Monthly Archives: June 2018

Ottawa County Ranks #1 – Healthiest County in Michigan

Ottawa County ranks #1 as the healthiest county in Michigan and has held that place since 2014, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings (CHR). The rankings show us where we live matters to our health and good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including jobs, housing, education, poverty and more. Ottawa County maintained or improved in 69 percent of the 35 measures, and did as well or better than Michigan in 85 percent of the 35 measures. However, Ottawa County does not compare favorably to the state or to top counties in the area for access to primary care (medical, dental and mental health providers). The county has consistently had fewer providers for the size of its population, but despite this, Ottawa County compares favorably in many health outcomes.

Noteworthy, the CHR findings coincide with the recently revealed Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) results, which states obesity, as well as poor mental health and access to mental health care providers, as ongoing concerns.

“Ottawa County has all the social and community characteristics that distinguish a community as healthy. We have fantastic partnerships that enable us to achieve healthier outcomes,” said Marcia Mansaray, epidemiologist with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

Ottawa County’s #1 rank has six sub-rankings: Length of Life, Quality of Life, Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social and Economic Factors and Physical Environment. The county maintained or improved in four of the six sub-rankings. The exceptions were Clinical Care and Physical Environment.

Ottawa County’s Strengths:

•  Longer life span
•  Lower teen birth rate
•  Fewer babies born at a low birthweight
•  Fewer children in poverty
•  Very low unemployment
•  Less inequality among the highest and lowest incomes

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 06/11/18

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

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

1. School Safety Officer
Brian Michelli discussed the potential way for Fruitport to have a school safety officer in the future.

2. Negotiations Update
Mark gave an update on bargaining.

3. L-4029
Mark gave an update on the proposed L-4029 for next year. The L-4029 is the document that is provided to the township so that the townships can levy the proper taxes.

4. Budget Review
Mark gave an update on the 2018 and 2019 general fund and school service fund budgets.

Meeting adjourned at 12:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/18/18 – 06/25/18

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

Monday June 18:

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays, June 18 @ 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.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
June 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Tuesday June 19:

Free Summer Concert Series: Zach Day & Full Throttle
June 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Arts Council of White Lake every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell for the ACWL’s Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School.  For more information, call (231) 893-2524.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
June 12 & 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 14, come to 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. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Wednesday June 20:

Readers’ Theater: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
June 20 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop as the Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan presents “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick.  This is Sci-Fi at its best!  The films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 were based on this novel.  The cover is $5.  Come early for dinner at 6:30pm to enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad and garlic bread for only $7.95.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Thursday June 21:

Art for Alzheimer’s: Shopping for A Cause
June 21 – June 23 @ 11:00 am
In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Art Cats Gallery invites you to “Art for Alzheimer’s: Shopping for A Cause,” June 21 – 23!  Join with them to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter during the Longest Day.  They will be donating a portion of their sales to this great organization.  For more information, call (231) 755-7606.

Friday June 22:

Parties in the Park: Whoopee Kat
June 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park. Sponsor this week is the Greater Muskegon Optimist Club.

Yoga at the Light: White River Light Station
June 22 @ 9:30 am
Summer days are for unwinding and what better way to enjoy a summer’s day than relaxing along the water on the lawn of the White River Light Station!  Bring your yoga mats or large towels and water to drink for Yoga.  In case of rain, this event will be rescheduled for June 29.  For further information, call Mitch at White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.

West Michigan Concert Winds: Summer Outdoor Concerts
June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Join the West Michigan Concert Winds for free summer outdoor concert on the lawn of the old Union Depot Train Station located at 610 W. Western Ave.  Enjoy a beautiful evening as they perform Sousa Band music. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.  For more information, call the West Michigan Concert Winds at 231-780-0273.

Hot Diggity Dog Fundraiser Event
June 22 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Enjoy live music performed by “The Smokin’ Dobroleles,” a silent auction with many great packages up for bid including Date Night packages, Sports packages and many more! General admission is $5 and includes 2 hot dogs with unlimited toppings and 2 sides. Cure your sweet tooth at the bake sale!  Life Change Church is located at 3084 Whitehall Rd. For more information, contact Tony Maniscalco at 231-830-9376 or e-mail tmaniscalco@moka.org.

Seaway Run Healthy Lifestyle Expo
June 22 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
You’re invited to the L.C. Walker Arena for the Healthy Lifestyle Expo from 11:00am-7:00pm.  The Healthy Lifestyle Expo is offered at no cost to the community so you can explore healthy options and learn how to optimize your family’s health.  Visit the expo for health screenings, food, music, kids activities, prizes, demonstrations and more!  For more information visit www.seawayrun.com.

Music at the Light: White River Light Station
June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the White River Light Station for “Music at the Light,” featuring a sing-a-long with Bob Hausler.  The tower will be open late and available for tours for the standard admission charge of $5 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under.  All concerts are free!  In case of rains, meet at the Fruitland Township Hall (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall).  For more information, call (231) 894-8265.

Movies on Deck: Casablanca
June 22 @ 9:00 pm
The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Tonight’s showing “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingred Berman (1942). Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.

Open Mic Night
June 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Red Lotus Gallery comes alive with music, poetry, comedy, stories and more.  Everyone is welcome to participate, though parental discretion is advised due to adult language and themes.  Red Lotus is located at 356 W. Western Ave. This event is free and open to the public. Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture and events!  www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Friends of the Festival: Lee Cello Duo
June 22 @ 7:30 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present the “Friends of the Festival” concert featuring the Lee Cello Duo on Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm. This special concert will be held at the home of Harold and Barbara Wheaton.  Tickets are $40 and include wine, hors d`oeuvres, coffee, and desserts provided by Cichetti’s.  A limited number of tickets are available in advance at the Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., Montague 231-894-5333 and Eventbrite.

Saturday June 23:

Mercy Health Seaway Run
June 23
The Mercy Health Seaway Run has been a tradition along the Lakeshore for over three decades.  The courses for the different distances all offer views of Muskegon Lake, with the 15K and Half Marathon courses also showcasing our beautiful Lake Michigan beach.  With a Community 5K Walk, and three timed distances – 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, the Mercy Health Seaway Run has an event for everyone!  All courses are barrier free and accessible to those with physical challenges, and volunteers will be available for assistance on race day. For more information, visit www.seawayrun.com.

West Michigan Business and Craft Fair
June 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to come to Hackley Park for the West Michigan Business and Craft Fair!  Enjoy a beautiful day of shopping with local entrepreneurs and food vendors, live entertainment, prize giveaways, product demonstrations and more.  Admission is free to this family friendly event.  For more information, call 616-836-8756.

3rd Annual Muskegon County Community Motorcycle Run
June 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 3rd Annual Muskegon County Community Run is happening June 23 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, with registration at 11:00am!  This fun, scenic motorcycle run is followed by a family friendly event at The Folkert Community Hub featuring a dunk tank with uniformed police officers, live music from Blue Tonic and Bari Lee, a motorcycle & classic car show (registration $5), the Relentless Stunts motorcycle stunt show, fire trucks and demonstrations by local towing companies.  You don’t need a motorcycle to participate in the run!  This Poker Run is for cars, trucks and bikes! Their mission is to support special needs children, increase safety and awareness, and to strengthen relationships between motorcyclists, law enforcement and citizens of all ages.  All money raised will go to help No More Sidelines in their mission to support special needs children and the Muskegon County Sheriff Department’s Motor Division, helping to maintain their motorcycles throughout the year.  For more information, email MuskegonCCR@gmail.com.

SJO Supercross
June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under. The Fairgrounds are located at 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd.   For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Maranatha FREE Summer Concert: Michael Card
June 23 @ 7:00 pm
Visit the Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for a free summer concert.  You can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening Italian buffet in the dining room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guests receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

A Reflection of Motown
June 23 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater located in downtown Muskegon for “A Reflection of Motown” featuring The Ultimate Taste Band!  Be entertained with songs sung by artists who once performed under the MOTOWN label. This event will take you back to a time in which old school R & B was just evolving.  Tickets are $30.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Summer Sailstice:
June 23 – June 24
Celebrate the longest day of summer with special events and activities during Lake Effect Boating’s “Summer Sailstice!” Activities will take place at Torresen Marine.  Join the sailboat party out on the water as they gather in the Muskegon Breakwater arms.  No rules, no fees, no start time!  For more information visit www.lakeeffectboating.com .

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game
June 23 & 24 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 23 – 24 at 7:05pm, come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Monarchs!  Admission is only $5! The Muskegon Clippers vs Copperheads. For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com.

Monday June 25

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays, June 25 @ 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.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
June 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

ONGOING EVENTS:

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 21- September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
June 21 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening 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

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Secretary Johnson Praises Senate Passage of Online Voter Registration Legislation

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson praised members of the Michigan Senate for passing legislation today that will provide residents with the accurate and secure option of online voter registration.

“Michigan has the ability to accurately and securely receive registration applications online and authenticate voters against their driver or state ID information on file,” Johnson said. “I commend members of the Senate for working to offer our citizens an easy way to register to vote through the use of modern technology.”

Johnson has worked with legislators to make online voter registration a reality. Throughout her tenure as Secretary of State, she has sought ways to use proven, safe and secure technology to improve and streamline Secretary of State services.

The online services at ExpressSOS.com allow customers to complete just about any transaction online. Launched in 2011, the site offers such conveniences as change of address, duplicate vehicle titles, and vehicle registration and driver’s license renewals over the internet. In Fiscal Year 2017, ExpressSOS.com processed more than 2.2 million transactions online.

Fruitport School Board Workshop Minutes – 06/11/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Board Workshop
June 11, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Workshop of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-068. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes.
Item 18-069. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of May 18, 2018.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Data Review
Curriculum Director, Allison Camp gave the Board a data review. She shared MAP and M-Step results with the Board.

3. Bond Project Change Order Process
Matt Hulswitt from O-A-K shared the scope of the change order process.

4. Discussion on the Pool
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak asked Matt Slagle about pricing for the middle school pool.

5. 2018-19 Board Meeting Schedule
Item 18-070. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to schedule a Regular Board Meeting on July 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

6. Other
None.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-071. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly, Board Secretary

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 06/11/18

STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Monday, June 11, 2018
5:30 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

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

1. This past year teachers in grades K-2 have participated in a reading series selection process. The consensus by the teachers was to purchase the “Superkids Reading Program” published by Zaner-Bloser. The program received endorsement from both Instructional Council and the Student Affairs Committee for purchase and implementation. The program will be purchased with At-Risk funds.

2. Paying a stipend to teachers who attend afterschool work for such things as school improvement work and Instructional Council meetings was discussed and planned for the 2018/19 school year for implementation.

3. Policies regarding student grading and reporting grades were briefly introduced as a topic for further discussion and possible amendments.

4. Policies pertaining to this committee were reviewed for a second reading and will be on the Board agenda for action at our next meeting.

5. A brief update on negotiations with the FEA was given.

Adjournment at 6:23 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 06/12/18

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7:00 a.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Mark Mesbergen, Bob Szymoniak

1. Policies pertaining to this committee were reviewed as a second reading to be placed on the Board agenda for action.

2. The hire of Tom Hamilton to be the new Edgewood Principal was discussed. We have heard glowing reports about Tom as a building principal.

3. An update on negotiations with the FEA was given.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 06/19/18

AGENDA

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

June 19, 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: May 23, 2018
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

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

07. Site Plan Review – McDonald’s 1696 E Sternberg Rd.
Parcel: 61-15-122-100-0009-70
Purpose: Site plan revision

Old Business
08. Site Plan Review Modification – Chandy Acres East 2239 Mt. Garfield Rd.
Parcel: 61-15-127-2000-0007-40
Purpose: Modification of approved site plan under section 42-226

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.

Ask Dr. Universe – Bees’ Behinds

Dear Dr. Universe: My daughter is asking, why do bees have pointy behinds? -Asma, Pakistan

Dear Asma and Friends:

Lots of bees have pointy behinds, but not all of them. The ones that do have a pointy behind, or a stinger, can use it to help defend their homes, food, and fellow bees. That’s what I found out from my friend Megan Asche, a graduate student at Washington State University who studies honey bees and takes super close-up photos of insects.

Asche explained that when a honey bee adult emerges, it chews through one of the waxy hexagon cells in the hive before pushing itself out into the world. For the first two days of the bee’s life, it can’t sting. The bee has a pointy behind, but the venom-releasing organs attached to her stinger are still growing. She needs to walk around and eat before the stinger fully forms.

If you get stung by a bee, it’s going to be a female. Males don’t have a stinger.

Female bees’ ancestors used to lay eggs inside plants or animals using a kind of shovel-shaped thing on their rear end called an ovipositor. After a while, they didn’t need their ovipositor, so it stopped being used for laying eggs and instead became a stinger bees can use to help defend their home.

When a new queen honey bee hatches, she will use her stinger to damage the wax cells where her rival queen bees are growing. She also has to look for a mate. Once she has found a mate, she doesn’t need her stinger anymore. If there’s any stinging to be done, that’s the job of the worker bees.

In one of the photographs Asche took in the lab, you can see that a honey bee stinger has lots of tiny sharp parts, or barbs. The little barbs on a honey bee stinger are long enough to stick in your skin. Bees don’t want to hurt you, but sometimes they will sting if they feel threatened. Once a honey bee stings you, it dies. That’s because its stinger is attached to important organs inside of the abdomen.

“They are essentially making the greatest sacrifice,” Asche said.

When you get stung, the bee will release a pheromone, or a chemical. The bees are basically flagging you. Other bees can sense this pheromone in the air and may show up on the scene. Their stingers may be tiny, but they sure can use them to protect their fellow bees.

“Worker bees are defending their sisters,” added Asche. “They are protecting their home and their food.”

In the end, a pointy stinger can help a family of bees survive. That’s really important for humans and other animals, too. Bees are pollinators. We rely on them to help plants grow and reproduce so that we can have oxygen, food, and a healthy planet.

Can you think of other ways insects might defend and protect themselves in nature? Tell me about it sometime at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

New Grace Period for License Plate Tabs

Secretary Johnson applauds new 30-day grace period for placing tabs on license plates
Motorists can hop online to ExpressSOS.com right up to last minute

On March 14, 2018, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson applauded legislators for passing and Gov. Rick Snyder for signing legislation that gives millions of Michigan motorists a 30-day grace period to affix their tab after renewing their vehicle’s registration.

House Bill 4535, sponsored by Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington, was signed into law yesterday and assigned as Public Act 64 of 2018 today with immediate effect.

“Thanks to this new law, if you renew online or by mail at the last minute, you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket for not having received your tab yet,” Johnson said. “The grace period means you can renew from home up to the deadline. So hop online, not in line, to ExpressSOS.com with Print‘N Go technology. It’s painless!”

AgTech Connections and Resources for Entrepreneurs

contributed by ACRE AgTech

WEST OLIVE, MI – Everyone has their preferred way of investing money, whether it is mutual funds, the stock market, or perhaps bitcoin.  But for the Grand Angels, led by President Tim Parker, the investment vehicle of choice is startup companies and the entrepreneurs who lead them.  Venture capital investments can be risky, and selecting high potential startups takes skill.  It is this skill set that Tim Parker will bring to ACRE AgTech as the newest member of their board of directors.  ACRE AgTech is an entrepreneurial support organization that specializes in ag-technologies that can increase efficiencies in agricultural processes and reduce environmental impacts.

When asked why he chose to volunteer his time on the board of directors for this 501c6 non-profit organization, he laughed, “Well, I like to eat.  But seriously, agtech is such an interesting, rapidly growing, and critically important industry right now that I just had to get involved, and ACRE AgTech leads Michigan in providing services geared toward ag-technologies”.

guyACRE AgTech’s Executive Director, Paul Sachs, was thrilled when Parker showed an interest in joining the ACRE team. “His experience with entrepreneurship combined with his vast corporate skillset makes him a valuable asset to our organization.  ACRE, and our clients, will greatly benefit from his insights and leadership.” Sachs commented that for ACRE’s entrepreneurs, who are navigating a challenging and competitive industry, to have direct access to someone who sees startup successes and failures every day is a huge advantage.  In an industry where adoption rates for new technologies are notoriously low, startups need every advantage they can get.

Entrepreneurs that come to ACRE seeking services are from a wide variety of backgrounds – from engineers to mechanics, chemists to software developers, biologists to farmers. ACRE can help agtech entrepreneurs with the challenges that are specific to agriculture, like on-farm product testing and ag sector venture capital, and also with those challenges that every startup faces, like business planning, prototype development, and market research.  West Michigan is the nexus of all the things agtech startups need for success:  a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, engineering expertise, and a strong agriculture economy.

ACRE AgTech is a non-profit entrepreneurial support organization that has been providing connections and resources to agtech entrepreneurs in Ottawa County and across Michigan since December, 2014.  For more information about ACRE AgTech, please visit our website, www.acreagtech.com, or contact us at 616-994-4745 or info@acreagtech.com.

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2018

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, May 14, 2018, in the township board room.

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

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

Also Present: 9– residents; 10– employees; 12- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 23, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition:

ADD: Unfinished Business item A- Scout Mychal VanAllsburg to present his garden.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Andrea Anderson shared that two candidates for Fruitport Township Trustee have submitted qualifying petitions; Todd Dunham and Terry Knoll.
2. Heidi Tice shared that the Fruitport Aldi will be opening on May 24th.
3. Rose Dillon shared the language for the Library millage that will be on the August ballot. She explained the bridge between the former library district and the current; the millage will state that it is a new additional millage although it is the same millage that currently stands so it is more like a renewal given that there is no change.
4. Brian Michelli reported that the LEIN audit for the Police Department was successful.
5. Brian Michelli shared that the new traffic sign was used for the first time last weekend and that it will be very useful in the future.
6. Brian Michelli shared that he attended a Homeland Security conference.
7. Old Fashioned Days begin on May 23, 2018.
8. Ron Langlois shared that the Water Filtration Plant open house had 300-400 visitors.
9. Heidi Tice shared that she attended a community bike training.
10. Heidi Tice shared that the Township Clean-up Days were successful.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-069 Mychal VanAllsburg to present garden project
Mychal VanAllsburg led the group outside on the lawn to present his Eagle Scout project. He installed a garden to honor the members of the Fruitport Fire and Police Departments. He thanked the Board and his sponsors of the project. Mychal had $158 left over from the funds he raised for the project that he donated to the Township. The $158 was applied as a donation to the flag fund. Thank you, Mychal- job well done!

NEW BUSINESS:

18-070 Presentation from Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema with Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema; Joseph Riley, Speaker of the Tribal Council; and Ron Pete, Shoreline Committee, spoke regarding two projects that the Tribe is working on in Fruitport Township. The Odeno housing development will have 282 homes in total. The Casino project went to Washington to move the project forward; much support was received. The project leaders are hopeful for a timeline of less than 2 more years. With approximately 1,000 jobs that will be created, a payroll of 35-45 million is expected. The group shared thankfulness for the support at the local level. Further letters of support can be mailed to Jim Cason, United States Department of the Interior.

18-071 Presentation from Kevin Kieft, Prein & Newhof
Kevin Kieft gave the final report regarding the Water Asset Management Plan. He shared that the plan helped to estimate costs for future capital improvements. There will not be water or sewer rate increases for this year.

Todd Dunham moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution approving the Water Asset Management Plan dated December 2017.

Ayes: Dunham, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: None

18-072 Odeno Development street lights
Andrea Anderson shared a request from Westshore Consulting regarding the addition of one (1) additional street light for the Odeno Development. The additional pole was recommended by their engineer due to the road curve and vertical differential.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Andrea Anderson, MOTION CARRIED, to accept the one (1) additional light pole in the Odeno Development into the Fruitport Charter Township Lighting District, under the stipulation that the pole must be lit with an LED light.

Ayes: Dunham, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: None

18-073 Chandy Acres Development street lights
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to accept the requested five (5) light poles in the Chandy Acres Development addition into the Fruitport Charter Township Lighting District, under the stipulation that the poles be lit with LED lighting.

Ayes: Dunham, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: None

18-074 Cell tower funds transfer from Muskegon Co to WMRWA
Current bonds will retire in 2020 at which time Muskegon County will relinquish its rights. Ron Langlois has requested that the $759,000 from cell tower payments be disbursed from the account with the County to the West Michigan Regional Water Authority. The funds will be used on improvements to the regional water system.

Andrea Anderson moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution authorizing the transfer of cell company rental funds from the County of Muskegon to the WMRWA.

Ayes: Dunham, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: None

18-075 Police cruiser lease discussion
Brian Michelli has built a Police Cruiser replacement plan to avoid replacing all cars at the same time. It has been suggested to lease one additional car in order to keep miles down on all cars and put the cars into a 5 year rotation.

Greg Hulka moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety director to add one additional leased police cruiser.

Ayes: Dunham, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: None

18-076 Re-appoint Steve Paul to ZBA
Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to re-appoint Steve Paul to the Zoning Board of Appeals for an additional term ending January 2021.

Ayes: Dunham, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: None

18-77 Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week
The Motion by Todd Dunham, seconded by Andrea Anderson, was carried unanimously, to adopt the resolution in which Fruitport Charter Township proclaims June 11-15, 2018 as Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week, encouraging citizens to bike, walk, carpool, and use public transportation rather than driving single occupant vehicles.

