Monthly Archives: January 2018

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/18 – 01/29/17

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Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Coin Appraisal Event
January 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, you’re invited to Community Shores Bank as HCC Rare Coins conducts a Free Coin Appraisal!  No appointment is necessary, so stop by with your collection of any size to see what it may be worth.  They are buying, but there is no obligation to sell.  For more information, please call 1-800-422-4405.


Yooper Talk
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a talk with Kathryn Remlinger, author of the forthcoming book “Yooper Talk!”

Drawing on sixteen years of fieldwork, including interviews with seventy-five lifelong residents of the UP, Kathryn examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged.  Considering UP English in relation to other regional dialects and their speakers, she looks at local identity, literacy practices, media representations, language attitudes, notions of authenticity, economic factors, tourism, and contact with immigrant and Native American languages.  The book also explores how a dialect becomes a recognizable and valuable commodity:  Yooper talk (or “Yoopanese”) is emblazoned on t-shirts, flags, postcards, coffee mugs and bumper stickers.

For more information about the book, the author, and UW Press, please visit https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5561.htm.”

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.


Lager & Luge
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

January 23 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Fetch Brewing will offer a shuttle bus from their brewery to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!  The Shuttle, offered by Lakeshore Transportation, will cost $20 per person and will include round-trip transportation AND a Crowler per person to-go!  You must purchase tickets in advance at www.fetchbrewing.com.  The Shuttle will leave Fetch at 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and return to Fetch at 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Once there, you can take advantage of a discounted all-access pass for only $10 which will give you access to all available sports and rentals!  Or, just take the bus out there and simply enjoy a bonfire, some smores and your Crowler/Growler next to the fire for no additional cost.  Spaces are limited to 14 passengers per shuttle, 28 total tickets available, so don’t wait!  You must be 21+ to particpate.  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Page to Screen Noir: The Big Sleep
January 24 @ 1:30 pm

Wednesday, January 24 at 1:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Page to Screen Noir, where you can read a classic noir mystery each month and then watch the film it inspired!  Are hard-boiled detectives and mysterious women among your favorite fictional characters in a book or a movie?  Combine your passion for both!  January’s book is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.  Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family and before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.  The movie was released in 1946, directed by Howard Hawks and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  Rotten Tomatoes calls this movie “The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle…”  Page to Screen Noir includes an informal discussion of both formats, plus popcorn—bring your own soft drink!  Copies of the book are available at the Library while supplies last.  This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 25 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Thunder Boy Jr. and Art Talks Back Kickoff Event
January 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art opens a new exhibition, ‘Thunder Boy Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales,’ and its annual Art Talks Back Poetry Competition on Thursday, January 25, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.  The MMA invites the public to a kickoff event that includes refreshments, a poetry writing salon, and special reading and art activities.  The writing salon will be geared toward adults, while the reading and art activities may be enjoyed by all ages.  Admission and refreshments are free!  Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.  Call 231-720-2570 or go to www.muskegonartmuseum.org for more information.


Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia
January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 25 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class “Risotto: Northern Italy Classic Comfort Food with Sofia!”  Risotto is a Northern Italian classic comfort food.  You will learn how to make the perfect risotto with the right ingredients.  Sofia Occhilaini is a new culinary instructor at Kitchen 242 and moved here from Italy with her husband four years ago.  She has trained with several well-known chefs and is anxious to share her knowledge and creativity in the kitchen with her new community.  Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $35.


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 26 – 28 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 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 home game, Friday, January 26 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on Team USA U17 at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 12:  Vincent Hayes – blues, funk & soul
Friday, January 26:  Big Daddy Fox & Friends – blues
Friday, February 9:  Swinging Stem Cells – classic rock
Friday, February 23:  West Side Soul Surfers – R & B, funk & soul
Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


Performances @ The Block: The Oblivion Project
January 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for The Oblivion Project, dedicated to the exploration and performance of the over 3000 Nuevo Tango works of Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.  The group is blazing trails as they visit The Block on their Midwest tour.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Homemade Pasta with Chef Char
January 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 27 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, you’re invited to Kitchen 242 for the culinary class, “Homemade Pasta with Chef Char!”  Homemade pasta is easy and delicious.  In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch.  Take the pasta making a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection. You will also make a big batch of marinara sauce to try in class and take home.  Learn how to use the Kitchenaid pasta tools as well as how to roll and cut by hand.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.

Sign up for classes at Eventbrite.com or call 231-769-2202 for more information.  The cost is $40.


Polar Plunge
January 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Muskegon Polar Plunge which benefits Special Olympics Michigan, takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake January 27 beginning at 12:00pm!  Registration begins at noon with “The Plunge” starting at 2:00pm.  The awards and After Splash Bash commence at 4:00pm.  There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers.  There will be a $10 fee for guests which includes pizza.

If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre Registration on Friday, January 26 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Fricano’s.  This will also be a Pre-Plunge Party featuring Northbound!  For more information, call (800) 644-6404.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 27 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, January 27 at 5:00pm as they take on the Kentucky Enforcers!


The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
January 29 @ 6:00 pm

Monday evenings at 6:00pm, January 29 – April 2, come to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for The Vietnam War by Ken Burns!  Each episode will be followed by a discussion.  Admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.  Members are free.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Myth Busters: Fruitport History Edition

by Brian Zwart

For anyone that has done any amount of traveling, they know that every small town has its fair share of secrets, legends and myths. Well, Fruitport is no different. As I’ve been studying local history, I’ve come across several examples of this in our little town. The Fruitport Historical Society has fielded many of these questions, but I thought it would be worthwhile to dispense with some of the most notorious ones for all to hear.

One of the most popular stories that I’ve heard involves the ‘Fruitport Gold’. Ron Cooper brought me in on this several years ago and I spent some time researching it for myself. The story involves a stagecoach robbery, a death bed confession, and of course, Fruitport’s Pomona House. In August 1874, five men from Muskegon headed north to White Cloud and robbed a stagecoach loaded with payroll for the logging camps. Dressed as Indians, the men got away with $74,000 worth of gold coins. Today, that amount would be worth over $1.5 million. One of the men, Sam Norris, worked as a janitor at the Pomona House and hid his share of the loot in the cellar wall of the hotel. A year later the hotel burned. The story seemed to end there; until Ron Cooper received a letter from a woman in Florida in 1986 that included a copy of the original ‘deathbed confession’ that told the story. The author of the letter was Sarah Norris, Sam’s sister who was filled with shame and regret that her brother would have done such a thing. Apparently, the hotel burned before the gold could be removed. This myth, according to my research and that of Ronn Mann Sr., is true. The robbery really happened and part of the gold was more than likely hidden in Pomona Park as indicated by the letter.

However, it is highly unlikely that it is still there. After extensive renovations, the Pomona House reopened about a year after the first fire, which means carpenters and construction workers would have torn down walls and rebuilt most of the remaining structure. After the second fire in 1876, the cellar was left exposed in Pomona Park for decades. More than likely, someone would have found it and never said a thing about it. In the summer of 2012, I was present for an archaeological dig seeking the foundations of the Pomona House. Many people stopped to ask if we were looking for gold. No, we weren’t; nor did we find any. So, this myth is true. But don’t waste your time looking for it, because it’s long gone.

The next myth is a fun one. It involves secret tunnels that run under the Village Park Bed and Breakfast. The bed and breakfast was at one time the home of Joseph Ford, manager and operator of the Spring Lake Iron Company. Many older residents recall Furnace Town, well, that was it. Ford built his home in the early 1880s and lived there until his death in 1912. While there is no historical indication that the tunnels actually exist, previous residents claim to have found them and even admit to playing in them as children. I was invited by the current owners to investigate this a few years back, and found it very interesting. While I did not find the entrance to the tunnels myself, there is indication that they are there, or once were. Some stories have been floating around about the purpose of these tunnels. One explanation was that they were used by John Dillinger to rob the Fruitport bank. According to local legend, one tunnel ran east from the current bed and breakfast directly under what is now Fifth Third Bank. Well, John Dillinger was born in 1903 and died in 1934. The bank wasn’t built until 1963; so that one is bunk. The next one claims that bootleggers used another tunnel, this one extended south under the road into the basement of the Pomona House, to steal and transport booze. Again, the dates don’t add up. The Pomona House was gone for nearly twenty years before the Ford home was even built. Another version of the story gives a possible use of the tunnels as part of the Underground Railroad. Most northern towns would love to say they contributed to this noble cause, however, it is not likely. Again, the dates simply do not add up. Thanks to the 13th Amendment, slavery was officially ended in 1865. Michigan did play a part in the Underground Railroad, but the furthest stop north was in the Jackson area. Also, the house wasn’t built for another fifteen years. While we haven’t found any tunnels, they very well may be there. However, their purpose was more than likely something innocent and not nefarious. This myth is plausible.

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Photo courtesy of the Fruitport Historical Society

The last myth that I’ll cover is one that may strike a chord with most Fruitport residents. It is one of the most impactful and longest lasting of the local myths; the bent Oak tree. For those who don’t know where or what this is, it is a strangely bent Red Oak tree located between the westbound and eastbound sections of I-96 on Airline Road heading south into Fruitport. When the highway was built, the Michigan Department of Transportation supposedly left this tree alone. Legend has it that this tree was bent by Indians and used as a trail marker heading to the trading posts in Grand Rapids. This story has a few problems. Firstly, while Indians did live and trade in the Fruitport area, their presence was very much depleted by the signing of the Treaty of Washington in 1836. This treaty was the formal ceding of most of the state of Michigan to the United States by the Native tribes.

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One of the earliest known photographs of the Bent Oak Tree, date unknown. From the Collection of the Lakeshore Museum Center.

By using approximate dating methods, the oak tree in question is roughly 160 years old. This is a working number calculated from multiplying the trees diameter and the growth factor for that species of tree. Many environmental factors could impact this number and change it in either direction. The branch that extends out is smaller and is approximately 100 years old. Assuming the age is correct, that would place the initial growth year of the tree in 1857 and the branch in 1917. These years tell us some things. First, the initial date for the main tree trunk was twenty one years after the land was ceded to the United States government. In that era, when more and more white settlers moved in, the natives quickly moved out. Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837, and by 1860 nearly 750,000 residents were calling themselves Michiganders. The second date, if correct for the branch, puts it way out of the question that it was done by Indians. In 1917 the world was engulfed in World War I and the native presence in Michigan was almost completely assimilated to western culture.

Second, as a matter of respect for the native peoples of the America’s, they were very precise. With a small background in archaeology, I have seen some beautiful and amazing things that were designed and built by native peoples. They were accurate and precise. In regards to the tree, the branch points almost directly east, with an azimuth of about 93 degrees. If a traveler were to follow the direction of the tree branch, it would take them to Rockford, not Grand Rapids. This is about fifteen miles north of their supposed destination. If the tree was bent by Indians, I don’t think their target destination was Grand Rapids. If our tree was just one of many that pointed towards Grand Rapids, the others are long gone.

