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Muskegon’s Future 15 Young Professionals Announced

submitted by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Fifteen of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals are being recognized by the business community. Future 15 is an annual recognition from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce in partnership with JCI Greater Muskegon and WGVU Public Media. These individuals contribute to the growth and success of their company/organization and are making a positive impact along the Muskegon Lakeshore.

“The next generation of professionals are becoming more influential in our community and it is important now, more than ever to welcome these up and coming leaders. We have a great group of individuals to celebrate this year who have helped make contributions to the area’s economy and quality of life,” said Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce president. “In addition to being recognized, all of our Future 15 recipients will receive a $100 gift certificate towards the Muskegon in Focus Leadership program.”

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

Amber Mae Petersen, The Fish Monger’s Wife
Andre Williams, New Jerusalem Church
Bethany Jean Brown, Resilience Health and Wellness / State of Michigan Health and Human Services
Brianna MacPherson, HealthWest
Christina Robison, Sei Bella Tattoo / Spirit 33
Cody Wasilchenko, Burl & Sprig
Daniel Bonner, Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park / Yoga with Dan
Jamar Ragland, Muskegon Community College
Kelly Krispin, Manpower
Kumasi Mack, Tyson Foods
MaryAnn Winsemius, Cannon Muskegon
Norman Young, Muskegon Intermediate School District
Samantha Jones, Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office
Sharonda Carson, City of Muskegon
Tonya Pell, Michigan State University Extension

The 15 finalists will be recognized at a Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce member event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at The Deck. Additional information for the Future 15 awards is available on online at muskegon.org or you can contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 231-722-3751.

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Minutes – 07/19/21

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
July 19, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Board Room

This was an in-person meeting. However, the public was invited to connect to Zoom from their computer, tablet, or smartphone to view the board meeting.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81053271012?pwd=Ky9BajIyYWtxaWJBSEtsNjF1TXJZUT09
Meeting ID: 810 5327 1012
Passcode: C7iuCi

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited.

III. ROLL CALL: Present –Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly (Zoom, viewing only). Absent – Jill Brott.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 21-118. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli thanked Bob Szymoniak for his time working together and positive interactions over the years. He presented Bob with a retirement gift.

Retired Superintendent, Ron Veldman introduced himself to the Board of Education, staff and community members. He spoke about his work in public education.

Water Resources Commissioner, Brenda Moore and Engineer, Dan Fredricks presented the Board with information on a potential North Point Drain. They explained the need for a better drainage system in nearby neighborhoods and asked Fruitport Community Schools to be a partner in the plan. It was agreed that they will meet and discuss the scope of the project with the district’s architects.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
None.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 21-119. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Truth and Taxation Hearing Minutes of June 28, 2021
2. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of June 28, 2021
3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of June 28, 2021
4. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
5. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
6. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
7. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
8. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Discussion Regarding Next steps in the Superintendent Search.
Item 21-120. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Franklin to approve the hiring of Ron Veldman as interim superintendent with a salary to be negotiated at a later time.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

2. Second and Final Reading of Thrun Board Policies.
Item 21-121. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Burgess to approve the second and final reading of Thrun Board Policies to replace NEOLA policies as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

3. School Resource Officer Contract Renewal.
Item 21-122. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the agreement with Fruitport Township to place a School Resource Officer on school grounds when school is in session as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held July 12, 2021.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held July 12, 2021. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Board Policy, Property, and Bargaining.

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held July 7, 2021.
Tim Burgess reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held July 7, 2021. Dave Hazekamp, Tim Burgess, Steve Kelly (via Zoom) and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Board Policies.

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held July 14, 2021.
Susan Franklin reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held July 14, 2021. Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Board Policies and the anticipated County Drain Proposal.

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Kris Cole shared that Mona Shores would be using the Fruitport Robotic team as a mentor. He also was glad to hear Lauren Maus was hired. She will be an asset to the district.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet August 9, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet August 9, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet August 11, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
4. Tentative Special Meeting, Tuesday, July 27 @ 6:00 pm

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 21-123. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 5-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Franklin
Acting Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Hackley Public Library – 2021 August Programs

For more details on programs, visit hackleylibrary.org or HPL’s Facebook page. You can also give us a call or visit Hackley Library during open hours!

All programs are FREE.

For the latest HPL updates and services available, visit hackleylibrary.org and click on the “NEWS” page, or give us a call (231-722-8000)!

Main Building Hours:
Mon & Tues: 10-7pm  |  Wed & Thurs: 10-5pm  |  Fri & Sat: 10-2pm

Local History & Genealogy Department (Torrent House) Hours:
Tuesday through Friday: 10-2pm

hackleylibrary.org  |  facebook.com/HackleyPL/  |  231-722-8000
askus@hackleylibrary.org  |  316 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440

New Updates:

Stop by Hackley Library to browse materials, use computers, discover new information, and find details on upcoming programs.  Tables and chairs are  available to use in both the main reading area and the Youth Services department, where you can read, use free Wi-Fi, and more.  Newspapers are now available to enjoy inside the library, and the latest-issue magazines are on display in the main reading room for easy access! 

Ongoing Programs:

Annual Summer Reading Program
June 14 – August 14
Hackley Library’s Summer Reading Program is here! This ongoing program is fun and free for ALL AGES to enjoy. In addition to reading, there are exciting activities to complete. Just for signing up, adults will receive a free tote bag, and youths will receive a free kite! Even more prizes are available to earn and win through this program, including an Instax Camera, a tablet, a Kindle, an iPad, and more! To sign up for Summer Reading, visit hackleylibrary.org, or directly visit HPL’s Summer Reading Program website: https://hackleylibrary.beanstack.com/reader365

You can also download the Beanstack app from your phone’s app store! Free.

Summer Photo Challenge
June 14 – August 14
Virtual Facebook
Participate in Hackley Library’s Summer Photo Challenge! Each week, Hackley Library will post a picture prompt to the HPL Facebook page. Using the prompt as inspiration, everyone is invited to post their own picture in the comments section of the prompt’s post, with the tag #HPLSummerPhotoChallenge1 (for week 1), #HPLSummerPhotoChallenge2 (for week 2), etc.

At the end of each week, participant pictures will be put into an album for that particular week, and people will be able to vote for their favorites by “Liking” the pictures (*to have your vote count, you will need to “Like” the pictures once they are added to an album).

At the end of the summer, pictures with the most votes for each week will be displayed in Hackley Library! Free.

Reading Between the Lines: A Book Discussion Series
Second Monday of each month (June – November)
6:00 pm, Monday, August 9 – My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Virtual
Join Hackley Library every second Monday of the month through November for our book discussion series, Reading Between the Lines. Each month we’ll gather to talk about a book from different genres including (but not limited to) history, memoir, and mystery. On Monday, August 9, we’ll discuss “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris. This intriguing graphic novel depicts a fictional diary of a young girl in 1960s Chicago, investigating the death of her neighbor.

More details on additional books in this discussion series can be found at hackleylibrary.org or HPL’s Facebook page. Copies of the books can be found at Hackley Library, as well as other area libraries (available copies are limited).

To register, visit hackleylibrary.org, call 231-722-8011, or stop by the library. Discussion will be casual so, relax, kick back, and let’s talk books! Free.

Left to Write Prompts – Creative Writing Group (Virtual Facebook)
2:00 pm, Wednesdays
Virtual Facebook
Hackley Public Library has a creative writing group called Left to Write!  For the time being, we’re bringing “Left to Write” to you virtually!  We’ll be posting online writing prompts to HPL’s Facebook page every Wednesday at 2 pm.  Anyone can participate by using the prompt to inspire your writing!  Once the library is hosting programs inside the library, we will have a special meeting to read over what you’ve written at home.  Free.

Outdoor Story Time
10:30 am, Friday August 6 & 13
In-Person        
Hey story time friends! Join us outside on the patio between the art museum and Hackley Library at 10:30 am on certain Friday mornings! Masks are not required, but social distancing will be encouraged.

Don’t forget something soft to sit on! In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel our in-person outdoor story time and instead have an indoor, virtual Facebook Live story time that can be enjoyed from home. Any cancellations will be announced ahead of time.

Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light
3:00 pm, Mondays August 2, 9, & 16
In-Person
Join Hackley Library staff and the crew at Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse for cool stories and fun in the sun!  Story Time at the Muskegon South Pierhead Light will be held at 3:00 pm on Mondays (August 2, 9, and 16), weather permitting. Free.

Youth Take and Make Jellyfish Suncatcher Craft
Brighten up any room with a pretty jellyfish suncatcher! Craft kits will be available to pick up from Hackley Library beginning August 2 and through the end of the month while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook on Monday, August 2 and Monday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Free.

Tween Take and Make Pony Bead Alligator Craft
If you thought making a gecko was fun, look at this fella! Give your backpack a ‘gator pal that’s super fun and easy! Craft kits will be available to pick up from Hackley Library beginning August 2 and through the end of the month while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook on Monday, August 2 and Monday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Free.

Teen Take and Make Perler Bead Sloth Craft
Add this adorable sloth to your Perler bead “zoo.” Tree is not included! Craft kits will be available to pick up from Hackley Library beginning August 2 and through the end of the month while supplies last. An instructional video will be posted to HPL’s Facebook on Monday, August 2 and Monday, August 16 at 3:00 pm. Free.

Adult Programs:

Museum of Magic Tour
6:00 pm, Monday, August 16
Virtual Zoom
For more than 40 years the American Museum of Magic located in Marshall, Michigan has delighted the public with all the wonders of magic, celebrating the contributions and life stories of magicians from around the globe. Immerse yourself in the largest collection of magic artifacts on display anywhere in the United States and discover what has been described as “the Smithsonian of American Magic.” Join us through Zoom for a virtual tour of the prestigious Museum of Magic with Sarah Schultz, Director of the American Museum of Magic.  To register, visit hackleylibrary.org, HPL’s Facebook page, call 231-722-8011, or stop by the library.  Free.

Youth Services Programs:

Drawing Dinosaurs with Corinne Roberts
3:00 pm, Tuesday, August 10
Virtual Zoom
What do you call a dinosaur with a huge vocabulary? A thesaurus!  Learn how to design your favorite dinos.  Bad jokes are not guaranteed but may be included. Watch Hackley Library’s Facebook page for more information on how to register for this Zoom program. Free.

Animal Adaptations: John Ball Zoo Virtual Animal Program
3:00 pm, Thursday, August 12
Virtual Zoom
John Ball Zoo is back for another animal encounter.  They will be giving us a live, virtual, up-close look at the amazing physical and behavioral adaptations animals use to survive. Watch Hackley Library’s Facebook page for more information on how to register for this Zoom program. Free.

Ask Dr. Universe – Blinking

Dr. Universe: Why do we have to blink? – Michael and Virgil, 3 and 5, in Sioux Falls, SD
 

Dear Michael and Virgil,
 
If you’ve ever had a staring contest with a friend, you may have felt your eyes start to get tired and dry. Eventually, you just had to blink.
 
Blinking helps our eyes stay healthy, and my friend Dr. Karen Janout, a clinical assistant professor at Washington State University, told me all about it.
 
She said that with each blink, your eyelids help spread tears over the surface of your eyes—and you actually do this a lot. Humans blink an average of 15 to 20 times a minute, which adds up to somewhere around 5.2 to 7.1 million blinks a year.
 
Of course, the exact number of blinks also depends on how many hours you sleep and your personal blinking style. 
 
As you blink, you spread out tears made up of three layers: a mucus layer, a water layer and a layer made of fats, called lipids. These layers work together to help keep the eyeball moist and prevent the tears from evaporating.
 
If humans didn’t blink, the transparent part of the eye covering the iris and the pupil, which we call the cornea, would get dry and bumpy. Because the surface is bumpy, light would travel through it in an unusual way and things would get out of focus.
 
While too much exposure to air can cause some eye damage, eyes do need to use something important from the air to work: oxygen.
 
The oxygen that comes into your eyes is only used by the cornea, and those tears you spread around your eyes when you blink help absorb some oxygen from the air. In just the right amounts, oxygen helps your eyes do all the things they need to do to help you see and stay healthy.  
 
