Monthly Archives: August 2018

Will Graham Preaches the Gospel in the Goldfields of Western Australia

willgrahamEvangelist Will Graham returned to Australia, a country in which he has preached regularly over the past decade, to once again declare the Gospel message of hope in Jesus Christ. The Goldfields Celebration with Will Graham was held May 18-20, 2018, at Centennial Park in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.

More than 5,900 people attended the three-day outreach, which included evening services each night as well as a children’s event on Saturday morning called KidzCelebration, and a Church Together joint worship service on Sunday morning. Nearly 400 people came forward at the invitation to make a commitment to Jesus throughout the weekend, and more than 150 responded for prayer.

“So many people are chasing gold, possessions, and the things of this world. Yet they still aren’t happy. That’s because they’re chasing all the wrong things,” said Graham, referencing the area’s precious metal mines which employ a significant percentage of the workforce. “There’s more to life, and it’s found in Jesus Christ.”

For more information about upcoming events with the BGEA, visit www.billygraham.org.

Ask Dr. Universe – Cacti

Dr. Universe: How do cacti survive in such hot and dry environments?
-Ravin, 11, London, England

Dear Ravin,

All plants need water to survive. Those that live in places where water is scarce use some interesting strategies to stay alive.

That’s what I found out from my friend Charles Cody, who manages one of the greenhouses at Washington State University. When I went to visit the greenhouse, he pointed out a few different cacti.

One was tall and cylindrical with big spines. Another was small and round with what looked more like little hairs. A rainforest cactus hung on the wall like a vine.

Cody explained that if we looked closely at a leaf of a plant we would find parts called stomata, which are kind of like little gates that let air and water in and out. Since cacti don’t have true leaves, their stomata are in the body of the plant, or the stem.

In most plants with leaves, the stomata open up during the day to take in a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants can use this carbon dioxide plus sunlight and water to make their food. It’s a process called photosynthesis and it helps plants get the energy they need to survive.

When the stomata are open, the plant also lets out oxygen—the oxygen we all breathe. But at the same time, the plant can also lose water. It evaporates in the sun. You might already know about evaporation, if you’ve ever seen the water in a puddle seem to vanish on a sunny day. But stomata in the desert are a bit different.

Instead of stomata that open during the day, cacti have stomata that open at night. This helps them survive in extreme conditions. Cacti can still get the carbon dioxide they need to make their food without having their water supply zapped. They store up the carbon dioxide overnight and use it the next day to make their food.

Cody says cactus spines are actually a unique version of leaves. The spines provide a little shade to the cactus when they cast their shadow onto the stem. They can also collect dew, and when the dew drips to the ground, the roots take it into the cactus.

Spines also warn some desert critters to stay away and not eat the cactus. But sometimes if there is a long period of time without water, or drought, cacti like the prickly pear can offer a source of food to some desert critters.

Cacti can store a lot of water, too. When it rains a lot, the saguaro cactus takes in so much water it weighs up to about 4,800 pounds, or just a little less than a mini-van.
Life in the desert works out well for cacti, but I’m not quite adapted to that environment. I think I prefer a warm greenhouse where conditions are just right for a cat nap.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Big News for Muskegon County

airplaneStarting in October, you can have an “Early Out – Late In” flight through the Muskegon County Airport (MKG). Your Chamber has been advocating for this initiative for years!

This enables you to make earlier and more connections to destinations across the United States and around the world!

 

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

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

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

At 7:01pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 18- residents; 2- employees; 5- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois; Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of July 9, 2018 as presented with the following changes:

Item 18-089: Remove “Additional discussion will occur at the next meeting”

Public Comments Part II: Greg Hulka requested additional details be added to comment #1. The following will be added; “After discussion, Supervisor Tice confirmed it was she who gave her friend a key to the building and staff allowed access to a computer to aid her in her work as an attorney. It was requested that the key be given back, to which Heidi said she would comply.”

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

Item #3: Minutes to approve are from 7-9-18

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. The Community Day Slip ‘n Slide was successful and came with much positive feedback from the community. The next Community Day will be August 18th, 2018.
2. Walmart will be hosting a grand opening celebration on July 27th, 2018 at the Sherman location.
3. Rose Dillon shared that the Fruitport District Library ballot proposal wording states that it is a “new additional” millage because the Library has changed names, however it is the same amount as before so it is more of a renewal.
4. Brian Michelli shared that ladder testing has been completed on the fire engines. He also gave reminder to lock your vehicles at all times as there has been a number of break-ins in the area and throughout Muskegon County.
5. Ron Langlois reported that an individual tampered with and left a hydrant open dumping a large, but unknown amount of water. Water main has been installed on Broadway and testing will occur next week; construction on the project is set to go until October 12, 2018. 1,500 feet of water main has been installed at the site of the new high school project. The Eagle Scout hydrant post painting project is complete; with 19 people they were able to complete 97 posts in 4 hours.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:
1. Linda Corinti: Inquired if the public is allowed to make comment or question during the Board’s discussion of an agenda item rather than only at the designated “Public Comment” portion of the meeting. She asked the legalities of a closed session portion of a meeting. She also inquired as to whom the Supervisor answers to for decisions made.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-092 Business registration discussion
Fruitport is one of the few municipalities that does not require business registrations. Benefits of business registrations were discussed and include allowing all departments (including Public Safety and assessing) to have the same information, prevents businesses from opening within a zone that does not allow that particular use, allows all Township departments to retain current contact information, and inform the appropriate departments of hazardous materials on site that may pose a danger in a public safety situation. The Fire Department would process the administrative needs of the registrations and complete ordinance enforcement. The fee for such registrations would not likely exceed $25 annually.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to request that the Planning Commission begin to develop the ordinance, working with the Public Safety Director to coordinate the details.

NEW BUSINESS:

18-093 POLC Labor agreement ratification
Concerns were heard regarding the language surrounding the removal of discipline from an employee’s file. The Attorney shared his opinion that a severe discipline such as a suspension should not be removed or loose validity after 5 years.

Todd Dunham moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to ratify the proposed POLC labor agreement, including the settlement proposal dated July 12, 2018.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Tice, Hulka
Nays: Anderson, Dillon, Winebarger

18-094 Old Newsies Goodfellows roadway solicitation
The Old Newsies Goodfellows of Muskegon County have requested that the Board allow them to stand on street corners to solicit donations throughout Fruitport Township on Saturday, December 1, 2018. They will provide the proper Certificates of Liability Insurance to the Township.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to accept the request, allowing the Old Newsies Goodfellows of Muskegon County to stand and solicit donations on street corners within Fruitport Township on December 1, 2018.

Such requests will be forwarded onto the Public Safety Director.

18-095 Sprint antenna’s on Airline water tower
Ron Langlois reported that Sprint would like to upgrade three (3) existing antennas and add three (3) additional antennas to the Airline water tower; revenue from rent would increase approximately $2,600. This change must be approved by Fruitport Township, the City of Norton Shores, and Muskegon County.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to support the presented Sprint antenna project.

18-096 School Resource Officer
Brian Michelli presented a proposal to provide a School Resource Officer to the Fruitport School system. He has a verbal agreement from the school administration to support the position with $40,000/yr with a workspace on a four (4) year agreement. Having an Officer dedicated to the school would increase safety on campus, better the students’ perception of Law Enforcement through interaction, faster de-escalation of problems, and put Law Enforcement on the front end of issues such as bullying, vapping, drugs, sex, and threats.

The total cost, including benefits, for a senior Patrol Officer is approximately $87,635.00/yr.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to request that the Public Safety Director move forward with gathering information and bring a formal proposal back to the Board.

18-097 Sullivan Township Public Safety services agreement
Minor changes are proposed to be made to the existing agreement. The percentage based actuary in paragraph 3 no longer works due to Fruitport’s call volume growing more rapidly than Sullivan’s. A proposed change would provide Fruitport with $120,000 annually for services with an additional $10,000 to be placed in a restricted revolving line item for equipment purchase and replacement. This agreement would for 5 years; 2019-2023.

Rose Dillon moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to request the Public Safety Director to present the proposed agreement to the Sullivan Township Board for approval.

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

18-098 Payment of bills
Jeff Jacobs moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $12,083.04; Public Safety $33,811.96; Water $10,579.48; Sewer $1,713.08; T&A $645.00; Street lights $14,753.54
Totaling: $73,586.10

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

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Jeff Jaocbs requested that a resolution be prepared for the next meeting that would state that the Township Attorney would be present at any and all future mediations.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Tammy Barnhard, 3561 Kersting Dr., requested that the Township sue the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner or file an injunction to stop work outside of the original boundary of the Kuis drain project. She asked what it would cost.
The Township Attorney addressed the Board stating that the cost is unpredictable, but the outcome would not be favorable for the Township for the following reasons: the Township would have to hire engineers that would have to provide scientific proof that the expanded district is not served by the Kuis Drain (proving the Drain Commissioner’s engineers wrong), the proper legal procedures to expand the Kuis Drain were followed by the Drain Commissioner, and the Township has no right to appeal when there was no intention to do so initially.

2. Alan Jagar introduced himself as a candidate running for State Representative and states that he will work to re-write the drain code.

3. Linda, Kersting resident wants to see the process of re-districting done over.

4. Zach Lahring introduced himself as a candidate running for Muskegon County Commissioner. He wants the Township to support the residents in the fight against the Kuis Drain project and the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner.

5. Brandon Popps introduced himself as a candidate running for Muskegon County Commissioner. He wants the Township to support the residents in the fight against the Kuis Drain project and the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner.

6. Greg VanWoerkom introduced himself as a candidate running State Representative.

7. Dale Martin, 3046 Danglwood Ct, shared his disapproval of the Kuis Drain project.

Ron Bultje, Township Attorney, addressed the Board, reiterating that it would be a waste of time and money for the Township to pursue a legal battle regarding the Kuis Drain that they don’t have a chance at winning.

Brian Michelli, Public Safety Director, reminded the public that the Kuid Drain construction workers are there to do the job they were hired to do by the Drain Commissioner and destruction of property or equipment will not be tolerated.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Heidi Tice was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:22pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of August 8, 2018

SPECIAL MEETING

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

At 6:05pm, Supervisor Tice opened the special meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Also Present: 0– residents, 0– employees, 0- guests, Attorney Ron Bultje

The motion by Greg Hulka, seconded by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda for August 8, 2018 was approved as provided with the following addition:
ADD: Item 18-100 Adopt Settlement Resolution

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-099 Closed session to discuss pending Muskegon Heights water litigation with attorney; exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to go into closed session at 6:08pm to discuss pending Muskegon Heights water litigation.

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

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to return to open session at 6:42pm.

18-100 Adopt Settlement Resolution
Presented was a resolution in which Fruitport Township wishes to accept Muskegon Heights’ settlement offer and authorizes the Township Supervisor and the Township’s legal counsel handling the litigation to sign documents on the Township’s behalf.

Rose Dillon moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the settlement resolution.

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

Heidi Tice moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Supervisor to sign letters of engagement from Dickenson Wright for legal counsel and Bendzinski & Co for municipal financial advisor.

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

PUBLIC COMMENTS: PART II – None received

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 6:49pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

FCS – Ad Hoc Construction Meeting Agenda – 08/28/18

Fruitport Community Schools
AD HOC CONSTRUCTION MEETING
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – 10:15 a.m.
O-A-K Construction Trailer

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

IV. CONSTRUCTION DISCUSSION

V. OTHER

VI. 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.

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 08/20/18

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board Room
Monday, August 20, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
2017-18 Athletic Year End Presentation – Ken Erny

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of July 16, 2018 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of July 16, 2018 (attachment IX-2)
3. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-3)
General Fund                                    $263,289.50
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                             238.11
Food Service                                           85,227.12
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage                  31,141.76
Capital Projects (BOND)                       66,720.79         
Total Bill List                                    $443,069.03

4. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions (attachment IX-4)
5. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report (attachment IX-5)
6. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report (attachment IX-6)
7. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report (attachment IX-7)
8. Approval of Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment IX-8)
9. Approval of Bond Stipends (attachment IX-9)

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Second and Final Reading of Board Policies (attachment X-1)
2. First Reading of Grading Policy (attachment X-2)
3. High School Planner (attachment X-3)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held August 15, 2018 (attachment XI-1)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held August 15, 2018 (attachment XII-1)
2. Ratify FEA Contract (attachment XII-2)
3. FEA Letter of Agreement (attachment XII-3)
4. Resource Officer (attachment XII-4)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held August 15, 2018 (attachment XIII-1)
2. Field Trips (attachment XIII-2)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Ad Hoc Construction Meeting – September 25, 2018, 10:15 a.m. O-A-K Trailer
5. Schedule Board Workshops (April, June, September and October)

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Harbor Hospice Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient

[Muskegon, MI.], [May 22, 2018] — Harbor Hospice has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

“We are excited to recognize the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate Harbor Hospice on its success in achieving this highest of honors.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2016 through September 2017. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. HEALTHCAREfirst holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.  Please visit HEALTHCAREfirst’s website at www.healthcarefirst.com to learn more about HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice CAHPS survey program as well as the Hospice Honors awards.

President & CEO, Lisa McMichael, credits Harbor Hospice’s excellence in the areas of communication, getting timely care, treating patient/family with respect and dignity and providing emotional / religious support for being honored as a 2018 award recipient.  92.4% of our families would recommend Harbor Hospice as compared to 86% of the national average.  She said, “It is truly an honor to receive this distinguished award. I am proud of the outstanding team we have delivering such quality care to our community.”

For more information about Harbor Hospice and Harbor Palliative Care please call 231.728.3442 or visit www.HarborHospiceMI.org.

For more information about HEALTHCAREfirst, please call 800.841.6095 or visit www.healthcarefirst.com.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/13 – 08/20/2018

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

Monday August 13:

Half-Day Dune Adventurers Camp
August 13 @ 10:00 am – August 17 @ 1:00 pm
Monday – Friday, August 13 – 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring your kids age 7 – 13 to the Dune Adventurers Camp! Explore the dunes, paddle Muskegon lake, solve nature based puzzles, work through challenge courses, try your hand at archery and slide the summer luge! Sound fun!? They have numerous week long summer camp offerings that will keep your children active and engaged. In their half-day dune adventurers camp campers will take part in a variety of activities from kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to dune hiking, nature reflection, archery, summer luge, silly games, and challenge courses. For more information call 1-877-879-5843 or register at Eventbrite.com.

Film at the USS Silversides:Crash Dive
August 13@ 2:00 pm – August 18@ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer. For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

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

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 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
Mondays @ 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.

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.

Tuesday, August 14:

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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.

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 14 @ 1:00pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Half-Day Dune Adventurers Camp
August 14 @ 10:00 am – August 17 @ 1:00 pm
Monday – Friday, August 13 – 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring your kids age 7 – 13 to the Dune Adventurers Camp! Explore the dunes, paddle Muskegon lake, solve nature based puzzles, work through challenge courses, try your hand at archery and slide the summer luge! Sound fun!? They have numerous week long summer camp offerings that will keep your children active and engaged. In their half-day dune adventurers camp campers will take part in a variety of activities from kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to dune hiking, nature reflection, archery, summer luge, silly games, and challenge courses. For more information call 1-877-879-5843 or register at Eventbrite.com.

UFO Presentation
August 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Are you curious or interested in UFOs and stories of personal encounters? Dr. Ron Pleune has been interested in extraterrestrials ever since he began researching the Billy Meier Story in 2015. Dr. Pleune will give an impressive presentation discussing the story of Billy Meier’s contact with extraterrestrials. This is held at Hackley Public Library and is free to the public.

Paddle and Pints
August 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Paddle Muskegon invites you to join them at Heritage Landing for “Paddle and Pints!” Come 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 single or tandem kayak, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or their giant inflatable Megalodon SUP for an evening cruise. All equipment is provided! The cost is $20 with pre-registration required through Eventbrite. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, they just ask for a suggested donation of $5 for the coordination of the event. Ticket sales will end 2 hours prior to the event. For those wanting to register after that please call (616) 745-4287.

Stuffed Vegetables Italian Style Cooking Class
August 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 insides the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Stuffed Vegetables Italian Style with Sofia Occhialini!” Fill fresh vegetables from the Muskegon Farmers’ Market with tuna, meat or mozzarella! There will be plenty for eating in class and usually left overs to take home and enjoy for lunch the next day. Sofia will share recipes from her home region of Italy. The cost is $35. For more information, call (231) 769-2202. To buy tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.

Wednesday August 15

Call to Artists: Submission Deadline for Black & White Exhibit
August 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Red Lotus Center for the Arts is hosting a Black & White Exhibit! This is an opportunity for artists to showcase their skills in form, texture, contrast, light, and shape in monochromatic fashion. All mediums will be considered. For complete rules and submission forms, please contact redlotus@redlotusmuskegon.com or stop by the gallery no later than August 15. To find out more and to stay up to date with Red Lotus events, be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Community Dog Walk
August 15 @ 6:30 pm
Pound Buddies and the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park invite anyone and everyone to join their Community Dog Walk! Meet at the Pound Buddies’ Western Market chalet in the sand lot behind the shops on Western Ave. (across from the Farmers Market) Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm through August 29. Everyone will walk to the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park where the dogs can play. The walk is one mile long. For details, safety rules and FAQs, find the Petsafe Bark Park on Facebook!

Half-Day Dune Adventurers Camp
August 15 @ 10:00 am – August 17 @ 1:00 pm
Monday – Friday, August 13 – 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring your kids age 7 – 13 to the Dune Adventurers Camp! Explore the dunes, paddle Muskegon lake, solve nature based puzzles, work through challenge courses, try your hand at archery and slide the summer luge! Sound fun!? They have numerous week long summer camp offerings that will keep your children active and engaged. In their half-day dune adventurers camp campers will take part in a variety of activities from kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to dune hiking, nature reflection, archery, summer luge, silly games, and challenge courses. For more information call 1-877-879-5843 or register at Eventbrite.com.

Performances @ The Block: Tim Froncek and Friends
August 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Legendary jazz drummer Tim Froncek is at The Block this summer! Mr. Froncek and a collection of friends will present three evenings of stellar live jazz in the elegant ambiance of The Block. Enjoy these fantastic regional artists while sipping your favorite beverage of choice. Step out onto the rooftop deck after the concert for downtown’s best view of the sunset sunset over Muskegon Lake! Tickets are just $10.00 each. Doors and bar open at 7:00pm. Call 231-726-3231 for tickets and more information.

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesday 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Flea Market (at the Farmers’ market) is located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

McGraft Park Free Concert:Cuig
Wednesday, August 15 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy summer evenings filled with music at McGraft Park’s Free Summer Concert Series! Concerts are Tuesdays (except where noted) and begin at 7:00pm. **This week the concert is Wednesday.** Sponsored by the Michigan Irish Music Festival.

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

Thursday August 16

Half-Day Dune Adventurers Camp
August 16 @ 10:00 am – August 17 @ 1:00 pm
Monday – Friday, August 13 – 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring your kids age 7 – 13 to the Dune Adventurers Camp! Explore the dunes, paddle Muskegon lake, solve nature based puzzles, work through challenge courses, try your hand at archery and slide the summer luge! Sound fun!? They have numerous week long summer camp offerings that will keep your children active and engaged. In their half-day dune adventurers camp campers will take part in a variety of activities from kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to dune hiking, nature reflection, archery, summer luge, silly games, and challenge courses. For more information call 1-877-879-5843 or register at Eventbrite.com.

8th Annual Health, Wellness & Recovery Fair
August 16 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Come to Hackley Park for the 8th Annual Health, Wellness & Recovery Fair! This FREE community event features 90+ exhibitor booths, live music, kids’ activities and free lunch for the first 1,000 attendees. For more information, call (231) 724-1111 or visit eventbrite.com.

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.

Dancing into the Sunset: Dancing and Music
Thursday August 16, @ 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 Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

Summer Shorts
August 16 @ 7:30 pm – August 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, August 16 – 18 at 7:30pm, come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Summer Shorts” by various artists and directed by The Cast! Although short on length, the themes are as wide-ranging as the playwrights themselves. From laugh-out-loud humor to quiet sadness, this collection of plays will take audiences through stories of a missed appointment, an inept interpreter, a woman who’s lost her sense of humor, a man’s search for the perfect home, and a baseball from the 1962 Mets. For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

Friday August 17

Arts & Drafts Festival
August 17 – August 18
Ross Park in Norton Shores plays host to its 42nd Annual Art Fair, Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18! There’ll be wonderful displays of hand crafted goods available for purchase as well as an Arts & Dash 5K Run, food vendors and a beverage tent with a live music stage! For more information call 231-799-6802.

Movies on Deck:(People’s Choice) The Iron Giant
Friday, August 17 @ 9:00 pm
This is the last movie of the season! The 12th annual Movies on Deck film series features eight movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393. 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.

Parties in the Park:Flexadecibel
Friday, August 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This is the last concert of the season! 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. Tonight’s sponsor is Muskegon Jaycees

All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site
August 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Go where no visitor has gone before on this ALL ACCESS tour of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses. Join us on the third Friday of the month from 7-8:30pm to enjoy and experience different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, and more! Lakeshoremuseum.org

White River Light Station Free Concert:Steel Doin’ It
August 17 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the White River Light Station for “Music at the Light,” featuring Steel Doin’ It! 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. In case of rain, meet at the Fruitland Township Hall (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall). For more information, call (231) 894-8265.

Half-Day Dune Adventurers Camp
August 17 @ 1:00 pm
Monday – Friday, August 13 – 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring your kids age 7 – 13 to the Dune Adventurers Camp! Explore the dunes, paddle Muskegon lake, solve nature based puzzles, work through challenge courses, try your hand at archery and slide the summer luge! Sound fun!? They have numerous week long summer camp offerings that will keep your children active and engaged. In their half-day dune adventurers camp campers will take part in a variety of activities from kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to dune hiking, nature reflection, archery, summer luge, silly games, and challenge courses. For more information call 1-877-879-5843 or register at Eventbrite.com.

Summer Shorts
August 17 @ 7:30 pm – August 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, August 16 – 18 at 7:30pm, come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Summer Shorts” by various artists and directed by The Cast! Although short on length, the themes are as wide-ranging as the playwrights themselves. From laugh-out-loud humor to quiet sadness, this collection of plays will take audiences through stories of a missed appointment, an inept interpreter, a woman who’s lost her sense of humor, a man’s search for the perfect home, and a baseball from the 1962 Mets. For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

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.

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 17 @ 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Yoga at the Light
August 17 @ 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! They offer many family friendly events throughout the summer that are free to the public. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge. July 20 at 9:30am: Yoga at the Light with Mitch Colman. Rain date will be July 27. For more information, call White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.

Saturday August 18:

Montague Artisan Market
August 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one at the Artisan Market in Montague! The Artisan Market is adjacent to the Farmer’s Market on Water Street and runs the first Saturday of June, July, August, and September from 9:00am – 1:00pm. A variety of vendors sell their handmade items, including soap, jewelry, and other art items. For more information, call 231-893-1155.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
August 18 @ 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.

Arts & Drafts Festival
August 18
Ross Park in Norton Shores plays host to its 42nd Annual Art Fair, Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18! There’ll be wonderful displays of hand crafted goods available for purchase as well as an Arts & Dash 5K Run, food vendors and a beverage tent with a live music stage! For more information call 231-799-6802.

Bill Gillan Salmon Fish Boil
August 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the White Lake Area Sportfishing Association at the Montague Band Shell, 8636 Water Street, Montague for their annual Bill Gillan Salmon Fish Boil! For over 30 years, the WLASA club has perfected and served this wonderful Great Lakes meal on beautiful White Lake. You will receive a generous serving of fresh boiled salmon, potatoes & onion, covered with pure melted butter and a delicious roll for a $12 donation ($6 donation for children 12 and under). This year they are also excited to give you an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for drawings and you need not be present to win! For more information, call 231-557-6473.

Moose Fest 2018
August 18
Country radio station, WMUS (107.9FM) invites you to join them at beautiful Heritage Landing for Moose Fest 2018! This FREE day of music features many of your favorite artists playing acoustical sets. Headlining the show is Kip Moore who’s been on the national country music scene since 2012 when he first hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” which went to No. 1 in June that year. The lineup also includes country music up-and-comers Trent Harmon, Abby Anderson, Travis Denning, Mitchell Tenpenny, Tenille Arts and local artist Bari Lee. Listen in or check their website at www.107mus.iheart.com or visit the link below for information on locations where you can pick up your FREE tickets to this great day of music on Muskegon Lake. For more information, call 616-459-1919.

Bike Pedal and Family Pedal Pirate Style
August 18 @ 1:00
Get your gang together and ride down the bike path between Downtown Muskegon and the Beach with stops along the way. Pubs, Ice Cream, Restaurants, and Awesome Maritime sights. Both Adult and Family Friendly stops available.

Bright Lights Muskegon Lighthouse Festival
August 18 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) invites you to attend their annual Muskegon Bright Lights Festival in celebration of the Michigan Maritime Festival. Special festival offerings include family-friendly Lighthouse Tower Tours 1:00pm-8:00pm price is $2-4., Children’s Chalk Art Contest 2:00pm.,Children’s Storytime 3:00pm., Zumba on the Pier begins at 5:30pm (dress comfortably). Live music with Karen & Eric Smith from 4:00pm-5:00pm and Mackenzie Love from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Maranatha Summer Concert: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
August 18 @ 7:00 pm
Every Saturday evening at 7:00pm, come to 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 guest receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm. Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

Taste of History: 18th Century
August 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Come to Michigan’s Heritage Park as they explore food and cooking methods from the 1700’s! There will be hands-on activities, cooking demonstrations by their re-enactors, and samples available for purchase throughout the park. Tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 each at the event. For more information, call (231) 894-0342. General Admission is: $12 Adults and teens $10 for visitors 65 and older $7 for ages 3 to 12 Free admission for 2 and younger

Cigar Rolling Demonstration
August 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit Pigeon Hill Brewing as Jorge’s Cigars demonstrates the art of properly rolling a cigar by hand! You will have the opportunity to learn everything about the process, from the planting of seeds to the point of enjoying a well-rolled cigar. Jorge is a cigar roller who loves to discuss the passion, history and culture of the famous Cuban cigar brands. Cigars will also be available for purchase from Jorge (cash or credit). For more information, call (231) 375-5184. PLEASE NOTE: Pigeon Hill Brewery Company is a non-smoking location. They ask that you enjoy yours at home in order to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere.

Great Lakes Surf Festival
August 18
The 1st annual Great Lakes Surf Festival comes to Pere Marquette Beach! This new festival is the brainchild of Joe Bidawid, one of the most influential and highly accomplished Great Lakes Water athletes. A former professional windsurfer, he is credited with pioneering both Kiteboarding and Stand Up Paddling on the Great Lakes and is also an accomplished surfer. All SUP’ers, surfers, kiteboarders, kayakers, windsurfers, artists and yogis are welcome to this fun filled day of watersports. If you are currently not involved with any of these sports, then the GLSF will provide the perfect place and opportunity for you to learn. By registering, you will have access to numerous workshops, free lessons and product demos that will help you access the sport of your choice. BEACH CAMPING: Camp right on the beach, just steps away from the water! Camping will be available for the nights of Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18. Space will be limited and these tent sites are certain to book up fast. *Free gear raffle for registered participants.*SUP races for different age groups and abilities.*Kayak races for different age groups and abilities.*SUP Yoga.*Workshops plus much more.

Harbor Hospice Regatta
August 18 @ 11:00 am
Come to the Muskegon Yacht Club for the 11th Annual Harbor Hospice Regatta! This sailing race is open to the public with registration starting at 11:00am. This popular race has raised more than $25 million dollars for hospice services across the country and features amazing food, a cash bar, live entertainment, auctions, raffles and games. Call 231-728-3442.

Summer Shorts
Saturday, August 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, August 16 – 18 at 7:30pm, come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Summer Shorts” by various artists and directed by The Cast! Although short on length, the themes are as wide-ranging as the playwrights themselves. From laugh-out-loud humor to quiet sadness, this collection of plays will take audiences through stories of a missed appointment, an inept interpreter, a woman who’s lost her sense of humor, a man’s search for the perfect home, and a baseball from the 1962 Mets. For more information, call (231) 894-4048.

Community Paddle: Harbour Towne Beach
Saturday, August 18
Join fellow paddlers at Harbour Towne Beach for a Muskegon Area Community Paddle! If you have a paddle craft, whether it’s a kayak, standup paddle board, canoe or rowboat, you’re invited to put in at Muskegon’s Harbour Towne Beach for this free community event. Those without a paddle craft can rent a kayak from Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service. Participants must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. For more information, or to register or rent a kayak, call 231-740-0227.