Now, this is what we do know. Fruitport and the rest of West Michigan was home to loads of Native Americans. When the first settlers came into the Fruitport area, which was officially in 1841, they more than likely still encountered some natives. But they were on the decline and were heading north, west or were beginning to assimilate into western culture. Some historical evidence does exist that might give a reasonable explanation about the tree. Some older residents agree that the tree was bent by school children as a joke. I have seen more than one account of this. I will name this myth ‘plausible’ because the date range of the main tree could have seen its fair share of Indians, but it is highly unlikely that it was bent by them or used as a trail marker.

These ‘myths’ are fun to talk about and certainly give our little town some character. Whether or not they are true is hard to say. While we have the historical process of researching and presenting evidence, it will continue to be the mission of the Fruitport Historical Society to learn as much about the past as we can and preserve it for future generations. If you have another ‘myth’ you’d like mentioned in the future, contact the Fruitport Historical Society. We can be reached online at www.fruitporthistory.com and on Facebook.

Update from Tom Braak

from www.faithinactionint.org, Late Fall 2017

This has been one of the best years for the farmers with ideal rainfall, no huge storms or drought, and bumper crops. Rainy season is winding down and most crops have been harvested. Our tree nursery is near capacity with plants to give out over the next two years. On Saturday, we bought 305 avocadoes to get the seed inside. Today, we invited people in to receive the edible portion and people were taking it out in shopping bags. We’ll let the seed dry then plant them towards the end of the week. 250 of these will be grafted to a different variety. We already started another 150 a few weeks ago. Every couple of weeks we find ourselves starting new seeds.

We are transplanting trees to our property and have to manually water them twice a week now that there is less rain. We can’t hold the trees until next summer as they are too large. Some are over 12 feet tall. We’ve planted breadfruit, black sapote, canistel, mango, avocado, soursop, and a few flowering trees. We will do more over the next month. We’re identifying 200 new families to begin working with next year. Nadi Job is 10 years old and is a member of one of the new families. We provided them with two cherry trees this week.

We’ve planted flowering trees to the town park and provided smaller flowering plants to the main street beautification effort. People around town love what we have done and are so friendly now as they felt I neglected the town as all of our work is in the hills.

We are repairing our sound system in preparation to show Christian and nature films once the rains finish completely. We are setting up dates and locations. We use a projector and always start with the nature movies to draw a crowd. We usually do showings in partnership with a pastor local to the area.

 

Ryan is now in home-school with three siblings from a nearby family. The teaching is done in English, and he is thriving. Thank you for your on-going support. Come for a visit. If you really want to experience what we do, come alone or with a friend; you can stay with us and tag along as we work. Blessings, Tom

Resita Elismond and her three children are from the community of Metan. Metan was recently identified by the local hospital as most in need of water filters due to high cholera levels. We gave out our last water filters and are in need of many more! Please consider helping a family by providing them with a water filter. Join us to buy and distribute filters as soon as possible. We have a goal of distributing 1,000 filters by the end of next year.

Litana, Resita’s daughter, was thrilled to receive a children’s Bible from us. She plans to read to her family and neighbors of all ages!

Prayers/Requests

• Continued progress on the ministry campus and the paperwork/government process that has been holding progress up. Pray that those in power can find love instead of greed and put the people of their country before their own desires.

• The Dodge truck and a solution to the problems it has. We must have reliable transportation to continue our programs. It is time for a new vehicle, and will cost around $30k. We hope to find someone to start some excitement about fundraising for this. We know it’s not exciting raising money for a truck, but this truck is essential to our work. We use it to deliver trees, plants, and dirt; and to deliver water filters and buckets. This truck also provides security for Tom and his family if there is an emergency or they must leave the area due to threats. We must have reliable transportation. We pray for someone who is gifted in crowd funding, that they will start some excitement to buy the truck.

• Prayers for funds to continue programs. We are thankful for all the gifts we have received, but if you haven’t given in a while, please give. Our work is important, but we simply cannot do it without money, so we need your help.

• Prayers for health, well-being, and safety for Tom, family and staff. Living in Haiti is difficult due to pollution, bad water, fear, lack of regular nutritional food, clean water, and access to modern healthcare. None of us here have any idea what it’s like to live like he and his family does on a daily basis.

• Simple things to do…Share this newsletter, ask someone to like us on Facebook.

 

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Your donations help provide access to cleaner water, pastor
training, vegetable and fruit trees to grow which provide nutrition and educational and economic opportunities for some of the poorest of the poor in the world.
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20 Years of Providing Help to the Poor in Haiti 

Jodi M. Clock Nominated Finalist for Women Pet Professionals Entrepreneur of the Year

Local Businesswoman was nominated as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in Winter 2017 Magazine Devoted to Women Pet Professionals

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN DECEMBER 21,2017 – Jodi M. Clock of Muskegon, MI can be seen in the just-released Top Women in the Pet Industry Magazine for Winter 2017.jodiclock

Jodi M. Clock, is a certified pet loss professional who founded, owns, and operates Western Michigan’s only pet parent direct pet loss center that offers private cremation services, burial assistance and grief support. Clock Timeless Pets in Muskegon. Details about her business can be found on page(s) 30-31 of the magazine.

For details on the offerings of Jodi M. Clock, contact her directly at jodi@clockfuneralhome.com or 231-343-5866. www.clocktimelesspets.com / www.jodiclock.com or @askjodi

Ask Dr. Universe – Eyeballs

Dr. Universe: How much does an eyeball weigh? – Rahman, 10, Tollygunge, India

Dear Rahman,

Our animal kingdom is full of different eyes. The human eye weighs less than an ounce. That’s about as heavy as 11 pennies. But I suppose the answer to your question really depends on which eyeballs you are curious about. Perhaps you are looking for an answer about the biggest animal eyes on our planet.

An elephant’s eye is about the size of a golf ball, but there are even bigger eyes. A gray whale’s eyes are about the size of a baseball. But they still aren’t the biggest eyes. Those belong to the giant squid.

I decided to ask my friend Kirt Onthank exactly how much giant squid eyes weigh. He studied cephalopods, which include squid, as a student at Washington State University and now teaches biology at Walla Walla University.

“I don’t know the exact answer,” Onthank said. “But we can get a really good estimation.”

He said the largest giant squid was actually measured from a photograph. No one actually weighed it. But we do know its eye had a diameter of 10.5 inches, which is just a little bigger than a basketball.

While human eyes are made up of a more jelly-like material, a squid’s eyes are pretty much all seawater. Knowing this, we can estimate its weight.

After a little math, it comes out to about 22.7 pounds—more than 3,000 pennies.

“That is one really big eye,” Onthank said.

Colossal squid have even bigger eyes that weigh in at about 25.3 pounds. Even though their eyes are much bigger than yours, they still have some of the same parts.

Both squid and people have a lenses, irises, pupils to let light in, and retinas to capture the light and help send a message to your brain. One thing squids don’t have is eyelids.

Exactly why colossal squid need the world’s biggest eyeballs is a question some scientists are still investigating. The best theory is that their eyes are geared to see sperm whales, Onthank said.

Sperm whales have eyes that are only 7 centimeters in diameter. They are super tiny compared to their 40-foot-long bodies. They depend on sound waves that bounce off things to figure out where they are and to find food. And their favorite food is squid.

A squid’s big eye helps it detect very dim light deep in the ocean. It turns out, there are also some bioluminescent creatures in the deep waters. Bioluminescent creatures make their own light through a chemical reaction that allows them to glow in total darkness. If there was a sperm whale around, it would disturb some of these creatures who give off light.

The squid can use its big eyes to take in the light and receive a signal that might just help it avoid becoming a sperm whale’s lunch.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Charter Township Board Meeting – Agenda – 01/22/18

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JANUARY 22, 2018

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 1/8/2018
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. LED lighting for town hall
B. Conservation Club lease
C. Land use fees resolution
D. Employee handbook
E. Trustee candidate interviews

08. New Business
A. Swearing in new Firefighters
B. Property & Liability insurance discussion
C. Closed session per employee request for personnel matters

09. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment 

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151

Muskegon Y’s Club – 55th Annual White Elephant Sale

MUSKEGON Y’S CLUB – 55th ANNUAL WHITE ELEPHANT SALE will take place on May 18 & 19, 2018, at the Folkert Community Hub, 640 Seminole, Muskegon, our 5th year in the same location.

This event raises money for the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Scholarship Fund. We will begin accepting drop-offs to the sale site, and start pick-ups for direct delivery to the sale site, the week of April 23, 2018. We view our sale as “industrial strength” as we accept most anything, if resalable, except clothing.

For those with donations that “cannot wait” we now have year round pick-up capability, with contractual arrangements with a local auction site, and the proceeds still earmarked for the Camp Pendalouan  Scholarship Fund. Please call 231-727-9900, and leave a message. THANK YOU – for your continued support.

Keeping Muskegon Safe

MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon County Silent Observer program is gaining in popularity as Muskegon becomes one of the state’s most popular tourism and living destinations. “Safety is number one for residents and tourists,” says Tom Schultz, Chair of the Silent Observer Advisory Committee. “We are pleased to announce that in 2017, Silent Observer received a record number of tips along with 9 approved reward payouts compared to 1 approved reward payout in 2016,” states Schultz.

This is an indicator that law enforcement is committed to using this unique public/private partnership to keep the area safe. The Silent Observer program uses high-tech software to protect the identity of residents submitting tips. A tipster can submit an anonymous tip by phone, the Silent Observer website, or through the Silent Observer App. So far in 2017, Silent Observer has approved $4,350 in rewards to loyal citizen participants.

“Not only is law enforcement comfortable with the program, residents now understand that they can remain anonymous when providing information”, says Schultz. The Silent Observer program received over 20% more tips this year compared to 2016.

As the holidays are approaching, law enforcement encourages all members of the community to take extra care when locking your car doors and homes. Do your part to help make Muskegon the best place to live, work, and play.

The Silent Observer program is funded by private donations and contributions from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to the Silent Observer website at http://silentobservermuskegon.com/.

Historic Tax Reform Enacted

from The Huizenga Huddle: Dec. 28, 2017

Last week, Congress delivered on an important promise with a once in a generation vote to enact tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act overhauls our tax code for the first time in three decades by cutting taxes for hardworking taxpayers, small businesses and West Michigan companies.

This legislation delivers tax relief for West Michigan by lowering rates, nearly doubling the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families, and doubling the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000. Additionally, the Child Tax Credit will also be refundable up to $1,400 for low income families with little to no tax liability.

