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Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

Free DNR programs make the best of a snowy situation

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering some free programs to help you make the best of the snow burying our area.

The DNR’s “Just Add Snow” programs include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and other winter-themed activities at nine DNR visitor centers throughout February.  Each program is free of charge, but a Recreation Passport is needed for vehicles to enter state parks.

 “We’ve had a good snowfall this year and conditions are perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of winter,” said Kevin Frailey, who oversees programs at the DNR visitor centers. “It doesn’t cost much. Most programs are free, the instruction is free and, in most cases, loaner equipment is available for those who don’t have their own.

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.  The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.  Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.

“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”

Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron.  His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

Party In Your Parka at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Jan. 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Celebrate Michigan’s 177th Birthday with a Party In Your Parka at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Saturday, Jan. 25.

This is the second year for the all-ages, all-day celebration, which includes winter activities, live music and art.  Admission is free with a Michigan State Park pass, but there are fees for using the trails, renting equipment and getting luge lessons.  Pricing can be found on the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex page here.  Concessions and drinks will also be available.  Park passes will be available the day of the event at the complex for $11. Those passes are good all year for every state park in Michigan.

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Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

Ottawa Hills hosts Floyd Mayweather Classic Jan. 18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Ottawa Hills High School will host Saginaw Arthur Hill  this Saturday, Jan. 18 as part of the Floyd Mayweather Classic.

Five games will play out on the basketball court, starting with Lansing Sexton vs. River Rouge at noon.  Kalamazoo Central will take on Lansing Eastern at 2 p.m., followed by East English Village vs. Flint Southwestern at 4 p.m. and the Muskegon Big Reds vs. Chicago Orr at 6 p.m.  Ottawa Hills will close out the classic at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Classic are $10 and are good for all five games.  Children age 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door or at the Ottawa Hills Athletic Office Wednesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.   OK Conference, Golden Age and Grand Rapids Public Schools staff passes will not be accepted at the event.

Junior Jacks and Peewee players take over L.C. Walker Arena

Junior Jacks and Peewee players take over L.C. Walker Arena

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The L.C. Walker Arena  will come alive Saturday, Jan. 11 as young hockey players take the ice.

The Junior Jacks Squirt B1 hockey team will take on the Holland #1 team at 1 p.m.   At 2:30 p.m., the Junior Jacks Squirt B2 team will take on the Big Rapids #1 team. The fun on ice continues Sunday, Jan. 12 with the Junior Jacks Peewees, as they compete against the Big Rapids Peewee team at 2:30 p.m.

The L.C. Walker Arena is located on Fourth Street in Muskegon.   For more information, call (231) 726-2400 or visit  www.lcwalkerarena.com.

East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21

East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Classrooms are closed for winter break, but student athletes will still be breaking a sweat Saturday, Dec. 21 as the East vs. West Battle of I-96 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament returns to Grand Rapids.

In the inaugural tournament last year, West was best, winning three of its five games.  The rules are the same this year--  the winner of each game will earn one point for its side of the state.  The region with the most points will earn bragging rights until next year.

Half-time entertainment is also planned for many of the games, including half-court shot contests for prizes.  The game day schedule is as follows:

West Michigan Lake Hawks read to students at Timberland Charter Academy

West Michigan Lake Hawks read to students at Timberland Charter Academy

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--Players from the West Michigan Lake Hawks read books to students at Timberland Charter Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 11. 

Team members also talked to students about their career as American Basketball Association players.  They visited the gym and showed off some of their basketball skills.

Timberland Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.