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West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Montague student hit by truck's snow plow


MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A student waiting for a school bus early Monday was hit by a truck with a snow plow attached to the front.

Montague Area Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Johnson said a Montague High School Student was hit around 6:45 a.m. on West Fruitvale Road just north of Walsh Road.

She was crossing the road to get to the bus when she was hit by a truck and its snow plow.

The student was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Muskegon and then had to be flown by medical helicopter to a Grand Rapids hospital, Johnson said.

Her injuries are critical, but she is expected to survive.


Girlfriend assaults Michigan man with sailfish during feud


WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A dispute between a Whitehall man and his girlfriend ended with the man attacked with a fish, police say.

The 61-year-old man was drawing a sketch of a mounted sailfish in the 1000 block of Livingston Street when his 58-year-old girlfriend became angry and moved the fish, according to a Whitehall police news release.

The mount fell over and broke when she left the room. Upon returning, she suspected her boyfriend was responsible for the damage and had begun hitting him over the head with the fish and poking him with its nose.

The boyfriend was cut on his hand.

The couple had been drinking, and the girlfriend was not arrested because of an apparent health issue.

Police say the Muskegon County prosecutor is slated to review the case for possible charges.


White Lake Ambulance Authority future hinges on election


WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- One week from Tuesday, voters living in and near the cities of Whitehall and Montague will decide if they want to increase funding for the White Lake Ambulance Authority.

The authority serves around 12,000 people living in northwest Muskegon County. It's asking voters for a one-year increase in property taxes.

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.