My favorite images from my last year with The Muskegon Chronicle
Two members of the Michigan National Guard Honor Guard prepare the American Flag to give to Dave Eling, director of Muskegon County's Department of Veterans Affairs, during the military funeral of Andris Baltaisvilks on Friday, April 1, 2011. Baltaisvilks, 73, served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. He had no legal next of kin and passed away on March 15. The funeral was held at the Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel and Baltaisvilks will be buried in the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.
Daquon Bates, 3, left, and Ja'Ricus Burks, 4, play with fiber optic light toys while attending the 26th annual Muskegon Shrine Circus held at the L.C. Walker Arena on Friday, March 4, 2011.
Carol Ruiter, 64, of Muskegon, participates in a Drums Alive fitness class at Tanglewood Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
Douglas Spencer, 85, of Rodney, is reflected is the engine room telegraph in the main engine room of the USS LST 393. Spencer served 6 years working in the engine room of an LST. Spencer was touring the LST before their last annual reunion of the Michigan LST Association on September 21, 2011.
Moments after being sentenced to 60 days in the county jail in, Evan Emory sits in the visitors booth for an interview. Emory was sentenced by Muskegon County 14th Circuit Judge William C. Marietti on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Emory, a 21-year-old Ravenna-area man, posted on YouTube an edited video that made it appear he was singing a sexually graphic song to a class of first-graders at Ravennaâs Beechnau Elementary School, including closeups of their faces seeming to react to the lyrics.
Green Bay's Matt Stewart, left, and Muskegon's Alexx Privitera, right, get into a tussle during the second period of the Lumberjack's game on January 15, 2011. Green Bay won the game 6 - 2.
Sixty fourth and fifth graders from Moon Elementary School took turns taking a trip out on Lake Michigan aboard the Friends Good Will replica 1810 tall ship on Friday, October 7, 2011. Jarell Means, 9, said he felt a little seasick on the replica ship that has become a floating educational and cultural classroom.
Thompson, a 2-year-old silver spur Labrador retriever, watches his neighbors play outside his window on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Thompson is owned by Sharon LeMieux of Muskegon Township.
Barb VanBogelen, 51, right, hugs and kisses her daughter Amanda VanBogelen, 28, left, as they talk about David VanBogelen's 1990 murder. David was Barb's husband and Amanda's father. Amanda was 7 when her father was murdered by Amy Lee Black, 16, and Amy's boyfriend, Jeffrey Abrahamson, 19, on December 7, 1990. Black was convicted on May 22, 1991 as an adult and is still in prison. Abrahamson was also convicted of the murder.
"I'm going to be here until the paint runs out," said Kirk Ward. Ward, 54, of Muskegon, was painting his landlord's building at 1147 Third St. that houses Valy Vietnamese Oriental Food, Gifts and and Market as well as Ward's upstairs apartment on Monday, June 20, 2011. Earlier that day, Ward was volunteering to help feed the poor. "I don't believe in just laying around," he said.
After a year of duty in Kuwait and Iraq, 119 soldiers from Michigan Army National Guard 1436th Engineer Co. based in Montague were welcomed home at the Montague High School football stadium on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Missy McFarland wipes away tears as she sees her husband Sgt. Eric McFarland, background, while holding their sleeping son Cadence McFarland. "It's been a long year," she said.
After a year of duty in Kuwait and Iraq, 119 soldiers from Michigan Army National Guard 1436th Engineer Co. based in Montague were welcomed home at the Montague High School football stadium on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Alex Greenless, 5, of Cheboygan, holds a small American flag as he looks for his uncle Capt. Christopher Graham, also of Cheboygan.
For 70 years, Buck Beadle has lived with the nightmare of Pearl Harbor. The carnage. The fire. The fear. “Some things you don’t want to remember,” Beadle says. “A lot of things you’d like to forget, but they’re there, you know.” Not even time, seven long decades, can erase the horror. Now 91 years old, Beadle was a 21-year-old U.S. Navy Metalsmith First Class — just “a kid” from Hart — aboard the USS Hull moored in Pearl Harbor, the day the Japanese attacked the American fleet, plunging the country into World War II.
Egelston Township residents Jack and Dawn Stevens adopted two cocker spaniels from the Noah Project. They adopted Marlee just two weeks ago. Jack gives a kiss from Marlee inside their home on May 27, 2011.
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