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Big showdown with NTDP kicks off Lumberjacks three-game week

Big showdown with NTDP kicks off Lumberjacks three-game week

When trailing in a playoff race, the most a team can ask for is an opportunity to play the clubs ahead of it.

Fortunately for the Muskegon Lumberjacks, they’ll get that chance Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, when they confront the National Team Development Program at 7 p.m. The Lumberjacks (15-24-6, 36 points) have gone 3-1-1 over the last two weeks to draw within six points of the NTDP (19-20-4, 42 points) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Sixth place is significant in the USHL because it doubles as the final postseason berth in each eight-team conference. While the NTDP has played two fewer games than the Jacks, who have 15 regular season games remaining, Muskegon will face the National Team three times in the next three weeks.

American Red Cross offering volunteer training

Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) The American Red Cross says more people are asking about how to become a volunteer following recent tornadoes in Indiana and other parts of the Midwest.

The American Red Cross is offering disaster response training geared to individuals who want to volunteer to help victims of disaster. This course is a prerequisite for all advanced disaster training offered for American Red Cross disaster volunteers. This course is open to the public is an entry level instructor led course.

The disaster-training course "Disaster Services: An Overview" will be held Monday, March 12th, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 313 West Webster Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49440.

Muskegon Home Investment Partnership Program

From: http://www.muskegon-mi.gov

HOME Investment Partnership Program

For Program Year 2012 – 2013
Our mission is to improve the Quality of Life for the Citizens of Muskegon through Stewardship of Resources, Excellent Service, and Leadership for the Greater Community.

The City of Muskegon invites responsible agencies or groups to submit applications for HOME Investment Partnership Program activities beginning July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 that invest only in housing to be developed, sponsored or owned by the Community Housing Development Organization. Deadline for proposals is Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Proposals must be mailed or hand delivered to the Clerk’s Office, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440.

Egelston Twp. supervisor defends fire station plan

EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some voters in Egelston Township say they feel deceived and betrayed over a tax increase for a new fire station.

"Very much so," says resident Nichole Girben. "Everything they said before is now twisted."

Some residents say they approved higher property taxes to pay for a new fire station after promises the current station would be demolished and a new one built in it's place.

"Going to build a new fire station on the current location so we voted 'yes' on that," confirms resident Alex Maginity.

But township supervisor Mike Thompson now says temporarily relocating the fire department during construction would be too expensive.

"We started looking into it and the cost to temporarily locate a fire station is tremendous -- not only monetarily, but safety for the public," he says.

Muskegon County covered by few warning sirens

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) - Large parts of Muskegon County do not have sirens to signal dangerous weather and it has been that way for years, according to Muskegon County Emergency Manager and Undersheriff Dan Stout.

Stout says in 2003, Muskegon County commissioners asked him what it would cost to cover the county with severe weather sirens. The price was more than $3 million. Commissioners then passed on the project.

There are only seven weather sirens in Muskegon County -- three in Whitehall, two in Montague, one in Blue Lake Township, and one in Lakewood Club.

Stout recommends a personal weather radio to stay safe. Most cost around $30. The small units remain quiet until weather watches or warnings are issued.

Lumberjacks get back on track in Sioux City

Lumberjacks get back on track in Sioux City

The Eastern Conference playoff race has suddenly gotten a lot more interesting, and the Muskegon Lumberjacks are playing a big role.

The Lumberjacks improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games and jumped within six points of the East’s final playoff spot with a gritty 3-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Ryan Bullock authored his first USHL two-goal game and goalie John Keeney denied 31 of 32 Musketeers shots en route to his first road win since Nov. 11, a span of 10 starts. The Lumberjacks (15-24-6, 36 points) as a team ended a five-game winless streak in away games.

Tyler Heinonen scored the other Muskegon goal, which put the Jacks up 2-1 entering the third period. The Lumberjacks improved to 12-1-3 in such situations when they fended off a late Sioux City power play and Bullock tossed a backhand shot from his own zone into an empty net with 27 seconds left.

Church visitors unplug and 'Leave the World Behind'

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-A Muskegon church is helping electronic users unplug through silence.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church held its sixth "Leave the World Behind" day Saturday. Visitors were encouraged to refresh themselves through quiet reflection or by walking a labyrinth.

Organizer Linda Reynolds says the event is a good way to unite all faiths.

"It seems our lives are so fragmented and so terribly busy these days. It's really hard to find a time of peace; a time to just be," she explained. "I just can't tell you how wonderful [this time] has been for myself and for everyone who's come."

The next "Leave the World Behind" day will take place June 9.