Another way the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will provide relief for middle class taxpayers is by cutting taxes for job creators of all sizes in West Michigan. Over the last two decades, small businesses have been the engine of economic growth. That is why the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides small businesses a significant tax cut that will allow these local entrepreneurs, whether it is the pizza or small manufacturing shop, to invest, create new jobs and grow right here in West Michigan.

Unfortunately, when high profile legislation such as tax reform is debated, the rhetoric surrounding the issue often diverges from reality. Recently the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, who has been critical of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, found in their analysis that the share of federal taxes paid by the 1 percent will rise, while the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers will see greater tax relief. The argument that this tax cut is ‘for the rich’ is false. This is a tax cut for hardworking, middle class families and job creators across West Michigan.

Those who claim that letting West Michigan residents keep more of their hard-earned money adds to the debt are misguided at best. Our debt isn’t caused by a lack of revenue, its Washington’s addiction to spending. This problem isn’t easy to tackle, but it is why I have supported legislation to reduce our spending by $6.5 trillion over the short, medium, and long term. Big spenders in Washington don’t understand. This isn’t their money in the first place, it’s yours.

Shoreline Vision Joins Great Lakes Management Services Organization

MUSKEGON, Mich., January 9, 2018 – Shoreline Vision, an eye care group practice with deep community roots in the West Michigan Lakeshore Region, has partnered with Great Lakes Management Services Organization (MSO). Shoreline Vision began in 1996 when five ophthalmologists decided to form an alliance to provide residents in their communities the best possible vision care available; since then, the group has grown to more than 150 staff at seven locations.

“Every decision Shoreline Vision makes is dependent on improving our patients’ care, whether it is investing in the latest technology, adding sub-specialty physicians, or improving our facilities. Our latest decision to partner with Great Lakes MSO and the vast resources they can provide is consistent with that theme,” said Dr. John N. Oltean, a founding member of Shoreline Vision and board-certified ophthalmologist. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the organization that has included Grand Rapids Ophthalmology in its portfolio of premier ophthalmology practices in the country. We are certain this will benefit our patients, employees, and community for years to come.”

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – Golf Outing

Congratulations Chamber Classic Winners!

golfteamsAM First Place team: Republic Services (left picture)
PM First Place team: Lincoln Golf Club (right picture)

Longest Drive Men – AM: Ryan Oosting, Morgan Stanley
Longest Drive Men – PM: Peter Medema, Fifth Third Bank – Seminole

Longest Drive Women – AM: Michelle Van Hemert, Workbox Staffing – Whitehall Office
Longest Drive Women – PM: Jean Gallagher, Sonus Hearing Care Professionals

Longest Putt Men – AM: Bruce Smith, Sidock Group, Inc.
Longest Putt Men – PM: Trip Johnson, G&L Chili Dogs

Longest Putt Women – AM: Cathy Ferguson, Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Care Network of Michigan
Longest Putt Women – PM: Brennan Hallberg, Manpower

Golf Outing By The Numbers:
  • 50 Teams (Sold Out for the 3rd Year in a Row)
• 120+ Raffle Prizes
• 40 Sponsors
• 35+ Volunteers
• $2,000+ donated to silent observer

Thank you to our sponsors, golfers, raffle donors, volunteers, and everyone else involved for supporting the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and making this the best outing yet!

Thanks again to our tournament sponsor, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge!

Ottawa County Parks is Hiring for the 2018 Summer Season!

These employment opportunities are a great way for college students, senior citizens, graduating high school students (age 18+), and others who enjoy working outdoors to learn from industry experts and gain valuable work experience in a team-oriented atmosphere.

Seasonal employees work varied shifts ranging from 10-40 hours a week, depending on the position. Shifts may include weekends, evenings, and holidays from late April through Labor Day. Work locations are available throughout the county.

To view job descriptions, hourly wages, and application requirements and qualifications, visit: miOttawa.org/apply. Applications are accepted and may also be completed at Ottawa County Human Resources.

job descriptions

New & Improved Flight Schedule on United Airlines

United Airlines is introducing a new and improved flight schedule for Muskegon County Airport beginning February 17. Changes are:

• Earlier 10:16 a.m. morning departure.
• Earlier 5:29 p.m. departure.
• 14 weekly roundtrip flights.
• 400 additional seats per month available with a second Saturday flight scheduled.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our air service and we’re excited about the new schedule for Muskegon,” said Jeffrey Tripp, Airport Manager. “Customers will now have more connection opportunities in Chicago O’Hare and can more easily book flights that will get them home each night which is especially important for the business traveler. This will also provide access to lower fares.”

The new flight schedule is specifically designed to provide both business and leisure travelers with access to hundreds of daily flights to over 180 nonstop destinations through Chicago O’Hare. All United flights from Muskegon to Chicago O’Hare are onboard the 50- seat Canadair Regional Jet 200 operated by SkyWest Airlines.

Check MKG First at UNITED.COM or call 800-221-1212
or
Contact your local travel agent.

The Frauenthal Center Presents “An Evening With Groucho”

Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Frauenthal Theater
Tickets: $20 – $30, $15 Youth/Group 6+

grouchoMuskegon, MI — Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. Called “masterful” by the Chicago Tribune and “a tour-de-force” by Variety, this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity contains all the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the like of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Marx foil Margaret Dumont.

Tickets are $15 Youth (ages 8-18) / Group (6+) / $20 – $30 Adult.

ADVISORY: Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho is appropriate for ages 12 and up with very mild adult content. The comical stylings of this iconic performer are sure to bring a smile and a chuckle to every audience member.

Tickets and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231.727.8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1.800.585.3737. Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.

Lakeshore Art Festival Named Favorite Small Town Art Fair Second Year in a Row

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival continues to raise the bar for fine art and craft events in Michigan. For the second year in a row, the festival was ranked one of the Favorite Small Town Art Fairs by ArtFairCalendar.com. The website ranked festivals based on a survey taken by thousands of art festival attendees.

“I was incredibly excited to hear we made the list again this year,” said Lakeshore Art Festival Director, Carla Flanders. “The Lakeshore Art Festival continues to lead the way in attendance, sustainability, and interactive art. I am thrilled to be part of the great team that makes everything happen.” The art festival has also been recognized as #1 in the state of Michigan for Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows and ranked #27 in the nation by the Sunshine Artist Magazine which is known for high-quality content for the fine art and craft industry.

The ArtFairCalendar.com rankings are obtained via ballots from art fair attendees across the country. Voters are asked to choose their favorite art fairs and shows in the country as well as in categories, such as Favorite Small Town Art Fair. They were also asked questions about their attendance preferences, festival buying habits, favorite artists and more.

“The recent recognition is bringing positive attention to the Lakeshore Art Festival and Muskegon both locally and nationally,” commented Flanders. “We are incredibly proud of all the work going into this festival, and the artists who play such a big role in this artful event.”

Fine artists and hand crafters can register now for the Lakeshore Art Festival, July 6 & 7, at lakeshoreartfestival.org. Deadline is February 1, 2018.

MTA Local Chapter Meeting – Muskegon County Drain Commissioner

Hello everyone-

I plan on attending on the 29th– and welcome dialog on some of the stuff flying around regarding the Drain Commissioner’s office– including:

• The County Board’s consideration to not pledge full faith and credit for bonds to fund the Pierson and Kuis Drain projects. Not pledging FF&C does not prevent my office from continuing a project but it will likely shorten terms and increase interest rates if we have to finance by other means. This only costs property owners more by making everyone’s annual payments higher (including townships). Unfortunately, if the Board does not pledge full faith and credit, and has a consistent stance in the future, it will have a harder financial impact for those in the Black Creek Consolidated Drain, the Ribe Drain, perhaps the Holland Drain, and any other large projects in the future. We are looking to be on the Board’s January 23rd agenda for the Pierson and Kuis decisions.

• Despite comments suggesting this may be a means of getting the county out of their court-sustained assessments, it does not.

• The Kuis underdrain project spectacle: all of the homes in the project area were built at or below the seasonal high groundwater table. Most are also below what was required in the Master Deed—primarily because the road was built 1.5 feet too low and basement elevations were, in part, taken from the road. The area has septic systems and Public Health records reflected groundwater at an average of 3 feet from the ground’s surface. Most people say they don’t need the project, but science suggests otherwise. They also don’t want the assessment but then; how many people have cheered public sewer, street, and water assessments?

• I view citizen actions for Kuis project #2 as an “end-run” attempt on due process. There is an appeal process under the law, but the citizen(s) pushing on my office, dropped the appeal and took the cause to TV17, the Township Board, and most recently, the County Board to “stop the project” –costing everyone in the project area more money. If the original appeal process was honored, it would not have cost property owners any additional money.

• Despite political shenanigans, Facebook frenzies, and loads of misinformation, I do not intend to walk away from the time and financial investments already made on any existing project, nor will I cower from my duties and legitimate citizen petitions. Please remember that I do not make decisions in a vacuum. I have experienced attorneys, engineers, excavators, and environmental consultants who do work all over the state that bring their expertise to the table, which adds to my training and experience. Everything is done according to the law and with consideration of current and future citizens.

• We are pursuing partnerships that bring funding to drain projects. We have secured hundreds of thousands in support already. Every political distraction that we have to address takes time away from this endeavor. I also worry that grant funders may decide to invest in areas that have better reputations regarding inter-governmental and inter-departmental teamwork.

• We have completed several drain projects that many citizens have complained about (no one wanted an assessment and many questioned the need) but most are still supportive of the completed work (e.g., Kent, Laurene Taylor, Stewart, Wooley) to name a few. We even get calls complimenting our work!

OK—I’m off the soapbox. 😀 Hope to see you on the 29th.

Best Financial Credit Union Opens Its First Ottawa County Branch Office in Spring Lake

A small, aging industrial building had long occupied the corner of School and Savidge Streets in Spring Lake Village, but on January 16, 2018 Best Financial Credit Union (CU) will open the doors of their first Ottawa County branch office in that location. Best Financial CU’s President, Morgan Rescorla, commented “We are very excited to become a part of the Spring Lake community and better serve our Ottawa County members”. Best Financial CU constructed a brand new, 2,500 square foot building that will be the workplace for seven full time and two part time employees. They offer their members a wide variety of financial services, including checking, savings, loans, and retirement vehicles. A grand opening event is slated for January 26, 2018 at 3:00pm.

Long before Best Financial CU noticed the property, a number of different types of businesses were operated at this corner, from industrial wood working to metal fabrication. As a result of the chemicals used in those processes, the site had soil and groundwater contamination that needed to be addressed by Best Financial CU when they purchased property. The environmental contractor working with Best Financial CU advised them to contact the Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (OCBRA) for financial assistance for the environmental assessments and clean-up planning that would be needed in order to redevelop the site.

