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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the eighth annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10.

With the theme, “Pirates through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas will come from around Michigan and the Midwest to entertain everyone, from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. New to this year’s festival is the Mermaid Queen with a group of her mermaids. This is the first performance for the mermaid group in Michigan.

My Town Grand Haven: Coast Guard festival underway

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—One of the most anticipated events of the summer is underway on the lakeshore.

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicked off Friday.  Over the next nine days, the city will be home to parades, contests, carnivals, fireworks and much more. 

For festival chair Jeff Bradbury, the event holds personal meaning.

“I am a Coast Guard brat.  My dad was Coast Guard and I spent 28 years in the Coast Guard.  What these people do for festival is something I wanted to get involved in,” he explains. “These people are nothing short of outstanding.”

Bradbury says Coast Guard members fight to come to Grand Haven, also known as Coast Guard City USA.  The Coast Guard ships will arrive Monday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The history of Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, will be the focus of a series of a three-part series of events at the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark, 16446 Comstock Street, and Loutit District Library on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The series is presented by Dr. Brian Smith, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and Team Tuskegee pilot Steve Tupper, along with two other pilots from the team.

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.─An old-fashioned barbecue chicken dinner, corn boil, pie-baking contest, big wheel races, kid’s games, sweet shop, community garage sale, car show and $5,000 raffle are all planned for the St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival.

The celebration runs Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The festival is open to the public.

“This year’s event is different because we’ve added a good old fashioned open-pit, chicken barbecue dinner that kids and adults will enjoy,” said Fr. Bill Langlois, parish pastor.  “We invite people to come for the fun and fellowship as we prepare whole, half chickens over charcoal in the open-pit style, along with baked beans, coleslaw and a baked potato.”

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

 

(WZZM)- The Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game