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Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.-- Experience the natural paintings of vibrant fall colors along some of Muskegon County's scenic drives during the Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour.

The tour is open on three Saturdays: October 5, October 12 and October 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants in this free, self-guided touring event will receive coupons from area businesses, discounts to area museums, and the opportunity to enjoy fall refreshments. Stop at seven designated spots on any of these three Saturdays to get your map stamped and turn it in to either depot to be eligible to win some great prizes.

Whitehall Students Holding Class on Research Vessel

Whitehall Students Holding Class on Research Vessel

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Six classes of eighth-graders from Whitehall will spend time this week studying water quality on board the W.G. Jackson, a research vessel owned by Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI), and a water festival will be held for Montague-area third-graders on the morning of October 2.

The trips on the research vessel and the water festival were made possible by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation to AWRI to support students in learning about sustainability and their local water resources. Alcoa volunteers and Montague High School students will help with the water festival.

The experience on the vessel provides hands-on experience and brings the excitement of scientific research to the students. The vessel has an onboard laboratory where students analyze water samples from various sites to learn about what factors contribute to water quality.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!


Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.3 million to help protect the state’s lakeshore.

The grant money is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 “Michigan is home to over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that attract tourists from across the country to enjoy our great outdoors, contributing billions to our economy.  This support will help conserve our beautiful natural resources for generations to come,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who announced the grant along with Sen. Carl Levin Tuesday.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality will administer the $2,327,500 federal grant, which will be used to help identify and mitigate the effects of climate change on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as well as improving rip current forecasting and notification systems.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.


Ionia County


Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17



Kent County


North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound