Monthly Archives: April 2018

Enforcing Vapor Product Compliance Checks in Muskegon County

Missy Gallegos, Public Health Educator

Muskegon, MI – Each year as part of the No Cigs for Our Kids Campaign, local tobacco retailers are checked for compliance under the Youth Tobacco Act which prohibits the selling, giving or furnishing of tobacco products to minors. The Youth Tobacco Act does not include vapor products also known as e-cigarettes or ENDS. In 2015, the Muskegon County Commission adopted Ordinance No. 2015-487 Possession of Tobacco Products by Minors. This ordinance makes it illegal to furnish tobacco products, including vapor products to minors.

Beginning March of 2018 Public Health – Muskegon County and the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office began checking compliance of the ordinance at all tobacco and vape shop retailers in Muskegon County. Many vapor products contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Teens that use vapor products could unknowingly become addicted.

Overall youth cigarette use is declining; however, there is a growing trend of vapor product use. In Muskegon County the percentage of students using electronic vapor products is 10% higher than traditional cigarettes, according to the 2015 – 2016 Michigan Profile for a Health Youth (MiPHY). Nationally, there was over a 900% increase in e-cigarette use over the same time period.

“From 2013 to 2018 many tobacco retailers in Muskegon County have met 100% compliance on traditional cigarette checks,” explains Missy Gallegos, a Public Health Educator and Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative (DYTUR) at Public Health Muskegon County. “With vaping becoming a growing trend among teens, we want all retailers to be in compliance and to understand the important role they play in preventing nicotine addiction.”

Editorial Notes:

Muskegon County Board of Commissioners Ordinance No. 2015-487 Possession of Tobacco Products by Minors
http://www.muskegonhealth.net/laws/documents/TobaccoMinorsOrdinance.pdf

Youth Tobacco Act
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-Act-31-of-1915.pdf

Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth
https://mdoe.state.mi.us/schoolhealthsurveys/ExternalReports/CountyReportGeneration.aspx

E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults A Report of the Surgeon General
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Exec_Summ_508.pdf

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – April 23, 2018

A G E N D A
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL

5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

APRIL 23, 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: 4/9/2018 and 4/16/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Closed session to discuss pending litigation and discuss collective bargaining for IAFF labor agreement, exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
B. Approval of IAFF labor agreement

08. New Business
A. Floyd Peplinski, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones
B. Resolution to approve new 457 plan
C. SEIU back-pay

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 – Mooing Cows

Why do cows moo? -Sam, 11, Gahanna, Ohio

Dear Sam,

If you’ve ever been near a herd of mooing cows, it might have sounded like all their moos were the same. But just as each person’s voice is a little different, so is each cow’s moo.

Human ears might not always pick up the small differences in moos, but cow ears sure can. In fact, cows have great hearing. They can even tell that different moos mean different things.

That’s what I found out from my friend Amber Adams-Progar, an animal scientist at Washington State University who studies cow behavior. She learns a lot about how we can better care for cows and spends time visiting our herd out at the Knott Dairy Center in Pullman, Wash.

Adams-Progar explained that before humans domesticated cows and started raising them on farms, these animals lived in the wild. In nature, mother cows go off on their own to find a spot to have their baby.

Sound is a big part of how a mother and baby cow bond. While a calf might send out one kind of moo when she is hungry, another moo might mean she’s lost.

“Sometimes a calf will go running off and the mom will look around. All of a sudden you hear her moo and then somewhere in the distance you hear a little moo respond back,” Adams-Progar said. “It’s kind of cute.”

Some cows will also moo when they are looking to find a mate. Finding other cows in the herd is part of why these animals moo, but there other reasons, too.

In the wild, cows are prey animals. Sometimes mooing attracts predators, but sometimes cows can also use their moos to help keep each other safe. They can use their moos and their great sense of hearing to let other cows in the herd know there might be danger afoot.

While mooing can help cows find and protect one another, they also use other kinds of behaviors to communicate. Sometimes cows will grunt. Usually when we see cows grunting, they are pretty content, like when they are eating. They may also use their grunts when they are defending themselves or letting other cows know about their rank in the herd.

A wag of their tail can also help communicate to animals around them. When its tail is between its legs, the animal may be cold. A wagging tail could also mean it is in pain or just irritated. Cows also use their tails to swat away flies and sometimes calves wag their tails when they are nursing.

It’s a great question you ask, Sam. Maybe the next time you drive by a herd of mooing cows you can think about all the different communication that is going on out there in the pasture.

In fact, your question leaves me with even more questions about animal communication. Why does a bat screech? A bee buzz? Or an elephant trumpet? What is your favorite animal? What sounds does it make to communicate? Tell me about it sometime at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Michigan Complies Fully with Federal REAL ID Law

All licenses, ID cards accepted for all purposes until Oct. 1, 2020

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially confirmed this week that Michigan fully complies with the federal REAL ID Act.

The state’s full compliance status means all Michigan driver’s licenses and ID cards will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2020, to board domestic flights, or enter federal buildings, nuclear plants or military bases.

On Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents will need REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or ID cards or another accepted identification document to board flights or enter federal sites.

Parmenter Law Teams up with Local Non-profit, No More Sidelines

(Muskegon, MI) – Parmenter Law, based in Muskegon, has made it an integral part of their business culture to support their local community through a variety of partnerships. Each year, the firm partners with a local non-profit organization by supporting them financially and with hands-on project participation. Parmenter is pleased to announce that No More Sidelines will be their 2018 community partner.

“We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with No More Sidelines. Their unique mission truly resonates with our firm. It’s been exciting to watch the organization grow over the past decade through the passion and leadership of Cyndi Blair and the countless volunteers. They’ve become a real difference maker in our community, providing their participants with a true sense of belonging and opportunities that just weren’t available. We look forward to learning more about No More Sidelines and doing what we can to give back and further such a wonderful mission.” Joshua A. Reece – Partner at Parmenter Law and No More Sidelines Board Member

About No More Sidelines – No More Sidelines is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers, committed to helping children and young adults, ages seven and older, with special needs in Muskegon and Kent counties. They provide an opportunity to play sports year-round and to participate in community events and outings. No More Sidelines is embarking on a capital campaign in 2018 to expand and update their facility in Norton Shores. The construction and renovation project will include an indoor soccer field, basketball/volleyball courts, an exercise room, and office/classroom space for continued program growth.

For more information about No More Sidelines, visit www.nomoresidelines.org.

Are the Media, and Elements of the US Government Involved in Sedition and Treason?

There’s evidence the “Free Press” is no longer “Free”, but rather a propaganda arm for one political party, and an attack attack dog aganist the other party.
from EINPresswire.com

declarationofindependence“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Declaration of Independence.

To this reporter, it seems we have come a long way from the eloquent statement by the Founding Fathers of forming a more “perfect union” and the “establishment of justice”.

However, it now appears the “Union” of “We the People”, has recently taken a step into an even more sinister dark hole. Are the Media, the Democratic Party, the FBI, the Justice Department and other deep state elements of our Government, involved in a conspiracy to overthrow a legitimately elected Government and its President? If so then “We the People” are on the precipice of a failed democracy and nation state as they knew it.presidentabrahamlincoln

“This country belongs to the people. Whenever they grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their right to amend it, or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”
— Abraham Lincoln

It’s obvious to everyone the “Free Press” is no longer “Free”, but is instead expressing and publishing political ideology that favors one political party over the other. A Free Press is supposed to be impartial and objectively report the news without bias. That’s to serve three purposes, (1) to keep “We the People” truthfully informed about what the Government is doing, (2) keep the Government honest and (3) to preserve for posterity, the guaranteed individual freedoms envisioned by the Founding Father’s and codified in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for “We the People”.

The Founders intent for a “Free Press, wasn’t that it would become a propaganda arm of one political party and act as an attack dog against an opposing political party. Nor was the intent that a “Free Press” be a protector and enabler for a corrupt and criminal Government, by not reporting their evil deeds. However, it’s quite clear that’s exactly what ‘s happened. Evidence clearly shows that vast elements of the “Free Press” have become apologists for Democratic party, and for a corrupt “Deep State Government”, whose criminality is being revealed daily.