18-078 Payment of bills
Todd Dunham moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $17,289.34; Public Safety $34,829.61; Water $60,787.22; Sewer $21,191.23; Street Lights $14,647.69; T&A $2,338.00
Totaling: $151,083.09

Ayes: Hulka, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Dunham
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Heidi Tice shared that the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days schedule of events is available.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Andy O’Riley, candidate for Michigan State Representative, shared support from his candidacy and from Roosevelt Park for the Tribe and the casino project.

2. Brenda Moore, Muskegon County Drain Commissioner, reported that bonds have been secured for the Kuis Drain project. The interest rate from JJB Hilliard and WL Lyons LLC is 3.8% to which the Drain Commissioner will charge an additional 1%, totaling 4.8% over the 20 year assessment period.

3. Jon Bumstead, Candidate for Michigan Senate, shared his support for the casino project.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Heidi Tice was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:38pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/11/18 – 06/18/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
For a complete listing visit www.visitmuskegon.org

Muskegon Heights Festival
Monday, June 11 – June 16
Rowan Park, City block bounded by Maffet St. E. Broadway Baker St. & E. Columbia
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2018 is June 11-16!  This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, live music, a grand parade and much more!  It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave.  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.

American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure
Monday, June 11 – June 17
American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure!  They will be offering discounts for public safety employees (firefighters, police officers and EMTs) and any member of the Armed Forces a special admission rate of only $26.00 per person. All you need is a public safety employee ID or military ID.  (DD214 or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID also accepted.)  And as an added gesture of “Thanks” from Michigan’s Adventure, they’ll extend that offer to your spouse and children who enjoy the park with you that week.

Adam Miller: Folk Songs of the Great Lakes
Monday , June 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, June 11 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for a free concert from Adam Miller playing “Folk Songs of the Great Lakes!”  One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Team Trivia Game Show
June 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
June 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants
June 12 – June 16
The Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Teen Scholarship Pageants are coming to the Frauenthal Center June 12-16.  Tickets are available through Star Tickets outlets including Meijer Stores, StarTickets.com (800-585-3737) or through the Frauenthal Center box office by calling 231-727-8001.  Frauenthal Center Box Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm

Writing Workshop with Jack Ridl
June 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for a Writing Workshop with Jack Ridl!  Jack taught at Hope College from 1971 until retiring in 2006. He is the author of several collections of poetry, and has also published more than 300 poems in journals and has work included in numerous anthologies.  He has given readings of his work and led workshops at colleges, universities, art colonies and other venues around the country.  The cost is $25.  RSVP by e-mailing  bryan@thebooknookjavashop.com.

Paddle and Pints
June 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, join Paddle Muskegon for “Paddle and Pints!”  Enjoy an evening on the working waterfront of Muskegon followed by some craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.!  You will have your choice of SUP or Kayak from 5:30p-7:00p.
Parking is within Heritage Landing County Park on the northern pier near the restrooms.  The launch is the sandy bit of shoreline between the northern pier and the LaFarge pier.
The cost is $20.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
June 12 & 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 14, come to 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. For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour
June 14 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 14 at 5:30pm, the Lakeshore Museum Center invites you on a walking tour of Evergreen Cemetery to learn about some of Muskegon’s earliest residents!  Highlighted families will include Hackley, Hume, and Jonathan Walker.  This event covers up to a ½ mile distance outdoors, sometimes in uneven or rough terrain.  Members are free and can register by calling 231-724-5524 or emailing katie@lakeshoremuseum.org.  Non-members can pay $5 fee via PayPal or over the phone.  Register soon, only 25 spots are available.

Taste of Muskegon / Parties in the Park: Whoopie Cat
June 15 – June 16
Taste of Muskegon will take place on June 15 – 16 in Hackley Park. On Friday June 15th, Whoopie Cat will be providing live music at the event.  Enjoy a “Taste” of the best Muskegon has to offer.  We are showing off our great restaurants, craft brews, boats, music and more!  Details will be added as they become available.  To learn more about the restaurants and events at Taste of Muskegon 2018, visit their new website at www.tasteofmuskegon.org.

Power Boat Weekend
June 15 – June 17
June 15 – 17, join Lake Effect Boating for their annual “Power Boat Weekend!”  This is a spectator event featuring about 80 boats which hopes to raise over $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The fun starts Friday night with the Powerboat Street Party!  15 of the biggest and baddest boats will surround Hackley Park.  See boats with incredible paint designs and engine horsepower up to 2700, while tasting some of Muskegon’s best food and beverage at the Taste of Muskegon.
The fun continues on Saturday as the boats gather outside of the Shoreline Inn on Muskegon Lake at 12:00pm.  At 12:10pm, the boats will travel west on Muskegon Lake for the event favorite, the Parade of Power.  Spectators can watch the boats head to Lake Michigan for the Poker Run anywhere along the channel.  Once out the Muskegon Channel, boats will take off towards White Lake at 12:30pm for the 1st poker stop turning around and heading to Grand Haven for the 2nd.  Boats will return to Muskegon between 2:00 – 4:00pm for poker run stops.
Sunday, June 17 has no formal events, but ‘Sunday Funday’ will include boats rafting-off along the Muskegon State Park Dune Area and in the Breakwater Arms.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: Kooimans’ Store – The Neighborhood Corner Market:FREE Tours
June 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation!  Friday, June 15, the theme is Kooimans Store – The Neighborhood Corner Market,” featuring guests George Dornbos and his sisters.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

Hackley and Hume Historic Site: All Access Tour
June 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, June 15 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, come to the Hackley & Hume Historic site for the “All Access Tour!”  Go where no visitor has gone before!  Registration is required, but they will accept walk-ins if there is room.  To reserve your spot, contact Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or 231-724-5534.  The cost is $20 for non-members or $15 for members.

Movies on Deck: Singin’ in the Rain
June 15 @ 9:00 pm
An “all-time best” movie line up is coming the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum deck this summer!  The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393.  Friday, June 15, it’s “Singin in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly (1954) .Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm.

White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival
June 16 – June 17
The 40th annual White Lake Arts & Crafts Festival is happening at Goodrich Park Annex, June 16-17!  This juried arts and crafts festival features continuous entertainment, a food court and over 75 booths.  Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.  Purchase a variety of hand-made art and crafts such as jewelry, wood furniture, birdhouses, ceramics, items for the garden, clothing, paintings and prints, folk art, leather goods, floral designs, stained glass, signs, children’s toys, and bath items.  A great line-up of musicians will entertain the crowds throughout the weekend with a wide array of music!  There’ll be inflatables for the kids and a variety of carnival type food vendors. For more information on the Arts and Crafts Festival events, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 893-4585 or visit www.whitelake.org.

Michigan’s Heritage Park Tractor Show
June 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing for their first ever Tractor Show!  See a wide variety of tractors from years gone by and talk with owners to learn just how far farm equipment has come.  For more information, call (231) 894-0342.

