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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

My Town Whitehall: Local Navy Commander receives prestigious leadership award

My Town Whitehall: Local Navy Commander receives prestigious leadership award

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The 34th annual Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award ceremony was held Dec. 4, in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes in Washington, D.C.

 

 Cmdr. Thomas J. Dickinson, a Whitehall, Michigan, native and Cmdr. Gavin Duff, of Toms River, New Jersey, received the award.

 

 The award recognizes two commissioned officers in pay grade of commander (O-5) or below who contributed to Navy leadership improvement. Stockdale was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the annual event is held in the room that honors all of the Medal of Honor recipients across the services.

 

 Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert served as guest speaker at the ceremony and presented the awards to the winners. Greenert received the award himself in 1992.

 

My Town: Waterfowl killer spreads in Great Lakes basin

My Town: Waterfowl killer spreads in Great Lakes basin

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A destructive invader has made its way to the Great Lakes basin.

In a three-year study, researchers from ten universities, including the Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, recently found invasive faucet snails in many new locations throughout the Great Lakes basin.  The snails carry parasites that are deadly to native waterfowl, including ducks and coots.

The findings suggest faucet snails have spread to more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts realized. The snail is only about a half-inch in height, making them easy to transport and spread and difficult to kill.   When waterfowl eat the infected snails, the trematodes the snails carry attack the ducks’ internal organs, causing lesions and hemorrhaging.  Infected birds appear lethargic and have problems diving and flying before dying.

My Town: Alcoa details expansion plans

My Town: Alcoa details expansion plans

WHITEHALL, Mich.— Muskegon County’s largest manufacturer is preparing to double its production to keep up with demand for advanced jet engine parts.

Alcoa Power and Propulsion is expanding production of its high-technology coating for blades and vanes, which improve jet engine fuel efficiency. A 7,700 square foot expansion will take place at the company’s Thermatech plant.  The work will include installing an electron beam physical vapor deposition machine, which combines coating processes.  The expansion is expected to create 25 full-time jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has awarded a $285,000 grant toward the $16.7 million project. Construction is set to begin this month, with production ramping up in 2016.

White River Twp. purchases disputed dune property for $900K


WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Township officials have reached a settlement with the owners of a unique dune property on Lake Michigan.

The pristine two-acre lakefront parcel is near Ferry and North Old Channel Trail, just north of the White Lake channel. For years it been owned by the Bro G Land Company; partners have tried unsuccessfully for state and local permission to build on the property.

Now, the land company has agreed to sell the property to White River Township for $900,000. It's the outcome many of the township's residents were hoping for.

"We were having nature walks through there when all of this started to come up and we wanted people to be more aware of it," said resident Jamie Lloyd. "There were local people who had never walked the dune before and they were just amazed at how beautiful it was. It is going to be very special."

My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A year-long battle over dune land in White River Township is over.

Monday, the Township reached a settlement with Bro G Land Company to buy the two-acre property on Lake Michigan.  The Township plans to incorporate the land into its Barrier Dune Sanctuary.

The deal ends the legal dispute over a dune land driveway. The developer wanted to create a 1,200 foot private pathway that would cut through the sanctuary to access the property. 

“The Township looks forward to bringing this matter to a close,” said Township Supervisor Mike Cockerill. “The Township was required by the MDNR grant in 1985 to protect the Barrier Dune Sanctuary and this settlement will fulfill that obligation. The Barrier Dune Sanctuary is a popular public amenity that also embraces the preservation of natural habitat and unique sand dune features for our children and grandchildren.”