Monthly Archives: September 2017

Road Commission Video

The Ottawa County Road Commission has released its first video!

We hope to use videos to help keep the residents of Ottawa County better informed about the Road Commission. All of our videos will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and will be used on our social media and website. So be sure to follow, subscribe, and share!

Our first video highlights one our preventative maintenance programs: Chip Sealing

Frauenthal Center Hosts Free Season Launch Party

Celebrate the Community’s Vibrant Culture, Arts, and Entertainment

The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”

The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theatre organ and classical music to, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.

The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.

“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”

Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and the city

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible with support from John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/18/17 – 09/25/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org 

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
September 15 – September 30
September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.

A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
September 8 @ 10:00 am – September 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 18 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum. September 18, the lecture is, “Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs.” One of their most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. You will learn many surprising things that you didn’t know before about this defeat and what followed. For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Frauenthal Center 2017-2018 Season Launch Party
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm, you’re invited to a celebration of Muskegon’s culture and vibrancy at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is free and open to everyone and features an evening of dynamic entertainment!

The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season!  “This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”

The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theater organ and classical music, to R&B Funk, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.
The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.

“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”
Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and along city streets.

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible by the generous sponsorships made by John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague, Above & Beyond, Bella Maria’s, Chalet Floral, Fatty Lumpkins, Hearthstone, Ryke’s Catering, Smash Wine Bar and Bistro and Teddy Spaghetti’s.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Artists’ Reception: “Going Beyond the Obvious”
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The month of September brings the artworks of Barbara Schilling, Connie Kuhnle and Kathleen Bechtel.  The three artists have been friends for years, and often have painted together.   In the show, they will have pastels and oils of landscapes, still lifes and portraits.  Please join them for the reception September 20 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the exhibit in the Reception Gallery in the Frauenthal Center to celebrate their work.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm with extended hours on show nights.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org.

Mighty Omegas: Heart Healthy Fish of the Great Lakes with The Fish Monger’s Wife
September 20 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Mighty Omegas: Heart Healthy Fish of the Great Lakes with The Fish Monger’s Wife!”  Did you know Lake Whitefish, Lake Trout and Lake Cisco have two, three and four times the amount of omegas that salmon have? Fresh Herbs and simple baking techniques will be used to create a Heart Healthy meal that your friends and family will love.  Class size is limited to 15 and the cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Hackley and Hume Site All Access Tour
September 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
September 21, visitors will have an opportunity to view areas of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site that are not normally included in the tour of the lumber barns homes.  See the basements, attics and porches for a whole new perspective of Muskegon’s most well-known mansions.  There will be two sessions of the tour: 5:00 – 6:00pm and 6:30 – 7:30pm. The cost of the All-Access Tour is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required due to limited group size.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Thursday Night Music Club: Blue Water Ramblers
September 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Norton Shores Library hosts the Blue Water Ramblers Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm as part of the Thursday Night Music Club!  The Blue Water Ramblers write their own songs and take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds.  “Banjo-Jim” Foerch on his acoustic and electric banjos and R.H. “Bear” Berends on his big Martin guitar are the core of the Rambler vocal and writing team.  The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region.  It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties.  Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences.  “I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve,” opined Banjo-Jim.  “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.”

This event is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

1st Annual Golftoberfest
September 22 @ 11:00 am
Friday, September 22, it’s the 1st Annual Golftoberfest at Lincoln Golf Club!  This fun golf outing is a lead up to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Oktoberfest, featuring the World’s largest beer tasting trail, happening October 6 – 7.  It’s also a fundraiser for their new Zip-Line Canopy Tours and Rock Climbing attraction.  Every golfer will be the first to receive one of MWSC’s beer tasting mugs and a complimentary ticket to Oktoberfest.  There’ll also be a ceremonial ‘Tapping of the Keg’ with a German inspired beer before the start of the scramble.

This is a 4 person scramble that will commence with an 11:00am shotgun start.  Each person hits a shot and the team takes the best shot.  This process is repeated until the hole is finished.  Men under 65 play from the black tees.  Men 65 and older play from silver tees.  Women play from the gold tees.

Each golfer’s registration includes unlimited lunch, a ticket to the 6th Annual Oktoberfest and an official Oktoberfest Beer Stein.  The first 15 teams to register before July 15 will receive a $50 discount so don’t delay!  For more information, call 231-744-9629 or just register at the website below.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 23 @ 9:00 am
Saturday, September 23, come to Heritage Landing for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.  Registration is at 9:00am, followed by the ceremony at 10:15am and the Walk at 10:30am.  For more information, call 231-750-5787.

