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Nuveen Community Center of the Arts - Nature through Artist's Eyes

From: http://www.artscouncilofwhitelake.org

October is a beautiful month in Michigan, drawing us out for walks in the crisp fall air and bringing to town many leaf peepers seeking the beauty of our changing leaves. The Nuveen Community Center of the Arts is featuring artists who find inspiration in nature during the October exhibition, “Nature through Artist’s Eyes.” The exhibit will feature artists working in media from pastel, oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, and mixed media sculpture. The exhibit is on display from October 7-28. Participating artists have found inspiration in everything from birds on the beach to a winter scene, to photographs from the Hubble space telescope.

Nuveen Community Center for the Arts - A Walk Through Time

From: http://www.artscouncilofwhitelake.org/

What do an 1912 banker, an 1890’s Victorian Woman, an 1916 Actress, an 1860’s lumberjack, a 1871 train conductor, and Whitehall’s first school teacher, Aunt Polly (circa 1878) all have in common? They will all be converging on downtown Whitehall on Thursday, September 30 (rain date October 1) from 5-7 p.m. to visit with the public and tell their stories. A Walk Through Time, a project designed for Whitehall’s Shoreline Elementary second grade students as part of their community studies unit, will be open to public viewing as part of the City of Whitehall’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Tickets are $5/person, $10 per family, and Montague and Whitehall students are invited to look out for coupons for a free tour to be given out at school.

Reminder: White Lake Area Fall Fest to take place this weekend

Reminder: White Lake Area Fall Fest to take place this weekend

WHITEHALL, MI - September 24th and 25th are the dates for the 30th Annual White Lake Area Fall Fest (previously known and celebrated as Octoberfest).  With a variety of music to entertain families and individuals, a Farmer’s Market, over 60 vendors participating in the Arts and Crafts Festival and Hay Rides, this “last tent” of the year is always a favorite for many to enjoy.

Activities begin Friday, September 24th, with the Food and Beverage Tent and vendors opening at 4:00 p.m. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., the popular band “TRIO” will perform on the main stage playing a variety of classic top forty dance music favorites until 12 midnight. Pub One Eleven in Downtown Whitehall is co-sponsoring Friday evening’s band and for those who attend the Montague/Whitehall Football game in Montague Friday evening, show your ticket or hand stamp and get into the tent for FREE (Friday night only).

Muskegon County Scenic Drive reopens

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) - A popular scenic route in Muskegon County is back open after being resurfaced over the summer.

Scenic Drive from Muskegon State Park to South Shore Drive in Whitehall has been under construction since June. The resurfacing cost nearly $2 million to complete and was funded largely by federal stimulus money. Prior to the project the route was known for its hundreds of potholes.

"We would call them inverted speed bumps," said Fruitland Township Supervisor Sam St. Amour. "It kept the traffic speed down but was not pleasant to drive down or bike or walk."

As part of the project, crews also removed 400 trees along the route to improve drainage.

The nine mile stretch of road is popular with bikers and runners as well as people looking to enjoy the fall foliage on the lakeshore.

Montague narrowly defeats rival Oakridge

EGELSTON TOWNSHIP (WZZM) -- One of the state's great rivalries was renewed Friday as the Montague Wildcats faced the Muskegon Oakridge Eagles.

The kingpins of the West Michigan Conference met up at Erickson Stadium in Muskegon.

The Wildcats haven't lost since October 10th of 2008. Their 24 game win streak is the longest in the state.

First quarter, however, Oakridge doing their best to snap that streak. Jamie Potts put the Eagles up 7-0 on the quarterback keeper.

Oakridge would push that lead to 14-0 later in the first on another Potts touchdown.

The Wildcats would answer. Junior quarterback Travis Cockerill found Anthony Root for the score making it a seven point ballgame.

Oakridge would march right back. Potts picked up his third rushing touchdown in the half to put the Eagles up 20-6.

Cockerill would leads the Cats back just before the half with a long touchdown pass to Brandon Moore.

Montague has won 24 straight games

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Two years ago, Oakridge jump-started the state's longest current winning streak.

The Eagles beat Montague 28-21 in 2008, en route to the West Michigan Conference championship, an unbeaten 14-0 season and a Division 5 state title.

Montague, won its next game against Shelby and hasn't lost since. 

Two Division 6 state championships and 24 straight wins later, the Wildcats return to the site of their last loss, Erickson Stadium in Muskegon.

Oakridge senior Jamie Potts was the starting quarterback as a sophomore when the Eagles won that game back on October 10, 2008.  A win tomorrow would be a huge bonus in his senior season.

"It's a really special game to all of us seniors," Potts said.  "In front of like 5,000 fans it's going to be a good time.  I think every one of us wants this really bad."

New Hires Join MAPS Family this Fall

From: http://www.montague.k12.mi.us

Several new teachers will join the ranks of the MAPS faculty for the 2010-2011 school year.

Kendra Prudhomme joins the NBC staff as a Spanish teacher with four years of teaching experience. Kendra has taught for the last two hears in Hesperia and the two years before that at Battle Creek Central. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and French from GVSU and is working towards a Master's Degree in school counseling there also. Kendra, her husband Ryan, and baby son Colton reside in New Era.

Sarah Coleman has made the move this summer from Sault St. Marie to join the staffs at NBC and MHS. Sarah will teach 8th grade earth science and high school physical science and chemistry. Sarah has a BS from Michigan State University with certifications in general science and chemistry. She also has math certification from Lake Superior State University.