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Bassmaster champion visits the Capitol

Bassmaster champion visits the Capitol

LANSING, Mich.--  Michigan lawmakers welcomed four-time Bassmaster champion and Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam to the state Capitol Tuesday.

VanDam met the governor and lawmakers.  He also met with Bassmaster officials to discuss ways to strengthen the partnership between Bassmaster and Michigan. 

“Kevin is arguably the best angler in the world and he chooses to call Michigan home,” said Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. “We are really excited to honor a Michigan native who has achieved so much success in the world of professional bass fishing.”

Last month, Bassmaster held its 2013 Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship on Muskegon Lake and White Lake in Muskegon County.

Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

Eighth annual Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour 2013

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.-- Experience the natural paintings of vibrant fall colors along some of Muskegon County's scenic drives during the Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour.

The tour is open on three Saturdays: October 5, October 12 and October 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants in this free, self-guided touring event will receive coupons from area businesses, discounts to area museums, and the opportunity to enjoy fall refreshments. Stop at seven designated spots on any of these three Saturdays to get your map stamped and turn it in to either depot to be eligible to win some great prizes.

Whitehall poised to pass new marina and utility rates

Whitehall poised to pass new marina and utility rates

WHITEHALL, Mich.— City council members are expected to approve new rates for boaters who use the Whitehall marina and residents who rely on city water services.

Whitehall City Clerk Karen Williams says the city council will consider two resolutions during its regular meeting September 24.  The first measure is to change marina rates from a flat $999 price per slip to a variety of rates, based on slip size.  Those rates would be:

  • $799 for a 30 foot slip
  • $999 for a 45 foot slip
  • $1,299 for a 60 foot slip

The new rates would take effect during the 2014 season, which runs from Memorial Day to about October 1.

Senator wraps up 'Pure Michigan' tour in Muskegon County

Senator wraps up 'Pure Michigan' tour in Muskegon County

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Senator Goeff Hansen will finish out his “hotspot” tour next week with a visit to Muskegon County.

Hansen will begin his September 16th visit at Goodrich Park in Whitehall before bicycling to Muskegon, then Ravenna.  The full schedule is as follows:

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

World's top anglers coming to Muskegon County for championship

MUSKEGON, Mich.— The lakeshore is getting ready to welcome the top bass fishermen in the world.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and the Evan Williams Bourbon Championship will take place on Muskegon and White lakes September 27 to September 29.  Bob Lukens with the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the event will attract 14 of the top bass anglers in the world, including Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam, Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace and the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year. The top eight anglers in the bass standings have also been invited to the event; the remaining anglers voted in by fans include Gerald Swindle of Alabama, Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho, Michael Iaconelli of New Jersey and Skeet Reese of California.

World's top harmonica players coming to Muskegon County

World's top harmonica players coming to Muskegon County

Some of the world’s top harmonica players are coming to West Michigan next month for the Delta Frost Blues Fest.

Blues, beer and wine will fill the Double JJ Resort for the three-day event, which begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 5.  Visitors are encouraged to camp on location and bring their own instruments for “campfire jams.”   A free beginners harmonica seminar will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 7, no ticket needed. 

The lineup includes:

  • Sugar Blue
  • Big Games & The Chicago Playboys
  • Stacy Mitchhart
  • Mike Morgan with Hank & The Hawktones
  • Jimmie Stagger
  • The Dick Nixon Band
  • Jim Shaneberger
  • Mike Stevens

For more information, visit the Delta Frost Blues Fest website here.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.