You may have also observed blinking is something you don’t really have to think much about. You might blink quickly when a bright light shines in your eyes.
 
But blinking is also something you have some control over. For instance, you might blink quickly to help spread tears and get a bit of dust out of your eyes.
 
Of course, there is one time of day you don’t blink much at all. When you go to sleep, your eyelids close to keep your eyes moist as you rest.
 
Janout also told me while some animals blink a lot like humans do, other animals have different ways of protecting their eyes.
 
Some animals have membranes, which are like thin, transparent films that help shield their eyes. Some birds have both eyelids and a membrane. They don’t blink much but do close their eyes to sleep. Meanwhile, fish just have a membrane covering their eyes. But they don’t have eyelids, so they don’t blink.
 
Who knows, maybe one day, you’ll be an animal scientist, a doctor, a researcher or an ophthalmologist who helps us learn more about the amazing world of eyes and how they work.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 07/12/21

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, July 12, 2021
11:30 a.m., Board Room
Meeting Minutes

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

  1. Board Policy
    Bob and Mark went through the board policies that pertained to the committee
  2. Other – Property
    Bob discussed property.
  3. Other – Bargaining
    Mark gave an update regarding bargaining.

Meeting adjourned at 12:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 07/14/21

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
12:00 p.m. ~ Boardroom
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, Bob Szymoniak

  1. An anticipated presentation by the county drain commissioner was briefly discussed.
  2. The proposed Thrun policies that pertain to the Student Affairs Committee were reviewed and discussed with some edits and modifications made.

Meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 06/28/21

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
June 28, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Board Meeting Room

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:27 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 21-103. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IV. PRESENTATIONS
None.

V. COMMUNICATIONS
Susan Franklin read aloud a thank you note from Heidi Sunderhaft-Christiansen.
Bob Szymoniak read aloud a thank you note from Manistee Area Public Schools.

VI. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Curriculum Director, Allison Camp gave a learning goal report. She spoke about district assessment scores, how the scores compared to other districts and the state, and how COVID-19 affected outcomes. A discussion regarding the school year followed.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 21-104. MOTION by Burgess, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Consent Agenda as listed.

  1. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2021
  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 6-0

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS

  1. Fruitport 2021-22 Parent/Student Athletic Handbook.
    Item 21-105. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the 2021-22 Parent/Student Athletic Handbook as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  2. Bond Resolution.
    Item 21-106. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to adopt the bond resolution as presented. Roll Call Vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  3. Superintendent Discussion.
    Item 21-107. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to repost the superintendent position immediately with a salary cap of $170,000 to commensurate with experience.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0

X. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Report of a committee meeting held June 21, 2021.
    Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held June 21, 2021. Dave Hazekamp, Kris Cole, Elroy Buckner, Bob Szymoniak, and Mark Mesbergen were present. The committee discussed Budget, Cashflow, Food Service Prices, L-4029, ECC Playground equipment and mulch, and Chromebooks.
  2. 2020-21 General Fund Budget Amendments.
    Item 21-108. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the 2020-21 General Fund Amended Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  3. 2020-21 School Service Fund Amendment.
    Item 21-109. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the 2020-21 School Service Fund Amended Budget resolution as presented. Roll call vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  4. Budget Appropriations Act for 2021-22 General Fund.
    Item 21-110. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the General Fund Budget Appropriations Act for 2021-22 as presented Roll call vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  5. Budget Appropriations Act of 2021-22 School Service Fund.
    Item 21-111. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the Budget Appropriations Act for the 2021-22 School Service Fund as presented. Roll call vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  6. Early Childhood Center Playground Equipment.
    Item 21-112. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the purchase of playground equipment for the Early Childhood Center with funds coming from the ECC fund as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  7. Early Childhood Center Playground Mulch.
    Item 21-113. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the purchase of mulch for the ECC playground with funds coming from the ECC fund as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  8. L-4029 Property Tax Levy.
    Item 21-114. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the L-4029 for the fiscal year 2022 as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  9. Chromebook Purchase.
    Item 21-115. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the purchase of 600 Chromebooks from Michigan Office Solutions as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Nothing to report.

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Report of a committee meeting held June 23, 2021.
    Susan Franklin reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held June 23, 2021. Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin, and Allison Camp were present. The committee discussed new science materials for K-12, a field trip previously approved by the board, and the process to approve new Thrun policies.
  2. K-12 Science Curriculum.
    Item 21-116. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Burgess to approve the K-12 Science curriculum as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0
  3. Overnight Trip Request.
    Item 21-117. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Trojan Traveler trip to London, Paris, and Madrid in June of 2022, as presented.
    MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Dave Hazekamp spoke about the Muskegon Community Foundation and its support of the new Diversity and Inclusion program at MCC.

XIV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS

  1. Business and Finance Committee will meet July 12, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
  2. Personnel Committee will meet July 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
  3. Student Affairs Committee will meet July 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Parent, Susie Halter spoke about a recent COVID-19 conference she attended. She provided information received at the meeting to board members.

State Senator, Jon Bumstead presented Bob Szymoniak with special recognition for Bob’s years in education. The award was signed by Jon Bumstead, State Senator, Greg VanWoerkom, State Representative, Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, and Garlin Gilchrist II, Assistant Governor.

Parent, Laura Packard read aloud a letter regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies this fall. The letter was signed by parent, Kendra Hansen.

XVI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 21-118. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Franklin, Acting Board Secretary
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Register in Person at your Local Clerk to Vote in Aug. 3 Election

submitted by the Michigan Secretary of State

Michigan residents who want to vote in their local election next month and have not yet registered can still do so in person at their clerk’s offices up to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 3. Those in the 54 counties with elections who need the location of their clerk’s office or local drop boxes, or other voter information, can visit Michigan.gov/Vote.

“With local elections in many jurisdictions under two weeks away, it is not too late to register to vote,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Michigan voters have multiple options to ensure their voices are heard in their local communities and registering to vote is the first step.”

To register to vote in person, residents must bring their proof of residency to their local election clerk’s office, where they can also be issued a ballot, vote it, and return it to the clerk in the same visit.

Those who already have a ballot at home should fill it out, sign the back of the envelope and return it in person to their clerk’s office or to a drop box as soon as possible. Registered voters can vote early with an absentee ballot at their clerk’s office now through Aug. 2, or at their polling place on Election Day, Aug. 3.

For more election information, including the location of the local clerk’s office, area drop boxes, and sample ballots, voters can visit Michigan.gov/Vote.

Air Zoo Hosts Weekend of Outdoor Community Fun – THIS WEEKEND

PORTAGE, MI – The Air Zoo will be buzzing with excitement this weekend. Kicking off the line-up of 2021 summer fly-ins, the B-29 Superfortress “Doc” will be onsite at the Flight Discovery Center from Friday-Sunday. On Saturday, the community is also invited to participate in the Air Zoo’s free community STEAM Day, weather permitting, from 11am-3pm.

B-29 Superfortress “Doc”
“Doc,” one of two airworthy WWII B-29 bombers left in the world, will be flying into the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center on Thursday, July 22nd between 4 and 5pm. The media is encouraged to arrive at 4pm Thursday afternoon for arrival and VIP access to the Superfortress and crew.

Ground and flight deck tours as well as rides are available for purchase Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 23rd-25th. Onlookers can enjoy and take photos from the FDC’s courtyard at no cost. Admission for the ground and cockpit tours will be $10 per person or $20 per family. Rides range from $600-$1500 each.

Each B-29 “Doc” Flight Experience will last approximately 90 minutes and include a 30-minute ride. Prior to takeoff, passengers will experience a crew briefing and learn more about the history of the B-29 and the role it played in U.S. history. Passengers will also get to hear and see the sights and sounds of engine starts and run-ups prior to takeoff. A schedule of flights and tours can be found on the Air Zoo’s website as well as links to booking your B-29 Flight Experience.

This B-29 Superfortress is one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Since 1987 when Tony Mazzolini found Doc sitting and rotting away in the Mojave Desert, the mission has been to restore and operate this historic warbird as a flying museum. Over the past 15+ years, skilled workers and retirees from Wichita’s aviation industry, veterans, active-duty military, and others wanting to honor those who served, have spent tens of thousands of hours on Doc’s restoration and upkeep. Countless individuals and organizations also made financial and in-kind contributions to keep the project going.

Saturday STEAM Day Event
The community, and beyond, is invited to come explore science this Saturday, at the Air Zoo’s July STEAM Day event. Activities will feature engineering and space themed stations, led by Air Zoo educators, corporate sponsors, and the 2021 Science Innovation Hall of Fame Awardees. This event is in partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (postponed from the rained-out June event).

The event will kick off at 11am and is free to everyone. Participants will enjoy a variety of activity tables, sponsor giveaways, toy demonstrations, chalking, tie-dyeing and more! Air Zoo educators will guide young engineers through building and testing catapults, designing and testing rockets, and creating constellation telescopes to take home! Several of the SWE Corporate Engineering Challenge sponsors will be instructing and guiding families on other exciting take home activities.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will be hosting a special tie-dying station, available to all who join. SWE Corporate Engineering Challenge participants are encouraged to bring their previously issued 2021 Challenge shirts and guests are welcome to bring their own white t-shirt from home or purchase one for $5 through the Air Zoo’s Fly Buy Gift Shop, while supplies last.

Participants can shop at the Fly Buy’s STEAM themed booth outdoors or visit the store inside for a huge assortment of space, aviation and STEAM based options. Local organizations, clubs and corporations will have activities and giveaways for attendees as well. Full details and updates can be found at: https://www.airzoo.org/steam-days. Mark your calendars for the final STEAM Day aviation themed event – August 21st.

The Air Zoo’s Flight Innovation and Flight Discovery Center’s galleries and new 2020-2021 exhibits, including their traveling exhibit Be the Astronaut, will also be open. See Plan Your Visit for general admission rates and safety policies and procedures. The Air Zoo is a proud participant in the national Museums for All program, which offers families that have qualified for EBT*/WIC assistance admission to the center for only $2/person age 5+. Kids 4 and under are always free!

*P-EBT cards are not accepted for discount.

Docs Friends
Doc’s Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit board managing the operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. The group was formed in 2013 and is led by retired Spirit AeroSystems CEO Jeff Turner along with other Wichita business and community leaders: Charlie Chandler, Jack Pelton, Steve Clark, Lynn Nichols, Brad Gorsuch, Ron Ryan, Tim Buchanan, Jeff Peier, Esq., Mark Paolucci, Tony Mazzolini, Jim Murphy, Sam Frey, Scott Flemming and Josh Wells.

Doc’s Friends is committed to supporting this World War II warbird flying to honor previous generations, educate current and future generations and connect the world to the rich heritage of aviation.

Society of Women Engineers & the Corporate Engineering Challenge
This annual event is open to girls ages 9-12 and is designed to introduce young girls to engineering concepts through hands-on activities and talks with local female engineers. Thanks to the support of corporate sponsors, this event is free to the participants.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers females of all ages to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and be recognized for their life‐changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Although they make up more than half the population, in 2012, only 19.2% of Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering were presented to women (NSF, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Completions Survey, 2002‐2012). Determined to improve these statistics, SWE offers an array of outreach activities to inspire girls to explore careers in engineering or other technical fields.

About the Air Zoo  
Located at 6151 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002, the Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science experience with over 100 rare air & space craft, inspiring interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, hands-on science-based education programs, and more.  The Air Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is open 360+ days per year.  

For hours, tickets, safety policies and procedures as well as temporarily altered experiences due to COVID-19, visit airzoo.org/plan-your-visit.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Come to Muskegon

Five Republican Governor Candidates descend upon Muskegon to Meet Voters:
Could Muskegon County Swing Red?

(Muskegon, Michigan) This announcement is to inform voters about an opportunity to compare and contrast Republican gubernatorial candidates, so they can make an informed decision in the Republican primary election.

Muskegon County nearly swung red last election cycle, and Republican gubernatorial candidates hope to see that finally happen for them in 2022. The Muskegon County Republican Party is hosting a Summer Patriotic Party at Kruse Park on Lake Michigan this Saturday, July 24th, from 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M..

At the beach party, five out of the seven Republican candidates hoping to replace Governor Whitmer to become Michigan’s next governor, will vy for Republican support at a free candidate meet and greet between 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.

All are welcome to attend!

For tickets to the beach party or to RSVP for the candidate meet and greet, go to www.MuskegonGOP/events

Could 2022 be the year that Muskegon, a former Democrat stronghold, goes to Republicans? Keep your eye on Muskegon!

Events Happening in Muskegon County – Thursday July 22 -Tuesday 27, 2021

Thursday July 22:

Live Art – Music and Visual Art Presentations
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stop by the Olthoff Stage located at 425 W. Western Ave. outside for FREE music and live art demonstrations. They will be on the Olthoff Stage around the corner from the City Center Arts on 3rd Street in downtown Muskegon. Musician: Christopher Cordle Artists: TJ Ysseldyke and Evelyn Jane Olthof .

West Michigan Concert Winds Performance: Location Change to Heritage Landing
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a FREE to the public performance from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the beautiful Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon located at 1050 Seventh St. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and enjoy the sounds of the West Michigan Concert Winds on the lawn!

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

Muskegon Clippers Home Baseball Game –vs-Graders
7:05pm-9:00pm

Come out to a game at Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field located at 1800 Peck St. This is an amateur sports team. With a number of great players signed, this should be some exciting and high quality baseball! Single game tickets for all home games are available at the front gate up to an hour before each game. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – $5 Seniors & Students – $3 Kids 5-12 – $2 Kids under 5 – FREE. KIDS OF ALL AGES ARE ABLE TO RUN THE BASES AFTER EVERY HOME CLIPPERS GAME AT MARSH FIELD!!! Check out their website www.muskegonclippers.com. #GO CLIPPERS!

Aquastar Cruise
8:00pm – 10:00pm

Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake during our cruises aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

Cardio Drumming!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A fun workout for all ages, sizes and fitness levels! First timers can rent the needed equipment for $1. Beachwood Park is outdoor location. The class is just $2 per person. Required equipment: Water bottle, available to rent for $1 each are: 17 gallon bucket, 65-75cm yoga ball, Drumsticks. Keep up to date with the Muskegon Drum Crew Facebook Group . Classes are Monday & Thursday.

Friday July 23:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Climb to the top of the 118 year old Muskegon South Pierhead Light located at 1431 Beach St. Visitors can tour the cylindrical, ironclad, 48′ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light built in 1903. Climb two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder to find unparalleled views from the lantern room. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Live Music at Pomona Park: Johnny Breeze
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come out to Pomona Park located at Third and Park St. in Fruitport and listen to Johnny Breeze singing at Pomona park Friday, July 23 from 6:30-9:30

Outdoor Story Time
10:30 am – 11:00 am

Hey story time friends! Join Hackley Library located at 316 W. Wester Ave. outside on the patio between the art museum and Hackley Library at 10:30 on Fridays! Masks are not required, but social distancing will be encouraged. Don’t forget something soft to sit on! In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel our in-person outdoor story time.

Aquastar Afternoon Cruise
4:00pm – 6:00pm and 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake during our cruises aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

History of Movies
6:00pm – 7:00pm or 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Visible nearly everywhere today, movies were one of the most important inventions of the Victorian Era. Join Hackley Hume Historic Sit located at 484 to learn about and see some of the earliest movies ever made, the technology behind early filmmaking, and the history of movies in Muskegon! $20 for non-members or $15 for members Purchase tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-of-movies-tickets-136974240641

Summer at the Lights 2021: White River Light Station and Museum Evening Concert Chris Kennedy and Eric Michaels.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs with the family for this free concert to the White River Light Station Museum located at 6199 Murray Rd.

Live Music:
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Smash Wine Bar & Bistro located at 415 W. Western Ave., inside Frauenthal Center

Saturday July 24:

93rd Annual Muskegon County Fair
July 24 @ 8:00 am – July 31 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon County Fair located at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd., Fruitport is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects. The Muskegon County annual fair is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community. We hope you enjoy your visit. 

Yoga at Heritage Landing
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.

This is an all levels yoga class appropriate for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Instructors will give lots of ways to make poses appropriate for all! Please bring your own yoga mat or towel/blanket. The class is donation based, pay as you can.

Garden Art Adventure
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Explore nine gardens throughout Montague and Whitehall. This will not be a formal garden tour, but a fun, relaxed, and enjoyable day! You will see plenty of plants and flowers, engage with artists at work, participate in art activities and have an opportunity to purchase garden art of your own, all while supporting the arts. Adult tickets are $20 per person. Children and students are free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at the ACWL-Nuveen or at any garden the day of the event. Purchase your tickets online, https://www.artswhitelake.org/gardenartadventure, or at the ACWL-Nuveen: 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall, if you want to pay by credit card. The printed program will be available for early viewing by July 15. A program can be picked up at the ACWL-Nuveen or at the first garden you visit. With this program, you can plan your route and choose the gardens and activities that interest you. To view a list of the featured gardens, please visit https://www.artswhitelake.org/gardenartadventure

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Climb to the top of the 118 year old Muskegon South Pierhead Light located at 1431 Beach St. Visitors can tour the cylindrical, ironclad, 48′ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light built in 1903. Climb two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder to find unparalleled views from the lantern room. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. will be open outside Saturdays until November.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Boomtown Market located at 351 W. Western Ave. 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! 

Aquastar Afternoon Cruises
1:00pm-3:00pm, 4:00pm – 6:00pm and 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake during our cruises aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

FREE Summer at the Lights 2021: White River Light Station and Museum Afternoon Concert
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs to the White River Light Station located at 6199 Murray St. and enjoy time together listening to an afternoon concert featuring the West Michigan Dulcimer Friends. Come and enjoy a Saturday afternoon with a group of acoustic musicians that between them have decades of experience playing folk music, the music of our ancestors handed down thru time.

Live Music at Smash Wine Bar Bistro
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live Music Fridays & Saturdays located at 415 W. Western Ave. 8pm-10pm. Check their website www.smashwinebar.com or FB page for the schedule.

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

and one is found here in Muskegon! The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50 231-798-2608

July Saturdays: Great Lakes Geology
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. Learn about the different rocks and minerals that can be found in and around the Great Lakes. Take a look at the sedimentary rocks of the Great Lakes Basin and the Keweenaw Fault’s igneous and metamorphic rocks found in Lake Superior.

Free Summer Concert: Sara Groves
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each year the Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference Center located at 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. has a free summer concert series open to the public. If you want to purchase dinner before the concert you receive preferred seating!  www.vacationwithpurpose.org/summer-concert

Muskegon Clippers Home Baseball Game –vs-Leprechauns
7:05pm-9:00pm

Come out to a game at Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field located at 1800 Peck St. This is an amateur sports team. With a number of great players signed, this should be some exciting and high quality baseball! Single game tickets for all home games are available at the front gate up to an hour before each game. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – $5 Seniors & Students – $3 Kids 5-12 – $2 Kids under 5 – FREE. KIDS OF ALL AGES ARE ABLE TO RUN THE BASES AFTER EVERY HOME CLIPPERS GAME AT MARSH FIELD!!! Check out their website www.muskegonclippers.com. #GO CLIPPERS!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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!

IPW War on the Shore
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

IPW looks to make history as WAR ON THE SHORE takes place atop the deck of the USS LST 393 military boat docked on the shores of Muskegon Lake located at 560 Mart St. Fate Of Eight Grand Prix Tournament winner and new interim IPW Champion Josh Raymond will defend his interim IPW Championship against Michiana Champion Aaron Orion. General Admission $20

Sunday July 25:

93rd Annual Muskegon County Fair
July 24 @ 8:00 am – July 31 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon County Fair located at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd., Fruitport is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects. The Muskegon County annual fair is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community. We hope you enjoy your visit. 

Rootdown Yoga on the LST Ship
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re excited to host yoga classes on the deck of the LST 393, located in the Mart Dock, 560 Mart St.! All Levels Welcome! Recommended $10 donation. 50% of proceeds go to USS LST 393. Cash at door accepted. No pre-registration required. *Don’t forget your mat as rentals will not be provided

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50 231-798-2608

Summer Sundays on The Lake House Patio with Two Dudes in Flip Flops
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stop at The Lake House Waterfront Grille located at 730 Terrace Point Dr. for some summer sun and fun, cool breezes and music…all on the patio! Great views of Muskegon Lake, excellent food, and plenty of ice cold beverages to cap off the weekend!

Montague Fire Dept Cornhole Fundraiser
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Montague Fire Department has partnered with North Grove Brewers and West Michigan Cornhole to bring you a day of cornhole and good times. Grab a partner and come join in the fun at North Grove Brewers located at 8735 Water St.! Team Entry is $40. All proceeds go to the Montague Fire Department. For more info call 616-710-1318

Monday July 26:

Downtown Muskegon Historic Walking Tours
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay for a 90-minute walking tour to explore Muskegon’s rich history as well as it’s exciting present! Cost $13-$15 per person Learn about the past and current uses and occupants of many of Muskegon’s historic businesses and residences. Learn about the McCracken Building, the story of Charles Hackley’s father, what life was like for the Spaniola family. www.lakeshoremuseum.org for more information

Downtown Muskegon Art and Architecture Tour
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Walk and learn about the public art installations, murals, and architectural styles of downtown Muskegon. Stops include the statues in Hackley Park, Richardsonian Romanesque buildings, and the recent summer art additions to downtown. Tickets are available on Eventbrite (https://historyandarttour.eventbrite.com) and are $15 per person, museum members $13 Two ticket minimum.

93rd Annual Muskegon County Fair
July 24 @ 8:00 am – July 31 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon County Fair located at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd., Fruitport is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects. The Muskegon County annual fair is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community. We hope you enjoy your visit. 

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3:00-3:30 Storytime

Climb to the top of the 118 year old Muskegon South Pierhead Light located at 1431 Beach St. Visitors can tour the cylindrical, ironclad, 48′ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light built in 1903. Climb two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder to find unparalleled views from the lantern room. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Roll On Muskegon Community Cruise
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Downtown Muskegon, Western Ave.

Grab your bicycle for an 8 mph bike ride for the purpose of waving to our neighbors and smiling at community members. We meet at the Muskegon Farmers Market every Monday. Wheels turn at 6:30! Helmets are strongly encouraged. You’ll bike through neighborhoods you don’t usually visit, and see public art that can’t be appreciated from an automobile. Additionally, you’ll hear local history and interesting character studies

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50 231-798-2608

Wonderland Cruise-In Car Show
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Check out classic cars every Monday this summer! Wonderland Distilling Co. located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. presents a classic car show in the parking lot across the street from their venue. This is a cruise-in style show with no entry fee. Feel free to hang out, see the cool cars, or show off your own.

Cardio Drumming!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A fun workout for all ages, sizes and fitness levels! First timers can rent the needed equipment for $1. Beachwood Park is outdoor location. The class is just $2 per person. Required equipment: Water bottle, available to rent for $1 each are: 17 gallon bucket, 65-75cm yoga ball, Drumsticks. Keep up to date with the Muskegon Drum Crew Facebook Group . Classes are Monday & Thursday.

Tuesday July 27:

93rd Annual Muskegon County Fair
July 24 @ 8:00 am – July 31 @ 9:00 pm

The Muskegon County Fair located at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Rd., Fruitport is a place for family fun and community growth! Each year, kids all throughout the Muskegon area work hard on an assortment of projects. The Muskegon County annual fair is their opportunity to show the product of their hard work with the community. We hope you enjoy your visit. 

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. will be open outside Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday until November.

35th Annual ACWL-Nuveen FREE Summer Concert Series:
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm West Side Soul Surfers

All Ages FREE! (donations collected during intermission) Free crafts for kids will be available at each concert, thanks to the City of Montague. Concerts will be held at the Montague-Whitehall Rotary Band Shell located at 8636 Water St. Rain location is the Montague High School Center for the Arts: 4900 Stanton Blvd. Montague. www.artswhitelake.org

McGraft Park FREE Summer Concert Series: Country Current
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Carl Webb will be performing a FREE concert at McGraft Park Location: McGraft Park Band-Shell 2204 Wickham Dr near Glen Ave, Start time: 7pm. Funded by McGraft Park Trust Fund.

Yoga On The Ship ($8) – Rootdown Yoga. Juice. Greens.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re excited to bring back Yoga on the USS LST 393 located at 560 Mart St. Downtown Muskegon on Tuesday evenings for only $8. Come connect with community and flow with some of the best views in Muskegon. All Levels Welcome! *Pre-registration recommended but not required *Don’t forget your mat, as rentals will not be provided.

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

Unruly Bicycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Unruly Tuesday will meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company located at 360 W. Western Ave. for a 90 minute bike ride.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Announces Holocaust Memorial Gift, Sculpture Acquisition

submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is honored to announce a major gift from The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids in order to establish the first Holocaust memorial in Grand Rapids, anchored by Ariel Schlesinger’s Ways to Say Goodbye. This gift is made possible by a donation from the Pestka Family in memory of their father Henry, the survivors who settled in Western Michigan and the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

“Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is highly honored and very pleased to receive this significant and meaningful gift to acquire Ariel Schlesinger’s monumental sculpture Ways to Say Goodbye,” said David Hooker, President & CEO of Meijer Gardens. “The sculpture will be installed in 2022 and dedicated in memory of Henry Pestka and the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. We are deeply grateful for this gift adding such an important work of art to our permanent collection. Our members and guests will forever benefit from this extraordinary gift which will serve to educate and promote peace,” continued Hooker.

Ways to Say Goodbye is a twenty-foot-tall aluminum cast of a fig tree that has shards of glass inserted among the branches. It is an exceptional work of contemporary sculpture dealing with themes of profound loss and grief and will serve to memorialize the millions of people who perished in the Holocaust and the Holocaust survivors of Western Michigan.

Ariel Schlesinger takes an organic form that is a metaphor of both the Jewish people and their history. The aluminum cast sculpture is of a living fig tree that he found on a farm while traveling in northern Italy. This tree was specifically chosen by Schlesinger for its character and as a symbol of the Jewish struggle for survival both during and after the Holocaust. The tree appears fragile and clinging to life, however it is also representative of great endurance. Schlesinger has commented that in conceptualizing the sculpture, he held pieces of broken glass in his hands that pressed into his fingers. This recalled the Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass. The Kristallnacht was the symbolic beginning of the Holocaust, during which Nazi mobs murdered Jews and destroyed Jewish property and synagogues throughout Germany. Schlesinger transferred this concept to the sculpture by embedding the glass shards into the branches of the tree, representing the near annihilation of the Jewish people in a few short years.

Meijer Gardens and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids envision Ways to Say Goodbye as a gathering place for the Jewish community of Grand Rapids. The sculpture will be an excellent teaching tool for educators both locally and nationally to address the Holocaust and its legacy.

“As time goes on and memories of the Holocaust fade, it is important to remember the barbarity human beings are capable of,” said Steve Pestka. “It is equally important to contemplate the strength of the survivors and their ability to continue and rebuild their lives. It is our hope that this work of art will promote an appreciation of our shared humanity and a reminder that hatred and intolerance continue to this day and the consequences of the ultimate dehumanization of human beings.”

“The memorial has important significance to my family because our father was a survivor,” said Linda Pestka.” The numbers 73847 are numbers that we will never forget. They were tattooed to my father’s forearm, as though he were an animal, as identification for his potential death. It is our duty to educate, respect and honor the victims and their families of the unthinkable acts against life and morality. The Holocaust did happen. Holocaust deniers are reporting false and harmful information. Anti-Semitism and other hate crimes are on the rise. The Meijer Gardens Memorial sculpture will allow hundreds of thousands of people each year to become educated and aware of the atrocities against humanity. May we never forget.”

About Ariel Schlesinger
Ariel Schlesinger (b. 1980, Jerusalem) reveals the poetry, poignancy and potential of everyday things. Through precise interventions, creative engineering and trompe l’oeil, his work challenges our perceptions and encourages us to look at the familiar in new ways. Schlesinger has lived and worked in many parts of the world, including the United States, Great Britain, Mexico and Germany. He grew up in Israel and received his undergraduate degree at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel’s oldest and most prestigious art school. He graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Master’s in Fine Arts degree. Schlesinger has had many notable exhibitions in Austria, Cuba, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia and Switzerland. In 2019 he received a prestigious commission for a public sculpture outside of the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. Ariel Schlesinger and his work have been written about in many books and notable publications.
 
About the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids
The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids serves to enrich the quality of life for Jews in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in Israel, and around the world. The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids meets this goal through philanthropy, planning, education and wellness opportunities, community relations, and volunteer recruitment and training. The Federation convenes agencies, synagogues, and organizations to address issues of common concern. Together, we transform Jewish tradition and values into action. Whether caring for people in need or nurturing and sustaining Jewish identity for future generations, this is where our community comes together as one; where we, as a community, develop innovative responses to critical, often life-threatening issues; where anyone who needs help can get it; where an energized Jewish community grows and celebrates; and where everyone, including you, can make a difference right now.

About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was recently listed in the top 100 most visited museums in the world and the top 30 most visited museums in the United States by The Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 158-acre main campus features Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest interactive children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Ai Weiwei and Jaume Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions that have included Ai Weiwei, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Mark di Suvero, Jonathan Borofsky, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine and others. In June 2015, the eight–acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened. Created by renowned designer Hoichi Kurisu, the garden features sculpture by Anish Kapoor, Jenny Holzer, David Nash, George Rickey, Masayuki Koorida, Zhang Huan, and Guiseppe Penone.

Ask Dr. Universe – Seeds & Trees

Dr. Universe: How do tiny seeds make huge trees? – Robin, age 8
 
Dear Robin,
 
If you’ve ever eaten a handful of trail mix, you’ve likely eaten quite a few seeds from trees. Some nuts, like cashews and almonds, are also seeds that can give us energy when we hike or play.
 
Seeds actually store up their own energy in the form of something called starch, which is kind of like the food a seed needs to survive. The seed will use this stored up energy to start growing into a tree.
 
My friend Soon Li Teh, a scientist at Washington State University who researches apple and pear trees, told me more about it.
 
When we water a seed, it triggers a process that allows the plant or tree to start germinating. Under the soil, the seed pops open and little roots and leaves start to develop.
 
It is completely dark under the soil, but once the seed sprouts up through the top of the soil, it can start to sense light.
 
That’s really important because at this point pretty much all the energy that was contained in that tiny seed has been used up in the growing process. But now that the tree has leaves, it will be able to use those leaves to absorb sunlight and help make a new kind of energy.
 
“Sunlight, water and carbon dioxide combine together to give the trees resources to build its own food system,” Teh said.
 
The trees can use those ingredients to make something called carbohydrates which they need to survive in the world. You also take in carbohydrates when you eat food. These important nutrients help power our bodies and help us grow.
 
For trees, this food system that makes carbohydrates helps the tree grow more leaves, fruit and a thicker trunk as well as grow taller.    
 
At WSU, Teh and his team are asking big questions about pear trees. They are curious about ways to grow trees that produce lots of delicious fruit for farmers to harvest and for us to eat.
 
It turns out that researchers and farmers don’t always need a seed to grow a tree. They can actually take a branch or twig from a tree, called a scion, and connect it to another tree’s healthy root system.
 
Through this process, which is called grafting, a huge tree can start to grow from an individual branch. In fact, this is how farmers and researchers help grow a lot of the trees that produce apples and pears that end up in the supermarket.  
 
Whether a tree starts out as a seed or scion, remember how its ability to make and use energy is really important for growing up big and strong.
 
Perhaps you can keep an eye out for seeds in nature or even at the dinner table. Maybe you’ll spot the helicopter like seed pods of the maple tree, discover tiny seeds inside a pinecone or even find a few seeds in the food on your plate.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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NO-HITTER – ‘Caps Take Two from TinCaps

COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps threw their first no-hitter in more than two decades as part of a doubleheader sweep of the Fort Wayne TinCaps Thursday night by scores of 5-0 and 4-0 in front of 4,938 delighted fans at LMCU Ballpark.

Whitecaps pitchers Sandel De La Cruz, Michael Beinlien, Jared Tobey, and Bryce Tassin combined for seven hitless frames in a 4-0 shutout and the ‘Caps first no-hitter since Calvin Chipperfield accomplished the feat on June 13, 2000.

Game 1 of the doubleheader saw a performance just as dominant, as West Michigan starter Beau Brieske (5-3) became the first Whitecap to throw a complete game shutout since Eudis Idrogo in 2018. The 23-year-old allowed only two hits while striking out a season-high nine hitters in the 5-0 Whitecaps victory.

In Game 1, West Michigan plated three runs in the first inning as Parker Meadows and Gage Workman drove in runs to put the ‘Caps out in front by a count of 3-0. In Game 2, Eric De La Rosa blasted a two-run double in the fourth inning before Wenceel Perez plated Parker Meadows to put the finishing touches at the plate before the pitching staff secured the victory. Fort Wayne did not advance a runner past first base the entire game as West Michigan added insurance tallies in the fifth and sixth to finish the 5-0 win.

Beinlien (1-0) collected his first victory as part of the no-hitter, going 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts, while Tobey and Tassin each pitched an inning to finish the historic feat.

TinCaps starter Gabe Mosser (3-5) allowed four runs through 4.2 innings of work in his fifth loss this season. Sam Keating (2-5) allowed four runs through two frames in game two, picking up his fifth loss in 2021. Tigers No. 7 prospect Parker Meadows extended his hit streak to nine games finishing 2-for-7 with an RBI and a pair of runs. The Whitecaps improve to 29-33 as the TinCaps fall to 28-35.

UP NEXT
The Whitecaps continue this seven-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Friday from LMCU Ballpark at 7:05 pm. West Michigan starts pitcher Keider Montero against the TinCaps. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty starts on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:50 pm. Get your tickets for all 2021 home games now at www.whitecapsbaseball.com.

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 07/19/21

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board of Education Meeting Room
Monday, July 19, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
Brian Michelli, Public Safety Director
Ron Veldman, Retired Superintendent
Brenda Moore, Water Resources Commissioner

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Truth and Taxation Hearing Minutes of June 28, 2021 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of June 28, 2021 (attachment IX-2)
3. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of June 28, 2021 (attachment IX-3)
4. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-4)
General Fund                                                $918,339.01
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                                3,731.19
Food Service                                              221,523.72
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage                        44,082.80
Capital Projects (Bond)                               52,363.01
Total Bill List                                            $1,240,039.73

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

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Discussion Regarding Next Steps in the Superintendent Search
2. Second and Final Reading of Thrun Board Policies (attachment X-1)
3. School Resource Officer Contract Renewal (attachment X-2)
4. Other

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held July 12, 2021 (attachment XI-1)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held July 7, 2021 (attachment XII-1)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held July 14, 2021 (attachment XIII-1)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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

New Marketing Manager Joins the West Michigan Tourist Association Team

submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) is excited to welcome their new Marketing Manager, Erin Murphy, to the team. 

A West Michigan native from Grand Rapids, Erin graduated from Hope College in 2018 with degrees in Communication and Business. Erin joins WMTA after three years on staff with the Alzheimer’s Association, working on local Walk to End Alzheimer’s events throughout West Michigan. She’s previously worked with a number of nonprofit organizations in marketing, fundraising, and event coordinating, but is excited to be joining the WMTA team to get to focus specifically on marketing support for the organization and its partners. 

Erin is passionate about the West Michigan area and is excited to be promoting amazing organizations, businesses, and events from across the region. “I love how you don’t have to drive very far to experience so many different amazing towns and communities! You’re never too far away from a lake and you can easily find whatever you’re looking for, from big city amenities and lots of activity to sweet small towns full of charm,” she shared about her love for West Michigan.

Erin says her favorite season in West Michigan would have to be summer. “A perfect summer day would include a day at Lake Michigan, enjoying the sunshine, warm sand, and water, and capping off the day with a beautiful sunset and some yummy ice cream,” she shared.

Erin will be working with press releases, trade shows, social media, newsletter creation, and editorial writing. For any questions or information regarding the West Michigan Tourist Association, she can be contacted at Erin@WMTA.org or (616) 245-2217 ext 107.

Spokes Fighting Strokes on the Grand River Greenway, July 25, 1-3 pm

Rain date: 7/27
Location: Connor Bayou, 12945 N Cedar Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Join us for a dose of inspiration and a trike ride! Dan Zimmerman will share how he’s changing lives across the nation with recumbent trikes. Followed by our speakers, local stroke survivors can test out a trike. We’ll wrap up the day with a social ride along the Idema Explorers Trail. This event is free; light refreshments will be served.

DOOR PRIZE – A generous individual has donated a TerraTrike to giveaway at the event!

View and share the flier here!

1 pm • Speaker & Trike Test – Dan Zimmerman, Spokes Fighting Strokes

Dan will assist stroke survivors and attendees with physical or balance limitations to experience riding a recumbent trike. Text Dan to pre-arrange a ride: (602) 558-0820

Dan Zimmerman suffers from Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telanglectasia, a disease in which the lungs fail to filter clots efficiently. At the age of 41, the disease caused a stroke that damaged the left side of his brain, paralyzing his right arm and leg. Doctors told him he would never walk or talk again. After intensive rehabilitation, Dan was barely walking within a year, but severe aphasia kept him from talking. He continued to receive outpatient therapy at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Dan found freedom when he bought his first trike and four years later founded Spokes Fighting Strokes with a mission to reach every stroke survivor and show them that recovery is possible!

Click here to read the rest of John’s story about using trails to recover and why he supports the Ottawa County Parks Foundation’s Grand River Greenway Campaign.

2 pm • Social Ride with Betsy Cech, Michigan Recumbent Trikes

Meet at 12945 N Cedar Dr, Grand Haven

Leaders from the Michigan Recumbent Trike group will be offering two rides on local bike paths:

  1. 8 miles (approx) out & back on the Idema Explorers Trail to Riverside Park
  2. 10 miles (approx) out & back on the Idema Explorers Trail and the Spoonville Trail to Nunica

If a short and sweet ride sound better to you, there are plenty of spots to turn around along the way.

Thank you to our event partners: Ottawa County Parks Foundation, Poplar Ridge Partners, Angletech, Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Recumbent Trikes, West Michigan Bike & Fitness

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Events Happening in Muskegon County – Tuesday July 13 -Tuesday 20, 2021

Please check our website for a complete listing
www.visitmuskegon.org/events

Wednesday July 14:

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every Wednesday May – October 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Salsa Dance – Free Event
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Olthoff Stage, 425 W.Western, Muskegon,MI, 425 West Western Ave.
Free Salsa dance class, beginners level. If you like to dance and want to learn something new, you will love these classes. If you would like to extend your social network, get some very fun exercise, learn some new dance moves, or just want to dance, this is for you! No partner required.

Comedy Night at Burl and Sprig
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fresh Ghost Comedy presents live, FREE admission comedy show at Burl & Sprig Distillery located at 500 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon.

Cruise-ins at Fricano Place
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-in nights at Fricano Place every Wednesday located at1050 W. Western Ave. Bring your beautiful cars and set up in the shaded, grassy area.

Food Truck Rallies
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market, located at 242 W. Western Ave., along with the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two Food Truck Rallies this summer on July 14 and August 18! There will be over 20 food trucks in attendance, live music both nights, and a water fundraiser for the Women’s Division!

Muskegon Clippers Home Baseball Game –vs-Jet Box
7:05 pm – 9:00 pm
Come out to a game at Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field located at 1800 Peck St. This is an amateur sports team. With a number of great players signed, this should be some exciting and high quality baseball! Single game tickets for all home games are available at the front gate up to an hour before each game. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – $5 Seniors & Students – $3 Kids 5-12 – $2 Kids under 5 – FREE. KIDS OF ALL AGES ARE ABLE TO RUN THE BASES AFTER EVERY HOME CLIPPERS GAME AT MARSH FIELD!!! Check out their website www.muskegonclippers.com. #GO CLIPPERS!

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

Thursday July 15:

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. will be open outside Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday until November.

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

Lunch and Learn on the Lawn
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Are you looking to spice up your lunch hour? Join us at the Hackley and Hume located at 484 W. Webster Ave. for a fun and insightful history break in your routine! While you eat, you can enjoy learning more about various Muskegon and Site-related topics as well as an abbreviated tour of one floor of the Hackley & Hume Houses. Cost is $7 per person www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

Muskegon Bike Time
July 15 – July 18
Muskegon Bike Time located at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, 149 Shoreline Dr. is a 4 day annual celebration of motorcycles held the third weekend in July. The festival attracts motorcyclist and the general public for its spectacle, concerts, entertainment and food. The event has been drawing enthusiastic crowds to Muskegon, Michigan since 2007. www.muskegonbiketime.com

Summer Movie Nights
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
All summer long we will are holding outdoor COMMUNITY FREE movie nights for you and your family! Bring a chair and we’ll provide the free popcorn and fun. Join us in the parking lot of All Shores’ Muskegon campus located at 1050 W. Southern. (in the case of rain it will be held in doors).

Aquastar Cruise
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake during our cruises aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

Cardio Drumming!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A fun workout for all ages, sizes and fitness levels! First timers can rent the needed equipment for $1. Beachwood Park is outdoor location. The class is just $2 per person. Required equipment: Water bottle, available to rent for $1 each are: 17 gallon bucket, 65-75cm yoga ball, Drumsticks. Keep up to date with the Muskegon Drum Crew Facebook Group. Classes are Monday & Thursday.

Unruly Irish Music Sessions
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
One of the most time-honored musical traditions in Ireland is the “seisiún”: an informal gathering of amateur musicians, usually at the local pub, playing traditional Irish folk and dance tunes. Continuing their commitment to enriching the Irish cultural heritage of West Michigan, Unruly Brewing located at 360 W. Western Ave. has graciously offered to host a series of trad sessions.

Friday July 16:

Muskegon Bike Time
July 15 – July 18
Muskegon Bike Time located at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, 149 Shoreline Dr. is a 4 day annual celebration of motorcycles held the third weekend in July. The festival attracts motorcyclist and the general public for its spectacle, concerts, entertainment and food. The event has been drawing enthusiastic crowds to Muskegon, Michigan since 2007. www.muskegonbiketime.com

Rebel Road
July 16 – July 18
The main drag through downtown Muskegon will be filled with thousands of motorcycles, vendors, music and more as Rebel Road takes over Western Ave! Experience the rumble of thousands of motorcycles as Rebel Road returns.  Enjoy free concerts, contests and special events. New this year will be Fourth Street and Clay Street area beverage tent. www.rebelroad.org

LST Movies on Deck: Jumanji
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Lights! Camera! Action! Movies on Deck located at 560 Mart St. returns to the big screen on USS LST 393 this summer for a limited engagement.

Muskegon Clippers Home Baseball Game –vs-Monarchs
7:05pm-9:00pm
Come out to a game at Muskegon’s historic Marsh Field located at 1800 Peck St. This is an amateur sports team. With a number of great players signed, this should be some exciting and high quality baseball! Single game tickets for all home games are available at the front gate up to an hour before each game. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults – $5 Seniors & Students – $3 Kids 5-12 – $2 Kids under 5 – FREE. KIDS OF ALL AGES ARE ABLE TO RUN THE BASES AFTER EVERY HOME CLIPPERS GAME AT MARSH FIELD!!! Check out their website www.muskegonclippers.com. #GO CLIPPERS!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Climb to the top of the 118 year old Muskegon South Pierhead Light located at 1431 Beach St. Visitors can tour the cylindrical, ironclad, 48′ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light built in 1903. Climb two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder to find unparalleled views from the lantern room. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Outdoor Story Time
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Hey story time friends! Join Hackley Library located at 316 W. Wester Ave. outside on the patio between the art museum and Hackley Library at 10:30 on Fridays! Masks are not required, but social distancing will be encouraged. Don’t forget something soft to sit on! In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel our in-person outdoor story time.

Aquastar Afternoon Cruise
4:00pm – 6:00pm and 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake during our cruises aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

Summer at the Lights 2021: White River Light Station and Museum Evening Concert Chris Kennedy and Eric Michaels.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs with the family for this free concert to the White River Light Station Museum located at 6199 Murray Rd.

Live Music- Post Fontaine
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Smash Wine Bar & Bistro located at 415 W. Western Ave. offer Free music

Saturday July 17:

Yoga at Heritage Landing
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St.
This is an all levels yoga class appropriate for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Instructors will give lots of ways to make poses appropriate for all! Please bring your own yoga mat or towel/blanket. The class is donation based, pay as you can.

Muskegon Bike Time
July 15 – July 18
Muskegon Bike Time located at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, 149 Shoreline Dr. is a 4 day annual celebration of motorcycles held the third weekend in July. The festival attracts motorcyclist and the general public for its spectacle, concerts, entertainment and food. The event has been drawing enthusiastic crowds to Muskegon, Michigan since 2007. www.muskegonbiketime.com

Rebel Road
July 16 – July 18
The main drag through downtown Muskegon will be filled with thousands of motorcycles, vendors, music and more as Rebel Road takes over Western Ave! Experience the rumble of thousands of motorcycles as Rebel Road returns.  Enjoy free concerts, contests and special events. New this year will be Fourth Street and Clay Street area beverage tent. www.rebelroad.org

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Climb to the top of the 118 year old Muskegon South Pierhead Light located at 1431 Beach St. Visitors can tour the cylindrical, ironclad, 48′ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light built in 1903. Climb two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder to find unparalleled views from the lantern room. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. will be open outside Saturdays until November.

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Boomtown Market located at 351 W. Western Ave. 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!

Aquastar Afternoon Cruises
1:00pm-3:00pm, 4:00pm – 6:00pm and 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake during our cruises aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

Live Music at Smash Wine Bar Bistro
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Live Music Fridays & Saturdays located at 415 W. Western Ave. 8pm-10pm. Check their website www.smashwinebar.com or FB page for the schedule.

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50 231-798-2608

Free Summer Concert: Final Harvest
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Each year the Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference Center located at 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. has a free summer concert series open to the public. If you want to purchase dinner before the concert you receive preferred seating!  www.vacationwithpurpose.org/summer-concert

Star Party
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Muskegon Astronomical Society Star Party located at 702 North Maple Island Rd. Star Parties are scheduled events hosted by club members. All visitors are welcomed. There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated. We will be viewing the night sky with our telescopes. If it is cloudy, the event is cancelled.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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!

Sunday July 18:

Muskegon Bike Time
July 15 – July 18
Muskegon Bike Time located at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, 149 Shoreline Dr. is a 4 day annual celebration of motorcycles held the third weekend in July. The festival attracts motorcyclist and the general public for its spectacle, concerts, entertainment and food. The event has been drawing enthusiastic crowds to Muskegon, Michigan since 2007. www.muskegonbiketime.com

Rebel Road
July 16 – July 18
The main drag through downtown Muskegon will be filled with thousands of motorcycles, vendors, music and more as Rebel Road takes over Western Ave! Experience the rumble of thousands of motorcycles as Rebel Road returns.  Enjoy free concerts, contests and special events. New this year will be Fourth Street and Clay Street area beverage tent. www.rebelroad.org for more information

Rootdown Yoga on the LST Ship
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re excited to host yoga classes on the deck of the LST 393, located in the Mart Dock, 560 Mart St.! All Levels Welcome! Recommended $10 donation. 50% of proceeds go to USS LST 393. Cash at door accepted. No pre-registration required. *Don’t forget your mat as rentals will not be provided

Aquastar Cruises
5:00pm – 7:00pm and 8:00pm-10:00pm
Get your camera ready and enjoy the breezes while cruising the lake aboard the Aquastar located at 560 Mart St. To purchase tickets visit www.aquastarcruises.com  for questions please call 231-903-0669

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50 231-798-2608

Monday July 19:

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3:00-3:30 Storytime
Climb to the top of the 118 year old Muskegon South Pierhead Light located at 1431 Beach St. Visitors can tour the cylindrical, ironclad, 48′ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light built in 1903. Climb two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder to find unparalleled views from the lantern room. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Roll On Muskegon Community Cruise
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Downtown Muskegon, Western Ave.
Grab your bicycle for an 8 mph bike ride for the purpose of waving to our neighbors and smiling at community members. We meet at the Muskegon Farmers Market every Monday. Wheels turn at 6:30! Helmets are strongly encouraged. You’ll bike through neighborhoods you don’t usually visit, and see public art that can’t be appreciated from an automobile. Additionally, you’ll hear local history and interesting character studies

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50 231-798-2608

Wonderland Cruise-In Car Show
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Check out classic cars every Monday this summer! Wonderland Distilling Co. located at 1989 Lakeshore Dr. presents a classic car show in the parking lot across the street from their venue. This is a cruise-in style show with no entry fee. Feel free to hang out, see the cool cars, or show off your own.

Cardio Drumming!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A fun workout for all ages, sizes and fitness levels! First timers can rent the needed equipment for $1. Beachwood Park is outdoor location. The class is just $2 per person. Required equipment: Water bottle, available to rent for $1 each are: 17 gallon bucket, 65-75cm yoga ball, Drumsticks. Keep up to date with the Muskegon Drum Crew Facebook Group. Classes are Monday & Thursday.

Tuesday July 20:

Muskegon Farmers Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. will be open outside Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday until November.

35th Annual ACWL-Nuveen FREE Summer Concert Series:
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All Ages FREE! (donations collected during intermission) Free crafts for kids will be available at each concert, thanks to the City of Montague. Concerts will be held at the Montague-Whitehall Rotary Band Shell located at 8636 Water St. Rain location is the Montague High School Center for the Arts: 4900 Stanton Blvd. Montague. www.artswhitelake.org

McGraft Park FREE Summer Concert Series: Carl Webb
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Carl Webb will be performing a FREE concert at McGraft Park Location: McGraft Park Band-Shell 2204 Wickham Dr near Glen Ave, Start time: 7pm. Funded by McGraft Park Trust Fund.

Yoga On The Ship ($8) – Rootdown Yoga. Juice. Greens.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re excited to bring back Yoga on the USS LST 393 located at 560 Mart St. Downtown Muskegon on Tuesday evenings for only $8. Come connect with community and flow with some of the best views in Muskegon. All Levels Welcome! *Pre-registration recommended but not required *Don’t forget your mat, as rentals will not be provided.

Movies at the Getty Drive-In Theatre
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The Getty Drive-In Theatre located at 920 E. Summit Ave. offers a double feature on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen. Movies begin at dusk. Tickets a can be pre-ordered here bit.ly/GettyDriveInWebsite Adult $11.00 Child (6-12) $6.50 Senior Citizen (60+) $7.00 College Student $7.00 TACO Tuesday Adult $7.50

Unruly Bicycling Group
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Unruly Tuesday will meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company located at 360 W. Western Ave. for a 90 minute bike ride.

Ottawa County CMH Awarded Federal Funds to Support Behavioral Health

Community Mental Heath of Ottawa County Awarded Federal Funds in Support of Behavioral Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Community Mental Health of Ottawa County (CMH) a total of $3,805,542 over the next two years enabling CMH to become a Certified Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). CCHBHC’s provide a robust set of coordinated, integrated and comprehensive services to all persons with any mental illness or substance use diagnosis. 

The funding will increase access to evidence based mental health and substance use treatment services, including 24/7 crisis response services.  Other critical elements included but are not limited to: strong accountability in terms of financial and quality metric reporting; formal coordination with primary and other care settings to provide intensive care management and transitions; linkage to social services, criminal justice/law enforcement, and educational systems; and an emphasis on providing services to veterans and active-duty services members.

“We are very happy to receive this funding from SAMHSA to become a CCBHC. This funding will strengthen our mental health services and allow CMH to improve the health and wellbeing of more people in our community.” said Lynne Doyle, CMH Executive Director.

Great Lakes Surf Festival is Back on Saturday, August 14th

The Great Lakes Surf Festival is back this year and will take place on Saturday, August 14th at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, Michigan

submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association

MUSKEGON, MI – After great success during the first two events in 2018 and 2019, the Great Lakes Surf Festival is back and will be holding their third annual event on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon Michigan. For 2021, event goers will be able to learn how to surf and paddleboard, along with practicing in yoga directly on the beach. Music, food, and a raffle will also take place. Several surfboards and paddleboards will be given away along with a trip to Costa Rica. 

No waves? No problem! The Great Lakes Surf Festival in conjunction with Tommy’s Boats of Grand Rapids Michigan will be making artificial waves. Tommy’s Boats will be able to generate waist high waves to simulate ocean waves. These conditions will be ideal for those seeking a gentle way to learn a variety of boardsports.  

Event Co-Founder Joe Bidawid is excited about what’s on slate for this year; “We are excited to see the Great Lakes Surf Festival grow and to have the support from our sponsors and from the surf and paddleboard industry. We have one of the most beautiful venue locations on the Great Lakes, in Pere Marquette Beach, and we encourage anyone interested in a fun and family friendly beach day to come out and join us.” 

 “Imagine a late summer day on an amazing beach, doing what you love and surrounded by so many people from all over the Great Lakes, who share the same passion. That is our goal,” says Joe Bidawid.

Royalty free photos of prior events are available upon request.  More information can be found at www.GreatLakesSurfFestival.com. Contact the Great Lakes Surf Festival at info@greatlakessurffestival.com.

Adult Night Out is Back this Thursday, July 15, at John Ball Zoo

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – John Ball Zoo’s popular Adult Night Out continues with the third of the six event series this Thursday, July 15th.

Adult Night Out gives guests ages 21+ the opportunity to experience the Zoo at night without any kids. There will be select animal encounters for guests to enjoy, along with beer and wine selections, including a specialty brew from Two Guys Brewing, and delicious food options throughout the Zoo.

For July 15th, a tropical-themed menu will be offered at the Zoo’s Monkey Island Café featuring cilantro lime rice mixed with juicy pulled pork served in a pineapple bowl, a classic Cuban sandwich, jerk chicken wrap with rice, greens, jerk chicken and the Zoo’s signature sauce, along with pineapple Dole Whip.

The Zoo is also pleased to welcome sponsors for this popular event series. In July, the title sponsor is Wolverine Building Group.

John Ball Zoo will be hosting three additional Adult Night Out evenings on July 29, and August 12, 26. They are a perfect date night, an opportunity to network, or to enjoy a friends’ night out. Each Adult Night Out is 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Zoo offers four times to enter at 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for all dates are available online for $18 for members or $20 for non-members at jbzoo.org/AdultNightOut. Limited tickets are available for each evening. Both events in the month of June did sell out, so the Zoo highly recommends reserving tickets before the event.

John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. For questions for more information, visit www.jbzoo.org, call (616) 336-4301 or email info@jbzoo.org.

Josh Turner Performing at Holland Civic Center Place – Tickets On Sale 7/16

HOLLAND, MI – Just announced, multi-nominated Grammy, CMA, and ACM country music artist JOSH TURNER will play hit the stage at the Holland Civic Center Place on Tuesday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

From the very start of his career through chart-topping hits like “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “All Over Me,” Turner has immersed himself in country music’s history and its iconic figures. After all, this is someone who, as a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, took an open gate on Johnny Cash’s property as a sign he should knock on the legendary singer’s door and introduce himself.

“The doorknob wiggles, the door swings open, and there stands Johnny Cash,” Turner recalls. “He and I both jump back, because he didn’t expect to see me, and I sure didn’t expect him to answer the door.”

Later, as the hits came, along with multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations, Turner joined the Grand Ole Opry. One of country music’s oldest and most hallowed traditions, the Opry once counted Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and George Jones among its ranks; now, Turner shares membership with heroes like Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, and Patty Loveless, as well as guest Chris Janson.

For nearly two decades, Turner has been one of country music’s most recognizable voices, selling more than 8.5 million units and amassing more than 2.5 billion global streams. He has never kept his reverence for traditional country music a secret, but, with this latest album, Josh Turner is in a Country State of Mind. For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 16 @ 10AM
WHO: JOSH TURNER
DATE & TIME: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2021 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: HOLLAND CIVIC CENTER PLACE (HOLLAND, MI)
TICKET PRICES: $72.00, $56.00, $46.00 (additional fees may apply)

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com. More info at: www.civiccenterplace.com.

Surrogacy Contracts Victimize Women and Children

submitted by Chris Gast, Director of Communication/Education, Right to Life of Michigan

Michigan’s surrogacy laws have become a subject of a few media stories in recent months. On the surface, helping couples who are having trouble conceiving by allowing surrogacy may sound good, but in practice surrogacy creates entirely new groups of victims.

In 1988, Michigan banned surrogacy contracts to get ahead of feared abuses down the road. Despite accusations that our state’s law is “archaic” or “outdated,” those fears proved accurate. As other states and countries experience these abuses, our law appears to actually be way ahead of its time.

Surrogacy involves introducing a third party into the process of childbirth. Either the parents use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create a child, and then a different woman gestates the child—the most frequent method—or the surrogate is inseminated or donates her own eggs to create the child through IVF.

To be clear, Michigan law doesn’t ban “altruistic” voluntary surrogacy, but specifically bans the practice of creating a binding surrogacy contract. These contracts create two major problems.

First, they turn the child into a marketable commodity. Human beings aren’t things to be bought or sold. Besides the many problems with IVF involving eugenics, potential health effects on the child, and “leftover” children, these contracts can come with “abortion clauses.” If the “product” doesn’t meet quality assurance standards for health or sex, the “product” is killed according to the contract. Even abortion supporters should see the obvious problem with making abortion a tool to enforce obedience to a business contract.

Michigan’s law has saved lives. Disabled baby Seraphina Harrell’s life was spared in 2012 when her surrogate mother moved here to avoid being pressured into abortion. If our law didn’t exist, Seraphina might have never lived, and her mother scarred for life.

Second, surrogacy contracts reduce motherhood to a business relationship—one that often preys upon poor women. Often, a woman’s decision to enter into a surrogacy contract is based on financial hardship. While the agreement may relieve temporary financial stress, a breach in contract could result in devastating legal and financial consequences for the surrogate.

In addition, this commercialization of creating a child seldom considers the short-term and long-term impact on the surrogate mother, who is legally forced to give up the child she spent 9 months caring for.

There are many other ways to help infertile couples that don’t treat women and children as objects to buy and sell.

Ottawa County Art Trust Adds New Works to its Collection

Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council have announced which works have been purchased to become part of the permanent collection of the Ottawa County Art Trust. Nine pieces were chosen for purchase awards from a total of 51 entries by 28 artists who live or work in Ottawa County. All of the entries will be on display in the Ottawa County Administration Building in West Olive through August 20 during business hours.

Purchase Awards were given to: (Listed in no particular order)

Tom Saltsman – Palomita Looking West – Acrylic
AAE Russell – Pier Opening – Digital Photography
Mary Modderman – Into History – Watercolor
Diane Haworth – Centennial Park Tulips – Oil
Peter Winiarski – Foggy Morning – Photography
Maggie Bandstra – Silver Lining Poppies – Oil
Emily Kimball-Wells – Grand Haven Trolley – Oil
Alla Dickson – Tulips – Oil
Michelle Calkins – Warm Sky with Waves – Digital Painting

Nationally known artist, Christi Dreese, served as juror for the 2021 show, selecting the newest additions to the permanent collection. “It was an honor to jury the Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibit,” said Dreese. “We have so many talented artists in our community who enrich our lives by bringing us their view of the world and experiences. We are thankful and appreciative to live in an area that supports the artists and shares the art and culture with the community.”

The Art Trust is a tangible way to demonstrate Ottawa County’s commitment to culture, creativity and innovation. At the same time, the trust will preserve a legacy of art for generations of residents to come.

“The partnership with the Holland Area Arts Council to create the Art Trust is a unique venture for a government organization. It seems more natural when you consider that we have forged our very own innovation program to promote creative ideas and thinking differently,” said Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County Administrator.

The Art Trust was established in 2018. Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council plan to hold the exhibition annually to grow the County’s fine art collection. . The Ottawa County Art Trust will build a permanent library of artwork created by resident artists. As the collection grows, the works will be on display in various county locations. To date, the Art Trust Collection houses 38 art pieces from 31 different artists.

The public can get involved by:

• Viewing and appreciating the art at the exhibition.
• Purchasing art from the show for their homes or offices. Purchases support local artists, the Holland Area Arts Council and the Art Trust. Many beautiful pieces remain for sale.
• Purchasing exhibition pieces to gift to the Art Trust. Sponsoring a piece is a thoughtful way to show dedication to the art community or to honor a loved one, family member or mentor. Sponsored pieces will be marked with a plate, recognizing the gift.
• Donating a monetary gift to the Art Trust which will enable it to purchase more works for the collection.
Those wishing to make a purchase or gift may contact Shannon Felgner with Ottawa County or Mary Sundstrom of the Holland Area Arts Council.

BGEA Expands Ministry to Reach Deaf Community

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s June 4th Newsletter

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The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is expanding its Search for Jesus internet evangelism ministry to include an outreach to the deaf community using American Sign Language (ASL), which is used in 14 countries around the world.

Initially launched at the end of last year, the new ASL ministry began with a Facebook page called ASL by the Light, where deaf visitors can see the Gospel message explained and have their spiritual questions answered via Facebook Messenger.

One way churches and ministries can effectively reach deaf individuals is through video—and this is primarily how the BGEA’s ASL ministry will operate. The ministry is currently working with members of the local deaf community to contribute content to the ASL by the Light Facebook page.

Visit the BGEA website to learn more about the internet evangelism ministry of BGEA.

Fruitport Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting Minutes 6-28-21

Fruitport Board of Education
Annual Organizational Meeting
June 28, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

I. The Annual Organizational meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

III. ROLL CALL: Present – Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Steve Kelly (virtual) and Dave Hazekamp. Absent – Jill Brott.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 21-088. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the agenda.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

V. Re-Adoption of All Existing Bylaws/Policies for the Board of Education
Item 21-089. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to give the Thrun Board Policies a first reading. Next, the policies will go through committees. A final reading of the policies will be on the July 2021 board meeting agenda. Roll Call Vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

VI. Designation of Banking Institution
Item 21-090. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to continue with Fifth/Third Bank of Fruitport as the district’s official depository and banking institution and authorize the district to use Michigan Liquid Asset Fund, Fifth/Third Bank, Huntington Bank, and Choice One for investment of surplus funds.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

VII. Resolution for Investment Authority
Item 21-091. MOTION by Burgess, SECOND by Buckner to adopt a Resolution authorizing the Superintendent of Schools or the Director of Business Services to invest idle funds of the school district in accordance with Act 86, of the Public Acts of 1979 and act as Electronic Transfer Officers (ETO) in accordance with Policy 6144. Roll Call Vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

VIII. Designation of Legal Firms
Item 21-092. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Franklin to authorize the District to work with Thrun Law Firm, PC of Lansing; Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey of Grand Rapids; and, Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex & Morley PC of Troy; and Clark Hill PC in various legal matters relating to the school district.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IX. Establishment of Board Compensation
Item 21-093. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve $599 compensation per Board member for the 2021-22 fiscal year payable in three installments: the first to be paid in August 2021; the second to be paid in December 2021; and the third to be paid in June 2022.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

X. Memberships and Affiliations
Item 21-094. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to continue with memberships in the following organizations:
Fruitport Lions Club ($70)
Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) ($5,330)
Michigan Pupil Accounting and Attendance Association ($85)
Michigan School Business Officials ($600)
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals ($1200)
Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) (*approx. $962.59)
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XI. Designation of Board Liaison to MASB
Item 21-095. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to appoint Susan Franklin as the Board’s official liaison to Michigan Association of School Boards.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XII. Adoption of Schedule of Regular Monthly Meetings
Item 21-096. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the regular meetings of the Board of Education for the third Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. (with the exception of December and June) Meetings to be held in the Board of Education meeting room for the 2021-22 school year. Roll Call Vote: Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XIII. Designation of Authorized Signatures
Item 21-097. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Burgess to approve the Board President and Treasurer to sign checks; the Superintendent or his designee to sign contracts; the Superintendent or his designee to sign agreements; and the Director of Business Services to sign purchase orders.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XIV. Administrator Designation of Treasurer Responsibilities
Item 21-098. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Franklin to designate the Director of Business Services to assume the responsibilities of the Treasurer for the administration of District funds.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XV. Safe Deposit Box Authority
Item 21-099. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to recommend that if there is ever a need for a District Safe Deposit Box, the Director of Business Services would become the authorized user.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XVI. Fee for Board Meeting Date Request
Item 21-100. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to recommend that in the event an individual would like a copy of the Board Meeting Schedule mailed to their home, there will be NO fee involved in requesting a copy.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XVII. Approval of Courses Contained in the District Course Catalog
Item 21-101. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to adopt the Fruitport Community Schools’ Individual Course List as presented on the Fruitport website: www.fruitportschools.net/departs/curriculum.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XVIII. Adjournment
Item 21-102. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adjourn the Organizational Meeting.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The Organizational Meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Truth and Taxation Public Hearing Minutes – 06/28/21

Fruitport Board of Education
Truth and Taxation Public Hearing
June 28, 2021 6:30 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Truth and Taxation Public Hearing of the Fruitport Community School district was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 21-086. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IV. Budget Hearing Presentation
Director of Business Services, Mark Mesbergen opened the Budget Hearing with a 2020/21 General Budget Overview. He also spoke on the topics of: Taxable Values & Millage Levy Rates, Outstanding Debt, 2021/22 Budget Assumptions, Enrollment Trends, School of Choice, Foundation Allowance Trends, 2021/22 MPSERS Rates, 2021/22 General Budget Overview, and Revenues vs. Expenditures. Mark covered Budget Overviews of the Early Childhood Center, Food Service, Technology and a Fiduciary Account. He also answered all questions asked by board members.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
None.

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 21-087. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Franklin, Acting Board Secretary
Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 06/23/21

Minutes from Student Affairs June 23, 2021

Meeting started at 5:40 pm

In attendance was Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin, and Allison Camp

We discussed:

1. The process for piloting and reviewing new science materials for K – 12.
2. We also discussed a field trip that was previously approved by the Board for June 2020 but was postponed because of COVID. The group would like to reschedule the trip for June 2022.
3. We also discussed the process to approve the policies through Thrun.

Meeting adjourned at 6:04pm

“The Heart Remembers”, a Community Remembrance Day at Clock Funeral Home, August 18th

Healing Center and Clock Funeral Home bring ‘The Heart Remembers’ to remember and honor loved ones lost to COVID.

Harbor Hospice and Clock Funeral Home are partnering to present a special community remembrance to honor those lives lost during the pandemic. “The Heart Remembers” will be an open house-style event, Wednesday, August 18th, with a special time at 5:30 pm for Pause, Reflection and Gratitude.

“Families have shared with us that the inability to both be present with their loved ones in their final hours, and not being able to honor their life lived with friends and family has left an indelible ache in their heart,” said Dale and Jodi Clock, owners of Clock Funeral Home. “For this reason, we joined forces with the Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice to help families celebrate a life lived, with others who have experienced the same pain. It’s important to know that this is for ‘anyone’ who experienced a loss. This is not limited to “where” the death occurred, if hospice was involved, or what death care provider was chosen. It’s about coming together to help heal the heart.”

Keepsakes will be provided to the first 150 attendees. Live music and refreshments will round out the event. The community is encouraged to bring leashed, well-mannered pets with them.

“Our communities have been affected in so many ways by COVID and many who have lost loved ones to this horrible virus have not been able to have services or get together with others for comfort and meaningful support.  This is an opportunity for anyone who is grieving any loved one, including a pet, who died during COVID to come together and honor them and remember them,” said Beth Bolthouse, grief counselor, Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice.

Event is free to attend; please RSVP at weblink.donorperfect.com/TheHeartRemembers2021

For questions or more information please call 231.728.3442. All those registered can send a photo of a loved one/s or pet, including their name, to: 231-722-3721 (text) or email jodi@clockfuneralhome.com.

Ask Dr. Universe – Finger Snaps

Dr. Universe: Why does it make noise when you snap your fingers? – Amelia, Michigan, 12

Dear Amelia,
 
When I got your question, I snapped my fingers a few times to try and find the exact source of the sound. After a few tries, I decided to ask my friend Troy Bennefield, the director of Athletic Bands at Washington State University.
 
While we may start a snap with the top of our thumb and middle finger touching, he said that the snapping sound actually happens when the middle finger hits the palm area at the base of the thumb.
 
As the middle finger hits the base of the palm, you actually send some vibrations out into the air. Vibrations are a big part of the reason we can hear all kinds of things—from snaps to claps to a variety of musical instruments. 
 
When an object vibrates, it creates waves of energy that travel to a listener’s ears. The outer part of the ears collect those waves and the ear canals channel them inside of the ears. Meanwhile, the brain helps interpret the incoming information and allows you to put a name to the sound you hear.
 
You know, there are so many different sounds to hear in our world. Part of the reason a snap sounds different from a clap or a musical instrument like a violin or drum is that the objects are made up of different materials. The materials vibrate in slightly different ways, giving us all kinds of sounds to hear and music to make.  
 
Bennefield is really interested in how we can use snapping in making music. One famous scene with a lot of snapping comes from the musical “West Side Story.” Maybe you know a song or two that incorporates a lot of snapping, too. Think about how that sound can bring a certain emotion or feeling to the song.
 
Maybe you can even try some snapping experiments of your own. Try a snap in your right hand. Now try the left. Did you notice any differences? Now, try playing with some different rhythms. Snap at a nice, slow steady pace or pick up the pace for a quicker rhythm.
 
If you are up for the challenge, see how many snaps you can do in a minute. Record your results. Just a couple of months ago, Guinness World Records announced that the new world record for most snaps in a minute is 437 snaps.
 
Perhaps you can also experiment with the volume of your snaps. The loudest snap on record was recorded at 108 decibels. For comparison, a motorcycle makes sounds that are recorded at about 100 decibels.
 
Try a super loud snap or try to make the quietest snap you possibly can. Observe how the volume changes depending on how much force you create between your finger and your thumb.
 
Whether your snaps are quiet or loud, slow and steady, or super-fast, remember that the sound all comes back to those vibrations in the air.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Ticks Spread Diseases – How to Prevent Tick Bites

submitted by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health

In Michigan, there’s a significant increase in the number of ticks this year. Several reports of Lyme disease have been detected. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease. It is spread by an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs that feed during the spring and summer months. Nymphs can be difficult to see since they are approximately the size of a poppy seed. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. “Prompt removal of ticks is the best method to decrease the chance of Lyme disease,” said Dr. Paul Heidel, the medical director of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. “Seek medical attention if you develop a fever, a rash, severe fatigue, facial paralysis, or joint pain within 30 days of being bitten by a tick.” 

 The most important way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.

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Avoid direct contact with ticks

  • Walk in the center of trails.
  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Create tick-safe zones in your yard. Keep patios and play areas away from vegetation, regularly remove leaves, clear tall grasses and brush around home, place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas, and use a chemical control agent.

 Use insect repellent

  • Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin.
  • Treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks and tents) with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying any repellents.

 Find and remove ticks

  • Bathe or shower after being outside in tick-infested areas (preferably within two hours).
  • Conduct a full-body tick check (under arms, in and around ears, inside belly button, behind knees, between legs, around waist and especially in hair).
  • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, and then attach to a person later. Use tick prevention products on your pets.
  • Wash clothing in hot water and dry on high heat after being outside to kill ticks.
  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.
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 “Tick checks are recommended after any outdoor activities in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas. Check your clothing, body and pets for ticks when you return home,” said Adeline Hambley, the Environmental Health Manager at Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

For more tick and Lyme disease information, please visit www.cdc.gov/lyme or see the CDC Hikers/Campers Lyme Disease Fact Sheet. Please also visit www.michigan.gov/lyme or view the MDHHS Guide to Preventing Tick-Borne Illness.

United Way of the Lakeshore is Asking for Project Nominations for Day of Caring

MUSKEGON, MI – United Way of the Lakeshore is asking the community to nominate projects for Day of Caring, which will be held Saturday, September 10th, 2021.

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“This year will be the 28th annual Day of Caring,” says UWL Community Engagement Director, Dominique Bunker. “To get ready, we need people in the community to start nominating projects. Then, on September 10th, we will have a morning meet-up, assign volunteers to each project and get started! We are looking for all kinds of project ideas. In the past we have fixed up playgrounds, a baseball field, helped disabled veterans with house projects that they are unable to do themselves. We are open to all kinds of project ideas, but we need people in the community to speak up for their neighbors, their families, and their community spaces.”

Project nominations should be sent to Dominique via email. People can sign up to volunteer, or learn more about Day of Caring on the United way of the Lakeshore website.

In previous years, United Way of the Lakeshore has worked with volunteers to complete a variety of projects. This year we also plan to host an art contest, and we are asking young artists, aged between 5 and 18, to design this year’s logo for Day of Caring. Submissions for the logo can be sent to Dominique, and there will be a special prize for the winner.

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“There is something so special about Day of Caring. It is a chance for the entire community to come together. We all have that moment when we are driving around our community and we see a park or a house that needs some care, and we think ‘somebody should help fix that’ and that’s exactly what happens on Day of Caring. So if you’ve seen one of those spots, and had that thought, be sure to let us know.”

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Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.
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Fruitport Township Parks Commission Meeting Minutes – 04/27/21

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION
5865 Airline Road
Fruitport, MI 49415
231-865-3151

Minutes of the April 27, 2021 meeting.

Present: Ross Spyke (commissioner), Ryan O’Neal (commissioner), Richard Riekse (commissioner) and Karen Johnson (commissioner), Ken Hulka (director.)

Absent: Travis Nadeau (commissioner)

The meeting was called to order at 6:07PM.

No public in attendance for comment on agenda items.

Financials: Carryover will be approximately $12,000 and will be listed in Park Improvements.

Attendance at Township Board Meetings:
April 12th –Ryan O’Neal- was asked if we had anything to report
April 26th – Richard Riekse-did not attend. Meeting was cancelled for lack of agenda items.

Last Meeting Follow-up:
Five year rec plan update. An agreement has been signed. They will do an inventory of the parks and an accessibility assessment. The restrooms are compliant. Accessibility to the fields needs some work. Looking at an Eagle Scout to put in a concrete pad near the fields. Surveys will go in the July property tax billing.

New Business:
The electrical repairs needed to the Soccer Park have been completed.
At Pine Park the Hot Dog Machine tripped the GFI breaker. It will be fixed to a 20 amp circuit.
Baseball has filled out the use form.

Old Business:
Sealcoating & restriping the parking lots: $4155 at Pine Park and $6506 at Sheringer Park. It was suggested to chip seal with stone. It will last 10 years.
Next Township Board Meetings are May 10th & May 24th. Items to mention: Birdhouses put in by Eagle Scout, path to fields & clean-up day.

Discussion Items:
Township funds from COVID bill.
Reminder to Rose to send out April financials after month end. (By May 10th?)
Need to put major improvements into the rec plan.

Staffing:
Part timer will start on May 10th.
Farr Park – The back gate will not be unlocked until there is a request to use the park.

Actions items:

Richard Riekse moved and Ryan O’Neal – seconded to approve last month’s minutes.
Travis Nadeau – Absent
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Minutes approved.

Karen Johnson moved and Richard Rieske – seconded to approve financials.
Travis Nadeau – Absent
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Financials approved.

Ryan O’Neal moved and Ross Spyke seconded to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 6:59 PM.

Next meeting Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 6:00PM at Township Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Johnson

Fruitport Township Parks Commission Meeting Minutes – 03/30/21

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION
5865 Airline Road
Fruitport, MI 49415
231-865-3151

Minutes of the March 30, 2021 meeting.

Present: Ross Spyke (commissioner), Ryan O’Neal (commissioner), Travis Nadeau (commissioner), Richard Riekse (commissioner) and Karen Johnson (commissioner), Ken Hulka (director.)

The meeting was called to order at 6:08PM.

No public in attendance for comment on agenda items.

The quote for the five year rec plan will be $6800 instead of $6400 to include minimal work on Phases I & II. Travis moved to have Prein and Newhoff to produce our five year rec plan. Ryan O’Neal seconded.
Roll Call:
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Absent for vote
Karen Johnson – Yes
Passed.

Ask Rose to send financial numbers right after year end. Is it possible to have a separate line item on our financials for the carry over amount.

Attendance at Township Board Meetings:
April 12th – Travis Nadeau & Ryan O’Neal
April 26th – Richard Riekse

New Business-
Staffing- Dean is back to work.
Parks:
Farr Park – The back gate will not be unlocked until there is a request to use the park.

Pine Park – The gates are open. Ross asked to have the bases put in place. Practice starts on April 5th. Clean up day is the 17th with a rain date of the 24th. A 30 yard dumpster was requested. The Parks Commission will be provide drinks & hot dogs.

Soccer Park-Karen to call for Portajohns.

Discussion of COVID plan.
Little League (Baseball) has provided no guidance. They are to follow the guidance of the school or Township. The Soccer Club is to follow MSYSA guidelines. Football is to follow MSHAA.

Per Ron Bultje – put on the field request that park use is subject to the Michigan Department of Health. It is the obligation of the Youth Clubs to comply.

Ken was asked to get basic signs about social distancing to put up at all parks.

Actions items:

Ryan O’Neal moved and Travis Nadeau -seconded to approve financials.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Financials approved.

Ryan O’Neal moved and Travis Nadeau -seconded to approve last month’s minutes.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Minutes approved.

Discussion to seal coat & paint lines at parks. Ken still has an estimate. Tabled until next meeting.

Karen Johnson moved and Ross Spyke seconded to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 7:01 PM.

Next meeting Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 6:00PM at Township Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Johnson

Fruitport Township Parks Commission Meeting Minutes – 02/23/21

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION
5865 Airline Road
Fruitport, MI 49415
231-865-3151

Minutes of the February 23, 2021 meeting.

Present: Ross Spyke (commissioner), Ryan O’Neal (commissioner), Travis Nadeau (commissioner), Richard Riekse (commissioner) and Karen Johnson (commissioner), Ken Hulka (director.)
Guest: Rose Dillon (Township Treasurer)

The meeting was called to order at 6:05PM. This meeting was held via Zoom call.

Roll call:
Travis Nadeau – here-in home in Cloverville, Fruitport Township
Ken Hulka – here at house in Fruitport Township
Ryan O’Neal – here in home in Fruitport
Richard Riekse – here in home in Fruitport
Ross Spyke – here in home in Fruitport Township
Karen Johnson – here in home in Fruitport Township

No public in attendance for comment on agenda items.

Rose gave a financial report. In February only utilities and payroll. The available balance is $23,000 less approximately $8,000 for unemployment. She will move negative line items to other lines so no items will be negative. There was a question on the electric for Farr Park.

New Business-
Budget Items discussed– Salary Staff-Dean will receive a 3% increase and Life Insurance while working. Fertilizer & seeds should be $4500 to $6000. Should ask for a small increase in operations for the three parks. Rose was checking to see how much was rolled over from prior years. A budget is due to Todd tomorrow.

It was moved by Karen Johnson and seconded by Travis Nadeau to direct Ken Hulka to ask for $130,000 budget. Increase for fertilizer $1500, Porta-jons for the Soccer Park $1200, wage increase 3% and unemployment.
Roll call:
Karen Johnson – Yes
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – No
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Passed.

It was moved by Travis Nadeau and seconded by Richard Riekse to request to have our budget surplus rolled over.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Passed.

Five year rec plan discussion & next steps. Discussion of two quotes. Ken is to email Prein and Newhoff and ask them to remove Phase I from their quote. Travis Nadeau moved and Karen Johnson seconded to agree to pay $6400 for Phases II, III & IV for the new five year rec plan.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – Yes
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Passed.

Agenda item 6 tabled until next month.

Old Business:
Karen & Ken to attend the next Township meeting on March 8th. Plans to report to the Township Board.
1. Concession and bathrooms for the Soccer Park.
2. Upgrades to vehicles & equipment (lawn mowers.)
3. Roll over of excess budget to be used for possible grant match.

Discussion of our COVID plan.
Little League (Baseball) has provided no guidance. They are to follow the guidance of the school or Township. The Soccer Club is to follow MSYSA guidelines. Football is to follow MSHAA. Ross was looking for guidance for our Township Parks. Ken is to reach out to the Township Attorney for his opinion. The Parks Commission will follow the guidance of the attorney.

Ryan O’Neal moved and Travis Nadeau -seconded to approve last month’s minutes.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – No response
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Minutes approved.

Karen Johnson moved and Ross Spyke seconded to approve financials.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – No Response
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes
Passed.

Karen Johnson moved and Ryan O’Neal seconded to adjourn.
Travis Nadeau – Yes
Richard Riekse – No response.
Ross Spyke – Yes
Ryan O’Neal – Yes
Karen Johnson – Yes

Meeting adjourned at 7:54 PM.

Next meeting Tuesday March 23, 2021 at 6:00PM at Township Hall or ZOOM if required.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Johnson

Fruitport Township Parks Commission Meeting Minutes – 01/26/21

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION
5865 Airline Road
Fruitport, MI 49415
231-865-3151

Minutes of the January 26, 2021 meeting.

Present: Ross Spyke (commissioner), Ryan O’Neal (commissioner), Travis Nadeau (commissioner), Richard Riekse (commissioner) and Karen Johnson (commissioner)

Abesent: Ken Hulka (director.)

The meeting was called to order at 6:12PM. This meeting was held via Zoom call.

Roll call:
Travis Nadeau – here in home in Cloverville
Richard Riekse – here in home in Fruitport
Ross Spyke – here in home in Cloverville
Ryan O’Neal – here in home in Fruitport
Karen Johnson – here in home in Fruitport Township

No public in attendance for comment on agenda items.

Five year rec plan discussion & next steps. Ken is to reach out to West Michigan Regional Development and have them attend February meeting. Board is to come up with ideas to include in the survey.

Ask Rose to attend the February meeting. Would like to have financials emailed to us one week after our regular monthly meeting.

Plan to workshop our budget at our March meeting to adjust line items on the budget.

Plan to ask to have surplus rolled over.

Plan to attend Township Board meeting the 2nd Monday of every month. Karen volunteered for February. Ask Ken to attend meetings also.

Discussion items:
Workshop budget to increase salary.
Set up Google drive to share documents. Agenda items, minutes, financials. Google School in February.

Ross Spyke moved and Ryan O’Neal-seconded to approve last month’s minutes. Roll Call: Ryan O’Neal-yes. Richard Riekse-yes. Travis Nadeau-yes. Ross Spyke-yes, Karen Johnson-yes.
Minutes approved.

Travis Nadeau moved and Ross Spyke seconded to approve Karen Johnson as secretary. Ryan O’Neal-yes. Richard Riekse-yes. Travis Nadeau-yes. Ross Spyke-yes, Karen Johnson-yes.
Motion passed.

Karen Johnson moved and Ryan O’Neal seconded to adjourn. Roll Call: Ryan O’Neal-yes. Richard Riekse-yes. Travis Nadeau-yes. Ross Spyke-yes, Karen Johnson-yes.

Meeting adjourned at 7:28 PM.

Next meeting Tuesday February 23, 2021 at 6:00PM at Township Hall.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Johnson