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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/13/18 – 11/19/18

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

Thanksgiving Dinner to Go
Order through November 15
Let SE4SONS Gastropub & Banquet Center do the cooking this Thanksgiving! Chef Tim and his staff will prepare a wonderful meal complete with all the fixings. Cooking & re-heating instructions and a thermometer are included. Schedule your pick-up no later than November 15 for a Wednesday, November 21st pick-up between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Visit www.SE4SONS.net to view menu and pricing.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience!  The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.  The Flea Market at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday, May – October from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Global Entrepreneur Week Celebration
November 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 11 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, join the Muskegon Innovation Hub for an inspirational TED talk viewing and guided panel discussion with several of the area’s most vibrant entrepreneurs!  This will be followed by refreshments and networking.  This free event is a great opportunity to celebrate local entrepreneurs and connect with potential collaborators, mentors and investors.  For more information, call 616-331-7370.  To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

Zucca with Sofia
November 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, November 13 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Zucca with Sofia!” Butternut Squash (Zucca in Italian) will be the focus of this class featuring a full menu all about Zucca quiche with gorgonzola, soup with rice, and gnocchi baked with soy sauce.  Come to class hungry!  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Free Planetarium Show at MCC
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 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.  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.

GROW Connects: How to Talk to the Media
November 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 14 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub as Shelley Irwin, WGVU Morning Show Host/Producer, shows you how to put your best foot forward when it’s lights, camera, action!  Use the media to your advantage and you will be the star of your product.  Take home the useful tips and begin the action a.s.a.p.!  This program is hosted by GROW Lakeshore.  Generously supported and powered by Consumers Energy, GROW Connects is a monthly series designed to connect new and growing businesses with experts in various fields.  For more information call 616-331-6900.

Once Upon a Time: Cinderella Meet & Greet
November 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bippety…bobbidy…boo…dreams really do come true!  Thursday, November 15 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, join Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate & Fun Center for a once upon a time visit with Princess Cinderella!  Don’t miss this happily ever after evening of sparkle and enchantment.  Bring your camera and wear your favorite princess dress or knight outfit!

Advanced tickets are $10 through November 12th (unless sold out before), or $15 at the door.  Regular skate rental is free, roller blade rental is $2 and premium rental is $6.  Your ticket includes admission, regular skate rental, slice of pizza, fountain drink, Bounce Quest, a special performance, and of course a meet & greet by Cinderella!

This is a special event and everyone will need a ticket to enter whether participating or watching.  This includes parents and children under 32 that are just watching and not skating.  No children drop offs.  No passes or coupons accepted for this event.  Tickets are limited, non-refundable, and non-transferable. Get tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.

27th Annual Holiday Dazzle
November 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 15 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm it’s the 27th Annual Holiday Dazzle hosted by the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County and Child Abuse Council of Muskegon! Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and shopping at the Holiday Inn – Muskegon Harbor Conference Center. The cost is $50 per person and includes dinner, dessert, one complimentary drink (house wine, beer, or a carbonated beverage), style show, and shopping for your holiday gift giving needs provided by local businesses all gathered in one location for your convenience. For more information, call the Child Abuse Council at 231-728-6410.  For more information, find Holiday Dazzle on Facebook or just register at www.childabusecouncil.org.

Comedy Night at Unruly
November 15 @ 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm
Thursday, November 15 from 8:45pm – 11:30pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. for Comedy Night featuring Zach Martina! Grab some friends, get a drink and enjoy this monthly comedy event in downtown Muskegon! Live and unfiltered comics come from all over Michigan to hit the stage to tickle your funny bone at Unruly. The cost is $3.  For more information, call (231) 288-1068.

Zach Martina brings his big energy to crowds across America delivering dark jokes in a delightful manner while pointing the finger of blame at everyone except himself. You’ve heard him on The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and the Anthony Cumia Show with Dave Landau. You’ve also heard his debut album “Skunkman” on Sirius/XM. He’s performed as part of Rock on the Range and the Best of the Midwest at Gilda’s Laughfest in addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Rory, Scovel, Big Jay Oakerson, Joe List, Sean Patton and Jay Larson.

24th Annual White Lake Holiday Walk
November 16 – November 17
‘Tis the season of Christmas that brings a community together and what better way to ring in the holiday than the 24th Annual White Lake Holiday Walk!  This year’s Christmas Walk will take place during the weekend of November 16 & 17 along the streets of Montague and Whitehall with dozens of participating businesses.  Friday hours are 2:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Enjoy traditional Christmas Open Houses featuring unique gifts and yummy treats from participating White Lake Area merchants.  Visit with Santa, listen to caroling and enjoy the luminaries Friday evening.  Participating merchants and Santa’s time and locations are located on the Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form which can be picked up at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or any participating Holiday Walk stop (look for the big blue sign in the window). Submit your completed Holiday Walk Map/Entry Form and enter the drawing to win a $50 White Lake Gift Certificate.

