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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

My Town: School chief believes Heights decision is step in right direction

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (Muskegon Area Intermediate School District)-- Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Dave Sipka said Tuesday he believes Muskegon Heights Public School Academy’s decision to “self-manage the school” is a step in the right direction.

Sipka and Gregory Weatherspoon, Muskegon Heights Public Schools’ emergency manager, held a joint press conference to answer questions about the solution to keep neighborhood schools open while continuing to improve academic results.

My Town Montague: Youth to present 'A Four Letter Word'

My Town Montague: Youth to present 'A Four Letter Word'

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MONTAGUE, Mich. (Arts Council of White Lake)-- If words like “LOVE” or “HOPE” come to mind when you think of a four letter word, then the students of the Nuveen Theatre Workshop have a surprise for you!

The musical variety show “A Four Letter Word (that changed the world)” is dedicated to a single, unusual, but insightful word that director Alice L. Gambel has worked hard to keep under wraps.

Audience members will discover the mystery word as revealed by the singing, dancing, and acting talents of over 40 area students in High School all the way down to Kindergarten. Both hilarious and heartwarming, “A Four Letter Word” provides family-friendly entertainment designed to be as delightful for adult audience members as it is for children.

My Town: MAISD names new superintendent

My Town: MAISD names new superintendent

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Board of Education has named its top choice to take over as district superintendent.

Thursday afternoon, the board unanimously approved offering Dr. John Severson the position.  MAISD Board President Dwight Vines says Severson is eager and excited to take over the post.

“I was treated very well by members of the staff and community during my visits, and I look forward to getting to know everyone better. I am humbled to have been selected to serve the MAISD in this way,” said Severson.

 Severson has served as superintendent of Harper Creek Community Schools for the past ten years.  He previously worked as a community education administrator at Portage Public Schools and principal of Harper Creek High School.  He holds a master’s in educational leadership and a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

My Town: Veterans honored at pinning ceremony

My Town: Veterans honored at pinning ceremony

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (White Pine HC)– The Village of Heather Hills, a locally owned and operated White Pine Community, in collaboration with Hospice of Michigan, Forest Hills Foods, Health Care Associates and the Law Offices of Shawn Weera, recently hosted a pinning ceremony to honor Michigan’s veterans.

The ceremony paid a special tribute to 56 veterans in the community in observance of Armed Forces Day.

“At The Village of Heather Hills we understand the importance of serving the community, and we are proud to recognize our local veterans for serving our country,” said Heather Hills spokesperson Melissa Ferens.  "Our veterans inspire all of us in our mission to promote and preserve health and wellbeing, much as they helped preserve our freedoms as Americans."

My Town Whitehall: Mayor Exchange leads to Saline road trip

My Town Whitehall: Mayor Exchange leads to Saline road trip

WHITEHALL, Mich.—  While millions of Americans are getting ready to travel this Memorial Day weekend, the road trip started early for the Mayor of Whitehall.

Mayor Hatch and other city leaders visited the city of Saline Thursday, as part of the Mayors Exchange.  The program, which is organized by the Michigan Association of Mayors- Michigan Municipal League, gives city leaders a chance to tour other Michigan municipalities and glean ideas they can take back to their community.

Saline, nestled just south of Ann Arbor, has a population of 9,080; that’s nearly four times larger than Whitehall’s population.

Saline Mayor Brian Marl and other administrators are expected to visit Whitehall the week of July 14.

My Town: Baker College students place in top ten in national competition

My Town: Baker College students place in top ten in national competition

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Baker College of Muskegon) – Baker College of Muskegon students won numerous awards at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference (NLC), April 30-May 4, in Indianapolis that drew approximately 5,500 students and advisors from across the U.S.

All four Baker College students who competed earned top 10 rankings. The competition results for the Baker College of Muskegon students are:

Chad Bazzett of Montague won first place in computer network technology, second place in computer security and third place in information technology concepts. He also placed in the top 10 in systems administration using Cisco.

Ryan Poindexter of Whitehall won first place in systems administration using Cisco.