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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Hofma Park to expand following land purchase


GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A popular Ottawa County park will soon become bigger.

The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids sold a 40-acre parcel of land to Grand Haven Township, which will become part of Hofma Park. The park currently sits on 80 acres and features a soccer field, softball field, inline skating rink, and multiple playgrounds. The park also includes wetlands.

The additional land will be used for new sports fields and elevated boardwalks.


Second brother pleads in Ottawa Co. break-ins


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The second of two brothers charged in a series of break-ins last fall is pleading guilty.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports Christopher Dustman will be sentenced February 8.

His younger brother Brandon pled guilty last week.

Both face up to ten years in prison.

Deputies caught them in late October after they broke into the Yellow Jacket Inn restaurant, on Lake Michigan Drive southeast of Grand Haven.


Chief Ottawa County judge announces retirement


(Grand Haven Tribune) -- Ed Post would like to say he had a carefully orchestrated plan for his life, but the chief judge for Ottawa County Circuit Court admits his life is more like a pinball machine.

That's why he hadn't contemplated retiring until his wife, Barb, got serious about closing out the career portion of her life.

Barb Post retired in early December from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

Ed Post announced Monday that he plans to retire at the end of 2016, which is the completion of his current term.

"It's time," he said. "I have lots of things that I want to do."

Guilty plea from 1 of 2 brothers accused in break-ins


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the two brothers charged in Ottawa County break-ins last fall is pleading guilty.

Brandon Dustman faces up to ten years in prison when he's sentenced on January 25th.

His older brother Christopher is charged with similar crimes.

Deputies say they caught them in late October after they broke into the Yellow Jacket Inn restaurant on Lake Michigan Drive southeast of Grand Haven.

Detectives accuse them in three more business burglaries in Nunica.


Ski hills open at Mulligan's Hollow


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- This recent streak of colder temperatures is helping to keep snow on the ground for a popular Grand Haven ski area.

Workers at Mulligan's Hollow say they currently have one of the five ski hills open. They hope to have two other hills open by Wednesday.

The ski area is using snow-making machines to make up for the lack of snow this season.

Mulligan's Hollow usually tries to open around Thanksgiving, but this year it didn't open until after Christmas.

Employees say 350 people were at the ski area on Saturday, so there is certainly high demand.