Muskegon Harvest Fest
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market will hold its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00am – 1:00pm with music, giveaways, food samples and crafts for sale! Regular market hours will be the same from 6:00am – 3:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251.

Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Creative Saturday
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Muskegon Center for the Arts in a creative exchange of ideas, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project or create a new one on the 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery!  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed.  Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Red Lotus Gallery is located at 356 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.

Museum Day Live!
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 23 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, it’s Museum Day Live!  Enjoy a free tour of Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th Annual Museum Day Live.  One ticket for two free admissions can be downloaded per email address.  To obtain free admission, download tickets via: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/tickets/.  Tickets must be presented in paper or digital form.

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops:
September 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 23 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, it’s “Earrings 101!”

Students will acquire the basic skills, tools, and materials needed to create their very own pair of dangle earrings.  Materials for one pair of earrings will be provided.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Lumber Barons’ Ball
September 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 23 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the annual Lumber Barons’ Ball!  Back by popular demand, the event will take place at the iconic Hackley Administration Building for a night of Steampunk fun in support of Museum programs.  If you missed the event two years ago, now is your chance to enjoy the Industrial/Victorian theme of Steampunk!  If you attended, now is the time to embellish your steampunk costume from two years ago so you have a chance at winning the costume contest.  For more information, call  231-722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Pre-Season Home Game
September 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a pre-season game Saturday, September 23 at 7:15pm as they take on Team USA U18 at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

A Musical Tribute to John Denver
September 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of great music and help make a difference for struggling families on the lakeshore.  Saturday night, September 23 at 7:00pm, come to the Family Promise Day Center for your favorite John Denver songs performed by the fantastic Michael Snell, as well as food, soft drinks, and a cash bar.  Tickets are only $20 per person!

All proceeds will go to help Family Promise of the Lakeshore, the only shelter program that takes entire families and has a 88% success rate…usually with 90 days…of re-housing the families, getting them employed, teaching the basics of budgeting and finance and getting them back to self-supporting, productive lives once again.

To order tickets online, please go to www.fp-lakeshore.org or mail your check to Family Promise at 2160 Crozier Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441.

Jacks Classic Golf Outing
September 25
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that their annual golf outing, the Jacks Classic, will be held on Monday, September 25 at Muskegon Country Club! The format of the event is a four-person scramble, and includes breakfast before the round, 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner afterward.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and the area’s best silent auction will be ongoing as well.  As always, the auction will be packed with hockey memorabilia, and this year the list includes two jerseys signed by Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.

Join the Muskegon Lumberjacks players and staff as they get set to bring in the 2017-2018 regular season.  Teams that compete will have the opportunity to meet the Jacks players and even get some help from them on the course!

Breakfast and registration begins at 10:30am, with the shotgun start at 12:00pm.  Dinner and cocktails follow the completion of the golf.

The cost per team of four is $600. If you are interested in signing your team up or becoming a sponsor of the event, email Scott Bradford at sbradford@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

You “Can” Do It
September 25 @ 6:30 pm
On Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts YOU CAN DO IT, a class on home preserving.  It’s tomato season and whether you are a canning newbie or looking for a refresher, this program is for you.  MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart shares safe methods to preserve the amazing taste of the garden fresh tomatoes and other seasonal produce.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .  Registration begins one month before the program date.

Ask Dr. Universe – Earthquakes

Dear Dr. Universe: When will the next major earthquake be? Earthquakes really interest me and I want to know so I can be prepared when the next major quake happens. – Carmen, 11, Chowchilla, CA

Dear Carmen,

Our planet’s surface is constantly on the move. Sometimes this movement really shakes things up.

The Earth’s crust is made up 14 major pieces and dozens of smaller ones, called plates, that move in super slow motion. Earthquakes can happen when these plates suddenly slip past each other. They send out waves of energy that make the ground shake.

We can learn a lot about earthquakes after they happen, but the truth is they are pretty unpredictable.

“Everyone wants to know precisely when the next earthquake will be, but the best answer is that we really don’t know the exact timing,” said my friend Katie Cooper, a geologist at Washington State University.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, more than a million large and small earthquakes shake the planet’s surface each year. By the way, if you’re curious about where some of the recent earthquakes have happened, check out this cool map from the USGS.