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 18 @ 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

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

Sunday August 19

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 19 @ 4:00pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Yoga Top Deck of the LST 393
Sundays @ 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Get your down dog on while participating in yoga each Sunday evening. Just $5 a person and the money raised goes back into the community. This is open to everyone (no membership needed) See you on the deck of the LST 393 Veterans Museum (you may even see an amazing sunset at close of class) For more information contact Rootdown Yoga 231-722-9642

Boat Jam / Celebration
Sunday, August 19 @2:00-6:00pm
Muskegon Boaters Dune Area (Docking at the Dune) or Muskegon South or North Breakwater Cove. Bring your games, food and beverage as we celebrate a Michigan boating tradition. Rafting with family and friends is fun!

Film at the USS Silversides:The Enemy Below
August 19@ 2:00 pm – August 25@ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer. For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

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.

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• Come to the Union Depot Building (we have Selfie Stations!) or snap yourself having fun at your favorite Muskegon County attraction.
• Use our hashtag #VisitMuskegon when you share your photo!
• Throughout Summer we will search for #VisitMuskegon selfies (remember, we won’t see it unless it is public) on each Wednesday.
• Using random.org we will select someone’s smiling selfie to snag some Visit Muskegon swag!

Muskegon’s Future 15 Young Professionals Announced

Fifteen of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals are being recognized by the business community. These individuals contribute to the growth and success of their company/organization and are making a positive impact along the Muskegon Lakeshore.

“The next generation of professionals is becoming more influential in our community and it is important they are recognized for the contributions being made to the area’s economy and quality of life,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

A selection committee, consisting of young professionals that were among the 2017 Future 15 award recipients, gathered to determine who this year’s Future 15 would be. After careful review of the nominations, this year’s Future 15 emerging young leaders are as follows:

  • Alison Updyke, Wildflower Studios
  • Andrew Mann, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity
  • Cherrelle Hughey, Community enCompass
  • David Manley, Core Realty Partners
  • Jake Eckholm, City of Muskegon Heights
  • JacQuaye A. Payne, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
  • Jimmy Hegedus, Great Lakes Dental Excellence
  • Jocelyn Hines, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
  • Joshua Mueller, Spectrum Health
  • Kara Zielinski, United Way on the Lakeshore
  • Kevin D. Osterhart, Concept Design Studio
  • Megan Aney, Sitting Pretty Pet Spa & Boutique
  • Philip David DeYoung, Muskegon Civic Theater
  • Rachel Stewart, Muskegon Community College
  • Travis Dodge, Longer Days

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 08/13/18

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

AUGUST 13, 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: 7/23/18 and 8/8/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Resolution to bond for Muskegon Heights water settlement
B. Authorize signature for Engagement Letter for Ratings Agent for MH water settlement

08. New Business
A. Resolution for Attorney’s presents during Mediation
B. Resolution to adopt amended investment policy
C. Budget amendments
D. Approval for parking lot sealing and striping
E. Best Yard contest

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

The Impact of Alfie Evans

The story of Alfie Evans in Britain shocked and captivated an international audience. His death on April 28 was tragic, leaving his parents and countless people across the globe heartbroken, including his devoted online advocates in “Alfie’s Army.”

Many things happened during his case. The medical details are complex, with Alfie perhaps suffering from a unique disease. While the details may be hard to follow, the controversy in Alfie’s care was very simple: Alfie’s medical care was forcibly removed from him because of his supposed quality of life.

Patients must always have the right to refuse unwanted burdensome medical treatment, but in Alfie’s case, he was unable to express his wishes. Normally his parents would speak for him, as they are in the best position to guard Alfie’s best interest. Instead, British courts usurped patient autonomy and parental rights to take away Alfie’s care to cause his death.

How a patient views their health is important, but it’s a subjective view. Sadly, many doctors, hospitals, academics, and government officials have come to believe that many forms of disability are so insufferable that a person is objectively better off dead. “I wouldn’t want to be hooked up to those machines” is quickly turning into, “You shouldn’t be hooked up to those machines.”

Theoretically there could have been good reasons for courts to take away Alfie from his parents. Alfie could have been older and communicated his wishes. Alfie’s parents could have been abusive or been keeping him alive for financial reasons. Alfie’s medical care could have been futile. Alfie could have been suffering. The reality is none of that occurred in this case. No evidence was presented before the courts that Alfie was physically suffering. Alfie was not brain dead.

The courts simply decided they knew better about what Alfie needed than his parents, and they decided he needed to die. This precedent should concern everyone: we may be next.

The sinister nature of a “quality of life” ethic is that those who believe people are better off dead feel morally justified in causing people to die. Removing care or giving people lethal doses of drugs is cheap, whereas caring for the sick and disabled can be very difficult. People have a habit of taking the easy route, sometimes even if it obviously harms other people. Now the easy route has a worldview that justifies forcing people to die as compassionate.

Chris Gast
Director of Communication/Education
cgast@rtl.org | 616-532-2300

www.RTL.org

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Ask Dr. Universe – Sleepwalking

Dr. Universe: What is happening when we sleepwalk? -Daniel, 11, Easton, CT

Dear Daniel,

Our brains work hard to help us move, talk and think. They also help us sleep. When we rest, some parts of our brain are active. When we are up and moving around, parts of our brain are actually at rest.

It’s almost like they are taking a little cat nap, said my friend Hans Van Dongen, a sleep researcher at Washington State University. Maybe you’ve experienced this if you’ve been daydreaming, lost your train of thought, or even just zoned out for a bit.

Van Dongen and his team observe lots of different sleep behaviors at the Sleep and Performance Research Center–that’s my kind of lab. He said there are really two main types of sleepwalking.

The first is when you are in a deep sleep. In a deep sleep, your brain isn’t thinking about much at all. It is actually recovering from the day before. During this time, the part of your brain in charge of different motions and movements is acting on its own.

There’s a chance that if you sleepwalk in this state, you will find yourself doing something you did during the day. You might walk down the hallway or to your table.

If you wake up someone who is doing this kind of sleepwalking, they will be pretty confused. It’s similar to that surprised feeling you wake up to at the sound of an alarm clock.

“It’s just a part of the brain forgetting that it is supposed to be asleep and carrying out an automatic program,” Van Dongen said.

The other type of sleepwalking happens in the same sleep state where most people remember their dreams. In this state, your eyes are at times moving very quickly while you are asleep—it’s called rapid-eye movement sleep. While scientists don’t exactly have evidence to show dreams have particular meanings, we do observe that dreams have storylines.

When you are in rapid-eye movement sleep, the brain turns off the muscles in your body. It’s called muscle atonia, and the brain does this so that when you are dreaming a storyline kind of dream, your body won’t act it out in real life. Sometimes muscle atonia happens while you are just about to fall asleep. This is known as sleep paralysis—and you may experience it as a feeling of falling or tripping when you are drifting off to sleep.

In some people, the brain sometimes starts dreaming, but it doesn’t turn off the muscles. That’s another reason why we see people sleepwalking. It isn’t supposed to happen, but sometimes the brain just doesn’t send the right message to the body.

A lot more kids sleepwalk than adults, too. While we don’t know exactly why, we do know the brain goes through some big changes as we grow and learn to walk, talk, think, and socialize.

“These are massive changes happening in the brain,” Van Dongen said. “The ever-changing brain doesn’t always get it perfectly right.”

Sleep is fascinating—and sometimes just thinking or writing about it makes me a little sleepy. I think it’s the perfect time for a cat nap.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Ottawa County Honors Employees for Customer Service

Join us in congratulating Britney Brown from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and Amy Bodbyl-Mast from Ottawa County Fiscal Services, who have been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipients for the first quarter of 2018. You can read the nominations which earned each recipient an award plus learn more about them at miOttawa.org.

Ottawa County One Step Closer to Acquiring Dune Property Located in Ferrysburg

ottawasandProject recap:

• In the fall of 2017, the current owner offered to sell the property based on an appraisal of $11.2 million and donate 25% of the land value to serve as match in a grant proposal for $8.4 million to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).
• In December 2017, the MNRTF Board recommended that a $4.2 million grant be awarded in 2018, with encouragement to submit a phase two grant request for the remaining funds needed in 2019.
• Ottawa County Parks submitted a grant request from the MNRTF for phase two in April 2018. If approved, Ottawa County Parks will be notified in December 2018.
• In June the state grant agreement for phase one (188 acres) was received and approved by Ottawa County.
• The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has agreed to purchase the second parcel of property (157 acres) and hold it until grant funding becomes available in 2019.

If all aspects of the acquisition proceed smoothly, the county will acquire 188 acres of the 345-acre site by August 1 and the Land Conservancy will utilize loan from The Conservation Fund to acquire the remaining 157 acres at the same time. “In order to secure this property for the public the purchase needed to happen in full, but we only have grant funding for just over half of the property at this point. The Land Conservancy really stepped up and for that we are very grateful. Without them, the opportunity to purchase this land would not have been possible,” said John Scholtz, Ottawa County Parks Director.

The loan agreement from The Conservation Fund will cover the approximately 4 million dollar purchase price for the second half of the property. The Land Conservancy will launch a fundraising campaign later this summer to cover costs related to the land acquisition. While the purchase agreement and the loan from the Conservation Fund are significant steps in protecting this property, it will not be permanently secured until the loan is paid off and the fundraising is complete. The land owner has generously offered approximately $1.5 million as a contribution in the project and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund will look to make a commitment to the project in 2019.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/06 – 08/13/2018

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

Monday August 06:

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

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 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
Mondays @ 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.

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.

Tuesday, August 07:

Lighthouse Tours: National Lighthouse Day
August 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light in honor of National Lighthouse Day! Observed annually on August 7, National Lighthouse Day honors the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea. At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines. Hours are 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The cost is $2 – $4. For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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.

Free Summer Concert Series: Saline Fiddlers
August 7 @ 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.

Paddle and Pints
August 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Paddle Muskegon invites you to join them at Heritage Landing for “Paddle and Pints!” Come 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 single or tandem kayak, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or their giant inflatable Megalodon SUP for an evening cruise. All equipment is provided! The cost is $20 with pre-registration required through Eventbrite. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, they just ask for a suggested donation of $5 for the coordination of the event. Ticket sales will end 2 hours prior to the event. For those wanting to register after that please call (616) 745-4287.

Seed to Feed Camp: Chilling and Grilling with Chef Char
August 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday, August 7 and 9 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm, bring the kids to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Seed to Feed Camp: Chilling and Grilling with Chef Char!” Chill out with fresh produce purchased directly from the farmers at the Muskegon Farmers Market and make healthy treats for the freezer or the grill. On the first day of cooking camp, participants will also shiver and shake while making their own ice cream, cook fruit smoothies and frozen all-fruit popsicles. On the second day, campers will heat up the grill and make delicious veggie skewers with the freshest and healthiest vegetables from the market and accompany it with creative “camping cuisine” style meals in foil packets. This is a two-day camp for kids ages 7-13. The cost is $70 for both days. For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Wednesday August 8

Performances @ The Block: Tim Froncek and Friends
August 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mr. Froncek and a collection of friends will present three evenings of stellar live jazz in the elegant ambiance of The Block. Enjoy these fantastic regional artists while sipping your favorite beverage of choice. Step out onto the rooftop deck after the concert for downtown’s best view of the sunset sunset over Muskegon Lake! Doors and bar open at 7:00pm. Call 231-726-3231 for tickets and more information.

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 8 – August 11
Come to Heritage Landing for Michigan’s premier Christian music festival ! This year’s event features Crowder, for King and Country, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and dozens of others. Plenty of family activities fill the day and evening as well. Tickets, schedules and other information are now available at www.UnityChristianMusicFestival.com

Community Dog Walk
August 8 @ 6:30 pm
Pound Buddies and the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park invite anyone and everyone to join their Community Dog Walk! Meet at the Pound Buddies’ Western Market chalet in the sand lot behind the shops on Western Ave. (across from the Farmers Market) Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm through August 29. Everyone will walk to the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park where the dogs can play. The walk is one mile long. For details, safety rules and FAQs, find the Petsafe Bark Park on Facebook!

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesday 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Flea Market (at the Farmers’ market) is located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

Thursday August 9

Every Brilliant Thing
August 9 @ 7:30 pm – August 11 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe and directed by Natalie Carmolli. You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. (1) Ice cream. (2) Kung Fu movies. (3) Burning things. (4) Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. (5) Construction cranes. (6) Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. For more information, call (231) 894-4048 or visit the website below.

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.

Northside Family Fun Fest
August 9 – August 11
The 10th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 9-11 at Walker Park in North Muskegon! This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside”. The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only. For more information visit www.cityofnorthmuskegon.com.

Dill Pickles, Relish, Bread & Butter Pickles with Chef Char
August 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 9 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Dill Pickles (Kosher and Zesty), Relish, Bread and Butter Pickles with Chef Char!” Kitchen 242’s canning, freezing and preserving classes continue and in this class will focus on using pickles. You will be taking your creations home with you to enjoy later. Learn how to select pickles for these different recipes. Tips for easy, safe and successful processing of each of these will be shared and demonstrated in class before turning you loose on creating your own. The cost is $40. For more information, call (231) 769-2202. To buy tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.

Crash Course: Wax Casting with Michael Peoples
August 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Crash Course! Michael Peoples, creator of the “Perchance to Dream” installation, will demonstrate wax-casting techniques on the MMA loading dock. This event is free and open to the public. For more info., call 231-720-2570.

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 8 – August 11
Come to Heritage Landing for Michigan’s premier Christian music festival! This year’s event features Crowder, for King and Country, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and dozens of others. Plenty of family activities fill the day and evening as well. Tickets, schedules and other information are now available at www.UnityChristianMusicFestival.com

Mac Attack” AMA District 14 State Championship Hillclimb
August 10 – August 11
The Muskegon Motorcycle Club presents the Kyle Jerls “Mac Attack”, AMA District 14 State Championship Hillclimb at Mt. Garfield! Join them for this 1st time ever amateur event held at Mt. Garfield! Gates open at noon on Friday with early tech and signup from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Saturday sign-up and tech are from 7:00am – 9:00am. The Hillclimb starts at 10:00am Saturday. Camping is included with your gate fee of $25. No open riding allowed. For more information, call the club at (231) 798-1552 or visit the website below to register.

McGraft Park Free Concert:Westside Soul Surfers
Thursday, August 9 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy summer evenings filled with music at McGraft Park’s Free Summer Concert Series! Concerts are Tuesdays (except where noted) and begin at 7:00pm. **This week the concert is Thursday.** Sponsored by the Lakeside District Association.

Dancing into the Sunset: Dancing and Music
Thursday August 9, @ 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 Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

Yankee Tavern
August 2 @ 7:30 pm – August 4 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, August 2 – 4 at 7:30pm, come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Yankee Tavern” by Steven Dietz! THE STORY: Just when you thought you’d heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all. Steven Dietz’s acclaimed and already widely produced dramatic thriller—a selection of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Project—is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips you until the final word. What you don’t know can hurt you. For more information, call (231) 894-4048 or visit the website below.

Friday August 10

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days:FREE Tours
August 10 @ 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, August 10, the theme is “Celery Farms,” featuring guests Al Wagenmaker and other former celery growers. For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

Every Brilliant Thing
August 9 @ 7:30 pm – August 11 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe and directed by Natalie Carmolli. You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. (1) Ice cream. (2) Kung Fu movies. (3) Burning things. (4) Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. (5) Construction cranes. (6) Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. For more information, call (231) 894-4048 or visit the website below.

Unity Christian Music Festival
August 8 – August 11
Come to Heritage Landing for Michigan’s premier Christian music festival ! This year’s event features Crowder, for King and Country, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and dozens of others. Plenty of family activities fill the day and evening as well. Tickets, schedules and other information are now available at www.UnityChristianMusicFestival.com

Mac Attack” AMA District 14 State Championship Hillclimb
August 10 – August 11
The Muskegon Motorcycle Club presents the Kyle Jerls “Mac Attack”, AMA District 14 State Championship Hillclimb at Mt. Garfield! Join them for this 1st time ever amateur event held at Mt. Garfield! Gates open at noon on Friday with early tech and signup from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Saturday sign-up and tech are from 7:00am – 9:00am. The Hillclimb starts at 10:00am Saturday. Camping is included with your gate fee of $25. No open riding allowed. For more information, call the club at (231) 798-1552 or visit the website below to register.

Northside Family Fun Fest
August 9 – August 11
The 10th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 9-11 at Walker Park in North Muskegon! This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside”. The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only. For more information visit www.cityofnorthmuskegon.com.

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.

Yoga at the Light
August 10 @ 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! They offer many family friendly events throughout the summer that are free to the public. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together watching a movie, or listening to folk inspired music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge. July 20 at 9:30am: Yoga at the Light with Mitch Colman. Rain date will be July 27. For more information, call White River Yoga at 231-740-6662.

Music and Beer at the Light with Fetch Brewing
August 10 @ 6:00 pm
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy time together listening to music while visiting and exploring the White River Light Station. The museum and tower will be open for the standard admission charge. (In case of rain, events will be held at the Fruitland Township Office) Live Music with Catfish and the Man! This family friendly event. Beer and wine, as well as soft drinks and water, will be available for purchase for cash only. For more information, call 231-845-7417.

Every Brilliant Thing
August 9 @ 7:30 pm – August 11 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe and directed by Natalie Carmolli. You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. (1) Ice cream. (2) Kung Fu movies. (3) Burning things. (4) Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. (5) Construction cranes. (6) Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. For more information, call (231) 894-4048 or visit the website below.

Unity Christian Music Festival
Through – August 11
Come to Heritage Landing for Michigan’s premier Christian music festival ! This year’s event features Crowder, for King and Country, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and dozens of others. Plenty of family activities fill the day and evening as well. Tickets, schedules and other information are now available at www.UnityChristianMusicFestival.com

Northside Family Fun Fest
Through- August 11
The 10th annual Northside Family Fun Fest will take place at Walker Park in North Muskegon from August 9-11 at Walker Park in North Muskegon! This event will feature a parade, art fair, book sale, beer and wine garden and “Taste of the Northside”. The arts & crafts fair will be Saturday only. For more information visit www.cityofnorthmuskegon.com.

Montague Artisan Market
August 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one at the Artisan Market in Montague! The Artisan Market is adjacent to the Farmer’s Market on Water Street and runs the first Saturday of June, July, August, and September from 9:00am – 1:00pm. A variety of vendors sell their handmade items, including soap, jewelry, and other art items. For more information, call 231-893-1155.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
-until August 12
From August 3 – 12, this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall. Now in its ninth year, the Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Festival brings great music to the charming towns of Montague and Whitehall, nestled on the shores of scenic White Lake, connecting to Lake Michigan. Come and experience the quaint downtown shopping districts, family-friendly parks, and extensive bike trails of this beautiful vacation paradise. Festival details will be provided as they become available. For more information, call (231) 329-3056.

SJO Supercross
August 4 @ 7:00 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. For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
August 11 @ 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.

Music at the Light
August 4 @ 2:00 pm
Come to the White River Light Station for “Music at the Light,” featuring the Western Michigan Dulcimer Friends for an afternoon concert. The tower will be open 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 rain, meet at the Fruitland Township Hall (4545 Nestrom Rd., Whitehall). For more information, call (231) 894-8265.

Saturday August 11:

Hey 5K Run/Walk
August 11 @ 8:00 am
The Hey 5K Run/Walk is happening August 11 at 8:00am and begins at the historic Union Depot located at 610 W. Western Ave. Early registration is at the Depot on August 10 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Bring your family and friends for this fun Run/Walk and enjoy the sites of historic Downtown Muskegon while supporting the family friendly non-profit radio station 88.9FM. Family and group rates are available for this race. Everyone is welcome! For more information visit www.heyradio.com/hey5k.

Flyboarding Experience
August 11 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come FlyBoard at Mona Lake Boat Club located at 372 Randall Road on Mona Lake. To schedule a Flyboarding ride call Mona Lake Boat Club at 231-798-4011. You must be 12 years of age and over 100 pounds. You must be pre-registered. Each ride costs $75 for members and $100 for non- members of Mona Lake Boat Club

Maranatha Summer Concert: Theater for the Thirsty
August 11 @ 7:00 pm
Every Saturday evening at 7:00pm, come to 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 guest receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm. Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

Motorcycle Super Saturday
August 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Motorcycle Super Saturday free family fun day! Celebrate motorcycles and their cool designs. Vroom, vroom! Join the fun!
• 11:00am and 1:00pm – Family Film: The Mouse and the Motorcycle (60 mins.) Join a mischievous little mouse named Ralph who befriends a boy name Keith. Keith happens to have a mouse-sized motorcycle that lands Ralph in a lot of trouble!
• 11:00am – 1:00pm Guided Look: Check out “American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle” with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take Motorcycle Collage: Make your own moving work of art with photos and mini wheels. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Click, Clack, Moosic!
August 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Come to Michigan’s Heritage Park as they welcome the West Michigan Symphony and “Click, Clack, Moosic!” As a part of the White Lake Area Chamber Music Festival, they will be presenting two of the Symphony’s whimsical programs based on Doreen Cronin’s picture books. Children and their caregivers will learn about dynamics and tempo through these fun and playful programs. For more information, call the park at (231) 894-0342.

Self Defense Class
August 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Are you interested in learning methods of self-defense?
Using his 30 plus years of various martial arts experience, Scot Demarest, Chief instructor at Lakeshore Martial Arts, put together a class in self-defense that anyone will be able to use! After teaching you an 8-move-combination, Scot will demonstrate multiple different scenarios where you can use this combination in order to defend yourself. Make sure to wear gym-type attire. REGISTRATION is required as space is limited. Registration will open one month before course starts. This class is for ages 16 and up!

Movies on the Beach: Moana
August 11 @ 9:00 pm
Come to beautiful Pere Marquette Park to enjoy a “Movie on the Beach!” Saturday, August 11 at dusk it’s “Moana!” For more information, find them on Facebook.

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.

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

Sunday August 12

Film at the USS Silversides: Three Stooges & Batman
August 6 – August 11 @ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer. For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

8th Annual Mona Lake Boat Poker Run
August 12
Join the Child Abuse Council on Mona Lake as they embark on the 8th Annual Mona Lake Boat Poker Run! Start at the Mona Lake Boat Club and go from dock to dock to gather cards in order to make the best hand and win a prize. All motorized boats are welcome! Pontoons and boats are $25, jet skis and other small motorized watercraft are $15. Each poker hand is $10. There’ll be a raffle and silent auction afterwards with food and drinks available for purchase. To register, go to www.childabusecouncil.org/registration to secure your spot today.

Yoga Top Deck of the LST 393
Sundays @ 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Get your down dog on while participating in yoga each Sunday evening. Just $5 a person and the money raised goes back into the community. This is open to everyone (no membership needed) See you on the deck of the LST 393 Veterans Museum (you may even see an amazing sunset at close of class) For more information contact Rootdown Yoga 231-722-9642

Film at the USS Silversides:Crash Dive
August 12@ 2:00 pm – August 18@ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer. For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

White Lake Chamber Music Festival
August 3 – August 12
From August 3 – 12, this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall. Now in its ninth year, the Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Festival brings great music to the charming towns of Montague and Whitehall, nestled on the shores of scenic White Lake, connecting to Lake Michigan. Come and experience the quaint downtown shopping districts, family-friendly parks, and extensive bike trails of this beautiful vacation paradise. Festival details will be provided as they become available. For more information, call (231) 329-3056.

Michigan Maritime Celebration
August 13 – August 19
Join Lake Effect Boating as they celebrate the maritime wonders of Michigan! From great beaches and boating, to awesome restaurants, breweries, and community events, you won’t want to miss the fun. The Michigan Maritime Celebration, held August 13 – 19 along the Shores of Muskegon, is maritime fun for everyone! Details will be provided as they become available. For more information, visit www.michiganmaritimecelebration.weebly.com.

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.

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• Come to the Union Depot Building (we have Selfie Stations!) or snap yourself having fun at your favorite Muskegon County attraction.
• Use our hashtag #VisitMuskegon when you share your photo!
• Throughout Summer we will search for #VisitMuskegon selfies (remember, we won’t see it unless it is public) on each Wednesday.
• Using random.org we will select someone’s smiling selfie to snag some Visit Muskegon swag!

Village of Fruitport Acquires Waterfront Property Adjacent to Pomona Park

Ann LaCroix, Village of Fruitport Clerk/Treasurer

[Fruitport, MI, June 4, 2018] The Village of Fruitport is announcing the acquisition of nearly three acres of waterfront property on Spring Lake. This waterfront property is adjacent to Pomona Park in the heart of the Village of Fruitport. Through a directed and generous donation from a publically anonymous donor, the Village of Fruitport acquired the property from private owners on June 1, 2018.   No funds from the Village of Fruitport were used to purchase this property. The property is being added to Pomona Park.

“The addition of this beautiful property to Pomona Park reinforces our efforts to increase public access to Spring Lake and provide more recreational opportunities in the Village of Fruitport,” said Roger Vanderstelt, Fruitport Village President. Vanderstelt went on to thank the Fruitport Village staff for their hard work and diligence on seeing this project through. “It was touch and go for a while, but we all stayed steadfast to the effort,” he said.

Pomona Park is an 8.5 acre, waterfront, community, park in the Village of Fruitport that offers boating, fishing, picnicking, and kayaking as well as a multi-use path, a band shell, a playground, and temporary space for carnivals and special events. Winter activities also take place with sledding as a highlight. Pomona Park serves a much larger population than just village residents due to its public boat launch and the annual Old Fashioned Days celebration over Memorial Day weekend. Pomona Park also boasts a rich history in music and dancing and was once a popular resort for its mineral springs.

Fruitport Village Trustee, Amy Haack said, “It literally took a village to see this effort finally come to fruition and we are thrilled to add a chapter to the history of Pomona Park.” She thanked the publically anonymous donor and said, “It is reassuring to know, there are still caring and generous people left in the world.”

The Village of Fruitport encompasses one square mile of land in Muskegon County. The Village has an approximate 1,100 residents and is bordered by Fruitport Township (west, north, east) and by Spring Lake Township (south). Fruitport Village is positioned between two exits on I-96 which allows for easy access to Pomona Park, Spring Lake, and other amenities.

Fruitport Township’s Hot Potato in the Drain Commissioner’s Office; the Kuis Drain

Brenda M. Moore, Muskegon County Drain Commissioner, May 11, 2018

Bond proceeds for the Kuis Drain have been secured. Contracts have been signed for work to proceed. Because no appeals were made; 10 days after the “Day of Review” the project was solidified—even though I contemplated downscaling the subdivision work. Please read on.

Since the first public hearing for the Kuis Drain project in 2014, significant resources have been used to design and execute drain clean-out and a subdivision storm sewer project. There have been numerous mailings to individual property owners, meetings to discuss design, scope, and timing of the project. All hearings, including one with the state, were in the newspaper and properly posted in public places. Public input after the original hearing was scarce. At the time, few disputed the work needed to be done, most wanted to know the final cost. In 2015, we provided preliminary plans for subdivision work to the township asking for input—nothing. Where did everyone go after the 1st public hearing?

The perfect storm began to brew: 1) numerous homeowners sold their homes and did not tell new owners about the pending project; 2) Many new homes were built–still below the elevations required in recorded Master Deeds; 3) the basement elevations were not checked as part of the building permit process, and; 4) the area does not have sanitary sewer as housing density and groundwater discharges increase.

In the meantime, the project planning team proceeds in good faith. Rather than discharging sump water in their yards, at the road, or to a neighbor’s property the new storm sewer system will give each property owner a direct outlet for discharged sump water—right to the main branch of the Kuis Drain. The design was finalized, bids were taken, and the assessment roll presented. Now the project had a price tag. Numerous residents came out in full force. We made adjustments to the roll after Day of Review based on property owner comments, which seemed to upset even more people.

There were two points of appeal during the 4-year process. Four appeals were generated; all were dropped, one by the township under the previous supervisor, the others by property owners. We believe residents did not want to pay the court-ordered bond to help cover legal fees. It was suggested they “pass the hat” among dozens of vocal property owners to cover the cost. Instead, those opposed to the subdivision project went political in the 11th hour, after bids were let and it was too late to make changes without significant time delays and increased costs. These project opponents, though silent during the initial requests for project input, bombarded the office of the Drain Commissioner with calls, emails, flowers, drop-ins, even recall petitions. They also packed the township hall and County Board chambers trying to sink a ship that had already landed under the legal process.

In an ill-advised attempt to kill the project, all but two County Commissioners chose not to pledge the county’s full faith and credit as part of bond financing. I understood trying to advocate for a vocal public—but second guessing another elected official, her engineers, finance person and legal team, seemed to defy logic—accept for the fact the county does not appreciate their drain assessments either. It is also an election year for County Board members.

We investigated the possibility of cutting out a portion of the subdivision project (e.g., homes built after the petition process). I learned that the Drain Code is very clear about process, which cannot be skirted by the Drain Commissioner, citizens, or the County Board. The intent of the law prevents a Drain Commissioner from suddenly adding work and cost to a project after the Day of Review. This works in reverse as well, by not allowing certain individuals to “opt out” of a project that is already planned, bid, and on its way to financing. Either scenario can bring chaos to a public infrastructure project, put more financial burden on those who are left in the project, and damage future dealings with financial institutions and contractors.

In short the key legal facts are:

• A project cannot be fundamentally changed after apportionments (assessment ratios) after the appeal time sunsets on the “Day of Review”.

• Financing is based on bids received and a computation of costs for the entire project. Under financing rules, when funds are sought for a project, costs must be locked in. Bonds are sold based on a specific project and assessment roll.

• Property owners cannot be charged if they don’t derive a benefit from the work (i.e., the whole district does not help pay for isolated work in the subdivisions).

Other not-so-fun facts:

• PA 222 allows for lawsuits by property owners if public entities are aware of a problem but do nothing—i.e., there is no governmental immunity.

• The township was asked about laying sanitary sewer line while the ground was open for the storm sewer construction. They are not pursuing this because of the high cost of a lift station to serve the area.

• Even if we could legally reduce the scope of the project at this late juncture, those not getting storm sewer services would still be paying thousands for state and federal permitting, attorney and engineering fees. They would get no infrastructure, just a design if they ever needed it.

The Drain Commissioner was put in the unhappy position of making the best decision possible for current and future property owners, their property values, and septic fields. The law limits the options at this late juncture without “starting over”. Doing that is foolhardy.

Alternative financing has been secured for the entirety of this project despite the County Board vote. We were able to get a 20-year term vs. 10 years, but the interest rate is somewhat higher because the County Board did not pledge “full faith and credit” on the bond. All the efforts made outside of the law’s appeal process simply added cost to assessments in the entire drainage district. Finally, the people who disagreed with the project that remained quiet until the end, or sold their property without disclosure, and/or built without knowing proper base floor elevations helped create this unfortunate situation. For most, it’s too late to go after the contractor. Now, the office of the Drain Commissioner is in a “cursed either way” situation. However, the project must continue as planned.

Crisis-Trained Chaplains Offer Ministry of Presence in Hawaii and Texas

rrtChaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have been ministering in three locations for the past few weeks: Kauai, Hawaii, following floods; Hawaii’s Big Island following volcanic eruptions; and Santa Fe, Texas, following a school shooting.

A small group of chaplains was already in Hawaii ministering to flood victims in Kauai when Kilauea erupted on May 3, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. Chaplains have been praying with and comforting those affected by both the volcano and the floods for more than a month.

“We’ve had a lot of opportunity for ministry with the people in the community,” said one of the chaplains. “They’re so receptive to the fact that we’re here, that we love them, that God loves them. The name of Jesus is being lifted up, so that’s really great.”

Another group of chaplains just completed their deployment in Santa Fe, Texas. The community was in shock after eight students and two teachers were killed when a shooter entered Santa Fe High School on May 18.

“They’ve just accepted us with open arms,” said Jeff Naber, manager of chaplain development and ministry relations for the Rapid Response Team. “There was not one person who said, ‘No, I don’t want to pray.’ Everyone accepted prayer and prayed with us.”

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/rrtchaplains.

Right to Life of Michigan PAC Releases Primary Endorsement List

June 8, 2018 – Today the full list of Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee (RLM-PAC) endorsements has been posted on the Right to Life of Michigan website. The full list is available here.

A Personalized Prolife Ballot generator is available here for voters to find the endorsed candidates that will appear on their precinct’s primary ballot.

RLM-PAC exclusively endorsed John James in the U.S. Senate race to replace current pro-abortion Senator Debbie Stabenow. John James is the only 100-percent prolife candidate in the race.

In the gubernatorial race the RLM-PAC endorsed all four Republican candidates: Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, Dr. Jim Hines, and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

RLM-PAC Director Casey Kreiner said, “We are thrilled to announce 267 endorsements for the August 7th primary election. The RLM-PAC endorsement process is rigorous, and we have a strong slate of prolife candidates for the primary. As we move forward we would like to encourage all Michigan voters to support these candidates. These candidates are willing and able to stand for the most vulnerable among us.”

Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art is marking the 150th Anniversary of the birth of renowned photographer Edward Curtis by presenting 150 photogravures from The North American Indian, Curtis’s monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 700 large portfolio prints that sought to document the Native American tribes of the Western United States.

The show will also feature the premiere of newly acquired copper plates used in the creation of the photogravures, a new gold-tone print of plate #1—The Vanishing Race, and several of the volumes. The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian runs through September 9, 2018.

Created over a span of decades, Curtis’s project was unique for its time, and was a passion that ultimately cost Curtis his health, livelihood, and family. But the enduring legacy of The North American Indian remains, a record of the humanity and strength of Native Americans, at a time when their way of life was under constant threat.

The Muskegon Museum of Art featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in a multi-gallery exhibition that attracted visitors from around the world. The exhibition was both a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country today

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian brings to view images that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in last year’s presentation. The 2018 exhibition also examines some of the criticism of Curtis’s works, using the photos to present the dilemmas that are part of an understanding of the project’s legacy.

Mining Workshops, Historic Tours, and More at the Adventure Mine this Season

miningFun! Excitement! Michigan History! All of these await you at the Adventure Mining Company. Adventure is not our middle name, it’s our first name. Located in the scenic and historic Copper Country of Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, the Adventure Mining Company offers something for everyone.

Explore Michigan’s rich copper mining history during one of our underground tours. Our knowledgeable guides will set you up with a helmet and headlamp and lead you on an underground walking tour inside an actual copper mine that ceased operations over a hundred years ago. Five different fascinating and informative tours are offered, ranging from a basic forty-five-minute walking tour to tours that include using ropes to rappel deeper into the mine.

minerOur Captains Tour and the Mining Workshop offer more intense exploration into the underground mining experience. Guests on the five to six-hour Captains Tour descend deeper into the mine than any other tour, reaching the second level of the mine. Rope work, climbing, and crawling are all part of this extreme exploration of the Adventure Mine. You’ll even get a pasty lunch served by the light of a miner’s candlelight.

The six-hour Mining Workshop gives you a hands-on understanding of past and present mining methods, including drilling and blasting.

A favorite feature of our tours for many guests is our transportation. No matter which tour you take you will get a ride in one of our Austrian-made six or four-wheeled military vehicles. The vintage Pinzgauers used to carry soldiers from Switzerland’s armed forces. Now they provide our guests with an adventurous and safe ride up to the mine entrances.

outsideIf all that underground adventure isn’t enough, the Adventure Mining Company also offers trails for hiking and mountain biking. The seven miles of trails cover everything from moderate woods trails to more challenging climbs and descents. One loop will bring you to the top of the east bluff of Adventure Mountain with panoramic views of Upper Michigan’s impressive forests – over fifty miles on a clear day!

The Adventure Mining Company is in Greenland, Michigan twelve miles East of the town of Ontonagon. It’s near the intersection of the M-26 and M-38 highways, providing easy access from any direction.

For more information please visit our website at www.adventureminetours.com
To contact us for information or to schedule a group or an advanced level tour call 906-883-3371 or email to info@adventureminetours.com

Business Friendly Ratings Announced by Chamber

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce representatives interviewed candidates running for county offices on business development and job creation. Two candidates received the highest “5” star rating. These candidates understand the economic issues facing the Muskegon Lakeshore community and will stand up for programs and services that create jobs and prosperity in Muskegon County.

Candidates were questioned about leadership, knowledge of the business community and how they plan to personally help Muskegon achieve its full economic potential. The volunteer representatives spent a combined total of nearly 50 hours conducting the interviews and rating the candidates.

A complete list of candidate ratings can be found in the Advocacy Center at www.muskegon.org. “This online resource provides the community a platform to quickly compare the local candidates running for office and access other election resources,” says Viktor Anderson, co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

“The Chamber encourages all of Muskegon’s residents to educate themselves on the candidates’ qualifications and participate in the election process,” says Eric Ringelberg, co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee. “We hope that employers will promote the importance of voting in the August 7 primary election.”

For more information about the community, business development and the elections, please visit the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce website at www.muskegon.org.

Ask Dr. Universe – Lizard Tails

Why do lizards lose their tails? -Bailey, Inwood, Iowa

Dear Bailey,

Our planet is home to all kinds of lizards. Maybe you’ve seen one climbing up the wall, scurrying through the grass, or at the pet store. Just the other day I saw a big green iguana when I visited the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in search of an answer to your question.

Lizards hatch from eggs, have a backbone, scales, and depend on the environment to keep warm. They have four legs and claws, and a tail, which they sometimes lose and grow back. My friend Marcie Logsdon was taking care of the big iguana and several other exotic animals. She told me all about lizard tails.

Lizards have a series of small bones that run down their back. They are called vertebrae. Along the tail are several weak spots called fracture planes, Logsdon said. They are the places where the tail can detach.

The main reason a lizard loses its tail is to defend itself. When a lizard detaches its tail, the tail whips around and wiggles on the ground.

Nerves from the lizard’s body are still firing and communicating with each other. In fact, sometimes the tail will keep moving for upwards of a half hour. This distracts a predator and gives the lizard plenty of time to escape.

When the lizard’s tail grows back, it’s a bit different than it was before. Instead of a tail made of bone, the new tail is often made out of cartilage, the same stuff that’s in your nose and ears. It can take quite a while for the cartilage to form, too.

The small green anole has a tail that is only about four inches long, but it takes about two months to grow back. Meanwhile, a longer iguana tail might take more than a year to grow back.

Most lizards can only lose their tails so many times before they can’t regrow them anymore. Of course, there are the exceptions. The crested gecko is one lizard that can lose its tail, but it doesn’t grow back.

Like lizards, some squirrels also lose their tails to escape predators. But their tails also don’t grow back. In nature, we see other animals that regrow different parts. Some worms split into pieces can grow into new individual worms. Sea cucumbers can do this as well. Some spiders can even regrow missing legs or parts of legs. Some salamanders can also shed their tails.

You know, tails can come in handy. Some lizards can wrap their tails around vines or branches. Others use their tails as a kind of propeller to help them move through the water. Tails are also useful for balance. And for some lizards, being able to ditch their tail might just save their life.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

P.O.A.M Endorses Hughes in 34th State Senate Race

Muskegon, MI – On June 15th, The Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM), announced its candidate endorsement would be Holly Hughes for Michigan State Senate for Michigan’s 34th District.

The POAM represents over 12,000 law enforcement employees throughout the State of Michigan and is the largest such organization in our state. “We continually strive to protect and improve the safety, working conditions and economic security of our member. We believe it is imperative to support candidates who actively promote these goals,” said Legislative Director, Kenneth Grabowski.

Rising Numbers Stretching Mission Resources

Muskegon Rescue Mission is experiencing record number of people needing emergency shelter.  During these summer months more and more people are turning to the mission for shelter.  These astonishing numbers are making Muskegon Rescue Mission Resources tight.

Muskegon Rescue Mission is in its 111th year of continuous 24 hours a day, 365 days a year of service.  They provide food, shelter, clothing and other services at two separate locations, one for men located at 400 W Laketon and for women and children located at 1691 Peck.  “We are in a unique position to help the homeless, not just with the physical needs that make day to day life hard, but with their spiritual needs as well,” said Dan Skoglund, Executive Director.  “We can point them to the gospel and everlasting change in their life.”

“The rise in numbers is pushing our resources to their limits and beyond” said Skoglund.  In addition to providing shelter the Mission also serves 3 meals per day, provides hot showers, as well as, fresh bedding and pajamas.  Skoglund added, “We are serving over 300 meals per day, double of our anticipated amount.  The extra expenses of food, staffing, higher utility bills and other expenses needed to meet this enormous demand is far beyond our current budget of seasonal norms.”

During the warm summer months Muskegon Rescue Mission usually has lighter numbers. Skoglund added, “With the increase in guests at our shelter, and additional costs it is starting to impact our mission resources and stretching our staff, we are committed to helping everyone in need.  We are truly the safety net, we never close our doors.  This is a challenging situation, but we have a very caring community and we are asking for their help at this time.”

To make a donation please stop by our administrative office or visit www.muskegonmission.org.

SOS Johnson: Michigan Upgrades Election Security for 2018

sosjohnsonNew voting machines, voter file ready for use; $11 million will further strengthen elections system

As local clerks finalize ballots for the statewide primary, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today detailed how new voting equipment, $11 million in new federal security grants and the extensive preparations her office has made will better protect Michigan’s elections system for the 2018 election cycle.

“Most importantly, every voter across Michigan still will use a good, old-fashioned paper ballot to mark their choices,” Johnson said three weeks before the August primary ballots will be sent out. “Then they’ll feed the ballot into a new next-generation voting machine designed with security in mind. But buying all new election equipment isn’t all we’ve done to safeguard our election system.”

“We carefully reviewed and improved our systems, and we’ll be putting $11 million of federal security grants toward further strengthening them against attack. Plus, we’re adding required cybersecurity training to our local clerk education programs.”

The Aug. 7 primary will be the first statewide election in which every city and township will use all new voting equipment that includes optical-scan ballot tabulators, accessible voting devices for voters with disabilities, and election-management and reporting software.

New upgrades include:

• Next-generation voting equipment that offers added security features over the older systems, including stronger multi-factor access controls, advanced data encryption and better physical security of tabulator access points with locks and seals. Tabulators are not connected to the internet.

The state paid for the equipment with $10 million that Johnson pushed the Legislature to approve and $30 million in federal money that Johnson and her predecessor saved for more than a decade. Cities and townships have had no upfront costs for the new equipment. Michigan was one of the only states that saved a substantial amount of federal funds to assist with the purchase of the next-generation voting systems, and one of the only states able to implement new voting systems statewide for use in the 2018 election cycle.

• $11.2 million in election security grants that Michigan will receive this year to upgrade elections systems. Bureau of Elections staff is finalizing how the money will be spent, but the plan will include a strong focus on security assessment – including comprehensive tests and other cybersecurity measures at the state, county and local level. The state must contribute $500,000 to receive $10.7 million that Congress approved this year for Michigan. The money is in addition to the extensive cybersecurity efforts already employed by the state of Michigan, which constantly monitors systems for suspicious activity and protects against cyberattacks.

• An upgraded Qualified Voter File system used by the Bureau of Elections and local clerks to maintain the state’s registered voter list and other election-related data. Besides being an improved, modern system that will help clerks perform their work more efficiently and effectively, the new system features enhanced security built in from the ground up over its 20-year-old predecessor.

• Strengthened relations with state and federal law-enforcement and homeland-security agencies. The Bureau of Elections can report any suspicious activity it detects — cyber or otherwise — with the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, which shares threat information among local, state and federal agencies, including the FBI, Michigan State Police, Michigan National Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Department of State has a staff person who participates with center. Additionally, Homeland Security officials now regularly share pertinent information, tools and services with state elections officials to assist them in thoroughly assessing and securing all aspects of their systems. Secretary of State staff have also participated in briefings for election administrators from federal homeland security officials.

• Expanded cybersecurity training for local election officials. Bureau of Elections staff are now also implementing a continuous multi-course training curriculum for clerks on cybersecurity best practices.

• Post-election audits that now include ballot validation. Bureau of Elections and county clerks now include ballot validation in the post-election audit process. After this November’s general election, ballot tabulation validation will be completed for the first time for a statewide election, involving every county with some randomly selected precincts. This process will verify that the voting machines properly tabulated ballots. The previous process, in place since 2013, already verified the successful completion of appropriate pre-election programming and testing steps. Post-election audits, which were started by Johnson, verify local election workers are performing their duties correctly and help target training programs to better assist election workers.

In addition to the new equipment and initiatives, Michigan elections will continue to feature long-standing accuracy and integrity practices that include:

• A detailed, thorough canvassing and certification process that each county performs after each election for up to two weeks. During the canvass, each precinct’s results are scrutinized, and ballot and voter numbers are cross-checked to make sure everything adds up. Each county’s canvassing board, which certifies election results, is made up of two Republicans and two Democrats. In addition, state and federal races are then canvassed and certified by the bipartisan Board of State Canvassers.

• Voting machine public testing. Every ballot tabulator used in each of the state’s 4,800 precincts is tested before every election in a public forum to verify it will tabulate ballots accurately, and then is physically secured until Election Day.

• Election precincts open to the public and representatives of political parties and other groups to observe voting and ensure officials are performing their duties properly.

• Continuous voter-list maintenance efforts. the Bureau of Elections and local clerks regularly scrub the voter list to remove ineligible voters. During Johnson’s time in office, The Bureau of Elections has removed 1.2 million ineligible voters, including 134,000 who have moved out of state and registered in a new state, 563,000 who died and 3,512 who were noncitizens.

Grand Rapids Chamber PAC Endorses Holly Hughes for State Senate

Grand Rapids, MI –The Grand Rapids Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC), Friends of West Michigan Business, announced its candidate endorsement in the contested 34th district GOP primary would be Holly Hughes.

“The Chamber PAC endorses candidates who will work to advance policies that support continued economic growth in our region, improve educational outcomes and invest in roads and infrastructure,” said Chamber President & CEO, Rick Baker.

“Michigan’s economic recovery has been nothing short of amazing, but we still have many real challenges, and must elect experienced, knowledgeable leaders to move Michigan forward.” Said Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

When asked what made the PAC so confident in their decision of endorsing Holly Hughes for State Senate, Rick Baker stated, “Representative Holly Hughes has been a relentless champion for West Michigan during her time in the House of Representatives. She is focused on policies that support job-growth and strengthen the regional economy.”

Grand Valley State University’s Winter 2018 Dean’s List

Grand Valley State University announces the names of students who were placed on the dean’s list for the Winter 2018 semester concluding in April. The list includes those students who have maintained a  3.5 grade point average and been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.

Fruitport: Ian Heil; Rebeka Johnson; Ryan Oldenburg; Brianna Routt; Gabrielle Schaub; Courtney Wagasky

Muskegon (49441): Morgan Deruiter; Andra Durham; Connor Inglat; Devinder Kaur; Amanda Lauher-Smith; Abigail Medema; Amber Modena; Tyler Morton; Christopher Parisian; Aurelia Pena; Patrick Taylor; Danielle Warren; Hannah Weinrick

Muskegon (49444): Montoya Briggs; Jared Cloutier; Collin Cribley; Brandy Cumbee; Stephanie Eslick; Frank Gasior; Megan Harken; Laura Hartung; Nicklas Koeller; Emily Leindecker; Lauren Maus; Justin Wierengo; Carl Wilson

Nunica: Jeffrey Crouse; Lydia Engelsma; Alexandra Gemmen; Noah Strasler; Alec Williams

Ravenna: Erica Austin; Weston Bernath; Jessica Jerue; Lillian Lieffers; Shaina McKinnon; Haley Pearson; Brooke VanDonkelaar

Spring Lake: Brandon Aho; Zachary Anderson; Stefanos Apostle; Brianna Brady; Lauren Brown; Lance Burt; Hannah Cabala; Arden Clark; Sarah Corgan; Aylissa Curry; Lori Davis; Laurie English; Michael Farwig; Megan Galligan; Dean Geschiere; Margaret Ginocchio; Karlee Hale; Rachel Howard; Anna Huizenga; Jillian Huizenga; Shelby Kiser; Emily Marine; Christian Pelke; Aaron Ponce; Anne Revilla; Joseph Rohloff; Jillian Schnurstein; Veronica Schoemer; Katelyn Sinn; Ryan Strandberg; Dylan Styburski; Kyle VanDenHeuvel; Abby VanOtteren; Samuel Ventocilla; Travis Ward; Jacob Weesies; Leah Wilcox; Natalie Wilson