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Feature Story Kylen Blom is a serial entrepreneur who has been building businesses since his days as a business student at Hope College.

Screen printing, innovating, and community building: Q&A with Kylen Blom

Kylen Blom is no stranger to starting a new project. The serial entrepreneur has been building businesses since his days as a business student at Hope College.

Feature Story Volunteer opportunities along the Lakeshore don't stop when the snow falls.

Make Waves on the Lakeshore: Let kindness fight the wintertime blues

There are plenty of ways to fight the good fight this season. Here are some ideas for making a difference this winter along the Lakeshore.

Feature Story From left, Iliana Ponce, Esther Fifelski, and Susan Kragt are among those advocating for Afghan refugees in West Michigan.

Lakeshore agencies welcome Afghan refugees with open arms

Bethany Christian Services is working in concert with Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates to help Afghan individuals and families who are seeking asylum following the U.S. armed forces withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Feature Story Gentex plans to utilize its expertise in digital vision, software development and industrial design to help eSight develop the next generation of mobile electronic eyewear.

Gentex partners with eSight to focus on advanced digital eyewear

The Zeeland-based company is partnering with eSight to develop and manufacture the next generation of mobile electronic eyewear designed to help people living with visual impairments.  

Feature Story A rendering of the Request Foods expansion.

Lakeshore Advantage builds on 2021 successes as it sets course for 2022

The economic development organization supported 21 expansion projects totaling $259 million, which created 694 new jobs in 2021. Leaders expect 2022 to offer more opportunities for business growth and expansion.

Feature Story GRCC partners with local municipalities — including road commissions in Muskegon and Kent counties — for Public Works Academy.

GRCC offering job training for municipal positions

GRCC partners with local municipalities — including road commissions in Muskegon and Kent counties — for Public Works Academy, providing skills for jobs serving communities.

Feature Story The Lakeshore Art Festival is launching Michigan Makers Market.

Michigan Makers Market coming to downtown Muskegon in March

This inaugural winter market will take place on March 12 at the new VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center, in the heart of Downtown Muskegon. 

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The Momentum Center to hold 3-part mental health forum

The very pandemic that is causing a mental health crisis along the Lakeshore and across the country also threatened the Momentum Center’s ‘Winter Series: Exploring Mental Illness. Organizers decided to move the three-part forum online.

Feature Story Kelli Nina Perkins and Bill Parrott on the road.

Creative Nomads: How letting go inspired our most creative year

Herrick District Library retired librarian Kelli Nina Perkins and husband Bill Parrott decided to hit the road during the pandemic. The Holland couple are now full-time nomads exploring the U.S. in their truck camper and sharing their stories on YouTube and Instagram as Outer Limits Open Road.

Feature Story Muskegon Luge and Adventure Sports Park  (Photo credit: MLASP)

Things to do in January: Winter sports, exhibits, downtown fun and celebrating MLK's legacy

January brings a fresh start to the new year and a fresh list of fun, exciting things to do along the Lakeshore. This list of Ottawa, Allegan, and Muskegon county events for residents and visitors alike includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.

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