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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: Greenville Recreation Department needs your jars

My Town: Greenville Recreation Department needs your jars

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Greenville Recreation Department is looking for empty, clean plastic jars to give new life to.

Donated jars will be used for a craft project during the department’s Sports PLUS Camp.  Peanut butter, mayo and other jars of similar size and shape are needed.  Empty jars can be dropped off during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) at the Greenville Recreation Department office, located in the upper level of the Greenville Area Community Center. All donations must be dropped off by June 17.

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker registration open

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker registration open

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Registration is now open for the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.

This year’s tournament will take place July 12 and 13 in downtown Greenville.  Registration packets are available at the Greenville Recreation Department, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Macker Headquarters in Belding.  Teams can also register online at www.macker.com. The deadline to mail in registration is June 20; online registrations should be submitted by June 23. 

For additional information, call Macker Headquarters at (616) 794-1445 or visit the event website.

My Town Greenville: Free flights for children during Young Eagles Day June 14

My Town Greenville: Free flights for children during Young Eagles Day June 14

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  Thousands of children will climb into the cockpit and take flight next weekend for the EAA’s annual International Young Eagles Day.

The annual event started a decade ago, launching many kids’ interest in aviation. As part of International Young Eagles Day, the Greenville Area Aviation Association will take children ages 8-17 years old on a free flight after a short on-ground workshop, introducing them to the basics of flight.

The free flights will take place June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Greenville Airport. Each child must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver form.  Flights are available on a first come, first served basis.  If inclement weather occurs, the flights will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 15.

My Town Belding: New troubles for Rivertown Bike Week Expo

My Town Belding: New troubles for Rivertown Bike Week Expo

BELDING, Mich.—A motorcycle event that’s expected to attract tens of thousands of bikers to Belding is running into more troubles.

Mark Mensch of the Rivertown Bike Week Expo told the city council this week the event’s presenting sponsor has withdrawn.  Organizers are now looking for other funding solutions, but are still planning on holding the the Bike Week Expo July 17-19, 2015.

The organizers of the expo are part of the same group that began planning Rivertown Bike Week in Grand Rapids in 2010, but had to repeatedly delay the event because of regulations and a lack of sponsors.  They tried moving it to July 2014 in Belding, but ended up postponing the event again after failing to secure venues and sponsorships in time.

My Town Belding: City budget approved

My Town Belding: City budget approved

BELDING, Mich.— Belding's new budget is officially ready to take effect July 1.

City council members officially adopted the budget Tuesday night, after opening the floor to the public.  No community members commented on the budget, which is the first budget in nine years that will not tap into the city's general fund to cover expenses, according to City Manager Meg Mullendore.  To see her entire budget breakdown, click here.

The new budget is set to expire June 30, 2015.

My Town: City budget and Bike Week on the agenda for May 20

My Town: City budget and Bike Week on the agenda for May 20

BELDING, Mich.— An organizer of a new motorcycle event coming to Belding is expected to update the city council on his plans Tuesday night.

Rivertown Bike Week organizer Mark Mensch is expected to attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.  Late last year, the city council approved holding the Rivertown Bike Week Expo from July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015.  The event is expected to attract tens of thousands o bikers to Belding.

The organizers of the expo are part of the same group that began planning Rivertown Bike Week in Grand Rapids in 2010, but had to repeatedly delay the event because of regulations and a lack of sponsors.  They tried moving it to July 2014 in Belding, but ended up postponing the event again after failing to secure venues and sponsorships in time.