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My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

My Town: 'Ask Grandma' all your parenting questions through new site

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Parents have a new, free resource to lead their children down a path of success.

The Great Start Collaborative of Muskegon County launched its new website early this year.  ParentVille.org is an age-based guide to prepare children for success in kindergarten.  The website focuses on children up to age four, delivering age appropriate information on physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language development.  The site also includes links to local resources and an “ask Grandma” area.

In a survey of Muskegon area parents, Great Start Collaborative found parents were not confident of their role as their child’s first teacher and did not regularly engage in teaching early literacy or math skills.

My Town Whitehall: Police identify suspected thieves

My Town Whitehall: Police identify suspected thieves

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall police say they've identified two suspected thieves, thanks to viewer tips.

In a post on Facebook, the police department says:

"We would like to thank you all for your tips and thoughts. They have assisted us in identifying the suspects in the theft. We can’t say exactly what was stolen but that isn’t as important as your help.

While this may not be as serious a crime as others, we take our responsibility seriously and that is why we took the time to ask for your help, and we weren’t disappointed. No one can do it alone but together we make this a community where this case gets our attention and assures us all that this is a great, safe place to live."

The surveillance images were taking Sunday, March 29 at the Admiral station on Colby Street. 

My Town Whitehall: Police search for suspected thieves

My Town Whitehall: Police search for suspected thieves

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall police are looking for a man and woman suspected of stealing from a gas station.

The surveillance images were taking Sunday, March 29 at the Admiral station on Colby Street.   Officers say the man was wearing a green baseball cap with the white Michigan State logo on the front and a white letter “S” on the back.  He was last seen wearing a blue and gray flannel shirt and jeans.  The woman he was with was wearing a blue and white flannel style jacket and jeans. Officers say she was also wearing large hoop earrings.

If you recognize either suspect, contact police at (231) 894-2317.

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A bill that would provide college credit to those who served their country in the military is on its way to Michigan’s Senate.

House Bill 4060 would require state public universities to inform veteran applicants about college credits for their past military service.  The bill would also require universities review a veteran’s Joint Services Transcript. 

The bi-partisan legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague.

“When you serve our country in the military, your experience and hard work should be recognized when you transition back into civilian life,” said Hughes. “Our veterans shouldn’t be taken advantage of by charging them twice and forcing them to take classes over again. In states that have implemented similar legislation, veterans have seen significant savings, sometimes upwards of $30,000 and a year’s worth of college courses.”

The bill passed 110-0 in the State House Friday.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y's Club 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale

Muskegon Y’s Club will hold its’ 52nd Annual White Elephant Sale on Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th at the Folkert Community Hub, side entrance, located at 640 Seminole Rd. Early Birds admitted at 8am with a $5.00 donation.

This event started in 1963 and since then has given the club an opportunity to help children in a very positive way. Because everyone volunteers, the money raised from the sale goes directly to the YMCA and Camp Pendalouan. The bulk of the money goes to finance camp scholarships for a great number of children in the area.

The public can help in many ways. Donate goods in good condition, like furniture, household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies. The club will pick donations up at no cost to you. Cash donations along with gift cards or certificates are welcomed. The club will provide a receipt for your tax donations.

My Town Muskegon: Career Tech students earn first place in engineering competition

My Town Muskegon: Career Tech students earn first place in engineering competition

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Muskegon Area Career Tech Center)-- Computer Aided Design students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center demonstrated their skill at Muskegon Community College’s annual drafting competition sponsored by the American Foundry Society. MACTC students earned top spots at the event this year with winners in first through fifth place.