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The Bluegrass Gathering Music Festival, May 19-22

The Bluegrass Gathering Music Festival, May 19-22

Ocean County Fairgrounds comes alive this week, Thursday through Sunday!

Rain or shine, there is musical fun for everyone! Along with the main stage bands & activities, families can experience individual days of activities. Friday, showcases local bands & jamming starting at noon. Saturday is packed with a Youth Showcase, a band scramble, amazing mainstage music, workshops, children’s activities & more. And free to the public on Sunday at 9:30am, all will gather together for a community church service with bluegrass Gospel songs.

The Oceana County Fairgrounds is located at 1025 S State Street in Hart, Michigan 49420.

Call: (231)742-0202 or visit www.bluegrassgathering.org for more information.

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

My Town: Bill to help college-bound veterans advances to Senate

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A bill that would provide college credit to those who served their country in the military is on its way to Michigan’s Senate.

House Bill 4060 would require state public universities to inform veteran applicants about college credits for their past military service.  The bill would also require universities review a veteran’s Joint Services Transcript. 

The bi-partisan legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague.

“When you serve our country in the military, your experience and hard work should be recognized when you transition back into civilian life,” said Hughes. “Our veterans shouldn’t be taken advantage of by charging them twice and forcing them to take classes over again. In states that have implemented similar legislation, veterans have seen significant savings, sometimes upwards of $30,000 and a year’s worth of college courses.”

The bill passed 110-0 in the State House Friday.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A year-long battle over dune land in White River Township is over.

Monday, the Township reached a settlement with Bro G Land Company to buy the two-acre property on Lake Michigan.  The Township plans to incorporate the land into its Barrier Dune Sanctuary.

The deal ends the legal dispute over a dune land driveway. The developer wanted to create a 1,200 foot private pathway that would cut through the sanctuary to access the property. 

“The Township looks forward to bringing this matter to a close,” said Township Supervisor Mike Cockerill. “The Township was required by the MDNR grant in 1985 to protect the Barrier Dune Sanctuary and this settlement will fulfill that obligation. The Barrier Dune Sanctuary is a popular public amenity that also embraces the preservation of natural habitat and unique sand dune features for our children and grandchildren.”

My Town Whitehall: New attraction coming to Goodrich Park

My Town Whitehall: New attraction coming to Goodrich Park

WHITEHALL, Mich.—A new attraction will soon take shape in Goodrich Park.

Construction crews are expected to begin work on a new gazebo in spring.  WinBerg Construction is heading up the design and development of the shelter.

Goodrich Park is located at 100 N. Lake Street, next to the White Lake Municipal Marina.  The green space already features paved walkways, a covered picnic area,  tables, barbecue grills and a children’s playground.

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

 

WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL C.H. McDANIEL

PARTICIPATES IN WEST MICHIGAN DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

My Town: Local lawmaker introduces bill to end corporate tax evasion

My Town: Local lawmaker introduces bill to end corporate tax evasion

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LANSING, Mich. – State Rep. Collene Lamonte (D-Montague) has introduced legislation that would call on Congress to eliminate a much-abused tax loophole that allows corporations to evade paying U.S. taxes by claiming to be based in a foreign country.

It’s estimated that corporations taking advantage of tax inversions could cost our country as much as $20 billion in lost revenue over the next decade, according to a recent Congressional memo.