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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/22/19 – 01/28/19

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The Old Settler
Through January 26 @ 7:30 pm
January 18 – 26, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The Old Settler!”

Old Settler:  A woman who is pushing 40 who’s never been married and has no prospects…Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between 55-year-old spinster, Redwood Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator arrives on their doorstep.  Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an Old Settler.  Full of humor and grit, this story of American love and survival reverberates with timelessness and warmth.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  The Sunday matinee is at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Calvin College January Series
January 22 & 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Book Discussion: Invisible Man
January 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library to discuss one of the definitive novels of the African-American experience.  “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, which addresses powerful issues of society, won the National Book Award for fiction and was on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Partnering with the “SONS: Seeing the African American Male” exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art (which runs until March 10, 2019), they hope to encourage an open dialogue in the community.  This book discussion is free to the public!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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

Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation
January 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will be separate registration for each class which happens from 12:15pm – 1:00pm.  To register, call (231) 722-8011 or visit Hackley Public Library’s online events calendar.  Registration for each session will open one month before class date.

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

Paint it Red: Big Reds Football History
January 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 23 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the first in a series of three lectures that will bring their Collection by Color exhibit to life with various social and science topics.  Co-author of the book, “100 Years of Muskegon Big Red Football,” Ron Pesch will present a program that will focus on days past, as well as the modern-day accomplishments of the winningest high school football team in Michigan!  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and just $3 for non-residents.  Please RSVP to 231-722.0278 or email jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

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

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

Brown Bag Film: Kehinde Wiley – An Economy of Grace
Thursday, January 24 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the free Brown Bag Film, “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace.”
(60 mins.) Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace – follow the artist as he embarks on an exciting new project: a series of classical portraits of African American women—something he’s never done before.  The film documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, casting his models on the streets of New Tork and enlisting Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman.  Admission to the film is free.  Coffee and cookies are provided. Paid admission is required for the galleries.  For more information call (231) 720-2570.

Writing Salon
January 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 24 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for their Writing Salon! Bring your notebooks and get inspired by this year’s selection of artworks for their annual writing competition, “Art Talks Back,” happening January 24 – March 28!  Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
The Art Talks Back poetry project is underwritten by Michael and Patricia Wade. The First Place award is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

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

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

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

The Alley Door Club
January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating its’ 14th season, The Alley Door Club at the Frauenthal Center  kicks off January 11, 2019 with live performances from an array of local bands!  Performing on select Friday nights through April, The Alley Door Club features live music from popular West Michigan bands in a fun environment which includes a cash bar and dancing in the Ballroom located on the 3rd Floor of the Hilt Building.  The doors open at 6:00pm for Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks), with live music from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

The 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 25 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends (R & B, Rockin’ Blues)
• February 8 – Pop Fiction (Rock)
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 25 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.
Friday, January 25 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Fargo Force!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Live Music: Matt Moore
January 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Matt Moore!  Matt e is an independent rock artist, singer songwriter and worship leader from central Michigan.  Launching a solo career in 2007 with only an acoustic guitar and a few original songs, Matt quickly built a reputation as the must see artist in his area.  Captivating audiences with his engaging songwriting, passionate live performance and tenacious work ethic, Matt has performed at over 1500 events around the country in the past several years, sharing the stage with artists such as Thousand Foot Krutch, Sanctus Real, NF, Seventh Day Slumber, Leeland, Nine Lashes, Unspoken, Josh Wilson, StellarKart, John Reuben, The Afters, Icon For Hire, Grits, Remedy Drive, Caedmon’s Call, Newworldson and many more.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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

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

Muskegon Polar Plunge
January 26 @ 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Polar Plunge takes place at Fricano’s on Muskegon Lake on January 26! Registration starts at 12:00pm. The Plunge will start at 2:00pm with the awards and After Splash Bash at 4:00pm. There is free admission to the After Splash Bash for plungers. There will be a $10 fee for guests, which includes pizza.
If you would like to avoid the registration lines on Plunge day, there will be a Pre-Registration on Friday, January 25 at Fricano’s. You can get registered and turn in your donations any time between 4:00pm – 8:00pm. The Pre-Plunge Party is from 7:00pm – 11:00pm and features live music from Northbound!  Make sure to ‘like’ the Polar Plunge on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PlungeMI.
By participating in a Polar Plunge, you are helping to raise funds for over 27,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports are the “vehicle,” the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 26 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.
Saturday, January 26 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on U18 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy
January 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from guitar duo Eric Michaels and Chris Kennedy playing the classics!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Comedian Mike Logan wsg Carl Johnson
January 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 26 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Mike Logan with special guest Carl Johnson!  Purchase tickets ahead of time at www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club or at the door.  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Mike Logan – Born and raised in Detroit, Mikeuses his edgy tongue to wax poetic about everyday issues from long distance parenting to the racial climate in America. He’s guaranteed to make you think while cracking you up.

Carl Johnson – He’s been doing stand up for over four years. He has become a local favorite among the Michigan comedy scene and has performed at colleges and clubs all around!  He is not afraid of self-deprecation or getting personal on stage.  He has opened up for Steve-O from MTV’s Jackass, Louis Katz, and Tommy Johnagin.

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

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

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 12/18/18

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

December 18, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-220, 10. Ended at 42-226, E1

BOARD MEETING: Call to order at 7:03

01. Roll Call: Kyle Osterhart, Mike Michelli, Matthew Farrar, Brett Suchecki, Jeff Jacobs & Geoff Newmyer. Staff Present Kim Morse, Supervisor Tice, & Jacob Mason.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: November 20, 2018. Chair Michelli accepted the minutes as presented.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda: Chair Michelli accepted the agenda as presented.

04. Correspondence / Reports: None.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics:

New Business
06. Site Plan Review– Township of Fruitport/Sheringer Park
Special Use/Public Hearing
Parcel:           15-112-100-0040-00
Purpose:       Approval for improvements

Motion by Newmyer support by Jacobs to open a public hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Ken Hulka, Parks Director for Fruitport Township, outlined the project and its phases. Currently all fields and main parking lots are done. The secondary parking is gravel. Work remaining is the concessions, play area, and perimeter landscaping. Discussion ensued relative to the timing and phasing of the project. Concern was expressed relative to mandating a timeline as the Township may not have the funds to complete the project.

Mr. Richard Monroe 3292 Sheringer Road. Stated the park needs to have access off Mark Street to alleviate traffic on Sheringer.

Mrs. Debbie Monroe 3292 Sheringer Road, stated she was told there would be a second access off Mark Street and it has not happened. Does not like the dirt piles in the park that children are playing on. Feels the Township has not done what it said it would do. Has had to call 911 due to cars driving on the soccer fields.

Mr. Rick Tice 63 S. 8th Avenue. States it is irresponsible to gravel a road in the fall. Money should have been saved and used in the spring along with a grant.

Jeff Wright 3586 Plain Street. He was told a few years back that the drive off Mark would not go through and could be a hazard to children in that neighborhood. States he was not informed of the improvements in the park from the beginning. Wants to know when the citizens will see the plans. Had to put up a fence on his property to keep people out.

Mrs. Cindy Hickman, 3680 South Dangl. Stated she was informed there would be a second access. Sheringer and Dangl is very busy. She asked where the money went from clearing the trees.

Gary Prebil 3524 Plain Street. Concerned about traffic flow onto Mark Street. Are people allowed to park on the side street?

Steve Hickman3680 S. Dangl. Last fall 6 kids jumped on the fence and were throwing rocks at his dogs. Also climbing on dirt mounts. Concerned for their safety. Request to be notified when this is considered later.

Motion by Osterhart support by Jacobs to close public hearing. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion was made by Osterhart to table the Sheringer Soccer Park improvements. Motion was supported by Suchecki. Roll call vote was unanimous.

07. Site Plan Review – Muskegon Autopark LLC
Special Use/Public Hearing
Parcels:      15-122-300-0002-30
∙                   15-122-300-0002-40
∙                   15-122-300-0002-50
Purpose:     Site plan approval

Motion by Farrar to open a public hearing. Motion was supported by Newmyer and carried unanimously.

Richard Craig 25 S Division Grand Rapids. Site lighting will be LED. Will provide photometrics to staff for approval.

PC needs to see what building is proposed. Want to see the dumpster enclosure and what material it will be made of. Drive ok at the center of the center lot. Signage needs to be on the print including details. Need building elevations.

Motion by Newmyer to close public hearing. Motion was supported by Osterhart and carried unanimously.

Motion by Osterhart to grant the special land use.

1. The motion is made to grant the special use request for parcel number(s) 15-122-300-0002-30,      15-122-300-0002-40,     &     15-122-300-0002-50    for the following requested special use: Muskegon Autopark LLC.

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-157 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. The special use will be harmonious with and in accordance with the general objectives or with any specific objections of the Master Plan. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan. Neighbor is a dealership.

–b. The special use will be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained so as to be harmonious and appropriate in appearance with the existing or intended character of the general vicinity, and it will not change the essential character of the same area. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan. Generally commercial use in this area.

–c. The special use will not be hazardous or disturbing to existing or future uses. This finding is based upon the following facts: Site plan

–e. The special use will be served adequately by essential public facilities and services, or have them adequately provided by the applicant; facilities and services include highways, streets, police and fire protection, drainage structures, refuse disposal, and schools. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Public facilities in place with capacity.

–f. The special use will not create excessive additional requirements at public cost for public facilities and services and will not be detrimental to the economic welfare of the Township. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Use type.

–g. The special use will not involve uses, activities, processes, materials, and equipment and conditions of operation that will be detrimental to any persons, property, or the general welfare by reason of excessive production of traffic, noise, smoke, fumes, glare, or odors. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan and use.

–i. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the proposed special use:
Provide photometrics to staff for approval.

PC needs to see what building is proposed. Want to see the dumpster enclosure and what material it will be made of. Drive ok at the center of the center lot. Signage needs to be on the print including details. Need building elevations

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established as authorized by Section 42-158 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. The special use must comply with the site plan, dated 12-18-18, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

–b. The special use must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

–c. The special use must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.

–d. The construction of the special use must be completed within 2 years. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.

–e. If the special use approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the special use may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.

–f. A financial guarantee is required as allowed by Section 42-158(d) of the Zoning Chapter. The details of the financial guarantee are: _______________________ _________________________________________________________________.

–g. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at brian.michelli@mcd911.net, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.

–h. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the special use: Provide photometrics to staff for approval by SA and PC Chair.

PC needs to see what building is proposed. Want to see the dumpster enclosure and what material it will be made of. Drive can be generally centered in the center lot. Signage needs to be on the print including details. Need building elevations and landscape plan. All to be approved by the PC ZA Chair.

Motion supported by Suchecki. Roll call vote was unanimous.

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

Gary Smith stated there were some concerns with timing on some of the improvements: dumpster and sidewalks. Plan on starting the final building in spring of 2019. Development agreement requires the project be complete in 2018 which was not executed. Exterior finishes were not built as approved. Discussion followed. Members discussed forgoing the stone on the front of the building that was approved but vinyl installed. Discussed consistency and recent practice with other developments. Lengthy discussion ensued.

A motion was made by Suchecki to table this issue and give the developer time to propose alternate site improvements for the PC consideration at its January meeting in lieu of culture stone that was originally approved by the PC and not installed. Motion was supported by Newmyer and carried. Roll call 4 ayes, 1 nay.

Old Business
09. Business Registration Ordinance: Public Safety Committee is reviewing the proposed ordinance.

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

11. Public Comments: Bob Swanson 3272 Mt. Garfield. Wants to add-on to a garage to a residential property that is on commercially zoned property. Garage is already non-conforming because it is too close to a property line. He was advised to take this issue to the ZBA.

12. Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

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

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 11/20/18

MINUTES

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

November 20, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-220, 10 ended at 42-223

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call. Michelli, Osterhart, Suchecki, Franklin, Newmyer, Farrar, & Jacobs. Staff, Supervisor Tice, K. Morse & Jacob Mason.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: October 16, 2018. Motion was made by Osterhart to approve as submitted. Motion supported by Suchecki and carried unanimously.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda. Accepted the agenda as submitted.

