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Inn At Harbor Shores Awarded With Energy Rebate By Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power is rewarding the Inn at Harbor Shores next week for its efforts to save energy. It’s presenting the inn with a $7,000 rebate check for its efficient lighting. I&M says that by switching out incandescent fixtures to more efficient, longer-lasting LEDs at the Inn at Harbor Shores, more than 119,000 kilowatts of power have been saved there. That’s about enough juice to run 13 homes for a year. When entities like the Inn at Harbor Shores take such steps to save energy, I&M rewards them through its IM Work Energy Efficiency programs. The inn will be presented with its $7,000 check at 2 p.m. Tuesday.. ...Read Full Story

National Christian Choir To Perform At Andrews University

Coming soon to the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University will be the National Christian Choir. They’ll perform there on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and admission will be free. The choir is based in Washington, D.C. and is known internationally for its radio program, Psalm 95. The choir is composed of 175 people, coming from more than 100 churches in five states, and all members are volunteers. It typically does 12 to 14 concerts per year. Everyone’s welcome to attend the Andrews University performance, and you can learn more about the National Christian Choir at NationalChristianChoir.org.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Housing Market Sees Growth In March

The housing market in southwest Michigan is looking strong. According to the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, compared to a year ago, the market was up by double digits in the number of units sold and the average selling price. The association notes the inventory has gone down by 17% since last year, pushing prices higher. The number of houses sold in March of 2017 increased 17% from March of 2016. Also, the average price in March was up by 15% from March the year before. Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors President George Lucas says the improvement over 2016 is significant because 2016 was a peak year for the market.. ...Read Full Story

SHOUT For South Haven Launches New Website

SHOUT for South Haven has launched a new website. SHOUT for South Haven is an organization that uses the power of volunteers and donations to run several programs throughout the community. Among other things, the group displays flowers around town, runs the antique clocks, and pays for historic street markers and lights. SHOUT for South Haven’s history is outlined in the new site, and you can also apply to become a member there. The website is ShoutForSouthHaven.org.. ...Read Full Story

More MI Residents Taking Cruises

More Michigan residents are taking to the sea for their vacations. AAA spokesperson Susan Hiltz tells WKZO News a recent survey found there’s a 14% increase in cruise bookings, which she attributes to an improving economy. Michiganders are cruising all around the world.. ...Read Full Story

State Urges Pregnant Women To Be Tested For STDs

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging pregnant women to consider the importance of being tested for sexually transmitted diseases. It says many STD infections in a pregnant woman can also affect their babies, but there are also ways to prevent that from happening if the disease is caught early enough. The state recommends every pregnant woman be tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis at their first prenatal visit. It also recommends more testing at 26 to 28 weeks. The department of health tells us, in the past five years, Michigan has had three preventable cases of perinatal hepatitis B, three cases of congenital syphilis, and three babies born with an HIV infection. You can find out more at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.. ...Read Full Story

Post Office Planning Food Drive For Next Month

Post offices around southwest Michigan are joining the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive next month. The drive last year collected about 42,000 pounds of food around Berrien and Cass Counties. Each May, the National Association of Letter Carriers runs the effort, asking folks along their route to leave non-perishable food items by the mailbox. Nationwide, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 80 million pounds of food last year. You can leave food items out for pick-up at your mailbox on May 13, or drop off items at a post office between May 7 and May 13. The U.S. Postal Service tells WSJM News the donated items all stay local. This is the 25th year for the drive.. ...Read Full Story