Yoga in the Park
June 16 @ 8:00 am
Saturday, June 16, Taste of Muskegon invites you to “Yoga in the Park” in Hackley Park!  Bring a blanket or towel, a bottle of water and a sense of zen.
8:00am – 8:45am – Rootdown Yoga·Juice·Greens with a rejuvenating, all levels flow yoga class and peaceful relaxation
9:00am – 9:45am – Blue Horizons Wellness with gentle yoga and guided relaxation
10:00am – 10:45am – Muskegon Yoga Center with a light stretch and a sweet flow style yoga class ending in relaxation
Classes are free and open to all yoga levels.  Beginners are welcome!  For more information, e-mail info@tasteofmuskegon.org.

Ride United
June 16 @ 8:00 am
With five years in the books, the annual Ride United charity bike ride will be returning to Muskegon this summer.  Ride United, hosted by United Way of the Lakeshore, will take off at 8:00am Saturday, June 16, from downtown Muskegon.  Routes will begin and end at the corner of Third St. and Clay Ave.
Registration costs $35 for a wicking shirt, or $75 for a rider jersey.  Participants will also receive 10 Taste of Muskegon tickets to sample food and refreshment. For more information call 231-722-3134.

Victorian Tea at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site
June 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Hackley and Hume Historic Site for a Victorian Tea!  Tea, lemonade, and coffee will be served, as well as sandwiches and treats provided by Ryke’s Bakery.  Guests are encouraged to bring their fanciest hats to enter a contest and win a prize!  This year’s tea will include a Victorian Clothing presentation given by Wendy Batchelder of Grand Rapids.  The cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members and $10 for kids.  Reservations are required by contacting Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534 or e-mail aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Stargazing Paddle
June 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
June 16 from 10:30pm – 11:30pm, join Paddle Muskegon for a “Stargazing Paddle!”  Come explore the light shows overhead on a beautiful summer evening!  Paddles are scheduled as close to a new moon as possible and include interpretation of constellations from their stargazing gurus!  Come on out on your choice of kayak or paddleboard and see how many shooting stars and satellites you can spot!  Participants should be comfortable on the water in the boat of their choosing. For more information, call (616) 745-4287.

History of Miss Michigan
June 16 @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the “History of Miss Michigan!”  Learn about the history behind the Miss Michigan Pageant and its Muskegon ties while viewing photos and artifacts from past pageants prior to the crowning of Miss Michigan 2018 at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is free to Muskegon County residents and museum members, or $3 admission for out of county residents and non-members.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

SJO Supercross Event
June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Muskegon Clippers Home Game
June 16 @ 7:00 pm – June 17 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 – 17 at 7:05pm, come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Monarchs!  Admission is only $5!
In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com.

Lewis Farms: Free Father’s Day Admission for Dads
June 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 17 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, bring dad out to Lewis Farms and Petting Zoo for Father’s Day!  Dads will enjoy free admission, an apple cinnamon donut, coffee, and most importantly, spending time with the ones who adore him!  For more information, call (231) 861-5730.

Free Father’s Day Tours for Muskegon County Dads
June 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 17 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Muskegon County Dads receive free access to the historic sites of the Lakeshore Museum Center!  Tour the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era and the Fire Barn Museum.  No registration is required.  Visitors are welcome to walk-in during open hours.  Tours leave the City Barn (Carriage House) every 20 minutes and leave in groups of 10 or less.  The last tour leaves at 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

ONGOING EVENTS:

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/

Roll On Muskegon
June 11 @ 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.

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
June 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
June 12 & 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays June 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
June 14 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
June 16 @ 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.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening 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

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Where Are We?

by Charlene Lozicki

I have a large window in my family room that gives me a good view of my backyard which has an assortment of trees, small animals, and a variety of birds. When I look out into the yard I think about Mother Nature and how she cares for herself. The trees bloom in the spring and their leaves shade in the summer. In the fall, Mother Nature does her housekeeping. The leaves are windswept away and the trees go to sleep for the winter.

The animals and birds mate in the spring, and when their young are born they feed and protect them from harm. They teach them also to care for themselves as they mature, and repeat the mating process. Each of the species also prepares for the winter, some storing food and others migrating to more hospitable areas. They follow Mother Nature’s plan for them.

Then there are humans, the only species God gave free choice. Not all humans have the same abilities, but working together, and caring for one another, would be a perfect outcome. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

I think back to stories of my grandparents, they worked hard and prepared their homes with heat and food for the cold winter. Today we have more conveniences, and even though some things remain the same, we need heat and food. But we don’t have a day of rest and prayer like they did. Everyone is in a hurry, and there is so much to accomplish. Those that do have prayer and try for a time of rest are criticized, sometimes severely.

There was a time when a teenager saw a movie and that person was left with good thoughts. Recently many films are created only to make money, and they target the teenager who is with their friends and want a thrill. Television has picked up on the idea and goes for number of viewers. News broadcasters are reporting so much negative news and, many times, hate. These are repeated over and over. Hate and obscene language seems to be repeated the most.

If you are not accepted by the [in crowd] and are hurt and lonely, doesn’t all this negativity make the United States a troubled society?

We need to get back to prayer and maybe become less troubled. Stop, look around and see how we can better ourselves, and live the life we were created to live. Mother Nature does it well.

FCS – School Board Workshop Agenda – 06/11/18

Fruitport Community Schools
SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP
Monday, June 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes of May 21, 2018 (attachment IV-1)
2. Data Review
3. Bond project change order process
4. Discussion on the pool
5. 2018-19 Board Meeting Schedule (attachment IV-2)
6. Other

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VI. OTHER

VII. 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 one opportunity for the public to comment during the meeting. Members of the audience may wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

Ask Dr. Universe – Puffer Fish

Dear Dr. Universe: How do puffer fish puff up? Do they fill with water or air? Why do they get so big? Thank you. – Ben, 6, Madison, WI

Dear Ben,
You’re right, a puffer fish can get pretty big. In fact, some of them can even inflate to the size of a balloon or a beachball.

My friend Wes Dowd is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University who currently studies mussels and tiny crustaceans called copepods in tidepools. Much of his training was with fish and he has always been curious about life in the ocean.

In fact he said he’s shared your fascination with puffer fish ever since he was a kid himself, fishing for the Northern puffer fish on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

He remembers these fish were a lot different than the bass or flounder he usually caught. The yellowish puffer fish had spines around its body, puffy cheeks, and a little beak-like mouth.

One idea scientists have about the pufferfish is its puffiness is a defense against predators, Dowd explained.

If puffer fish are swimming, they gulp water into a special sack near their belly. But if they are frightened while in the air, perhaps while being fished out of the water, they will also gulp in air.

“In the fish world, dinner is often consumed in one bite,” says Dowd. “So making yourself as big around as possible minimizes your chances of being eaten.”

Being able to puff up while also having lots of spines on your body is also a great way to ward off predators.

Even if a predator is big enough to eat a puffer fish whole, it will be in for a big surprise. Some pufferfish also have another potent way to defend themselves: tetrodotoxin. It blocks the ability for an animal’s nerves to communicate with each other, causing paralysis or death. However, some puffer fish like the ones Dowd caught as a kid aren’t toxic.

Believe it or not, the puffer fish is just one of more than 200,000 known species of animals that live in our oceans—and there are likely millions more we don’t even know about yet. Who knows Ben, maybe one day you’ll discover something about the puffer fish or other kinds of life out there in the ocean.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 06/11/18

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

JUNE 11, 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: 5/14/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
none

08. New Business
A. Application for Farmland Agreement; re: parcel #61-15-034-100-0002
B. Resolution to waive penalty for not filing Property Transfer Affidavits
C. Approval of hydrant post painting
D. Approval of Town Hall landscape project
E. Discussion of Refuse Ordinance
F. Reappoint Mike Michelli as Planning Commission Chair

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

Executive Travel – Airline Improvements in the Last 10 Years

contributed by Executive Travel (executivetravel.com)

Global entry customs clearance –
International flyers will want to invest $100 to get expedited customs clearance using a Global Entry card. It took me only three minutes to clear customs during my last flight returning to the states, while people without a Global Entry card stood in line for as long as 45 minutes.

TSA Pre-check –
Many airports today offer an express line for security clearance using the TSA Pre-Check system. If you fly more than three times a year the $80 fee for this is worth its weight in gold.

Paperless boarding passes –
I hate paper. Sending a boarding pass to my iPhone to be scanned at the gate is the best thing since apple pie.

Self-service check-in Kiosks –
Do you remember the days you would arrive at the airport and the lines at the airline counters would be a half block long? I love the self-service kiosks. They sure seem to make checking in so much easier.

Invasive Species on the Roadside

ottawacdWhat are Invasive Species?
Invasive species are defined as non-native plants or animals that can cause harm to the local environment. There are many non-native species that have been introduced to Michigan that do not cause harm, or are a benefit, but invasive species are those that can cause harm to the local environment, economy, and even public health.

The Road Commission is concerned with invasive species because they can often take hold along roadside ditches and shoulders, potentially compromising road drainage and roadway integrity. Invasive plant species usually out-compete native plants and can quickly spread and take over an area. Many invasive species of plants are toxic to animals, including insects such as butterflies, that use plants for reproducing. Once an invasive plant becomes established, it can quickly spread and kill off valuable native plants in the area, disrupting drainage systems as well as the local ecosystem. Because of these reasons, the Road Commission is committed to properly managing invasive species, helping stop their spread and preventing future growth.

Managing Invasive Species on the Roadside.
The biggest hurdle in preventing and managing invasive species is the proper identification and management technique for each species. Traditional methods of managing the roadways, primarily through mowing, will not work for most invasive species. Many require multiple chemical treatments during a specific time of year to fully kill the plant and prevent its regrowth. Since the Road Commission is limited in its knowledge and resources to focus on these invasive species, another solution was needed to help manage them.

The Ottawa County Road Commission’s Solution for Invasive Species Management.
In 2014, the Road Commission began talks with the Ottawa Conservation District about invasive plants along county roads. After identifying several areas that required treatment, the Road Commission and the Ottawa Conservation District formed an agreement that has been renewed for the last three years.

This partnership gives the Ottawa Conservation District permission to identify and treat areas with invasive plant species along roads that the Road Commission manages. The Conservation District can then acquire grant money that’s available to combat invasive species. This program helps save the Road Commission money and resources in managing the plants in the right-of-way, and it also allows the Conservation District to eradicate plants on the roadsides before they can spread to other areas.

Invasive Species Management in Ottawa County.

knotweed

Knotweed can quickly take over a roadside

The Ottawa Conservation District identified four invasive species that they would look for and treat along county roads. They are: Japanese Knotweed, Phragmites, Chinese Yam, and Black and Pale Swallow-wort. All these plants have been identified at the state level as being invasive species that cause harm to the environment.

The most prevalent, and probably most dangerous, invasive plant species in Michigan, and in Ottawa County, is the Japanese Knotweed. This plant is known to have established itself in Michigan. It is very aggressive and because of its size and chemical composition it can quickly and easily out-compete native species. It is toxic to animals and humans. One of the biggest concerns with knotweed is that through its aggressive growth and extensive root system, it can cause damage to buildings, sidewalks, and roads.

Knotweed is very resilient and difficult to kill. In fact, mowing it, especially at certain times of the year, can help spread its growth. It requires specific herbicides and multiple treatments before it can be mowed. Since the Ottawa Conservation District has the knowledge and resources to manage knotweed, they have been a big benefit to managing knotweed along county roads.

Because of the prevalence and threat of invasive species, the Road Commission needed a more comprehensive plan to manage invasive species along county roads. Partnering with the Ottawa Conservation District has proven to be successful and beneficial for both parties and for the residents of Ottawa County.

You can find out more information about the Ottawa Conservation District by visiting their website: http://www.ottawacd.org. To learn more about invasive species in Michigan you can visit: http://www.michigan.gov/invasives/. If you think that you may have Japanese Knotweed or any other invasive plant on your property, be sure to contact the Ottawa Conservation District to learn about management options.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 06/04/18 – 06/11/18

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

Crafting Yarn Flowers
Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Springtime is crafting time at Hackley Public Library!  Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm, come for a crafting session that will give you the chance to make your own collection of yarn flowers, as well as decorate a vase for your newly made bouquet.  Your flowers will adorn your springtime months, and carry on through summer.  Everyone is welcome and supplies will be provided.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Team Trivia Game Show: Racquet’s
Monday, June 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia: Fricano Place
Monday, June 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Michigan Notable Book Author Speaks: Cindy Hunter Morgan, HARBORLESS
Monday, June 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
From Wayne State University Press:  “Harborless,” a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention.  The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death.  Each poem begins in a real, historical moment that Cindy Hunter Morgan transforms into an imagined truth.  The imaginative element is essential to this work as it provides a previously unseen glimpse into the lives affected by shipwrecks. In addition to winning the Michigan Notable Book Award, Harborless won the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry.  Don’t miss this intriguing program with Cindy Hunter Morgan!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to 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.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Neil Jacobs
Tuesday, June 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The last Feeding of the Soul concert for the season will feature virtuoso guitarist Neil Jacobs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon.  Neil performs Gypsy and Balkan folk music as well as jazz and fingerpicking styles on 12-string guitar.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free coffee, tea and cookies will be served starting at 11:30am.  Attendees may bring their own bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For more information, call (231) 722-2112.

A Bobby Kennedy Conversation
Tuesday, June 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to see and discuss a collection of various items regarding Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death.  Mary McDonald, the collection owner, will be available to give an overview of the collection items and answer questions.  This intriguing event is sure to impress, so mark your calendars for a Bobby Kennedy Conversation!  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Antique Tractor and Engine Show
Thursday –Saturday, June 7 – June 9
The Antique Farm Power Club is a local West Michigan chapter of the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association.  June 7-9, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for their annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, featuring  Ford tractors & equipment, Ford lawn & garden tractors, Michigan made gas engines, Farm Tractors, Trucks, Garden Tractors and Gas Engines!  Events include the 9th Annual Ford Model A’s Swap Meet, Tractor and Truck Pulls, Pony Pull, Daily Antique Tractor and Truck Parades, Daily Early Days Equipment Demonstrations and Exhibits, Threshing, Baling, Broom Making, Corn Shelling, Quilting, Butter Churning, Wood Carving, Candle Making, Weaving and Spinning, Flea Market, Kids’ Games and Valve Cover Car Races.  Overnight camping is available.  Entry is $5.  For more information, call (616) 293-1961.