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE TREE:  The White Lake Area “Tree Lighting Ceremony” will be Friday at 6:30pm, culminating with the tree lighting on North Mears Ave. at 7:00pm.  Children of all ages are invited to help decorate the Community Christmas Tree by bringing their own ornaments or create make-and-take ornaments from participating stores.  Gather at the north end of Mears Ave.and enjoy the festive voices of the members of the White Lake Chorale with friends and family, while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air and hundreds of holiday luminaries line the sidewalks.

FESTIVE TRANSPORTATION:  Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, old-fashioned carriage rides await you in both Montague and Whitehall.  Trolley Rides transport you to any of the participating merchants on Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm courtesy of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS:  Take the kids to the Nuveen Center Saturday from 11:00am – 2:00pm where children can create make-it-and-take-it holiday crafts.

For more information on the 24th Annual Holiday Walk, contact the White Lake Area Chamber at 231-893-4585 or 800-879-9702 or visit whitelake.org.

Becky’s New Car
November 16 – December 2
November 16 – December 2, come to the Beardsley Theater for “Becky’s New Car,” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre!

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life?  Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night, a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare.

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

Build a Gingerbread House
November 16 – November 18
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 16 – 18, you’re invited to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club to build and decorate your own gingerbread house!  The cost is $16 per house in advance or $20 at the door.  A pre-ordered take-home kit is $25.  Reserve your space now, as this event typically sells out.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a strict limit of 3 people per house.  RSVP to Nancy at 231-730-0887 or nancy@housesbynancy.com.
• November 16/7:00pm – 9:00pm
• November 17/9:30am – 11:30am or 1:30pm – 3:30pm
• November 18/2:00pm – 4:00pm

Serita Black Rose
November 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, November 16 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Serita Black Rose!  Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Serita Crowley, also known as “Black Rose,” is the very essence of funk, rock, blues and soul.  This West Michigan native has performed hundreds of shows across the U.S., sharing the stage with notable artists including Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe, James Brown, Koko Taylor, and the legendary Smokey Robinson.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Snowflake Craft & Vendor Fair
November 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 17 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, come to Calvary Christian School for the Snowflake Craft & Vendor Fair! There will be over 95 booths of crafters and vendors from all around West Michigan.  You will find wood décor items, jewelry, food, glass art, paintings, Christmas items, pet accessories, wreaths, American girl doll clothes, hats, makeup, bath and body products, clothes, leggings, and so much more.  For more information, call 231-865-2141.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 17 @ 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, November 17 at 7:15pm, come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Performances @The Block: Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque
November 17 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque!  Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players.  Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Intriguing Instruments, Surprising Sounds
November 17 @ 7:30 pm
November 17 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra performs “Intriguing Instruments, Surprising Sounds!”

Taking center stage this fall are instruments rarely seen or heard with an orchestra.  Soloists on the alphorn, marimba, mandolin, and theramin blend with the Shoreline Symphony to create unexpected and unforgettable sounds.  Going even further outside the box, Shoreline also makes music out of whistling, whale calls, radios, and even living room furniture!

Tickets are $10 and $2.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Rich Williams and Ben Jones
November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 17 at 8:00pm, the Back Alley Comedy Club presents Rich Williams and Ben Jones! Tickets are $10. For more information, call 231-755-1258.

As a kid, all Rich ever wanted to be was a platinum selling singer/songwriter. After releasing an R&B album that went “wood in the hood” (his mom and 3 of his friends bought copies), Rich parlayed his innate sense of humor into a career in comedy. Rich was hand-picked to open for comedians such as TJ Miller, Luenell, Donell Rawlings, Red Grant and many more. His first standup DVD “Demotape” has sold thousands of copies, and with his 2nd standup DVD in the works, Rich is taking the comedy world by storm!

Ben Jones got his first laughs as a child who dreamed of being a circus clown. Although an odd path, it was obvious he was a born performer. As he grew older and endured the cruel reality that is life, he ditched his backup plan of culinary school and began seriously pursuing a career in stand-up comedy. Flash forward over a decade and you’ll find this well respected and hardworking comic on the road crisscrossing the country and making fans in every town he visits. Ben’s show is a nonstop ride, full of energy and outlandish subject matter. Crowds instantly fall in love with his jovial demeanor, infectious smile, and relatable material. His likability is paralleled by very few in the biz.

MCC Honors Orchestra
November 18 @ 3:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 18 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Community College Orchestra presents a concert of music inspired by water, featuring music by Mendelssohn, new music by Nishimura, and of course, Handel .  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Holiday Craft Fair at Whitlow’s
November 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 18 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to Whitlow’s Forerunner for the Holiday Craft Fair! Enjoy great holiday deals from a number of vendors while supporting S.O.A.R. which stands for Supporting Others, Achieving Results. S.O.A.R. is a group that collaborates with local non-profits and foundations that need assistance. Their hope and desire is to give back to those in need, and help local vendors and crafters build their business. For more information, call (231) 739-6379.

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.

A 30th Letter to America

The Mayflower pilgrims in Heaven, would be astonished, at American’s present-day attitude towards God, the Word of God, and his precious Son Jesus.

Their strong beliefs in God and Christianity were expressed in the Mayflower Compact. In that Compact, they said they did it, “for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith,” and signed “in the presence of God.”

Over half of those pilgrims who landed on the western side of Cape Cod Bay in mid-December, 1620, died that winter, because of poor nutrition and harsh living conditions.  Because of their faith in God and Jesus they went to Heaven.

But Hell is where most present-day Americans are headed, because of their gross disobedience of God, and their unbelief.

Almost daily, we see elected officials and other well-known individuals, show their defiance towards’ God, when they proudly defend the indefensible.  They seem to have no idea that there is a righteous God who created them, and that He set rules and Laws by which they are to live by.

Mankind will be judged by those laws and by the Word of God.

America erred greatly when it started its separation from God.  His commandment to teach the children diligently all about him, including to keep his commandments, statutes, and judgments, was forgotten by the Supreme Court and the other branches of government.

We took God out of America, so we should not be surprised when there seems to be more hate than love in America.

Foolish America has said, there is no God, and has become morally corrupt, doing abominable things.

In Jesus name stop the baby killing.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
17472 CR 3765, Coalgate, OK 74538
Ph.# 580-428-3242
Email: mybarrajr18@yahoo.com

Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 10/15/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
October 15, 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 18-128. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Cole to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Rehmann Robson, LLC representative, Will Love presented the 2017-18 audit report. He stated the audit was performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. Fruitport Community Schools received a clean audit with no difficulties or findings. Will stated, “The Fruitport audit was as clean as clean audits get.”

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
Secretary, Steve Kelly read aloud a thank you note from Jamie and Courtney Stahl.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
None.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 18-129. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of September 24, 2018
2. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
3. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
4. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
5. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
6. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Acceptance of the 2017-18 Annual Financial Audit.
Item 18-130. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to accept the 2017-18 Annual Financial Audit as presented by Rehmann Robson, LLC.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held October 8, 2018.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held October 8, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, Paul Matz, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed the Audit Report, Cash Flow, Tentative Agreements, ECC Rates, a Bond Change Order, and Merit Pay.

2. ECC Rate Increase.
Item 18-131. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve an increase of the Early Childhood Center daycare rate of $4.00 per week per child as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. New Vestibule – Change Order.
Item 18-132. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the change order relocating the entrance into the gym from the newly constructed varsity locker room as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held October 11, 2018.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held October 11, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Tim Burgess, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed Tentative Agreements, Non-Affiliate Staff Pay Increase, ECC Staff Pay Increases, ECC Rates, a Bond Change Order, ESL Teacher, and Merit Pay.

2. Fruitport Affiliated Administration Association Tentative Agreement.
Item 18-133. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to ratify the tentative agreement for a three year contract with the Fruitport Affiliated Administration Association as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Fruitport Clerical Association Tentative Agreement.
Item 18-134. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to ratify the tentative agreement for a three year contract with the Fruitport Clerical Association as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. Fruitport Transportation/Food Service Association Tentative Agreement.
Item 18-135. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to ratify the tentative agreement for a three year contract with the Transportation/Food Service Association as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

5. Fruitport Non-Affiliated Group Pay Increase.
Item 18-136. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the non-affiliated staff pay increases as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

6. Early Childhood Center Pay Increase.
Item 18-137. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Franklin to approve the ECC staff pay raises as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

7. Merit Pay.
Item 18-138. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to approve the merit pay system for teachers and principals/assistant principals as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held October 10, 2018.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held October 10, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin, Jill Brott, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed Reproductive Health Curriculum, Tentative Agreements, Non-Affiliate Staff Pay Increase, ECC Staff Pay Increases, a Bond Change Order, and
Merit Pay.

