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My Town Whitehall: Downtown Spring Cleanup postponed amid rainstorms

My Town Whitehall: Downtown Spring Cleanup postponed amid rainstorms

WHITEHALL, Mich.— Heavy rains sweeping through West Michigan have forced the City of Whitehall to postpone its Downtown Spring Cleanup.

City Manager Scott Huebler is leading the effort, which has been rescheduled for Monday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Brian Armstrong with the city’s Department of Public Works says volunteers and two parks and cemetery employees will clean up the parking lots, ridding them of sand and salt leftover from winter.  The team will also repaint downtown pedestrian light poles. 

Anyone interested in helping with the cleanup is encouraged to contact Huebler at huebler@cityofwhitehall.org or (231) 894-4048.

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is April 22, but Muskegon County conservation groups are spending eight days raising awareness while helping the environment.

Muskegon Area Earth Week began April 19 and runs through April 27.  This year’s events include a guided hike if Five Lakes Nature Preserve, rain barrel, sustainable gardening, and hydroponics workshops,  hazardous waste and medication collection, beach day clean-ups and an Earth Fair.  Nearly all of the events are free.  The detailed schedule is as follows:

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Big Blue Hydroponics, 590 Ottawa St, Muskegon
Click here for directions.

My Town: West Michigan Water Trail community input meeting April 2

My Town: West Michigan Water Trail community input meeting April 2

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The people behind the West Michigan Water Trail project will hold a public meeting Wednesday evening  to gather community ideas in how to expand the intiative to include inland sites like lodging, camping, restaurants and convenience store.

The West Michigan Water Trail website reads:

“Recognizing that watersports are not only communal and athletic but also commercial endeavors–that paddlers are also patrons–is vital to anticipating and monitoring the ripple effects of geotourism. This initiative hopes to illustrate the current state of non-motorized activity in the Great Lakes and propel management of ongoing use in a way that is environmentally and economically responsible.”

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town Montague: Meinert Park awarded funding for upgrades

My Town Montague: Meinert Park awarded funding for upgrades

MUSKEGON, Mich.—The National Park Service is investing tens of thousands of dollars into improving two West Michigan parks.

Cutler Park in Byron Center and Meinert Park in Montague are getting $98,785 and $31,284 respectively.  The funding will be used to improve park facilities and increase accessibility for people leaving with disabilities.

“Families across West Michigan visit parks just like Meinert and Cutler to enjoy the outdoors and relax,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow.  “This support will make it easier for children with disabilities to play at Meinert Park and improve facilities at Cutler Park so visitors can have more fun swimming or picnicking.”

The funding is made possible through the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

My Town Whitehall: Register now for free green living program Feb. 19

My Town Whitehall: Register now for free green living program Feb. 19

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Learn about how you can “green up” your life during a free program Wednesday, Feb. 19.

White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminar, called “It’s Not Easy Being Green- Or Is It?”  The event is open to everyone and runs from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at White Lake Community Library in Whitehall.

"We are excited to offer a ‘green living’ seminar.  Practicing sustainability is important to maintaining our area's recreational assets and special quality of life," says Amy Van Loon, executive director of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

West Michigan Water Trail community input meeting Feb. 5

West Michigan Water Trail community input meeting Feb. 5

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The people behind the West Michigan Water Trail project will hold a public meeting Wednesday afternoon to gather community ideas in how to expand the intiative to include inland sites like lodging, camping, restaurants and convenience store.

The West Michigan Water Trail website reads:

“Recognizing that watersports are not only communal and athletic but also commercial endeavors–that paddlers are also patrons–is vital to anticipating and monitoring the ripple effects of geotourism.