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Environmental group closer to funding new education center

Environmental group closer to funding new education center

NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich.—The Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (MERES)  is more than half way there to funding a new environmental education center.

 

So far, MERES has collected more than $415,000 for the new facility, which will be located at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve on Lake Avenue in North Muskegon.  The $750,000 LEED certified building will include a classroom, laboratory, general work area, exhibit area and the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

 

The education center will compliment, not replace, the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve’s current environmental laboratory, which is already used by thousands of area students.

 

If you’d like to contribute to the environmental education center, donations can be sent to:

 

Community Foundation for Muskegon County

MERES Building Fund

425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon, MI 49440

Muskegon Heights park sees new beginning

Muskegon Heights park sees new beginning

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.--Mona Lake Park sits along Seaway Drive as you approach Muskegon. 

For years, the park has been kind of an afterthought.  There was the occasional basketball game played, plenty of room for geese and little or no attention given to the equipment, play fields and neighborhood.  Sure, there was a guy walking a dog occasionally or plenty of boats being launched, but the overall feel was that it was a forgotten park. 

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Family Farm & Home opening a new store

 Family Farm & Home opening a new store

SPARTA, Mich.-- The former Pamida building located at 53 Applewood Dr. will be the location for the new Family Farm & Home store coming to Sparta.

The Muskegon-based Family Farm & Home business is expected to open this 27th store by late August 2013. The new facility is expected to include lawn and garden, hardware, automotive, agriculture, sporting goods, clothing, toys and pet departments. There will be something for everyone, giving the community a shopping alternative that has been missing from the area since Pamida closed its doors last year.

Check out www.familyfarmandhome.com for more information about the store coming to your town.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.