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Whitehall Middle School students help knock out hunger

Whitehall Middle School students help knock out hunger

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall Middle School is giving hunger in West Michigan the one-two-three punch.

Students have been helping Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank by sorting food in the warehouse, funding mobile food pantries and collecting 68 pounds of plastic for TerraCycle, which makes a donation to the food bank in return for the clean recyclables it collects.  For more information on the recycleable donation program through Terracycle, click here.

Whitehall school club seeks donations to curb food waste

Whitehall school club seeks donations to curb food waste

WHITEHALL, Mich.—  A group of Whitehall Middle School students is turning to the community for help with a national competition.

Whitehall Middle School teacher Susan Tate recently sent a message to the district on behalf of the environmental club, asking for donations to fund a mobile food pantry for families in the White Lake area.  The outreach project is part of the club’s project for the Lexus Eco Challenge.  The club is competing against 15 other middle schools nationwide in tackling the issue of food waste and its effect on the environment.  The Whitehall Middle School Environmental Club is teaming up with Feeding America West Michigan of Comstock Park to create the mobile food pantry.  

It's ice fishing time!

It's ice fishing time!

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- While most West Michiganders are trying to stay out of the cold, some extreme anglers aren't letting the single digit temperatures faze them.

Michael Tull sent WZZM 13 News this photo of Caleb Cole, holding up his prized fish.  Tull says Cole was ice fishing on White Lake when he reeled this one in.

We'd like to see your ice fishing photos!  Please send them to us by emailing mytown@wzzm13.com.

Class takes Whitehall students to the White River

Class takes Whitehall students to the White River

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Environmental groups tracking the state of West Michigan’s natural watershed are getting some help from Whitehall Middle School students.

On November 14, teacher Susan Tate and 150 eighth grade students tested the water quality of the White River and five of its tributaries.  The groups visited Coon Creek by Montague’s Municipal Boat Launch, Bush Creek near the bike trail overpass, Buttermilk Creek by Twisters, Covell Park and Mill Pond Creek by Lyons Den, and Wildcat Creek on South Shore Drive.

The tests are part of the students’ Earth science course.  The students plan to share their results with community partners such as the White Lake PAC and the Muskegon Conservation District. 

Neglected yards mean higher bills for homeowners

Neglected yards mean higher bills for homeowners

WHITEHALL, Mich.—  Neglected yards will likely lead to higher winter tax bills for some homeowners in Whitehall.

A city ordinance requires homeowners to keep their lawn maintained, with grass at or below six inches in height, on average. Those with unkempt yards get a notice from the city to trim their grass within 15 days, or the city will call in a private company to do the work, and the bill will be forwarded onto the homeowner.

City Manager Scott Huebler says this year, just two yards required a private trim, costing the property owners approximately $122 and $141 each.  Huebler says one of the unkempt properties is owned by HUD America.

The Whitehall City Council is expected to pass a resolution to tack on the yard bills to each homeowner’s winter taxes during its regular meeting November 12.

Water, Woods, & Wetlands: A Regional Forum

Water, Woods, & Wetlands: A Regional Forum

 

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
8:30 a.m.