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Spring Toddler Storytimes start Monday at the Hackley Public Library

Spring Toddler Storytimes start Monday at the Hackley Public Library

From the Hackley Public Library:

Spring Toddler Storytimes start on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Hackley Public Library. Registration is required.  To register call 722-7276, ext. 230.

Victory for Muskegon: city leads nation in unemployment rate decline

Muskegon leads the nation’s metropolitan areas for improving its jobless rate. 

That’s according to The Business Review, which analyzed new numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The publication reports Muskegon topped the list of 372 metropolitan areas, improving its unemployment rate from 16.2 percent in December 2009 to 11.4 percent in December 2010.

The Business Review says the national runners-up were three other Michigan metro areas, including Monroe, with an unemployment rate decline of 4.4 percent, Jackson with a jobless rate drop of 4.3 percent, and Flint, whose unemployment rate slid 4.2 percent.

The Business Review reports Yuma, Arizona suffered the worst increase; its jobless rate rose from 18.8 percent in December 2009 to 23.2 percent in December 2010.

Meinert County Park doubles in size

From: Michelle Harris, Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Muskegon County took possession of 95-acres of additional park land with the help of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.  This expansion of Meinert Park more than doubles the size of the County Park.

A Place Of Honor and Peace- Veteran’s Memorial Causeway

For as long as I can remember the Veteran’s Memorial Causeway Park has been an honored place for the remembrance of Muskegon’s fallen military veterans. It’s always been a great convenience to Muskegon’s north side.

Over the years, I have heard names such as “Causeway Memorial Park,” or simply “Memorial Park” or the “Causeway Memorial. Everyone has their own way of referring to the park.

The name it was formally given was on Nov. 11, 1934, was “Muskegon County Memorial Park” — A “Living Memorial to the World War Dead.”

Today, it’s officially called the Veteran’s Memorial Park. And it’s going on 76 yrs. old. The park is 50 acres long and covers both the north bound and south bound of the causeway. With a gorgeous lit fountain at one end and the entrance to North Muskegon at the other, with trees, grass, gorgeous water and memorial statues through-out.