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My Town Whitehall: Business owner wins Rookie of the Year award

My Town Whitehall: Business owner wins Rookie of the Year award

WHITEHALL, Mich.—A new franchise owner in Whitehall is getting a national nod.

Molly Martin, who owns two local Wireless Zone stores, was recently awarded the company’s Rookie of the Year award.  Martin’s stores are among more than 450 Wireless Zone locations nationwide.

The Rookie of the Year award goes to a Wireless Zone owner who opened their business within the last 18 months. Martin credits her general manager, friends and family for her success.  She says they supported her while she opened two stores and had her first child.

 Martin hopes to open five locations in her first three years with Wireless Zone.

My Town: Movie filmed along lakeshore now on DVD

My Town: Movie filmed along lakeshore now on DVD

MONTAGUE, Mich.—An award-winning film shot along the lakeshore is now available on DVD.

After screening at more than 160 theaters nationwide and winning the Eclipse Award, “Waterwalk” is now available for purchase through Amazon.com.  You can also stream the movie via iTunes, YouTube and Vudu.

The family friendly film stars Chase Maser and Robert Cicchini, who also directed the production. Many Muskegon area actors are also featured, including Tom Harryman, Bill Iddings, Jacqui Bernhardt, Rem Sprague, Joe Genia, Judy Johnson, Joe Carmolli, Dan Thill and Bill Seeback.  You can watch Waterwalk’s trailer here.

My Town: Former Ponzi scheme victim appointed to MAISD post

My Town: Former Ponzi scheme victim appointed to MAISD post

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--  A new person is in charge of finances at the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

On Monday, March 17, the MAISD Board of Education appointed Michael Schluentz to the position of Associate Superintendent for Administrative  Services.  Schluentz currently serves as the executive director of management services for Fruitport Community Schools.  He has more than 21 years of experience in school finance at Fruitport, Mona Shores, Saginaw Township and Lake City area schools.

MAISD Superintendent Dave Sipka says Schluentz’s experience, paired with his unfortunate experience as a victim of a Ponzi scheme, makes him valuable.

“When you discover you have been deceived by someone like Dante DeMiro, it causes you to be more cautious and incredibly suspicious. Mike has grown from this tragedy. After working directly with the FBI, he knows better than anyone how to protect financial assets,” adds Sipka.

My Town: Students shine in auto collision and refinishing contest

My Town: Students shine in auto collision and refinishing contest

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (MAISD)--  Six students from the Auto Collision/Refinishing program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center took part in the regional SkillsUSA competition on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

MACTC students finished the day with a clean sweep in both the automotive collision and automotive refinishing categories.

The competition between students from the MACTC and students from the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center included seven separate timed events.  Competitors in automotive collision performed tasks in mig welding, metal repair, plastic repair, and estimating. The automotive refinishing competitors were assigned tasks of color blending, masking, panel painting, and estimating.

My Town: MAISD board begins search to replace retiring superintendent

My Town: MAISD board begins search to replace retiring superintendent

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (MAISD)---With an online job posting Friday, March 7,  the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Board of Education officially began their search for a new superintendent.

The posting follows a special board meeting earlier this week with consultant Gary Rider. Rider is Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute selected to lead the search effort.

During the meeting, Rider explained the process to be followed and tentative timeline for the search for a replacement for retiring Superintendent Dave Sipka. According to Rider, the board also discussed the importance of feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community. “Our firm will be facilitating focus group meetings with each of these groups to gather data for the Board to consider when developing an ideal candidate profile,” said Rider. 

My Town: Baker College students heading to national competition

My Town: Baker College students heading to national competition

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A group of Baker College students are heading to a national business competition in Indianapolis.

Five of six students who are part of the Baker College Business Professionals of America team will compete at the national BPA conference, which runs April 30 to May 4.  The qualifying students earned the following honors during the state conference in Grand Rapids:

  • Chad Bazzett, of North Muskegon, won two first place awards, in Computer Security and in Information Technology Concepts, and two second-place awards, in Computer Network Technology and in Systems Administration Using Cisco.
  • Joshua Hooker, North Muskegon, won first place in Network Administration Using Microsoft and two third-place awards, in Computer Network Technology and in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting.
  • Kody Hesselink, Muskegon, took third in Systems Administration Using Cisco and fourth in Computer Net

My Town Whitehall: City honors outgoing administrative assistant

My Town Whitehall: City honors outgoing administrative assistant

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall City Council members Tuesday night will say goodbye to another city worker.

Pat Wildfong is retiring from her position as city administrative assistant.  Wildfong has served the city for at least seven years.  In honor of her commitment to the city, Wildfong will receive a commemorative watch during the city council meeting Feb. 25.

The City of Whitehall will leave Wildfong’s position open, with most of those duties transferred to the new city clerk.  The city says the changes will greatly reduce payroll costs.