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Whirlpool Issues Response To London Apartment Fire Lawsuit

Whirlpool and a British company are reacting to a lawsuit filed the victims and families of survivors in a high-rise fire in London two years ago. The Benton Harbor-based appliance maker says in a statement that its two investigations found “no evidence of any fault” with the refrigerator model that was in the unit where the Grenfell fire started. The blaze killed 72 people, and nearly 250 relatives of victims and survivors sued three companies, including Whirlpool, in U.S. federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Whirlpool and U.K.-based Celotex say their “deepest sympathies” are with those impacted by the fire. Celotex says it remains committed to working with British authorities. Its parent company, Saint-Gobain, was surprised to see a lawsuit filed in the U.S. since the Celotex insulation referenced in the suit was manufactured and sold in the U.K.. ...Read Full Story

Lakeshore High School Student Makes History With Lincoln Twp Fire Department

The glass ceiling in the Lincoln Township Fire Department is being shattered… by a high school student. Tatin Keyes is the first female to behired by the department. On Facebook, the Lincoln Charter Township Firefighters note Keyes is a Lakeshore High School student and will be taking firefighter classes next school year. She will continue to train with the department and will observe on calls for the time being.. ...Read Full Story

Free Recycling Event This Weekend In Van Buren County

Set for this Saturday will be a free community recycling event in Van Buren County. Organized by the Van Buren Conservation District, the event is a way for any county resident to dispose of household hazardous waste like cleaning products or batteries, paint, garden chemicals, and tires. Event coordinator Emilly Hickmott tells WSJM News the days always attract a strong response.. ...Read Full Story

St. Joseph Commission Tables Decisions On Business Expansions

Decisions by the St. Joseph City Commission on a pair of Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificates are on hold. The commission voted to table the votes on those tax breaks for both United Federal Credit Union’s proposed new headquarters at 150 Hilltop Road in a former Whirlpool building and for Fiskars in the Edgewater district. Commissioners Peggy Getty and Laura Goos both explained their reservations on taking a vote.. ...Read Full Story

Benton Harbor School Board Meeting With Governor Wednesday, Herrera Resigns

The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education will meet with Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday to talk about the future of Benton Harbor High School. At a Monday meeting, the board released what it calls a “third option,” as opposed to the state’s proposed two options — closure of the high school, or dissolution of the district. Board Vice President Joseph Taylor tells us the third option takes multiple approaches to turning the district around.. ...Read Full Story

Reserve Deputy Completes Statewide Run For Fallen Police

Kent County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputy Matt Garbarino has completed his run across Michigan to honor fallen police officers. Garbarino started the Run Across Michigan for Fallen Officers on Friday in Detroit, and wrapped it up Monday at the Berrien County Law Enforcement Memorial in St. Joseph. It’s the second year in a row the St. Joseph High School graduate completed the run to raise awareness about the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Garbarino received police escorts through much of his run over the weekend and on Monday. A ceremony awaited him as he arrived in St. Joe Monday afternoon. Mayor Mike Garey saluted Garbarino .. ...Read Full Story

High Lake Level Damages Seawall At Holland Park

From the Associated Press — Officials say high Great Lakes water levels likely are to blame for damage to a seawall at a western Michigan park. The Holland Sentinel reports the damage at Kollen Park in Holland is on the east end of the boardwalk and west end at the boat launch where a section of sidewalk collapsed. The park is located along Lake Macatawa, which is connected to Lake Michigan by a channel. The newspaper says the damage likely happened during a late May storm. Brian White, the city’s transportation services director, says officials are putting together different options to make repairs and are hoping they will be completed by July 4. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said flooding and coastal erosion threats will continue along Great Lakes coasts, especially during storms.. ...Read Full Story

Bridge Academy To Hold Graduation Tuesday

The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor will hold a graduation ceremony on Tuesday for 36 youth and adult education students who completed their high school diplomas or GEDs with the help of the organization run by Kinexus. Bridge Academy Education Services Manager Allie Knapp tells WSJM News these are students who decided to look for another way to complete their high school level of education.. ...Read Full Story