The OCBRA was able to help Best Financial CU access multiple financial incentives to offset the additional costs of redeveloping a brownfield site. The $1.15 million price tag for the project was supplemented by grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, a loan from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the capture of incremental property taxes. Rescorla stated that this site was exactly right for their Ottawa County location, but being a good steward of member funds is a priority, so securing these incentives were make or break for choosing this site over a non-brownfield site. The incentives offset added projects costs stemming primarily from the removal of approximately 800 tons of contaminated soil, 5 million gallons of contaminated water, and the installation of a vapor intrusion barrier.

In addition to the added jobs and services brought to the community by this project, Village Manager Chris Burns says, “Village Council and staff are thrilled to welcome Best Financial Credit Union to the Village! Best Financial CU and Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority’s commitment to the remediation of this (formerly) blighted property serve as an example of an outstanding redevelopment project. We are optimistic developers can use this site as an example of successful public/private collaboration that can be replicated elsewhere within the Village.” The project site is immediately adjacent to a wetland, and one block away from a public park situated on the Grand River.

For more information about brownfield redevelopment, contact the Ottawa County Redevelopment Authority at 616.738.4852, plan@miottawa.org, or by visiting www.miottawa.org/ocbra

 

Muskegon County’s 2017 Successes

2017 – A Banner Year!

All signs pointed to growth when Grand Valley State University’s Dr. Paul Isely kicked off 2017 with an energizing forecast for Muskegon County. The economist was spot on when he predicted a strong year for economic development. Here is a recap of a number of successes:

•  KL Outdoor relocated a new corporate office to Muskegon with expansion plans ahead
•  Mercy Health broke ground on 9 story building
•  Muskegon gained another Cruise Ship Line, Victory
•  Norton Shores created a redevelopment plan for sites along Seminole Road and Henry Street
•  Several new housing developments in progress: Odeno Housing Development, Chandy Acres, Terrace Point Landing, and High Point Flats
•  MCC’s Strurrus Technology Center opened in downtown Muskegon
•  Remaining stacks at Sappi Paper Mill Property demolished
•  First Port City Criterium took place downtown Muskegon
•  Rob Riegler from Lakeside Surfaces named 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year
•  Research shows Watch Muskegon campaign is improving Muskegon’s Image
•  Road Construction along Colby Street in Whitehall complete
•  Record breaking year for many festivals and events
•  Muskegon County Convention Center plans announced
•  Earlier flights and more connections at Muskegon County Airport
•  Imagine Muskegon Lake planning begins
•  Harvey Street Corridor continues to grow and expand
•  Area Manufactures continue to expand and train workers

It is evident that 2017 was a great year for Muskegon County! Statistics from 2017 and the economic forecast for 2018 will be presented Friday, January 26 by Paul Isely at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Business for Breakfast.

More Than 800 Michigan Prolifers Prepare for March for Life Trip

This week Right to Life of Michigan affiliates across the state will take 16 buses to the national March for Life, one of the largest annual events in America. Many other groups, churches, and individuals from Michigan will also be traveling to join hundreds of thousands from across the country to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

Since the decisions more than 58 million abortions have happened in the United States.

Other Right to Life of Michigan affiliates are planning local events to mark the 45th memorial of the decisions, as well as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 21.

What: National March for Life.

Where: National Mall, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, January 19, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Who: Rally keynote speakers announced so far include Pam Tebow, Tim Tebow’s mother; former NFL all-pro and Super Bowl winner Matt Birk, and his wife Adrianna; U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

Muskegon Museum of Art 2018 January & February Calendar

JANUARY

January 4, 11, 18
Evening Open Public Tours
5:00–7:00 pm

Thursday, January 11, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
J.M.W. Turner
(30 mins.) Joseph Mallord William Turner was a barber’s son who eventually went on to become one of Britain’s most renowned painters. At the age of fourteen he entered the Royal Academy art school and from there nothing would stop his passion for painting. Produced by the National Gallery of Art and part of media exchange that NGA provides for art museums. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, January 11, 6:00 pm
Walk and Talk of Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII
@the Lakeshore Museum Center
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Lakeshore Museum Center as we team up to go in depth on the art and history of Muskegon’s own, Wally Berg. Take a guided tour of the Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center with Exhibits Curator Pat Horn and Muskegon Museum of Art educator Cathy Mott as we talk about the style, techniques, and life history of Wally Berg. Tickets are $8 for non-members or $5 for members of either museum. Call 231.722.0278 to register.

January 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Farm Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
MOOOOOve over…There are lots of animals here! There are lambs in the gallery, a painting of goat on a leash, and have you seen the horse made of steel?! Bring the kids (real kids, no baby goats please) to check out the farm animals hanging out in the galleries. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Look
Can you find all of the farm animals in the artwork?
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own farm friend. Animals will get structure from pipe cleaners and then get covered in various materials such as cotton balls, felt, and feathers.

Monday, January 15, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Community Day
We open our doors to welcome the community during this day of observation in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors can enjoy the galleries, films in the auditorium, crafts in the classroom and mini docent tours from Muskegon High School art students. Free admission. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm
Date Night
What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
Limited Spaces
$35/$30 MMA Member price
Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting? We won’t taste the paintings, but we will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique. The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.

Thursday, January 25, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Stonefaced
(16 mins.) This documentary follows architect and photographer Robert A. King as he takes viewers around New York City to showcase some of his favorite gargoyles, something that he has been documenting and photographing as a hobby throughout his lifetime. Directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

January 25 – March 29, 2018
2018 Art Talks Back
A Poetry Contest Based on Art
All adult/college area writers residing within the state of Michigan are invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on one of 10 selected works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets. Starting January 25, competition guidelines, images of selected works, and required entry forms will be available at the Museum gift store or may be downloaded from the Museum’s website: www.muskegonartmuseum.org. The competition ends on March 29, 2018. The awards ceremony and poetry reading will be held April 19. Questions? Call 231.720.2587 or email: cmott@mpsk12.net.
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Art Talks Back Writing Salon
We will kick off the competition at a special writing salon. Bring your notebooks and get inspired. Light refreshments will be served. The event also opens the exhibition Thunder Boy, Jr: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales. Cash bar.
Art Talks Back is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan. Support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

 

FEBRUARY

February 1-15, 2018
Postcard Salon
Exhibition: February 1-15, 2018
Salon Sale event: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Postcard Sale: Begins at 7:00 pm, February 15 and ends at 8:00 pm
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity. Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.
The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join us this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018.
Beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, all of the postcards on display in the Wiener Gallery will be for sale at $30 apiece. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original artwork by your favorite regional artists. Buyers will be able to take the works directly from the walls and pay for them at several locations throughout the museum. Muskegon Museum of Art members will be given a five-minute head start beginning promptly at 6:55 PM. The sale ends at 8:00 PM, so don’t miss out. Memberships can be obtained in the Museum Gift Store, or in the gallery on the 15th.
Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio

February 1, 8, 22
Evening Open Public Tours
5:00–7:00 pm

Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm
Crash Course: The Fine Art of Cleaning Art
Join the MMA staff as we talk about how we clean objects in the collection, everything from paintings to glass all have unique cleaning needs. What tools do we use? How can you care for your artwork at home? Learn all this and more during this Crash Course. Free admission. Cash bar.

Thursday, February 8, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
(60 mins.) Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Paid admission is required for gallery admittance. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Thursday, February 8
Reception and Special Program
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Film: All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (60 mins.)
Winfred Rembert has a lot of stories to tell, from his childhood on a cotton farm to his near lynching during the Civil Rights movement; his life experiences are the bed of work that inspires his artwork. This film documents Rembert’s life and how he his tooled leather artwork has become his biography and therapy. This film was directed by Vivian Ducat of Ducat Media. Ducat is a native New Yorker and strong advocate for the arts. She will join us for the screening and in a Q & A with artist Winfred Rembert following the film. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

February 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Postcards Super Saturday
Free Family Fun Day
Postcard Salon is one of the most popular exhibitions and the artwork is small, but the creativity is limitless. Super Saturdays are Free Family Fun Days held on 2nd Saturdays of the Month. Underwritten by Arconic/Whitehall Operations.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Family Film
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours
Find surprises in Postcard Salon, led with a Museum docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own postcard-size art.

Thursday, February 22, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream
(60 mins.) The documentary explores the massive African American migration from the rural south to the prosperous north during the war years and beyond. Narrator, Cicely Tyson takes the viewer through not only facts, but stories and lives that were challenged and changed during this historic period of time right here in Muskegon, Michigan. Brown Bag Film admission is free and complimentary coffee and cookies are provided. Auditorium doors open at 12:00 pm. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Through January 21, 2018
Shift: The Glass of Daniel Clayman
Shift examines the career of Daniel Clayman through a development of recurring ideas, punctuated by singular pieces that informed his evolution as an artist. From theater lighting to discrete objects to room-size installations, this exhibition, comprised of objects selected by the artist, looks from the beginning of his practice to the full circle return to the shaping of the space we inhabit. This body of works specifically addresses his ongoing explorations of the ability of glass forms to hold light and air, or to break and divide them. The smoky, semi-transparent glass both reflects and diffuses the light, revealing subtle color characteristics within both the physical object and its transmitted light and cast shadows. Monumental and dramatic, this is a must-see exhibition for followers of contemporary studio glass. Shift is organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with Habatat Galleries of Royal Oak, MI. Underwritten by Chris and Stephanie Witham.

Through January 14, 2018
Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift
Points of Resonance: The Museum Project Gift merges recently acquired contemporary photography with similarly themed works from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The result is an exploration of shared aesthetics and visual and conceptual subject matter. Images of the water, still lifes, landscapes, and Americana play out through the gallery, in artworks both familiar and less frequently seen. Underwritten by Hooker DeJong Architects & Engineers

December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018
Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert
Winfred Rembert works in the medium of carved and dyed leather, creating vibrant and rhythmic imagery of his life in 1950s Georgia. A storyteller, Rembert reveals images of culture, community, family, and struggle through intense color and repeating patterns. His most recognizable pieces depict pickers at work in the cotton fields, a grueling task the artist himself experienced in his childhood and later on a prison chain gang. Underwritten by Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation and PNC Bank. Support provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.

December 14, 2017 through March 18, 2018
Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America
Sarah Wagner sculpts in wood and fabric, creating animals and environments that address the fragility and resilience of Nature and humanity’s impact on its surroundings. Her art is inspired and informed by the city of Detroit, where she lives and works. For her Muskegon Museum of Art exhibition, Wagner is creating a new installation inspired by the history of the cultivation of cotton, and its impact on the development of capitalism and industrialism around the world. Support for Sarah Wagner: Vegetable Lamb of America has been provided by MMA Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor Blue Lake Public Radio.