04. Correspondence / Reports. None.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business
06. Site Plan Review Modification – Shelby State Bank
Parcel:             15-125-400-0031-00
Purpose:         Modification of approved site plan

Motion made by Jacobs/Newmyer to go into public hearing. Unanimous. Jeremy Horton 4870 West Shelby Road, Shelby MI designed the improvements and answered questions. No alterations to the drive through, just improvements to the columns. Existing lighting to not change. Motion made by Jacobs/Newmyer to close public hearing. Unanimous

1. The motion is made by to grant the site plan request and special luse for parcel number(s) 15-125-400-0031-00

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-224 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. All elements of the site plan are harmoniously and efficiently organized in relation to topography, the size and type of lot, the character of adjoining property and the type and size of buildings. The site [will/will not] impede the normal and orderly development or improvement of surrounding property for permitted uses. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Improve existing use.

–b. The landscape will be preserved in its natural state, insofar as practicable, by minimizing tree and soil removal, and by topographic modifications which result in maximum harmony with adjacent areas. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan

–c. Special attention has been given to proper site surface drainage. Removal of stormwaters will not adversely affect neighboring properties. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan

–e. Buildings or groups of buildings are arranged as to permit emergency vehicle access. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–f. Every structure or dwelling unit does have access to a public street, walkway, or other area dedicated to common use. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan

–g. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system is provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.
–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated 7-23-18, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

–b. The development must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

–c. The development must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.

–d. The development must be completed within 2 years. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.

–e. If the site plan approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the development may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.

–f. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at brian.michelli@mcd911.net, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.

–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the site plan approval: None

Motion supported by Jacobs: Unanimous on a roll call vote.

Old Business
07. Business Registration Ordinance: Discussion. PC made some suggestions to staff. Staff will make changes and bring back an updated version.

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

No action taken.

09. Public Comments: Mike Prince, 2265 Cress Creek provided input to the PC on outdoor storage when considering ordinance changes. Suggest the PC have an ordinance on how campers, boats, and RV’s are parked in residential areas. Outdoor storage in residential districts has been reviewed by the PC but not yet sent to the Board for its consideration.

10. Adjournment

Chair Michelli adjourned the meeting at 8:05

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

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 01/16/19

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:50 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Jill Brott, Susan Franklin, Bob Szymoniak

1. Two new high school courses, Meteorology and LINKS were reviewed. These two courses had been recommended by the Instructional Council. They received committee support to be placed on the Board agenda for action.

2. The OAK recommendation regarding the elevator bid was reviewed.

3. Budget amendments were reviewed.

4. A review was done of a letter to parents written by the Reproductive Health Committee giving notice that Planned Parenthood was an approved source for speakers. Topics would be aligned with our Reproductive Health curriculum. No action beyond a review of the letter by the Student Affairs Committee was necessary.

5. After discrepancies where found within the policies under review for a second reading, it was decided to table any action until further notice. Recommended changes to policy 5460 – Graduation Requirements will be put on the Board agenda for action having had two readings by this committee.

6. A discussion was held regarding the superintendent’s contract with no action necessary at this time.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 01/16/19

Personnel Committee
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:00 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Steve Kelly, Dave Hazekamp, Tim Burgess, Bob Szymoniak

1. An increase in the sub pay rate for instructional assistants was reviewed. It is recommended that the rate go from the current $9.25/hour to $10.25/hour. This will be placed on the Board agenda for action.

2. A letter of agreement with the affiliated administrator group was reviewed and placed on the Board agenda for action.

3. Budget amendments were reviewed.

4. The elevator bid recommendation from OAK was reviewed.

5. It was shared that we had posted for a social work position that would be paid for with grant dollars to provide additional support for students in need of such a service.

6. Policies pertaining to this committee were briefly reviewed.

7. A discussion was held regarding the superintendent’s contract with no action recommended at this time.

Adjournment at 5:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 01/14/19

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, January 14, 2019
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

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

1. Buses
Mark presented a report that shows Fruitport’s fleet and future needs. Mark will have a recommendation in the upcoming month.

2. Elevator Bid
Mark presented a recommendation from our construction manager, OAK, to update our middle school elevator. If the recommendation is approved, then the work will be completed during the summer of 2019. The total cost with an estimated $8,167 in contingency is $92,704. This does not include TowerPinkster’s fee.

3. Budget Amendment
Changes from the Original Budget were discussed. The General Fund budget has a $417,673 unassigned budget deficit and a projected ending unassigned fund balance of $2,198,569 (7.22% of total expenditures). The Special Service Funds were also discussed.

4. Policy Review
Bob presented the recommended policy changes.

Meeting adjourned at 12:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

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

Fruitport Community Schools
SHETTLER ELEMENTARY
2187 Shettler Rd. Muskegon, MI 49444
Monday, January 21, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. PRESENTATIONS
1. Board Appreciation Presentation – Art Department
2. Above and Beyond Recognition
3. PBIS – Janelle Duffey

V. COMMUNICATIONS

VI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2018 (attachment VIII-1)

2. Approval of Bills (attachment VIII-2)
General Fund                        $152,253.52
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center           63,013.33
Food Service                                   131.63
Capital Projects (BOND)          12,170.55 
Total Bill List                       $227,569.03

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

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Elevator Bid (attachment IX-1)

X. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held January 14, 2019 (attachment X-1)
2. 2018-19 General Fund Budget Amendment Resolution (attachment X-2)
3. 2018-19 School Service Fund Budget Amendment Resolution (attachment X-3)

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held January 16, 2019 (attachment XI-1)
2. Instructional Assistant Substitute Hourly Rate Increase (attachment XI-2)
3. Fruitport Affiliated Administrative Association Tentative Agreement (attachment XI-3)

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held January 16, 2019 (attachment XII-1)
2. New High School Courses (attachment XII-2)
3. Second and Final Reading of Policy #5460 (attachment XII-3)

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XIV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Board Workshop, Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m. in the board room

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVI. ADJOURNMENT

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Owls’ Heads

Dr. Universe: Why do owls rotate their heads? -Kaitlyn, 8th grade

Dear Kaitlyn,

Take a look around. Maybe you can turn your head to the left and right and move it up and down. You can move your eyes around in a bunch of different directions, and perhaps you can even cross them.

In the animal kingdom, there are lots of different kinds of eyes that see the world in different ways. Owls can’t move their eyeballs around in their eye sockets very well, but they do have pretty good night vision. They also have eyes that are positioned on the front of their heads like a lot of their fellow predators.

That’s what I found out from my friend Letty Reichart, who knows a lot about the study of birds, or ornithology. She earned her Ph.D. at Washington State University and now teaches biology at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

While owls might not be able to move their eyeballs around like you can, they more than make up for this by turning their heads, which gives them a really good view of their environment.

“It’s a unique adaptation for owls to be able to do that,” Reichart said. “It’s part of their predatory lifestyle, but we actually know relatively little about it.”

In fact, a lot of predators with eyes that face forward have what we call binocular vision. In the wild, owls use their vision to look for animals like raccoons, squirrels, mice, and lizards that they can eat for dinner.

Reichart said an owl’s bone structure is part of what helps with the head rotation. Owls have a part of their skeletal system, called a pivot joint, that helps give them a broad range of movement.

If humans turn their necks too far, that movement can cause some serious damage. That’s because turning the head too far can lead to pinching off vessels that run down the backbone. These vessels help carry blood around the body, so when the vessels get pinched it can cause blood to stop flowing through our body. But owls have necks that are a little different.

Not all the blood vessels run through their bones. The vessels that do run through bone have much more wiggle room. The opening a vessel flows through is about ten times the size of the vessel itself. When owls turn their heads, even though their necks are twisting, the bone is not likely to hit those vessels and arteries. That way, they can avoid major injuries to their necks.

In turns out that some owls can turn their heads in a half circle, about 180 degrees, to the left or the right. There’s another critter that can also rotate it’s head in this way. The praying mantis is a predator and also uses a rotating head to look for prey in the environment.

Meanwhile, some owls can actually turn their heads 270 degrees to the left of the right. That’s more than twice what a human can do.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2018

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, December 10, 2018, in the township board room.

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

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 0- residents; 0- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of November 26, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions under New Business:

E: Revise the Hardship Application and Policy & Guidelines

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli gave a reminder to lock your vehicles to avoid unlawful entries; 200 kids visited Santa at the open house; the Burning of the Greens event will be January 7th.
2. Heidi Tice shared that the Calendar fundraiser has begun; a petition has been submitted for drain work on W. Fuller Dr.; a public hearing regarding the casino will be held at Fruitport Middle School auditorium on December 12th at 6:00pm.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

18-149 Reappoint Matt Farrar to Planning Commission
The motion by Jeff Jacobs, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to approve the Supervisor’s reappoint of Matt Farrar to a three year term on the Planning Commission. The term will end January 1, 2022.

18-150 Reappoint Mary Weimer and Marjorie Stonecypher to the Fruitport District Library Board
The motion by Jeff Jacobs, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to reappoint Mary Weimer and Marjorie Stonecypher to the Fruitport District Library, each for to a two year term on the Fruitport District Library Board as recommended by the Fruitport District Library Board. The term will end December 31, 2020.

18-151 Adopt the Federal Poverty Guidelines
The motion by Jeff Jacobs, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adopt the Federal Poverty Guidelines used in the determination of poverty exemptions for 2019.

18-152 Adopt the Procedures for Granting and Removing Real Property Exemptions
Jeff Jacob moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Procedures for Granting and Removing Real Property Exemptions.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: none

18-153 Revise the Hardship Application and Policy & Guidelines
Minor revisions to these forms requested by the Assessing department.
The motion by Jeff Jacobs, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously to approve the revised forms for the Hardship Application and Policy & Guidelines.

18-154 Payment of bills
Jeff Jacobs moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $13,008.75; Public Safety $40,482.61; Water $82,645.72; Sewer $19,930.19; T&A $1,645.00
Totaling: $157,712.27
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:25pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 01/15/19

AGENDA

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

January 15, 2019
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-226, e

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: December 18, 2018
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Discussion: Solar Ordinance
06. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

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

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

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

10. Business Registration Ordinance

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

12. Public Comments

13. Adjournment

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/14/19 – 01/21/19

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

Marketing Monday
January 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the discussion, “5 Biggest Marketing Mistakes Businesses Are Making (And How to Avoid Them),” presented by Jason Piasecki of Revel.  Did you know that over half of businesses lack a formal marketing plan or that many companies have no idea who their ideal customer is?  Learn how to avoid those mistakes and take back actionable items you can apply to your business today.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Join them for the Lunchtime Series every second Monday of the month.  Lunch is included.  You must register in advance as no walk-ins will be accepted.  The cost is $10.  For more information call 616-331-6900 or visit www.gvsu.edu/hub.

Special Presentation at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
January 14 @ 6:00 pm
Monday, January 14 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum to meet and hear WWII veteran, Richard Thelen!

The loss of the USS Indianapolis was a tragic moment following the completion of a secret mission that directly contributed to the end of World War II.  After a successful high-speed run to deliver atomic bomb components to Tinian, the decorated Portland-class cruiser continued to Guam.  Indianapolis was en route from Guam to Leyte when she was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-58 within the first hour of July 30, 1945.  Only 317 of the 1,196 men onboard survived.  Richard Thelen is one of those survivors.

The cost to attend the presentation is $5 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call 231-755-1230.

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

Pianist Steve Thielman
January 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, January 15 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy coffee and beautiful music played by master pianist Steve Thielman!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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

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

Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays
Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
January 16 and February 13 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for Snowshoe Icebreaker Wednesdays!  Go on a guided snowshoe hike in Muskegon State Park with friends and a local expert who will explain the history of the area.  Trail passes and rentals are extra.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

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

Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char
January 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 17 from 6:0pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns with Chef Char!” This easy baking class will focus on making successful yeast-raised dough with a sweet, cinnamon and butter layer rolled into each biscuit.  You will make the rolls two ways, one a traditional cinnamon roll with a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting and the other a caramelized pecan topping for the best sticky buns ever.  Wow your family or friends! The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

New 4-H Family Orientation
January 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Have you thought of signing your children up to be 4-H members, but aren’t really sure what 4-H is or even how to sign up?  Have you been in 4-H for a couple years, but still have questions about participation fees, the county fair, Exploration Days, and more?  Thursday, January 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at 97 E. Apple Ave., learn how to get involved and have your questions answered by 4-H staff and volunteers.  Contact Tonya Pell, 4-H Program Coordinator, at pelltony@msu.edu or 231-724-4739 for more information.

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

Jazz Night: Checkers Morton
January 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 17 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring Checkers Morton!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

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

Calvin College January Series
Through January 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Friday Family Fun Night: Colors
January 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, January 18 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center to bring a little color to your family date night!  Explore color in science, art, and nature.  Stations around the museum will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations including one led by their friends at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and museum members.  The cost is just $3 for non-members.  For more information call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Live Music: Silverado
January 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Silverado Band!  This West Michigan country music band regularly performs at various venues, including private clubs, bars, stage shows, campgrounds, weddings and private parties.  Their music styles range from old time country to polkas, waltzes and line dances!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

The Old Settler
January 18 @ 7:30 pm – January 26 @ 7:30 pm
January 18 – 26, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “The Old Settler!”

Old Settler:  A woman who is pushing 40 who’s never been married and has no prospects…
Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between 55-year-old spinster, Redwood Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator arrives on their doorstep.  Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an Old Settler.  Full of humor and grit, this story of American love and survival reverberates with timelessness and warmth.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm.  The Sunday matinee is at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $22 – $24.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Darren McCarty
January 18 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, January 18 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Red Wings legend Darren McCarty and his comedy troupe! Darren takes off the gloves and shares a night of stories, jokes, new memories, and an audience Question & Answer session. After the show, there is a full meet ‘n greet and time for selfies with D-Mac!
This show is a fundraiser for Junior Jacks Pee Wee AA. VIP tables are available. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $35 each.  For more information, call Don at 616-570-8765.

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

Live Music: Wood Song
January 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 19 from 7:0pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Wood Song!  This contemporary folk/pop singing duo brings blended harmonies to popular music spanning several decades.  Chris Loughrin performs acoustic and electric guitar, as well as lead vocals and harmony.  Susan Loughrin brings her soft, expressive voice to the mix.  Together they are Wood Song!  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Performances @The Block: Matt Beck
January 19 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 19 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Matt Beck!  West Michigan Symphony principal percussionist Matt Beck is joined by Andrew Spencer, percussion, Patrick Johnson, piano and Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano, in a concert featuring Bartok’s gripping Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Comedy: Andy Beningo with Allen Trieu
January 19 @ 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 19 at 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for stand-up comedy from Andy Beningo and Allen Trieu!

Andy Beningo has appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy Live, as a final four finalist on CMT’s Next Big Comic and regularly on the Bob and Tom radio show. His new CD ‘Quiet Coyote’ regularly plays on XM Sirius radio on Laugh USA. Beningo has been hailed for his clean style of comedy, resulting in being named one of the 40 Best Up and Coming comedians in the country.

Allen Trieu is a native of West Michigan who has molded his experiences into an eclectic act which has been described as unique and open-minded. His witty observations and personal style touch on many subjects including college, race, and pop culture…even going green.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. To buy them online visit www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club.

Star Party: Lunar Eclipse
January 20 @ 10:30 pm – 1:30 am
Sunday, January 20 from 10:30pm – 1:30am, the Muskegon Astronomical Society invites you to a Lunar Eclipse Star Party at their observatory! You will be viewing the lunar eclipse and the night sky through the society’s telescopes. You may also bring your own telescope. They will help you get started and show you how to make adjustments. They will also provide printed materials. If weather conditions are questionable, contact Dennis Allen at 231-777-1013 to find out the status of the event. There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 21 from 10:00am – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free community day to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! The MMA will open their doors to welcome the community for free.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Tours
• 10:00am – 1:00pm/Led by MMA docents
• 1:00pm – 3:00pm/Led by Muskegon High School art students

Films & Crafts
• 10:00am – 3:00pm/Enjoy films in the auditorium and crafts in the classroom.
• 6:30pm – 8:00pm/Panel Discussion – Come to the auditorium for a panel discussion on local and regional issues moderated by Jon Covington with panelists from the community.

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

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 01/14/19

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

JANUARY 14, 2019

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 12/10/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
none

08. New Business
A. Presentation of Fire Department commemorative badges
B. Introduction of Public Safety Chaplin
C. Sheringer Park discussion
D. Discussion of Policies and Procedures in regards to Planning Commission
E. Approve reappointment of Geoff Newmyer and Kyle Osterhart to Planning Commission
F. Approve mileage rates for 2019
G. Approve water rate increase

09. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Caffeine

Dr. Universe: Why does caffeine make us stay up longer? – Cooper, 12

Dear Cooper,

You’re right, caffeine can help us stay awake—but only for so long. To understand exactly why it works, it helps to know about one of my favorite things: sleep. All animals need rest to stay healthy. But sometimes humans don’t get quite as much sleep as they need.

They might be tired during the day or have a lot of work to do. To feel more alert, they might drink a cup of coffee, tea, or soda. These kinds of drinks contain caffeine, a chemical and stimulant that can trigger changes in the body.

Caffeine can make people feel excited and happy or even a little sick and jittery. We can trace all of these reactions back to our central nervous system where our nerve cells regularly interact with different chemicals, or molecules, in our body to help us think, feel, and sense our world.

Each day, your body produces a chemical called adenosine (ah-den-o-seen). It can slow down activity in the brain and is part of what makes us sleepy. The chemical helps send a signal to the body when we need sleep, which helps the body recharge.

Part of the reason you feel tired is because the adenosine molecules you made have actually reached parts of your nerve cells called receptors. A receptor is kind of like a keyhole. The adenosine is kind of like a key and it can unlock your sleepiness. But sometimes an imposter molecule comes along.

To your neurons, the caffeine molecule looks a lot like the adenosine molecule. That’s what I found out from my friend John White, a pharmacy professor at Washington State University who knows a lot about how caffeine works in the body.

The reason we don’t feel tired when we have caffeine is because caffeine literally blocks the adenosine from reaching our cells and doing the job of making us sleepy. Caffeine may give us a temporary feeling of being awake, but it also has some other side effects. We might feel more nervous, have difficulties breathing, or a faster heart rate.

It turns out, humans aren’t the only ones that can feel the effects of caffeine. A few scientists have studied how some bees get caffeine from the nectar in flowers. In nature, we find caffeine in plants, but we can also make it in a lab.

Humans have used caffeine throughout history, but it wasn’t until about 200 years ago that a chemist named Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge took a much closer look at the chemical. Caffeine is a molecule made up of building blocks, or atoms, like carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen.

When these elements are arranged into the molecule caffeine, they have the unique ability to kind of trick our bodies. Even if we are craving sleep, we still feel wide awake. Speaking of sleep, I think it’s prime time for a catnap.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/07/19 – 01/14/19

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

Calvin College January Series
January 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

• January 7: Dr. Jimmy Lin – Finally, Some Good News About Cancer
• January 8: Kara Powell – Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover & Love the Church
• January 9: Mariela Shaker – Finding Refuge on the Stage
• January 10: Moderated Conversation with Jenna Bush Hager – Telling Stories that Inspire
• January 11: Craig Detweiler – Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

DIY Sock Snowman
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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

Yoga at the Library: Movement and Meditation
January 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library to learn and practice specialized breathing techniques, yoga postures, and mantras with Theresa Bernhardt!  Movement and Meditation is a free lunch-hour class providing an excellent foundation for this healing art form.  Be sure to dress comfortably and bring your own mat and small blanket if you’re able, though these items are not required.  This class is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Two separate sessions are being offered, Wednesdays, January 9 and January 23.  There will be separate registration for each class which happens from 12:15pm – 1:00pm.  To register, call (231) 722-8011 or visit Hackley Public Library’s online events calendar.  Registration for each session will open one month before class date.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: Free Ice Skating Lessons for Kids
January 9 (weather permitting) @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, kids ages 4 – 16 can learn how to ice skate from skating coach Mark Jastrzembski!  Mark has over 40 years of coaching experience.  Kids from 4 – 7 meet from 5:30pm – 6:00pm and kids 8 – 16 meet from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.  Free skates and helmet rentals will be available.  For more information call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

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

Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char
January 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Healthy Eating in the New Year: Spiral Surprises with Chef Char!” Trying to eat healthy in the New Year?  Sometimes just cutting your fruits and vegetables in a different way will make the produce a little more interesting and fun to cook and eat.  Basic knife skills will be covered in this class along with instruction on other handy kitchen gadgets that make vegetable and fruit chopping simple.  You will then sauté’ your spiralized produce in healthy, low-calorie, recipes using our own sauce creations and fresh herbs.  All culinary skill levels are welcome.  The cost is $45.  To register or for more information, call 231-769-2202 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

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

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

The 2019 Alley Door Club performance schedule is as follows:
• January 11 – The Vincent Hayes Band (Blues, Funk, Soul)
• January 25 – Big Daddy Fox & Friends (R & B, Rockin’ Blues)
• February 8 – Pop Fiction (Rock)
• February 22 – Westside Soul Surfers (R & B, Funk, Soul)
• March 8 – Overnight Hero (Rock)
• March 22 – Brena (Rock)
• April 12 – Swinging Stem Cells (Rock)
• April 26 – Yard Sale Underwear (The Self-proclaimed King of Polyester, Pop & Soul)

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

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 11 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Rochester Lancers at the L.C. Walker Arena on Friday, January 11 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

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

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

Unicorns Super Saturday
January 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 12 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, enjoy a free family fun day at the Muskegon Museum of Art with a “Unicorns Super Saturday!” Museums are magical!  Come explore the magic of unicorns with a craft everyone can enjoy.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

• 11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look: Ask docents what makes the galleries so magical!
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Make & Take Unicorns: Let your imagination soar as you create a unicorn!

ASD Sensory Saturday at the Lakeshore Museum Center
January 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 12 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, families whose children have ASD, or sensory disorders, are invited to attend a special Sensory Saturday event at the Lakeshore Museum Center!  This is a free event featuring a variety of accommodations that have been put in place to create an inclusive, welcoming, and safe place for the children and families.  Families can visit the museum’s exhibits, work on a craft, and have the option to visit the quiet area to relax and unwind.  Sensory bags with items like noise-canceling headphones, visors, and fidget toys will also be available for families to check out.  Families can also download a “Sensory Story” to read with their child before their visit.  To register, call Jackie at 231-724-5526 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Swap, Not Shop Clothing Exchange
January 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to The Coffee Factory for the “Swap, Not Shop Clothing Exchange!” The cover charge is $5 to get in and portions of the proceeds will benefit a local charity.  All items left at the end of the swap will be donated locally. Swappable items include quality wardrobe items that you’d typically consign or donate.  Items must be CLEAN (freshly laundered) and in very good condition.  Bring your own bag and swap the day away!
This event is dependent on people bringing items in and the more you bring in, the more everyone will have to swap so clean out your closets! If you would like to drop off bags in advance, please do so at The Coffee Factory, Mondays – Fridays from 6:00am – 6:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am – 6:00pm.  For more information call (231) 747-9896.

Muskegon Bridal Expo
January 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts for the Muskegon Bridal Expo! The Bridal Show is 12:00pm – 3:00pm followed by the Fashion Show from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Door Prizes will be given away after the fashion show and you must be present to win. Rules are available at the registration desk.
Whether you are recently engaged or have been in the planning process for a while, the Muskegon Bridal Expo is a great way to meet many of the area’s premier wedding service providers. Bring your friends and make a day of it!  For more information visit www.frauenthal.org.

Music at the Library: The Whiskey Charmers
January 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Do you enjoy music that reminds you of “riding through the desert with the top down?”  That’s just one of the ways fans describe The Whiskey Charmers, an alternative-country band with a captivating sound.  Embrace a unique style of music from this award-winning duo, when you visit the Hackley Public Library Saturday, January 12 for a compelling, free performance from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.
Saturday, January 12 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Youngstown Phantoms!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Comedian Jordan Garnett wsg Adrian Cosby
January 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, January 12 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for comedian Jordan Garnett with special guest Adrian Cosby!

Jordan Garnett – Jordan first took the stage at just seventeen years old, where he won first place in a county-wide competition.  Since then, Jordan has grown to become one of the most popular and recognized comedians coming out of the South Florida region.  Whether it’s opening up for some of the biggest headliners in the game, appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, ESPN, or being featured in The New York Post, Jordan is sure to deliver.  He is currently on a nationwide tour performing at clubs and colleges coast to coast and was just recently named New Times Broward’s “Rising Star.”
Adrian Cosby – Adrian uses his multi-ethnic background and intellectual wit to make audiences from all walks of life laugh at him as well as themselves. Smart, smooth and surprising Adrian’s unique look and style make him the perfect complement for many diverse acts.  He has recently worked with Greg Hahn, Vince Morris, Rob Schneider, Ian Bagg, Paul Mooney and Donny Baker from Bob & Tom.

Purchase tickets for $7 dollars ahead of time at www.shermanbowlingcenter.com/back-alley-comedy-club or at the door for only $10!  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
January 13 @ 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.
Sunday, January 13 at 3:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Central Illinois Flying Aces!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Marketing Monday
January 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, January 14 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for the discussion, “5 Biggest Marketing Mistakes Businesses Are Making (And How to Avoid Them),” presented by Jason Piasecki of Revel.  Did you know that over half of businesses lack a formal marketing plan or that many companies have no idea who their ideal customer is?  Learn how to avoid those mistakes and take back actionable items you can apply to your business today.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Join them for the Lunchtime Series every second Monday of the month.  Lunch is included.  You must register in advance as no walk-ins will be accepted.  The cost is $10.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Ask Dr. Universe – New Taste Buds

Dear Doctor Universe,
Why do you grow new taste buds? I read in a book once that you grow new taste buds every week. I started wondering how and why? I’m hoping you can help me with my question.
-Tyra, 10, Jacksonville, NC

Dear Tyra,

You read it right— taste buds can have a lifespan of anywhere from one to two weeks. That’s what I found out from my friend Charles Diako, a food science researcher at Washington State University. Before he explained exactly how and why we grow our taste buds, he told me two important things about them.

First, if you stick out your tongue, you will see a bunch of little bumps. They are not taste buds, but parts called papillae. The taste buds are hidden inside the papillae. Second, he explained, taste buds are actually bundles of taste cells which are like “a gateway to the taste centers in the brain.”

We rely on taste to figure out different traits in foods, like the sweetness of a marshmallow, the sour of a lemon, bitter dark chocolate, salty crackers, or the savory, meaty umami of ripe tomatoes.

Every time we eat or drink something, we are faced with a decision of whether to actually eat it or spit it out, Diako said. Our sense of taste helps us decide if what we eat is delightful or dangerous. In a way, it helps with our survival.

We grow new taste buds for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that taste cells die off after they’ve finished their job. The taste cells, like many cells, can age and when they lose their sensitivity, the body grows new ones.

The second reason we grow new taste buds is sometimes we burn them off with things like hot foods and beverages. The heat can kill our taste buds. If we don’t grow new ones, we would have problems detecting the tastes of food and probably wouldn’t enjoy a meal very much.

Taste buds grow from a class of cells called basal cells, Diako explained. The cells go through a process in which they divide and enter the taste buds. They then develop into one of at least five different taste cell types that help us detect sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami.

We are growing new taste buds pretty much all the time. Recent studies estimate that we lose about 10 percent of our taste cells every day. Around 20 to 30 percent of them are developing today and about 60 percent are in full use.

“When you sit at the Thanksgiving table and get ready to bite into that turkey, remember what an amazing job your taste buds and brain are doing to help you enjoy every bit of that occasion,” Diako said.

Do you have a favorite food? Does it fall under the category of sweet, sour, salty, bitter or umami? Send your answer to Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 01/02/19 – 01/07/19

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

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Orion Rapp
January 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Dr. Orion Rapp performing the music of Schumann, D’Indy, Paladilhe and Mozart!  The cover charge is $5.
Come early for dinner! Beginning at 6:15pm, enjoy the Southern Good Luck New Year’s Meal featuring ham, Hoppin’ John, greens, corn bread, a glass of house wine and Deep South Eggnog Bourbon Cake  for only $17.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life
January 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, January 3 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena to join the group Praying for Hope for an Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life! Tickets are only $5 per person which includes skate rental and are available at the door.  All ages are welcome!  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life which raises money for the American Cancer Society.  For more information, call 1-800-227-2345.

Calvin College January Series
January 3 – 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to downtown Muskegon! From January 3 – 23, the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center will broadcast a live stream of one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, weekdays, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.  These lectures are free and no tickets are required.
Featured presenters include author and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager; NFL player and former astronaut Leland Melvin; Oscar-nominated costumer designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther); Craig Detweiler, author of “Searching for God in the Digital Age,” and Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to report and speak against Larry Nassar.
These experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics including storytelling, climate justice, forgiveness, global journalism, and cancer research, among many others. For a full list of speakers and topics, visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

• January 3: Todd Cioffi & Christiana deGroot – The Transformative & Redemptive Power of (a Christian) Education
• January 4: Arthur C. Brooks – Bringing America Together
• January 7: Dr. Jimmy Lin – Finally, Some Good News About Cancer
• January 8: Kara Powell – Growing Young: Helping Young People Discover & Love the Church
• January 9: Mariela Shaker – Finding Refuge on the Stage
• January 10: Moderated Conversation with Jenna Bush Hager – Telling Stories that Inspire
• January 11: Craig Detweiler – Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age
• January 14: Nicholas Kristof – Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
• January 15: Leland Melvin – Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances
• January 16: William Powers – Sustainability, Happiness & the “Slow” Movement
• January 17: Erik W. Carter – Incomplete without You: The Church & People with Disabilites
• January 18: Ruth Carter – The Art of Storytelling Through Costume Design
• January 21: Willie Jennings in celebration of MLK Day – The Christian Imagination: Theology & the Origins of Race
• January 22: Rachel Denhollander – A Time to Speak: Addressing Justice and Forgiveness
• January 23: Mary Robinson – Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience & the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Jazz Night: Ninth Coast Ensemble
January 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 3 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Jazz Night featuring the Ninth Coast Ensemble.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

The Back Alley Comedy Club: Brad Williams
January 4 – January 5
Friday, January 4 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, and Saturday, January 5 at 6:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club for Brad Williams!
Pound for pound, Brad Williams is the funniest comedian in the country right now, and has become one of the most in-demand comedians working today.  A California native, Williams started doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and has been touring successfully ever since, routinely selling out shows all over the country and the world.
Williams has parlayed that success into a multitude of stand-up television experiences, including Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Most recently, his first one-hour special, Fun Size, was the highest rated on Showtime, and a year later, he followed that up with his second special, Daddy Issues, which was more successful than the first and prompted The New York Times to write “No one is doing it [stand-up comedy] more hilariously than Brad Williams.”  His third special in three years was an uproarious one, hosting some of the edgiest comedians in the country from the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Also an accomplished actor, Williams has appeared on numerous TV shows and feature films, including FX’s Legit, Sam and Cat, Mind of Mencia, Pitboss, a recurring role on the Hulu original show Deadbeat, and memorable roles in a plethora of movies, including Little Evil, which was produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), as well as the Netflix original Christopher Guest film, Mascots.

Tickets are $27 when purchased in advance.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258.

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

Live Music: Legal Rehab
January 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, February 4 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from Legal Rehab!  They are a 4-piece band that plays amplified 60’s acoustic classic folk/rock and Irish music as well.  The band features passionate playing and conversational interaction with the audience.  Performers include Britta Bujak Portenga (violin/fiddle), Roy Portenga (guitar and vocals), Scott White (harmonica, Cajon and vocals) and Pete Buchholz (bass guitar and vocals).  For more information call the Book Nook & Java Shop at 231-894-5333.

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

First Annual Walter Day
January 5 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 5 from 12:00pm – 12:00am, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company invites you to their First Annual Walter Day in the Taproom! In celebration of their beloved Walter BlondAle, they are inviting all of his friends to a party.  For one day only, they are taking their classic American Blonde Ale and turning it up to 11 different variations!

Variants will include:
• Walter Goes to Bangkok
• Walter White (Chocolate Raspberry)
• Walter Goes to Belgium
• Walter Gets Buzzed on Vanilla & Caramel
• Walter Joins the MOB (surprise variant brewed in collaboration with the Muskegon Ottawa Brewers)
• Walter’s New Buzz (experimental coffee)

All beers will be put on tap at noon. They only have one keg of some variants, so get there early!  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Delicious Demise
January 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
From October – May, Amanda’s Bequest, a heritage farm-stay bed & breakfast, and Bygone Basics, a heritage farm to fork cooking school and bakery, offer special “Murder Mystery” events! Participants learn about cultural food differences and experience dishes that are authentic to the country or place the theme is based on.  You get food discovery, dinner, and “DEMISE!”
This is so much fun!  You will be emailed more detailed information about the event prior to arrival, including your role assignment and costume suggestions. The activities last from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturdays, with dinner served in courses.  These are themed murder mysteries based on the season, month and number of guests.  All are different, so keep coming back for the next one!  A minimum of 6 people are required.  Murder mystery dinners are adult themed and not suitable for those under 17 years of age.  (Not fully suitable for special diets.  Some foods are naturally gluten free or vegetarian and these are present, but no separate dishes can be prepared.) For more information, please call (231) 740-4065 or e-mail ICan@bygonebasics.com.  You can request no role, or small role if you are a little shy. Conversely, do request a big role if you are excited about doing this!
They reserve the right to change the posted theme to adjust to group sizes.  Please call or e-mail to register or visit the website below.  The cost is $45, or $35 if you’re staying at Amanda’s Bequest Bed & Breakfast.

Muskegon Risers Home Game
January 5 @ 7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC was founded to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands our community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential.  The ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.  Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity.  Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense.
Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against the Chicago Mustangs at the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, January 5 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400.

Bobby Bones: Red Hoodie Comedy Tour
January 5 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 5 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour!  Bobby is a radio DJ, stand-up comedian, best-selling author, chart-topping recording artist, TV personality and philanthropist who has built his career on the ability to multi-task.  Channeling humor, honesty, and hard work, he’s also built the largest nationally syndicated morning show in country radio, “The Bobby Bones Show.”
Tickets are $31.75, $34.75 and $81.75.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

DIY Sock Snowman
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman?  What better way to re-purpose a sock than using it for a cute winter craft!  Monday, January 7 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as Nancy Hartman shows you how to make an adorable sock snowman decoration for yourself.  All supplies are included.  Registration is required, and will open one month before the class date.  Register at hackleylibrary.org/events or by calling 231-722-8011.  This event is recommended for ages 16 and up.

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Hot Peppers

Dear Dr. Universe: What makes a pepper hot? -Christian, 12

Dear Christian,

If you’ve ever eaten a chili pepper, you know it can make you feel really hot. You might start sweating, get a runny nose, or even cry.
Like you, my friend Courtney Schlossareck is also very curious about spicy foods. She is a graduate student at Washington State University and part of her research involves finding out how well people can taste chili peppers in cheese.

When I told her about your question, she said that chili peppers are hot because they contain a particular molecule that brings the heat. Molecules are made up of building blocks called atoms. The molecule in spicy peppers is called capsaicin (kap-SAY-sen). It can add different sensations to the foods we eat.

Peppers come in colors like orange, green, yellow, and red, and have different amounts of spiciness. They can be dried into flakes, ground into powder, or made into a fiery hot sauce.

At the WSU Creamery, cheesemakers have come up with a few cheeses that have a spicy kick. My friend John Haugen, the creamery manager, said some of these cheese recipes include jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers, and even spicier ghost peppers.

He explained that we can measure how intense a chili pepper’s heat is by using the Scoville Scale. A jalapeno pepper is only 2,000 to 5,000 Scoville units—about the same as tabasco sauce. Capsaicin in its raw form is about 16 million Scoville units. The ghost pepper is about one million Scoville units.

Haugen and Schlossareck said that when we eat a chili pepper, capsaicin molecules land on the receptors in our mouth. Our receptors are little bundles of fibers that transmit different sensations to the brain and around the body.

Our nerves help us feel all kinds of things, including a bit of pain from chili peppers. They can also trigger our eyes to water or make us sweat. Some people really enjoy eating chili peppers, while other people think they are just too hot.

Some scientists think the spiciness of chili peppers might be a defense mechanism to keep too many animals from eating them. Most mammals do stay away from spicy peppers. But in a recent study, researchers found that, in addition to some humans, the tree shrew seems to like hot peppers, too. Some kinds of birds will also eat chili peppers and help spread the seeds.

