like a boat show.

3 women, 1 man, hurt in Musk. Hts. shooting

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Michigan (WZZM) - Four people are hospitalized after being shot in Muskegon Heights overnight.

It all happened in the 2900 block of 9th Street between Columbia and Summit Avenues.  Michigan State Police are assisting the Muskegon Heights Police Department in investigating a shooting that happened between 11:00 and 11:30 pm.

A representative of the Muskegon Prosecutor's Office says three of the four injured are women and one is a man. All four are expected to survive. The representative says it all stems from a fight.

Muskegon Heights Police are looking for Ricky Lee Love, 47, who is the father of one of the young women involved in the fight.  He is being asked to turn himself in to police.

Lakeshore Museum Center reopens

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-- The Lakeshore Museum Center is back open, after broken water pipe forced it to close Monday.

According to the museum's Facebook page, the museum reopened Tuesday, and is dry.  The museum says it caught the problem before it could cause any serious damage.

Muskegon Police investigating thefts

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon Police are looking for the persons responsible for a series of thefts in the same part of their city.

The latest was discovered early Saturday morning in the 3200 block of Lakeshore Drive. A family there woke to discover several electronics and the family car had been taken while they were sleeping. Police say two other homeowners have filed similar police reports in the last week.

The first two thefts happened on Boltwood Drive. The thieves there took a collection of fishing equipment and other valuables.

Police believe the person or persons responsible is entering homes through unlocked doors or windows

Lower birth rate blamed on the economy

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- Women aren't having as many babies and government analysts say its because they are worried about the economy.

The birth rate in America has fallen to levels that compare to the Great Depression in the 1930's. The decline in Michigan, where unemployment is high and young people are leaving, is about 20 percent since 2000, higher than the national average.

Before they have a baby, couples are asking themselves if they can afford it.

"You just want to have a stable setting before you decide to have a child," says 20-year-old Kyle Barrenger. "You want everything set. Have a job, a good car."

Nationwide, the fertility rate is down 7 percent since 2007. Almost one out of five women age 40 to 44 have no children. Others are delaying additions to their families.

Multicultural Beach Festival starts today

Multicultural Beach Festival starts today

Muskegon Multicultural Beach Festival celebrates the land, lakes, rich diversity and culture that exist in Muskegon, while promoting the ideals of Healthy Lifestyles, Sustainability, Economic Development, Diversity, and Lifelong Learning.

The Festival held at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon will consist of a Fashion Show, Health Fair, College Resource Fair, Sand Sculpting contest, Beach Walk/Lose Big contest, Concert Series, (All proceeds will go to putting on the festival and keeping it free for the public ) Memorial Service for drowning victims of Lake Michigan, live performances and other forms of cultural entertainment. There will also be food vendors, exhibitors, and special guest speakers providing information and services feeding both the mind and body.

For information, 231-206-5780. www.muskegonmbf.org

The Tree of Life opens Friday at The Harbor Theater

The Tree of Life opens Friday at The Harbor Theater

The most recent film by award winning director, Terrance Malick, opens this Friday at The Harbor Theater.

The Tree of Life, staring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s.

The film won the 2011 Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious award, the Palme D'Orr.

Click Here to watch the trailer.