The vitriol coming out of the Media and their Political ally, the Democratic Party, is tantamount to “inciting the populace to riot” in an attempt to overthrow a duly elected Government by an act of impeachment. At the same time, they totally ignore the daily revelations about the criminality committed by the former Obama Administration, FBI, Justice Department, State Department, CIA and of course the Clinton Family.

The Incitement to Riot Press, just won’t report any of it, as they continue their daily stream of sedition attacks on the President as they try to incite people to riot and join the “impeach the President” movement. This is unparalleled in the 242 year History of the “UNION”.

Everyday the Media engages in “vitriolic incitement” remarks about President Trump and his supporters. What’s even more insidious is what FBI agents, in the person of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, were saying and doing as they planned and executed a “back up insurance plan” to destroy President Trump, if by chance, he was elected. Are the Media, the Democrats and certain elements of the FBI, Justice Department, State Department, CIA, NAS and deep state elements, either separately or collectively, trying to fabricate reasons to overthrow a duly elected Government? There is more and more evidence coming out daily to prove that answer is yes!

As of this writing, an intelligence memo appears to show real seditious and treasonous acts were carried out by high level employees of the FBI and Justice Department. Also just coming out is news is that the FBI lost five months of texts between the FBI conspirators Lisa Page and Pete Strzok. Does the FBI really think “We the People”, are that stupid to believe that lie?

So when does all the above demonstrate a conspiracy between the above parties to “incite a riot” with the intent to overthrow a duly elected President and the Government? Millions have died protecting our freedom and are dying every week to preserve it. However, the Fake News media, the political corruptors, and there supporters, are trying to destroy the UNION.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation, a woman directed this question to Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Ben Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

“We the People” are on the verge of losing the Republic.

Read the full report on “Are the Media, Democrats and Elements of the US Government Involved in Sedition and Treason?” at http://crbuzz.com/us-corruption/

Nick Johnson
The Corruption Report

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 16-23, 2018

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

Monday:

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

Marketing Mondays: Common Sense in Online Marketing
Monday, April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a “Marketing Monday!”  This week’s focus is “Common Sense in Online Marketing,” presented by Tari & Jennifer Follett of Firelight.  Don’t get lost in endless data and trends!  Bring your feet back to the ground, keep your goals firmly in mind, and get ready for some real talk.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  RSVP by noon Friday, April 13.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Announce First Round of Playoffs
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16 @ 7:00 pm – April 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced dates for the first-round, best-of-three playoff series in the 2018 Clark Cup playoffs!  Muskegon will host all three potential games in the first round, and they will be played from Monday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 18.  All games will be held at LC Walker Arena and begin at 7:15pm.

•  Game one: Monday, April 16
•  Game two: Tuesday, April 17
•  Game three (if necessary): Wednesday, April 18

Muskegon does not know their opponent yet, but it will be either Chicago Steel, Dubuque Fighting Saints, or Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.  Playoff tickets are now on sale at the LC Walker Arena box office.  Call 231-726-2400 for single-game tickets.  To purchase a playoff passport (good for every home playoff game) call 231-724-5225.

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor
Monday, April 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Both events are free and open to the public. During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape. The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust. For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Tuesday:

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday:

Paint for a Cause
Wednesday, April 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Get your friends together and come to SE4SONS Banquet Center to “Paint for a Cause!”  This will be a fun night of painting, great wine, and food specials.  Paint an 11″ x 14″ canvas with Create.a.frame Studio.  The cost is only $20 per painter and proceeds benefit Every Woman’s Place, Inc.  Painting starts promptly at 6:00pm.  Please call 231-755-3737 to reserve your spot and have your payment information ready over the phone or stop by SE4SONS to sign up!

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 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.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Spring In to Action: A Self-Advocacy Conference
Thursday, April 19 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This one-day event is an opportunity at Holiday Inn Muskegon to grow in self-advocacy, and is for and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  The Arc Muskegon has long supported people with I/DD to advocate for themselves, and this conference will give you further tools, resources, education and support to do so.  Registration is required by calling (231) 777-2006.

Head-Shot Happy Hour
Thursday, April 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits in downtown Muskegon for the “Head-Shot Happy Hour!”  Don’t have a professional head-shot photo or need an updated one?  Here is your chance!  The Greater Muskegon Jaycees have teamed up with Truly Yours Photography and 18th Amendment Spirits Co. to bring you this much anticipated event!  There’ll be a mini photo shoot on-site and you’ll receive digital copies of your photos via e-mail within 2 weeks.  After you’ve smiled pretty for the camera, enjoy a cocktail as you network with other attendees.  Online pre-registration will be available soon.  The cost is $20 for Jaycees members or $25 for non-members.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Art Talks Back:  Awards and Readings
Thursday,  April 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art to celebrate the winning poets from the “Art Talks Back: Regional Ekphrastic Poetry Contest” and listen to their readings of the award winning poems!  The event will start at 5:30pm and the ceremony and readings will begin at 6:00pm. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Vintage Flowers Paint Party
Thursday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 500 W. Western Ave.
It’s a Vintage Flowers Paint Party at Pigeon Hill Brewing! The cost is $35 for this adult (18+) event.  Alcohol is not included, but Pigeon Hill has a fabulous selection of beers to choose from.  Outside food is permitted.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Unruly Comedy Night: One Year Anniversary
Thursday, April 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Company’s “Unruly Comedy Night: One Year Anniversary!”  This month marks one year of jokes at the UBC.  As a special treat, they snagged some of the best and funniest comics that you’ve enjoyed the most over the past year.  Cover for this month is $5, and it will be worth every penny!  For more information, call (231) 288-1068.

Friday:

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Friday, April 20 – April 22
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Lakeshore Museum Center Family Fun Night:
Friday, April 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the fossils of Michigan and what they tell us about the past. Participants will have a chance to make a fossil mold and cast with students from Muskegon Community College and take home a real fossil.  There will also be a station led by TwoOldStoners, a rock company, making Petoskey stone necklaces.  Young visitors can color a picture of one of the oceans top predators of all time, Dunkleosteus. More info 231-722-0278

Main Street Dueling Pianos
Friday, April 20 @ 8:00 pm
You’re invited to Watermark 920 for the Main Street Dueling Pianos! Tickets are $15 for this 21+ only show. This is an all request party featuring amazing entertainers who have an impressive repertoire of 1,000+ songs, giving the audience an unforgettable experience.  You’ll sing, clap and dance the night away!  Please be advised this show may contain adult content, mature subject matter.  For more information, call (231) 727-0805 Ext. 4201.

MCC Events to Celebrate 2018 Earth Week
From Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 20, a Used Book Giveaway will be held in the MCC Science Center hallway.  The public is encouraged to stop by and pick up the books.  MCC faculty and staff may donate used books by no later than Friday, April 6, to Jennifer Darling in Room 1134.
From Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, a recycling display with information about the various types of recyclable items will be located in the MCC main entrance lobby.  Visitors can register for drawings for refillable water bottle prizes.
From Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, Earth Day-inspired paintings by students in MCC Instructor Tim Norris’ Painting I class will be displayed around campus.
“In connection to this year’s Earth Week theme of ‘End Plastic Pollution,’” the students are creating compositions contrasting either one plastic object against several natural ones or vice versa,” explained Norris. “They’re also embedding additive textural materials into the painting surfaces, developing it in relief with actual texture and three-dimensional projections. The idea here is to subtly suggest the contrast between nature and the human-made world without hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer to convey a visual message.”
For more information about the Earth Week events, contact MCC Joint Sustainability Council Chair Tamera Owens at (231) 777-0289.

Saturday:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturday, April 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
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.

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Saturday, April 21 @ 10:00-5:00pm
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Matting and Framing Workshop
Saturday, April 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Matting and Framing Workshop with instructor Keith Downie!  There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. However, there are picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. The class is limited to 12 participants. To register, call 231-720-2571 at least one week before the session.  The cost is $20 or $15 for museum members.

