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My Town Muskegon: Disaster volunteer training Aug. 20

My Town Muskegon: Disaster volunteer training Aug. 20

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MUSKEGON, Mich.– The American Red Cross is offering disaster response training geared to individuals who want to volunteer to help victims of disaster.

This course is a prerequisite for all advanced disaster training offered for American Red Cross disaster volunteers. This course is open to the public is an entry level instructor led course.

The disaster training course,  “Disaster Services: An Overview” will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the American Red Cross, 313 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. This training will prepare potential volunteers to understand the Red Cross role in disaster relief and prepare the participant for further training that will allow the participant to assist in responding to house fires, managing a shelter, feeding, meeting medical needs and providing emotional support to disaster victims.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town Muskegon: American Red Cross thanks partners for assistance during flooding

My Town Muskegon: American Red Cross thanks partners for assistance during flooding

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NEWAYGO, Mich. — The American Red Cross would like to recognize and thank all of the community partners who responded to the needs of Newaygo residents during this recent flooding disaster.

Sheltering partners and distribution sites who generously made their facilities available to the American Red Cross and those in need of a safe place to go include:

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

My Town Muskegon: Volunteers began clearing storm damaged cemeteries

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A team of volunteers hopes to return soon to repair two Muskegon cemeteries severely damaged during recent storms.

On Saturday, April 26, approximately 45 volunteers with The Home Depot’s Team Depot descended on Oakwood and Evergreen cemeteries to clean up with devastation left behind during the April 12 storms. Straight line winds, heavy rains and hail hit the area, uprooting large trees, which came crashing down on some of the grave markers within the cemeteries.

Store manager Michael Zizak says the volunteers got through about a third of the work Saturday. Unfortunately, Team Rubicon, which partnered with Team Depot in the effort, was called to handle the aftermath of flooding in Newaygo and the tornado outbreak in Kansas.

Zizak says it’s unclear when volunteers will be able to return, but the City of Muskegon hopes to have the debris cleared in time for Memorial Day.

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—As home and business owners continue to clean up from last weekend’s storms, the City of Muskegon is offering some help.

City workers will be picking up tree limbs and brush left behind by the storm until 4 p.m. on April 25.  All brush and limbs must be placed curbside and cannot block sidewalks or encroach on streets. 

For more information, call (231) 724-6705.

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.