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My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Grand Haven: Grand Haven Township eyes Diocese land

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The 417-acre Hofma Park and Preserve may soon grow by another 40 acres.

Within the next two weeks, Grand Haven Township officials plan to file for a state grant to help pay for purchasing 40 acres of land adjacent to Hofma Park and Preserve.  The land is approximately 52 percent forested wetland and 48 percent upland field with Christmas trees.  The land is currently owned by the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Township Superintendent Bill Cargo says the land acquisition is expected to cost approximately $368,000.  Approximately 75 percent of that cost would be covered by the grant; the other 25 percent would come out of the township’s general fund.

The grant decision is expected to be finalized by November or December 2014.   If approved, Cargo is hopeful the grant would be funded in January 2015.

Cargo says the land would be kept in its natural state.

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery welcomes child artists

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery welcomes child artists

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— The Fire Barn Gallery is tapping some of the youngest community artists to fill the walls of its latest exhibit.

“Past Present and Future- A Children’s Show” will feature work by Grand Haven area students, from kindergarten up to sixth grade.  Each piece will feature either a past, present or future theme.

"When I consider the difference between the art of children and that of adults, my first thought is the inhibition factor.  I think that witnessing that kind of uninhibited expression, and the totally unique form it takes, is something that resonates with a lot of us," says Chris Protas, director and curator of the Fire Barn Gallery.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here!

If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

 

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

 

My Town Grand Haven: Bowl for kids fundraiser March 22

My Town Grand Haven: Bowl for kids fundraiser March 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Come out to Starlite Lanes in Grand Haven on Saturday, March 22 to bowl for free, play games, eat pizza, drink pop and simply have fun while helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.

The fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bowlers are asked to raise $25 to join the team.

To sign up or for additional information, call (231) 799-0613 or visit www.sylvanlearning.com/muskegon.

My Town: Library’s centennial programs continue with a look at an average household in 1914

My Town: Library’s centennial programs continue with a look at an average household in 1914

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan returns to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, March 27 with a look at the average household in Grand Haven in 1914, as the library’s centennial series continues.

There are no high-tech gadgets in this turn-of-the-century household; it was elbow grease and a lot of hard work. Buchanan's program features a PowerPoint slide show along with hands-on items to bring everyone back in time. 

This program is free to the public and held the LDL's Program Room A beginning for 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.