Monthly Archives: January 2021

Fruitport Board of Education Organizational Meeting Minutes – 01/18/21

Fruitport Board of Education
Organizational Meeting
January 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/97495161494?pwd=Q0VrcDhZbG4wVGNnUVh2RTlPUnROdz09

I. Per Board Policy 0151, Bob Szymoniak, Superintendent, called the January 18th Organizational Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

III. Election of Officers

President
Item 21-001. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Kelly to nominate Dave Hazekamp for
President. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Buckner to close nominations and cast a ballot for Dave Hazekamp for President. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Superintendent Szymoniak passed the gavel to President Hazekamp.

Vice President
Item 21-002. MOTION by Kelly, 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 ballot for Kris Cole for Vice-President. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Treasurer
Item 21-003. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to nominate Elroy Buckner for
Treasurer. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to close nominations and cast a ballot for Elroy Buckner for Treasurer. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

Secretary
Item 21-004. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Buckner to nominate Steve Kelly for Secretary. No other nominations were brought forth.
MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to close nominations and cast a ballot for Steve Kelly for Secretary. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. Adjournment
Item 21-005. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adjourn the Organizational Meeting.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The Organizational Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 01/18/21

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
January 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Zoom Conference Log-In:
https://zoom.us/j/97495161494?pwd=Q0VrcDhZbG4wVGNnUVh2RTlPUnROdz09

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:08 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 21-006. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. PRESENTATIONS
An Above and Beyond award was presented to Network Tech, Jim Laus for his willingness to continue working throughout the night when our network crashed.

V. COMMUNICATIONS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak read aloud a thank you letter from Kay Bowen on behalf of the Fruitport Gives Back group.

VI. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak gave a COVID-19 report. He shared information on the vaccine schedule, the positivity rate in our area, and the district’s virtual learning attendance.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 21-007. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes of December 14, 2020
2. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
3. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
4. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
5. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
6. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon Public Schools.
Item 21-008. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Burgess to approve the Shared Business Services Agreement with North Muskegon Public Schools as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-1

2. Reconfirmation of Instructional Plan.
Item 21-009. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to reconfirm the Instructional Plan as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Facilities Master Plan.
Item 21-010. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the Facilities Master Plan as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. May 4, 2021 Bond Election Resolution.
Item 21-011. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Kelly to adopt the May 4, 2021 bond issue election resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held January 11, 2021.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held in the board room and virtually January 11, 2021. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, Jessica Wiseman and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed Budget Amendments, the Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon, Sewer to Shettler, the Facilities Master Plan, the School Resource Officer Contract, the Instructional Plan, Second Semester Calendar and Truck Purchases.

2. 2020-21 General Fund Budget Amendment Resolution.
Item 21-012. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the General Fund Budget Amendment as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. 2020-21 School Service Fund Budget Amendment Resolution.
Item 21-013. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the School Service Fund Budget Amendment as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. Purchase of Maintenance Trucks.
Item 21-014. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the purchase of two maintenance trucks per the vehicle replacement schedule as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held January 11, 2021.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held virtually January 11, 2021. Steve Kelly, Tim Burgess, Dave Hazekamp, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed the Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon, the School Resource Officer Contract, the Facilities Master Plan, the Instructional Plan, Adjustments to the Second Semester Calendar, and the Continuation of FFCRA.

2. Calendar Letter of Agreement.
Item 21-015. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the Letter of Agreement with the FEA pertaining to the 2020/21 Second Semester Calendar as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. FFCRA Letter of Agreement.
Item 21-016. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the Letter of Agreement with the FEA concerning the extension of the FFCRA as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held January 13, 2021.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held virtually on January 13, 2021. Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, Allison Camp, Jill Brott, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed the Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon, the School Resource Officer Contract, the Instructional Plan, Adjustments to the Second Semester Calendar, Live Streaming Direct Instruction, and changes to a STEM program at the High School.

2. Live Camera Instruction Letter of Agreement.
Item 21-017. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Letter of Agreement with the FEA for Live Camera Instruction as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Curriculum Changes to High School Industrial Arts Programming.
Item 21-018. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve changes to the High School Industrial Arts Programming as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Kris Cole reported that the high school Robotics team kicked off their season two weeks ago and is working on the new area in the high school. He is hopeful to do “in person” competition later this spring.

Kris Cole reported that the middle school Robotics program is in full swing and will start remote competitions the second week in February. The middle and high school World Robotic Championships has been moved to August 2021.

XIV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet February 8, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet February 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

XVI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 21-019. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Thursday Jan. 21, – Sunday Jan. 24, 2021

*Please call before attending for any changes.
Remember to wear your mask to all events*

Please check our website for virtual events happening
www.visitmuskegon.org

Thursday January 21:

‘Grand Gestures’ Exhibition
January 12 @ 1:00 pm – February 6 @ 3:00 pm
The new exhibit of mixed-media drawings on display at the ACWL-Nuveen entitled “Grand Gestures” was inspired by a thoughtful grand gesture when artist photographer Diane Zoellmer gifted 100 sheets of 44” x 84” tagboard to the ACWL-Nuveen in October. The seven dynamic and distinctly different drawings filling the ACWL-Nuveen Gallery January 12 – February 6 are meant to challenge the viewers’ notion of the theme through their sheer scale and bold creative vision.
The exhibition is open to the public during our regular hours: Tuesday – Friday 1:00pm –5:30pm and on Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The ACWL-Nuveen will be hosting a Facebook Live opening reception where we will be interviewing some of the artist participants on Friday, January 22 at 5:00pm. Log onto our Facebook page to attend!

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 7 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Perspective Drawing Workshop
January 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
City Center Arts Muskegon located at 356 W. Western Ave. invites you to a two-hour workshop focusing on simple perspective drawing of basic shapes, led by Jon Workman, painter and sculptor. You will work with pencil and paper (all supplies will be provided). If you have your own supplies you prefer to work with you may bring a drawing pencil set, but it is not required. Class is $35 per person. 231-571-9101 and email for questions is info@citycenterarts.com

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Friday January 22:

Sip and Shop
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Join Bellasimi Boutiques located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. 231-719-7454 Friday from 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday from 10-3. They will be be serving complimentary hot cocoa & cookies while you shop. Receive a discount off your total store purchase. The discount increases with your total spend. Includes New Arrivals & Sale Items! Spend $50 & receive 10% OFF. Spend $75 & receive 15% OFF. Spend $100 + & receive 20% OFF

‘Grand Gestures’ Exhibition
January 12 @ 1:00 pm – February 6 @ 3:00 pm
The new exhibit of mixed-media drawings on display at the ACWL-Nuveen entitled “Grand Gestures” was inspired by a thoughtful grand gesture when artist photographer Diane Zoellmer gifted 100 sheets of 44” x 84” tagboard to the ACWL-Nuveen in October. The seven dynamic and distinctly different drawings filling the ACWL-Nuveen Gallery January 12 – February 6 are meant to challenge the viewers’ notion of the theme through their sheer scale and bold creative vision.
The exhibition is open to the public during our regular hours: Tuesday – Friday 1:00pm –5:30pm and on Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The ACWL-Nuveen will be hosting a Facebook Live opening reception where we will be interviewing some of the artist participants on Friday, January 22 at 5:00pm. Log onto our Facebook page to attend!

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game -vs- Team USA U17
7:00 pm Puck Drop
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are a U.S. Junior A hockey team based at the Mercy Health Arena! Going to a game you’ll hear things like “Great price for family fun” and “Always a fun atmosphere, people are great and the games are always fun”. This year social distancing and other precautions will be in effect so please bring your face mask. Tonight’s game will be against Team USA- U17. The puck drops at 7:00pm. #GO JACKS! For tickets call 231-726-2400 Mercy Health Arena is located at 470 W. Western Ave. https://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/tickets

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Saturday January 23:

Sip and Shop
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Join Bellasimi Boutiques located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. 231-719-7454 Friday from 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday from 10-3. They will be be serving complimentary hot cocoa & cookies while you shop. Receive a discount off your total store purchase. The discount increases with your total spend. Includes New Arrivals & Sale Items! Spend $50 & receive 10% OFF. Spend $75 & receive 15% OFF. Spend $100 + & receive 20% OFF

‘Grand Gestures’ Exhibition
January 12 @ 1:00 pm – February 6 @ 3:00 pm
The new exhibit of mixed-media drawings on display at the ACWL-Nuveen entitled “Grand Gestures” was inspired by a thoughtful grand gesture when artist photographer Diane Zoellmer gifted 100 sheets of 44” x 84” tagboard to the ACWL-Nuveen in October. The seven dynamic and distinctly different drawings filling the ACWL-Nuveen Gallery January 12 – February 6 are meant to challenge the viewers’ notion of the theme through their sheer scale and bold creative vision.
The exhibition is open to the public during our regular hours: Tuesday – Friday 1:00pm –5:30pm and on Saturday from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The ACWL-Nuveen will be hosting a Facebook Live opening reception where we will be interviewing some of the artist participants on Friday, January 22 at 5:00pm. Log onto our Facebook page to attend!

Show Us Your Shanty
12:00pm-5:00pm
Itching to go fishing but there’s no ice? Want to spend the day drinking and have them serve you? Practice setting up your ice shanty in Brewer’s Lounge at Pigeon Hill parking lot located at 895 Fourth St. They will be serving beer and Grilled Greek will be on site serving  gyros and more from 12-5 You must register by Friday January 22. Each shanty is limited to 6 people. https://forms.gle/Br8scKaEDyiAS2u29 to register. (Outdoor patio will be open)

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game -vs- Team USA – U17
7:00 pm Puck Drop
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are a U.S. Junior A hockey team based at the Mercy Health Arena! Going to a game you’ll hear things like “Great price for family fun” and “Always a fun atmosphere, people are great and the games are always fun”. This year social distancing and other precautions will be in effect so please bring your face mask. Tonight’s game will be against Team USA –U17. The puck drops at 7:00pm. #GO JACKS! For tickets call 231-726-2400 Mercy Health Arena is located at 470 W. Western Ave. https://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/tickets

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Muskegon Farmers Indoor Winter Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon  Farmers  Market will be open indoors Saturdays until May. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods Market Sweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

Sunday January 24:

Sip and Shop
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Join Bellasimi Boutiques located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. 231-719-7454 Friday from 10-6 and Saturday and Sunday from 10-3. They will be be serving complimentary hot cocoa & cookies while you shop. Receive a discount off your total store purchase. The discount increases with your total spend. Includes New Arrivals & Sale Items! Spend $50 & receive 10% OFF. Spend $75 & receive 15% OFF. Spend $100 + & receive 20% OFF

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinabek Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Village of Fruitport Council Meeting Agenda – 01/18/21

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
AGENDA
JANUARY 18TH, 2021
COUNCIL MEETING

1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Approval of January 18th Council Meeting Agenda
4. Approval of December 21st & December 28th meeting minutes
5. Public Comments (limited to 3 minutes each)
6. Correspondence
7. Reports from Officers

New Business
8. Library
–a. Appointments to Library Board
–b. Planning Commission ideas for Library building
9. Window for Kitchen at Picnic Shelter

Old Business
10. 7th & Peach
11. Playground
12. Village Logo/Motto

13. Public Comment (Limited to 3 minutes each)
14. Warrants
15. Adjournment

Instructions for Participating in the January 18th Fruitport Village Council Meeting

The Village Council meeting will be held on Monday January 18th at 7pm. Due to COVID-19 it will be done as a teleconference call. To participate you will need to call 1-844-474-0925 and use a passcode of 57182580 followed by the # sign. The meeting will start at 7pm but the phone line will be open at 6:45pm to allow for you to join prior to the opening of the council meeting. Just like a regular meeting the public will be given an opportunity to talk during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. If possible, please mute your phone if you participate and only unmute if you make a public comment. Thank you.

Ask Dr. Universe – Frost Shapes

Dr. Universe: When frost freezes, it makes shapes like flowers and ferns. Why does it look like that? – Grace, 13, in Calgary

Dear Grace,

You’re right: frost can sometimes form patterns that look like the ferns or flowers we find in nature.

Those frosty shapes we see on the surface of windows start out as water in the air, said my friend Kai Carter. Carter is a meteorologist with Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet team.

If you’ve ever had a glass of ice water, you may have noticed droplets formed on the outside of the glass. The droplets actually came from water in the air. This water condensed from the air onto the surface of your cup, which means it turned from a gas to a liquid.

This is similar to what’s happening when dew forms on grass. But frost is a little bit different, Carter said.

When frost forms, conditions have to be just right. As water from the air lands on a really cold surface like a windowpane, the water molecules freeze and join together with other water molecules to form patterns of ice crystals.

An ice crystal is made up of two building blocks: hydrogen and oxygen. These hydrogen and oxygen atoms form a hexagon shape that is a kind of six-sided ring. Even though we may not be able to see them with our eyes, these hexagon shapes can repeat in a pattern across the frosty surface of the window.

Sometimes the water molecules can form into one big sheet of frost. But sometimes things can get in the way of the water molecules. They may have to take a new path as they freeze to the surface of the glass.

If the molecules run into something like a speck of dust, salt or even a bit of washer fluid from a car window, they may change their direction. As you’ve observed, they can start to branch out into shapes that might look to us like feathers or ferns or tree limbs.

In mathematics, we call this kind of thing a fractal design. A fractal pattern repeats itself at different scales. One other place you can also find fractal patterns in ferns. The fern frond looks like it’s made up of little fern fronds which look like they are made up of even smaller fern fronds. Next time you see some frost take time to observe its detailed patterns with a magnifying glass.

Even if you don’t live someplace where it gets really cold, you can actually make your own frost right in the kitchen. All you need is a tin can, salt and ice. Fill the tin with ice and 4 tablespoons of salt and mix it up for a minute. Wait a few minutes and see what forms on the outside of the tin.

The salt is important because it melts the ice, while at the same time helping the mixture drop below freezing. Why do you think that might be? What happens when you add more salt or more ice? Tell us about your frosty experiments sometime at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of December 14, 2020

This meeting was held virtually via Zoom.com due to COVID-19.

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, December 14, 2020, via Zoom electronic meeting.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
(All members participating remotely from Fruitport, Michigan)
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 4- residents; 3- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada.

Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the minutes of November 23, 2020 as presented.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

Andrea Anderson moved, Jim Fichtel seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions requested by the Public Safety Committee:

Item 8-G: Fire Department PTO Payout

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli reported that the Public Safety Departments have seen an increase in COVID calls; Fire apparatus repairs will be happening soon; The Police Department is now at full staff with the newest hires on the road.
2. Steve Biesiada reported that the new water main to Nesson Cable is complete; There were lift station power interruptions, but everything is fixed now.
3. Andrea Anderson shared a report on voter turnout for the November 3rd Presidential election.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

20-129 Appoint Parks Commissioner
Letters of interest were received from Karen Johnson, Denise Winebarger, and Rick Tice. A unanimous letter of recommendation from the Parks Commission for the appointment of Karen Johnson was received.

David Markgraf moved, Jim Fichtel seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to appoint Karen Johnson to the open Parks Commissioner seat.

Ayes: Markgraf, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: Knoll

20-130 First Reading: Anti-Blight and Junk Vehicles Ordinance
This ordinance would prohibit inoperable vehicles from cluttering property along with buildings that are incomplete without open building permits.

This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on January 11, 2021.

NEW BUSINESS:

20-131 Budget Amendments
Budget amendments were presented by the Treasurer. All result in a net zero impact on the budget except the road repair and maintenance line that will be filled from fund balance.

Andrea Anderson moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the budget amendments as presented.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

20-132 DDA Board and Citizen’s Council
Todd is working on forming the DDA Board and Citizen’s Council and hopes to have them presented for a vote on January 11, 2021.

20-133 Reappoint Steve Paul to ZBA
Greg Hulka moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to reappoint Steve Paul for a three year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

Steve’s term is from January 2021-January 2024.

20-134 Reappoint BOR Members
David Markgraf moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to reappoint David Jacobs, E. David Farhat, and Martin Mieras Jr to the Board of Review and Ronald Becklin as the Alternate.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

The term is for two years and will be served from January 2021 to January 2023.

20-135 December 28th Meeting
Rose Dillon moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to cancel the regular board meeting on December 28th due to several board members being out of town for the holiday and lack of agenda items.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

20-136 Senior Services Mileage Funding- Kathy Moore
The township has $18,153.55 of senior millage funding that needs to be spent or committed by the end of the year. It was suggested that the funds be used for meals, snow plowing, and tax assistance.

Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to commit $2,000.00 to Age Well Services for meals and $16,153.55 to property tax assistance for Fruitport Township seniors.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

A committee will be formed on which Rose Dillon, David Markgraf, and Jim Fichtel will determine the need and how to distribute.

20-137 Fire Department PTO Payout
The Fire Department staff loses their PTO time if it is not used. The situation with COVID prevented vacations and time off to be used during 2020. If staff attempts to use up their time before the end of the year it will cause scheduling conflicts. The Public Safety Committee would like to create a letter of understanding for the one-time payout of unused PTO time.

Greg Hulka moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to allow Fire Department PTO time to be paid out given the circumstances of 2020.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

20-138 Payment of bills
Rose Dillon moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $10,938.83; Public Safety $9,086.14; Water $72,779.15; Sewer $17,411.46; Trust & Agency $2,050.00
Totaling: $112,265.58

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Rose Dillon reported that the IRS is allowing a one-time grace to be able to pay back unused Task/flex spending funds to employees after removing taxes due to the COVID pandemic prohibiting surgeries and other medical procedures.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Rick Tice thanked the Board for their consideration of his letter of interest for the Parks Commission; mentioned that the last Parks meeting was inaccessible.
2. Heidi Tice suggested that the Blight ordinance be tabled until the Township Attorney is present.
3. Rose Dillon asked if the Parks Commission could email agendas and minutes to her.
4. Travis Nadeau of the Parks Commission will make sure that meeting access information is posted.
5. Karen Johnson shared that there will not be a Parks Commission meeting in December.

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adjourn the meeting at 8:19pm.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 01/13/21

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
12:00 p.m. ~ Boardroom and Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85455815757?pwd=azlXQVgyeTVkSGRRaVdtTTRuR280QT09

Attendance:
In person: Allison Camp, Jill Brott, Bob Szymoniak
Via Zoom: Susan Franklin and Dave Hazekamp

1. The shared services agreement with North Muskegon was briefly discussed.

2. The school resource officer position was briefly discussed.

3. Also briefly discussed was the Facilities Master Plan.

4. More detailed discussion was held on the reconfirmation of the instructional plan for January into February.

5. Adjustments to the second semester calendar were shared.

6. A letter of agreement regarding live streaming direct instruction to allow for synchronous learning at our secondary schools was discussed and will be on the Student Affairs portion of the upcoming Board meeting for action.

7. Allison shared a couple of recommended changes to a STEM program at the high school.

Meeting adjourned at 12:27 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 01/11/21

Personnel Committee
Monday, January 11, 2021
5:00 p.m. ~ via Zoom and in Boardroom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84251374547?pwd=R0V5QXRWeFhJVDJZZW03SWdaenJvUT09
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Tim Burgess, Dave Hazekamp, and Bob Szymoniak in Boardroom and Steve Kelly via zoom

1. The Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon for business services was reviewed and will be on the Board agenda for action.

2. The School Resource Officer position was discussed with the committee. There was support to continue this position.

3. The Facilities Master Plan was discussed and will be on the Board agenda for action.

4. Reconfirmation of the Instructional Plan was discussed.

5. Adjustments to the second semester calendar were discussed and will be on the Board agenda for action as a letter of agreement with the FEA.

6. Continuation of the FFCRA which ended on December 31, 2020 was discussed and will be continued until March 31, 2021 as allowed by law if approved by the Board at their upcoming meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 01/11/21

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, January 11, 2021
11:30 a.m., Board Room and Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89555153876?pwd=VVZ1dEdnQ1dhcHIwSmNKTmE1QjFlUT09

Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Bob Szymoniak, John Winskas, Jessica Wiseman, and Mark Mesbergen

1. Budget Amendment
Mark and Jessica presented the budget amendment for the General Fund and Special Revenue Funds. The budget amendments include many assumptions as to how the school year is going to end.

2. Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon
Bob presented a recommendation to extend the shared service agreement with North Muskegon for another 18 months. North Muskegon’s price would increase by 3% for the 2021-22 school year.

3. Sewer to Shettler School
Bob talked about the option to get sewer to Shettler Elementary. John provided some background information about the history of the septic and their life cycle as of today.

4. Facilities Master Plan
Bob presented the updated facilities master plan.

5. School Resource Officer
Bob discussed the option to extend the school resource officer contract with Fruitport Township. Bob and Fruitport are going to discuss this option in the upcoming month(s) and will bring contract to the board in the future.

6. Reconfirmation of the Instructional Plan
Bob presented an update regarding the educational plan.

7. Calendar
Bob presented an updated school calendar for the second semester. The only change is how the district will handle the conference week.

8. Truck Purchase
Mark and John presented a recommendation to purchase two new maintenance trucks. This purchase is part of the truck replacement schedule. Once the district receives the two trucks, the district will be selling the two trucks that were purchased back in 2018. The intent of this process is to sell the two trucks for more than what we would have to buy them for.

Meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 01/18/21

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Monday, January 18, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97495161494?pwd=Q0VrcDhZbG4wVGNnUVh2RTlPUnROdz09
Meeting ID: 974 9516 1494     Passcode: 533524

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. PRESENTATIONS
Above and Beyond Award

V. COMMUNICATIONS

VI. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes of December 14, 2020 (attachment VIII-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment VIII-2)
General Fund                             $158,918.97
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                  5,952.62
Food Service                                   49,873.91
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage          52,458.46
Capital Projects (Bond)                 40,893.74
Total Bill List                            $308,097.70

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

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon Public Schools (attachment IX-1)
2. Reconfirmation of Instructional Plan (attachment IX-2)
3. Facilities Master Plan (attachment IX-3)
4. May 4, 2021 Bond Election Resolution (attachment IX-4)

X. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held January 11, 2021 (attachment X-1)
2. 2020-21 General Fund Budget Amendment Resolution (attachment X-2)
3. 2020-21 School Service Fund Budget Amendment Resolution (attachment X-3)
4. Purchase of Maintenance Trucks (attachment X-4)

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held January 11, 2021 (attachment XI-1)
2. Calendar Letter of Agreement (attachment XI-2)
3. FFCRA Letter of Agreement (attachment XI-3)

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held January 13, 2021 (attachment XII-1)
2. Letter of Agreement regarding Live Camera Instruction (attachment XII-2)
3. Curriculum Changes to High School Industrial Arts Programming (attachment XII-3)

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XIV. 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

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVI. 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.

Fruitport Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting Agenda – 01/18/21

Fruitport Board of Education
Annual Organizational Meeting
January 18, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/97495161494?pwd=Q0VrcDhZbG4wVGNnUVh2RTlPUnROdz09
Meeting ID: 974 9516 1494     Passcode: 533524

I. Call to Order – Bob Szymoniak, Superintendent (attachment #I-1)

II. Roll Call (by recording secretary)

III. Election of Officers (attachment #III-1)

V. Adjournment

– Recess –

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Tuesday Jan. 12, – Sunday Jan. 17, 2021

*Please call before attending for any changes. Remember to wear your mask to all events*
Please check our website for virtual events happening
www.visitmuskegon.org

Tuesday January 12:

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 5 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Wednesday January 13:

Nuveen Open Studio
2:00 am – 5:00 pm
Middle and High School students are invited to the ACWL-Nuveen for Open Studio sessions on Wednesdays between 2:00 and 5:00, p.m. ACWL-Nuveen staff will be available to help students with both art and music projects. Art students are welcome to bring in projects they are already working on or just an idea for something new. They will be able to use the numerous supplies we have on hand, as well as receive help from ACWL-Nuveen Assistant Director Susan Wink. Music students are invited to bring in the pieces they are currently studying and receive practice and musicality tips from ACWL-Nuveen Director Erin Peyer. Topics/Mediums we are able to assist students with: Art  Drawing, Painting – acrylic, watercolor, Mixed Media, Small scale sculpture techniques,Fiber Arts, Music, Practice help, Music theory. About the Facilitators: COVID-19 Considerations: Although the Open Studio is FREE, students ARE required to register due to COVID-19 social distancing mandates and capacity restrictions. We can host up to 6 students in each of the two Art Open Studio Slots: 2:00-3:30 and 3:30-5:00. Students can sign up for both slots  or just one, and you don’t have to be here the entire time. We can only host 1 music student in each of the 4, 45-minute slots, unless students are already working together in a duo or trio. Music slots are 2:00-2:45, 2:45-3:30, 3:30-4:15, 4:15-5:00. The ACWL-Nuveen has a keyboard on sight, but students studying other instruments will need to bring those with them. Call 231-893-2524 or Sandra@artswhitelake.org located at 106 E. Colby. St.

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 6 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Thursday January 14:

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 7 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Friday January 15:

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game -vs- The Green Bay Gamblers
7:00 pm Puck Drop
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are a U.S. Junior A hockey team based at the Mercy Health Arena! Going to a game you’ll hear things like “Great price for family fun” and “Always a fun atmosphere, people are great and the games are always fun”. This year social distancing and other precautions will be in effect so please bring your face mask. Tonight’s game will be against the Green Bay Gamblers. The puck drops at 7:00pm. #GO JACKS! For tickets call 231-726-2400 Mercy Health Arena is located at 470 W. Western Ave. https://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/tickets

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 8 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Saturday January 16:

Muskegon Lumberjacks Hockey Home Game -vs- The Green Bay Gamblers
7:00 pm Puck Drop
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are a U.S. Junior A hockey team based at the Mercy Health Arena! Going to a game you’ll hear things like “Great price for family fun” and “Always a fun atmosphere, people are great and the games are always fun”. This year social distancing and other precautions will be in effect so please bring your face mask. Tonight’s game will be against the Green Bay Gamblers. The puck drops at 7:00pm. #GO JACKS! For tickets call 231-726-2400 Mercy Health Arena is located at 470 W. Western Ave. https://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/tickets

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 9 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Lakeshore Museum Center Second Saturdays
January 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay as they open their doors the second Saturday of the month for guests to enjoy all the  museum has to offer! The STEM Center will be open by registration for 30-minute time slots, and the hands-on Science Center will be open throughout the afternoon. Scavenger hunt sheets will be available and kids will receive a take-and-make activity related to one of the exhibits to complete at home. Masks  are required to enter the museum. Be sure to check back the day of your visit for any last minute safety updates or changes. 231-722-0278 www.lakeshoremuseum.org

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Muskegon Farmers Indoor Winter Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon  Farmers  Market will be open indoors Saturdays until May. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods MarketSweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

Sunday January 17:

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
Instructions to Enter
• Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
• Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
• Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
• The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
• Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
• Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
• Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
• Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
• If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 10 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinabek Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 01/11/21

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

JANUARY 11, 2021

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

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.com in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 and comply with current gathering limitations.
Information to access the meeting:
Meeting ID: 967 3516 5666
Passcode: 053198
Join by phone: 1-312-626-6799 US Toll

1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
2. Roll call
3. Approval of board minutes: 12/14/20
4. Approve / amend agenda
5. Correspondence / reports
6. Public comments regarding agenda items

7. Unfinished Business
A. Second Reading: Anti-Blight and Junk Vehicles Ordinance
B. DDA Board and Citizen’s Council

8. New Business
A. Sale of Township Assets: Police Cruisers
B. Discussion of Cost Recovery Ordinance for Fire Services
C. Amendment to COVID-19 Policy
D. Poverty Exemption Policy and Guidelines amendment

9. 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

Board member email addresses for which the public may use to make contact prior to the meeting:
Todd Dunham, Supervisor: tdunham@fruitporttownship.com
Andrea Anderson, Clerk: aanderson@fruitporttownship.com
Rose Dillon, Treasurer: rdillon@fruitporttownship.com
Greg Hulka, Trustee: ghulka@fruitporttownship.com
James Fichtel, Trustee: jfichtel@fruitporttownship.com
Terry Knoll, Trustee: tknoll@fruitporttownship.com
Dave Markgraf, Trustee: dmarkgraf@fruitporttownship.com

Ask Dr. Universe – Pond Water

Dr. Universe: Why does water in ponds not get soaked up by the dirt at the bottom? – Rocky, 11, California

Dear Rocky,

That’s a great observation. If we investigated the bottom of a pond, we might find a few different things. Besides a few fishes and frogs swimming around, we might observe mud, algae, rocks and soil at the bottom.

My friend Joan Wu, a hydrologist at Washington State University, is really curious about the water on our planet. She told me a few different earth materials help keep pond water from seeping down into the ground.

Let’s imagine we filled a jar with one of these earth materials: rocks. Inside the jar, we would see some gaps between the rocks. If we poured water into the jar, the water will be able to move into those empty spaces. But now let’s say we had a jar of rocks, and we poured in some sand.

This time, the grains of sand would fill spaces between the rocks. Next, we could add particles of earth called silt that are so small they could fill in any spaces between the grains of sand.

Finally, we could add some even smaller particles of clay. In the jar—or the bottom of a pond— these materials are packed together. The material isn’t very permeable, which means it can keep the liquid from passing through it.

“Over a long, long time, the bottom of the pond itself evolves and changes,” Wu said. “The materials settle and the little particles, or sediments, fill in the large pores.”

As water, wind, gravity and even animals break down rocks, the rocks become smaller and smaller particles that sink to the bottom of the water. When water runs across the Earth’s surface during a storm or as snow melts, these fine materials can also end up in a pond.

For the most part, these materials keep the pond from losing too much water, but sometimes a little does escape into the ground. Meanwhile, a little water can also escape into the air.

“Eventually, you will lose water from the top and from the bottom of a pond,” Wu said.

We lose the water from the top of a pond because of something called evaporation. You may know about evaporation if you’ve ever seen a puddle on a sidewalk that was there one day and gone the next.

When the sun heats up the surface of water, the water can turn from a liquid into teeny tiny drops called vapor. The vapor rises up into the atmosphere where it can eventually become clouds. Those clouds help produce rain and snow that fall back into lakes, rivers and ponds.

When we take the time to look, we can find a lot of connections between our atmosphere, water and earth. These systems shape many habitats for life on our planet.

The next time you visit a pond, see what kinds of living things call it home. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be a scientist who can help us learn more about the world of water.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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FCS – Business & Finance Committee Meeting Agenda – 01/11/21

Business and Finance
Monday, January 11, 2021
11:30 a.m. ~ via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89555153876?pwd=VVZ1dEdnQ1dhcHIwSmNKTmE1QjFlUT09

MEETING AGENDA
1. Budget Amendment
2. Shared Services Agreement with North Muskegon
3. Sewer to Shettler School
4. Facilities Master Plan
5. School Resource Officer
6. Reconfirmation of the Instructional Plan
7. Calendar
8. Truck Purchase
9. Other
10. Public Comment
11. Adjournment

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Monday Jan. 4, – Sunday Jan. 10, 2021

*Please call before attending for any changes. Remember to wear your mask to all events*
Please check our website for virtual events happening
www.visitmuskegon.org

Monday January 4:

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 4 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Tuesday January 5:

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 5 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
Quilts are made from an endless combination of patterns, colors, fabrics, and techniques. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Wednesday January 6:

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 6 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Thursday January 7:

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 7 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Friday January 8:

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 8 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Hike the Lights – Naturally Socially Distanced
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Michigan’s source for winter fun, the Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park located at 462 Scenic Drive is having their trail lights on each night for you to hike, run, skip, or walk on your hands! Stay healthy with fresh air and social distance. The lodge will not be open at this time. There is a restroom at the east end of the parking lot. Dogs are welcome on a 6’ leash please. www.msports.org

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

‘Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History’ Exhibit
In her lifetime, Rosie created over 100 quilts and unfortunately, her story was left unfinished. Along with highlighting some of her quilts—which are only a part of her legacy—visitors to the exhibit will get a behind the scenes look at how the museum staff worked to research and piece together the history of Rosie’s life. www.lakeshoremuseum.org 231-722-0278

Saturday January 9:

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 9 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Show Us Your Shanty
January 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing is having a party and YOUR ice shanty is invited!
Itching to go fishing but there’s no ice? Practice setting up your ice shanty in the The Brewer’s Lounge at Pigeon Hill parking lot located at 895 Fourth St., and make a fun filled afternoon of  being outdoors with friends and family.
They’ll be serving beer and Righteous Cuisine food truck will be on site serving delicious burritos, nachos and tacos from 12-5! To participate, RSVP by Thursday, January 7th. All participants will be emailed on Friday, January 8th with instructions for set up. Each Ice Shanty is limited to 6 people max and masks must be worn at all times except when in your ice shanty. Questions:  231-375-5184
To participate, RSVP here: https://forms.gle/SpqW5WhZyBeEtjwK6

Lakeshore Museum Center Second Saturdays
January 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay as they open their doors the second Saturday of the month for guests to enjoy all the  museum has to offer! The STEM Center will be open by registration for 30-minute time slots, and the hands-on Science Center will be open throughout the afternoon. Scavenger hunt sheets will be available and kids will receive a take-and-make activity related to one of the exhibits to complete at home. Masks  are required to enter the museum. Be sure to check back the day of your visit for any last minute safety updates or changes. 231-722-0278 www.lakeshoremuseum.org

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinaabe Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

Muskegon Farmers Indoor Winter Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon  Farmers  Market will be open indoors Saturdays until May. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Sweetwater Local Foods Market Sweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

Sunday January 10:

Visit Muskegon Winter Contest
January 1 – February 26
Visit Muskegon invites you to join our inaugural winter contest; filled with outdoor adventure, amusement, art…and prizes!
• Instructions to Enter
∙  Snap a photo of one of the designated stops or suggested activities listed on the map
∙  Share the photo on Facebook with the hashtag #SnowMuchFunInMuskegon
∙  Make sure the setting is “public” so we can find your post.
∙  The more stops and activities you share, the more entries you receive
∙  Send one Facebook message to Visit Muskegon; simply say “Snow Much Fun” (this way we can contact you if you are a winner!)
∙  Entries will be collected and numbered in a Visit Muskegon photo album
∙  Every Friday between Jan 8 – Feb 26, 2021 Visit Muskegon will use Random.org to choose a number from the album of collected photos (the more photos you share, the more chances you have to win!)
∙  Once a photo is selected as a winner it may not qualify for further prizes. However, the same entrant may win with a different photo(s)
∙  If a prize is not claimed within 5 days, it will be added to the next week’s drawing

Coat, Hat & Winter Gear Drive
January 10 @ 8:00 am – January 21 @ 5:00 pm
You can free up closet space in your home while helping community members stay warm through winter by donating your gently used or new Coats*Hats*Gloves*Boots* Scarves! Donations will be provided to local United Way partners that provide assistance to individuals and families facing adversity. For additional information, visit their website www.unitedwaylakeshore.org, or you can give them a call at (231) 332-4006. Visit Muskegon has a collection box during the hours Monday – Thursday 10-3 and Friday 10-2. You can bring your donations to us at 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon. Thank you

The Art of the People: Contemporary Anishinabek Artists Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W. Webster Ave. is featuring nationally recognized and early career Native American artists, artworks in a wide array of media that combine cultural traditions and imagery with contemporary sensibilities and themes.  Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday. 231-720-2570

Russell Prather: Layers and Light Exhibit
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Hackley Park Holiday Light Display
Ongoing until January 11, 2021
Bring the family to Hackley Park to enjoy festive lights and decorations that include Santa, polar bears, toy soldiers, reindeer, a nativity, music makers, a Christmas train and more! There’s a lot of holly jolly photo opportunities for you and your family. Watch the 2020 Lighting of the Christmas Tree here: bit.ly/TreeLightingMKGchannel (Thanks MuskegonChannel!)

At the Muskegon Museum of Art located at 296 W Webster you will see Russell Prather Layers and Light features the work of artist Russell Prather in this solo installation-style exhibition of his most recent works. Open daily 11-4 and closed Monday 231-720-2570

Ask Dr. Universe – Tree Sap

Dr. Universe: Why do trees have sap? -Aliyah, 8, Kirkland, WA

Dear Aliyah,

Just as blood moves important stuff around the human body, sugary sap moves important things around a tree.

My friend Nadia Valverdi told me all about it. She’s a researcher at Washington State University who studies how apple and cherry trees survive in different environments.

When we eat food, like a delicious apple or a handful of cherries, we get important nutrients.

Along with some help from the digestive system, our blood helps carry nutrients to different parts of the body to keep us strong.

Trees need nutrients, too. They use their roots to suck up nutrients and water from soil. They also have the ability to make their own food: sugars.

Trees absorb sunlight through their leaves and can use this energy from the sun to make sugars from water, carbon dioxide gas from the air and a few other ingredients.

A lot of sugars are made in the leaves, but they don’t do the tree much good if they just stay in one spot. The sugars have to get to other parts of the tree to help it survive. That’s where the sap comes in.

“Its main task is to make sure that every organ is well-fed and growing,” Valverdi said.

While our blood moves through tube-like veins and arteries, sap flows through two different tube-like parts of the tree.

One part, called xylem, moves important stuff like water and nutrients from the bottom of the tree to the top—from its roots to its leaves.

The other part, called phloem, moves important stuff from the leaves to other parts of the tree, such as the branches, roots and fruit.

I asked Valverdi how a sticky, gooey liquid like sap could move through these tubes. After all, sap doesn’t seem to move on its own.

It turns out that some liquids, such as sap, can move through a narrow space without any help from gravity or other outside forces.

This can happen in plants or trees when sap escapes through tiny, microscopic holes in the leaves. When sap molecules escape the leaf, more sap molecules move in to fill the empty space and keep the sap flowing upwards through the tree.

It’s a phenomenon we find happening everywhere from house plants to big apple trees to celery stalks.

“All trees and plants have sap,” Valverdi said. “The difference is that sometimes in big trees, we can see it with our eyes because it is more gooey.”

One really gooey kind of sap you might have seen before comes from sugar maple trees. You may even put it on your pancakes or waffles. You guessed it, maple syrup is a kind of sap.

Just like us, trees have systems that help them move important stuff around. These systems help the plants survive. When trees do well, that’s good for us, too. They do so many things for us from making the oxygen we all breathe to giving us delicious fruit to eat.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

You can learn more about the xylem and phloem in this simple activity using food coloring, water and some celery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIug9Foou3s

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