Schlossareck reminded me that there are lots of compounds that can add different traits to our food. While chili peppers are hot, other compounds can make our mouth feel cool. One of these compounds is called menthol. It comes from the peppermint plant.
Do you prefer peppermint or chili pepper? What about your family and friends? Why do you think people have different tastes? Send us your ideas at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Village of Fruitport Council Meeting Minutes – 12/17/18

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
DECEMBER 17, 2018

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

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Amy Haack, Jay Bolt, Jeff Guiles and Carl Rothenberger
Absent: Bill Overkamp
Also present: Jeremy Statler, DPW Supervisor, Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney, Heidi Tice, Fruitport Township Supervisor and Ron Bultje, Township attorney

5. Approval of previous meeting minutes from November 19th council meeting and December 10th Public Hearing
Motion made by Jeff to approve the minutes from the November 19th council meeting, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
Motion made by Amy to approve the minutes from the December 10th work session, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

6. Approve the agenda for the December 17th Council meeting
Carl requested that an item be added under New Business as item 16 Discussion regarding DPW Worker. Motion made by Amy to approve the agenda for the December 17th council meeting with the item added, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
None

8. Oath of Office
Roger, Amy and Carl took the oath of office for their newly elected terms.

9. Correspondence (Ann)
Ann read a letter from Connie Smith stating her resignation from the Village Planning Commission. Ann also read a letter from Justin Allison, CEO of Peppies Inc regarding recreational marijuana.

10. Reports from Officers (Each Council Member)
Donna advised that the Fruitport District Library board recommends Ruth Woodward be appointed to replace Lorri Essenberg and that Laura Oldt be reappointed both for a 2-year term.
Amy has been working very hard on the road and sewer projects. She also attended the casino tribal meeting. There was lots of support for the casino. Amy asked that we draft a resolution in support of the casino and place the discussion on next months agenda.
Jay also attended the casino meeting. He questioned Heidi Tice if the casino shopping center would be in competition with existing retail in the area. Heidi advised that the casino shopping boutique shopping and would be more complimentary than competition to existing retail stores.
Jay gave an update on the Planning Commission. The December meeting was cancelled. The next meeting will take place on January 25th at noon. They have finished the Land Use Ordinances. After the January meeting they will present to council along with a Schedule of Fees recommendation. They will start on the Master Plan after the completion of the Land Use Ordinances. Jay will present an end of the year report to the council after the next meeting.
Jeff had nothing to report

11. Library appointments
Motion made by Roger to appoint Ruth Woodward to the Fruitport District Library board for a two-year term of December 31, 2018 and expiring December 31, 2020, replacing Lorri Essenberg who has resigned, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote the motion carried. Roger made a motion to reappoint Laura Oldt to the Fruitport District Library board for a two-year term of December 31, 2018 and expires December 31, 2020, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

12. Planning Commission appointment
Motion made by Roger to appoint Jonathon Sigman to replace Connie Smith on the Planning Commission, supported by Jay. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

13. 2020 3rd Avenue Project
Jay gave an introduction regarding the council work session held last week. A meeting was arranged with the Jeremy and Fruitport Township staff. Jay asked Jeremy to give a report of the meeting. Jeremy said the meeting was to gain clarification of the Township’s role in the potential sewer project. He invited Township Supervisor Heidi Tice and Township Attorney Ron Bultje to the council meeting. Jeremy asked Ron to go over information from the meeting with our council. Ron stated that the Township is interested in cooperating with the Village. Ron discussed a possible Special Assessment District. He explained if there is a SAD there would be no availability or trunkage fees. He discussed bonding of the project. He advised it would need to be approved by the Township board. Ron advised the total cost would be divided by the number of Residential Equivalent Units (REU). The cost would be in the range of $10,500 per REU. If a petition was done 51% of the parties involved would need to be in favor of the project. The special assessment would be placed on the yearly Village tax bill.
Amy discussed with the council that we were researching sewer because of the possible major road reconstruction of 3rd Avenue. A grant for $375,000 was applied for and the Village was recently notified that they did not receive the grant. Amy went on to explain that the road reconstruction is approximately $875,000. An option would be to do a 3 mill increase to residents for 5 years for one road project. Without the grant money she doesn’t see how we can do this in an equitable way for the residents. Amy referred to the probably cost options presented by the engineering firm. We could do the option of a new resurfaced road at the cost of $457,000 without the sewer. We currently have $200,000 in a federal grant, $157,000 pending federal grant and Village funds of $100,000 to cover the cost.
A discussion took place and it was determined to table it until we get additional information needed to make a decision. The timeframe for the decision needs to be by February.

14. Kayak launch
Jeremy advised he is waiting on information from our engineering firm.

15. Recreational Marijuana
Dave referred everyone to the Recreational Marijuana information in their council packet. The information is from the Michigan Municipal League and is very detailed. Dave explained that municipalities need to opt out of recreational marijuana or it is in effect. The Village needs to decide if they want to opt out. The Village could opt out now while the state is putting together regulations and opt back in later if they choose to. Dave will send a generic ordinance to our clerk and have on the agenda for next month’s meeting.

16. Discussion regarding DPW Worker
Carl made a motion to grant the Personnel Committee authority to deal with a DPW worker situation, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

17. Public Comment
None

18. Warrants
Motion made by Donna to approve the warrants, supported by Carl. Roll Call AYES: Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Bolt, Guiles and Vanderstelt NAYES: None

19. Adjourn
Donna made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:55pm, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Muskegon County Calendar of Events Dec. 26-Jan. 3, 2019

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

Wednesday, December 26:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Thursday, December 27:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Free Family Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
3:00 pm *Thursday*
Bring your friends, neighbors and family to the Frauenthal Theater for a FREE Family Movie featuring “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!” No tickets are required.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Jazz Night Aedan McCauley Trio
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Night with Aedan McCauley Trio at The Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St. Montague

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00 pm- 8:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more info., call 231-722-7578.

Friday, December 28:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
1:00 pm- 4:00pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12.  For more info., call 231-722-7578.

Swing Dance at 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for swing dancing!  They have a professional instructor from Argentina coming in to teach.  Lessons are from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.  They will keep the music on until at least 10:00pm.  Let’s make it a party!  Stay and practice what you’ve learned.  If you already know how to swing dance, come join them at 9:00pm for the only opportunity in Muskegon for this venue. Take these lessons to prepare for a Swing Dance New Year’s Eve Party they’re planning. They will have a live band for this special night and details will be provided as they become available.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Trinergy
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trinergy plays the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague

Open Mic Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, December 28 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s time for another Red Lotus Center for the Arts Open Mic Night!  Come out and show off your stuff or just sit and be amazed, your choice!  Any kind of talent is welcome –– songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and you don’t burn the place down. https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
December 28 @ 7:00 pm – December 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for Lumberjacks’ home games as they take on the Madison Capitols!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Saturday, December 29:

Muskegon Indoor Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market continues year round inside at 242 W. Western Ave.

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

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

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Sunday, December 30:

Latin Dance Party ~ Salsa Style
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Company as MADLOS presents free Latin dance classes from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.  They will keep the music on until 7:00pm so you can stay and practice what you’ve learned.  Even if you already know Latin dance, come join the fun at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson or dance, but they will accept donations to support Muskegon Child Abuse Council. It is not necessary to attend all dates and a partner is not required.  Please join them for fun, good exercise, and a way to meet new and interesting people!  Join MADLOS on Facebook to be notified of all of their dance events.  Instructor: Florencia Manon Colella

Monday, December 31:

Reminder: Visit Muskegon office will be closed Monday December 31 and Tuesday January 1. We will open again Wednesday January 2 at 8:00am. Happy New Year to you and yours from Visit Muskegon.

New Year’s Eve Ballroom Package: Holiday Inn
Spend New Year’s Eve at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center with a wonderful all-inclusive package for 2 which includes:
• Overnight accommodations
• Champagne upon arrival
• Dinner Buffet
• Open bar from 9:00pm – 1:00am
• Balloon drop
• Champagne toast and midnight snacks
• Breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
• Late checkout of 1:00pm
• Photo booth with props
• Live entertainment by Great Scott
Packages start at $299.99 + tax.  Make your reservation today by calling 231-722-0100.

Irish New Year’s Eve and NYE Happy Hour at Unruly
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
It’s an Irish New Year’s Eve and NYE Happy Hour at Unruly Brewing Co.! They’re “Dublin” your fun with the awesome Irish band, The Barley Saints.  The festivities begin at 5:00pm and last until 7:30pm as they celebrate Irish New Year’s Eve at 7:00pm (which is midnight in Ireland).  There is no cover charge and they’ll be offering $1 off drinks during this Irish Happy Hour.  For more information call (231) 288-1068. This event will be followed by the magical Unruly New Year’s Eve Prom featuring Project 90: www.facebook.com/events/2242929189324578

New Year’s Eve Party at Rum Runners
6:00 pm – 1:00am
Rum Runners is located 12058 E. Apple Ave. Ravenna
• 6:00pm – 7:00pm/Happy Hour
• 7:00pm – 8:00pm/Taco Bar
• 8:00pm – Close/DJ and Entertainment
• 12:00am/ Champagne Toast
You’ll also enjoy 50/50 raffles, basket raffles, the Selfie Photo Booth and much more! Tickets are available at Rum Runners for $25 a couple in advance or $30 at the door.  Single tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit recreational clubs and local Ravenna groups supported by the (RABC) Ravenna Athletic Boost Club.  For more information call 231-853-2223.

New Year’s Eve Party Package: Shoreline Inn
6:30 pm
The Shoreline Inn & the Lake House Waterfront Grille are offering a great New Year’s Eve Party Package! This all-inclusive package for two includes:
• overnight accommodation
• champagne upon arrival
• dinner buffet
• open bar from 9pm – 1am
• champagne toast
• midnight snacks
• balloon drop
• late check out of 1pm
• live entertainment from Pop Fiction
• breakfast buffet New Year’s Day
Guests must be 21 years of age. For more information or reservations call (231) 727-8483.

New Year’s Eve at Bella Maria’s
6:30pm
Ring in 2019 with appetizers, a prime rib dinner buffet, the ultimate dessert buffet and the world’s best Michael Jackson impersonator at Bella Maria’s!  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased in advance by calling 231-563-6914. Movin’ Music will be providing dance music after the show!

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

New Year’s Eve Swing Dance Bash
8:00 pm
MADLOS is having a New Year’s Even Swing Dance party at 18th Amendment Spirits Co.  Doors open at 8:00pm and the live band starts at 9:30pm.  Food and drink specials will be offered.  There is no cover charge and no reservations are needed. Don’t know how to swing dance?  They’ve got you covered!  They will have Swing Dance Parties on December 28 where you can take swing dance lessons with a special guest instructor just in from Argentina!  Lessons begin at 8:00pm and open dancing starts at 9:00pm.  These events are free, but there will be a tip jar to help you show your appreciation. MADLOS is the Facebook group: Muskegon Area Dance Lovers.

The Unruly Prom NYE 2018 w/ Project 90!
9:00 pm
Come to Unruly Brewing Co. for the Unruly Prom as Project 90 counts down to 2019 with all your favorite 90’s rock! Whether you enjoyed prom, hated it or didn’t attend, here’s your chance to ring in the New Year with a new prom, THE UNRULY PROM!  Prom attire is encouraged; the decade is your choice!  Tickets include party themed favors, a Polaroid photo, a champagne toast at midnight, barrel drop and live entertainment! Tickets are $10 and you must be 21 or older to attend.  For more information call (231) 288-1068.

Cosmic Knot New Year’s Bash
9:30 pm
Come to The Platinum Room at Sherman Bowling Center for the “Cosmic Knot New Year’s Bash!”  For more information, call (616) 570-8765.

Reminder: Visit Muskegon office will be closed Monday December 31 and Tuesday January 1. We will open again Wednesday January 2 at 8:00am. Happy New Year to you and yours from Visit Muskegon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019:

45th Annual Sergeant Preston Yukon King Run
11:00 am
The 45th Annual Sergeant Preston Yukon King Run is happening New Year’s Day, January 1 beginning at 11:00am at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex inside Muskegon State Park! All ages are invited to choose from the challenging 6 Mile Run up Blockhouse Hill or the 5K Run/Walk which is flat and fast. Proceeds benefit the North Muskegon High School Athletic Booster Club.

