Monthly Archives: February 2019

Grand Opening Services at the Gateway Church

The Gateway Church is excited to have completed the construction of their new facility at 700 Maple St in Ferrysburg and will be having their Grand Opening Services on Sunday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

After being in a rented facility since 2004, the church has built the building debt-free with a focus on people and being a blessing to their new community in Ferrysburg and the Lakeshore.

The Gateway Church invites the community to attend their Grand Opening Services and celebrate with its church body on Sunday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. at 700 Maple St in Ferrysburg.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 02/19/19 – 02/25/19

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

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
February 15 – March 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!”

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Event
February 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for their 2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Night! February was meant for love….of chocolate and wine.  Explore four unique rose’ wines that will be specially paired with four handmade chocolates by local chocolatiers Chocolates by Grimaldi.  Wine specialists will be on hand from Imperial Beverage visiting each table and giving out helpful tasting notes and information about how these excellent wines and chocolates were made.  The cost is $25 plus fees.  For more information call (231) 246-7910 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/344215286417059.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” January 15 – March 28 (no shows on March 5 and 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
February 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays
February 20 @ 7:00 pm
January 23 and February 20 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Ice Skate Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Get a free refresher course in ice skating and learn some techniques to help you skate faster on their 2 acre outdoor ice rink and 1/4 mile skate trail.  Rink passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Youth Luge Development Program
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays, January 10 – March 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Instant Pot Cooking with Chef Char!” Are you thinking about buying an electric cooker (Instant Pot) but are not sure if this cooking gadget will be a good investment?  Do you already have one and are not sure how to use it?  Or are you an Instant Pot pro and would just like new recipe ideas?  In this two-hour class, Chef Char will show you the various ways to use an electric pressure cooker and make five different recipes for your tasting.  Recipes will be shared as well as lots of tips on using a pressure cooker.  These appliances will help you get dinner on the table faster and they are a major upgrade from the pressure cookers that we might know from our past.  Come to class hungry!  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Gallery Talk with Artist Joseph Grey
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art as Ad Man artist Joseph Grey talks about his work in the exhibition gallery. Mr. Grey was one of the earliest African Americans to work professionally in the advertising business in New York City.  By the close of his career, Grey was a trailblazing professional whose work helped to break down racial barriers.  Light refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Lecture Series: Great Depression
February 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
January 17, February 21 and March 21 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center at the Scolnik House of the Depression Era for a three-part lecture series highlighting the economic struggle across the United States known as the Great Depression!  Learn more about why the stock market crashed, how people used their resources to the fullest extent, and the hobos, hitchhikers, and Hooverville’s in Muskegon.  Light refreshments will be served using 1930s recipes!  This event is free for museum members, and only $3 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Aaron Mace at 231-724-5534.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Every Thursday, January 24 – February 28, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a Winter Blues Euchre Tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Comedy Open Mic Night
February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Jordan Hamilton – Cellist Extraordinaire
February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 21 from 7:00pm -8:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library for the Thursday Night Music Club!  A classically trained musician, Jordan Hamilton’s music is unique and inspiring, combining electro-acoustic arrangements with the cello in many genres including jazz, classical, folk, pop and hip hop.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Friday – Sunday
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit the website below.

Arena Soccer Double Header at the L.C. Walker Arena
February 22 @ 5:00 pm
It’s an arena soccer Double Header at the L.C. Walker Arena! Friday, February 22 at 5:00pm, The Great Lakes Wanderers host Detroit Waza Flo!  Then, the Muskegon Risers will kick off at 7:15pm against the Rochester Lancers!  Doors open at 4:00pm.
Advance tickets are $7 for youth and $9 for adults, Risers vs. Lancers tickets get you access to both games! Visit or call the L.C. Walker Arena Team Store Tuesday-Friday, 11:00am – 6:00pm at (231) 726-2400.
For a louder, higher energy viewing experience, join the Port City Supporters in and around the 18th Amendment Spirits Co. Party Deck near Section 102! For group seating, Party Deck and suite information, email hello@muskegonrisers.com.

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Winter Camp
February 22 @ 5:00 pm – February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Friday at 5:00pm – Saturday at 5:00pm, February 22 – 23, kids grades K – 6 can enjoy a 24 hour winter camp at Pendalouan!  Winter Activities include winter hikes, sledding, broom ball, and more!  Register at pendalouan.org or call 231-894-4538.

Black History Month: The Meeting by Jeff Stetson
February 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 22 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a performance of “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson! This play, produced by Ebony Road Players with permission by Dramatist Play Service, is fascinating and dramatically compelling, and depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems. For more information call 231-720-2570.

The Alley Door Club
February 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Winter Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
November 24 – April 27, visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char
February 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Baking for Kids: Mini Cheesecakes With Chef Char!” It is so much fun to make different variations of cheesecake just by switching out the crust or filling ingredients.  Recipes for three different cheesecake crusts, fillings and toppings will be available in this class.  Go home with tiny cheesecakes in the following flavors: pumpkin marble with ginger snap crust, triple chocolate with Oreo bottom, and New York style with graham cracker crust and fruit topping.  This class is for ages 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Black History Month 2019: The Diatribe
February 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for The Diatribe!  The Diatribe poetry group strives to use performing arts to empower people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members of the community.  Experience this sensational program as you watch and listen to their inspiring performance poetry!  This program is free to the public and is recommended for many ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and their supporters.

Art at the Redi 2
February 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective (LVAC) transforms the Redi Rental warehouse in Muskegon into a funky pop-up art venue to benefit the fine arts program of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon Lakeshore!  This is a great event featuring works by new and established regional artists, many from the Muskegon area, working in clay, glass, metals, pastels, watercolors, oil and more.  This event is curated salon style for interest and impact. There’ll be live music by Jason Bryant, a cash bar and  fare from the Righteous Cuisine food truck!  Entry is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  10% of all art sold will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.  For more information, e-mail lakeshorevac@gmail.com.

Comedy Night: Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins
February 23 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 23 at 6:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins! Tickets are $30 and include a dinner buffet from La Casa Fierro (tacos, burritos, chips, salsa, rice and beans & cheese) and a comedy show featuring Wes Ward and Rodney Lumpkins.  You’ll also enjoy raffles, a silent auction and a cash bar.  Proceeds benefit Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation (MCEF)/Rainbow Auction.  For more information call 231-755-1258.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
February 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.
Saturday, February 23 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Madison Capitols!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Black History Month 2019: Women’s Black Hair Care Clinic
February 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, February 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to learn the secrets to having beautiful black hair, as well as get tips on how to care for your own or a young person’s hair.  Unity Hair Salon’s Nietra Hood and Ebony Jones will be on hand to lend their expertise, demonstrate hair care, and answer all your hair care questions!  This program is free to the public, and is recommended for all ages.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org. Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
February 25 @ 6:00 pm
The “Arsenal of Democracy” was a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29, 1940. The phrase was used to arouse popular support for aiding nations in the war prior to the US entry into WWII and continued until the end of the war. During that time, the US provided the Allies with millions of rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, trucks, tanks and ships. The Americans who worked in countless factories throughout the country truly helped the US manufacture victory in WWII.  Join the USS Silversides Submarine Museum from February 25 – May 13 for the lecture series, “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy!”

All lectures begin at 6:00pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The cost is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call (231) 755-1230.

• February 25: Winning the Production War presented by Dr. Fred Johnson, History Professor at Hope College

• March 4: The Manhattan Project presented by David Hoover, Curator and Collections Manager at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

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

Ottawa County Chickenpox

October 18, 2018  |  Ottawa County

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) received information on a confirmed case of chickenpox in an unvaccinated student attending Waukazoo Elementary in West Ottawa. Parents of students in this school building were notified of the chickenpox case in a letter stating:

By order of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health under the authority of the Michigan Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978, if your child has not been immunized and you cannot provide a verification of a previous diagnosis of chickenpox, he/she will be excluded from school until November 1, 2018, and may return to school November 2, 2018, provided they have not developed chickenpox during this time period.

If you suspect that your child has chickenpox you are encouraged to contact your medical care provider. All individuals diagnosed with chickenpox should be kept home until the rash has crusted over (usually about five days).

If you have been told previously that your child should not receive the vaccine because of a medical condition, please contact your child’s medical provider in the event of chickenpox exposure.

If you have any questions about chickenpox please contact your family’s physician.

Additionally, children and adults who have a compromised immune system through medication or a medical condition should contact their physician.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious illness that generally starts with a slight fever, followed by a blister-like, itchy rash. Although this is usually not a serious illness, in some children and certain high-risk individuals chickenpox can cause much more severe illness leading to hospitalization or even death. Learn more about chickenpox at www.cdc.gov/chickenpox.

Ottawa County Chickenpox

September 27, 2018  |  Ottawa County

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) was notified of confirmed chickenpox cases in students attending Jenison Public Schools at Kids First (ECC/El Puente). Parents of students in this building were notified of the chickenpox cases in the school, where the OCDPH noted:

• If your child has not been immunized and you cannot provide a verification of a previous diagnosis of chickenpox by a health care provider, your child will be excluded from school for 21 days after onset of the last confirmed case.

• If you have been told previously that your child should not receive the vaccine because of a medical condition, please contact your child’s medical provider in the event of chickenpox exposure.

• If you suspect that your child has chickenpox you are encouraged to contact your medical care provider. All individuals diagnosed with chickenpox should be kept home until the rash has crusted over (usually about five days).

Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus spreads easily from infected people to others who have never had the disease or been vaccinated. Chickenpox is spread mainly by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters, and possibly through tiny droplets from infected people that get into the air after they breathe or talk.

Parents who elect to waive vaccination for their children meet with a public health nurse and receive education which includes actions that may involve exclusion from school. The OCDPH respects the rights of parents to make vaccination decisions on behalf of their children, but the OCDPH also carries the responsibility of taking actions that provide a balance so the rights of one do not adversely impact the rights and health of others. The importance of protecting the health of the community is what guides the health department’s actions.

“We understand how trying this can be for families. During a conversation with one of the parents impacted by this, we talked about the vaccination waiver they signed and how it included a warning that 21 or more days of school could be missed if a case of a vaccine preventable disease was suspected in their child’s school,” said Health Officer Lisa Stefanovsky. “They remembered that conversation, but admitted they didn’t think it would really happen and hadn’t comprehended how long that would really be.”

The OCDPH carefully considers the concerns of all county residents and other affected community members whenever exercising their local public health authority. Health officials thoroughly review the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines available.

The OCDPH has issued the least restrictive disease control measures that will still provide reasonable public health protection to reduce further transmission and the chances of a community outbreak. It remains in the best interest of public health to exclude unvaccinated children since those who have been excluded from school cannot be determined to be contagious until they do, or do not exhibit symptoms. This requires a waiting period of up to 21 days.

The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get the chickenpox vaccine. Children, adolescents and adults should get two doses of chickenpox vaccine. The chickenpox vaccine is very effective at preventing the disease. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/chickenpox or contact your doctor.

Shelby State Bank Adds to Commercial Banking Team

kadamskiShelby State Bank has announced the hiring of Ken Adamski as Commercial Lender for the Muskegon County area.

Adamski brings over 22 years of business banking and lending experience to the Shelby team.  In previous positions, he has provided financing solutions for a wide range of business types along the lakeshore area.

“We are very excited to add Ken to our team and make his expertise available,” said Bobby Fisher, Senior Vice President of Lending.  “His experience, knowledge of the area, and willingness to partner with his customers will be real assets to the local business community.”

Adamski is a graduate of Ferris State University where he earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Accounting and Computer Information Systems.  He is Treasurer of the Muskegon Kiwanis Club, serves on the Muskegon Catholic School Finance Committee, and lives in Muskegon with his wife and three children.

Established in 1931, Shelby State Bank operates 10 offices in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Mason and Manistee Counties.  Each office provides access to deposit accounts, personal and home lending, and commercial banking and lending services.  For more information, visit www.shelbybank.com, www.facebook.com/shelbystatebank, or call the North Muskegon office at (231) 744-6231.

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 02/19/19

AGENDA

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

February 19, 2019
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-228

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: January 15, 2019
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business
06. Public Hearing on Zoning Text Amendment Ordinance
Purpose: Solar Ordinance

07. Site Plan – Storms Ahead Kennel
Parcel:        15-027-200-0001-10
Purpose:    Site Plan Adjustment for Special Use

Old Business
08. Zone Change- North Ottawa Community Hospital
Parcel/s:      15-134-100-0001-00
∙                    15-134-100-0002-00
∙                    15-134-100-0004-00
Purpose:     Re-zone to match Fruitport Township’s master plan:
∙                    Commercial/B-2

09. Site Plan Review– Township of Fruitport/Sheringer Park
Parcel:          15-112-100-0040-00
Purpose:       Approval for improvements

10. Site Plan Modification – Platinum Pines
Parcel:        15-127-100-0009-00
Purpose:     Amend Site Plan

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

12. Public Comments
13. Discussion – Planning Commission Documents
14. Adjournment

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

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 02/18/19

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING ROOM
3255 E. Pontaluna Road, Fruitport, MI 49415
Monday, February 18, 2019- 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
1. Above and Beyond Recognition

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Board Workshop Minutes of February 4, 2019 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                         $184,700.63
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center              2,421.83
Food Service                              61,345.42
2017 Debt Retirement                  500.00
Capital Projects (BOND)            9,181.28  
Total Bill List                       $258,149.16

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

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson

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

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION

XVIII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Secretary of State Upgrading Decades-old Computer System for Vehicle Records During Presidents Day Weekend Closure

The Michigan Department of State is replacing its decades-old vehicle records system with CARS, a modern computer system to better serve millions of customers. CARS arrives Feb. 19.

CARS will enhance services for Michigan residents by adding new online options, improving existing online and kiosk services, and giving staff in Secretary of State branch offices a more efficient tool to look up vehicle information and process transactions.

During the upgrade, SOS offices, online services and auto business transactions will be taken offline and unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 (Presidents Day weekend). Self-service kiosks will be taken offline in phases beginning Friday, Feb. 8. See the schedule: http://bit.ly/2HXjlRD.

The seven Super Centers usually open Saturday will be closed Saturday, Feb. 16, for the system-wide conversion of CARS. All branches will be closed on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18). For more details, visit www.Michigan.gov/SOS.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 11-19, 2019

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

Monday February 11:

Building Relationships with Your Audience Online
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the program, “Marketing Monday:  Building Relationships with Your Audience Online!”  People move so quickly and have such high expectations from companies online, that it’s harder than ever to connect with them.  How can you best overcome this using new tools and technology, and how do you not just connect, but build long term relationships?  This event is presented by 8ThirtyFour Marketing.  For more information call 616-331-7370.  Tickets are $10 and available through Eventbrite.com.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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.

Black History Month: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit Hackley Public Library for “The Legacy of the Negro Leagues!”  Dan D’Addona gives a conversational style talk on the history of the Negro Leagues. This program is recommended for all ages and is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.

Classical Music Goes to the Movies
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Norton Shores Library has “From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick:  Classical Music Goes to the Movies!” Through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes, you’ll explore how their musical partners have been essential in advancing the narrative, creating dramatic effect and contributing to a synergy which ultimately enhances the film beyond either the script or the music on its own.  This event if free to the public.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Tuesday February 12:

Taste of Kitchen 242 Open House
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join the makers that work out of Kitchen 242! Enjoy food samples and a cash bar as you talk with people who can guide those who are considering starting a food business. There’ll also be drawings for free culinary classes at this free event.  For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Black History Month: Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Everyone is invited to Hackley Public Library for the Barbers Hair Care Clinic and Books event in honor of Black History Month! At this program, the library will be making an exciting announcement about a new library service to be offered at both barbershops locations!  This event is free and open to the public and is for all ages.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Wednesday February 13:

Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays
7:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Go on a guided snowshoe hike in Muskegon State Park with friends and a local expert who will explain the history of the area.  Trail passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE

Black History Month: A Conversation with Rose Hammond
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for a conversation with Rose Hammond, director of the documentary film “In Between the Trees.”  Rose will share the film’s trailer and talk about her process of making a film about the African-American resort towns of Idlewild and Woodland Park, based on her 2008 book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org.

Thursday February 14:

Brown Bag Film: Black Man by Jon Covington
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will host the Brown Bag Film, “Black Man,”  in partnership with Jon Covington, as they present this feature length documentary that tells the stories of the men behind “SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male.” Film admission is free.  Coffee and cookies will be provided.  Paid admission is required for the galleries.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Valentine’s Day at SE4SONS
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy Valentine’s Day at SE4SONS! Chef Tim and his team will prepare a wonderful Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu or you can enjoy their new Winter Menu!  There’ll be great drink specials as well.  Make your reservations early by calling 231-759-3405.

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
7:00 pm
Love cards as much as we do! Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Youth Luge Development Program
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org for pricing and waiver form

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Opening Reception – American Spectacle: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection and the Art of Vintage Puzzles
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Get a first look at these two new exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  There’ll be complimentary refreshments and admission.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Comedy Night at Unruly Brewing
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for Comedy Night hosted by Jordon Shaver! Come in and get cozy, grab a drink and enjoy the show.  The cover is only $3.  For more information call (231) 288-1068 or visit the website below.

Friday February 15:

Date Night: Pizza & Puzzles
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring your sweetie to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Date Night: Pizza & Puzzles!” Tickets include a table for puzzle building with your partner, pizza and one free drink ticket at the cash bar.  Tickets are $20 per person or $15 for members.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Friday Family Fun Night: A Museum of Ice and Fire
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for “A Museum of Ice and Fire,” a science extravaganza dedicated to those two elements.  This exciting family night will be full of demonstrations, experiments, and the scientific wonders of dry ice, ice, and fire.  Activities will include bouncing bubbles on dry ice, making a vacuum with a candle, and blowing dry ice vortex rings out of a bottle.  This event is free to Muskegon County residents,or just $3 for non-residents.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Saturday February 16:

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
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.

Winter Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market located inside at 242 W. Western Ave. on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Puck drops @ 7:15pm
Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Sioux Falls Stampede!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Free Fishing Weekend
February 16 – February 17
All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. So grab a rod and your family and friends and let’s go fishing!

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

African American Men’s Health Fair
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
African American men are invited to Muskegon Heights High School for a Health Fair!  Screenings include diabetes, prostate, blood pressure, breathing tests, vision screenings and more!  The first 100 men will receive free tickets to one of two exciting Muskegon Heights games.  For more information call Mimi Rankin at 231-578-2099 or e-mail rankiner@mercyhealth.com.

Black History Month 2019: Curtis Taylor Jazz Music
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor for an engaging jazz performance lecture!  Listen to this talented musician’s unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul.  This program is recommended for many ages, and is free to the public.  For more information call 231-722-8000, or visit hackleylibrary.org. Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and our supporters.

Parkas and Plates
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Parkas and Plates, a progressive dinner set on their ski and snowshoe trails! This event is a new twist on their classic Dine & Glide event and a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a loved one.  The evening will include skiing and/or snowshoeing, a special gourmet five course menu, drinks and live entertainment.  Details will be provided as they become available.  This event is for adults 21 and older.  For more information, visit the website below or call 1-877-TRYLUGE.

Fire & Ice Gala Benefiting the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex @7:00 pm
Introducing the “Fire & Ice Gala!”  It’s getting hot…and cold at the Watermark 920 Saturday night, February 16 from 7:00pm – midnight!  Chalet Floral and Big Round Sound will transform the Watermark into a fire and ice wonderland! High fashion winter gear or any type of fire and ice themed attire are highly encouraged as you get out on the dance floor and kick up your heels to live music from the West Side Soul Surfers.  It’s all to raise money for the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!  You’ll also enjoy the Ice Shot Luge, a silent auction, hot chocolate, a coffee bar and much more!  Spirits are available for an extra charge. Tickets are $15 each in advance or $20 at the door.  You must be 21 or older.  Tables of up to 12 are available for $250 and include day passes to the Sports Complex, tickets for ice cream from Yodels Frozen Yogurt and tickets for the Ice Shot Luge!  Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Coffee Factory (1402 Hudson St. inside the Watermark Lofts), Mondays – Fridays from 6:30am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am – 6:00pm.  You may also purchase tickets or reserve tables by emailing Laurel at laurel@watermarkcenter.com, by calling 231-578-0469 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Sunday February 17:

Free Fishing Weekend
February 16 – February 17
All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. So grab a rod and your family and friends and let’s go fishing!

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
Puck drops @ 3:15pm
Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Sioux Falls Stampede!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Monday February 18:
Our office is closed today in honor of Presidents Day:

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Tuesday, February 19:

The Women of Lockerbie
February 15 @ 7:30 pm – March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Check out the Beardsley Theater for the Muskegon Civic Theatre’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie!” A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families.  The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  It is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $20 – $22.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Event
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for their 2nd Annual Rose’ & Chocolate Wine Tasting Night! Explore four unique rose’ wines that will be specially paired with four handmade chocolates.  Wine specialists will be on hand from Imperial Beverage visiting each table. The cost is $25 plus fees.  For more information call (231) 246-7910 or visit the website below.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

For a complete list of events and to view our new, exciting 2019 virtual visitor guide visit:
www.visitmuskegon.org

Evangelist Will Graham Releases First Book, Available Now

wgEvangelist Will Graham, grandson of Billy Graham and oldest son of Franklin Graham, released his first book on Oct. 23. The 50-day devotional, titled Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul, features daily Bible verses and quotes from Billy Graham, as well as stories from Will’s life, family and ministry (including several about his relationship with his late grandfather). Each chapter wraps up with a lesson intended to draw the reader closer to God, while also pointing their attention to the many people around them who are seeking the hope that can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

“I love telling ‘God stories.’ This book is not about me. It’s a book about what God has done in this world. I want to share a few stories from my grandfather’s life, and from my own experiences, about how God has been changing lives; about how God wants to change your life,” said Will. “My desire is that when you read this book, God will fill your hungry soul with good things from His Word.”

Learn more about Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing Soul at www.RedeemedDevotional.com, and order your copy here.

Ask Dr. Universe – The First Chocolate Bar

Dr. Universe: Who created the very first chocolate bar? – Emma, 11, USA

Dear Emma,

For most of human history, people have enjoyed chocolate in a spicy, bitter drink. But when people discovered how to turn chocolate into a solid, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

That’s what I found out from my friend Omar Cornejo, a scientist at Washington State University who is very curious about the history and life of the cacao tree. Chocolate comes from the seeds of leathery fruits that grow on the tree.

If we cut open the fruit, we would find about 20 to 60 seeds on the inside. In ancient times, people would grind up the seeds and use them in a drink.

“When Europeans arrived to the Americas they found the indigenous people who were drinking this delicious thing,” Cornejo said. “It was bitter and interesting. They didn’t use sugar.”

It wasn’t until Europeans returned home that they added sugar to make it more drinkable. The drink was very popular among royalty. But engineers and scientists who lived during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s and early 1800s helped find new ways to produce it so it could be enjoyed by everyone.

A cacao seed can give us a few things. One of them is cocoa powder, which is the dry part of the seed. Then there is the cocoa butter, which is the wet part of the seed.

The chemist Coenraad van Houten had the idea to make a cocoa press. His press took a lot of fat out of cocoa beans and created a paste like cake batter that could then be made into cocoa powder.

This press also made it possible to remix the powder with cocoa butter. When the powder is processed, heat and friction can activate the cocoa butter and help produce chocolate liquor, a thick, chocolatey liquid.

In 1847, Joseph Fry figured out how to use these different ingredients to create a chocolate paste that he could mold into a rectangle. He produced the world’s first chocolate bar.

After Fry figured out how to make a chocolate bar, he made a treat called Fry’s chocolate cream. You can still buy it today. It is a dark chocolate candy bar with a creamy mint filling.

Now we have all kinds of solid chocolate. We have chocolate chips for our cookies. We can make delicious truffles. We can also make chocolate bonbons with different fillings like nuts, caramel and even more chocolate. One of Cornejo’s favorite chocolates is a black pepper bonbon.

Just as the first chocolate bar came from Britain, so did the world’s biggest chocolate bar. It weighed 12,000 pounds—that’s more than twice as heavy as a rhino. The chocolate bar was 13-by-13 feet.

Just imagine what it would have been like to create the first chocolate bar. People are coming up with new ideas all the time—who knows, maybe you, yes, you reading this very sentence, will come up a great invention for our future.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 02/11/19

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

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 1/14/18 (meeting scheduled for 1/28/19 cancelled due to weather)
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Sheringer Park discussion

08. New Business
A. Presentation of Community Life Saving Award
B. Approval of Platinum Pines Development Agreement
C. Drain Assessments
D. Approval to purchase extrication tools
E. DPW Director evaluation and contract renewal
F. Public Safety Director evaluation and contract renewal
G. Performance Resolution for Government Agencies
H. Business Registration discussion
I. Budget Amendments

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

Active Shooter. What Would You Do?

What should you do in the case of an active shooter? Hide? Evacuate? Doing the right things can increase your odds of getting through alive. So far in 2018, more that 800 people have attended a “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” class put on by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. This thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event. Sessions of the popular course are available on:

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There is no cost for the class, but registration is required. Weekday sessions are held from 7-10PM. The Saturday class is from 9AM-NOON. All courses are held at the Ottawa County Fillmore Administration Building, 12220 Fillmore, West Olive.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events February 4 – 11, 2019

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

Postcard Salon Exhibition
January 29 – February 7
The Postcard Salon is a celebration of creativity, happening Thursday, January 24 – Thursday, February 7 at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Now in its thirteenth year, the Postcard Salon reflects the MMA’s commitment to Michigan artists.  It’s an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to share their work with the public.  Routinely, over 1,000 cards by artists from West Michigan and beyond are on display, offering a huge range of materials and subject matter to enjoy.  There is no fee to enter and all submitted cards will be installed, making the show a true community endeavor.  The exhibition is also a great opportunity to support the area arts community by purchasing an original work of art for a low cost at the Salon Sale on February 7.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Monday February 4:

Hackley Crafts: Mud Cloth Design Planters
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:
Join Nancy Hartman at Hackley Public Library as she teaches you how to create your own mud cloth inspired planter during this month’s Hackley Crafts!  Register by calling 231-722-8011 or www.hackleylibrary.org/events.  Materials are provided at this free program.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Trivia Night!  Join a team and test your wits.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Team Trivia Game Show
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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.

Tuesday February 5:

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,” Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Black History Month: Open Mic Poetry Night
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate Black History Month at Hackley Public Library with an Open Mic Poetry Night!  Share your favorite poem, poetry you have written, or your favorite Black History/Black Experience/African American poetry.  Clayton Hardiman will lead an evening of quiet inspiration and challenging ideas for adults and teens.  For those that prefer to be just listeners, that’s great too!  Join them for this evening of creative thought that’s appropriate for all ages.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Live at the Library
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon for “Live at the Library!”  Legal Rehab, a local trio comprised of Britta and Roy Portenga on fiddle, guitar, and vocals, and Scott White on harmonica and vocal, present a smorgasbord of pop, rock, and Irish music.  For more information call 231-744-6080.

Wednesday February 6:

Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org.

Ice Skate with the Muskegon Lumberjacks
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex to skate and play a pick-up game of hockey with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks!  You can even bring memorabilia for your favorite player to autograph!  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org.

Thursday February 7:

Winter Blues Euchre Tourney
7:00 pm
Love cards as much as we do! Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a tourney! Games start at 7:00pm.  This is a progressive style tourney so they need a minimum of 8 individuals to play and no partner necessary.  They’ll have tables reserved just for those playing euchre, score cards, decks of cards and of course, beer!   For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Cooking with Muskegon Beers
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Register at Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Cooking with Muskegon Beers!” There are plenty of breweries in Michigan but the Muskegon breweries offer terrific craft beers for sipping, baking or cooking.  See what can be done with local beers to make an amazing beer cheese sauce, beer dough pretzels, beer-battered vegetables and stout stew.  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Postcard Salon & Sale
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Postcard Salon & Sale! This annual exhibition gives artists of all experience levels the opportunity to show their work in a museum setting. This is the opportunity to buy original art for only $30 each.  Around 1,000 works in many types of media, styles, and themes are typically included in the show! Dan Borchers from the Frame and Mat Shop in Holland will be on hand with postcard art sized frames available for purchase. There will be light refreshments and cash bar at this event which is free and open to the public!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Youth Luge Development Program
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kids ages 8 – 16 can learn how to luge during the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Youth Luge Development Program!  They will learn fundamentals of the sport and have an opportunity to visit the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit the website www.msports.org for pricing and waiver form

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

SE4SONS: Winter Wine Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a Winter Wine Dinner!  Join Ted Ross, certified sommelier and district sales manager for Jackson Family Fine Wines, and the SE4SONS staff for an evening of great wine & fare!  Dinner will include a welcome, wine and  hors’ d oeuvres, followed by a four-course meal paired with wines from the Jackson Family Wines collection.  The cost is $55 per person and includes gratuity. Space is limited, so call 231-755-3737 to reserve your space soon.  Your payment taken upon registration and there are no refunds.

Planetarium Show: Edge of Darkness
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Edge of Darkness,”  Using groundbreaking discoveries from recent space missions, this program will take viewers to the dark depths of space across comets, Pluto, and its moons.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Comedy Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Come out to the Tipsy Toad Tavern every Thursday at 7:00pm for Comedy Open Mic Night featuring live comedy from some of the funniest stand-ups currently working and touring! The cost is only $3 at the door unless you are performing!  It’s a great time with good food and cold drinks!  For more information call (231) 725-7181.

Trivia – Sports Movies
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This will be 2 hours of fun, trivia and music revolving around some of the great (and not-so-great) sports related movies of all time. It goes much deeper than just Rocky and Rudy. There could be questions from Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy) to Happy Gilmore…. From Bull Durham to Tin Cup and Field of Dreams. Will you be the “Raging Bull” who knows about the “Pride of the Yankees”? Will you have a “Blue Crush” on “The Hustler”? Come by and enjoy wonderful and great drink and food specials. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Racquet’s. For more information call 231-726-4007

Friday February 8:

Comedy Night at Hennessy’s
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for Comedy Night featuring Steve Lott and special guest Michael Bussler!  For more information call (231) 728-3333. Steve Lott is a very funny man who lives in Michigan. Free and open to the public. Cash bar and menu.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

7th Annual Bling Thing: Jewels & Gems Come Alive!
5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Friends of the Hackley Public Library invite you to the 7th Annual Bling Thing!  This public sale of jewelry, purses, scarves and more is a fundraising event to benefit the Hackley Public Library.  Friday is the early-sale party with wine and chocolate and requires a minimum donation of $10. Also on Friday, guests can purchase chances on the popular gift card raffle trees and other delectable baskets.  Saturday offers free entry and coffee & hot chocolate from Biggby Coffee.  The floor will close at noon and re-open at 12:15pm when everything will be discounted 50%!  Donations for the Bling Thing can be dropped off at the Hackley Public Library.  A tax receipt will be provided.  For more information, visit www.fohpl.org.

The Sweetheart Ball
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Watermark 920 hosts The Sweetheart Ball, Friday, February 8 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm! This is a date night for dads & daughters, moms & sons, grandmas & grandkids…everyone is welcome!  Dance the night away with your little one!  Dressy attire is encouraged but not necessary!  There’ll be crafts, a dessert bar, dancing and more! Tickets are $5 in advance (plus service fee) and available at the Coffee Factory or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $7 at the door.  Kids 2 and under are free.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
7:15 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League. Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

The Alley Door Club  Pop Fiction (Rock)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.Tickets are $10 per person.  Tables may be reserved at $75.00 for a 4-top or $115.00 for an 8-top.   For more information call 231-727-8001.

Helping Harbor Hospice-Shopping for a Cause
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Our name may be Art Cats Gallery but we also love people and dogs! We are raising funds for Harbor Hospice and their 4th Annual Pooches & People Picnic. We will donate a portion of our sales on February 8 and 9 to Harbor Hospice. It is a great time to check out our “Winter’s Work”” show and to find something special for your Valentine.

