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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Slip-n-Slides take over Rosewood Park June 21

My Town: Slip-n-Slides take over Rosewood Park June 21

JENISON, Mich.— Runners will be in for a cool reward this weekend as Slip-n-Slide 5K Run returns to Rosewood Park.

The race starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.  At noon, participants can ditch their sneakers and throw on a swimsuit as four 150-foot-long plastic water slides lining the Soccer Bowl open to visitors.  Admission is $1 and includes additional activities for all ages.

Registration for the 5K will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  The slides will be open until 5 p.m.

My Town: Ottawa County park adds bugs to its workforce

My Town: Ottawa County park adds bugs to its workforce

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—While many Michiganders are trying to repel bugs this summertime, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department is welcoming thousands of weevils to the waters of Grand River Park.

The weevils are being used to attack the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, which has spread across the park’s small lake.  Biological experts from Michigan State University say the aquatic plant can impact fish habitats and deter recreational activities on the water.  Ottawa County Parks says weevils are safer and more effective than chemicals in attacking milfoil, and park visitors will likely never realize their presence.

The parks and recreation department recently began using goats to curb invasive plants at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven.

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 Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Give your unwanted sports equipment new life by donating it to the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

This is the final week for the equipment drive, which ends Friday, June 6.   The program is in need of kid size bats, cleats, catcher’s gear and other baseball or softball equipment. Donations can be dropped off at Fifth Third Ballpark, any Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, Wolverine World Wide YMCA, Visser YMCA, Southeast YMCA or Lowell YMCA.

Donors will receive four lawn seat tickets to a 2014 Whitecaps home game, a Wendy’s small combo meal and a YMCA family day pass.

My Town: Splash pad open and parade planned for Memorial Day

My Town: Splash pad open and parade planned for Memorial Day

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. –  The Memorial Day weekend is here, which means the splash pad is ready for visitors.

The Maplewood Park splash pad opened for the season at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22.  The splash pad will be open to visitors through the weekend, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as next weekend.  Township officials say the water attraction will be open daily with an attendant beginning June 5.   Admission is free.

Georgetown Township will mark Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, March 26.  The procession will wind down Baldwin Street, from 20th Avenue to Cottonwood Drive.  A Memorial Day ceremony will take place inside Georgetown Township Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

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.