1st Annual White Lake Princess Tea Party
Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the White Lake Senior Center for the 1st Annual White Lake Princess Tea Party, a children’s tea with light refreshments where you can meet Disney princesses, make princess wands and unicorn dream catchers, meet Prince Charming and win prizes!  The minimum age is 3 for princesses with one adult guest required per princess.  The cost is $30 for 1 princess and 1 adult and must be purchased in advance by calling 231-893-0515.

Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center
Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am – 12:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing for Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center! This is the best yoga class possible because it’s followed with pints!  The fun begins with a one hour vinyasa yoga session (all levels welcome).  Afterward, cool down and join them in the taproom with a pint of Pigeon Hill beer.  Registration includes a Tier I or Tier II beer and the cost is only $10!  Please bring your own yoga mat if you can.  They’ll have a few extras to borrow if you forget.  Register early to guarantee a spot.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Work at Michigan’s Adventure!
Saturday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Michigan’s premiere amusement and water-park, Michigan’s Adventure, is looking for summer help!  Saturday, April 21 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, managers will be onsite at the MA Training Center for interviews.  They are hiring 16 year olds starting at $10 per hour, while associates 18 years of age and older will start at a minimum of $11.00 per hour.  Perks include bonus potential, free admission and great food prices at the Cornerstone Café during your lunch.  For more information, call (231) 766-3377.

White Lake College Artist Solo Performance
Saturday, April 21 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
You’re invited to hear the top 10 of some of the best college age musicians from schools across the state of Michigan at Ferry Memorial Church at the White Lake College Artist Solo Performance!  The White Lake College Artist Solo Performance will feature these young adults performing live with an accompanist.  Awards totaling $1000 will be given to the top three winners based on the ruling of professional judges.  The audience will also be able to vote and an additional $125 will be given to the audience favorite.  A free-will donation will be appreciated. For more information contact http://www.whitelakemusic.org/

Acrylic Paint Pouring
April 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
You’re invited to the Red Lotus Gallery for “Acrylic Paint Pouring!”  Sabryna Benmark of Sabryna’s Natural Creations will show you how to turn puddles of paint into gorgeous flowers.  Each student will learn the techniques and tools used to create their own 8″x 10″ canvas masterpiece.  This class is for ages 8+ (8-14 with adult supervision) and materials and tools will be provided.  Seating is limited to eight people, so please register ahead of time so they can plan for the proper amount of materials for the class.  Red Lotus members will receive a discounted class fee of $20.00.  For more information, call 231-981-8525.

Polish Palooza
Saturday,  April 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Polish Palooza is a Polish dinner and polka dance to benefit the Muskegon Polish Festival, happening Saturday, April 21 at the Polish Falcon Club!  Dinner, catered by Stevie Tejchma, will be from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, followed by music by Box on Polka Band from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Doors open at 4:30pm.  The cost is $20 per person and includes late night snacks.  Purchase advance tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or call Joane at 231-780-3162 or Tom at 231-780-5406.

Heels for Meals
Saturday, April 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Bella Maria’s Ristorante & Event Center presents “Heels for Meals!”  This event to benefit Meals on Wheels will be a great way for people to bring out their fun shoes and kick off Spring 2018!  The night features a delicious dinner, dessert bar, signature cocktails, hand painted wine and martini glasses, a live band, auctions and prizes in seven shoes categories.  Tickets are $45 each.  Get yours by calling (231) 733-8636 or email heather@agewellservices.org.

Sunday:

Buzzed Bard:  Happy Birthday, Master Shakespeare
Sunday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. in downtown Muskegon for “Buzzed Bard:  Happy Birthday, Master Shakespeare!”  This will be the second performance in their Buzzed Bard series, presenting famous drinking scenes from such plays as The Tempest,” “Henry IV” (Part 1), and “Twelfth Night,” along with music, improvisation and audience games.  There may even be a surprise appearance by Master Shakespeare himself!  Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in style.  The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple and includes a 4 course dinner!  Please call or e-mail the General Manager, Jo, at jo@18th-amendment.com to reserve your spot.  Payment is due at time of reservation and space is limited.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Hackley Public Library Used Book Sale 2018
Sunday,  April 22 @ 12-3:00pm
Friday through Saturday, April 20 – 21 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, historic Hackley Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale!  Thousands of books of all genres both hardbound and paperback, CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, and a selection of antique, rare and collectible books are available for sale.  Prices range from $0.50 to $2.00 for most items; rare and special collectors items may have special pricing as marked.  Sunday is the Bag Sale where you purchase an entire bag of books for only $3.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Monday:

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

Death to the Culture of Death

Gun laws could obviously be fine tuned following Cruz’ gruesome shooting spree but a greater task awaits our nations remedial efforts. Stricter gun laws would not change  America’s willingness to cheer for gladiators if they could take center stage today. America is dripping in blood with it’s unquenchable thirst for violence. Hollywood knows where the money is so it pours out the violence. Movies such as Hunger Games, had no respect for nor value to human life. Teens watch videos that make death laughable. Many of our school massacres were committed by teens immersed in the culture of death. Until American begins to see that mankind is made in the image of God and has a sacred value our communities and our schools will be riddled with violence of some sort. America needs a cultural change. Teens nation-wide are being asked to demonstrate against guns, hopefully they will protest  against violence and turn from their own lust for violence via entertainment. There is a choice between life and death. It might help if the Ten Commandments were posted in public places. The Moral Laws of God would be a good foundation to build upon. The Commandments can be summed up as love for God and for one’s neighbor.

William Randall, Chaplain, Muskegon Rescue Mission
Chairman, Muskegon County National Day of Prayer

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 04/17/18

AGENDA

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

April 17, 2018
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: March 20, 2018
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business
06. Site Plan Review – 3041 Hts Ravenna Road
Parcel: 61-15-111-200-0009-10
Purpose: New Storage Building

Old Business
07. Site Plan Review & Special Use – 2963 Hts. Ravenna Rd.
Parcel: 61-15-293-000-0001-00
Purpose: Smokehouse/General Store and Seasonal Outdoor Market

08. Public Comments
09. 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 – 03/20/18

AGENDA

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

March 20, 2018
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: February 20, 2018
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business

06. Public Hearing – Zone Change Paul J (Jaime) Kosch
7046 S. Quarterline
Parcel: 61-15-134-400-0003-00
Purpose: Rezone from R-4 to R-6

07. Site Plan Review & Special Use – Konstance Tariske
4759 Airline Road
Parcel: 61-15-115-300-0010-00
Purpose: Child care / daycare expansion

Old Business

08. Site Plan Review & Special Use – 2963 Hts. Ravenna Rd.
Parcel: 61-15-293-000-0001-00
Purpose: Smokehouse/General Store and Seasonal Outdoor Market

09. Public Comments
10. 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.

Top Dog Name in Ottawa County

Back-to-Back Titles for Bella

The numbers are in and tabulated for dog licenses issued in 2017. Bradley Slagh, Ottawa County Treasurer, reported that the top names for licenses issued last year were:

1-Bella
2-Bailey
3-Lucy
4-Charlie
5-Molly
6-Cooper
7-Buddy
8-Sadie
9-Tucker

“Some of the dog names we take in truly make us smile,” said Brad Slagh, County Treasurer. “Some even make you wonder what the dogs smell or look like to get some of these names. Last year we had a Calla Lilly, Pork Chop, Jake from State Farm, Chiquita, Copper Pot and Burt Reynolds.”

The top five breeds licensed in 2017 were Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Chihuahua, German Shepherd and Shih Tzu.

Since the year 1919 Michigan law has required that dogs be licensed. Additionally, the law requires that to get a dog license proof of a rabies vaccination by a veterinarian must be provided. Along with ensuring that pet owners keep rabies vaccinations up to date, dog licenses save time, money and emotional distress. If a dog is lost, the license will make the return of the pet simple. When a stray is picked-up by animal control (or a friendly neighbor), a dog wearing its license will be returned to its owner quickly for a tail-wagging, slobbery reunion. Unlicensed dogs risk being brought to the animal shelter. The owner may face fines, redemption fees, boarding costs and vet bills. Pets who remain unidentified could be put up for adoption.

