Monthly Archives: June 2024

Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Summer Event Lineup

2024 Annual Chamber Classic
Friday, August 23 | Tee Times: 8:00am & 2:00pm | Chase Hammond Golf Course
Join us for the 2024 Chamber Classic at Chase Hammond!

18 holes of scenic golf
Grab & Go breakfast & beverages
Catered lunch
Raffle prizes
Contest holes
19th Hole post-outing reception

Get your team together and register now. You don’t want to miss one of the year’s most sought after events!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Linden Peterson at lpeterson@muskegon.org to become a sponsor or donate a raffle prize.

Coffee Connect: Network and Explore
Wednesday, July 10 | 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM | Harmony Lake Apartment Homes
Join us for Coffee Connect to network with fellow Chamber members and tour Harmony Lake Apartment Homes near Harvey Street!

Event Highlights:
Network and build relationships with other members
Tour a new local business
Rotate through small group discussions on various topics

Bring your business cards!

Muskegon in Focus Applications are OPEN!
Muskegon in Focus is a dynamic community leadership program that brings together a diverse group of professionals from business, nonprofit, and government sectors. This 8-session program will enhance your leadership skills, broaden your understanding of community resources, and expand your professional network. Applications are now open, and selected participants will begin with a welcome orientation on September 4, 2024, followed by classes from September 5th through November 7th. Don’t miss this chance to grow as a leader and inspire positive change in our community!

Community Orientation
Wednesday, June 26 | 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM | USS Silversides Submarine Museum
If you want to learn more about what is happening in your community, you will enjoy learning about the past, present and plans for the future of Muskegon County. This program is taught by energetic and informed facilitators, Linden Peterson and Joe Panici.
For employers, this is a great way to help orient new hires into the community.

2025 Sweden Information Session
Thursday, July 18 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Join us for an informational orientation meeting for our upcoming group trip to Sweden. This meeting will provide essential information about the itinerary, travel logistics, and cultural highlights of our Swedish adventure. We look forward to seeing you there and embarking on this exciting journey together!

Upcoming Member Celebrations

Camera Shop of Muskegon
THIS Friday, June 21
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
2638 Henry Street
Norton Shores, MI 49441

Freedom Boat Club
Thursday, June 27
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1204 W Western Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440

PARTNER PROGRAMS

ASE + EA
June 25
FLSA Changes and Working with Exempt/Non-Exempt Classification Analysis
Coaching for Peak Performance

June 26
Professionalism in the Workplace

June 27
Project Management Basics

June 28
First Aid, CPR/AED & Bloodborne Pathogens (In-Person)

WEST MICHIGAN APEX ACCELERATOR
June 18
Overview of Set-asides

July 9
Market Research

July 11
Understanding the FAR

July 30
How to Do Business with the State of Michigan

Nutritious foods available for financially-qualifying households

OCCAA, with the help of local food pantries, will be distributing the following nutritious foods to financially-qualifying households in Ottawa County: UHT 1% Milk, Cran-apple Juice, Pinto Beans (canned), Diced Potatoes (canned), Spaghetti Sauce, Light Red Kidney Beans (canned), Raisins, Almonds, Green Beans (canned), Chicken (canned), Elbow Macaroni.

Foods are available at the following times and locations:

Thursday, June 20
3 – 4 p.m.
Salvation Army
104 Clover St.
Holland
616-392-4461

Friday, June 21
10 a.m. – Noon
St. Patrick’s Church
920 Fulton St.
Grand Haven
616-846-2701

Friday, June 28
10 a.m. – Noon
Church of the Saviour
180 N. 68th Ave.
Coopersville
616-997-8050

The following sites offer various food collection days and times all month long:

Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jehovah Jireh Ministries
More information online.

4055 Van Buren St.,
Hudsonville
616-209-7688

Mondays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. – Noon
Harvest Stand Ministries
100 S. Pine St., Suite 100, Zeeland
616-741-8250. Call for an appointment

Those who miss the distribution can contact a nearby pantry to collect food.
The food is provided through the Emergency Food Assistance Program of the USDA. To receive food, the household must be at or below the income guidelines OR a household member must participate in an income-based food program such as CSFP, WIC, FIP or SNAP. There are no age guidelines. Income, residency and family size are self-reported and no documentation is required.

Income guidelines are as follows:
Household Size Income
1 $30,120
2 $40,880
3 $51,640
4 $62,400
5 $73,160
6 $83,830

For households larger than six members, add $10,760 for each additional member.

Ottawa County Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity provider.
616-393-4433 or 1-800-764-4111 Ext. 4433

Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend: An Immersive High-Performance Boating Experience

Muskegon, MI – Adelaide Pointe is excited to announce the inaugural Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend (AAPW), set to take place on June 21-22, 2024, at our brand-new marina on Muskegon Lake. This thrilling event, presented by the West Michigan Offshore (WMO), promises a weekend filled with high-speed excitement, community fun, and unparalleled views of Muskegon Lake.
Event Highlights:

  • Immersive Fast Boat Rides: We will provide exclusive “fast boat rides” to camera crews, showcasing the immersive experience of high-performance powerboating on Muskegon Lake. This is a unique opportunity to capture the thrill and speed of these magnificent boats. Please RSVP for the boat ride at (231) 246-4500.
  • Exclusive Interviews and Dock Walks: Starting Friday at 5 PM, join us for interviews and dock walks to meet the drivers and see the boats up close.
    AAPW Schedule of Events:
    Friday, June 21
  • 2:00 PM: Boats start to arrive at Adelaide Pointe.
  • 4:00 PM: Complementary fast boat rides for camera crews.
  • 5:00 PM: AP Dock Party begins.
  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Enjoy live music from the band Rock Shop at the Event Tent.
  • 9:00 PM: Events for the day conclude.
    Saturday, June 22
  • 10:30 AM: Drivers meeting at Adelaide Pointe mall.
  • 12:15 PM: Boats begin to leave Adelaide Pointe and group up in Muskegon Lake.
  • 12:30 PM: Boats head across Muskegon Lake towards the channel.
  • 12:45 PM: Parade of Power through the channel behind the Aquastar.
  • 1:00 PM: The journey begins north to Whitehall, followed by stops at Pigeon Lake, Grand Haven, and back to Muskegon Lake, with the final stop at Adelaide Pointe.
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Poker hand turn-in at the Event Tent.
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Live music by Kindred.
  • 9:00 PM: Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend concludes.

Join Us:
Don’t miss this exciting event at Muskegon’s premier waterfront destination. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or just looking for a fun weekend activity, the Adelaide Pointe Powerboat Weekend offers something for everyone.

Road Resurfacing: Gooding St., 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave., Chester Twp., begins June 17, 2024

START DATE: Week of June 17, 2024

ESTIMATED FINISH: June 28, 2024

WHERE: Gooding St., 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave., Chester Twp.

WHY: Road Resurfacing

BACKGROUND: Beginning the week of June 17, 2024, contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will begin a resurfacing project on Gooding St. from 48th Ave. to 32nd Ave. in Chester Twp.

This project will consist of milling down existing asphalt, adding a 3-foot paved shoulder, resurfacing the road with 2 layers of new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.

This project is expected to last through late June 28, 2024, however all work is weather dependent and completion dates are subject to change.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will remain open to through traffic; however traffic will be maintained using temporary lane closures under flag control during work hours. Be prepared for possible delays when traveling through this area during project hours.
Gooding St. resurfacing map – June 2024

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

The Frauenthal – An Iconic Landmark, a THRILLING new season!

We’re thrilled to announce our anticipated 24/25 Presenting Season.
This year, we’re bringing you a spectacular lineup of entertainment across four series: Performance Series, Spotlight Series, Alley Door Club, and Free Family Movie Days.

New this year, ENCORE!, our donor benefits program with exclusive perks you won’t want to miss.

From electrifying performances to heartwarming experiences, you’re invited to Experience it ALL! right here in the heart of Muskegon. Iconic tributes, soul-stirring performances, & engaging programming for the entire family!

Our Performance Series brings nationally-acclaimed acts to the landmark Frauenthal stage.


Sept 21 | The Wildflowers America’s #1 Tom Petty Tribute
The Wildflowers band, known for their accurate tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, sound just like the original band in their prime, bringing unparalleled energy and musicianship to every performance. Touring for over ten years, The Wildflowers have earned a renowned reputation as one of the finest tribute bands. The Frauenthal Theater welcomes The Wildflowers’ legendary act, merging two icons for an unforgettable experience.


Dec 14 | The Nutcracker with West Michigan Youth Ballet
Performed by the West Michigan Youth Ballet, this timeless holiday tradition comes alive on the exquisite Frauenthal stage. Delight in Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and dazzling choreography amidst the opulent theater’s gold and crushed velvet decor. Whether rekindling cherished holiday memories or creating new ones, this production is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

Jan 25 | Jimmie Herrod America’s Got Talent Sensational Finalist!
Having catapulted to global fame on America’s Got Talent, earning the coveted “Golden Buzzer” from judge Sofia Vergara, Jimmie Herrod has solidified his status as one of today’s most expressive vocalists. The singer-songwriter has mesmerized audiences at globally televised PBS concerts, sharing the stage with icons like Renée Fleming and neo-soul luminary Lalah Hathaway.
Part of the Performance Series, Herrod’s exclusive show, featuring a jazz ensemble, promises a commanding performance from a soulful vocalist.


March 1 | Marshall Charloff & Purple Xperience
“Authentic, electrifying, and unforgettable!”
With praise from fans and critics, the Purple Xperience epitomizes authenticity and excellence. Marshall Charloff’s portrayal of Prince is truly remarkable, capturing the essence of the musical icon with unmatched charisma and artistry.Don’t miss this unforgettable journey from “Raspberry Beret” to “1999”. Let’s party like it’s ‘1999’!


March 9 | Artrageous Fun for all ages!
Step into this outrageous adventure of arts: the ONLY show where you can witness the fusion of live art, rock concert, imaginative movement, vocal performance, comedy, blacklight Bunraku, Artpunk wear, and inclusion in one magical experience. Feel the anticipation to see if the artist will complete the painting in time and guess what is being created until the very last brushstroke. 92.3% of fans voted Artrageous the best show they’ve ever seen!

Unforgettable Performances
Be immersed in an intimate lounge setting pulsating with big city vibes, in a fusion of cocktails and cabaret performances at the Frau Lounge.

Sept 20
Kelly Carey

Oct 4
Carly Jibson

Oct 18
Hannaniah Whitley

Nov 8
Laurie Veldheer

Live Music and Dancing!

The Frauenthal Center brings you the ultimate jam experience in our third floor ballroom with live music, dancing, and a full cash bar.

March 21
Big Daddy Fox

March 28
The Soul Syndicate

April 4
Funkle Jesse

April 11
Westside Soul Surfers

Gather your friends for a grand experience in the historic Frauenthal theater for FREE movies paired with unique events and signature snacks.

Historic Tours
Experience the magic of the Frauenthal Theater from every angle while delving into the history and inner workings of this Muskegon legend. Limited tickets available.

Sept 16 x 4
March 11
Nov 12
May 14

Jan 27
Wine & Canvas

Join us on our main stage for a unique painting experience with instructor Kathy Bechtel, paired with a glass of wine to ignite your creativity. Your first drink is included, and a full cash bar will be available.

FALL | Oct 13

SPRING | April 5

NEW THIS SEASON!
Exclusive Benefits Await Our Donors

Become part of the legacy of the arts on the lakeshore and join ENCORE!, our donor benefits program. ENCORE! donors receive exclusive perks, including pre-sale access, behind-the-scenes theater tours, and an invitation to our Annual Stage Event.
Click here to read more about this exciting new program.
Become a donor now through June 30th
to take advantage of the time-limited pre-sale offer!
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Events Happening in Muskegon County! June 17-24, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org
Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, June 17
Live Music: Julia & The Greensides
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Jack and the Beanstalk Musical Play Camp
10:00am-2:15pm runs from June 17-June 22
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Register online!

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Tuesday, June 18
Downtown Muskegon Walking Tours
1:00pm-2:30pm
Muskegon Museum of History & Science 430 West Clay Ave. Only $15 for tickets.

Live Music: Sophia Mcintosh & The Sages
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to participate!

Truth in Jazz Orchestra
7:30pm-9:30pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to the public.

ACWL Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Hatchwing Rider
7:00pm-9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 8636 Water St. Bring your own seating.

Steve Thielman Piano Performance
10:00am-12:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Enjoy refreshing music and drinks.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Wednesday, June 19
Live Music: Neon Crows
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Juneteenth Parade
11:00am-4:00pm
Along Western Avenue. Free to the public!

Muskegon Farmers Market Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Support local vendors!

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Free to participate.

Two Chicks With A Plan Present Juneteenth “The Play”
7:00pm
MCC Overbrook Theater 221 Quarterline Rd. $25 for entry and available online!

Flip Flop Parrot Head Cruises With Two Dudes In Flip Flops
8:00pm-10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Only $39 for entry.

Thursday, June 20
Live Music: Jesse Ray And The Carolina Catfish
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Movie Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. Free to participate.

Carnival at the Mart Dock
4:00pm-10:00pm
560 Mart Street. Fun for the entire family!

Bella Maria’s Thursday Night Jazz & Italian Feast
5:30pm-9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Admission for music is free.

Free Thursdays at the Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am-8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Explore intriguing exhibits at the museum!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00pm-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Come shop and find unique offers!

Thrifty Thursdays & Drink
11:00am-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave. Drink and shop!

Friday, June 21
Muskegon Clippers vs. Xenia Scouts
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Glow Golf
9:30pm-10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Get tickets online before they sell out!

Muskegon Channel Radio’s Full Moon Cruises
8:30pm-10:45pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Veterans, Active Service, Firefighters, and Police free admission.

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
12:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. Fun for the whole family!

Parties in the Park
5:00pm-9:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Ave. Entertainment is free to the public.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for admission!

Saturday, June 22
Live Music: Zion Lion
2:00pm-5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Loudernow
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs. Xenia Scouts
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Roaring 20s Tea Event
1:00pm-4:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Dress to impress!

Glow Golf
9:30pm-10:45pm
Putters Creek 40 N. Causeway St. Get tickets online before they sell out!

2024 Summer Concert Series Captivating Keyboards
7:00pm
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Free to the public!

Jack and the Beanstalk Musical Play
2:00pm-3:00pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Pay what you can at the door.

Live Music: Coty Bouchard
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Country Night at Unruly with Steeple Hill Band
8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Enjoy live country music!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Wagon Wheel Pleasure Horse Show
9:00am
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Admission is free.

Sunday, June 23
Celebrate 120 Years of the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper!
11:00am
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaula. $50 for entry.

Live Music: Half Way There
12:00pm-3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Rockshow
5:00pm-8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs. Xenia Scouts
4:05pm-8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Ticket prices vary.

Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Sunday Brunch with Live Piano Music
9:30am-4:00pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St. Come for drinks, food, and music!

Monday, June 24
Live Music: Jake Cinninger & Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
6:30pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Tickets $25.

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Join and listen to some evening tunes.

Unruly Chess Club
6:00pm-8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come join in this weekly chess event!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for admission!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org
Muskegon County | 610 W Western Ave | Muskegon, MI 49461 US

Road Closure: Ferris St., 168th Ave. to 152nd Ave., Grand Haven Twp., begins June 10, 2024

WHAT: Road Closure

WHEN: June 10-July 30, 2024

WHERE: Ferris St., 168th Ave. to 152nd Ave., Grand Haven Twp.

WHY: Force Main

BACKGROUND: A permitted Grand Haven Township force main project will result in Ferris Street closing between 152nd Ave. and 168th Ave. to through traffic beginning Monday, June 10, 2024. Property owners along Ferris St. will have access to their homes at all times.

This permitted road closure is expected to last until July 30.

Note: All dates are tentative, and all work is weather dependent.

DETOUR: The road will be closed to through traffic. A signed detour will utilize 152nd Ave./Lincoln St./U.S. 31.
GHT Ferris St Road Closure – June 10-July 30

RED: Closure Limits | GREEN: Detour Route

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Get outside on Father’s Day with free admission for dads at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Augusta, Mich. — Celebrate the dads in your life by visiting the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Dads enjoy free admission that day when visiting with their families from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk the Sanctuary’s picturesque trails and see birds of prey, waterfowl, gamebirds and songbirds as you explore. The Sanctuary is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the natural world around us.

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is located at 12685 East C Ave., one mile north of M-89 and just west of 40th Street.

About the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts.

About Kellogg Biological Station

As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.

Questions? Contact the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or (269) 671-2510

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Classic

Registration Now Open!

Friday, August 23 | Tee Time – 8:00am & 2:00pm | Chase Hammond Golf Course

Join us for a day of networking and friendly competition as you enjoy a round of golf, a complimentary lunch, and the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just looking to enjoy a day outdoors with fellow chamber members, this event is the perfect opportunity to connect and engage with our vibrant business community.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Director of Events, Linden Peterson, to learn more.

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President Cindy Larsen Announces Retirement

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber President Cindy Larsen Announces Retirement

Muskegon, MI — After 25 years at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, the organization’s president, Cindy Larsen, will retire in the Fall of 2024.

“Our board has been working with the chamber staff on a leadership transition plan for several months now,” Larsen said. “We are excited to share the plan with our community.”

Larsen started as the Chamber President in 1999 becoming one of the first women in the country to lead a chamber with 1,000 or more members. She is proud of the recognition the Chamber has earned since then, including multiple “Chamber of the Year” recognitions from state and national associations, as well as the board’s decisions to take a leadership role in community development. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber has been the champion for many community projects including the reinvention of Downtown Muskegon, the relocation of the Farmers Market, Silent Observer, the Lakeshore Art Festival, the Watch Us Go Image Campaign, the Social District, and Great Lakes Cruise Ship attraction.

Chamber Board of Director Chair Jonathan Wilson says, “We are pleased to announce that Rachel Gorman, the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, has accepted the offer to take over the role of Chamber President effective October 4, 2024.”

Gorman grew up in Muskegon County and has been very active in the public and private sectors throughout her career. She completed an undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University and is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Immediately following college, she spent four years working at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber managing Government Affairs and Events.

“Starting my professional career at the Chamber, then moving on to development positions at Muskegon Community College and Pioneer Resources gave me a well-rounded perspective of community and workforce needs,” says Gorman.

Gorman was elected as a Commissioner At-Large in the City of Muskegon with the highest number of votes ever recorded for the position, is the first person of Asian descent to hold the office, and serves as the youngest member of the current Commission. “My government experience allows me to be a valued advisor to local businesses who must interface with government on a routine basis.”

According to Larsen, “Rachel is well connected in the community and the state. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the role. Her experience in managing government affairs and member events will ensure the Chamber will continue as a premier business leadership organization along the lakeshore.”

“It is apparent that Gorman and Larsen enjoy working side by side during this leadership transition period, re-enforcing that the Chamber’s positive energy will continue forward,” says Wilson.

Gorman has been actively meeting with local business leaders to understand the issues facing industry today. Her vision is to be future-focused and to serve the changing needs of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s inclusive business community.

Larsen plans to stay in the community, work part-time on special projects for the Chamber and volunteer for fun community projects. “I am looking forward to a leisurely schedule so I can enjoy all the art, culture, and outdoor amenities in Muskegon County!” says Larsen.

About the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the Lakeshore. The Chamber represents approximately 1250 businesses and organizations, of every size and type, all over West Michigan. The Chamber has been working for 126 years to sustain an environment for business success, through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services.

Road Resurfacing: 64th Ave., Fillmore St. to M-45, Allendale Twp., begins June 10

START DATE: Week of June 10, 2024

ESTIMATED FINISH: Late June

WHERE: 64th Ave., Fillmore St. to M-45, Allendale Twp.

WHY: Road Resurfacing

BACKGROUND: Beginning the week of June 10, 2024, contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will begin a resurfacing project on 64th Ave. from Fillmore St. to M-45 in Allendale Twp.

This project will consist of milling existing asphalt in valley curb & gutter and curb and gutter sections, resurfacing with new asphalt and topsoil restoration. The rest of 64th Ave. will consist of milling existing asphalt, adding a paved shoulder for a new road with of 24 feet, resurfacing with new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.

Minor prep work prior to the beginning of the project will begin this week (June 3-7).

This project is expected to last through late June, however all work is weather dependent and completion dates are subject to change.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will remain open to through traffic; however, traffic will be maintained using temporary lane closures under flag control during work hours. Be prepared for possible delays when traveling through this area during project hours.
64th Ave Resurfacing Project Map – Allendale Twp. 2024

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Road Closure Update: New Holland St., U.S. 31 to 136th Ave., Olive Twp. Culvert repairs slated to take place week of June 17

DURATION: June 17-24, 2024

WHERE: New Holland St.: U.S. 31 to 136th Ave., Olive Twp.

WHY: Culvert Failure Repair

BACKGROUND: Contractors for the Ottawa County Road Commission will be making repairs to the failed culvert on New Holland St. between U.S. 31 and 136th Ave. in Olive Township the week of June 17, 2024.

The project is expected to last for one week, and the road will reopen once the repairs are completed.

The road has been closed since March following an on-site inspection by OCRC engineers who determined that there was a failed culvert. The OCRC was required to obtain and was waiting on necessary permits before work could take place on the repair.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The current detour in place consisting of U.S. 31/Van Buren St./136th Ave. remains in place for the duration of the closure.
New Holland St. closure – US31 to 136th Ave

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

14110 Lakeshore Drive | Grand Haven, Michigan | 49417
616-842-5400 | Contact Us | Summer Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday: 7-11 a.m.

The Ottawa County Road Commissioners:
Betty Gajewski | Kurt Van Koevering | Jim Miedema | Francisco Garcia | John Field Reichardt

Managing Director
Brett Laughlin

Who manages the roads and how are they funded?
The Ottawa County Road Commission manages the roads. The Ottawa County Road Commission is funded by fuel taxes, vehicle registrations and millage dedicated to the Ottawa County roads. Other property taxes you pay to Ottawa County do not fund road repairs or snow removal. Concerns about roads should be directed to the Ottawa County Road Commission. Questions? Use their contact form.

Community Review: Join Us for a Public Presentation of Our Preliminary Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

Thursday, June 13
6-7 pm
Fillmore Complex Board Room

We are excited to invite you to a public presentation of our preliminary mission, vision, values, and goals resulting from the Strategic Plan process on Thursday, June 13 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fillmore Complex Board Room. This event is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the process and development of our mission, vision, values, and initiatives for the upcoming years. The presentation will also be streamed on YouTube.

The draft of the strategic plan presentation we’ll be sharing on June 13 is now available for review on our website at miottawa.org/strategicplan. We encourage you to look at the document ahead of the meeting so that you can provide valuable feedback. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback in-person during the June 13 meeting. You can also share your thoughts in advance of or following the meeting by filling out this survey.

The deadline for submitting comments is June 20.

We look forward to your participation and working together to enhance our beloved park system!

Strategic Planning Process

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission (OCPRC) initiated a strategic planning process earlier this year. OCPRC is conducting this process to better understand the community’s perception, satisfaction, and needs for the overall parks system. Input was gathered through three surveys to help guide future initiatives of Ottawa County Parks and Recreation. In addition, six visioning engagement sessions were held with various stakeholder groups.

Public Survey: 5,621 responses
Stakeholder Survey: 57 responses
Scientific Survey: 400 randomly selected residents

Grand River
“The current strategic mission, goals, and objectives for the Parks Commission have helped guide us to successfully establish a parks system that is beloved by residents and visitors,” said Parks Commission President Kelly Rice. “Now we are excited to review our strategic direction and continue into the next phase of organizational growth.”

Operations, improvements and programs are funded by grants, private donations, and a parks millage. If you own a $150,000 home, you pay $26 annually investing in opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature education today and for future generations. Thank you. Learn more about the 7,000 acres of park land in Ottawa County at miOttawa.org/Parks

Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore Will Host the Phoenix Art Show Fundraiser

This coming Friday, June 14th, the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore will host the Phoenix Art Show fundraiser. This event is a chance for the community to support local artists, enjoy live performances, and indulge in refreshments while engaging in our silent auction. The theme for this year, “Rising from Our Ashes,” supports our recovery from the arson that impacted our Clubhouse last year. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the local artists and the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore (BGCML).

Event Details:
Doors Open at 7 PM
Minimum Donation: $10
Venue: 1050 W. Western Ave. Suite 104, Muskegon, MI 49441
Open to All Ages

Bidding Information:
Attendees register upon arrival. Bring your ID and credit card to the information desk.
For VIP access starting at 6 PM, pre-register by emailing doogallery@yahoo.com.

Events Happening in Muskegon County! June 10-17, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org

Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org


Monday, June 10
Live Music: Phoffman
5:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. $25 for admission.

Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park: Universal Accessibility Open House
1:00pm-7:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. RSVP is required.

Live Music: Lynn Thompson & The Moonshine Runners
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Unruly Chess Club
6:00pm-8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come play casual chess!

Tuesday, June 11
Live Music: JP & The Energy!
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. 21+ recommended.

ACWL – Nuveen Free Summer Concert: Eric & Karen Smith
7:00pm-9:00pm
Montague Band Shell 1836 Water St. Free to the public.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wine School at Lake Bluff Grille
6:00pm-8:00pm
Lake Bluff Grille 2801 Lakeshore Dr. Tickets available online!

Wednesday, June 12
Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. 21+ recommended.

Live Music: Pretzel Logic
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Supporting local artisans.

Thursday, June 13
2024 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant Preliminary Competition
7:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Final night is June 15

Live Music: Union Guns
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Trivia Night
7:00pm-9:00pm
Wonderland Distillery 1989 Lakeshore Dr. 21+ recommended.

Antique Farm Power Club Annual Engine and Tractor Show 2024
9:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Only $5 for entry.

Free Thursdays at Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am-8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave. Includes entry to the permanent collection gallery.

FREE Water Ski Show: Ariel’s Adventure by Grand City Show Skiers
7:00pm
Ross Park 82 Randall Road. Free to the public.

Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes
12:00pm-8:00pm
211 Lincoln Ave. Only $15 for adults.

Teddy’s Night at Bella Maria’s
5:30pm-9:00pm
Bella Maria’s Event Center 513 W. Pontaluna Rd. Free admission for music.

Thrifty Thursdays and Drinks
11:00am-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave.

Friday, June 14
2024 Miss Michigan’s Teen Scholarship Pageant
7:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Who will be the next Miss Michigan’s Teen?

All Access Tour
7:00pm-8:30pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. $20 for non-members.

Beer Tasting on Walker’s Patio
6:00pm-8:30pm
Walker’s An American Brasserie 939 Third Street. No admission fee!

Comedy Night
7:00pm-11:59pm
Lotus Room Event Center 919 E. Sherman Blvd. Only $15 for entry.

Live Music: Jedi Mind Trip
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Grand Lake Mariners
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. First game of three!

Antique Farm Power Club Annual Engine and Tractor Show 2024
9:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Only $5 for entry.

Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes
12:00pm-8:00pm
211 Lincoln Ave. Only $15 for adults.

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
12:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. Family fun!

Parties in the Park
5:00pm-9:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Ave. Free entertainment for the public!

Polynesian Adventure Cruises
8:00pm-10:00pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Appetizers provided, drinks sold separately.

Summer Fun Kickoff at Craig’s Cruisers Muskegon
12:00pm-8:00pm
Craig’s Cruisers 1551 Pontaluna Rd. $35 per ticket for unlimited access!

Saturday, June 15
2024 Miss Michigan’s Scholarship Pageant Final Night Competition
7:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Who will be the next Miss Michigan?

45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
10:00am-5:00pm
Goodrich Park 100 N. Lake Street. Enjoy vendors and music in the summer sun!

Live Music: Jess Willyard Band
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Ave.

Live Music: Basic English – Reunion Show
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Carl Webb Band
2:00pm-5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Grand Lake Mariners
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Second game of three!

Muskegon Township Parks and Recreation Vendor and Craft Show
9:00am-3:00pm
Softball World 878 S. Mill Iron Rd. Free to the public!

Pixie Hollow Fairy Frozen Meet & Greet
12:00pm-4:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stoney Lake Rd. Free with general admission.

Antique Farm Power Club Annual Engine and Tractor Show 2024
9:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd. Only $5 for entry.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Live Music: Serita’s Black Rose Duo
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Outdoor Adventure Weekend
10:00am-5:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. Family fun for all!

Tesla Summer Meetup: Saturday
10:00am-8:30pm
Heritage Landing 1050 7th St., 249 W. Muskegon Ave. $10 for walk tickets.

Sunday, June 16
45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
10:00am-5:00pm
Goodrich Park 100 N. Lake Street. Enjoy vendors and music in the summer sun!

Black Business Expo
1:00pm-6:30pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Ave. Find a gift for Father’s Day!

Celebrate Dad at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
10:00am-5:00pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo 4180 W. M-20, Stony Lake Rd. Free with general admission.

Father’s Day Trivia & Ice Cream Social
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper 2098 Lakeshore Dr. $10 for non-members.

Father’s Day – Tours for Muskegon County Dads
1:00pm-4:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Ave. Admission for dads are free!

Live Music: Post Fontaine
12:00pm-3:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: The Syndicate
5:00pm-8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Grand Lake Mariners
3:05pm-7:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Final match!

Whale Watching Cruise
1:30pm-3:15pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Enjoy a day on the waters.

Live Music: Justin Avdek
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Tesla Summer Meetup: Sunday
10:00am-8:30pm
Heritage Landing 1050 7th St., 249 W. Muskegon Ave. $10 for walk tickets.

Monday, June 17
Live Music: Julia & The Greensides
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Jack and the Beanstalk Musical Play Camp
10:00am-2:15pm
The Playhouse at White Lake 304 S. Mears Ave. Register online!

Live Music: Chris Kennedy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org
Muskegon County | 610 W Western Ave | Muskegon, MI 49461 US

A G E N D A: FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

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


JUNE 10, 2024
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 5/13/24
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Muskegon County Road Commission Contract- Beech Creek Subdivisions
  8. New Business
    A. Resolution Pledging Full Faith and Credit to Special Assessment Bonds: Spring Lake Improvement
  9. Approval of Bills
  10. Reports
  11. Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

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

The Lakeshore Art Festival Returns to Downtown Muskegon

Lakeshore Art Festival Returns June 29 & 30

MUSKEGON, MI — The Lakeshore Art Festival returns to Downtown Muskegon on June 29 and 30 from 9 am-5 pm. This nationally recognized event will feature a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun in Downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

This year, the Lakeshore Art Festival will host over 280 exhibitors throughout the streets and parks of Downtown Muskegon. Fine art, specialty crafts, artisan food, street performers, and interactive art are among the many exciting things to find at the Lakeshore Art Festival.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is a community favorite and a destination festival for summer travelers. Continuing a strong history in supporting the arts in Muskegon, the Lakeshore Art Festival is a vibrant family friendly event that spreads joy and creativity through the community.


“Living on the west coast of Michigan, there are many art shows and fairs throughout the summer in different beach towns. This one by far was the best I have been too. The variety and amount of vendors was wonderful. I felt there was something for everybody, including the kids!”

-Lillian Dotzlaf


Event Highlights:
Juried Fine Art Exhibitors: Over 100 in Hackley Park
Craft & Artisan Food: Over 180 exhibitors on 4th St. and Western Ave.
Authors Alley: Featuring Michigan Authors on 4th St. and Clay Ave.
Food Vendors: With a wide variety of delicious eats on 3rd St.
Children’s Lane: Many interactive art and educational stations with free or low-cost activities
Street Performers: Located throughout the festival and at Olthoff Stage
Flower Power Public Art Project: A local artist has been selected to create an artistic sculpture in this year’s Flower Power theme. The artwork will be displayed in the festival footprint and guests are encouraged to visit.

Thank you to our benefactor sponsors: The DTE Energy Foundation, Watch Muskegon, Muskegon DDA, and the Michigan Arts & Culture Council.

For more information or questions, contact Kristina Broughton at kbrought@muskegonartmuseum.org or call at (231) 720-2574.

Over 100 participants receive driver’s license restoration assistance at Muskegon clinic

Muskegon hosts Michigan Department of State’s sixth Road to Restoration clinic of 2024

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and partners hosted a successful Road to Restoration clinic at Muskegon Community College on May 22, assisting over 100 local participants in navigating the process to restoring their driving privileges. This was the sixth Road to Restoration clinic in the state this year.

At Wednesday’s clinic, expert MDOS staff and volunteer attorneys held one-on-one sessions with attendees to check their current license status, answer questions on how they can safely return behind the wheel and provide services like vision testing and the written driver’s exam on site. While residents who attend a Road to Restoration clinic may be required to pay past fines, the expertise and guidance is free of charge. 

“I’m thrilled to see the continued success of our Road to Restoration clinics and grateful to our partners who help us bring this valuable service directly to people in their communities,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said. “I am proud of our team, but even more proud of the Michiganders making the effort to improve their lives and learning the steps to safely return to the road.”

The Road to Restoration program, now in its third year, is operated in partnership with the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Michigan 2-1-1, Detroit Justice Center, DTE, Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan WORKS!, and Miller Canfield.

MDOS and partners launched the Road to Restoration clinic series after the enactment of the Clean Slate to Drive laws, which terminated certain violations and infractions from the records of thousands of Michigan drivers in 2021. 

The remaining clinics are scheduled for 2024:
June 5 – Flint
June 18 – Detroit
July 16 – Petoskey
July 18 – Gaylord
Aug. 13 – Houghton
Aug. 14 – Kingsford
Aug. 16 – Marquette
Aug. 28 – Dearborn Heights
Sept. 13 – Kalamazoo

For more information about the program, to find a clinic near you, or to sign up for an upcoming clinic, visit Michigan.gov/R2R or dial 2-1-1. Space for clinics may be limited and pre-registration is strongly recommended. The clinics do not provide DUI expungement services and license reinstatement is not guaranteed.

Contact: Cheri Hardmon
(517) 643-7236

Despite Bigger Paychecks, Struggling Households on the Lakeshore Continue to Increase

New ALICE Update shows wage growth was no match for inflation
after a decade of falling behind

Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties – Though wages for the lowest paid jobs have risen across the country at the fastest rate in four decades, the number of households struggling to get by in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties grew by nearly 6.5% (2,676 households) from 2021 to 2022. As a result, a total of 43,743 households or 45% were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a new Update from United Way of the Lakeshore and its research partner United For ALICE.

That calculation includes the 13,421 households in poverty as well as another 30,322 defined as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), earning above the Federal Poverty Level but less than what’s needed to survive in the current economy. ALICE workers include child care providers, home health aides and cashiers — those working low-wage jobs, with little or no savings and one emergency from poverty.

ALICE in the Crosscurrents: An Update on Financial Hardship in Michigan shows that while wages were increasing, so too were costs. For a family of four with an infant and a preschooler, the basic costs to live and work on the Lakeshore, excluding tax credits, rose from $56,624 in 2021 to $70,968 a year later. Compounding the issue in 2022 was the loss of up to $15,000 in federal child tax credits and stimulus payments that this family had access to in 2021.

“There is no doubt, bigger paychecks helped, but inflation and the loss of pandemic supports converged to keep ALICE trapped,” said Christine Robere, CEO of United Way of Lakeshore. “This latest data is a reminder that while we have made some progress — including expanding our state’s Earned Income Tax Credit and funding 2-1-1, a help line for any resident struggling with the costs of basic needs — our work is far from over.”

The findings in this one-year period are consistent with a more than decade-long trend: Since the end of the Great Recession, despite some ups and downs, the number of ALICE households in Michigan has been steadily growing. From 2010 to 2022, the total number of households rose by 6%, households in poverty decreased by 6% — and the number of ALICE households grew by 20%.

“The data is showing persistent and widespread financial hardship — a red flag that the current system isn’t working for ALICE,” said Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., United For ALICE National Director. “Current policy has not been enough to break down the barriers that trap ALICE households in financial hardship, from lack of access to housing and child care that’s affordable, to inadequate community supports such as broadband internet.”

Additional insights include:

From 2010 to 2022, people age 65 and over made up the fastest-growing age group on the Lakeshore — and the group with the largest increase of 880 households struggling to make ends meet.
Racial disparities persisted in the rates of financial hardship; 63% of Black and 44% of Hispanic households on the Lakeshore were either in poverty or ALICE in 2022, compared to 43% of white households.
Food assistance continued to elude many vulnerable families in Michigan. Partly due to the SNAP income eligibility level in the state (200% of the Federal Poverty Level), only 46% of all Michigan households in poverty and 20% of all ALICE households participated in SNAP in 2022.

To read the Update and access online, interactive dashboards that provide data on financial hardship at the state, county, and local levels, visit UnitedForALICE.org/Michigan
Invitation to the United Way of the Lakeshore Annual Meeting: Media Welcome!

We invite members of the media to attend the United Way of the Lakeshore’s Annual Membership Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 28th, at 31 East Clay Avenue. The meeting will commence at 8:00 AM. At 8:30 AM, the Director of ALICE and Public Policy from the Michigan Association of United Ways will present the newly released report. This presentation will provide valuable insights and is not to be missed.

About United Way of the Lakeshore
United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. We tackle the toughest issues facing our community by mobilizing every resource, partner, and voice to solve those challenges. Our Bold Goal is to ensure 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.

For more information, visit us online at unitedwaylakeshore.org, and follow us on social media via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About United For ALICE
United For ALICE is a U.S. research organization driving innovation, research and action to improve life across the country for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and for all. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship has emerged. Harnessing this data and research on the mismatch between low-paying jobs and the cost of survival, ALICE partners convene, advocate and collaborate on solutions that promote financial stability at local, state and national levels. This grassroots ALICE movement, led by United Way of Northern New Jersey, has spread to 31 states and includes United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin; we are United For ALICE. For more information, visit: UnitedForALICE.org.

Media Contact:
Dominique Bunker
Senior Director of Community Solutions
dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org
(231) 332-4006

Miss Michigan Scholarship Program presents their 85th Annual Competition

Thursday, June 13
7:00 PM

Friday, June 14
7:00 PM

Saturday, June 15
7:00 PM
at Frauenthal Theater

$40 – $50
Preliminary Night 6/13/24
Miss Michigan’s Teen Competition 6/14/24
Miss Michigan Final 6/15/24

The Miss Michigan Scholarship Program presents their 85th annual state competition as part of the Miss America organization. Thursday night is the Miss Michigan competition preliminaries. Friday night is the Teen competition ending with the crowning of Miss Michigan’s Teen. Saturday night is the conclusion of the Miss competition with the crowning of Miss Michigan 2024.

Presale 4/11
General Public 4/12

Quarter-mile section of Hackley Avenue Under Construction

A quarter-mile of Hackley Avenue in Muskegon Heights has been closed to traffic starting Tuesday, May 28.

Construction has closed traffic to Hackley Avenue between Manz and Elwood streets. All eastbound and westbound traffic has been directed to a detour north to East Delano Avenue.

The construction started May 28 and is expected to end by October 31. Cost to the city will be $756,998. Included in the construction will be a “full-depth road reconstruction,” with sidewalk intersections being brought up to ADA compliance, re-striping of roads, and crosswalk markings added to intersections. In terms of distance, 0.24 miles of Hackley Avenue is being worked on.

Residents in the area have been asked to park on side streets when driveways may be inaccessible. Anyone traveling to businesses and residences in the area may use side streets and alleys. Throughout the months of construction, certain pedestrian traffic areas may be detoured as well.

“Buster Keaton: HOME” presented by Lakeshore Museum Center

Sunday, June 9
3:00 PM at Frauenthal Theater
Admission free.

“Buster Keaton: Home” is a documentary that tells the story of Buster’s early life on the road as a child vaudeville star and how he found his home along the shores of Lake Michigan. Illustrated with rare images of family photos, datebooks and Buster’s personal autograph book, the film delves into the personal life of the legend and his family as they traveled the country as a successful vaudeville act.

The story is told by a collection of Keaton biographers, experts and fans with beautiful images by illustrator Matt Phelan and animator Jim Middleton, who help bring the rich stories to life. Carl Reiner is featured as well as character actor James Karen, Buster’s best friend in later life. Both actors delve into the genius of Buster as a filmmaker with Karen telling personal stories and conversations he had with his pal.

Road Closure: Church St., Cottonwood Dr. to Main St., Georgetown Twp., May 28-June 7

WHAT: Permitted Road Closure

DURATION: May 28-June 7, 2024

WHERE: Church St., Cottonwood Dr. to Main St., Georgetown Twp.

WHY: Road Work

BACKGROUND: Church St. from Cottonwood Dr. to Main St. in Georgetown Twp. will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024, for permitted road work.

The permitted project is expected to last through June 7, 2024. Please note that all project completion dates are tentative and subject to change. Work is weather dependent.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will be closed to through traffic.

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Events Happening in Muskegon County! June 3-10, 2024

Check out our website for a complete list www.visitmuskegon.org

Visit the many daily events at our Muskegon County libraries www.madl.org

Monday, June 3

Unruly Retro Video Game Night
7:00pm-10:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Avenue. Mario Kart, wii games and more!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach Street

Live Music: Moonshot
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Plain Jane Glory
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Tuesday, June 4

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Avenue. Fresh fruits, veggies and more!

Live Music: Brena
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to join and participate!

Feeding the Soul of the City Concert
12:15pm-12:45pm
1006 Third Street. Free to the public!

Wednesday, June 5

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Avenue. Free to the public!

Food Truck Rally at the Muskegon Farmers Market
5:00pm-8:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Avenue. Tickets are $1 each.

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to join and participate!

Live Music: Westside Soul Surfers
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Outreach at the Beach with MADL and Hackley
12:00pm-4:00pm
Margaret Drake Elliott Park 1431 Beach St. Free to the public!

Thursday, June 6

Muskegon Music Trivia
7:00pm-9:00pm
The Valkyrie 1900 Ruddiman Dr. Free to join and participate!

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Avenue. Free to the public!

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Avenue. Fresh fruits, veggies and more!

Live Music: Funkle Jesse
6:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Free Tours Muskegon Museum of Art
11:00am-8:00pm
Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Avenue. Explore local and global art in Muskegon!

Kayak Adventure Series
Waterdog Outfitters 115 W. Hanson St. Tournament and learning about kayaking.

Afternoon Cruises
4:00pm-5:45pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Veterans and children are free!

Friday, June 7

After Dark Tour
9:00pm-10:00pm
Hackley and Hume Historic Site 484 W. Webster Avenue. $15 for nonmembers.

Jammin In June
7:00pm-11:59pm
Lotus Room Event Center 919 E. Sherman Blvd. $10 for admission for a night of fun!

Live Music: Funkle Jesse
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Lima Locos 2024 Season Opener!
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Adults $7, Seniors and Students $5.

Taste of Muskegon
4:30pm-10:00pm
Hackley Park 350 W. Webster Avenue. Something for everyone here!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for tours!

Saturday, June 8

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00am-2:00pm
Muskegon Farmers Market 242 W. Western Avenue. Fresh fruits, veggies and more!

Live Music: Hunter Wainscott
2:00pm-5:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Live Music: Red Roses
7:00pm-10:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. No cover-charge. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Lima Locos 2024 Season Opener!
7:05pm-10:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Adults $7, Seniors and Students $5.

Afternoon Cruises
1:30pm-3:15pm
Aquastar 560 Mart Street. Veterans and children only $20!

Our Own Heroes and Legends
5:00pm
460 W. Western Avenue. Meet local sporting legends for only $50 per person.

WildWater Adventure Opening Weekend
12:00pm-5:00pm
Michigan’s Adventure 4750 Whitehall Rd. Cool down at Michigan’s Adventure!

Shakespeare at the Rose – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2:00pm-5:00pm
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp 300 Crystal Lake Rd. Only $25 for entry or $15 for students.

The Rory McCallan Project
6:30pm-9:30pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Avenue. Only $2 for entry.

Sunday, June 9

Free Movie Premiere! Buster Keaton Home
3:00pm-5:00pm
Frauenthal Center 425 W. Western Ave. Free to the public.

Live Music: Deckfest With Multiple Guests
12:00pm-8:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. Paid parking is enforced.

Muskegon Clippers vs Lima Locos 2024 Season Opener
4:05pm-8:00pm
Marsh Field 1800 Peck Street. Come watch a competitive game of baseball.

Live Music: Gabrial Lundy
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Monday, June 10

Live Music: Phoffman
5:00pm-9:00pm
The Deck 1601 Beach St. $25 for admission.

Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park: Universal Accessibility Open House
1:00pm-7:00pm
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park 462 Scenic Drive. RSVP is required.

Live Music: Lynn Thompson & The Moonshine Runners
6:00pm
Lake House Waterfront Grille 730 Terrace Point Blvd. Night of live music!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Summer Tours
1:00pm-5:00pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light 1431 Beach St. Only $5 for entry.

Unruly Chess Club
6:00pm-8:00pm
Unruly Brewing Company 360 W. Western Ave. Come play casual chess!

Aiden Vanderlist, Tourism Information Aide
Visit Muskegon-Muskegon County CVB
610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440
T: 231-724-3100 F:231-724-1398
Email: info@visitmuskegon.org
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9-3
2024 Muskegon County Visitor Guide: http://bit.ly/VisitorsGuideMKG
Cathy@VisitMuskegon.org | www.visitmuskegon.org

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – Prominent Leaders to Discuss Key Issues at Muskegon County Economic Summit

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces the Annual Muskegon County Economic Summit, scheduled for Friday, June 7 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Delta Hotels by Marriott. This year’s summit, organized by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, will center on the pivotal themes of Waterfronts, Workforce, and Property Rights. The event will convene elected officials and business leaders to engage in strategic discussions aimed at fostering community growth and economic development.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast while connecting with influential leaders from both local businesses and government sectors. The summit will also include a presentation on futuristic concepts for downtown Muskegon Lake waterfront. The nationally recognized SmithGroup will offer valuable insights on how waterfronts become destinations for people to live, work and play.

Event Highlights:

Breakfast and Networking: Engage with key leaders and stakeholders from Muskegon’s business and government communities.
Muskegon Lake Vision Unveiling: Presented by Jason Strangland, Principal & Professional Landscape Architect with SmithGroup, this segment will outline future plans for the Muskegon Lake waterfront.
Major Lakes Update: Receive updates on significant lakes within the county.
Talent Retention Strategies: Learn best practices for retaining talent within Michigan.
Short-Term Rentals Discussion: Dynamic conversation about the implications and best practices for short-term rentals.

Featured Speakers and Panels:

Talent Recruitment Panelists:
Brian Calley, President & CEO, Small Business Association of Michigan
Jennifer Smith, Human Resources Manager, Consumers Credit Union
Michelle Harris, Owner, Harris Hospitality Group
Moderated by Lynne Jarman-Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer, Consumers Credit Union

Short-Term Rental Panelists:
Bob Lukens, Community Development Director, Visit Muskegon – Muskegon County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Eddie Alexander, Founder/CEO, EAG Real Estate
Jonathan Seyferth, City Manager, City of Muskegon
Keith Van Beek, City Manager, City of Holland
Moderated by Sharlene Shineldecker, Chief Operations Officer, Cherette Group

This summit promises to be an invaluable event for those invested in the economic vitality of Muskegon County. Whether a business leader, government official, or community member, the insights and connections gained from this event will be instrumental in driving our region forward.

Registration Information:
To register for the Muskegon County Economic Summit, please visit muskegon.org.

About the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the Lakeshore. The Chamber represents approximately 1250 businesses and organizations, of every size and type, all over West Michigan. The Chamber has been working for 126 years to sustain an environment for business success, through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services.

Road Closure: 56th Ave., M-45 to Rich St., Allendale Twp., May 28-July 12

WHAT: Permitted Road Closure

DURATION: May 28-July 12, 2024

WHERE: 56th Ave., M-45 to Rich St., Allendale Twp.

WHY: Sanitary Sewer Installation

BACKGROUND: 56th Ave. between M-45 and Rich St. in Allendale Twp. will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024, for a permitted sanitary sewer installation.

The permitted project is expected to last through July 12, 2024. Please note that all project completion dates are tentative and subject to change. Work is weather dependent.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will be closed to through traffic. A posted detour route will consist of Rich St./48th Ave./M-45.

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Lepere Productions presents The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

Thursday, June 6
7:00 PM at Frauenthal Theater
$22
A portion of proceeds from this performance will benefit Every Woman’s Place of Muskegon.

The title of this show simply says it all! More than a tribute to a great era of classic rock and R&B music, it’s a rhythm-filled street party! You will be dancing in your seat in this exciting concert of rhythm-driven hit songs. From the opening percussion lines, you hear the big hits you know and love with the beats to make you move. Spontaneous singing and dancing have been known to break out at this great show! It features an incredible all-star live band and vocalists performing the top hits by artists and bands such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Phil Collins, Toto, Miami Sound Machine, Motown, Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and many more! When you see this great show, one thing is for certain . . . The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You!

Hackley Public Library June Programs 2024

hackleylibrary.orgfacebook.com/HackleyPL – 231-722-8000

askus@hackleylibrary.org – 316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440

Hackley Public Library Hours

Main Hackley Library Building
Mon-Tues: 9-7 pm

Wed-Sat: 9-5 pm

Torrent House (HPL’s Local History/Genealogy Department)
Tues-Sat: 10-5 pm

All Ages Programs:

Summer Reading Program – Hackley Library

June 3 through August 3

ALL AGES are encouraged to sign up and participate in HPL’s FREE Summer Reading Program!
How does it work?
HPL’s Summer Reading Program uses an online platform called Beanstack. By tracking your reading and activities through the HPL Beanstack platform, whether through the website or through the Beanstack app, you’ll earn badges, prizes, and tickets to enter for grand prizes.
For every 200 points you earn by tracking, you’ll be eligible for a prize!
Once you reach 600 points, you’ll receive a completion prize for finishing SRP.

However, you can continue to track your reading and activities to earn additional tickets, which can be used to enter for chances to win a grand prize!
What reading counts toward SRP?
All reading counts! For example: print books, eBooks, audiobooks, manga, graphic novels, magazines, and more, are included.
Find more details at hackleylibrary.org, and to access HPL’s Beanstack site – or download the Beanstack app.

https://www.hackleylibrary.org/events-programs/annual-events/summer-reading/ Free.

*A library card is not needed to participate but library card registration is free.

Knot on My Watch – Intergenerational Fiber Arts Group
In-Person at Hackley Library
3rd Thursday of each month
Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Get ‘knotty’ with other crafters who like to knit, crochet, macramé, sew, felt, embroider… bring your projects (or learn something new) and let’s hang out together. A small supply of yarn, macramé cord, and embroidery floss will be provided with limited instruction. This drop-in, no strings attached fiber arts group is open to anyone ages 5 – 105+. FREE.

Youth & Teen Programs:

Early Childhood Play Group
In-person at Hackley Library
Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30am
This weekly drop-in play group at Hackley Library connects young families in a space where children and their caregivers are invited to play, talk, learn, and grow together!
Ages 0-4. Free.

June Youth Take and Make Kits
Summer Reading 2024 – Adventure begins at your library!
These Take and Makes will be available from Hackley Library beginning Monday, June 3, and through the month while supplies last. Free.
Chart Your Adventures!
To kick off Summer Reading 2024 we will be making adventure trees. Keep track of all of your summer adventures, inside and outside of books, on your very own adventure tree!
Map Your Adventures!
Where will your map lead you this summer? To Hackley Public Library to pick up a Treasure Map Take and Make! This adorable muslin map will lead to all sorts of fun in the warm summer months.

Paws and Read with Breezy and Dolly
In-Person at Hackley Library
Mondays, June 3 & 17 from 4:00 – 5:00pm
We have four-legged reading helpers in Hackley Library’s Youth Services! Practice and strengthen literacy skills by reading out loud to our friendly therapy dogs who are calm, non-judgmental listeners. Call 231-722-8014 to register your child for a 20-minute time slot. Ages 3-12. FREE.

Preschool Story Time
In-person at Hackley Library
Friday mornings in June at 10:30am
Join us at Hackley Library for stories, songs, and movement activities! Intended for ages 0-5, our in-person story time is designed to teach early literacy skills to parents and caregivers while children enjoy a fun, interactive atmosphere. Free. Please check our Facebook page for any cancellations.

Food Adventures
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, June 15 from 2:00 – 3:00pm
Come to Hackley Library and go on a flavorful expedition with your children (ages 5-8) in this upcoming class! Jessi Holden, local Culinary and Family Registered Dietitian, will lead hands-on exploration of exotic fruits and veggies, as well as the joy of following a recipe for crafting imaginative snacks.
Your adventurers will discover the exciting world of taste, flavor, and culinary creativity. Ages 5-8. Free.

Tea Blending
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, June 19 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Explore the benefits of chemical-free, locally grown herbs!
Come to Hackley Library and create your own tea blend with Kaleidoscope Farm to take home – plus try samples during the event!
Kaleidoscope Farm grows flowers and herbs in Muskegon for use in tea blends and other self-care products. Learn more and make your own during this fun and free program. Youth and teens. Free.

LEGO Competition
In-Person at Hackley Library
Saturday, June 22 from 2:00 – 3:00pm
This isn’t your average LEGO Building Day – this is a competition to see which team can put their LEGO kit together the fastest!
Call 231-722-8014 to register a team of up to 4. This is intended for youth participants with minimal adult assistance, and participants must be at least 7 years old. Free.

Reptiles and Amphibians Drawing Class – Youth & Teen
In-Person at Hackley Library
Wednesday, June 26 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Corinne Roberts will be back at Hackley Library to show us how to draw reptiles and amphibians!
This class is paced for youth/teen ages 6-17 to learn how to draw or sharpen developing skills. This program is open to the first 60 people and will start promptly at 3:00pm.
Late arrivals will not be admitted. Free.

Adult Programs:

Navigating Medicare for Seniors
In-Person at Hackley Library
Tuesday, June 4 from 4:30 – 5:30pm
Join us at Hackley Library for an informative presentation aimed at seniors to demystify the complexities of Medicare. Learn how to navigate the Medicare system confidently, understand your benefits, and make informed decisions about your healthcare coverage. This program is in partnership with Individual Benefit Solutions. Registration preferred. Free.

Local LGBTQ+ Authors Event
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, June 6 from 6:00 – 7:30pm
Muskegon Pride and Hackley Library present a Local LGBTQ+ Authors event on June 6 at Hackley Library! Authors include Stephen Schmidt, Bob Switzer, and Davis Gerencer. Join us for an exciting night as we spotlight Muskegon’s talented LGBTQ+ authors. This will be a thought-provoking and inspiring event that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. We hope to see you here at HPL! Registration preferred. Free.

Books on Tap at Pigeon Hill
In-Person at Pigeon Hill (895 4th Street, Muskegon, MI)
Tuesday, June 11 from 6:00 – 7:00pm
Join Hackley Library staff and Muskegon Area District Library staff for an evening book discussion each month over a beverage at Pigeon Hill Brewery. Check out the MADL Facebook page to vote on the next book we read. You do not need to be 21+ to participate in book club, but you MUST be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. June’s book is “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan. This book discussion is free to participate in! Find more details at madl.org or hackleylibrary.org.

Music at HPL – Music of New Orleans and Swing with Matthew Ball
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
Mark your calendar for the piano & song man of 5 million YouTube views for this incredible concert! Fast-paced, upbeat, and fun for all ages, Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie Woogie Kid, will perform timeless New Orleans Songs, Boogie-Woogie Piano, and Swing Dance Era Favorites from the Classic American Songbook, including the likes of In the Mood, It Had to be You, Basin Street Blues, On the Sunny Side of the Street, and many more. Join us for this free program of music entertainment! Registration preferred. Free.

Senior Social Hour – BYOB (Bring Your Own Board game)
In-Person at Hackley Library
Thursday, May 30 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
Join us at Hackley Library for fun, activities, light refreshments, and conversation with fellow seniors. Registration is preferred. To find more details, or to register, go to hackleylibrary.org. Free.

For more information, please contact Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Ave Muskegon MI 49440, at Circulation: 231-722-8000, Youth Services: 231-722-8014 or mmetzger@hackleylibrary.org.

OCRC Weekly Construction Update: May 23, 2024

OCRC Construction Update

Listed below are current and planned road closures and construction projects heading into the next week.

Visit our website to check current road work and closures and view an interactive road work map.

You can also visit our website to view a list of all planned 2024 OCRC construction projects.

Be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram and X (Twitter) accounts for up-to-date Road Commission information.

OCRC Memorial Day Holiday Schedule 2024

Road Closure: 56th Ave., M-45 to Rich St., Allendale Twp., May 28-July 12

WHAT: Permitted Road Closure

DURATION: May 28-July 12, 2024

WHERE: 56th Ave., M-45 to Rich St., Allendale Twp.

WHY: Sanitary Sewer Installation

BACKGROUND: 56th Ave. between M-45 and Rich St. in Allendale Twp. will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024, for a permitted sanitary sewer installation.

The permitted project is expected to last through July 12, 2024. Please note that all project completion dates are tentative and subject to change. Work is weather dependent.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will be closed to through traffic. A posted detour route will consist of Rich St./48th Ave./M-45.

Road Closure: Church St., Cottonwood Dr. to Main St., Georgetown Twp., May 28-June 7

WHAT: Permitted Road Closure

DURATION: May 28-June 7, 2024

WHERE: Church St., Cottonwood Dr. to Main St., Georgetown Twp.

WHY: Road Work

BACKGROUND: Church St. from Cottonwood Dr. to Main St. in Georgetown Twp. will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024, for permitted road work.

The permitted project is expected to last through June 7, 2024. Please note that all project completion dates are tentative and subject to change. Work is weather dependent.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: The road will be closed to through traffic.


Current Closures & Projects

TOWNSHIPROADSEGMENTWORKDATESAUTHORITYTRAFFIC
Allendale64th Ave.Fillmore St.
to M-45
ResurfacingJune 12-28OCRCLane Closures
Allendale56th Ave.M-45 to Rich St.Sanitary
Sewer
May 28-July 12PermitRoad Closed – Detour Map
GeorgetownChurch St.Main St. to Cottonwood Dr.Road WorkMay 28-June 7PermitRoad Closed
Allendale/
Blendon
Fillmore St.72nd Ave.
to 48th Ave.
ResurfacingMay 20-June 7OCRCLane Closures
Park1st Ave.South Shore Dr. to 32nd St.Sanitary Sewer/
Driveway
May 14-June 14PermitRoad Closed – Detour Map
Olive/
Robinson
Fillmore St.120th Ave.
to 96th Ave.
ResurfacingMay 6-June 7OCRCLane Closures
RobinsonSleeper St.120th Ave. to 104th Ave.ReconstructApril 8-July 19OCRCRoad Closed
RobinsonGreen St.144th Ave. to 128th Ave.Bridge/
Path Work
April 1-Sept. 6PermitRoad Closed – Detour Map
OliveNew Holland St.U.S. 31
to 136th Ave.
Culvert
Failure
March 29-TBAOCRCRoad Closed – Detour Map
Allendale40th Ave.M-45 to Bliss St.Road ReconstructMarch 19-June 30PermitRoad Closed – Detour Map
Polkton/
Wright
48th Ave.Roosevelt St.
to Taft St.
CulvertDec. 1-TBAOCRCRoad Closed – Detour Map

Subdivision Resurfacing

TOWNSHIPTIMELINE
GeorgetownApril 29-July 31

All dates listed in the above tables are estimates and are subject to change without notice. Always obey all work zone and road closure signs and be sure to follow all posted detours.

If you have any questions about the information in this release, please email Alex Doty, Communications Administrator for the Ottawa County Road Commission: adoty@ottawacorc.com or call 616-850-7221.

Exciting Muskegon Clippers Summer Collegiate Baseball Is Back!

“Opening Day is June 7, 2024 at 7:05pm at Historic Marsh Field”

MUSKEGON, Mich., May 28, 2024 – Muskegon’s summer collegiate baseball team, the Muskegon Clippers, will be returning for another exciting season of baseball at historic Marsh Field in Muskegon. Opening day will be Friday, June 7, 2024 at 7:05pm.

The Muskegon Clippers open their season with a 3-game home stand on June 7th and 8th at 7:05pm and again on Sunday, June 9th at 4:05pm. The Clippers will play their arch rival in a playoff rematch – the Limo Locos – who beat the Clippers in the Championship game last year.

The Clippers are members of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League which is a developmental league for college athletes from all over the country. These student athletes are looking to hone their skills, and possibly get spotted by baseball scouts as they hope for an opportunity at the next level.

The Clippers will play a 36 game schedule during the months of June and July. With 18 home games, there are many opportunities to enjoy Americas past time.

This season is full of great happenings at the ball park.

Opening Night: Free Magnet Schedule Giveaway
Opening night is also free magnet game schedule giveaway night! Each family through the gate will receive a FREE 2024 Clippers game schedule while supplies last.

The Fan Experience – More Than Just Baseball
The Clippers have gotten rave reviews from baseball experts and casual fans alike. Not only is there great baseball played, but the fans love the historic ballpark and the fun and interactive atmosphere that is created during the games.

Part of the excitement includes:
Walk up music for the players
Sing along for fans
Our famous Beer Batter
Chick-fil-A K (strike outs)
Contests and Games for fans between innings
Dance along with fans
Guests performing the national anthem
Kids participating on the field in the introduction of players.
And finally, fans are allowed to run the bases after the games.

Concessions and Team Merchandise
The Clippers have a great line up of ball park food, soft drinks, and adult beverages. And of course, the Clippers will have team gear and merchandise available for purchase.

Team Roster
The Clippers have signed players from Universities like, Michigan State, Purdue, Western Michigan, Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State. In addition, the roster will include players from states including Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Texas.
The roster will also feature several standouts from West Michigan High Schools including former players from, Forest Hills Eastern, Forest Hills Central, Hudsonville Unity Christian, East Grand Rapids, Fruitport, Montague and Mona Shores.
The Clippers are coached by former Muskegon Clipper player Logan Fleener, pitching coach Adam Lesco from Las Vegas and legendary High School coach, Brian Wright as Assistant Coach. The Clippers General Manager is Walt Gawkowski. The Clippers are owned by Pete Gawkowski.

Special Recognition Nights
The Clippers have several Special Recognition Nights:
June 7th – Opening Night – Magnet Schedule Giveaway Night
June 14th – FREE Clippers T-Shirt Night!
June 22th – Mascot Mania Night
June 29th – Player Parents Night
July 6th – Sponsors Night
July 12th – Clippers Clobber Cancer Game and Auction
July 13th – Historic Marsh Field Mural Unveiling
July 14th – Host Family Appreciation Night
July 23rd – Fan Appreciation night

Party Deck, VIP Seating and Corporate Outings
The ball park’s two Party Decks offer great seating opportunities for large groups with wait service. The Clippers also can arrange for VIP seating, group ticket sales, company picnics, family reunions and other special events.

Ticket Information
Game tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for Senior Citizens, $5 for students, Children 5 and under are free.

For more information contact Pete Gawkowski at 231-638-7696 or visit our website at www.muskegonclippers.com or join our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/muskegonclippers

“Bonus Baseball”
The Detroit Prospects, a summer collegiate team that plays in the Shoreline Baseball League, will be in Muskegon for an exhibition game on Thursday, June 6th at 7:05! This is your chance to catch the new team before the season officially starts!

HISTORIC MARSH FIELD
Historic Marsh Field is 108 years old and continues its storied history by playing host to the Muskegon Clippers and over 100 other baseball ball games throughout the year. Over the years, Marsh Field has been the home of the Muskegon Lassies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the old Muskegon Clippers, a farm team of the New York Yankees and the Muskegon Reds a farm team of the Detroit Tigers.

ABOUT THE MUSKEGON CLIPPERS
The Muskegon Clippers are members of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League which is a developmental league for college athletes from all over the country. A Muskegon Clippers get rave reviews by baseball experts and fans alike for exciting baseball, low priced family fun and the interactive atmosphere generated while watching America’s pastime at historic Marsh Field.

Tim Lipan
231-740-0982
lipant@comcast.net

Road Closure: Stanton St., 146th Ave. to 120th Ave., Olive Twp., begins June 3, 2024

Project consists of culvert replacement, road resurfacing

WHAT: Road Closure

WHEN: June 3-July 4, 2024

WHERE: Stanton St., 146th Ave. to 120th Ave., Olive Twp.

WHY: Culvert Repair/Resurfacing

BACKGROUND: The Ottawa County Road Commission will close Stanton Street between 146th Ave. and 120th Ave. in Olive Township beginning Monday, June 3, 2024, for a culvert replacement project and upcoming resurfacing work.

The culvert replacement is located immediately to the west of the 120th Ave./Stanton St. intersection. As a result of this work, local traffic will not be able to access Stanton St. from 120th Ave. during the culvert replacement portion of the project. All local traffic will be required to access the area from west.

The culvert replacement work is expected to last until June 21.

The closure will remain in place following the culvert replacement for a resurfacing project on Stanton Street between U.S. 31 and 120th Ave.

Work on Stanton St. between U.S. 31 and 142nd Ave. will consist of milling down existing asphalt, adding a paved shoulder, resurfacing the road with new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.

Work on Stanton St. between 142nd Ave. and 120th Ave. will consist of crushing and shaping existing asphalt to gravel, grading material for new a new road width of 30 feet, resurfacing the road with new asphalt, and gravel shoulder restoration.

The resurfacing portion of the work is expected to last through July 4, 2024.

Note: All dates are tentative, and all work is weather dependent.

DETOUR: The road will be closed to thru traffic. A signed detour for Stanton St. will utilize 146th Ave./Fillmore St./120th Ave.

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.

Road Closure: 16th Ave. south of Comstock St., Wright Twp., beginning June 3, 2024

WHAT: Road Closure

WHEN: June 3, 2024 (1 week)

WHERE: 16th Ave. south of Comstock St., Wright Twp.

WHY: Railroad Crossing Repair

BACKGROUND: The Ottawa County Road Commission has been notified that the Coopersville/Marne Railroad is scheduled to make repairs to the railroad grade crossing on 16th Avenue south of Comstock Street in Wright Township.

16th Avenue will completely closed off to traffic at the crossing starting Monday, June 3, 2024, and is expected to be closed for one week.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: A signed detour for 16th Avenue shall follow 16th Avenue south to Hayes Street, west to Ironwood Drive, west to 8th Avenue, north to Comstock Street, and then east to 16th Avenue

To view a map of all current road closures and resurfacing projects, visit our online OCRC Road Closures dashboard.