Taste of White Lake
Thursday, June 7 @ 5:00 pm
Tonight at the Howmet Playhouse is the 10th annual Taste of White Lake, a Michigan-themed street fair!  Enjoy an eclectic mix of local businesses joining forces to provide an evening of fun featuring great food, Michigan beers & wines, live music, art and silent auctions.  It’s all to benefit the Howmet Playhouse!  Don’t miss out on this delicious event!  For more information, visit www.tasteofwhitelake.com.

History on Tap
Thursday, June 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the Lakeshore Museum Center for “History on Tap,” a historic walking tour of Western Avenue with a brewing spin!  Learn some unique Muskegon history and brewing facts, and visit Muskegon’s own Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and Unruly Brewing Company.  Talk to the brewers and learn more about the production at these two facilities.  The cost is $20 for members or $25 for non-members.  Your ticket includes 1 drink at each brewery.  You must be 21 or older to participate. Only 25 spots are available!  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Bewitched
Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for “Bewitched,” presented by the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra! Preceding the concert at 6:30pm, Shoreline Symphony Director Annette Jurcevic will host a brief discussion about the music, its historical and cultural context, and the composers who wrote it. Tickets: $8 Adult, Students and Children under 18 FREE

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Dancing and Music
Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm with Lakeshore Big Band music celebrating the Lions Club 101st birthday.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

PAR-TEE for Paws Golf Outing
Friday, June 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 3rd Annual “PAR-TEE for Paws Golf Outing” to benefit the Noah Project is happening Friday, June 8 at Chase Hammond Golf Club!  This event is a 4-person scramble and golfers of any skill level are welcome. Check in at noon, shotgun start at 1:00 and dinner and prizes begin at 5:00pm. The cost is $70.00 per golfer and includes 18 holes, cart, two drink tickets, dinner, prizes (Including $10,000 Hole-In-One Cash Prize) and more.  For more information, contact Mary Muir at 269-377-2033 or fundraising@noahprojectmuskegon.org.

Parties in the Park: West Side Soul Surfers
Friday, June 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere!  Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park most Fridays from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in June, July and August. Tonight’s sponsor is Muskegon Sports Council

Muskegon Clippers Baseball –vs- Saginaw Sugar Beets
Friday, June 8 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, June 8 at 7:05pm, Muskegon’s summer collegiate baseball team, the Muskegon Clippers, open their 2018 season at home for a three game home stand against the Saginaw Sugar Beets!  The Clippers will also honor Jim Grevel and all that he has done for baseball, not only for Marsh field but also for the baseball community.  Opening night will also feature free magnet game schedules while supplies last.  Gates open at 6:00pm and the first pitch is set for 7:05.  Admission is just $5.00 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and $2 for children 6 – 12.  Kids 5 and under are free!

Movies on Deck: The Lion King
Friday, June 8 @ 9:00 pm
An “all-time best” movie line up is coming the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum deck this summer!  The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393.  The season kicks off tonight with this Disney animated classic. Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm. The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm.  More information is available at lst393.org.

Scout Days at Michigan’s Adventure
Saturday, June 9 – June 10
June 9 – 10 Scout Days at Michigan’s Adventure!  Members of various scouting groups will be offered discount admissions. Are you looking for scout activities for your troop?  Scout Days are available to members of scouting programs and their families or troops only.  Tickets purchased at the Scout Days rate of $25 per person are non-refundable and are only valid only on the event dates.  Tickets must be purchased at the park on the day of your outing. Lunch is available for $7.00 per person in their catering area from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Meal tickets are required and may be purchased along with your admission tickets.  The menu consists of a hot dog, macaroni salad, chips and a soft drink.  Guests may not bring food, beverages or coolers into the park. Wear your uniforms and show your pride in your organization!

White Lake Area Sportfishing Association Kids Fishing Contest
Saturday, June 9 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
The 36th annual Kids Fishing Contest is for kids ages 3 to 16 is happening. Register at Goodrich Park in Whitehall from 7:00am – 10:00am.  Kids will participate in shoreline fishing on White Lake, from Goodrich Park to the White River Fishing Bridge.  The event will award up to 60 winners for the top 10 fish in three age groups by gender.  Gift bags and pizza lunch will be provided to all!  For more information contact Pam Churchill at churpj1@hotmail.com

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
6401 Harvey St.
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.

Muskegon Area Smart Commute Kickoff
Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Farmers Market, Saturday, June 9 from 9:00am – 12:00pm to learn about smart commuting!  There’ll be lots of perks from area businesses, and lots of information on how to safely commute.  If you’ve never ridden the bus before, there will even be a MATS bus on hand with MATS staff to help you figure out your route.  Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week (June 11 – 15) encourages the use of healthy alternatives to a single rider transportation. How many ways can you get to work?  To participate in Smart Commute Week and to be eligible for prizes, register online at www.muskegonsmartcommute.com.  It’s absolutely free to participate!

Civil War Weekend at Michigan’s Heritage Park
Saturday, June 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 9 – 10 from 10:00am – 4:30pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing to experience a Civil War Weekend!  Get lost in the 1860’s with the sights, smells, and sounds of one of history’s most famous conflicts.  See the soldiers in their camp and learn about what their lives were like dealing with the problems and issues of camp life.  Visit the civilians who followed them and learn about how the war affected life back home.  Visitors will also have a chance to watch a battle unfold on the activity field!  There will also be games and activities throughout the park for visitors to explore! “Freedom by the Pen and the Sword,” a talk by Kurt Troutman, will take place at 11:00am each day.  This talk is an introduction to the Emancipation Proclamation featuring President Lincoln’s historic declaration and the role of the First Michigan Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment.   A former US Peace Corps volunteer, his areas of teaching interest include the American Civil War and World War II. Pre-sale tickets are available online. This event is rain or shine and all sales final.  For more information, call (231) 894-0342.

Soulful Sudz: Pigeon Hill Brewing
Saturday, June 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Muskegon Yoga invites you to join them for “Soulful Sudz!”  Enjoy a one-hour vinyasa yoga class on the lawn of the historic Union Depot in downtown Muskegon, and then gather a few doors down at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a community hangout.  Bring your yoga mat and a friend, or come on your own and meet some new friends.  The cost is only $10 for the yoga session (all levels welcome) and a level one beer from Pigeon Hill. Registration is highly encouraged, so sign up online at www.muskegonyoga.com.

Burning Foot Beer Festival 2018 Ticket Release Party
Saturday, June 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This event takes place in the sand at the downtown Muskegon volley ball courts, at the Western Market Chalets.  Enjoy a special Ticket Release Party price of only $45 per ticket for General Admission, with no processing fees. At 5:01pm, tickets will be available online for $45 each, plus a processing fee.  On Sunday, June 10, tickets will be available online for $50 each plus processing fees.  So save 5 bucks plus processing, and have a brew with your friends!  2018 is going to be a great year for Burning Foot so plan on coming down and getting your tickets before they sell out!  For more information, e-mail info@burningfoot.beer or visit the website below.

Muskegon Clippers –vs- Sugar Beets
Saturday, June 9 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays against the Sugar Beets!  Admission is only $5! In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit the Clippers on Facebook www.muskegonclippers.com.

Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, June 9 – June 10
Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends: An annual tradition. Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

Fetch Brewing: Feet on the Street
Sunday, June 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Are you ready to kick off summer?  Join Fetch Brewing for “Feet on the Street!”  They’re going to shut down Colby Street and have lots of fun with music, activities, food and more!  Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 10!  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

Muskegon Clippers -vs- Sugar Beets
Sunday, June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays against the Sugar Beets!  Admission is only $5! In 2018, the Muskegon Clippers will begin their second season as a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. For more information, visit the Clippers on Facebook www.muskegonclippers.com.

Muskegon Heights Festival
Monday, June 11 – June 16
Rowan Park, City block bounded by Maffet St. E. Broadway Baker St. & E. Columbia
The Muskegon Heights Festival 2018 is June 11-16!  This community celebration features a carnival, food vendors, gospel service, live music, a grand parade and much more!  It’s all happening at Rowan Park on Broadway Ave.  For more information call Mimi at 231-578-2099.

American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure
Monday, June 11 – June 17
American Heroes Week at Michigan’s Adventure!  They will be offering discounts for public safety employees (firefighters, police officers and EMTs) and any member of the Armed Forces a special admission rate of only $26.00 per person. All you need is a public safety employee ID or military ID.  (DD214 or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID also accepted.)  And as an added gesture of “Thanks” from Michigan’s Adventure, they’ll extend that offer to your spouse and children who enjoy the park with you that week.

Adam Miller: Folk Songs of the Great Lakes
Monday ,June 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, June 11 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library for a free concert from Adam Miller playing “Folk Songs of the Great Lakes!”  One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller.  Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

ONGOING EVENTS:

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
June 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.  To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757.

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

Roll On Muskegon
June 4 @ 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.

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays June 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening 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

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
June 9 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Ask Dr. Universe – Bees Making Honey

Dr. Universe: How do bees make honey? – Nisi, 10, Nampa, Idaho

Dear Nisi,

All around the world bees are busy turning nectar from flowers into sweet, golden honey. That’s what I found out from my friend Brandon Hopkins, a honey bee researcher at Washington State University.

When a bee sucks up nectar from a flower, the sugary liquid flows into its honey stomach. Unlike the stomach where its food goes, the bee uses this tiny compartment just for carrying honey. It can haul about one-third of a bee’s body weight in nectar.

Once the bee’s honey stomach is full, it heads to the hive, where it is greeted by housekeeping bees who are ready to help with the next step.

The full-bellied bee spits up, or regurgitates, the nectar. It passes the nectar to some of the housekeeping bees then heads back outside to fill up again. Meanwhile, the housekeeping bees get to work. They pass the regurgitated nectar to other bees in the hive and it is eventually put into the hexagon-shaped honeycomb cells.

Hopkins said sometimes the nectar has too much water in it for the bees to make honey, so the bees fan the nectar with their wings to help some of the water evaporate.

After the bees get rid of the moisture it is ready for storage. Using a gland in their body, the bees produce small flakes of wax. They can use their jaws, or mandibles, to move it around and shape it. Finally, the bees create a wax cap for the honeycomb cell to seal in the honey.

Bees are quite the honey-making machines. They are also important for helping plants and flowers survive. While sipping nectar, they also move around tiny grains of pollen from flower to flower. This process helps flowers reproduce. The pollen is also food for the bee.

Bees are not only good for plants, but also for any humans who like to eat dinner. Bees help pollinate fruits, nuts, and all kinds of other food sources. Of course, we also eat the honey they make. Honey has been part of the human diet for a long time.

Archeologists have actually found old pots full of honey in tombs from ancient Egypt. It had crystalized into more of a solid, but could be melted back into liquid. Even though the honey was put in ceramic pots thousands of years ago, it was still good to eat. Honey has the longest shelf life of any food out there, Hopkins adds.

There are lots of bees that make honey and there are lots of different kinds of honey to try.

The flavor often depends on what plant nectar the bee used to make it—clover, berries, trees, or whatever flower the bee happened to visit. Send an e-mail with the subject “honey” to Dr.Universe@wsu.edu this month and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a jar of honey from WSU. The winner will be announced the last week of June.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of April 23, 2018

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, April 23, 2018, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Todd Dunham, Jeff Jacobs, Greg Hulka, and Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: none

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

Also Present: 4– residents; 11– employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 9, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Todd Dunham, supported by Jeff Jacobs, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 16, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Andrea Anderson, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions:

ADD: Swearing-in of new Police Officer, Brett Holmes, as item A in Unfinished Business. Move other items down sequentially.

ADD: Cancellation of regular meeting that falls on Memorial Day as item D in New Business.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Ron Langlois shared the results of a DEQ report of Fruitport Township’s water system. The DEQ commended Fruitport on the management of its water system.
2. Joan Stark is retiring after employment with the Township for 24 years. There will be a celebration on Friday, April 27 from 12:30-2:00pm.
3. Heidi Tice shared that there will be an MTA meeting April 30, 2018, 7:00pm, at Fruitport Township Hall.
4. Heidi Tice shared a letter from NutriGro regarding the application of biosolids on parcel # 61-15-029-100-0014-00 and # 61-15-029-300-0002-00.
5. Brian Michelli shared that the new extrication tools came in. Many members of the Fire Department went through a 5 hour training with a representative from the company.
6. Brian Michelli reported that it was a busy weekend for fires within the Township.
7. Brian Michelli shared that the speed sign has been ordered and that he has approached the Village regarding sharing the cost.
8. Brian Michelli reported that the Police Department will soon receive a lein audit.
9. Heidi Tice shared that the United Way is hosting an Open House on April 25, 2018, from 1:30-3:30pm.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-061 Deliver Oath of Office to new officer
Brett Holmes was sworn in by the Clerk as a Police Officer with Fruitport Township.

18-062 Closed session to discuss pending litigation and discuss collective bargaining for IAFF labor agreement
Heidi Tice moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to go into closed session at 7:17pm to discuss pending litigation and collective bargaining for the IAFF labor agreement.

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

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously, to return to open session at 8:08pm.

18-063 Approval of Fire Department union labor agreement
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to ratify the IAFF labor agreement as presented.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

18-064 Floyd Peplinski, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones
Floyd Peplinski informed the Board that the 457 pension plan with Lord Abbett is being discontinued through Edward Jones. He shared his research and recommendation to switch to Aspire Smart Retirement Solutions 457 Pension Plan. Floyd has met with all employees who will be affected by this change.

18-065 Resolution to approve new 457 plan
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Heidi Tice, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution to remove Lord Abbett and appoint Aspire Smart Retirement Solutions as a Fruitport Township pension plan effective May 1, 2018.

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

18-066 SEIU backpay
Attorney, Ron Bultje, shared the Public Employment Relations Act that states that parties to a collective bargaining agreement shall not agree to any retroactive wages; therefore no action was taken.

18-067 Memorial Day meeting cancelation
The motion by Heidi Tice, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to cancel the regular board meeting scheduled for May 28, 2018, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

18-068 Payment of bills
Denise Winebarger moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $38,537.48; Public Safety $20,999.90; Water $226,964.34; Sewer $1,169.24; Street Lights $13,484.82; T&A $660.00
Totaling: $301,815.78

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

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Brian Michelli shared that $3,500 was raised by the charity basketball game in which Fruitport Public Safety was a participant.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Denise Winebarger was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:20pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR