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Pancake Breakfast & Business Expo on March 11

Pancake Breakfast & Business Expo on March 11

The community can mark their calendars for two upcoming events!

Montague-Whitehall Rotary invites the public to their popular Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 11 from 7:30am – 12:00pm. Get the word out to bring the family to the Whitehall HS Cafeteria located at 3100 White Lake Drive for this delightful meal and good conversation. Cost is $6 for adults & $3 for kids.

On that same day at the High School, the White Lake Chamber of Commerce invites the public from 8:00am – 12:30pm for the free Business Expo. This is a perfect opportunity to get a sneak-peak at more than 50 businesses showcasing their products and services.

Visit: www.whitelake.org for more information.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Holiday Walk Returns

Holiday Walk Returns

For 23 years, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce invite the community to stroll the streets of Montague and Whitehall.

Holiday spirit will explode on Friday, November 18 from 2pm-8pm and Saturday, November 19 from 10am-4pm for the whole family to enjoy! From traditional Christmas Open Houses of participating merchants showcasing unique gifts and treats, festive holiday music & carolers to free carriage rides on Friday & Saturday, complimentary Trolley rides on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, the Tree Lighting Ceremony and so much more. Best of all, children throughout the area are invited to help decorate the community Christmas tree with their own ornaments.

Call: (231)893-4585 or check out www.visitwhitelake.org for all the Holiday Walk information.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.

Distracted Driving is coming to Muskegon

Distracted Driving is coming to Muskegon

The Distracted Driving Program is coming to your community on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 10am to 2pm at 1740 Whitehall Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445. Bayer Crop Science has chosen to do something about the problem that kills or injures thousands each year. The Distracted Driving Program is a 6 hour high impact anti-texting/distracted driving program. This huge multi media event features no holds barred video presentations coupled with TWO multi-million dollar texting and driving simulation experiences like nothing you’ve ever seen. This Distracted Driving Program is a division of the National Save A Life Tour, which has been endorsed by high schools and colleges all across the country and by the United States Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army, along with numerous insurance companies and hospitals nationwide. The Distracted Driving Program is a division of Kramer International