January 25 through May 20, 2018
Thunder Boy, Jr.: Illustrations by Yuyi Morales
This exhibition includes illustrations and sketches created by Yuyi (Zu-Zee) Morales for the children’s book Thunder Boy, Jr., written by Sherman Alexie. This vibrant, striking children’s book is about Thunder Boy Jr., a Native American boy who isn’t crazy about his name. He wants to change it to a name that is “normal.” The unique talents of both artist and author are apparent in the book; Alexie reflects on real life and humor and Morales explores color, pattern and textures of her life and experiences in Mexico and California. Underwritten by the Folkert Family Foundation. Media sponsor: WGVU Public Media

February 1-15, 2018
Postcard Salon
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity. Over 1,400 cards from artists from West Michigan and beyond were on display last year, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy. Now in its 12th year, the Postcard Salon reflects the Muskegon Museum of Art’s commitment to Michigan artists, a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.
The exhibition is free to enter and all submitted cards are installed, making the show a true community endeavor. The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art. Join us this year for the first ever juror awards, singling out four remarkable cards. Artwork must be delivered to the MMA by January 29, 2018. The exhibition ends with a Salon Sale event on Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/16/18 – 01/22/18

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


Planetarium Show: Faster than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
January 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm

January 16 – March 29 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for “Faster than Light!  The Dream of Interstellar Flight!”  The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?  Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future.  This is a 35-minute presentation. (The campus will be closed March 6 and March 8 for College Spring Break)  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.


Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea
January 17 @ 2:00 pm

Wednesday, January 17 at 2:00pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts Warm Your Body and Soul: An Author Tea with local authors Bonnie Jeane-Marie and Kittye Sharron!  She’ll share her challenging and amazing life experiences as detailed in her books that emphasize the importance of faith with honesty and sincerity.

Copies of the authors’ works will be available for purchase.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up.  For additional information contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.


Date Night: What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art
January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to “Date Night” at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  “What a Pair—Wine, Food and Art” has limited spaces at the cost of $35 or $30 for members.

Do you ever wonder what would pair well with the Blakelock painting?  You won’t taste the paintings, but you will enjoy great wines and delicious bites, all while learning about what makes each of these pairings so unique.  The evening will include five distinct wines highlighted by local wine expert Kara Kreps in conjunction with appetizers created by Hearthstone.  For tickets or more information, call 231-720-2570.


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 19 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.


Guys on Ice
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – January 27 @ 7:00 pm

January 19 – 27, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a Black Box performance of “Guys on Ice,” presented by the Muskegon Civic Theatre.

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.  From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers.  As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da’ lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field.  Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole”, “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”, and “Fish is de Miracle Food”, Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.


Comedian Dwayne Gill – Muskegon Junior Jacks Fundraiser
January 19 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, January 19, you’re invited to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for live, stand-up comedy from Dwayne Gill!  This is a fundraiser for the Muskegon Junior Jacks.

A native of Detroit, Gill has been a US Marine, State Trooper and, of course, a comedian.  He has won many awards and shared the stage with top comedians such as Alonzo Bodden, Kathleen Madigan, John Heffron and many more!  If you’ve never met a cop with a sense of humor, then you’ve never met Dwayne.

Doors open at 6:30pm with appetizers and a cash bar available.  The show begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Buy a table for 10 for $250 to guarantee your party can sit together.  VIP tables are $350 and offer front row seating, one drink ticket per person and goodies.  There will also be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.  Tickets can be purchased online or by e-mailing brooks529@gmail.com.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


Snow Shoe Saturday at Heritage Park
January 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

January 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park for a “Snow Shoe Saturday!”   The cost is $3 for members or $5 for non-members.  Bring your own shoes or rent a pair for $5 from the park.  They carry sizes from toddler to adult!  There’ll be a warming station with hot drinks provided and different historic sites open each time!  For more information, contact the park at (231) 894-0342.


Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off
January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, January 20 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to Hot Rod Harley Davidson for their 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off!  All proceeds benefit Pioneer Trials Camp.  Join The Boars Belly, Hennessy’s Pub, Texas Roadhouse and Just Klassics Deli as they compete for the title of Chili Champion!  Get free samples and vote for your favorite, while supplies last.  Get a bowl of your favorite for a donation to Pioneer Trails Camp.

Plus, “Pick Your Pepper” for a sizzling hot deal.  Get 15% – 25% off officially licensed products.  Your discount will be drawn at time of purchase and applies to regular priced items.  Cannot be combined with any other offers.  Motorcycles, labor and select special orders are excluded.  For more information, call 231-722-0000.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night
January 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery every third Saturday of the month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry or readings, you may want to express it here or just show up to watch the show.  There is always something new and unique to enjoy.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Letter to the Editor: Communism in America

Remember these three things: Hitler took over Germany by [1] controlling the police [Gestopo] and [2] appointing high-ranking military officers to the [SS] controlling secret service and FBI. and [3] brainwashing children [Hitler youth groups] now our schools!

The so-called Socialist hide under the guise communist party. Here is where it gets interesting, notice that word socialist is cleverly hidden in the phrase Russians like to use, “United Soviet Socialist Republic” we are soon to be United Socialist States of America!

It’s not important to me what your political preference is but unless I’m mistaken this nation was founded fighting against tyranny and oppression?

I’m not wrong about this, that the DNC is openly practicing tyranny, stacking the deck with only Democrats in public office on the DNC payroll.

Is there no way to fight back using the media? Geo. Soros has openly declared war against FOX News and vowed to close it down! It’s working.

Who is going to run for the next president in 2020 on the democratic ticket Joseph Stalin? Carl Marx? Chavez?

What does not seem to bother Americans is the fact that the Communist party has had an election seat on the presidential ballot since 1919.

Ninety percent of all immigrants coming to America in the last 20 years have known only communism their whole life! Who do you think they will vote for?

Are we three years away from the most violent, bloody, civil war in world history? And no chance to fight back? Divide and conquer is alive and well.

Mike Simcik

Ask Dr. Universe – Directions in Space

In space, which way is up? –Pablo, 10, Spokane, WA

Dear Pablo,

We might not always think about it, but every day gravity keeps us pulled to the Earth. It’s what brings us back down when we jump on a trampoline. It’s why a Slinky tumbles down stairs.

Now think about what it would be like to live in a place with very little gravity. Let’s say you were 200 miles off the ground, orbiting earth in the International Space Station. Here, the idea of up and down really gets flipped around.

On Earth, the human balance system  helps the head figure out how move up and down under the force of gravity. It’s what helps people figure out to look up to the ceiling or down to the floor. If you are floating around in space, up and down is different.

I decided to visit my friend Afshin Khan to find out more about it. She is a researcher and astrobiologist at Washington State University.

Khan explained that even things in space have a little gravity, and whichever object is being pulled toward another due to stronger or larger gravity is what we call “down.” The opposite is what we call “up.” We use these words to help us navigate.

But in reality, there really are no true directions, Khan said. There is no up and down in space.

It’s kind of like when we look at a globe, she explains. If you are trying to get to Japan from the U.S., you can see it is both east and west of the U.S. It depends on the direction you want to travel. If you want to cross the Atlantic Ocean, you go east. If you want to fly over the Pacific Ocean, you go west. It’s all relative.

Inside the International Space Station, the ceiling might as well be the floor. The walls might as well be the ceilings. It’s enough to make your head spin.

In fact, researchers at NASA are asking big questions about what happens to the human brain when it can’t figure out which way is up or down. They are curious how it changes the activity of the brain.

Some scientists have even tackled questions about how to help plants “grow up” in these environments with very little gravity. To help plants grow upright, scientists have developed little plant pillows. The pillows are full of dirt, water and plant food to help the plants stay grounded. Otherwise, their roots would grow out in all different directions.

As the concept of direction may be different in space, engineers and scientists have to think about it when they are designing tools to help us navigate the universe. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll come up with a great idea that can help us explore, too.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Muskegon’s Lakeshore Art Festival Moves Up in National Ranking!

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Art Festival ranked #27 in the nation and 1st in the state of Michigan for Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by the Sunshine Artist Magazine. This ranking was up from #83 position in 2015. Sunshine Artist Magazine, known for high-quality content for the fine art and craft industry, ranks the nation’s most-profitable fine art and craft festivals based on subscribers’ sales performance each year resulting in – Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best!

“Our goal when reinventing the art festival was to focus on quality exhibitors that appealed to local and regional guests,” commented Lakeshore Art Festival Director, Carla Flanders.  “Based on survey results and national, recognition we are doing just that! Being one of Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best and Art Fair Calendars Best Small Town Festival signifies that the artists are happy with the event and guests are buying their handmade products. It’s the best of both worlds!”

The 200 Best rankings are obtained via ballots from Sunshine Artist subscribers. Subscribers are asked to list their 10 most-profitable art and/or craft show appearances from the previous year, indicate their income range at each and note whether they consider themselves to be fine artists or craftspeople. The results are tabulated using a weighted scale designed to ensure that smaller fairs can compete against larger festivals for high placement.

“Lakeshore Art Festival organizers continue to jury high-quality handcrafted artists into the show with an extensive jury process. This combined with an easy to navigate footprint and creative art engagement for guests to enjoy has been a recipe for success,” commented Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President.

A goal at Lakeshore Art Festival is to engage guests in art; Activities have included, Children’s Lane, Street Performers, Professional Chalk Designs, Community Canvas and much more. New in 2017, the festival added a wine and craft beer tent in the park, a live Kayak Painting, Student Art Showcase, Chalk the Walk and Color Muskegon.

In addition to enhancing engagement efforts, the Lakeshore Art Festival continues to run an environmentally friendly event. As part of the program, food vendors utilize compostable or post-consumer serving-ware, tons of waste are diverted from landfills through recycling and composting efforts and an environmental education booth is hosted in the Children’s Lane. A new program in 2017 allowed guests to fill up at a water station instead of buying water bottles.

Major sponsors for the Lakeshore Art Festival include; DTE Energy Foundation, The Muskegon Museum of Art, Arconic, ADAC, Betten/Baker, Meijer, Mlive/Muskegon Chronicle, Nichols, Hines and Staples.

Artist and exhibitor registration for the 2018 Lakeshore Art Festival began in October. Visit www.lakeshoreartfestival.org for more details.

Non-Profit Law Firm Now Open

Low Income Legal Assistance

Muskegon, MI:  On the cutting edge of criminal defense, a new Muskegon non-profit began representing low income clients on Monday, October 9, 2017.  Muskegon Community Legal Defense Center is one of only a handful of non-profits in the country who represent clients on a sliding scale, flat fee retainer, based on client income and the only one focusing on criminal defense cases.  The Muskegon Community Legal Defense Center rates begin at $325 for low income clients charged with a misdemeanor.  Fees increase based on severity of charge and the client’s income.

Previously, Muskegon County’s public defense system regularly handled three time the maximum number of cases recommended by American Bar Association standards, as well as the standards set by other professional groups.  Muskegon CLDC follows all applicable caseload standards. This allows Muskegon CLDC to maintain the highest of professional standards while proactively advocating for the rights of clients.

