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Michigan's Heritage Park wrapping up its first season

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new walk-through history park in Muskegon County is nearing the end of its first season.

Michigan's Heritage Park at Hilt's Landing opened in June. It covers thousands of years of the region's history, from a time when mastodons roamed the area to pioneering days.

The park's final big event of the season is "Trades Through Time" on Saturday from 10 to 4. It includes artisans who will be weaving, making beads, and hand quilting. There will also be blacksmithing and chair rushing demonstrations.

The park expects to end the season with around 6,500 visitors for the season, according to Annoesjka Steinman, Lakeshore Museum Center Executive Director.

Alcoa splitting into two separate companies

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Alcoa, Muskegon County's largest industrial employer, is splitting into two separate companies.

The Howmet facility in Whitehall will be part of an innovation- and technology-driven company, leaders said. The yet-to-be named company's Whitehall location is home to 2,000 of the company's 43,000 employees.

Alcoa's split is not expected to be complete until the second half of 2016.

Hart-Montague Trail undergoes $4M in improvements

MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is spending around $4 million to widen the Hart-Montague Trail and make it safer.

The bike path will go from eight to 10 feet in width and where the trail crosses roads, it will be angled to slow bikers and get them to stop.

The state park trail is more than 20 years old and this is its first significant repair project.

Work on one section north of Montague is finished; other mile-long sections of the trail will close during construction.

Crews should finish by November.

Man charged with groping teens at Mich. Adventure

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Indiana man, who Michigan State Police say is an illegal immigrant, is facing charges for sexually groping two teenagers in a wave pool, at Michigan's Adventure.

Eliazar Rivas-Rodriguez is accused of touching the 17-year-old girls over the Fourth of July weekend.

According to the arrest warrant, Rivas-Rodriguez grabbed both girls in the crotch multiple times, then held one by the ankle underwater when she tried to get away.

A Muskegon County judge set his bond at $50,000.

If convicted, Rivas-Rodriguez could spend two years in state prison or be deported. He is expected back in court July 21.

"21 Quilt Show" in Grand Haven, July 24th and July 25th

"21 Quilt Show" in Grand Haven, July 24th and July 25th

The Lighthouse Quilt Guild of Grand Haven will be hosting the “21 Quilt Show” in conjunction with the upcoming Coast Guard Festival. The quilts will be displayed from 10am – 5pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven, MI. Everyone is welcome.

What a great opportunity to see the many beautifully quilts displayed.

Admission is $6.00

USS Silversides Museum presents Great Lakes Film Series in July

USS Silversides Museum presents Great Lakes Film Series in July

USS Silversides Museum in Muskegon, Michigan will be presenting a series of films titled, Great Lakes Film Series: Storms, Shipwrecks, Rescues and History.

This series of four films will be presented on Wednesdays in July at 11:00am and then again at 2:30pm, beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2015, with Ric Mixter as creator and producer of the series of intriguing Great Lakes documentaries. He produced the outstanding video “Storm.” Below is the schedule for the series:

July 8: Cutter Rescues: Video and interviews of Coast Guard Members and crews rescued during perilous storms.

July 15: Edmund Fitzgerald: History and video of the birth and then the death of this ship on November 10, 2010 on the Great Lakes.

July 22: Bombs Away: A documentary about the closure of Selfridge Air Base and the departure of the bombers is shown and narrated.

July 29: Best of the Depth: Lake Michigan

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

A lot of people figure that employees really don’t go out of the way to do anything extra any more but Linda Falkowski who works for Consumers Energy in Muskegon, Mi has proven them wrong. Linda is a field representative for the company and as such, comes in contact with numerous customers. Because of her work ethics, Linda has been given the Gatekeeper of the Year award from the State of Michigan.