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My Town GR West: Three-year-old to be honored during arthritis walk

My Town GR West: Three-year-old to be honored during arthritis walk

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The date is set for a walk to benefit the more than 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis.

The John Ball Park Zoo will host the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 3. The walk is a non-competitive three mile journey to benefit research and programs provided by the Arthritis Foundation.  This year’s event will honor 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 2 years.  Mackenzie is among the 300,000 children and 50 million adults in the United States faced with arthritis.

To register for this year's walk or for additional information, visit the event website here or call (616) 949-9938.

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities will come to Grand Haven early as the Loutit District Library presents the Mona Shores High School Fiddlers on March 9 for an afternoon of popular Irish fiddle music as part of the library’s Sunday concert series.

This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials are encouraging the public to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The MSF was formed in 1996 by the retired Mona Shores High School orchestra director, Timothy Staudacher, to create an alternative style for string players that revolved around the performance of folk music from various cultures. The fiddlers are lead by current high school orchestra director, Samer Jeroudi, who is in his third year.

My Town Muskegon: Districts promise accountability if millage is approved Feb. 25

My Town Muskegon: Districts promise accountability if millage is approved Feb. 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Community members are encouraged to head to the polls Tuesday, Feb. 25 to vote on a technology and security enhancement millage request by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

According to MAISD, the proposed one-mill, ten-year property tax increase would provide about $161 in direct per-student funding to 11 local public school districts to pay for upgrades to technology and security. The millage would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 would pay $50 more per year for ten years.

 MAISD Superintendent Dave Sipka says if the millage passes, all 11 districts have agreed to compile comprehensive reports that will detail how the tax dollars are spent. 

My Town Muskegon: Move your vehicle now for street clearing

My Town Muskegon: Move your vehicle now for street clearing

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon residents are encouraged to move their vehicles off the street for a chance to get their street cleaned.

The Department of Public Works says it has a short window of time to clear streets before the cold weather hits again, so residents and their neighbors are encouraged to park off-street sometime today through Friday so city plow truck drivers can come through and clear off the snow and slush.

Property owners are also encouraged to make sure any catch basins are clear of snow and slush to help alleviate any possible flooding during this wet weather.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes to Present Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

DEC. 17, 2013, GRAND HAVEN, MICH.—United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will present its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services on Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. The general public is invited to attend free of charge. The theme for both services will be “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” by Hal H. Hopson. Featured will be readings and scriptural lessons of faith, along with the following musical numbers: • O Come All Ye Faithful • The God of Abr’am Praise • Lo, How a Rose • There is no Rose • Good Christian Friends, Rejoice • Angels We Have Heard on High • Joy to the World The 7 p.m. event is a “Family Service.” The UMCD Youth and Children’s Choirs, plus chimers and bell ringers will be featured. The 11 p.m. event will feature the UMCD Bells of Glory and Chancel Choirs. “The 11 p.m. candlelight service is more of a contemplative and reflective service,” said Jean Schuitman, director of music and organist at UMCD.

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

Muskegon Farmer's Market nears fundraising goal

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  The Downtown Development Corporation is in the final stretch of fundraising for Muskegon’s new Farmer’s Market.

Project managers say slightly more than $300,000 is needed to meet their goal.  The final donations will complete a community kitchen, landscaping and a picnic area at the farmer’s market, which will be located downtown.  Developers hope to finish and open the $3.8 million venue on May 1, 2014.

"We are excited to see this project take shape and are confident it will be a catalyst for additional development downtown," says Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron.

To donate to the Farmer’s Market project, visit  http://www.cffmc.org/give or send a check to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, 49440.

Three mayors named in November election

Three mayors named in November election

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Montague has a new mayor.

Tuesday night, voters elected A. James Neubauer to the office.  Neubauer took 31 percent of the vote, besting Calvin Cederquist, Kenneth Erdman and incumbent Kevin Erb for the two year term.

Erb took over as mayor of Montague in 2011, despite narrowly losing to incumbent, Henry Roesler Jr., who died days before the election.  According to state law, votes cast for a dead candidate cannot be counted.

In Muskegon, Stephen Gawron, who has been serving out former mayor Steve Warmington’s term,  will remain mayor.  Gawron took 71 percent of the vote to Zawdie Abiade’s 29 percent. 

In North Muskegon,  Chris Witham will remain mayor.  Witham took all 545 votes in Tuesday night’s election.  Withham has served as mayor since 2004.