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My Town: Community tapped to determine future of White Lake

My Town: Community tapped to determine future of White Lake

WHITEHALL, Mich.—What should the future of White Lake include?

Community members are encouraged to answer that question in a confidential survey now available online.  The survey should take approximately 12 minutes to finish.  The results will be used to guide local, state and national officials as they plan the future of the region.

The project is being sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, the White Lake Public Advisory Council and the Great Lakes Commission along with the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau, local chambers of commerce and other community groups.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

Way to Wellville Challenge Nears

Way to Wellville Challenge Nears

Muskegon Selected for Site Visit as Final Selection

of Contestants for Way to Wellville Challenge Nears

 

Muskegon, MI – On August 5, members of the Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) will be in Muskegon to conduct a site visit and assess Muskegon’s potential as a competitor in the Way to Wellville Challenge. The Greater Muskegon area is one of ten communities nationwide under consideration.

 

Public Health – Muskegon County applied for the contest in support of 1 in 21, the multi-sector, community-wide effort of the Muskegon Rotary Club to make Muskegon County the #1 county in the state in the County Health Rankings (Muskegon currently ranks 67 out of 82).

 

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: Date set for White Lake Area Fall Fest

My Town: Date set for White Lake Area Fall Fest
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WHITEHALL, Mich. (White Lake Area Chamber + Visitors Bureau)-- September 27th is the date for the 34th Annual White Lake Area Fall Fest.  With a variety of music to entertain families and individuals, a Farmer’s Market, over 40 vendors participating in the Arts and Crafts Festival and Hay Rides, this is always a favorite for many to enjoy.

My Town: New exhibit at White River Gallery to include drawings and infrared photos

My Town: New exhibit at White River Gallery to include drawings and infrared photos

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MONTAGUE, Mich. (White River Gallery) - Where does the photograph end, and where does the drawing begin? One must look closely at the art of Carl Luther to discern separation points.

Luther is featured artist at White River Gallery July 30 through Aug. 24. He will be serving light refreshments as Gallery host Aug. 8, 9 and 10.

Luther, a retired Reeths-Puffer art teacher, has been expanding upon his primary media, photography, in recent years to incorporate drawings along his photographs’ frames.

“I call it photo/drawing,” he states. “It came about after I found limitations in photography. I decided to enhance and expand my photos by drawing. Color photos are augmented with colored pencil; black and white by graphite and markers.