Winter’s Work Display
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winter is often a productive time for artists and a time to experiment and create new work. Join us to explore Winter’s work by gallery artists. Introducing watercolors by John Herron, new ceramics by LeeAnn Frame and Louise Hopson, mixed media on wood by Rick Eastham, sterling and gemstone jewelry by Julie McCormick and photography by Tim Bonnette

Saturday February 9:

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
7:15 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League. Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Winter’s Work Display
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winter is often a productive time for artists and a time to experiment and create new work. Join us to explore Winter’s work by gallery artists. Introducing watercolors by John Herron, new ceramics by LeeAnn Frame and Louise Hopson, mixed media on wood by Rick Eastham, sterling and gemstone jewelry by Julie McCormick and photography by Tim Bonnette

7th Annual Bling Thing: Jewels & Gems Come Alive!
10:00am – 2:00pm
The Friends of the Hackley Public Library invite you to the 7th Annual Bling Thing!  This public sale of jewelry, purses, scarves and more is a fundraising event to benefit the Hackley Public Library.  Friday is the early-sale party with wine and chocolate and requires a minimum donation of $10. Also on Friday, guests can purchase chances on the popular gift card raffle trees and other delectable baskets.  Saturday offers free entry and coffee & hot chocolate from Biggby Coffee.  The floor will close at noon and re-open at 12:15pm when everything will be discounted 50%!  Donations for the Bling Thing can be dropped off at the Hackley Public Library.  A tax receipt will be provided.  For more information, visit www.fohpl.org.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
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.

Winter Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visit the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market located inside at 242 W. Western Ave. on Saturdays from 9:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

Larry Joe Campbell & Friends
7:30 pm
Larry Joe Campbell is currently recurring on the new FOX series “Orville,” from creator Seth MacFarlane,  as well as the new Netflix hit comedy sensation series “American Vandal.”  He’s best known for his work as “Andy” on the hit ABC sitcom “According to Jim.”  He is an improvisational alumni of The Second City Theater out of Detroit.  In the feature film world, he’s been seen in “Hall Pass,” “Pacific Rim,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Killers,” and “Drive Thur.”  He often hits the road touring with pal Jim Belushi and a group of comedians known as “Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy.” For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Comedy: Mickey Housley with Chelsea Hood
8:00 pm
Come to the Back Alley Comedy Club in Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedy from Mickey Housley with Chelsea Hood! Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. To buy them online visit www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club.

Black Tie for the Y
7:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub at GVSU for “Black Tie for the Y,” an annual gala and auction to benefit LIVESTRONG with the Muskegon YMCA – a program for cancer survivors.  The evening includes heavy hors d’0euvres, a cash bar, dessert, live auction and raffles.  Black tie is optional.  Visit muskegonymca.org/blacktie for tickets.  For more information, call 231-722-9622 ext. 240 or e-mail carla@muskegonymca.org.

Sherm Poppen; the Birthplace of Snowboarding
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Visit Norton Shores Library is located at 705 Seminole Rd. for this FREE event. Discover snowboarding’s beginnings in Muskegon with historian Ron Pesch’s 100 silde PowerPoint presentation. Learn about Poppen’s creation, the Snurfing championships sponsored by Muskegon Community College, its move to Pando winter sports park in Rockford, and the evolution of Snurfing into the sport we know today as snowboarding.

Sweet Soul Food Dessert Competition
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Life is better with a little sweet soul food!  Embrace Hackley Public Library’s Black History Month Dessert Contest!  Adults and children can enter for a chance to win extraordinary prizes.  If you have a prize-worthy recipe, sign up for this fun competition and see if your dessert will be crowned the winner.  If you would like to enjoy some of these tasty treats, mark your calendar for February 9 and come to watch the competition unfold!  If you wish to compete, register by calling the library at 231-722-8011, or register at hackleylibrary.org/events.  Be ready to bring your dish.  This program is free to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Craft Fair: A Valentine’s Love A-Fair
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come to the Lakes Mall for a Valentine’s Love A-Fair!  With about 60 vendors, this fair is the place to get those special Valentine gifts for all the “sweeties” in your life.  There will be chocolate, flowers, specialties and unique Valentine gifts including a host of Michigan made arts, crafts, jewelry, men’s grooming, makeup/skin care, gourmet baked goods, wood products, handbags, clothing, furs, home décor, books, soap, candles, personalized items, photography, massage, health, fitness and much more!  For more information call 616-836-8756.

Sip and Shop
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Watermark 920 is proud to host their second Sip & Shop event!  They will have a variety of local vendors and crafters offering an array of goods, from Thirty-One to handmade jewelry!  Enjoy a cash bar featuring Mimosas, wine, beer and other mixed drinks as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Kids Baking: with Chef Char
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Baking: Cherry Tarts and Braided Strudel with Chef Char!” You will make your own cherry filling from scratch, practice making a buttery pastry crust and work with shaping puff pastry into beautiful and tasty creations.  This class is for ages 7 and up.  The cost is $40.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Family Super Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Family Super Saturday!” Families come in all different shapes, sizes and colors!  Come celebrate yours at this free family focused Super Saturday!  For more information call 231-720-2570. 11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film, 11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look:  Explore the SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male exhibition with an MMA Docent. 11:00am – 2:00pm/Make & Take Family Tree:  Use your creativity to make your own family tree!

Sunday February 10:

Learn to Luge Weekend
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park and learn to luge! Public luge sessions are scheduled Friday – Sunday each weekend of the winter, January 4 – March 3 (weather permitting).  Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony.  Passes for the luge track must be purchased online in advance of your visit and are $49.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or just visit www.msports.org.

The Swan Series: The Radicals
4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door. The Swan Series continues with an in-depth look at Beethoven’s Symphony #1 in C Major and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Mr. Swan will show us how these composers, who were radicals in their day, paved the way for the music of the future.

Monday February 11:

Black History Month: The Legacy of the Negro Leagues
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit Hackley Public Library for the valuable program, “The Legacy of the Negro Leagues!”  Dan D’Addona gives a conversational style talk on the history of the Negro Leagues.  He’ll showcase the impact these leagues had on baseball and American culture, from its inception through major league integration.  D’Addona is the Sports Editor for the Holland Sentinel, and also serves on the Society for American Baseball Research Negro Leagues Research Committee.  This program is recommended for all ages and is free to the public.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.  Brought to you through the generosity of Bess Commodore and library supporters.

From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick: Classical Music Goes to the Movies
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to the Norton Shores Library for the program.  Just in time for the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, Blue Lake Public Radio’s Foley Schuler shares his love of both classical music and cinema through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes where script and music are melded together for dramatic effect.  In the hands of master film directors, music can be transformed from simple accompaniment of the cinemographic images, to a vital and organic partner necessary to the film’s ultimate vision.  Through a selection of iconic and unforgettable scenes, you’ll explore how their musical partners have been essential in advancing the narrative, creating dramatic effect and contributing to a synergy which ultimately enhances the film beyond either the script or the music on its own.  This event if free to the public.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.

Team Trivia Game Show
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.

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For a complete list of events and to view our visitor guide visit
www.visitmuskegon.org

Will Graham Shares God’s Love with Thai People

willgrahamWill Graham shared the Gospel with thousands on Dec. 4-5 in Surat Thani, Thailand, the first of two southern Thai cities he visited in December. Graham then went to Phuket, where he held a three-day event from Dec. 7-9. Overall, approximately 15,400 people across the region of Thailand heard the Gospel at the Celebration of Love and nearly 1,000 indicated decisions for Christ.

At his last stop, Graham said to the crowd, “I’m here to tell you that Jesus is alive, and He’s here to rescue you tonight… It’s a gift. All you have to do is receive it—you receive it by putting your trust in Jesus Christ.”

The Celebrations were the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s final evangelistic events of 2018. For more information about upcoming events at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, visit billygraham.org.

Franklin Graham to Share Hope of Christ on Four Continents in 2019

franklingAfter returning from his visit to the fire-damaged community of Paradise, Calif., on Christmas Eve, Franklin Graham prepared for the new year. In addition to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the northeast U.S., Franklin Graham’s 2019 schedule includes stops in Thailand, Australia, Colombia and Cambodia. The first Festival of the year took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on Jan. 19–20. Next, on the 60th anniversary of Billy Graham’s historic tour of Australia, Graham will share the Gospel in six cities from one end of the continent to the other.

Village of Fruitport Regular Council Meeting Minutes – 01/21/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
January 21, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Amy Haack, Jay Bolt, Jeff Guiles, Carl Rothenberger and Bill Overkamp who arrived at 7:04pm
Also present: Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney, Jeremy Statler DPW Supervisor and Heidi Tice, Fruitport Charter Township Supervisor

5. Approval of previous meeting minutes from December 17, 2018
Motion made by Amy to approve the minutes from the December 17th meeting, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approve the agenda for the January 21st Council meeting
Motion made by Amy to approve the January 21st agenda, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
None

8. Correspondence (Ann)
None

9. Oath of Office
Bill Overkamp took the oath of office for his newly elected term.

10. Reports from Officers (Each Council Member)
Donna advised the library is doing well.
Jeff questioned snow plowing on Saturday. Roger advised it was done later in the day.
Amy had nothing to report.
Jay advised the next Planning Commission meeting Friday January 25th at noon. This will be the first meeting for Jon Sigman since being appointed in December. The Planning Commission has received a site review request for 300 N. Third Avenue. This request will be on the agenda for Friday’s meeting. Other agenda items include year end reporting and a schedule of fees. They are in the final stages of reviewing the Land Use Ordinances. He anticipates a Public Hearing to take place in the next couple of months regarding the recommended updates to the Land Use Ordinances. The Zoning Map will also be updated. Jay advised there is a free Planning Commission training session on February 7 at 6pm at the Filmore Complex in Holland.
Carl advised that the Personnel Committee met last week on Thursday and will have another meeting this Thursday. Carl explained an issue with a DPW worker and made a recommendation to the council. Carl made a motion for the council to accept this recommendation, supported by Donna.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None
Bill had nothing to report.
Roger reported that a land division was approved for 169 W Park. Roger also advised that we need a new member for the ZBA Committee and 2 new members for the Planning Commission (1 from the Village and 1 from the Township). Please have any interested parties send their resume to the Village office.
Roger stated that we need to schedule a budget meeting. It was determined that the meeting will be on February 4th at 6pm.

11. 2020 3rd Avenue Project
Jeremy reviewed 3 items with the council Third Avenue Original Scope and Possible Additional Federal Funding Option, Third Avenue Proposed Road Breakdowns and Third Avenue Proposed Sewer Breakdowns. A discussion took place about money available from the Highway Infrastructure Program. Information was submitted on behalf of the Village to obtain this grant. It is approximately $190,000. It may be granted to one municipality or spread out among several of them. No determination has been made at this point.

Our attorney Dave Bossenbroek explained how a Special Assessment District (SAD) is established. A petition would need to be circulated by one of the parties that are part of the proposed SAD. A minimum of 51% would need to be in favor of establishing the SAD.

Amy discussed with the council that we were researching sewer because of the possible major road reconstruction of 3rd Avenue. A grant for $375,000 was applied for and the Village didn’t receive it. We currently have $200,000 in a federal grant, $157,000 pending federal grant and Village funds of $100,000 to cover the cost of a resurfaced road.

Multiple options were discussed, and Jay made a motion to vote on each of the 3 options, supported by Jeff. Jay then rescinded his motion. Roger made a motion to accept option B for further research and analysis, supported by Jay.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None
Absent: Rothenberger who left at 7:55pm.

A discussion took place about the need to get additional public input. That meeting will take place on February 11th at 7pm. The Clerk will send out letters to the parties involved inviting them to the upcoming meeting.

12. Kayak Launch
Roger explained the engineering layout provide by Prein & Newhoff. The Engineering firm will apply for a grant on behalf of the Village for the project. It was determined to discuss the Kayak Launch at the upcoming budget meeting.

13. Recreational Marijuana
Our attorney discussed a proposed ordinance to prohibit determining the regulations. We can opt back in later. Roger made a motion to adopt the Prohibition of Marijuana Establishments ordinance, supported by Donna. Amy asked that we review it again after the State has created their regulations.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt
NAYES: None

14. Public Comments
Don Haack,6771 S. Bridge Street, commented on recreational marijuana and that the people have voted on allowing it and doesn’t understand why the Village would want to prohibit marijuana establishments.

15. Warrants
Donna made a motion to accept the warrants, supported by Jeff.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: None

16. Adjourn
Motion made by Donna to adjourn the meeting at 8:32pm, supported by Bill. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Fruitport Board of Education Organizational Meeting – 01/21/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Organizational Meeting
January 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Shettler Elementary Library

I. Per Board Policy 0151, Bob Szymoniak, Superintendent, called the January 21st Organizational Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

II. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

III. Roll Call: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

IV. Election of Officers

President
Item 19-001. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to nominate Dave Hazekamp for
President. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Dave Hazekamp for President. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Superintendent Szymoniak passed the gavel to President Hazekamp.

Vice President
Item 19-002. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to nominate Kris Cole for
Vice-President. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Kris Cole for Vice-President. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Treasurer
Item 19-003. MOTION by Burgess, SECOND by Brott to nominate Elroy Buckner for
Treasurer. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Elroy Buckner for Treasurer. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Secretary
Item 19-004. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Brott to nominate Steve Kelly for Secretary. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Steve Kelly for Secretary. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. Adjournment
Item 19-005. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to adjourn the Organizational Meeting.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The Organizational Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 01/21/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
January 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Shettler Elementary Library

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-006. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. PRESENTATIONS
Art Teachers, Macy Austin, Robin Latsch, and Dawn Jacobson along with their students presented School Board members with student artwork in honor of Board Appreciation Month. Thank you cards and a candy-themed thank you poster were also presented to the Board.

Dave Hazekamp presented High School Principal, Lauren Chesney with an Above and Beyond award for her dedication to the Merry Miracle program. Mrs. Chesney spent many hours guiding Student Council and coordinating the purchasing and packing of an incredible amount of holiday gifts. Her giving spirit is heartwarming and admirable.

Shettler Principal, Janelle Duffey and teacher, Donna Burns welcomed the Board, staff, and community members to the board meeting. Mrs. Duffey gave a PowerPoint presentation on the PBIS program in her building and explained the differences between Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 interventions. The program is a success and the results are astounding! They will begin to implement a new “family-style” program in the coming months.

V. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak introduced Stacey Becker, the new Central Office administrative support staff person. He also briefly mentioned the upcoming Board Workshop.

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 19-007. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Consent Agenda as presented:
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2018
2. Approval of Bills
3. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
6. Approval of the Capital Projects Progress Report
7. Approval of Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Elevator Bid.
Item 19-008. MOTION by Hazekamp, SECOND by Cole to approve the middle school elevator renovation bid as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held January 14, 2019.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held January 14, 2019. Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Dave Hazekamp, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Buses, the Elevator Bid, Budget Amendments, and they reviewed policy.

2. 2018-19 General Fund Budget Amendments.
Item 19-009. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the General Fund Amended Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. 2018-19 School Service Fund Budget Amendments.
Item 19-010. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the School Service Fund Amended Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held January 16, 2019.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held January 16, 2019. Steve Kelly, Dave Hazekamp, Tim Burgess and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Instructional Assistant Sub Pay, an Affiliated Administrator Group Letter of Agreement, Budget Amendments, the Elevator Bid, a Social Worker Position, the Superintendent’s Contract and the committee reviewed policy.

2. Instructional Assistant Substitute Hourly Rate Increase.
Item 19-011. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the sub instructional hourly rate increase to $10.25 per hour.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Fruitport Affiliated Administrative Association Letter of Agreement.
Item 19-012. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the Fruitport Affiliated Administrator Association’s Letter of Agreement as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held January 16, 2019.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held January 16, 2019. Jill Brott, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Two New High School Courses, the Elevator Bid, Budget Amendments, the Superintendent’s Contract, Policy changes, and a Reproductive Health Committee letter to parents was reviewed.

2. New High School Courses.
Item 19-013. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Meteorology and LINKS courses as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Second and Final Reading of Board Policy 5460.
Item 19-014. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the second and final reading of Policy 5460 – Graduation Requirements as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Kris Cole mentioned that High School Robotics has officially entered their build season.
Dave Hazekamp spoke about a recent high school tour he participated in with our TK students. He was impressed with how much progress has been made on the high school and also commented how much fun it was to be with some of our youngest students.

XIV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL
MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet February 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet February 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet February 13, 2019 at 5:45 p.m.
4. A Board Workshop is scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the board room to discuss District Reading Strategies and Goals.

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
High School Principal, Lauren Chesney mentioned the upcoming “Cause Week” where proceeds will be collected to benefit Fruitport families dealing with major health concerns.

XVI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-015. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly, Board Secretary
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Ask Dr. Universe – Smelliest Fruit in the World

Dr. Universe: What is the most smelliest fruit in the world? -Tiana, 9

Dear Tiana,

Our world is full of fruits that have all kinds of delightful smells. Maybe you’ve smelled the sweetness of watermelon, pineapple, peach, papaya, or mango. But you might also be wondering about the most stinky fruit in the world.

When I got your question, I asked my friend Lydia Tymon, a plant scientist at Washington State University. The first stinky fruit she thought of was the durian, a large, round fruit that grows mostly in Southeast Asia. The fruit is about a foot wide with a greenish-brown husk that has lots of spikes on the outside.

Some people have compared the smell of a durian fruit to rotting onions or sewage. In some countries in Southeast Asia, there are even signs that say not to bring durians on buses and trains.

Earlier this year, a college in Australia even evacuated a library when someone reported the smell of dangerous chemicals or a gas leak. The culprit was just a durian fruit someone left behind.

Even though durian has an unusual smell, it’s sometimes used in recipes from Southeast Asia. When the fruit ripens up, it has a custardy texture. In small amounts, it can add just the right flavor to rice dishes and sweet treats like cakes, crepes and candies. In China, it’s even a popular pizza topping.

Pretty much all fruits will eventually rot and get smelly. Tymon studies how tiny living things like microorganisms can make plants sick. Yep, plants can get sick, just like us.

Some microorganisms also depend on different fruits to get the fuel they need to survive. But as they eat them, the fruits start to go bad, or spoil. When the microorganisms eat, they also start to produce gases which can smell pretty rotten.

Whether it’s the sweet smell of ripe fruit, the stench of a durian, or the stinky smell of a rotting fruit, we can trace all scents back to molecules. A molecule is a group of atoms, the building blocks that make up pretty much everything.

When atoms bond together, we get a molecule. When those molecules come in contact with the receptors in your nose, they send a message to the brain to help determine what exactly you are smelling. Some scientists can use what they know about atoms and molecules to create artificial fruity smells—like cherry or grape— in the lab.

The part of your brain that processes messages from smelly molecules is actually the same part responsible for memories. That’s why when we smell something, it can often bring up different memories and emotions.

I don’t know about you, but one of my most favorite smelliest smells might just be fruit baked into a pie. Do you have a favorite fruit smell? Have you ever smelled a durian or another kind of stinky fruit? Tell us about it sometime at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe