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Over $575,000 given back to local nonprofits on Match Day

MUSKEGON, Mich., June 15, 2020 — Held in response to COVID-19’s impact on the community, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County’s Match Day on June 3, 2020 raised over $575,000 for 42 nonprofits along the Lakeshore.


Match Day was developed by the Community Foundation, United Way of the Lakeshore and local donors to provide operating support to partner organizations that typically rely on private fundraising to fulfill their missions.


Of the gifts that came in, 30 donor advised funds held at the Community Foundation made 85 grants to nonprofits, 1,809 online donations reached over $290,000, and over $90,000 in checks were collected by the participating organizations. When combined with a match pool of $123,915, the full amount raised for Muskegon County’s nonprofit community on Match Day was $578,403.


In addition to a $75,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Funds, the following sources funded the match pool: Anton Family Fund, Batka Family Fund, Essex Family Fund, Jan L. Deur Fund, Pat & Julie Donahue Fund, Trip & Nina Johnson Family Fund, Action Industrial Supply, Sand Products/Mart Dock Fund, Wahlberg Family Fund, Rick & Pam Kramer Fund, i’move Fund, Doris & Jack Mixer Fund, Chis McGuigan & Gary Neal, and 71 individual contributions on Match Day.

John Ball Zoo has new residents; honey bees!

John Ball Zoo LogoJohn Ball Zoo has announced that guests can now peer into the world honey bees inhabit with the addition of an observation honey bee hive as one of their newest exhibits.


Zoo guests can safely watch honey bees in their contained hive up-close as they go about their day-to-day activities, including building comb, storing honey, and raising brood. Guests can also learn the biology of bees, their important role in our ecosystem, and what we can do to support their conservation. The honey bees have been settling into their contained hive from inside the Natural Treasures building, near the exit.


Honey bees live in complex communities and are highly social insects. This hive provides a great opportunity to observe honey bees hard at work. Guests can see a split view of the multiple levels of the hive and watch as the queen lays eggs. They can also see the worker bees bringing in pollen, making honey, and doing their famous “waggle dance,” which is how they communicate to one another.


Informational signage has been added around the exhibit explaining the organizational structure of the hive, how to identify the queen, and the crucial role they play in our ecosystem.


With spontaneous and widespread hive collapses in recent years, honey bee keeping is encouraged to help boost their population. John Ball Zoo will use their new observation honey bee hive to educate the public on the wonderment of honey bees and how they make our world go ‘round.


John Ball Zoo is participating in the world-wide conservational efforts involving honey bees. John Ball Zoo supports these efforts by helping grow the honey bee population


and by educating the community on the importance of conservation and environmentally friendly practices.


John Ball Zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and is located on Fulton Ave. one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, visit,email info@jbzoo.orgor call (616) 336-4300.


New Summer Wine Festival for Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI –  The inaugural “Muskegon Summer Wine Up” festival kicks off at Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon on Saturday, June 8th, 2019.


With the “Muskegon Summer Wine Up,” the five Cumulus Radio stations of Muskegon are working hard to bring Muskegon a brand new festival that will be unique, educational and fun.


“Our goal is to put together a list of premiere wineries and bring them to one big festival to celebrate the ceremonial start of summer,” explained Rich Berry, Director of Sales for Cumulus Radio in Muskegon.


“For me, the end of school has always signaled the ‘real’ start of summer,” said Berry. “We’re putting on a party where wine will be the star. Hopefully this will become an annual event on the Lakeshore.”


You have to be 21 years of age or older to attend the “Muskegon Summer Wine Up.”


Attendees will have the opportunity to try and sample over 100 different types of wines, according to Berry. Samples will be 1.5 ounces. The “Muskegon Summer Wine Up” will kick off on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from 2PM until 8 PM in Downtown Muskegon’s Hackley Park.


“Whether you are a wine connoisseur or you are a wine novice and want to learn more, this is going to be a fun event,” said Berry. “We want to create a first class wine festival in Muskegon.”


Sponsors of the “Muskegon Summer Wine Up” include the Little River Casino, HarborLight Credit Union, and the Parties in the Park.


Admission is $15.00 and includes a stemless souvenir wine glass and four wine sample tickets.


For more information, visit

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company adding new production facility in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Owners of Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Company wanted to build a new production facility within a five mile radius of their taproom on West Western Ave.


Their property search ended walking distance from their home base at a one-acre, seldom-used, city-owned parking lot on Shoreline Drive near the LC Walker Arena.


On Thursday, Aug. 9, heavy machinery arrived at the site to begin the process of removing asphalt from the former parking lot.


Click here to read the full WZZM13 article. 


Muskegon museum to explore ‘Curse of Civil War Gold’ theory

MUSKEGON, MI – A mock trial, a picnic and a Victorian tea will all take place at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site this summer. Summer 2018 will be one of “adventures” at the Hackley and Hume homes, 484 W. Webster Ave. downtown Muskegon.  Perhaps the most adventurous will be a tour and mock trial in August related to a Muskegon-based theory about Confederate gold theft that was featured on the History Channel.


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Pint-sized Burning Foot Beer Festival to appear at Taste of Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – For the first time, a pint-sized Burning Foot Beer Festival will be featured at the Taste of Muskegon in June.
A mini preview of the August beer festival will be set up at Hackley Park on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, as part of the 11th annual Taste of Muskegon.

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Friday, March 24, 2017 (MUSKEGON, MI) – Earlier today Michigan State Representative Holly Hughes and Senator Goeff Hansen visited Oakridge Lower Elementary to read to a selection of our elementary students in celebration of National Reading Month (March).


Representative Hughes read to third graders at Oakridge Lower Elementary. Representative Hughes serves the 91st District that encompasses part of Muskegon County.


Senator Hansen read to kindergarten, first and second grade students from Oakridge Lower

Elementary. Senator Hansen serves the 34th State Senate District, including Muskegon County.



“We are excited to host such important guests”, says Superintendent, Tom Livezey. “Teaching kids how to read is one of the most important things we do here at Oakridge Public Schools.  We are very proud to see our legislators recognize our efforts and the accomplishments of our students.”


All inquiries regarding this event can be directed to


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Holly Huges visits Oakridge Elementary for March Is Reading Month

Holly Hughes reading to Oakridge 3rd Graders

Senator Hansen Reading to Kids