In related Hilltopper news, Czech author Arnošt Lustig passed away last week. Lustig was a permanent faculty member of the Western Michigan University English Department's Prague Summer Program. Read my “Salute to Arnošt Lustig” at BULL: Men’s Fiction, and visit the WMU English blog, Gleanings’ “Member of Prague Faculty, Arnošt Lustig, dies.”
Muskegon’s Hackley Library needs donations to make improvements to the building. Read more in the Muskegon Chronicle, “Hackley Public Library seeks donations for new lights, restrooms,” and visit the Building of Character website to learn more.
The Hamtramck Blowout is this weekend, which means three things: heavy rain, flooded streets, and an awesome party. Visit Metro Times for a full rundown of this year’s event. I’m going to try to make it out, but I’m a little afraid I’ll melt.
The Michigan Winter Beer Festival was the most overreported, overblogged story this week. I am not blameless here, but I would direct readers to the Buzz: Siciliano’s Market News & Notes’ “Michigan Winter Beer Fest 2011.” Great store, fun blog, good beer.
The Whitefish Point Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior, is in need of restoration. Read more about the lighthouse at Midwest Guest's "Visit Michigan's Remote Whitefish Point Lighthouse," learn how you can help restore the lighthouse at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum’s website, and check out this video about the restoration: