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My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: State replaces fish advisory with 'Eat Safe Fish' guides

My Town: State replaces fish advisory with 'Eat Safe Fish' guides

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LANSING, Mich. (Mich. Department of Community Health)– The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is pleased to announce the release of the new regional Eat Safe Fish Guides, formerly known as the Michigan Fish Advisory. The Eat Safe Fish Guides provide fish consumption guidelines based on the levels of chemicals in the edible portions (usually the filets) of fish taken from waterbodies around the state of Michigan.

“In an effort to better prepare Michigan residents for eating the fish they catch within our state, we are releasing these new Eat Safe Fish Guides to ensure people have access to the information they need to decide what fish, and how much, their family should eat,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “These new guides are an easy-to-use resource for individuals and families looking for information about healthful fish consumption.”

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday, May 17 with free boat inspections by the Ottawa County Sheriff Office Marine Division.

Marine officers will inspect your boat to make sure it has the proper equipment on it.  Passing boats will receive a vessel inspection sticker.  The free inspections are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gold Coast Outfitters, located at 6755 Butternut Drive in West Olive.

Additionally, the Ottawa County Sheriff Office would like to alert boaters to a new slow no wake area on the Grand River. The SNW area is located in the western-most channel of the Grand River, with coordinates of 43.030534/-86.159217, north to 43.041332/-86.162584.

For a map of all the area no wake zones, visit the sheriff office website here.

My Town Holland: Voters approve school funding proposals in two districts

My Town Holland: Voters approve school funding proposals in two districts

HOLLAND, Mich.—  Two school districts in Holland will get the funding they're asking for.

Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved renewing Holland Public Schools'  operating millage for three years, by a 1,624-to-242 vote. The property tax will remain at 18 mills, generating approximately $8 million for the district in its first year, ensuring the district receives its per pupil foundation allowance.

West Ottawa Public Schools will also keep its operating millage at 18 mills this year.  Voters approved the proposed renewal by a 3,800-to-926 vote.  The district's $90 million bond proposal passed by a slightly smaller margin, 3,183 votes to 1,546 votes.   The bond will help cover the cost of school building upgrades, purchasing school buses, adding a new transportation facility and adding and developing playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. 

My Town Holland: School funding proposals in two districts up for vote May 6

My Town Holland: School funding proposals in two districts up for vote May 6

HOLLAND, Mich.—  Voters will decide the future of two school districts in Holland when they head to the polls Tuesday, May 6.

Holland Public Schools is asking voters within the district to renew its operating millage for three years.  The property tax would remain at 18 mills, generating approximately $8 million for the district in its first year, ensuring the district receives its per pupil foundation allowance.

West Ottawa Public Schools is asking voters to approve a nearly $90 million bond proposal that would help cover the cost of school building upgrades, purchasing school buses, adding a new transportation facility and adding and developing playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. The district is also asking voters to approve renewing its current operating millage of 18 mills for the year.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.