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All-season upgrade for Norton Shores road

Norton Shores is one of nine communities that will use $2.7 million in state funds to upgrade roads to all-season status.

Crews in Norton Shores will use the funding to reconstruct about one mile of Grand Haven Road from Pontaluna Road to Wilson Road. The $1 million project will get $375,000 in state funding.  The rest will come from the city.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the investment will help the local economy grow.  MDOT approved funding because commercial traffic relies on the selected roads, and the project would improve road safety.

Name a festival, win $50

Now’s your chance to name a festival.

Norton Shores city leaders are asking community members to submit their name ideas for the new Norton Shores Arts and Crafts Fair. The event includes a car show, disc golf tournament and beer/music tent.

Name entries must be submitted to huey22@nortonshores.org by Friday, March 29 for a chance to win a $50 Meijer gift card.  The winner will be announced by April 5.

Semi-truck and several vehicles in crash on I-96

Semi-truck and several vehicles in crash on I-96

There is a crash on I-96 Westbound in Ottawa County this morning that involved many vehicles. WZZM13's Sarah Barwacz sent these photos.

Include Montague and Whitehall on your Color Tour

Include Montague and Whitehall on your Color Tour

The Whitehall/Montague area offers much in the way of interesting things to see and many acres of beautiful trees in the fall with all their many colors. Put these two places on your color tour list this fall.

Did you know that Montague has the world’s largest weathervane, located at the corner of Dowling and Water Street?  This is a functioning weathervane, 48 ft. tall with an arrow 26 ft long. A very unique and interesting artifact.

Whitehall has an 1875 lighthouse, now used as a museum that offers the opportunity to see what life was like around the Great Lakes of Michigan. There are many interesting items to see inside.

West Michigan Underwater Preserve Ribbon Cutting

West Michigan Underwater Preserve Ribbon Cutting

Thanks to the hard work of the members of the West Michigan Underwater Preserve, a group created in 1980, close to 345 square miles of underwater treasures will be protected. Shipwrecks and other underwater structures in West Michigan waters will now become a part of  Michigan’s Underwater Preserve System which protects some of the region's most sensitive underwater resources. Although shipwrecks and other underwater cultural resources are protected under the law anywhere in Michigan's Great Lakes waters, the preserves are "underwater museums" that protect concentrations of shipwrecks, unique geological features and other submerged sites.

Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve: Coming soon!

Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve: Coming soon!

From: http://www.naturenearby.org

We are very happy to announce that we have has received a large financial commitment that will enable us to complete the Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve project by the end of 2012.  Currently in private ownership, once the property is in our hands, we will open it to the public as our 14th nature preserve.
 
Flower Creek Dunes features:

Governor Rick Snyder holding Mobile Office Hours

Governor Rick Snyder holding Mobile Office Hours

News Release:

 

Governor Rick Snyder’s Mobile Office Hours

 

Monday, June 18th

 

Holland, MI

7am – 9am

Lemonjello

61 East 9th Street

 

Muskegon, MI

10am- 12pm

Ryke’s Bakery

 

Grand Rapids, MI

1pm – 3pm

City Hall – Conference Center

 

Ionia

4pm- 6pm

Bluewater Cafe

 

Governor Snyder’s staff will be on hand to discuss issues and will have information on the budget, ways to get more involved in state government, and the ongoing reinvention of Michigan.

 Please visit our website : reinventingmichigan.blogspot.com