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Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

Is kindergarten too young for virtual learning?

As parents across Michigan register their five year olds for kindergarten, many may wonder if virtual learning is the right solution for their child. Others may believe kindergarten is too young for virtual learning. Before deciding, parents are encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up session hosted by Michigan Connections Academy. Experts in virtual learning will be on hand to provide critical insight on this 21st century learning alternative.  

Michigan Connections Academy offers a complete online learning experience from home for students in grades K-12 that combines a high quality education, flexible scheduling, Michigan-certified teachers and an innovative, award-winning curriculum. 

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

Business for Breakfast in Muskegon

Business for Breakfast in Muskegon

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a program on Muskegon Lake Development on Friday, March 27, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00am in the Downtown Muskegon Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Registration at 7:00am.

Muskegon Lake is the region’s biggest asset! Come and hear the plans & vision for shipping, residential, recreational and natural development. Guest panel: Dennis Marvin, Industrial; Kathy Evans, Environmental; Andy Price, Recreational; and Cindy Larsen, Residential.

Cost is $18 for members, $30 general admission and $225 for a corporate table of 8. Please call 231-722-3751 or go online to register at: www.muskegon.org

Muskegon County Sheriff encourages residents to take part in ‘Jail Break’

Muskegon County Sheriff encourages residents to take part in ‘Jail Break’

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The Muskegon County Sheriff is giving residents one final break on jail debts.

“Jail Break 2015” will run March 23 through April 3.  During that time period, anyone who has an unpaid jail debt can make a one-time lump sum payment and have the remainder of their debt forgiven.  Debtors can also set up a payment plan at a reduced rate.  After this amnesty event, a new task force will begin tracking down debtors and use all legal means necessary to collect court ordered fines, fees, restitution, jail reimbursement and child support.  The task force is called the Muskegon County Consolidated Reimbursement Unit, and was created by the sheriff’s department, prosecutor’s office and county court system.

My Town Whitehall: Dozens of businesses showcased at expo March 14

My Town Whitehall: Dozens of businesses showcased at expo March 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- Learn about the dozens of businesses that dot the area during the White Lake Community Business Expo this Saturday, March 14.

More than 50 businesses will be showcased at the event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Whitehall High School, located at 3100 White Lake Drive. The expo includes a pancake breakfast by the Rotary Club, as well as giveaways, drawings and door prizes.  Admission and parking is free.

For additional information, visit the White Lake Area Chamber + Visitors Bureau online or call (231) 893-4585.

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13.