The creation of the Muskegon Community Legal Defense Center serves two purposes.  First, it provides affordable representation for those who are accused but do not have the financial resources for representation through for-profit firms.  Second, MCLDC will reduce the caseload of the Public Defender’s office.

Joshua EldenBrady, the new organization’s Executive Director, stated, “Operating as a non-profit on an equal pay basis with the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office will allow Muskegon CLDC to grow and attract quality legal talent in response to client and community needs.  We look forward to serving our community and our clients.”

Call 231-735-7480 for more information.

Grand River Greenway & Explorers Trail

A primary focus of Ottawa County Parks has been the Grand River Greenway Initiative. Over 2,400 acres of land has been preserved and 13 parks and open spaces have been created along the Grand River Greenway. Grand River Explorers Trail

Ottawa County Parks proposes to invest in additional land (including land for the Bend Area) and the construction of 27 miles of new, multi-modal pathway connecting Grand Rapids to Grand Haven.

This investment will create recreational, educational, conservation, and historic attractions by protecting some the highest quality land remaining along the river. It will connect the greenway properties to each other and complete the most critical remaining unfinished link in the regional pathway system – the Grand River Explorers Trail.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/08/18 – 01/15/18

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


Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max Bloomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music!  Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.  Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

This concert will be held at The Corner, an outdoor stage at the corner of Muskegon Ave. and Third St.


Yarnspinners
January 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as the five members of the local storytelling group the Yarnspinners delight you with an interesting array of stories.  The stories are generally appropriate for teens and adults.

YARNSPINNERS was founded in 1992 by the late Professional Storyteller and Educator, Nancy deVries, and former Hackley Youth Librarian and Storyteller, Allison Day.  The inspiration for YARNSPINNERS came from Nancy deVries’ experience with such groups in Scotland and Ireland.  The group meets monthly to explore the ancient art of storytelling.  Participants are given opportunities to tell their stories in a supportive and encouraging environment. www.hackleylibrary.org


Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570. www.muskegonartmuseum.org


Walk & Talk: The Art and History of Wally Berg
January 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 11 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Lakeshore Museum Center will team up to go in depth on the art and history of Muskegon’s own, Wally Berg!  Take a guided tour of the “Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII” exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center with the exhibit’s curator Pat Horn and Muskegon Museum of Art educator Cathy Mott as they talk about the style, techniques and life history of Wally Berg.  Tickets are $8 for non-members or $5 for members of either museum.  Call 231-722-0278 to register. www.lakeshoremuseum.org


Ballroom Dancing Classes at SE4SONS
January 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will host dance classes with instructor, Becky Biesiada for a series of 3 classes in January.  Each class will focus on a type of ballroom dance.  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new and get out of the house with snow on the ground.   Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour Deals!

Class Dates:  January 11, 18, 25
Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $80 per couple/ $55 per single.

This is limited to the first 25 couples or 50 participants.

Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate!  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations.


Domo Arigato Museum Roboto Family Fun Night
January 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, January 12 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, it’s date night for the whole family at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Join them for an exciting and interactive night at the museum with a robot theme.  Museum staff will be joined by the MARS Robotics Team and Silversides Museum staff to bring you all sorts of robotics fun!

Museum admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!  For more information, call (231) 722-0278. www.lakeshoremuseum.org


Learn to Luge Weekend
January 12 @ 6:00 pm

Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the Winter

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrill sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 12 @ 7:00 pm – January 13 @ 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 two home games, Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Green Bay Gamblers at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


The Alley Door Club
January 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrating its’ 13th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 12, 2018 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes cash bar and dancing.  Featured in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building the doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. www.frauenthal.org

The 2018 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, January 12:  Vincent Hayes – blues, funk & soul
Friday, January 26:  Big Daddy Fox & Friends – blues
Friday, February 9:  Swinging Stem Cells – classic rock
Friday, February 23:  West Side Soul Surfers – R & B, funk & soul
Friday, March 9:  Brena – rock
Friday, March 23:  Group Therapy Band – rock
Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock
Friday, April 27: Yard Sale Underwear – self-proclaimed kings of polyester pop & soul

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at startickets.com.  Tables may be reserved:  $65.00 for a 4-top (included 4 admission tickets) / $100.00 for an 8-top (includes 8 admission tickets).  Limit of 2 4-tops and 2 8-tops reserved for each performance, available on a first come basis.  The Alley Door Club is sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Hooker DeJonge.


West Michigan Symphony Presents: Germanic Classics
January 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 12 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Germanic Classics!

Scott Speck, conductor
Paul Clifton, Horn

Mendelssohn – Overture in C major
Strauss – Horn Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 1

Sister to the famous Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C major begins this homage to German composers of the classical period.  Then, WMS Principal Horn Paul Clifton is featured on Richard Strauss’ tribute to Mozart, the Horn Concerto no. 1.  Finally, Felix Mendelssohn, often considered classical music’s greatest child prodigy, pours his dramatic and harmonically adventurous gifts into his Symphony no. 1.  For more information, call 231-726-3231. www.westmichigansymphony.org


Kevin Farley Relay for Life Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
January 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, January 12 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for comedian Kevin Farley as they raise funds for the American Cancer Society!

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kevin Farley studied at the famous Second City in Chicago.  It wasn’t long after that he appeared in films such as Black Sheep (with his brother Chris Farley) and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler.  Soon after, Farley landed a starring role as “Doug Linus” on MTV’s sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews.

Farley then went on to star with top billing in the feature films An American Carol and White Knight. Other films to his credits are Crowning Jules, Frat Pack, and Joe Dirt 2.

His TV guest appearances have been on Hawaii Five-O, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, to name a few.

Farley moved behind the camera as co-writer and co-director of Hollywood & Wine, which takes an irreverent look at an actress struggling in Hollywood.  In addition, Farley directed the comedy Paranormal Movie.  The film pokes fun of the “found footage” horror, sub-genre popular with movie goers today.

To his credit, and met with high praise in all the national reviews, Farley Co-Executive Produced the heartwarming “I Am Chris Farley” – a first feature-length biographical documentary about his brother Chris – the late comedy legend.

Presently Farley is co-starring in F is for Family – a Netflix comedy series and in CMT’s new series Still the King.

Doors Open at 6:00pmpm and the show starts at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $27 when purchased in advance.   For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251. www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com


Kids’ Cooking Class: Harry Potter Party with Chef Char
January 13 @ 10:00 am

Saturday, January 13 at 10:00am, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the kids’ cooking class “Harry Potter Party with Chef Char!” There’ll be Magic Food Recipes and Fun Potions for Muskegon Muggles.  Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and come learn all the culinary secrets to Butter Beer (nonalcoholic), Hogwarts Magic Envelope Pockets (baked meat and vegetable pies) and Polyjuice Potion (fruit and vegetable juice smoothies).  This class is for ages 7+ and the cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


Muskegon Bridal Association 2018 Bridal Show
January 13 @ 12:00 pm

Saturday, January 13, come to the beautiful Frauenthal Center as the Muskegon Bridal Association presents their 2018 Bridal Show!  There’ll be over 45 local businesses offering everything you need to create the perfect wedding.  The expo is from 12:00pm – 3:00pm with the fashion show to follow immediately afterward.  The cost is FREE!  For more information, call 231-722-9750.


West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 13 @ 5:00 pm

The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Saturday, January 13 at 5:00pm as they take on the Team Network!


Back Alley Comedy Club: Kevin Farley
January 13 @ 6:00 pm

Saturday, January 13 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, and again from 9:00pm, – 11:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for comedian Kevin Farley!

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kevin Farley studied at the famous Second City in Chicago.  It wasn’t long after that he appeared in films such as Black Sheep (with his brother Chris Farley) and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler.  Soon after, Farley landed a starring role as “Doug Linus” on MTV’s sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews.

Farley then went on to star with top billing in the feature films An American Carol and White Knight. Other films to his credits are Crowning Jules, Frat Pack, and Joe Dirt 2.

His TV guest appearances have been on Hawaii Five-O, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, to name a few.

Farley moved behind the camera as co-writer and co-director of Hollywood & Wine, which takes an irreverent look at an actress struggling in Hollywood.  In addition, Farley directed the comedy Paranormal Movie.  The film pokes fun of the “found footage” horror, sub-genre popular with movie goers today.

To his credit, and met with high praise in all the national reviews, Farley Co-Executive Produced the heartwarming “I Am Chris Farley” – a first feature-length biographical documentary about his brother Chris – the late comedy legend.

Presently Farley is co-starring in F is for Family – a Netflix comedy series and in CMT’s new series Still the King.

Tickets are $17.   For more information, call (231) 755-1258.


Performances @The Block: Arturo Ziraldo, Chamber Music
January 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, January 13 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as West Michigan Symphony principal violist Arturo Ziraldo is joined by fellow WMS musicians to present a mixed chamber music concert that includes works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak and Schumann.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. www.westmichigansymphony.org


MLK Free Community Day
January 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the public to its annual MLK Free Community Day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 15 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.  Activities will include film screenings, arts & crafts, mini docent tours presented by Muskegon High School art students, and a special exhibition, “Southern Roots: The Paintings of Winfred Rembert.”  All MLK Community Day admissions and activities are free!  Support for this event has been provided by the Michigan Humanities Council.  For more information, call 231-720-2570. www.muskegonartmuseum.org


African Americans IN OUR Museum
January 15 @ 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, January 15 from 1:30pm – 6:30pm, you can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping the Lakeshore Museum Center tell the story of African Americans in Muskegon County.  The museum is trying to grow their collection of African American history and YOU can help!  Contribute your personal or family story to the museum by:

Sharing stories and information about when and why your family came to Muskegon.
Allowing the Museum to scan photos you have of family and community groups from the past.
Sitting down for an oral history interview if you were involved in the Civil Rights movement.  See contact info below.

If you have something to share, but cannot attend that day, or if you would like to set up an oral history interview contact Program Manager, Jackie Huss, at 231-724-5526 or jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Pell Appointed Muskegon County 4-H Program Coordinator

tonyapellMuskegon, Mich. – Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce the appointment of Tonya Pell as 4-H Program Coordinator for Muskegon County. Most recently, Pell served as 4-H Tech Wizards Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator in Muskegon County. As the 4-H Tech Wizards program coordinator, Pell established program sites at schools throughout Muskegon County which provided mentors and mentees the opportunity to work together on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects. In her new role, Pell will serve Muskegon County as the 4-H Program Coordinator. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the youth participants and volunteers that are so important to the Muskegon County 4-H program. Muskegon County has a very strong 4-H program and I intend to continue our efforts to expand the reach and impact of the 4-H program in Muskegon County,” Pell said.

Pell initially joined Michigan State University Extension as an AmeriCorps member and assisted with the then new 4-H Tech Wizards program in Muskegon County. In 2016, Pell concluded her service with AmeriCorps and continued with MSU Extension as a temporary employee coordinating the 4-H Tech Wizards program. Mike Krauch, MSU Extension District Coordinator said, “Tonya has developed a strong 4-H Tech Wizards program and we are excited to have her bring her knowledge, skills and experience to the 4-H Program Coordinator role.”

Pell is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in History and Women’s Studies. For more information about Michigan State University Extension, visit www.msue.msu.edu. Those interested in learning more about joining or volunteering for 4-H, Tech Wizards or any other Michigan State University Extension program can contact the Muskegon County Extension office at (231) 724-6361.

What Happens to the Bodies of Aborted Babies?

In a letter to supporters of Michigan Right to Life, president Barbara Listing introduces Renee Chelian, who owns the Northland Family Planning chain of abortion clinics. Listing says that Chelian, who is responsible for 25% of all abortions performed annually in Michigan, openly offers abortion up to and including 24 weeks of gestation, according to her marketing materials.

From a recent undercover video, “you would think she was a stand-up comic,” Listing said. In the video, “Chelian was caught ‘entertaining’ an audience at a National Abortion Federation conference. The audience, mostly abortion providers, laughed while Chelian described her dilemma. According to Chelian, Northland Family Planning had five months’ worth of fetal remains in rented freezers—imagine a freezer packed full of dead children. She spoke lightheartedly about how getting rid of these aborted children was all she thought about.”

According to Listing, the crowd “laughed out loud when Chelian proclaimed, ‘Nobody wants to talk about dead bodies.’ But they really cracked up when she said, ‘I was so consumed with fetal tissue that I was ready to drive to Upper Michigan to have a bonfire.’ ”

“Chelian talked about taking fetal remains in a U-Haul to a pet crematory in Illinois. She thought it was a ‘great idea’ to burn the remains of aborted children for energy. She also joked about presenting women who abort with the remains of their children.” Listing continued, “Chelian eventually hired someone from another abortion clinic to take the dead babies off her hands and put them through that clinic’s garbage disposal.”

Barbara Listing is astonished that things like this, that shock us to our core, can be treated by these people as a laughing matter. “Their hearts are so hardened that the thought of dismembered children makes them laugh!”

The really sad part in this story is that Renee Chelian is not an exception…according to Listing, she’s the rule. Listing tells RTL supporters that “we are severely constrained as long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. We can only do so much to restrict people like Renee Chelian.” Right to Life has apparently made efforts to regulate abortion clinics in their method of disposing of the bodies of aborted children.

The bigger picture in this matter, however, is that “No one has the right to kill these children in the first place. They shouldn’t burn them. They shouldn’t put them through a garbage disposal. They shouldn’t sell their body parts.” Listing is clear, “These children belong in the womb, not in the city dump!

“I don’t want to regulate Renee Chelian…I want to put her out of business!”

Barbara Listing would like others to join in the effort to outlaw abortion in Michigan. She asks that, if you will join RTL with your generous contribution, you would “please put your gift in the mail right away. I’m hoping and praying that many concerned citizens holding this letter right now will grab their checkbook, or their credit card, and make an immediate contribution of $10, $15, $20, $25, $50 or even $100.”

“Maybe someday Renee Chelian will quit her ‘day job’ and become a full-time stand-up comic. What do you say we give her a hand?”

Listing closes her letter expressing her deepest appreciation, and encourages supporters to visit the RTL website, www.RTL.org. “While there, you can see several short clips of Renee Chelian and her stand-up comedy act. It will break your heart and reinforce your commitment to these innocent children.”

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 12/19/17

AGENDA

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE RD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

December 19, 2017
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: December 6th, 2017
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business
06. Special Use / Site Plan – LRBOI / All Seasons RV
Parcel: 61-15-115-300-0026-00
Purpose: Storage of non-motorized recreational vehicles

Old Business
None

07. Public Comments
08. Adjournment

The township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Charter Township, 5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151.

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 12/06/17

AGENDA

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE RD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

December 6, 2017
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING
WORK SESSION

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: November 21st, 2017
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business
None

Old Business
06. Follow up on Special Use / Site Plan – Hughes Builders / Journey Church
Parcel: 61-15-122-400-0020-10
Purpose: Build new House of Worship

07. Public Comments

WORK SESSION

08. Adjournment


The township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Charter Township, 5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151.

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 09/19/17

MINUTES
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE ROAD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

BOARD MEETING

Chair Michelli called the meeting to order at 7:04

1. Roll Call: Geoff Newmyer, Jeff Jacobs, Mike Michelli, Kyle Osterhart, Brett Suchecki, & Matthew Farrar
2. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: August 15, 2017 : Chair Michelli accepted the minutes as presented.
3. Approve/Amend Agenda: Chair set the meeting agenda as presented.
4. Correspondence/Reports. None.
5. Public comments pertaining to agenda topics. No comments were heard.

NEW BUSINESS

6. Public Hearing on Special Use-Andrew McClain (Nick Halter, Gen. Cont.)
Parcel: 61-15-115-200-0019-00
Purpose: Hair salon within residence
Motion support by Jacobs/ Newmyer to open a public hearing.

Nick Halter 7157 Quimby. Wants to put a hair salon in a new house on 2310 East Hile.
Days and hour of operations are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be no signs and parking will be in front of the garage.
No other comments were heard. Motion and support by Jacobs/Newmyer to close public hearing. Unanimous.

Motion by Osterhart

1. The motion is made to grant the special use request for parcel number, 61-15- 115-200-0019-00 for the following requested special use: hair salon.

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-157 of the Zoning Chapter.

–a. The special use will be harmonious with and in accordance with the general objectives or with any specific objections of the Master Plan. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): it complies with the Ordinance

–b. The special use will be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained so as to be harmonious and appropriate in appearance with the existing or intended character of the general vicinity, and it [will/will not] change the essential character of the same area. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): It meets intent.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established as authorized by Section 42-158 of the Zoning Chapter.

–a. The special use must comply with the site plan, Presented to the Planning Commission submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

–b. The special use must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

–c. The special use must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.

–d. The construction of the special use must be completed within 1 year. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.

–e. If the special use approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the special use may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.

–f. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at brian.michelli@mcd911.net, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.

–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the special use: Days of operations are Tuesday’s and Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm. No signs are permitted.

Motion was supported by Newmyer. Roll call vote was unanimous.

7. Site Plan-Holiday Inn/Marriott Suites
Parcel: 61-15-122-300-0004-00 & 61-15-122-300-0005-00
Purpose: Revise site plan for hotel(s) development

Justin Longstreth of Moore & Bruggink, Inc. spoke on behalf of the development and outlined the development and answered questions from the Commission.

Motion by Osterhart

1. The motion is made to grant the site plan request for parcel number(s) 61-15- 122-300-0004-00 & 61-15-122-300-0005-00

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-224 of the Zoning Chapter.

–a. All elements of the site plan are harmoniously and efficiently organized in relation to topography, the size and type of lot, the character of adjoining property and the type and size of buildings. The site will not impede the normal and orderly development or improvement of surrounding property for permitted uses. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): fits the master plan

–b. Special attention has been given to proper site surface drainage. Removal of storm waters will not adversely affect neighboring properties. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Drainage has been provided.

–c. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system is provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Sidewalks are provided

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.

–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated 9-12-17, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

–b. The development must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

–c. The development must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.

–d. The development must be completed within 2 years. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.

–e. If the site plan approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the development may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.

–f. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at brian.michelli@mcd911.net, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.

–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the site plan approval: None

Motion was supported by Suchecki. Roll call vote was unanimous.

8. Public Hearing on Zoning Text Amendment Ordinance
Purpose: Keeping of Animals Ordinance

Motion was made by Osterhart and supported by Newmyer to open public hearing. Voice vote was unanimous.

Emilia Marshal 1077 Shonat, Muskegon spoke in support of an ordinance that would allow her having chickens.

Raven Vallee 2658 Height Ravenna asked why only four hens were allowed.

Ashton Buxton 1755 Judson Road inquired about the ordinance impact on rabbits. Asked how to change her property to R4

Dallas Latch 1755 Judson Road asked if this included R6.

Jacobs/Suchecki to close public hearing…unanimous.

A motion was made by Osterhart to recommend to the Board the zoning text amendment ordinance, Keeping of Animals with the following changes:

Special use will include R1 to R5. The permitted side only includes R6. Minimum lot for first animal will go to 1 acre with the additional will be .1 acre.

Animals other than house pets of the owner of the premises are kept or allowed outside, a fence of such construction as to keep such animals from leaving the premises at will shall be provided and regularly maintained; no horses or livestock will be allowed in any platted sub-division.

Add section E to read “Exterior slaughter or processing of any animals except for a completely enclosed building is prohibited.”

The motion was supported by Newmyer and carried 5 to 1.

OLD BUSINESS

Commission discussed the rental ordinance. Suggest provide a disclaimer on the rental inspection form that would make clear the items on the form are not all inclusive for health and safety items. Other items were suggested by the Commission to staff. The Commission does not want rental inspections to go beyond health and safety.

9. Public Comments
10. Adjournment: Chair Michelli adjourned the meeting at 8:30

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 01/08/18

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JANUARY 8, 2018

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 12/11/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Approval of Walker/Parkland street light

08. New Business
A. Employee handbook discussion

09. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment


The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151

Ask Dr. Universe – Rain and Water Pollution

Where does rain go? –Finn, 8, New Zealand
How does pollution effect the world’s water? – Emily, 13

Dear, Finn, Emily, and friends,

When a raindrop falls from a cloud, there are quite a few places it could end up.

We might follow that raindrop into a stream, river or ocean. If it’s in the ocean and it gets warm enough, it might evaporate into even tinier droplets of water to form clouds. It’s part of the water cycle.

Clouds can only hold so much rain before they get saturated. Then it starts to rain again.  Maybe this time the raindrop falls into soil and helps a plant grow. Or perhaps the raindrop falls onto the sidewalk, street, or highway. If it falls on the pavement, it could flow into a drain and back into the streams and oceans.

Lots of these raindrops make up what scientists call storm water. But it’s not just water. Along the way, water can pick up other things on the road. It might sweep away something like leaves. It also picks up things that aren’t very good for our planet, like oil, animal waste, metal from car brakes, or other kinds of chemicals and pollutants.

We can’t always see these pollutants with our eyes, but they can really threaten animals who call the streams, rivers, and ocean home. Pollution can create a toxic environment for fish. As a researcher at Washington State University, my friend Michelle Chow studies some of the fish that get sick from pollutants in storm water.

Coho salmon that live in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. will often die if they are in this polluted water for a couple of days. But Chow and other researchers at WSU are working on ways to help save the salmon.

It turns out soil is really great at filtering toxic stuff out of water. If you are curious how it works, check out this video, “Polluted Puddles.” One thing people can do to help clean up the environment and help save salmon is to plant a rain garden. When the rain comes down, it gets filtered through the garden’s soil instead of running off into the road. You can find out how to plant a rain garden in your community with the help of friends at WSU Extension.

Another way researchers are helping is by developing a kind of pavement that looks a bit like a Rice Krispies Treat. It’s called permeable pavement and is designed to let water go straight through the pavement down into the soil. That way, it doesn’t run off and carry pollutants to nearby bodies of water.

Chow said there are other ways we can also help keep pollutants out of our environment. Can you think of something you might be able to do? I might just walk to work or ride my bike. Helping find solutions is good for salmon who live in the water and good for animals who like to eat them, too. Together, we can help improve and restore healthy water habitats.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Prepare Your Child for Success in School

Children’s hearing and vision impacts their success in school. An undiagnosed hearing problem may impact a child’s ability to pay attention or follow directions. An undiagnosed vision problem may affect a child’s ability to read and learn.

Have your child’s hearing and vision tested by your local health department beginning at age 3 and again just BEFORE the start of kindergarten at no cost. Michigan law requires screening PRIOR to kindergarten entry. If your child is enrolled in school, continuous screenings begin in kindergarten. If your child is not enrolled in a formal school setting, he or she can receive free screenings at your local health department by appointment. Call (616)396-5266 to schedule an appointment with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health at any one of our three locations (Grand Haven, Holland or Hudsonville).

Hearing & Vision Screenings

Michigan Law requires local health departments to offer no cost hearing and vision screening at least once between the ages of 3 and 5; in kindergarten; 2nd and 4th grades (hearing only); and 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th grades (vision only).

For more information, visit www.miOttawa.org/hearingvisionor watch this short video about our screening process at http://bit.ly/2uM7TNIclick to play video

Time, Mail and Your Fruitport Post Office

Josh Martin, Officer In Charge (OIC) August 2016- October 2017, sees the local post office as more than just a place to send and pick up mail, it’s a place of running in to friends and neighbors who just happened to be there at the same time as you, as well as reuniting with people that you may not have seen in years.

Martin shares, “I am always amazed at the stories that I hear and witness when those long lost friends see each other for the first time in many years… at the post office. As a 3rd generation postal employee, I can’t begin to tell you how many residents my grandpa knew through working at the Spring Lake Post Office. Even after he retired he would still remember their names and give them a huge smile and friendly greeting when he would see them around town. The story continued as, when I was just a kid, I would ride with my mom, who also worked at the Spring Lake Post Office, through town and she would say ‘“oh, that is where Mrs. (name) used to live.”’

Through my years in the Postal Service “family” I have learned a valuable lesson: though you, our customers, depend on us to deliver and send your mail, it’s you our customers…our friends… that have had the greatest influence on us. We appreciate how you have included your Letter Carrier and the friendly Clerks and the Fruitport Post Office into your lives. You are the reason for us doing what we do!”

When Josh Martin first came to the Fruitport Post Office, as OIC in August 2016, he immediately made some phone calls and began the process of making some much needed improvements to the Fruitport facility. “Because we value you so much” Martin says, “the majority of changes were made to improve your experience here. We have installed new floors, new interior paint, ceiling repairs, a brand new retail counter, new customer-information/work tables for packing and filling out forms, new landscaping and a freshly painted flag pole which displays the pride and glory of our nation. We welcome you to come in and see the new look and feel the difference in your Post Office”.

In addition to seeing the changes in the Post Office, the Fruitport USPS employees would appreciate your input by doing the survey on the bottom of every one of your transaction receipts. Martin said, “I know that it seems like every company these days is asking you to do a survey but there is one difference with this one.

The Fruitport Post Office is Your Post Office. It’s a cornerstone of our Fruitport community and we want to make sure that we are giving you the best service possible! Please let us know how we are doing and hopefully we are meeting your highest expectations. The only way that we will know is if you let us know. Your input is greatly appreciated.”

The United States Postal Service is continuing to enhance our overall Customer Service on a world wide scale. The latest technology has helped improve the variety of services that we offer to all of our customers. For the majority of the years that the USPS has been operating, many people would just think of the postage stamp, the letter and the occasional small package. As we all know, time has way of changing things. In addition to offering the historically valued letter mail delivery, we are now one of the largest and most competitive package shippers in the world!

Check out USPS.com to discover the latest in real time tracking for packages and mail as well as many other services that we can provide to you. Though time may change the types of services offered and the process in which we deliver those services, there is one important element to the USPS that has never changed…you, our valued customer.

So, whether you visit your Fruitport Post Office to do business, purchase a variety of stamps for your collection, send a greeting card or just to say a friendly “hello”, we truly hope that you will always feel like you are in the atmosphere of friends because of the Fruitport Postal employees who make their top Priority: You!

Muskegon County Calendar of Events January 1 – 8, 2018

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

Winter Break Family Events at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 2, 2018 – January 4, 2018
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is proud to host a round of family friendly events for those who are enjoying time off for the holiday season!  January 2, 3 and 4, the museum will be offering ROV (remotely operated vehicle) robotic classes at 11:00am and 1:30pm.  Participants will get the opportunity to design, build and test their remotely operated underwater vehicles in their indoor test tanks.  The cost is only $5 with the purchase of a museum admission.

On those same days at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, you can also enjoy a screening of the 1966 Batman film in the museum theater.  The cost is also only $5 with the purchase of museum admission. For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Movies @ the Library: Concussion
January 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 2 at 5:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a screening of the film, “Concussion” (123 mins. (PG-13)!  This dramatic thriller is based on the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu. Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist, made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful and beloved institutions in the world.

Movies at the Library are free and happen the first Tuesday of the month.   Bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. www.hackleylibrary.org

White Lake Classical Series: Orion Rapp, Oboe
January 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Orion Rapp!  Orion is Principal Oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and will be performing the music of Bach, Britten, Poulenc and Morricone.  The cover charge is $5.

Come early if you’d like to enjoy a dinner of pork tenderloin, pommes gratin, vegetable, glass of house wine and dessert for only $17.  Dinner begins at 6:15pm.  For reservations or more information, call 231-894-5333.


Lakeshore Museum Center Winter Open House
January 4, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday, January 4 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, stop by during the Lakeshore Museum Center’s Annual Winter Open House to check out their fun hands-on activities!  These will include peppermint water science, animals in winter and a winter craft!

Museum admission is always free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents!  For more information, call (231) 722-0278.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
January 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Open House Reception at The Red Lotus Gallery
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to the Artists’ Open House Reception at the Muskegon Center for the Arts every first Friday night of the month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the Red Lotus Fine Art Gallery located in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.  Every month there is a different display and art themed event. Come meet and talk with the artists and view their creations.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Learn to Luge Weekend
January 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Every Friday – Sunday at 6:00pm (weather permitting), you can learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, offering one of only four publicly accessible luge tracks in the United States!  Although shorter in overall length than the Olympic tracks in New York and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon Luge track provides an Olympic thrill with the safety of the participant in mind.  The track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley and consists of six curves and two starting areas.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website below to make reservations.

Safe & Easy to Learn

Safety is the number one priority when teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders.  All participants must be at least 8 years old at the time of their session.  Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet and a well-maintained luge sled.  An instructor carefully goes over each part of the sled with a beginning slider and teaches easy to learn methods of steering the sled.  Over three decades, the program has instructed thousands of sliders from age 8 to 80 to safely and successfully luge.  While luge is referred to the fastest sport on ice, this track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track, where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph.  The top speeds at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex track are approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!

Get Some Physical Activity in the winter!

The sleds weigh between 25-40 lbs. and are transported up a flight of stairs to the top of the luge track by human power…you!  Small children will most likely need adult help to get their sled back up the hill.  If you have heart troubles or health issues that may be complicated by climbing stairs or participating in adrenaline pumping outdoor thrills sports, this activity may not be recommended.

What to Expect

The size of each session is limited, so participants can expect to get 3-6 runs depending on weather conditions and efficiency of the group and personal pace.  The first 20 minutes of the session you will receive instruction from an experienced luge coach about safety and equipment.  During free sliding time, coaches will be positioned along the track to give you instruction throughout the session.  The last 15 minutes of each session is set aside for participant certificates and a medals ceremony.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – January 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer.  A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.

Get your season tickets for the 2018 Major Arena Soccer League II (M2) Season!  Once you place your at their website, your tickets will be immediately available for pickup at the LC Walker Arena Box Office! You will also get a RISE AND GRIND New Balance Shirt, to be picked-up at the first home game you attend!

The Risers will be playing 6 home games, all starting at 7:00pm!
• January 5 vs Chicago Mustangs
• January 6 vs Detroit Waza Flo
• January 19 vs Detroit Waza Flo
• February 3 vs Cincinnati Swerve
• February 16 vs Cincinnati Swerve
• February 17 vs Chicago Mustangs

Indoor Farmers’ Market
January 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to come inside their warm barn and shop this winter!  They’re open every Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, November – April.  They will be closed Saturday, December 30.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

West Michigan Lake Hawks Home Game
January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The West Michigan Lake Hawks strive to provide a professional level of sports entertainment and to enrich the lives of student athletes.  Home games are played at Reeths-Puffer High School.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and season passes are $90 which saves you 25%.  Ages 4 and under are free.  Call 231-769-9617 for group ticket sales.

Catch their next home game Sunday, January 7 at 5:00pm as they take on the Illinois Bulldogs!

Ruth and Max Bloomquist
January 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, January 8 at 6:00pm, come to “The Corner” as Ruth and Max BLoomquist, Muskegon’s own folk singers, perform an evening of wonderful music!  Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.  Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

This concert will be held at The Corner, an outdoor stage at the corner of Muskegon Ave. and Third St.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library and the Central United

Letter to the Editor: Socialism in America

I watched the upheavals at Charlottesville, VA, on TV, on Saturday, 12 Aug 17. Both sides were inspired by wrong thinking people. Communists on one side and Fascists on the other. It appears that too many Americans don’t know what a Communist is or what a Fascist is. I will make it as simple as possible. Both sides are Socialist.

Socialism is necessary in a modern dictatorship, so that a private sector cannot cut off a military that is ruling it’s country by force. Communists start by rallying the underprivileged behind them, and convincing them that everyone else is their adversary. Fascists will rally everyone else behind them convincing them that the underprivileged are their adversaries.

Upheavals like in Charlottesville, VA, are inspired to tempt our lawmakers to pass bills centralizing more power in government. We already have civil rights laws, labor laws and environmental laws that are steps toward government control of our defense industries, and violate the 10th Amendment of our constitution. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the constitution or any civil rights lawyers who think they know the constitution, the 10th Amendment is the one that limits the Federal Government to the powers specifically delegated to it. Americans need to wise up to subversive activities and hold our lawmakers accountable when they violate the constitution.

James E. Caldwell
Doyle, CA