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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

Conservation officer Gregory Patten named Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year

Conservation officer Gregory Patten named Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year

Conservation officer Gregory Patten named Shikar-Safari
Wildlife Officer of the Year


Michigan conservation officer Gregory Patten, a 28-year veteran of the Department of Natural Resources, recently was named the 2013 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year by Shikar-Safari International. The international hunting organization is involved in such recognitions of key officials in natural resources agencies across the United States and Canada.

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

My Town: New superintendent takes over the helm at MAISD

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.— Dr. John Severson is officially on the job as Muskegon Area Intermediate School's superintendent.

Severson officially takes over the post July 1, one day after the retirement of former superintendent Dave Sipka. The MAISD board officially offered the position to Severson on May 29.

Severson previously served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools for a decade.  He also worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

 

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District)-- Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Dave Sipka said Tuesday he believes Muskegon Heights Public School Academy’s decision to “self-manage the school” is a step in the right direction.

Sipka and Gregory Weatherspoon, Muskegon Heights Public Schools’ emergency manager, held a joint press conference to answer questions about the solution to keep neighborhood schools open while continuing to improve academic results.