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West Michigan Water Trail community input meeting Feb. 5

West Michigan Water Trail community input meeting Feb. 5

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The people behind the West Michigan Water Trail project will hold a public meeting Wednesday afternoon to gather community ideas in how to expand the intiative to include inland sites like lodging, camping, restaurants and convenience store.

The West Michigan Water Trail website reads:

“Recognizing that watersports are not only communal and athletic but also commercial endeavors–that paddlers are also patrons–is vital to anticipating and monitoring the ripple effects of geotourism.

20th Annual Twisting Trails Antique/Vintage Show n’ Swap Saturday

20th Annual Twisting Trails Antique/Vintage Show n’ Swap Saturday

TWIN LAKE, Mich.-- The Twisted Trails Snowmobile Club welcomes snowmobile enthusiasts Saturday, Jan. 18 for its annual Twisting Trains Antique/Vintage Show n' Swap.

This winter fun experience  runs  from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The club is located at 5875 Ruprecht Road in Twin Lake,  where there is plenty of room to ride.

The kitchen is open at 8 a.m. with breakfast and lunch served all day. There are no entry fees for all classes.  The  Radar Run will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with trophies presented at 3 p.m.

For more information, call (231) 343-3230 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twisting-Trails-Sno-Braves-Snowmobile- Club/136380529771650.

Whitehall City Council to consider marina rates Jan. 14

Whitehall City Council to consider marina rates Jan. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.—  The Whitehall City Council is expected to weigh in on new marina rates during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14.

City manager Scott Huebler says the council will consider a resolution setting summer rates for boaters who use city slips for less than a full season.  The rate guidelines were created by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and are dependent on the size of the slip. The rates would be:

  • 30' Slip - $37
  • 45' Slip - $60
  • 60' Slip - $82

Huebler says the council will also vote on a resolution supporting an agreement with the federal government to preserve shoreline restoration completed using a conservation grant.  That agreement runs until December 2015.

Whitehall's newest varsity team takes top spot

Whitehall's newest varsity team takes top spot

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The community is invited to check out Whitehall’s latest top team Wednesday night.

Whitehall High School’s varsity competitive cheer team took first place in their division during last weekend’s competition.  According to the district Facebook page, the team will be showing off their moves at Montague Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

Competitive cheer became a varsity sport at Whitehall High for the first time this year. 

It's ice fishing time!

It's ice fishing time!

WHITEHALL, Mich.-- While most West Michiganders are trying to stay out of the cold, some extreme anglers aren't letting the single digit temperatures faze them.

Michael Tull sent WZZM 13 News this photo of Caleb Cole, holding up his prized fish.  Tull says Cole was ice fishing on White Lake when he reeled this one in.

We'd like to see your ice fishing photos!  Please send them to us by emailing mytown@wzzm13.com.

Free fun for all at Home Town Holiday Dec. 15

Free fun for all at Home Town Holiday Dec. 15

 WHITEHALL, Mich.—  Free sledding, hot chocolate, cookies and train rides—it’s all happening this weekend during downtown Whitehall’s Home Town Holiday event.

The fun starts behind Bell’s of Whitehall at 2 p.m. on Sunday with a sledding hill free-for-all for children and adults alike.  Visitors can also enjoy free refreshments, live music and meet live animals during Home Town Holiday.  Children 10 and under are invited to take a ride on the Christmas Train before enjoying a free hot dog and marshmallow roast.  Visitors can also meet dog sledding teams from Double JJ Ranch and check out fire trucks and the Christmas Village.  A Christmas tree lighting ceremony will also take place before the event caps off with a fireworks display at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Students rewarded with free Lumberjacks tickets

Students rewarded with free Lumberjacks tickets

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—When the Muskegon Lumberjacks take the ice on Wednesday, chances are some Muskegon County students will be watching, thanks to a new rewards program.

The program honors those who have excelled in the classroom with free tickets to a Lumberjacks home game. The students sit in a special section reserved and paid for by Community Schools Credit Union, County Teachers Insurance Agency and M3 Investment Services.

“Our partnership with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and area school districts is focused on promoting reading among area students. While many schools will use the tickets to recognize student reading efforts, many others already have student reward programs for positive behavior and academics in place.