Dogs must be licensed at four months of age. In Ottawa County, dog licenses can be purchased at any time but are issued to expire the month of the dogs’ rabies vaccination. New licenses are available for either one or three years and will expire in the month of the rabies vaccination. Owners can purchase licenses through participating veterinarians, some units of government or online at www.miottawa.org/DogLicense. More information about licensing dogs in Ottawa County is available on the  https://www.miottawa.org/Departments/Treasurer/dog_licenses.htm  or by calling 616-994-4501.

The top names of 2016 were:

1-Bella
2-Max
3-Lucy
4-Charlie
5-Sadie
6-Buddy
7-Molly
8-Bailey
9-Sophie
10-Maggie & Daisy (tied)

NPR ‘Abused & Betrayed’ Series Must Lead to National Reforms

Surveillance cameras and immediate 911 reporting are vital steps to dramatically reduce the epidemic of rapes of vulnerable women & children with disabilities
from EINPresswire.com

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 23, 2018 — NPR has released a scathing investigative reporting series called “Abuse and Betrayed” exposing massive sexual assaults and rapes of people with disabilities. According to NPR, who obtained information from the U.S. Department of Justice, people with disabilities are sexually assaulted seven or more times the rate of anyone else.

Abused and Betrayed
https://www.npr.org/series/575502633/abused-and-betrayed

The wide-scale discrimination against our most vulnerable citizen with disabilities must be stopped. To deny people with disabilities immediate 911 emergency first responder services and to deny them “equal protections of laws” is discrimination in civil rights.

In the first NPR exposé, the story of a very dangerous New York State caregiver and pedophile that the Jonathan Carey Foundation has been speaking about for many months is again brought to light. In a nutshell, this man was sexually assaulting and filming at least one disabled boy that he was supposed to be taking care of in a New York State operated group home.

 

 

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About
https://www.npr.org/2018/01/08/570224090/the-sexual-assault-epidemic-no-one-talks-about

National Recognition, New Downtown Living and More

from Watch Muskegon Market Report’s February Newsletter

Watch US GO Feature

cindylarsenChamber President, Cindy Larsen, won the Grand Rapids Business Journal 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award this month. The award recognized Muskegon’s redevelopment efforts which include over $1 billion in investments!

In addition to winning the overall 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award, Larsen and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber won the Newsmaker award in the economic development category as well. WATCH US GO! Click here to learn more.

 

Live
apartmentMore living options are available Downtown Muskegon and they are quickly filling up! Highpoint Flats filled 11 of their 47 apartments within the first week that the leasing office was opened. This is just one of many projects making Downtown Muskegon a living destination. Highpoint Flats is on schedule to be complete this May.
Click here to learn more.

Work

building

Photo Credit: Progressive AE

Location and design of the new convention center is under way! Progressive AE, an architectural design firm, has been contracted to work on the proposed convention center. The Muskegon City Commission and Muskegon County are working together to make this happen. The convention center is expected to open in 2021 with construction starting in 2019.
Click here to learn more.

Learn
people
Read Muskegon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through improved literacy in Muskegon, was selected as a finalist in the MiBiz Best-Managed Nonprofits Awards. They opened their family literacy center in Muskegon Heights last May.
Click here to learn more.

Play

beach

Photo Credit: Megan Jones

Muskegon receives more national recognition! Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon was mentioned by National Geographic as being a destination for surfers. Muskegon is continuously getting put on the map on a national level for its innovation, cultural offerings and natural resources. New this year is the Great Lakes Surf Festival slated to happen this summer.
Click here to learn more.

THE STATS

Homes Sold
January 2017 = 168
January 2018 = 132

Average Sale Price
January 2017 = $121,389
January 2018 = $121,276

Labor Force
December 2016 = 75,900
December 2017 = 76,400

Employment
December 2016 = 72,300
December 2017 = 72,400

84% of NEW Promise scholars are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree after the promise.

Statistics provided by: The Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth; Michigan Association of Realtors, and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 04/11/18

Student Affairs
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 p.m. ~ Board Room
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Allison Camp, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, Jill Brott, Bob Szymoniak

1. Policy 5610 and 5611 were given a second reading and will be recommended to the full Board for acceptance.

2. Retirements and resignations that will be on the consent agenda for April, 2018 were discussed. Some staffing implications as a result were discussed.

3. A brief discussion was held regarding enrollment and the budget and implications for 2018/19.

4. A review of perception survey data was done. It was shown how this data then drives the school improvement process.

5. The groundbreaking ceremony and other pieces of information regarding the high school bond project and other potential bond expenditures across the district were discussed.

Adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 04/11/18

Personnel Committee
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
7:00 a.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Tim Burgess, Dave Hazekamp, Bob Szymoniak

1. Retirements and resignations were discussed.
2. The impact of the spring 2018 count on the 18-19 budget was discussed.

Adjournment at 7:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 04/09/18

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, April 9, 2018
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak

1. Truck/Van Replacement Schedule
Mark discussed a potential replacement schedule that would start with this fiscal year and continue from there. There will be a board action item at the upcoming board meeting.

2. Bond Sale Update
Mark presented an update on the second series bond sale.

3. Budget/Enrollment Update
Mark and Bob presented an update on enrollment and how it could potentially impact the budget.

Meeting adjourned at 12:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 04/16/18

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board Room
Monday, April 16, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL
IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
V. PRESENTATIONS
VI. COMMUNICATIONS
VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*
VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of March 26, 2018 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                              $219,291.18
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                      130.60
Food Service                                 123,827.27
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage                206.58
Building and Site                            10,500.00 
Total Bill List                             $353,955.63

3. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions (attachment IX-3)
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report (attachment IX-4)
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report (attachment IX-5)
6. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report (attachment IX-6)
7. Approval of Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment IX-7)

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of 2nd and Final Reading of Board Policies 5610 and 5611 (attachment X-1)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held April 9, 2018 (attachment XI-1)
2. Approval of Vehicle Purchases (attachment XI-2)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held April 11, 2018 (attachment XII-1)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held April 11, 2018 (attachment XIII-1)
2. Approval of Overnight Trip Requests (attachment XIII-2)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL
MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Board Workshop, April 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m. Board Room
5. MCSBA Spring Dinner, May 3, 2018 5:30 – 8:00 pm, The Lake House
6. Schedule Board Workshops (April, June, September and October)

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

*Time is provided for members of the audience to address the Board of Education regarding any topic including items on the agenda. The board is providing two opportunities for the public to comment during the meeting. The first is for people who wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. At the end of the meeting the board will provide a brief opportunity for community members to comment on activities and/or discussion that took place during the board meeting. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

Secretary Johnson Comments on Driver Responsibility Fee Elimination Deal

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson made the following statement regarding the announced deal to eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees:

“This announced deal to address and fully eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees is great news for Michigan motorists. The automatic fees collected by the Department of Treasury were a terrible mistake during the dark days of Michigan’s lost decade. They’re a double-penalty that hit hard-working Michigan families and unlike the underlying traffic ticket, judges couldn’t review or offer alternate ways of taking care of the added fee.

“The fact that we’re eliminating these fees shows how much Michigan has come back over the past seven years. I’m thankful that the Legislature and the governor are moving swiftly to close this painful chapter in our history. The fees had nothing to do with traffic safety, never should have been adopted and are now finally on the way out.”

As a state representative in 2003, Johnson voted against Driver Responsibility Fees. As secretary of state, she has pushed for repealing the Driver Responsibility Fee law, successfully advocating that lawmakers eliminate the most common fees in 2011, create a community service option for certain fees in 2015 and begin phasing out all fees.

Driver Responsibility Fees are an additional fee automatically charged for various traffic violations, including non-moving violations, on top of regular traffic citation fines and court costs. Unlike traditional court fines and fees in which a judge can take into consideration a driver’s ability to pay and order alternatives, such as payment plans or community service in lieu of payment, the automatically assessed Driver Responsibility Fees cannot be waived or reduced by a judge.

Ottawa County Department of Public Health Distinguished for Excellence

Health department protects Ottawa County from emergencies and disasters through the national Project Public Health Ready recognition program

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies. The OCDPH demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The OCDPH joins a cohort of 500 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region.