Early registration postmarked before December 21 is:
• Individual $20 – No Shirt
• Individual $30 – with Shirt
Late registration after December 21
• Individual $25 – No Shirt
• Individual $35 – with Shirt
Family Rate (immediate family 3 or more)
• $15 each – No Shirt
• $25 each – with Shirt
Family rates are only available for Early Entry. There will be no Family Rate after December 21. Shirt availability not guaranteed after December 30. For more information on how to register, visit www.RunnersEdgeRaceTiming.com or visit the Facebook page link below

Wednesday, January 2, 2019:

White Lake Classical Series: Dr. Orion Rapp
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Dr. Orion Rapp performing the music of Schumann, D’Indy, Paladilhe and Mozart!  The cover charge is $5. Come early for dinner! Beginning at 6:15pm, enjoy the Southern Good Luck New Year’s Meal featuring ham, Hoppin’ John, greens, corn bread, a glass of house wine and Deep South Eggnog Bourbon Cake  for only $17.  For more information or to RSVP, call 231-894-5333.

Thursday, January 3, 2019:

Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life
January 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the L.C. Walker Arena for an Ice Skating Fundraiser for Relay for Life! Tickets are only $5 per person which includes skate rental and are available at the door.  All ages are welcome!  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life which raises money for the American Cancer Society.  For more information, call 1-800-227-2345.

Coming soon to Muskegon: Bobby Bones show at the Frauenthal Center January 5. One night only! Tickets are still available!

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Please visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events in Muskegon County!

Ask Dr. Universe – Wasabi

Dr. Universe: How is wasabi made and where does it come from? – Christian, 12

Dear Christian,

When you think of wasabi, you might think of that hot green paste people serve up with sushi. Some restaurants put a bit of wasabi on your plate, but it’s usually not real wasabi. It’s actually a mixture of horseradish, mustard, and green dye. Real wasabi is a lot different.

That’s what I found out from my friend Thomas Lumpkin, a plant scientist who studied wasabi as a researcher at Washington State University. Wasabi is a plant that mainly grows in Japan in the cool, running water of mountain streams and springs.

The part of the wasabi plant we eat comes from the stem, or the rhizome, which can be up to about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. The plant comes in different shades of green, leaf sizes, and shapes, and in more than 20 different varieties.

Wasabi is one of the hardest plants to grow, which also makes it pretty valuable. If you wanted to buy real wasabi at a store, it would probably be about $95 a pound, Lumpkin said.

In nature, wasabi requires just the right environment to grow. It needs a cool climate, but not too cool in the winter. It also needs freshwater all year long and grows best in a bed of gravel. The Pacific Northwest can provide a lot of these conditions, along with some good shade. Lumpkin and some of his students actually helped people in the Northwest learn how to grow wasabi.

Now there are wasabi farms up and running on the coast of Oregon and Canada’s Vancouver Island. Growing wasabi takes a lot of patience. Only a few farms in the U.S. grow wasabi and only a few fine-dining sushi restaurants serve it.

When cooks prepare the wasabi, they shave off a bit of the stem to clean it up. They sometimes use very fine grating tools, called orsoshigane, which are used in Japanese cooking. These tools can grate up stuff a lot finer than the kind of cheese graters we usually find in the kitchen. Finally, they gather these tiny pieces of wasabi stem together. We might eat it with sushi, sashimi, or noodles. The leaves and the part that connects the leaf to the stem, called petioles, can be pickled or dried.

When we grate the wasabi stem, it breaks the plant’s cells and triggers a chemical reaction that gives the vegetable a very powerful flavor. It’s so strong that sometimes vapors will travel into the back of your mouth and up into the nasal cavity. It hits the sinuses and can easily make your eyes water.

Even though we might not be eating real wasabi when we go to a restaurant, the horseradish in the paste can still add extra spice to your meal. And now you know that wasabi is made by grinding up the root of a pretty interesting plant. It probably came from Japan—but there’s also a chance it was grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Village Council Work Session Minutes – 12/10/18

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
COUNCIL WORK SESSION
DECEMBER 10, 2018

1. Call to Order
Council member Amy Haack called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Donna Pope, Amy Haack, Jay Bolt, Jeff Guiles and Bill Overkamp.
Absent: Roger Vanderstelt and Carl Rothenberger Also present: Jeremy Statler, DPW Supervisor and Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney

5. Approve the agenda for the December 10th work session
Motion made by Amy to approve the agenda for the December 10th work session, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Recreational Marijuana
Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney, gave an overview of the new Recreational Marijuana state law. Municipalities have the option to either permit the use or ban it. An ordinance would be required to ban it and if you do nothing it would be legal. Dave advised the state will adopt a statute regarding Recreational Marijuana. All of this will take some time. The Council has time to decide regarding Recreational Marijuana in the Village.

7. 2020 Sanitary Sewer and 3rd Avenue Roadway Reconstruction Proposal (Discussion Only)
Amy explained that there was a meeting with Fruitport and Muskegon DPW Staff and legal counsel on December 7th. Amy deferred to Jay to report on the meeting. Jay referred to the report that was distributed to all council members regarding the meeting. Jay also reviewed the Third Street Sanitary Sewer Extension Agreement with Fruitport Township, Fruitport Township Ordinance 723 Sewer System Rate and Administration Ordinance and the Excerpts of Minutes dated January 25, 2016 that included Sewer Rate Resolution.

Jay explained that the bonding may need to go through Fruitport Township or Muskegon County. We need to go through the township to the wastewater system. The township would be the owner of the sewer system. Dave explained mandatory hook up vs. Special Assessment districts. Jay explained at this point we need feedback from Fruitport Township to determine the financial impact for each REU (Residential Equivalent Unit). Potentially the original costs per REU will be considerably reduced. The feedback from the Township will be in a couple of weeks. The decision for sewers needs to be made in January or February to be on schedule for the project. Additional council meetings will need to take place along with possibly a second public hearing. This will be determined at a later date.

8. Adjourn
Jay made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:10pm, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 12/10/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
December 10, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Board Room

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 – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-153. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Music Instructors, Tim Priest and Katie Cadwell spoke about the band program. They described this year’s marching band performance and their many successes. Tim also expressed his appreciation for the Board’s support. Katie thanked the Board for bringing back 5th grade band.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
None.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 18-154. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes of November 19, 2018
2. Approval of Closed Session Minutes of November 19, 2018.
3. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
6. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
7. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. First Reading of New and Updated Board Policies.
Item 18-155. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the first reading of NEOLA Volume 33, Number 1 new and updated policies as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held December 3, 2018.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held December 3, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner and Mark Mesbergen were present. The committee discussed the Summer Property Tax resolution, the Purchase of Maintenance Vehicles, the Instructional Assistant’s Tentative Agree, the purchase of Electronic Devices for K-2 and they reviewed a Fund Balance report from the MAISD.

2. Summer Tax Collection Resolution.
Item 18-156. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the annual Summer Tax Collection resolution as presented. Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Purchase of Kindergarten through Second Grade Electronic Devices.
Item 18-157. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the purchase of technology devices for grades K-2 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. Purchase of Maintenance Vehicles.
Item 18-158. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Kelly to approve the purchase of one maintenance truck and one maintenance work van in accordance with the Maintenance Vehicle Replacement Schedule as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held December 5, 2018.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held December 5, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Tim Burgess, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed a tentative agreement with the Instructional Assistants, a personnel issue, filling an open position, and the superintendent evaluation process.

2. Fruitport Instructional Assistants Tentative Agreement.
Item 18-159. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Franklin to ratify the tentative agreement for a three year contract with the Fruitport Instructional Assistants Association as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0, Cole – Abstained vote.

3. Superintendent’s Evaluation.
Item 18-160. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the 2017-18 Superintendent Evaluation of Bob Szymoniak with the rating of highly effective.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held December 5, 2018.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held December 5, 2018. Susan Franklin, Jill Brott, guest Steve Kelly and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed updates to the Commencement Policy #5460, a tentative agreement with the Instructional Assistants, the superintendent evaluation process, and Lame Duck Legislation pertaining to the School Aid fund.

2. First Reading of Updated Policy #5460.
Item 18-161. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the first reading of the updated Commencement Policy as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Overnight Trip Requests.
Item 18-162. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the overnight trip requests as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Jill Brott spoke about Shettler’s Leadership meeting and the Reproductive Health meeting. She was pleased with both. Jill also mentioned the upcoming “Jean Day” where proceeds collected will benefit Fruitport’s Merry Miracle program.

Kris Cole said the Middle School Robotics team did a great job during recent competition. They are headed to the State Championships December 14th and 15th in Battle Creek, MI. He also commended Bob Szymoniak for attending the Old Fashioned Christmas. He heard positive comments about having the superintendent at such events.

Bob Szymoniak complimented the High School staff on a well-organized Holiday Dance. 402 tickets were sold for the event.

Dave Hazekamp spoke highly of the MAISD dinner held at the Lake House. He appreciated the overview of issues districts are facing along with various solutions.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet January 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet January 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet January 16, 2019 at 5:45 p.m.
4. A Board Workshop has been scheduled for January 28, 2019 to discuss District Reading Strategies and Board/Superintendent goals.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Fruitport Media Clerk, Pam Gustafson mentioned the community agrees that great things are happening in the district!

XVII. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION
This item was approved during the Personnel Committee Reports & Recommendations (item XII-3).

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-163. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 12/05/18

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Susan Franklin, Jill Brott, Bob Szymoniak, and guest Steve Kelly

1. Policy #5460 (Graduation Requirements) was reviewed with updates. The first reading will be placed on the board agenda as recommended by the committee.

2. A tentative agreement with the Instructional Assistants was reviewed.

3. The superintendent evaluation process was discussed.

4. Lame Duck Legislation pertaining to School Aid was discussed.

Adjourned at 5:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 12/05/18

Personnel Committee
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Tim Burgess, Steve Kelly, and Bob Szymoniak

1. A tentative agreement with the Instructional Assistants was reviewed with a recommendation from the committee for board action.

2. The dismissal of two instructional assistants was briefly reviewed.

3. Filling the open maintenance position was reviewed and will be on the Consent Agenda.

4. Conclusion of the superintendent evaluation process was discussed and will be on the board agenda for approval.

Meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 12/03/18

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, December 3, 2018
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, and Mark Mesbergen

1. Summer Property Tax Resolution
The annual summer tax resolution was discussed. Currently, Spring Lake Township and Fruitport Township collect summer taxes. There will be a resolution to continue collecting summer taxes.

2. Purchase of Maintenance Vehicles
Mark presented a recommendation to purchase one maintenance truck and one maintenance van as part of the maintenance vehicle replacement schedule. The replacement schedule was approve last spring.

3. Instructional Assistant’s Tentative Agreement
Mark explained the tentative agreements that were reached with the Instructional Assistants Association.

4. Chromebooks – K-2
Mark presented a recommendation from Allison Camp to purchase devices for grades K-2 as part of a supplement to the new reading program SuperKids. The recommendation is to purchase 7 tablets per classroom for Kindergarten and 7 chromebooks per classroom for Grades 1 and 2. Title 1 will pay for the purchase for the tablets and chromebooks.

5. Fund Balance
Mark presented a report from the Muskegon Area ISD that shows fund balance amounts and percentages for the last couple of years.

Meeting adjourned at 12:21 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 17-26, 2018

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

Monday, December 17:

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

Color Me Calm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Do you need a little down time?  Coloring can be so relaxing, even for adults.  Monday, December 17 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, enjoy an evening at Hackley Public Library coloring and conversing with this free Adult Coloring Program.  Materials and snacks will be provided!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Black Man Film Premier
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
You’re invited to the Frauenthal Theater for the Black Man Film Premier! In partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art, Jon Covington presents “Black Man,” a feature length documentary that tells the stories of the men behind the MMA’s exhibition of photography by Jerry Taliaferro, SONS: Seeing the African American Male.  The film is a kaleidoscope of raw, riveting, and candid conversations with black men about their lives, their loves, their losses, their America.  Close to three dozen men share their perspectives of the everyday black man in ways we’ve not seen on film. Muskegon is the backdrop for Black Man, but the stories are Any Town, USA.  Free admission is courtesy of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.  For more information call (231) 722-9750.

Sensory Santa Experience
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate Center for the Sensory Santa Experience Skate Night! This is a special night for special kids open to all children and adults with special needs and/or sensory development differences.  Sensory nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds.  There’ll be soft music, no flashing lights and a patient and understanding Santa! You are welcome to stay for their Christian Music Skate Night (immediately following) at no additional charge.  This will be a great social environment where special kids can gain balance and coordination in a judgment-free zone.  All abilities are welcome and all children must be accompanied by a parent! Admission is $3. Regular skate rental is $4, roller blade rental is $5 and premium rental is $6.  You are of course, welcome to bring your own roller skates or roller blades.  Parents and children under  32” are free to watch.  Everyone else entering facility will be charged admission whether skating or watching.  For more information, call (231) 773-5538.

Tuesday, December 18:

Feeding the Soul of the City: Christmas at the Organ
12:00 pm
Come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring “Christmas at the Organ” with Caron Farmer, a traditional program of solo organ music devoted to the Christmas season!  For more information, call 231-722-2112. The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

Western Michigan Christian High School Christmas Collage
7:00 pm
Bring the family to Muskegon’s beautiful Frauenthal Theater for the Western Michigan Christian High School Christmas Collage! Make this beautiful concert part of your holiday season tradition as the music departments from Western MI Christian High School bring you the sounds of the Christmas Season.  Tickets are $12.00.  For more info call the box office at 231-727-8001.

West Michigan Junior Strings Winter Recital: FREE
7:00 pm
The 10th annual West Michigan Junior Strings Winter Recital will be presented at Montague United Methodist Church. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  The West Michigan Junior Strings is a program of the White Lake Music Society, offering private study, group classes and recitals. For more information please visit www.whitelakemusic.org.

Wednesday, December 19:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Thursday, December 20:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Friday, December 21:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Swing Dance at 18th Amendment Spirits Co.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bring your dance partner to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for swing dancing!  They have a professional instructor from Argentina coming in to teach.  Lessons are from 8:00pm – 9:00pm.  They will keep the music on until at least 10:00pm.  Let’s make it a party!  Stay and practice what you’ve learned.  If you already know how to swing dance, come join them at 9:00pm for the only opportunity in Muskegon for this venue. Take these lessons to prepare for a Swing Dance New Year’s Eve Party they’re planning. They will have a live band for this special night.  For more information call (231) 375-5064.

Muskegon Risers Soccer Home Game –vs- Cincinnati Swerve
7:00 pm
Muskegon Risers SC strives to represent the spirit of our area’s people in past, present and future tense. Catch the MKG Riser’s playing home against Cincinnati Swerve at the L.C. Walker Arena on Friday, December 21 at 7:15pm! You may purchase your ticket online or on game day at the field. All home games are $9.  For more information, call the arena at (231) 726-2400

Saturday, December 22:

Muskegon Indoor Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market continues year round inside at 242 W. Western Ave.

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

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

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Sunday, December 23:

Reminder: Visit Muskegon office will be closed Monday December 24 and Tuesday December 25. We will open again Wednesday December 26 at 8:00am. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Visit Muskegon.

Monday, December 24:

Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal:FREE for Everyone!
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Port City Church for Christmas Eve at the Frauenthal! This is a free program with no ticket required.  Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs led by some of the Lakeshore’s most inspirational musicians and listen to a message that will draw you into the Christmas story like never before.  For more information call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Tuesday, December 25:

Happy Holidays from Visit Muskegon!

Wednesday, December 26:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Coming soon to Muskegon: Bobby Bones show at the Frauenthal Center January 5. One night only! Tickets are still available!

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Please visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events in Muskegon County!

Ask Dr. Universe – Venom

Dear Dr. Universe: What is venom? -Callum, 9

Dear Callum,

A lot of different animals, like wasps, spiders, snakes, jellyfish, and scorpions, make venom. Animals like the cone snail, the blue-ringed octopus, and centipedes do, too.

Venom is a mixture of different proteins that can be very toxic to animals. While humans don’t make venom, they do carry around proteins. Proteins called keratin are the building blocks of your hair and nails. The red protein hemoglobin in your blood helps deliver oxygen around your body.

Venom tries to disrupt the systems in our body that help keep us alive, said my friend Mark Margres. He’s a venom researcher who studied at Washington State University and now works at Clemson University.

In his work as a scientist, he’s also studied the venomous eastern diamondback rattlesnake. It is the largest of the 32 species in the rattlesnake family. It’s about four or five feet long. Snake venom is one of the kinds of venom scientists know the most about. Margres has collected thousands of samples of rattlesnake venom and he said proteins in the venom can do different things.

The proteins might prevent blood from clotting. They might create a drop in blood pressure. They might even stop the heart.

In the eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, some toxins can actually paralyze a mouse’s legs. But these toxins only paralyze the legs for about 30 minutes, then the mice can move around again. Some of the rattlesnake’s toxins will actually kill the prey. Then there are other toxins that help the snake digest its food.

Margres said that when an animal gets bit and venom enters the body, a lot of people think the venom travels through the blood. But it actually takes a different path.

The venom travels through a network of organs and tissues that are usually supposed to help an animal get rid of toxins and other unwanted invaders. It’s called the lymphatic system. When venom enters this system, it can spread all around the body.

It’s also a myth that you can suck out venom to keep it from spreading. Once the venom is in the body we can’t stop it without something like a medication called anti-venom.

Margres said that snakes can control how much venom they inject into an animal and sometimes make a “dry bite” using just their teeth— no venom.

“We are not exactly sure how or why they choose to do what they do,” Margres said.

Who knows? Maybe one day you can study venomous animals on our planet to help us learn more about these creatures, their defense mechanisms, and even how we can use venom to help make medications.

Margres adds that snake bites are often a sign that an animal was feeling threatened and needed to take action to protect itself. It turns out, rattlesnakes actually can’t eat without using their venom—they need it to kill their prey. Otherwise, they go hungry. They only bite as a last resort and don’t want to waste their venom.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 12/18/18

AGENDA

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

December 18, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-220, 10

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: November 20, 2018
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business
06. Site Plan Review– Township of Fruitport/Sheringer Park
Special Use/Public Hearing
Parcel:                15-112-100-0040-00
Purpose:            Approval for improvements

07. Site Plan Review – Muskegon Autopark LLC
Special Use/Public Hearing
Parcels:             15-122-300-0002-30
∙                          15-122-300-0002-40
∙                          15-122-300-0002-50
Purpose:           Site plan approval

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

Old Business
09. Business Registration Ordinance

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

11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

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

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of November 26, 2018

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, November 26, 2018, in the township board room.

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

At 7:05pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 5- residents; 0- employees; 1- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of October 22, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions under New Business:

E: Resolution in support of Senate Bill 396
F: Sale/trade of police vehicles

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. A public hearing will be held on December 12, 2018, 6:00pm, at Fruitport Middle School auditorium regarding the proposed casino.
2. Brian Michelli shared reports of a possible attempted child abduction and random assault; the next two Tuesdays the Public Safety departments will participate in Shop With a Hero; Saturday, December 1, will be the Santa open house at Station 2 from noon-2pm; the Fire Department had a successful training burn last weekend; the Township will be sponsoring a family for Christmas through Shields of Hope; a fire truck was struck by a car while parked on the scene of a call.
3. Ron Langlois reported that the Water Department relocated 6 fire hydrants; we received the hot-spot kit for the Bridge Street water main; Tiles Excavating is extending water and sewer main lines for the Chestnut Fields expansion.
4. Rose Dillon shared a report on Veteran’s exemptions and a bill that would move the exemptions to the state level.
5. Muskegon County Waste Water newsletter.
6. The Fruitport Lions’ Old Fashioned Christmas will be in Pomona Park December 7 &8.
7. Cloverville-Jensen culvert is complete.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:
1. Jay Bolt inquired on the impact that the legalization of recreational marijuana will have on the Police Department and on the potential for local units to make stricter regulations than the state provides.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

18-142 Motion Dynamics Public Sanitary Sewer Extension Agreement
Jeff Jacobs moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the execution of the Motion Dynamics Public Sanitary Sewer Extension Agreement, draft dated September 19, 2018.  This was recommended by the DPW Committee.

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

18-143 Reappoint Brett Suchecki
Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the Supervisor’s reappoint of Brett Suchecki to a three year term on the Planning Commission.  The term will end November 1, 2021.

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

18-144 Hunting on Township property
The motion by Greg Hulka, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to prohibit hunting on Township property.

18-145 AT&T Metro Act Right of Way permit extension
Andrea Anderson moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve a 5 (five) year unilateral Metro Act Permit with AT&T.  The purpose for the permit is for access to and on-going use of public rights-of-way within the Township of Fruitport for the purpose of providing telecommunication services to its customers.

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

18-146 Resolution on Senate Bill 396
Heidi Tice moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution in opposition of Senate Bill 396.  The Supervisor is to send the resolution to the State Senate.

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

18-147 Sale/trade of police vehicles
The Police Department has the opportunity to trade with Emergency Services the 2013 Toyota Rav-4 and 2008 GMC Envoy for a 2013 Ford Explorer that will better suit the needs of a non-patrol vehicle, plus $2,000.  The deal is recommended by the Public Safety Committee.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the transaction, trading the Rav-4 and Envoy for an Explorer and $2,000.

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

18-148 Payment of bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Jeff Jacobs seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts:  General Fund $40,418.94; Public Safety $49,294.85; Water $160,003.10; Sewer $29,683.62; T&A $1,616.00; Street Lights $14,216.46; Revolving Road $164.67
Totaling: $295,397.64

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

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Ron Bultje recommended that the Township consider creating a regulatory ordinance and a zoning amendment ordinance addressing recreational marijuana.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Rick Tice inquired as to how long it will be before 911 doesn’t work if it doesn’t get updated and asked what it would cost to switch the street lights to LED.

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:20pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Muskegon County Calendar of Events December 10-16, 2018

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

Monday, December 10 :

TRIVIA NIGHT
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TRIVIA! Test your wits with your team – fun, food, prizes. Book Nook & Java Shop is located in Montague’s main street 8744 Ferry St. 231-894-5333 for more information.

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

All MCC Holiday Celebration
7:30 pm
Enjoy the Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center with the “All MCC Holiday Celebration,” featuring the College’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Collegiates and College Singers of Muskegon Community College!  Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $2 for students and are available online at www.startickets.com.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Trivia Night with the Lakeshore Museum Center
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come to Pigeon Hill Brewing as Erin & Aaron from the Lakeshore Museum Center help them host Trivia Night with questions regarding the Hackley & Hume Homes downtown Muskegon! How much do you know about lumber barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume?  Your knowledge might win you a prize!  There’ll be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams. Join Pigeon Hill at 7:30pm every Monday evening for trivia. Each team is allowed up to 6 members. Topics vary and can include: entertainment, music, history, politics, sports, art, current events and more.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Tuesday, December 11:

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

It’s Gonna Get Ugly at the Muskegon Area District Library!
December 11
It only happens once a year, when holiday sweaters so ugly that they’re cute come out of the closet!  Tuesday, December 11, stop by your Muskegon Area District Library branch and vote for the ugliest holiday sweater worn by your MADL staff.  You could win a surprise!  You can vote on the MADL Facebook page as well.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Pianist Steve Thielman
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visit the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy a morning coffee and danish while listening to tunes on the piano from Steve Theilman!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Wednesday, December 12:

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Make Binary Code Jewelry
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Kids ages 6 – 16 are invited to learn the basics of binary code with fun and easy jewelry!  Make an initial pin or a bracelet with your name – or both.  These make great gifts!  This event is free, but registration is required by visiting the Norton Shores Library desk, by calling 231-780-8844, or e-mailing gstreeter@madl.org. Norton Shores library is located 705 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores.

Thursday, December 13:

Free Planetarium Show at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Come to Carr-Fles Planetarium for the “Mystery of the Christmas Star!”  This holiday tradition looks at possible dates and astronomical events for the sighting of the “star” that declared Jesus’ birth.  No reservations are needed for this free, 35-minute show, which runs November 1 – December 13.  This presentation includes a brief planetarium dome demonstration of the current night sky.  There will not be a showing November 22.  For more information, or to schedule a private show for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
6:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

SONS: Seeing the African American Male
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “SONS: Seeing the African American Male!” Meet artist Jerry Taliaferro at this celebration opening of an exhibition of Taliaferro’s photographs of Muskegon area African American men.  The 94 portraits in the exhibition explore how the black American male perceives himself and how he is perceived by others.  The men pictured in the exhibition were nominated from the Greater Muskegon area by a committee of their peers.  Taliaferro is well regarded for photographic projects and published works, including Women of a New Tribe, a photographic study of the spiritual and physical beauty of black women.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Holiday Cheesecake and Chocolate Treats with Chef Char
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sign up to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Holiday Cheesecake and Chocolate Treats with Chef Char!” Learn the secrets to making an amazing cheesecake covered with ganache and festive toppings for your next holiday gathering.  Make a beautiful (and edible) platter out of candy and fill the platter with homemade Christmas Bark candy that can be enjoyed at your next holiday party or given away as gifts.  The cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Praytell Christmas: An Evening of Music with Jon and Valerie Guerra
7:00 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theater inside the Frauenthal Center for “Praytell Christmas: An Evening of Music with Jon and Valerie Guerra!” This will be an evening of songs and stories with Praytell, the musical duo that is Jon and Valerie Guerra. The acclaimed singer/songwriters from Chicago will bring their nostalgic harmonies, well-crafted songs, and stunning voices for a night that will be as fun as it is heart-warming. Praytell has toured extensively around the globe, including years of opening for Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. For more information or tickets, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Friday, December 14:

Christmas Nativity Walk
6:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt Rd., Norton Shores, invites you to their Christmas Nativity Walk! Imagine what it would have been like to be present at the first Christmas, then come and experience it. See the true Christmas story come to life! 50 minute tours take you to 8 scenes that portray the true story of Jesus’ birth. Also included are pre-tour scenes, Mangers and Going-Deeper displays, Christmas tree ornament find, kids’ activity Table, Christmas Carols, and videos while you wait for your tour. Bring your family and friends to this FREE event! For more information, call (231) 755-1292 or find Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.

Canvas & Cocktails at the Watermark
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Create.a.frame Studio and Watermark 920 invite you to join them for Canvas & Cocktails! The cost of this class will be $20 per person and includes all of the supplies needed.  You’ll get step-by-step instructions and techniques on how to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!  Class space will be limited and is for those 21 and up!  Painting begins at 6:30pm, but be sure to join them for cocktail hour beginning at 5:30pm.  A full cash bar will be available.  You must register at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Board Games 4 Charity
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
You’re invited to Bardic Wells Meadery to have some fun and help Santa gather some toys!  Bring your donations of new, unwrapped toys and/or cash for Toys for Tots and play board games while sampling some mead!  For more information, call (616) 837-8035.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Home for the Holidays
7:30 pm
Bring your friends to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents, “Home for the Holidays!”  Presenting a cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, in a program of seasonal favorites.  From classics to beloved carols, they’ll warm your heart like chestnuts roasting on an open fire.  Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic! Single ticket prices are $28-$64.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, December 15:

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

Reindeer at Hackley Public Library
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit the Hackley Public Library to meet some real, live reindeer!  Did you know that reindeer are excellent swimmers and great runners?  Does that make them superb flyers, too?  Learn the answers to these questions and other great reindeer facts when you come to meet their friendly reindeer.  Make sure to dress warmly!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Santa Claus Visit to Norton Shores Library:FREE
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bring the kiddos to the Norton Shores Library to meet the jolly old elf himself!  Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit all nine branches of Muskegon Area District Library to meet boys and girls of all ages.  Bring the whole family and start your holiday season with stories, crafts, and Santa!  Don’t forget your camera; you won’t want to miss this FREE photo opportunity!  For more information, call 231-780-8844.

The Nutcracker
3:00 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Youth Ballet presents, “The Nutcracker!”  “The Nutcracker”, a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve.   She encounters the frightful Rat King before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.  Bringing to life this beloved story will be youth from twelve West Michigan dance studios, ranging from 8 – 18 years of age.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

The Muskegon Piano Bar
7:30pm
Do you enjoy Dueling Pianos?  If so, come and check out Dueling Piano player Billy Ryan at The Sherman Bowling Center for sing-a-long out loud fun and comedy.
The Piano Shows starts at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday and at 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays.  Visit them on Facebook.com/MuskegonPianoBar for more information.

Christmas Nativity Walk
6:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt Rd., Norton Shores invites you to their Christmas Nativity Walk! Imagine what it would have been like to be present at the first Christmas, then come and experience it. See the true Christmas story come to life! 50 minute tours take you to 8 scenes that portray the true story of Jesus’ birth. Also included are pre-tour scenes, Mangers and Going-Deeper displays, Christmas tree ornament find, kids’ activity Table, Christmas Carols, and videos while you wait for your tour. Bring your family and friends to this FREE event! For more information, call (231) 755-1292 or find Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.

Hackley & Hume Holiday Tours
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Experience the Hackley & Hume homes decorated beautifully for the holidays with period-appropriate artifacts and ornaments provided by Muskegon’s local community groups. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $8 for seniors 65 and over or $5 for Kids ages 2-12. For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Pigeon Hill’s Annual Ugly Sweater Contest
8:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Join Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for their Annual Ugly Sweater Party with a live performance by Logan White! The ugliest sweater will be awarded a prize at 10:00pm. As an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots, they’re asking everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy in lieu of a cover charge. They are also taking donations for Kids’ Food Basket which feed over 1,000 kids a week right here in Muskegon County.  For more information call (231) 375-5184.

Muskegon Indoor Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm
The Muskegon Farmer’s Market continues year round inside at 242 W. Western Ave.,

SONS Saturday Free Community Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “SONS Saturday Free Community Day!” Celebrate the opening weekend of “SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male” with a free community day!  For more information call 231-720-2570. Bring your family and friends to enjoy: 11:00am – 12:00pm/Gallery reading of children’s books written by African American authors. 11:00am & 1:00pm/Film in the auditorium, with light refreshments provided. 12:00pm – 3:00pm/Docent led tours through the exhibition and in gallery activities.

Sunday, December 16:

Christmas Nativity Walk
2:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt Rd., Norton Shores invites you to their Christmas Nativity Walk! Imagine what it would have been like to be present at the first Christmas, then come and experience it. See the true Christmas story come to life! 50 minute tours take you to 8 scenes that portray the true story of Jesus’ birth. Also included are pre-tour scenes, Mangers and Going-Deeper displays, Christmas tree ornament find, kids’ activity Table, Christmas Carols, and videos while you wait for your tour. Bring your family and friends to this FREE event! For more information, call (231) 755-1292 or find Trinity Lutheran Church on Facebook.

Holiday Brunch with Santa
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for Holiday Brunch with Santa!  This will be a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating and family!  This buffet style culinary experience, featuring the jolly old elf himself, includes a breakfast bar, hot and cold stations, chef attended stations, dessert station and kids’ buffet.  The cost is $27 for adults, $12 for kids 5 – 12, and kids 4 and under are free.  For more information or to make reservations, call 231-755-3737.

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Please visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of events in Muskegon County!

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 12/10/18

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING ROOM
3255 E. Pontaluna Road, Fruitport, MI 49415
Monday, December 10, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Regular Board Meeting Minutes of November 19, 2018 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Closed Session Minutes of November 19, 2018 (available upon request)
3. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                         $247,090.24
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center               1,366.10
Food Service                               92,410.02
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage        4,088.56
Capital Projects (BOND)           24,968.70
Total Bill List                        $369,923.62

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

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. First Reading of New and Updated Board Policies (attachment X-1)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held December 3, 2018 (attachment XI-1)
2. Summer Tax Collection Resolution (attachment XI-2)
3. Purchase of Kindergarten through Second Grade Electronic Devices (attachment XI-3)
4. Purchase of Maintenance Vehicles (attachment XI-4)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held December 5, 2018 (attachment XII-1)
2. Fruitport Instructional Assistants Association Tentative Agreement (attachment XII-2)
3. Superintendent’s Evaluation (attachment XII-3)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held December 5, 2018 (attachment XIII-1)
2. First Reading of Commencement Policy (attachment XIII-2)
2. Overnight Trip Requests (attachment XIII-3)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

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

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION

XVIII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Allergies

Dear Dr. Universe: How did we discover allergies? -Zion, 8, Australia

Dear Zion,

Before humans even came up with the word “allergy,” they observed how some people would get rashes, sneezes or become really, really sick from different things in their environment. Historians even noted how people in ancient civilizations talked about something called “plant fever,” which gave people runny noses.

On the way to discovering allergies, scientists first had to learn about the immune system, which helps protect the body from invaders, or things like bacteria and viruses. These invaders are called antigens and when they get into your system, your body gets ready to react, releasing something called antibodies to help defend you. The antibodies will also recognize if they’ve come across an invader before. That way they know what to attack in the future. Allergens include things like shellfish, dust, eggs, pollen and insect venom.

Early in the last century, the Austrian scientist Clemens von Pirquet realized that the immune system isn’t there to just protect us. This was actually a very big and new idea at the time, which was about a hundred years ago. Pirquet helped us understand that while antibodies are on the lookout for invaders like bacteria, sometimes they mistake an allergen as something that is harmful.

The immune system is just trying to do its job, but it isn’t perfect. It can sometimes bring on serious reactions in the body. When people are having an allergic reaction, they will often get a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneeze a lot, but they have more serious reactions like trouble breathing and throwing up.

Pirquet was actually the scientist who helped coin the term “allergy” and he used it to talk about how our immune system can react and respond to invaders in different ways. He helped us understand that the immune system can sometimes set off false alarms.

As is often the case with curious science questions, we can also look at this one from another angle. Doctors are discovering different allergies in different people all the time. I talked to my friend Jennifer Robinson about it. She’s a clinical associate professor of pharmacy at Washington State University.

Today we can discover what a person is allergic to with a simple test. Robinson said doctors will often make a tiny scratch on the surface of the person’s skin and inject a little bit of the allergen. Then, they will look for a little redness or swelling near the injection site to see how the body reacts. They are also prepared to respond, just in case the patient gets really sick.

If you do have allergies, doctors may prescribe medicine, have you use a device called an EpiPen, or have you avoid the allergens entirely. We can help make sure our friends with allergies stay safe by keeping allergens away from them, too.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 12/10/18

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

DECEMBER 10, 2018

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 11/26/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
none

08. New Business
A. Reappoint Matt Farrar to Planning Commission
B. Reappoint Mary Weimer and Marjorie Stonecypher to the Fruitport District Library
C. Adopt the Federal Poverty Guidelines
D. Adopt the Procedures for Granting and Removing Real Property Exemptions

09. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

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

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 09/18/18

MINUTES

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

September 18, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-210 and ended at 42-219. Start at 42-220 at the October meeting.

BOARD MEETING
Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05

01. Roll Call: Chair Michelli, Vice Chair Osterhart, Suchecki, Franklin, Jacobs, Farrar, & Newmyer.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: August 21, 2018. Accepted as submitted.

03. Approval of Planning Commission Special Meeting Minutes: September 5, 2018. Accepted as submitted.

04. Approve / Amend Agenda. Chair accepted the agenda as presented.

05. Discussion: Keeping of animals in R-4. PC discussed animals in R-4. General consensus of the PC is to check with the Township attorney on this issue. PC does agree that the lot must not be non-conforming the particular zoning it is in.

06. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: None heard

New Business
07. Business Registration Ordinance: Staff will provide the PC some model business Registration Ordinances from other communities.

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

09. Public Comments: None.

10. Adjournment: Chair Michelli adjourned the meeting at 8:02

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 10/16/18

MINUTES

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

October 16, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances
-Start at 42-220

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call: Brett Suchecki, Chair Michelli, Osterhart, Jacobs, & Farrar

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: September 18, 2018. Accepted as submitted.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda

04. Correspondence / Reports: None

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics:

New Business
06. Business Registration Ordinance: PC members do not want this to apply to home based businesses that do not have customers or employees on site. PC will review and consider a recommendation at the November meeting.

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

08. Public Comments: Evelyn Near, Whispering Woods. Asked if there are any ordinances regulating compost. There is not. Also stated neighbor is burning garbage. They were referred to MTS and the fire department if the odor from the compost goes into their yard or if they burn their garbage.

09. Adjournment: Chair Michelli adjourned the meeting at 8:04 p.m.