You’ll be able to spot some places where there have been earthquakes today. If we look at earthquake patterns, we can say with pretty good confidence that they happen every day along plate boundaries. We just can’t pinpoint exactly where or when they’ll happen next.

Because we don’t precisely know, it’s a good idea to be prepared, especially if you live in an earthquake-prone region like a plate boundary. Cooper said scientists are working on ways to inform people at the very early part of an earthquake.

Some earthquake warning systems can pick up on some of the first seismic waves generated by an earthquake. This may give people ten or so seconds to prepare before the ground starts shaking. That might sound like a really short time, but even a few seconds can help save lives, Cooper said.

Engineers are also helping us prepare for earthquakes. Along with fellow universities, engineers here at WSU are working on new building materials to help people’s houses stay upright on shaky ground. They are using layers of lumber glued together to create thick solid panels. Later, they’ll use the materials to construct a 10-story building. Then they’ll simulate an earthquake in a laboratory. I can’t wait to see what they discover.

One thing you can do to prepare for earthquakes is join the millions of people who participate in the Great ShakeOut, which helps people prepare for earthquakes at school or at home. If you haven’t already, you might even put together your own earthquake kit. It could include items such as a three-day supply of food and water, a flashlight, batteries, and other things you might need in case of a disaster.

Who knows, maybe one day you’ll discover another way to help us prepare for earthquakes—or help find ways to predict them. It’s a good question you ask, Carmen. Even when we don’t know exactly when an earthquake will happen, we can do our best to get ready.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/11/17 – 09/18/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org


A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
Through September 26

The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.


9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.


Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.


Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 – October 30 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62) that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.


Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.


A Slice of History
September 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

September 12 from 5:30pm – 8:00 pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for “A Slice of History!”  Pizza and history will make for a fun evening in downtown Muskegon as you and the staff enjoy a historic walking tour of the city with stops for pizza at Top Shelf Pizza and Pub, Rebel Pies, Whistle Punk Pizza and Naan Pizza.  The fee for the program is $25 which includes a slice of pizza at each restaurant.  The tour begins at the corner of Western Ave. and Fifth St.  Buy tickets at www.lakeshoremuseum.org/events/a-slice-of-history.


Eric Yager – The Mystic Prince
September 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a night of magic with Eric Yager, “The Mystic Prince!”  Mr. Yager has been the opening act for many celebrities, performed at Little River Casino, St. Cecelia’s Music Hall, and many private parties.  See him for FREE at the library as he dazzles you with his prestidigitation.  For more information, call 231-722-7276.


Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
Tuesdays in September @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.


Healthier You: Make It and Take It with Chef Jamie
September 12 @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Healthier You: Make It and Take It with Chef Jamie!”  Spend a little time, one day a week making several servings of meat to be used in different make ahead meals for the upcoming week.  Not everyone likes “leftovers,” with these make-ahead meals, but no one will know they are “leftovers.”  You will practice this with and entree and a dessert to take with you.  This class is for older teens and adults and class size is limited to 15.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 14 – September 17

The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 14-17!  Back for the 18th year, this festival features continuous music on four covered stages.  You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout Irish Cream and others. There’s also the Irish Marketplace children’s activities a cultural center a session tent and tea room.  A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan FEIS an Irish dance competition held at Muskegon Catholic Central.  Sunday morning a Catholic Mass will be held at 9:00am followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  3-Day passes are also available.  For more information, visit www.michiganirish.org.


Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call 231-821-9125 in advance to be sure they are open.


Girls Night Out – Wine and Chocolate with Chef Char
September 14 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 14 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Girls Night Out – Wine and Chocolate with Chef Char!”  Learn the art and science of working with chocolate, including dipped tuxedo strawberries, cute chocolate bowls and even chocolate bark.  Pair the chocolate creations with your favorite wine or try a wine slushie recipe for fun.  Must be 21 to attend.  Class size is limted to 15 and the cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
September 15 – September 30

September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.


Wild Side of the Museum
September 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

September 15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Friday Family Fun Night!  This time, it’s the “Wild Side of the Museum!” It’s date night for the whole family with a live animal presentation from Blandford Nature Center, the Sensory Safari Mobile Wildlife Education Center from the Michigan Chapter of Safari Club International, and wildlife themed stations throughout the museum.  For more information, call 231-724-5524.


SJO Supercross Event
September 16 @ 5:00 pm – September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross Event featuring motorcycle and quad racing.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call 231-788-4568.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery the third Saturday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry, etc., come and express is on stage or just enjoy the show!  This free event is for persons 18 years and older.  Donations are always welcome and help to keep the gallery open.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The gallery is located downtown at 356 W. Western Ave. in the basement of Century Building.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Pre-Season Home Game
September 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch their first pre-season game Saturday, September 16 at 7:15pm as they take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Star Gazing Open House
September 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, September 16 at 7:53pm (sunset) to view the solar eclipse at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at mas@wmich-astro.org before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.


Chef Prize
September 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 17 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farm for Chef Prize!  Enjoy the tastes, sights and smells of chefs from local restaurants in Muskegon, Spring Lake, Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, as well as food-related vendors and beverage vendors.  Watch featured chefs and judges:  Martial Noguier from Bistronomic in Chicago and Chef Boyer from France, as they perform a live cooking demonstration.  Enjoy music and vintage cars, as well as touring Hampton Green’s Dressage barns throughout the event.

Judges will choose the top winners in these categories;  Best Gourmet Food, Best Pub Food, Best Dessert.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan and its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For more information contact Claudia at Hampton Green Farms at (231) 206-2534 or cfbryant53@gmail.com, or Susie at the Make-A-Wish Foundation at (616) 363-4607 or sziegler@michigan.wish.org.

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of August 28, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, August 28, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Jeff Jacobs, Denise Winebarger, and Greg Hulka
Members Absent: none

At 7:05pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 15– residents; 6 – employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; and Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of August 14, 2017 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions:
1. Ron Becklin requested that discussion of the Kuis Drain be added as item G under Unfinished Business
2. Heidi Tice requested that the topic of a wage increase for part-time Police Officers be added as item C under New Business.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Heidi Tice shared an update for Mt. Garfield chip sealing. The portion approved by the board to be paid for the Township came in under the original bid.
2. Heidi Tice gave report that boarder roads have been chip sealed by the Muskegon County Road Commission at no cost to the township.
3. Heidi Tice shared a correspondence from a resident on Pleasantwood Dr.
4. Notice of Hearing for Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation.
5. Brian Michelli reported that a resident perished in a house fire last week. Although a strong response from the fire department was made, the fire was too involved to enter. Another resident perished in a bike vs. car accident.
6. Brian Michelli shared that the Fruitport Lion’s Club is donating $7,500 to equip two additional med trucks, one for each fire station. Lion Russ Stressman presented the check to the board. A big thank you to the Fruitport Lion’s Club for their generous donation.
7. New WEX fuel cards are being used throughout the township providing a discount on fuel.
8. Service requests for hook-up to the new water main on Vandenberg and Summit continue.
9. The cost to replace the culvert on Farr Rd came in less than expected.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

17-126 Adoption- Rental Registration Restatement Ordinance
Ron Becklin moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Rental Registration Restatement Ordinance. Said ordinance will update the current ordinance requiring rental units be registered and maintain a certificate of compliance in the Charter Township of Fruitport.

This constitutes the second and final reading of Amendment Ordinance No. 802.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-127 Adoption of the Articles of Incorporation for the Greater Muskegon Recreation Partnership
Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution adopting the Articles of Incorporation of the Greater Muskegon Recreational Partnership.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-128 Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Ryan Kilpatrick was present to give a presentation on the development and function of DDA’s. During and after the presentation there was discussion amongst the board, Mr. Kilpatrick, and residents.

It was requested that the supervisor speak with Muskegon County to discuss if they would have interest in refraining from taking the opt-out option.

The topic of a DDA will return to the September 11, 2017 meeting.

17-129 Public Safety Special Assessment District
Ron Bultje has received data on the usage of the areas in question. Before the next board meeting on September 11, 2017, Ron Bultje and Brian Michelli will meet to develop a resolution which will establish a date for a public hearing. Approval of said resolution will come to the board on September 11, 2017. Public hearing is anticipated to be held at a regular meeting on September 25, 2017.

17-130 Approve Mychal VanAllsburg’s Eagle Scout landscape project
The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve Mychal VanAllsburg’s Eagle Scout landscape project as presented with the ability to make minor changes.

17-131 Discussion of Wesco’s on-site aggregate processing request
A motion to approve an on-site aggregate processing operation was not supported and therefore dropped.

17-132 Kuis Drain discussion
The township will be obligated to pay a portion of the project cost. More information on cost will be available after bids are opened by the Drain Commission. This topic will return to the September 11, 2017 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

17-133 Approve township attorney
Current township attorney, Ron Bultje, has relocated from the office of Scholten Fant to the office of Dickinson Wright.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to continue to be represented by Ron Bultje at Dickinson Wright.

The clerk will respond to Scholten Fant informing them of the decision.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-134 Approve purchase of Tasers
Ron Beckiln moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of 4 Tasers for Fruitport Police Department. Forfeiture funds and capital outlay will be used to make the purchase.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-135 Approve increase of part-time police wage
It was requested by the Public Safety Director that the wage of part-time police officers be increased from $12.75 to $15.00 per hour. The increase comes in efforts to recruit and retain part-time officers. It was also suggested that a contract be drafted requiring a part-time officer to remain employed for a particular length of time after being certified and put through FTO.

Greg Hulka moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the part-time police officer wage to $15.00 an hour and to receive a report from Brian Michelli in one year.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to have Brian Michelli draft a contract to have approved by Ron Bultje.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-136 Payment of Bills
Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented, with the addition of payment for the Vandenberg/Summit road project in the amount of $165,604.69 from the general fund, for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $192,238.67; Public Safety $38,900.67; Water $116,553.60; Sewer $16,193.91; Trust & Agency $1,981.00
Totaling: $365,867.85

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none received

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none received

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:13pm.

 

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Billy Graham Library Honors U.S. Military Members and Gold Star Families

militarylunchOn July 1, the Billy Graham Library honored those who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces and their families with a barbeque lunch. More than 200 people attended the event and heard an inspiring message from retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin.

Two weeks later, on July 14, the Library hosted its first Gold Star Families Breakfast and Tour for those who have lost a loved one in military service. After hearing a message of appreciation from Pastor Pat Fleming, who leads follow-up care for Operation Heal Our Patriots, family members commemorated their fallen loved ones in front of the audience by stating their name, branch of service and their own relationship to the fallen hero.

The Billy Graham Library continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Men’s Breakfast and Tour on Sept. 16; Pastor Appreciation Breakfast and Tour on Oct. 6; and the 10th Annual Bikers with Boxes on Oct. 21.

Ask Dr. Universe – Ants

Dear Dr. Universe: I would like to find out how ants are so strong. How is it possible that they can carry weight that is heavier than themselves?

–Anita, 11

Dear Anita,
Ants are pretty good little weightlifters. My friend Rich Zack, a scientist at Washington State University who studies insects, knows a lot about ants. One kind of ant that he has studied can carry up to 20 times its own weight.

Ants don’t have special muscles that give them super strength. In fact, their muscles are actually quite a bit like the muscles of other animals.

Zack explained that we often think about strength as the ability of an animal to carry something heavy. Ants can lift big sticks, leaves, and some can even carry a full-grown grasshopper. Of course, they couldn’t lift a fork at the dinner table like you can. Their strength is all relative to their size.

When it comes to figuring out how they are so strong, it also helps to do a bit of measuring, adds my friend Dan Rodgers. He’s an animal scientist at WSU and the Washington Center for Muscle Biology.

One thing we can look at is the animal’s volume, or the amount of space something takes up. Then, there’s the surface area of the object. When we measure the outside of an ant’s body we can find its surface area.

As you observed, a regular-sized ant is able to lift things much heavier than itself. But what if we doubled the size of the ant? Do you think the ant might get even stronger?

“An ant the size of your house would have much more absolute strength than a regular-sized ant,” Rodgers said. “However, it could no longer lift 50 or so times its weight and the small ant would be stronger, relatively.”

If we doubled the size of an ant, the surface area of the ant would also double. But its volume would actually more than double. This is an idea that holds true with pretty much all objects. If things appear twice as big, they actually weigh more than twice as much.
You may have also heard ants wear their skeletons on the outside. Their muscles don’t have to support such a heavy skeleton, so they can instead use their strength to help carry other things.

Ants and other insects have a large surface area compared to their volume. And the muscle strength of an animal is pretty closely related to surface area, Rodgers said. Yes, it’s true ants are strong. But it’s all compared to their size.

There are actually some insects that, for their size, are even stronger than ants. Do you know what insect that might be? Send me your best guess at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu for a chance to win a Dr. Universe sticker.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Try it out! You can explore area with a fun, simple activity. Print your own graph paper and make your own pop-up paper creature. Can you find its surface area?

Ottawa County’s miOttawa.org Ranked 9th in Nationwide Survey

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties announced the winners of the 15th annual Digital Counties Survey. Ottawa County, Michigan was named 9th in the nation compared to counties with populations from 250,000 – 499,000. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cyber security and even reduce carbon emissions.

“It is an honor to be recognized nationally. Offering a secure website robust in services is simply good customer service. Citizens can access permits, records, and other needs 24-7 without leaving home. It is efficient for citizens and the County.” said Shannon Felgner, Ottawa County’s Communication Manager. Citizens in Ottawa County are actively visiting miOttawa.org for those online services. By the close of business on June 30, Ottawa County topped the ten million dollar mark in total transactions conducted via miOttawa.org. Its first e-service was property tax searches beginning in December of 2005.

Along with services, residents can stay connected through technology. Ottawa County added email subscription services in 2015 as a way to push information to residents. To date, 26,000 people are subscribed to receive county news via email.

“Though we have consistently been recognized for having a top website, we are never finished. We continue to grow our online services, increase transparency and work in creative ways using technology. Our website is always a work in progress. A new design with improved functionality and accessibility is scheduled in the coming months,” Felgner added.

“Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways,” said Todd Sander, executive director, Center for Digital Government. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations.”

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/05/17 – 09/11/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Through September 10
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
September 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
September 7 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Full Moon Float
September 8 @ 12:00 am
At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market: Annual Farm to Table Dinner
September 8 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a “Farm to Table” dinner!  Their first dinner sold-out, so be sure to order your tickets early!  Julie Balgooyen will be the chef of the day and her menu will include:

Appetizers
• Cheese Board from the Cheese Lady, Smoked White Fish from the Fish Monger’s Wife, Bacon Cheddar deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, and cold melon soup
• Salad – Tomato & Mozerella drizzled with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette and sprinkled with Pine Nuts Entre
• Honey Chicken Kabobs, Harvest Rice Stuffed Squash, Pineapple Garnish, Grilled Garlic Bread Dessert
• Won Ton Tower with Raspberry Sauce

All ingredients will be purchased from the market.  This will also be a ZERO waste event and all items will be recycled or composted.  A cash bar will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a short program at 6:45pm.  Dinner will be served at 7:00pm.  You’ll also enjoy jazz music by Steve Talaga and a silent auction!

This is general admission seating.  For reservations or more information, please call Ann at 231-724-6705.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday September 9 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Raffles start at 2:30pm.  The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public!  For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char
September 9 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00am, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char!”  Healthy eating is easier and tastier when a Himalayan Salt Block is involved in the cooking.  Learn to sear, cook, pickle and serve dynamic meals on these salty stones.  Learn the basics for use, care and cleaning of a salt block plus members of this class will experiment with cooking a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean meats on the block for easy, healthy and delicious meals.  Tasting in class and there are usually left overs to take home for another meal too.  This class is for older teens and adults. The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 9 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on August 26.  There’ll be live music, food and craft beer vendors, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, and a parade beginning at Glenside Blvd. and Broadway Ave.  For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops: Beginner’s Chainmaille
September 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 9 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, learn the medieval art of chainmaille.  Each student will receive the basic tools and materials required to create one bracelet in the Celtic chainmaille style.

Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. The cost is $25 or $22 for MCA members.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Retro Expo
September 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the “Retro Expo!”  Enjoy an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  It’s more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience.  For more information, call 231-722-3251.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open.

Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon
September 10 @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon!”  A good stock is the key to great soup, sauce or a braised dish.  A sauce is thickened liquid used to flavor and enhance other foods.  Students will participate in the following: preparing a variety of stocks, recognize and classify sauces, using a thickening agent properly and preparing a variety of classic and modern sauces.  The cost is $35 and the class size is limited to 15.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.

Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62), that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Public Comment Sought at Transportation Committee Meeting on September 7, 2017

The Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is responsible for transportation planning in the area, is seeking public comment on the transportation planning process. The planning process includes the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, the Fiscal Year 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program of Projects (POP), corresponding amendments, and other agenda items.

The TIP is developed in a cooperative effort between federal, state, and local officials and serves as the final link in the transportation planning process. Its primary purpose is to identify transportation programs and projects to be funded with federal aid in accordance with federal law and regulations. This plan is an outline of the transportation needs of Muskegon County and Northern Ottawa County for the next four years. The 2017 -2020 TIP (without the project lists) is available here. The 2017 – 2020 TIP project lists are available here. The FTA POP includes 5307 and 5308 funds for the Muskegon Area Transit System and Harbor Transit. Recommendations for new construction, safety improvements, congestion (traffic) management, air quality, non- motorized, transit, planning, etc. will be accepted.

A public comment period is scheduled at the Technical Committee Meeting on September 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340, Muskegon, Michigan 49443. Meeting materials will be made available at www.wmsrdc.org.

The Huizenga Huddle: August 1, 2017

Protecting The Great Lakes Ecosystem and Economy

On Friday night, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they are going to release the long awaited Brandon Road study on August 7th. This assessment will provide critical information on how to best prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes ecosystem. I am proud to have worked in a bipartisan manner to get the Administration to release this important document.

huizengatableIn June, I joined Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) in introducing the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which upon enactment would have forced the release of the Brandon Road Study. After the discovery of an Asian Carp less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan, I led my fellow Michigan Republicans in writing an op-ed for MLive & The Grand Rapids Press discussing the threat Asian Carp pose to the Great Lakes both ecologically and economically.

While the scheduled release of the Brandon Road study is an important and positive step, it is my hope that we can continue to build upon this bipartisan foundation to enact policies that will protect the Great Lakes.


Strengthening Our National Security, Supporting Our Veterans

Last week, the House passed legislation to strengthen our military by providing our troops with the tools they need to complete their mission, secure the border by prioritizing border integrity and funding construction of a wall along our nation’s southern perimeter, and enhance veteran care by improving mental health services, opioid addiction treatment, and suicide prevention programs.

bluewordsOn Wednesday, I discussed these important funding measures as well as health care and tax reform in a Facebook Town Hall. I encourage you to follow me on Facebook to receive notifications about future town hall events and legislative updates. You can watch Wednesday’s discussion by clicking on the image below.
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Holding Iran, Russia, and North Korea Accountable

Recently, the House passed legislation to sanction North Korea, Iran, and Russia by a vote of 419-3. The Senate then passed the measure by a vote of 98-2. North Korea and Iran have continued to develop hostile weapons capabilities that threaten our troops and our allies despite diplomatic efforts to stabilize both regions. This bipartisan legislation also enhances sanctions on Russia because of their hostile cyber activities as well as their intervention in the Ukraine. Lastly, this important bill limits the ability of the Executive Branch to unilaterally provide sanction relief to Russia without congressional review. To learn more about this sanctions package that the Administration has said the President will sign, click the picture below.
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Maintaining the Healthcare Status Quo is Not Acceptable

Nearly everyone agrees that our nation’s health care system is broken. However, due to the Senate’s inability to pass any type of reform, the status quo will continue to deteriorate forcing Michigan families to face even higher premiums, larger deductibles, and fewer choices to purchase the health insurance that best meets their needs.

The House passed legislation to jump-start the process of reforming our nation’s health care system in May. Michiganders should remember that both Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters created the status quo and are now refusing to fix it. That isn’t leadership and frankly it’s unacceptable. I am equally frustrated by Republican senators who once voted in support of legislation to repeal ObamaCare when President Obama was in the White House but somehow are unable to support it today. It is my hope the Senate will revisit healthcare.

West Michigan’s Impact Around the Globe

Hoekstra Nominated To Serve As Ambassador: Last week, President Trump nominated my colleague, mentor, and friend Pete Hoekstra to serve as our nation’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Pete’s heritage, deep-rooted ties to the Dutch community in West Michigan, and combination of public service and private sector experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as Ambassador to the Netherlands. I cannot think of a better person to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Netherlands than Pete Hoekstra. To learn more about Rep. Hoekstra’s service to West Michigan and our nation, click on the image below.
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Search for Jesus thanks God for 10 Millionth Indicated Decision for Christ

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10 million people worldwide indicate decisions for Christ through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s online ministry

On Friday, June 12, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (BGEA) online evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus, thanked God for the 10 millionth indicated decision for Christ.

“It’s humbling and overwhelming to realize that God has given us the opportunity to introduce the Gospel to so many,” said Mark Appleton, the BGEA’s director of Internet Evangelism.

Since its launch in April of 2011, Search for Jesus has had more than 50 million visitors to its evangelistic website, PeaceWithGod.net, which uses thematic landing pages and compelling video presentations to share the Gospel with visitors. Of those visitors, more than 1.3 million people have made one-on-one connections with a Search for Jesus volunteer. The volunteer, called a discipleship coach, provides them with resources to further their relationship with Christ and to connect them with a local church.

The ministry reached another milestone last month: five years of volunteers, each one trained to offer spiritual guidance through live chat, email or an online discipleship course called Know Jesus. With nearly 600 volunteers, Search for Jesus has personal connections with thousands of people around the globe.

For more information on BGEA’s online evangelism ministry, visit www.searchforjesus.net (English) or www.enbuscadejesus.net (Spanish).

Ask Dr. Universe – Facial Hair

Why do people grow hair under their nose? Why does it grow down instead of up? 
–Riley, 11, Prior Lake, MN

Dear Riley,

Humans have hair all over their bodies, including above the upper lip. Of course, not all hair is quite the same. A lot of people have very fine hairs on their faces. Others can sprout a beard or mustache.

Cats might not have mustaches, but we do have another kind of hair: whiskers. In fact, hair is one of the things mammals have in common. Even dolphins have it. Hair can help keep us warm and protected from the elements.

Human hairs sprout from tiny little sacks under the skin called follicles. The root of the hair feeds off of tiny blood vessels to keep growing. Some hair follicles are too small for the eye to see. As males develop from kids to adults, the size of these hair follicles can get bigger.

This change is related to a chemical in the body called testosterone, said my friend Lori Nelson, a biologist at Washington State University. When follicles get bigger, the hair also gets thicker, and it can draw some attention to the upper lip.

Many males have facial hair because they have more of this hormone circulating in their blood than females do. But having more testosterone doesn’t always mean you’ll have more hair, Nelson adds.

She said there’s been some debate over whether or not facial hair might also help with attracting a mate. I suppose the exact purpose of a mustache is still a bit of a mystery. It’s an interesting observation you make about the direction the hairs grow, too.

At first, I thought the answer would be right under my nose. My guess was that it had something to do with gravity pulling the hair toward the ground. It turns out the direction of your hair follicles is actually determined when you are still growing inside your mother’s womb.

That’s what I found out from my friend Ryan Driskell, a researcher at WSU who studies wounds and how the skin regenerates.

He explained how some of the cells that make you up use different chemicals to communicate with one another. These chemicals can send and receive different messages. These messages carry instructions for how to form different parts of a human body.

Some of these chemicals will even direct hair to face a specific direction, Driskell said. These particular chemicals tell follicles on the upper lip grow downward. Each hair that sprouts out points downward, too.

Driskell isn’t just interested in why hair grows, but also why it sometimes doesn’t grow back. While we have medical procedures that help repair wounds, hair follicles and sweat glands are often lost. They don’t regenerate. In Driskell’s lab, their research is helping us learn how to help the human and other animal bodies heal up even better.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Wendy’s U.S. Smart Building Relocation Opens with a New Image in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, MI—One of the nation’s largest Wendy’s franchisees, Meritage Hospitality Group, announces the grand opening of the company’s newly relocated restaurant in Norton Shores. The Grand Rapids based organization’s restaurant will open to the public on August 14, and the existing Norton Shores Wendy’s restaurant will be closing its doors on August 12.

The restaurant is an all-new design, located at West Norton Ave. and Henry St., one-half mile south of their existing location constructed in 1976. It is designed with a smaller footprint than a traditional Wendy’s restaurant, and the total square footage is nearly half of the previous building. With a capacity of 55 guests, the restaurant uses innovative interior and exterior designs to reinvent the Wendy’s restaurant environment. Wolverine Construction Group of Grand Rapids, MI is assisting with the project.

“The enhanced experience offered by our USB locations has had a positive impact on our customer satisfaction,” said Jeremy Wood, Michigan Area Director for Meritage Hospitality Group. “Norton Shores is located in a relatively close proximity to our home office, so this relocation displays what we are currently doing at many of our franchise establishments spread throughout 18 markets in 12 states.”

The guest facing front-of-house includes state of the art features designed to maximize the guest experience. Features include a fireplace, open ceiling with up-lighting, flat-screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. The open kitchen is designed to allow guests a unique inside look at their food being made from scratch. Features such as high-speed ovens, 30lb. fryers, and double-sided grills are installed to maximize efficiency.

“This is more than just another restaurant for us,” said Amanda Ramirez, District Manager for Meritage Hospitality Group. “It is a relatively new concept in the quick service industry and it is delighting to bring our existing business to a more impactful location under a fresh and exciting look.”

The new restaurant is located at 801 West Norton Ave, and it is one of many renovation or construction projects in 2017 that will continue to position Wendy’s as ‘A Cut Above.’ Three more Image Activation construction projects are scheduled to commence in Michigan by Meritage before year end.