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My Town Whitehall: Community supports removing White Lake from toxic hot spots list

My Town Whitehall: Community supports removing White Lake from toxic hot spots list

WHITEHALL, Mich.—By the end of this year, White Lake may no longer be on a list of toxic hot spots.

Monday night, a small group of community members gathered at White Lake Community Library to weigh in on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's plan to remove the lake from a list of 14 areas of concern in the state. Some community members thanked federal, state and local officials for their work to completely restore the lake, which was declared an area of concern in 1985 because of environmental degradation, mostly due to industrial and municipal wastes.  

The public comment period ends at midnight Thursday.  Michigan's DEQ will then consider possible revisions to the delisting report before resubmitting the document to the federal government.  The federal approval process may take several months; the DEQ hopes to have the delisting finalized by October.

 

My Town Whitehall: City takes first steps to remove White Lake from toxic hot spots list

My Town Whitehall: City takes first steps to remove White Lake from toxic hot spots list

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Steps toward removing White Lake from a list of toxic hot spots is the topic of a public meeting Monday night.

The lake was declared an area of concern in 1985 because of environmental degradation, mostly due to industrial and municipal wastes.  However, in recent years, a long list of specific ecological problems with the lake have been addressed. Federal officials could remove the lake from the list as soon as this fall. 

One step in that process is to hold meetings for the public to comment on the topic. Monday’s meeting will take place at White Lake Community Library in Whitehall starting at 6 p.m.

My Town Montague: Summer Concert Series returns with Hank Mowery

My Town Montague: Summer Concert Series returns with Hank Mowery

MONTAGUE, Mich.-- Blues will fill the bandshell this Tuesday, July 22 as the Arts Council of White Lake's Summer Concert Series continues.

Hank Mowery will take the stage during this week's performance. All performances are free and take place on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Montague-Whitehall Rotary Bandshell.  If inclement weather occurs, the concert will be moved into Montague High School Center for the Arts, located at 2100 Stanton Road.

 For more information about each act, visit Summer Concert Series event site here.

 

My Town: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy now hiring

My Town: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy now hiring

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The new Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy System is looking to hire additional faculty and staff.

The school system is in need of math teachers for grades 7-8 and 9-12, as well as a library media specialist/librarian for grades 9-12.  The positions are full-time during the academic year.  Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or higher, as well as a valid teaching certificate.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. July 29.

Applications may be emailed to smccarty@mhtigers.org or by mail to:

Alena Zachery-Ross

Superintendent of Schools

Muskegon Heights High School

2441 Sanford Street

Muskegon Heights, MI 49444-2121

Last month, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy decided to “self manage” its district.  The MAISD will provide business services for the district.

My Town: Hundreds of classic cars invade Montague July 25

My Town: Hundreds of classic cars invade Montague July 25

MONTAGUE, Mich.—Check out more than 400 classic cars from 1975 or earlier during “Cruz’ in” Friday, July 25.

The show will take place near the post office and farmers market.  Many food vendors will be on hand, opening as early as noon.  The vehicles will begin rolling through downtown at 7 p.m., with live music filling the air until 10 p.m.

My Town: Library hosts Doctor Who party July 18

My Town: Library hosts Doctor Who party July 18

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Doctor Who fans are invited to celebrate the BBC series with a party at White Lake Community Library on Friday, July 18.

Step inside the TARDIS, make a sonic screwdriver, play Weeping Angel freeze tag and sample Whovian treats during this free event.  The party runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact White Lake Community Library at (231) 894-9531.

My Town: Whitehall School Board trustee petitions due July 22

My Town: Whitehall School Board trustee petitions due July 22

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The deadline to run for Whitehall’s school board is fast approaching.

Voters will select four board members, including trustees for the two four-year positions currently held by Tom Mallory and Mike Sutton and the two six-year positions currently held by Shon Cook and Randy Fielstra.

Nomination petitions must be submitted to the Muskegon County Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.  Each candidate needs between 40 and 100 signatures, or may pay a $100 non-refundable filing fee in lieu of signatures.  Nominating petitions and affidavit of identity formers are available during regular business hours at the superintendent’s office, located at 541 E. Slocum Street.

The election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.