FineLine Creative Reaches 15-Year Milestone

Spring Lake, Michigan – FineLine Creative has kicked off a yearlong celebration of their 15th anniversary. Founded in February 2003, the full-service marketing and creative firm has found success by building relationships with clients that focus on results and collaboration.

FineLine Creative works with a variety of clients from the Muskegon area to greater Grand Rapids. Their core services include website design/development, design and branding, strategic planning, print communications, email marketing, and the newest core service offering, interactive strategies.

With the addition of Lisa Kraus in 2016, FineLine now offers clients a full-circle marketing experience with interactive services including Google AdWords/Analytics reporting, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and social media planning/implementation.

“We’re extremely excited to celebrate this milestone,” said Laura Holmes, the company’s co-founder. “The last five years, in particular, has been transformational as marketing has changed dramatically with the growing demand for online and web-based advertising.”

“Each FineLine team member brings volumes of experience to the table and a unique perspective,” said Yvonne McKessy, co-founder and Creative Communication Director. “The advantage at FineLine is team chemistry, integrity, ingenuity and continual drive to create distinct visual solutions that deliver results.”

In 2015, FineLine was recognized as one of 20 Entrepreneurs of Excellence by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber. In 2013, Laura and Yvonne were one of 25 finalists for the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Top Women-Owned Businesses.

Learn more about FineLine Creative’s service and their team at www.4FineLine.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 9-16, 2018

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

Monday:

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!” The Menu: Minestrone, Baked leek and asiago frittata, Vegetable pie Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College: Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
Monday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

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

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month! April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.” Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 231-722-8000.

MCC Wind and Jazz Ensembles
April 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Muskegon Community College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform on Monday, April 9, at 7:30pm in the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for students and are available at the Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Directed by Daniel M. Meyers, the Wind Ensemble will perform four selections.  Following a brief intermission, the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play three pieces.  In honor of the late Leonard Bernstein, an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist whose 100th birthday would have been on August 25, the Wind Ensemble will open with two of his works, “America” and “Somewhere,” from the 1957 Broadway musical “West Side Story.”

Tuesday:

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday & Thursday:

West Michigan Student Showcase
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for the West Michigan Student Showcase! This is an annual celebration of excellence for high school youth of West Michigan. Students from Mason, Muskegon, Newago, Oceana and Ottawa counties are selected by their respective schools in the areas of academics, athletics, literacy arts, performing arts and visual arts. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are$8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, $14 for an adult 2-night pack or $9 at door. Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Thursday:

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 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.

Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “Cast Iron Cookies with Chef Char!” What a sweet way to use a cast iron skillet! Make your own “giant cookie” and decorate with homemade piped frosting to leave an extra sweet message for someone special or just to decorate for your own enjoyment. This is a great class for all ages and tailored toward beginners in the kitchen. The cost is $35 and is from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Friday:

MCC Events to Celebrate 2018 Earth Week
From Friday, April 13, through Friday, April 20, a Used Book Giveaway will be held in the MCC Science Center hallway.  The public is encouraged to stop by and pick up the books.  MCC faculty and staff may donate used books by no later than Friday, April 6, to Jennifer Darling in Room 1134.
On Saturday, April 14, MCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter is coordinating the clean-up of MCC’s Adopt-a-Highway section along Business 31.  The public is invited to participate.  Those interested should RSVP by email to ptk@muskegoncc.edu.  Participants are asked to meet at 9:45am by the Muskegon Community College sign near the front entrance doors and will carpool to the site.  Volunteers must bring their own gloves and wear closed-toed shoes. Everything else will be provided.
From Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, a recycling display with information about the various types of recyclable items will be located in the MCC main entrance lobby.  Visitors can register for drawings for refillable water bottle prizes.
From Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, Earth Day-inspired paintings by students in MCC Instructor Tim Norris’ Painting I class will be displayed around campus.
“In connection to this year’s Earth Week theme of ‘End Plastic Pollution,’” the students are creating compositions contrasting either one plastic object against several natural ones or vice versa,” explained Norris. “They’re also embedding additive textural materials into the painting surfaces, developing it in relief with actual texture and three-dimensional projections. The idea here is to subtly suggest the contrast between nature and the human-made world without hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer to convey a visual message.”
For more information about the Earth Week events, contact MCC Joint Sustainability Council Chair Tamera Owens at (231) 777-0289.

On Tap & Uncorked: A Michigan Beer, Wine, and Food Tasting Event
April 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “On Tap & Uncorked!”  This is a Michigan beer, wine and food tasting event where you can sample exceptional craft brews, wines and delicious food pairings from our area’s fine restaurants while experiencing the Expressions 2018 Student Art Exhibition and other great exhibitions. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $25 for museum members.  Tickets are on sale in the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at Pigeon Hill, Unruly, and Fetch brewing companies.  Each ticket includes five 4-ounce beverage tasting tickets and food.  Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.  For ticket information, call 231-720-2580. Admission is open only to guests 21 years of age and older.  I.D.s will be checked at the door.

The Alley Door Club: Pop Fiction
April 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 13th season. 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. Friday, April 13: Pop Fiction – pop & rock. The last event of the season is 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.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Vince Carone – Don-a-Palooza
April 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Back Alley Comedy Club located at 1531 W. Sherman Blvd. inside Sherman Bowling Center presents Vince Carone!  Tickets are $10.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258 or visit the website below.  Performing since 2001, Carone has become known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, combined with a stage presence.

Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale
April 13 – April 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm both days, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to find your next treasure at their “Junk to Jewels” event, an indoor rummage sale!  There’ll be a wide variety of furniture, books, home decor, clothes, and much more!  All proceeds will benefit the maintenance of their historic building.  www.muskegonwomansclub.org

Saturday

Express Yourself Super Saturday
April 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for an “Express Yourself Super Saturday” free family fun day!  Student artists and visitors are some of their most important VIPs; you are the next generation of art lovers!  So come on in to this Super Saturday and explore art created by Muskegon County student artists.  For more information call 231-720-2570 10:00am & 1:00pm Film: The Brave Little Toaster (90 mins.) 11:00am – 1:00pm Guided Tours:  Visit Expressions Student Art Exhibition with a Museum docent. 11:00 – 2:00 pm Make & Take:  Choose your medium!  Ms. Ronace will have a selection of materials on hand for our budding artists to create with.  What’s your favorite medium?

The Tasting Station: Fusion Ghanaian Cuisine
April 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop by the Tasting Station at the Muskegon Farmers Market as Tacitus Bailey-Yabani returns to share another recipe from his home country of Ghana. Cooking demonstrations will be held at 10:00am, 11:30am and 12:15pm.  Come and learn, taste, shop the market and then have lunch at Just Klassics Roadside Deli!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Streaming Michigan Irish Music Initiative 2018
April 14 @ 3:00 pm
It’s Streaming MIMI 2018!  If you can’t be in Ireland to watch the Michigan Irish Music Initiative, then come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub in downtown Muskegon! What is the MIMI?  Michigan Irish Music Festival will bring together aspiring musicians associated with colleges or organizations, who focus on Irish traditional music.  They will participate in a high level competition taking place at the Spirit Store in Dundalk Co. Louth, Ireland. The winners will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage at The 2018 Michigan Irish Music Festival, receiving round-trip airfare, and accommodations with breakfasts/dinners included.

Cheers and Chocolate 2018
April 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You’re invited to Cheers and Chocolate 2018!  Cheers and Chocolate is West Michigan’s premiere pairing event.  This annual fundraiser pairs sweet and savory culinary delights with fine wines and beers at the state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) in downtown Muskegon.  Proceeds will support services that support domestic and sexual violence, and human trafficking, as well as services to pregnant or parenting teens at Every Woman’s Place.  For more information, call (231) 759-7909.

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 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 Ironmen Home Game: Indianapolis Enforcers
April 14 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.  Today they take on the Indianapolis Enforcers. call (231) 457-4288.

Benefit Comedy Show: Vince Carone
April 14 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 14, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for a dinner, silent auction and comedy show to raise funds for Orchard View’s Grad Night!  Doors open at 5:00pm, with dinner at 6:30pm and the comedy show beginning at 8:00pm.  Vince Carone, known for his fast-talking, quick-witted, over-the-top rants, will be performing.  The cost is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased by calling Tammy at 231-670-3704, Chris at 231-557-8208 or through the Back Alley Comedy Club’s website below.

Pigeon Hill Brewing: Cigar Rolling Demonstration
April 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Company for a Cigar Rolling Demonstration w/ Jorge’s Cigars!  Learn the art of properly rolling a cigar by hand.  You will have the opportunity to learn everything about the process; from the planting of seeds to the point of enjoying a well-rolled cigar from someone who loves to discuss the passion, history, and culture of the famous Cuban cigar brands.  Cigars will also be available for purchase from Jorge (cash or credit).  For more information, call (231) 375-5184. PLEASE NOTE:  Pigeon Hill Brewery Company is a non-smoking location.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Celtic Woman
April 14 @ 7:00 pm
Celtic Woman, the multi-platinum international music sensation, is returning with a brand new live show for an extensive North American tour beginning spring 2018 with a stop in Muskegon on April 14 at the Frauenthal Center.  The much-anticipated concert, ‘Homecoming,’ will play in more than 90 U.S. and Canadian cities from coast-to-coast.  Tickets go on sale beginning October 13 at Noon.  Tickets range from $33.00 – $106.00 and can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office, Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm, by calling 231-727-8001 or online at frauenthal.org or startickets.com.

Performances @The Block: Robin Connell
April 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Block, 360 W. Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Come to The Block for a live performance by Robin Connell!  Originally from Detroit, Robin is equally at home as a jazz pianist or jazz pianist/vocalist, performing regularly in clubs, concerts and private parties as a solo pianist.  She is also leader of her own trio/jazz quartet.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets

Sunday

White Lake College Performance Series
April 15 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’re invited to Lebanon Lutheran Church for the White Lake College Performance Series featuring top ensembles from Grand Valley State University.  Four ensembles will be featured for this groundbreaking concert; The GVSU Whirlwind Quintet will perform works by Bathe, Pierne, Farkas, and Arnold; a clarinet and bassett horn duo will perform Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück No. 2; a GVSU string quartet will present the Mozart String Quartet in G Major; plus the Mozart Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola, and piano will be featured.  The suggested donation is $5 at the door or free for all students.  More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

MCC Honors Orchestra and Vocal Ensembles

April 15 @ 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
April 15 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra and Vocal Ensembles, featuring wind and string players as well as collegiate singers from MCC and area schools.  Tickets are $7 or $2 for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Monday

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

Marketing Mondays: Common Sense in Online Marketing
April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a “Marketing Monday!”  This week’s focus is “Common Sense in Online Marketing,” presented by Tari & Jennifer Follett of Firelight.  Don’t get lost in endless data and trends!  Bring your feet back to the ground, keep your goals firmly in mind, and get ready for some real talk.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  RSVP by noon Friday, April 13.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

Edith Maniker, Kindertransport Survivor
April 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Edith Maniker, who as a young child was a Kindertransport survivor who escaped Nazi persecution during World War II, will be the guest presenter at the 2018 Shoah Commemoration Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The event, which takes place at Samuel Lutheran Church, at the corner of 8th Street and Muskegon Ave. in downtown Muskegon, is organized by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Maniker will also speak at a community event on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Both events are free and open to the public. During the day on April 16, Maniker will be participating in an outreach program for Muskegon County High Schools from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies – Muskegon. Born in Leipzig, Germany, Maniker, along with a hundred other children, was placed on a train in 1939 that transported the youngsters from Germany to England and away from the Nazi horrors. A few years ago, Maniker returned to Germany – something she vowed she would never do – for the first time since her remarkable escape. The Kindertransport (German for “children’s transport”) was an organized rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust. For more information on the events, please contact Trynette Lottie-Harps at (231) 777-0559.

Grand Valley State University – Fall 2017 Graduate List

More than 1,100 Grand Valley State University students participated in commencement ceremonies on December 9 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. A list of the names of Grand Valley’s most recent graduates follows.

Students who graduated at the conclusion of the Fall 2017 semester in December include:

Fruitport: Kendra Bringedahl, BA; Jordan Sayles, MSA

Muskegon (49444): Alyssa Keith, BBA; Mabelle Lawson, BBA

Nunica: Lyvanh Braak, MPA; Catherine Cushway, BS; Samantha Londo, BS

Ravenna: Evan Patterson, MBA; Brett Postema, BBA

Spring Lake: Rebecca Boven, BS; Gabrielle Bunnell, BS; Haylee Coon, BBA; Ian Hewett, BS; Elizabeth Holman, BS; Lauren Homolka, BBA; Dawn Medendorp, MED; Jesse Ruter, BBA; Alicia Ryke, BS; Brittany Thorp, MPH

A Whole New World, Fear It or Embrace It

Predictions for the future
by Mike Simcik

Software disruptions, nanotechnology, power, medicine, food, transportation.

Auto repair shops will just go away. A gasoline engine has 20,000 individual parts. An electrical engine has 20 parts. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only repaired by dealers. It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric engine. Faulty electric engines are not repaired in the dealership but are sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots.

Your electric engine malfunction light goes on so you drive up to what looks like a Jiffy- auto wash. Your car is towed through while you have a cup of coffee and out comes your car with a new engine.

Gas stations go away. Parking meters are replaced by meters that dispense electricity. All companies install electrical recharging stations.

All major auto manufacturers have already designated 5-6 billion dollars each to start building new plants that only build electric cars. Coal industries go away. Gasoline/oil companies go away. Drilling for oil stops.

Homes will produce and store more electrical energy during the day and then they use and will sell it back to the grid. The grid stores it and dispense it to industries that are high electricity users. A baby born today will see only personal cars in a museum.

More info you’re not prepared for:

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years and, most people won’t see it coming. Did anyone think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels but followed Moor’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture, and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Software disrupting traditional industries in 5-10 years:

Uber is a software tool, they don’t own any cars, but are now the worlds largest taxi company.

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US., young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only omniscient specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars:

In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear to the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. The very young children of today will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.

1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million mi (10 million km). That will save a million lives worldwide each year.

Most car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the insurance will become 100 x cheaper. The car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream in ten years. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electric power will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the future impact.

Fossil energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that simply cannot continue, technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water will only need minimal expense per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health Care now:

There are companies who will build a medical device (AKA the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, the price will be announced this year. It scans your retina, blood sample, and your breath. It will analyze 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease.

Fruitport Charter Township Board Meeting Agenda – 04/09/18

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

APRIL 9, 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: 3/26/2018
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Second reading- zone change
B. Approval of Fire Department union labor agreement
C. Approval of SEIU labor agreement

08. New Business
A. Approval of water service material supplier
B. Authorization to hire Police Officer
C. Approval to roll Public Safety funds

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 – Gray Hair

Dear Dr. Universe: Why does hair turn gray? –Darae, 10

Dear Darae,

Hair comes in lots of different colors. There’s black, medium brown, auburn, light brown, strawberry blonde, and copper, to name just a few. But in the end, almost everyone will have hair that’s gray or white.

Ever since you were born, different cells have been working on your hair. Each hair sprouts from a follicle, a sort of little hair-making factory under your skin. Here, some of your cells are making your hair and others are coloring it.

The cells that color your hair are called melanocytes. They produce a pigment, or natural coloring matter, called melanin. This is the same pigment that gives your eyes and skin their color, too.

I decided to visit my friend Cynthia Cooper, a biologist and researcher at Washington State University, for help answering your question.

A close-up look at cells

Cooper and the other scientists in her Vancouver, Wash., lab are really curious about cells. They are investigating questions about how some cells end up becoming the kind that produce skin pigment.

As people get older, she said, the pigment-producing cells in their hair follicles gradually die. They can no longer make enough pigment to keep coloring their hair.

If we took out all the pigment from your hair, it would be totally white.  So when melanocytes stop producing melanin altogether, your hair turns white.

“Why hair follicle melanocytes die over time, and are not replaced, we don’t entirely know,” Cooper said. “Our skin doesn’t turn gray, so the biology is quite different,” she adds.

While Cooper works on pigment in skin, she said some scientists are also working on other big questions about the pigment in hair, too. These scientists are especially curious about the inner-workings of the cells and how gray hair is part of people’s DNA.

Perhaps, you’ve heard someone say their kids are giving them gray hair. But scientifically, if anyone is giving someone gray hair, it’s likely their own parents. Those that come before us pass down their hair color to us through the genes we inherit from them. It’s the same with graying hair.

Scientists have even pinpointed specific genes and parts of cells that are involved in growing gray hair. The new knowledge is helping us put together a better picture of how pigment works. Still, there’s a lot more to discover.

Maybe as you get older and find that first gray hair, you’ll remember some of the science that’s at the root of it all. If you have a cat or dog, maybe you’ll notice that they’ll go gray around their muzzles, too.

I’ve actually had gray and white hair ever since I was a kitten. I think it’s pretty great. Our pigment, or lack of it, help make us all unique.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Mental Health Watchdog Calling for Investigation into Psychiatric Drugging of Millions of Children

Currently 8 million U.S. children are being prescribed psychiatric drugs, with more than 1 million between the ages of zero to five.
from EINPresswire.com

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2017 — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to protection of children, is calling for an investigation into the heavy psychiatric drugging of children; especially foster children, in Florida.

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“Children are being drugged simply because psychiatry has reclassified normal childhood behaviors and repackaged them as ‘mental disorders’ resulting in the psychiatric drugging of millions of kids.”
— CCHR

A report from the research arm of Florida’s child-protection system released in 2015 showed that foster children are being put on psychotropic medications without caregivers following proper procedures and that 11 percent of the children in foster care had active prescriptions for at least one psychotropic drug. While a review of 140 children’s files showed just 20 percent of these children met all the key requirements for administering such medication.

Following the tragic death of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in 2009, who was found hanging from a shower fixture in his foster home after having been prescribed two “black box” drugs intended for adults – the Florida policies for using psychotropic drugs on foster kids were updated but this has not solved the problem.

The psychiatric drugging of children is not just confined to the foster care system. In 2011 a two-year investigation concluded that kids in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Texas were “prescribed psychotropic drugs at rates 2.7 to 4.5 times higher than other children in Medicaid in 2008.”

Currently 8 million U.S. children are being prescribed psychiatric drugs, with more than 1 million between the ages of zero to five. Children are being drugged simply because psychiatry has pathologized normal childhood behaviors, and repackaged them as “mental disorders.” The result is that millions of children are being drugged for behaviors reclassified by psychiatry as “disease.”

As a result, CCHR is calling for an investigation into the psychiatric drugging of children in the United States. Individuals are invited to the center, located at 109 N. Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater, to learn more about the dangers associated with psychiatric drugs as well as alternatives to medication. To learn more, please call 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of March 12, 2018

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, March 12, 2018, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Todd Dunham, Jeff Jacobs, Greg Hulka, and Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: Andrea Anderson, excused

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 3– residents; 7– employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of February 26, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Rose Dillon shared a report on the Whitham Drain assessment.
2. Rose Dillon shared that a budget public hearing will be held at the next meeting.
3. Brian Michelli reported a large drug bust in the Township.
4. Brian Michelli shared that interviews for the open Police Officer position will occur on Thursday.
5. Brian Michelli mentioned that the new extrication equipment that was purchased for the Fire Department will be coming in mid-April.
6. Brian Michelli shared information on the traffic speed sign that Ofc. Andy Hunt secured a grant for.
7. Ron Langlois reported that the Muskegon County Road Commission has contracted with JMC for the repair to Farr Rd.
8. Ron Langlois reported that 28 water service stubs have been completed for Chandy Acres East.
9. Heidi Tice shared that Paul Bowman from the MCRC reported that the Road Commission will be replacing a culvert on Stringer Rd, including curb and apron approach. The project will be done as part of the Farr Rd culvert repair and at no cost to the township.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-023 2018-2019 Budget discussion
Proposed budgets were discussed. Proposed budgets will come to the board for approval at the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

18-024 Approval to purchase lawn tractor for Cemetery Department
The Clerk has requested approval to purchase a new lawn tractor for the cemetery. The purchase was approved by the Cemetery Committee and budgeted for.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Clerk to purchase the requested lawn tractor for the Cemetery Department at the cost of $6,348.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

18-025 Approval to purchase turnout gear for the Fire Department
The Public Safety Director requested authorization to purchase 3 sets of turnout gear for the Fire Department. Total cost to equal approximately $6,000. This purchase was budgeted for.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety Director to purchase the requested gear.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

18-026 Approval for 2018 local road brine program with the Muskegon County Road Commission
The total cost for the program will be $19,581 for 2018.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to participate in the 2018 local road brine program with the Muskegon County Road Commission.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Jacobs, Dunham
Nays: none

18-027 Adoption of Federal Poverty Guidelines
The motion by Denise Winebarger, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adopt the Federal Poverty Guidelines that are used in the determination of poverty exemptions for 2018.

18-028 Approval of union labor agreements
Proposed labor union agreements were discussed for Police, Fire, and SEIU unions.
The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to TABLE the labor union contracts.

18-029 DPW Director evaluation and contract renewal
The Supervisor reported on the performance review of the DPW Director, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Denise Winebarger was carried unanimously, to TABLE this item.

18-030 Public Safety Director evaluation and contract renewal
The Supervisor reported on the performance review of Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to TABLE this item.

18-031 Parks Department suggestions for improvements
The proposed projects were discussed. The Supervisor will invite the Parks Committee to the next meeting to provide further explanation.

18-032 Letter of support for casino project
It was requested that the current board draft a letter of support for the proposed casino project.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to send a letter of support for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Fruitport casino project.

Jeff Jacobs will send the letter that was presented to Heidi for her to complete and send.

18-033 Payment of bills
Jeff Jacobs moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $5,021.63; Public Safety $12,957.84; Water $63,780.72; Sewer $222.02
Totaling: $81.982.21

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Jacobs, Dunham
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Rick Tice, 8th Ave, suggested that the Supervisor request the Parks’ minutes be changed if they are incorrect in stating that the Supervisor will get them their normal budget + cell tower funds + $50,000 for improvements, rather than the fact that she will try to make those funds available.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Denise Winebarger was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 10:02pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Schools, Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders Collaborate to Enhance School Safety

Ottawa/Allegan Counties, MI- The Ottawa Area Secure Schools Network (OASSN) —a combined effort between schools, law enforcement, and emergency responders within the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) to enhance school safety across the region— hosted a Spring Summit March 1 at the Ottawa County Fillmore Administration Building in West Olive.

Over 150 representatives from public, private, and charter schools, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other responders and support agencies attended the event to continue to coordinate and share training across all agencies; share practices and plans across the region and between agencies; and develop common safety procedures, protocol and language. These were identified as the top goals of the network during the 2017 fall summit.

“The OASSN summits help everyone hear the most up-to-date school safety answers from those who are experts in each of their respective subject areas,” Cal DeKuiper, superintendent for Zeeland Public Schools, said. “Working together takes regional cooperation to a deeper level resulting in a higher level of preparedness should the unthinkable ever happen in our region.”

2017 Newsmaker of the Year

Muskegon, MI – Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, accepted the Grand Rapids Business Journal 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award this morning at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. This award recognized Muskegon’s redevelopment over the year which includes over $1 billion in investments.

Over 600 West Michigan business and community leaders were on hand to witness the award recognition. “It is great to see Muskegon being recognized for its economic success,” says Larsen. “The Watch Muskegon campaign was launched at the perfect time to capture the amazing story of Muskegon’s evolution.”

The community engagement strategy formulated by the Watch Muskegon Campaign has tapped the energy of over 100 community stakeholders and thousands of area residents. “From large businesses and small business start-ups to investments by education and government, Muskegon’s resurgence is now unstoppable,” according to the Chamber President.

Also recognized at this event was GE Aviation/Norton Shores facility. They are one of many growing manufacturing companies located along the Muskegon Lakeshore.

newsmakerawardsIn addition to winning the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year award, Larsen and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber won the Newsmaker award in the economic development category.

Each year, Grand Rapids Business Journal reporters and editors meet to discuss nominees for the upcoming Newsmaker of the Year honors. This year, more than 225 choices were considered before determining the top three nominees in 16 different categories. The top selection from each category was recognized with an industry Newsmaker award, and the 2017 Newsmaker of the Year was selected from among the winners of those 16 categories. The top Newsmaker in each category and the overall Newsmaker of the Year were announced during the event.

About the Chamber – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,200 businesses and organizations. The Muskegon Chamber represents businesses of every size and type all over West Michigan. The Chamber is celebrating 125 years in operation working to sustain an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services. The Muskegon Chamber is an award winning Chamber, being named Chamber of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2015 by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 2-9, 2018

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

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Monday, April 2 @ 6:00 pm
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.

Super Spring Break Days
April 2 – 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday – Thursday, April 2 – 5 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Super Spring Break Days!”  Take an adventure and explore the museum’s awesome art collection.  There is free admission for one adult accompanying a child.

Instructor: Ronace Hogan

•  11:00am – 1:00pm  Docent in the gallery
•  11:00am – 2:00pm  Arts and crafts in the classroom
•  11:30am –  Film in the auditorium

Monday:  Pastels (permanent collection)
Tuesday:  Beading and Weaving (Thunder Boy, Jr.)
Wednesday:  Tooling (The Poetry of Metal)
Thursday:  Paint! (Expressions Student Art Exhibition)

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

Lakeshore Museum Center: Spring Break Open House
April 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
It’s a Spring Break Open House at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Enjoy crafts, wind tunnel science, and more hands-on fun.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit the Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Free Family Movie Day:  Where the Wild Things Are
April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the historic Frauenthal Theater for a free family movie day featuring “Where the Wild Things Are!” A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants.  Max, following an incident with his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him, runs away from home.  Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.  This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament.  Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. The film is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, call 231-722-9750.

A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “A Taste from the Mountain Regions of Italy with Sofia!” The Menu: Polenta e Frico (fried cheese and potatoes), Canederli (bread gnocchi), Polpette (meatballs), Gelato with warm blueberries Bring your appetite!  Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved here four years ago from Italy where she spent her entire life.  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Pajama Party at the Art Museum
April 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We will see you at the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Pajama Party at the Museum!”  Wear your jammies (slippers optional) and have some fun as you enjoy an activity with their friends from the Lakeshore Museum Center, story time with their friends from Hackley Public Library, a hot cocoa station, art activity and a movie.  Admission is FREE!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Tours
Thursdays @ 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.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Robot Open House
Saturday, April 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Robot Open House!  Try out many of the newer robots in the Museum’s Science Center.  Program and learn with the Cubelets, Code-a-pillar, Little Bits and more. Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the main museum building.  Programs and museum admission are free of charge for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are just $3.  www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Indoor Farmers’ Market
Saturdays @ 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.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

West Michigan Ironmen Home Game
Saturday, April 7 @ 7:00 pm
The West Michigan Ironmen is West Michigan’s only professional football team!  They strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.  You can catch their home games at 7:15pm at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Tickets start at under $10 and are available through www.startickets.com or at the L.C. Walker Box Office.   Saturday, April 7, they take on the Midway Marauders.  For more information, call (231) 457-4288.

The Swan Series
Sunday, April 8 @ 2:00 pm
Join host Robert Swan in a new lecture series entitled “The Swan Series.”  Bob will share many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 34 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others.  Lectures will be held at the United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

On April 8 at 2:00pm, The Swan Series continues with “OUTSIDE AGAIN!”  Aaron Copland’s APPALACHIAN SPRING is one of the first uniquely American compositions both in concept and sound.  Bob Swan will explain why it is so “American” and so loved by people everywhere.  Quite selfishly, he hopes that by focusing on this masterpiece, winter’s grip on us will loosen.  The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

The Swan Series is a new program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music.  More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.

Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is offering the culinary class, “Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Flavorless with Sofia!” The Menu: Minestrone, Baked leek and asiago frittata, Vegetable pie Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved her four years ago after spending her entire life in Italy and be sure to bring your appetite!  The cost is $35.  For more information call 231-769-2202.

Live Jazz with Checkers Morton
Monday, April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
April is Jazz Month!  April 9 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hackley Public Library will celebrate by welcoming Checkers Morton and his band of friends who have been playing together for 40 years, offer amazing, original compositions like “Dan’s Lighthearted Padge” and “Little Raga.”  Their music comes from their heart & soul and features wood, reeds, brass, ivory and primal drums.  This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call  231-722-8000.

Muskegon Community College: Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert
Monday, April 9 @ 7:30 pm
Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Muskegon Community College Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, featuring traditional wind and jazz ensemble music of all styles.  Tickets are $6 or free for students.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Grand Valley State University – Fall 2017 Dean’s List

Grand Valley State University announces the names of students who were placed on the dean’s list for the Fall 2017 semester concluding in December. The list includes those students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average and been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits. The honor is noted on the students’ official records.

Students honored for the fall semester include:

Fruitport: Kendra Bringedahl; Jade Johnson; Rebeka Johnson; Alyson Rosema; Brianna Routt; Caitlyn Sutton; Courtney Wagasky

Muskegon (49444): Montoya Briggs; Jared Cloutier; Brandy Cumbee; Stephanie Eslick; Alyssa Keith; James Little; Christopher Parisian; Cade Snuffer; Michael Valachovics; Carl Wilson

Nunica: Nickolas Carrier; Catherine Cushway; Lydia Engelsma; Alexandra Gemmen; Noah Strasler

Ravenna: Marissa Aney; Weston Bernath; Lillian Lieffers; Shaina McKinnon; Haley Pearson; Justin Pelham; Nicole Townsend; Brooke VanDonkelaar

Spring Lake: Brandon Aho; Cameron Amaya; Zachary Anderson; Stefanos Apostle; Kevin Boyer; Alexander Brower; Daniel Brower; Lauren Brown; Lance Burt; Hannah Cabala; Arden Clark; Benton Conrad; Haylee Coon; Jacob Drelles; Laurie English; Edgardo Fernandez; Megan Galligan; Margaret Ginocchio; Karlee Hale; Madison Harloff; Alyssa Hartley; Lauren Homolka; Rachel Howard; Anna Huizenga; Jillian Huizenga; Alec Kieft; Zachary Mahan; Emily Marine; Christian Pelke; Joseph Rohloff; Alicia Ryke; Heather Schmitt; Tirzah Schmuker; Dylan Styburski; Victoria Tober; Joshua Tull; Emily Turbett; Kyle VanDenHeuvel; Abby VanOtteren; Samuel Ventocilla; Travis Ward; Jacob Weesies; Leah Wilcox; Natalie Wilson

Ottawa County Honors Employees for Customer Service

Join us in congratulating Amy Brown and Kara Bostrom-Young from the 58th District Court and Jocelyn Garris from the Human Resources Office, who have been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the fourth quarter of 2017. You can read the nominations which earned each recipient an award plus learn more about them at miOttawa.org.

Crisis-Trained Chaplains Minister to Suffering Communities After Recent Shootings

bgeachaplainsThe Billy Graham Rapid Response team deployed crisis-trained chaplains to South Carolina and Kentucky following fatal shootings in January. On Jan. 16, four law enforcement officers in York County, S.C., were shot while searching for a suspect after responding to a domestic violence call. While three of the four officers survived, the attack claimed the life of Det. Mike Doty. One week later, a 15-year-old student opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., killing two and injuring 14.

In both locations, the chaplains were requested by the community to provide emotional and spiritual care. They have had the opportunity to pray with families, local pastors, law enforcement, and many of the survivors.

“Sudden, tragic deaths like we’ve seen in South Carolina and Kentucky are heart-wrenching,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “They affect not only the survivors and the families of the victims, but the entire community. Lives are forever changed. Join us in praying for those who are broken and mourning, and those who will carry the physical and emotional scars for years to come.”