2. Overnight Trip Request.
Item 18-139. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Fruitport Band trip to Orlando Florida, April 1-6, 2019 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Kris Cole congratulated the high school marching band for receiving 1st place at the Belding Invitational! He also stated that the band took home awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best General Effect. Currently, the Fruitport Marching Band is ranked sixth in the state.

Jill Brott acknowledged the varsity volleyball team for earning the City Championship back-to-back.

Steve Kelly mentioned Fruitport Education Foundation’s upcoming Fifth Quarter Party on November 10, 2018. He encouraged everyone to attend.

Jill Brott commented on Homecoming. She has heard many positive comments about the event.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet November 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet November 12, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet November 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
4. Ad Hoc Construction Meeting, October 23, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
5. High School Community Open House, October 27, 2018 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
6. Fruitport Education Foundation “Fun”raiser, November 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m. @ Bella Maria’s.
7. MAISD Fall Dinner, November 29, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. @ the Lake House

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Media Specialist, Pam Gustafson addressed the Board regarding a recent conversation she had with a community member. The community member spoke highly of Fruitport Community Schools and Pam stated, “It is nice to hear other people recognizing the pride we have at FCS.”

XVII. CLOSED SESSION – Superintendent’s Evaluation per his request
Item 18-140. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to enter into Closed Session to consider the periodic personnel evaluation of Superintendent Szymoniak, such closed session having been requested by Superintendent Szymoniak. Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The Board entered Closed Session at 7:55 p.m.

The Board came out of Closed Session at 9:09 p.m.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-141. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 9:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Ask Dr. Universe – French Fries

Dr. Universe: Why are French fries so good? – Emma, 8, Alaska

Dear Emma,

A good French fry starts with the right potato. My friend Rick Knowles is a potato researcher at Washington State University and told me all about the spuds.

It turns out there are certain kinds of potatoes that make the best fries. Two of them are the Clearwater Russet and Blazer Russet potatoes. These potatoes have a good texture and their long shape makes them great for cutting into fries.

If you took a bite of a raw potato, it probably wouldn’t taste very good. But when we cook a potato at just the right temperature, something called the Maillard reaction happens.

The Maillard reaction is a reaction in potatoes that happens between glucose, a kind of sugar, and amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Knowles explained that the Maillard reaction changes the flavors and odors of some foods that we cook.

“In the case of potatoes, we want a certain amount of Maillard reaction to give us the golden brown color and characteristic cooked flavor of the chips and fries, but not too much Maillard reaction,” Knowles said. “Otherwise we get dark colored fries that have a bitter, burnt flavor.”

You may have noticed the Maillard reaction doesn’t happen when we cook up mashed potatoes. That’s because we only boil the potatoes to around 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The Maillard reaction happens when foods like potatoes have just the right amount of glucose and amino acids and are heated to above 302 degrees Fahrenheit.

A big part of the flavor in fries also comes from the oil we use to fry them. A little salt also adds to the taste.

A lot of people in the food industry are very curious about flavor. In the lab here at WSU, Knowles and his team invite people to taste test French fries each year.

“We make them up right here,” Knowles said, when I visited him in the research building where he works.

Researchers in the Knowles lab study new potato varieties that they are growing in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. They developed potatoes like the Clearwater Russet and Blazer Russet through a process called plant breeding. Plant breeding helps the researchers select the traits they want in a plant, like a certain shape, size, or a high amount of protein.

The team is helping farmers learn which potatoes people will buy and want to eat. In Washington state, we grow more than 9 billion pounds of potatoes every year and most of them will go on to become French fries.

You can also whip up some fries right at home with the help of a grown-up. My friends at WSU Extension even have a recipe for you to try: crispy potato wedges. Try out the science of cooking in your kitchen sometime, check out that Maillard reaction, and let us know how your potatoes turn out at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/05/18 – 11/12/18

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

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Series
November 5 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for their Fall 2018 Lecture Series!  The lectures will all be on Monday nights and begin at 6:00pm.  This year, the lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, per lecture.  If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.
November 5 – War Road Trip Summary/Bill Jacobks

Wreck of the Gimpy Gin – A One Man Play
November 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the one man play, “Wreck of the Gimpy Gin!”  A tragic boat accident in stormy waters, which occurs one night on Lake Huron in 1927, has marred the reputation of a local family for decades.  Eighty-seven years later, new evidence about that awful night surfaces!  This performance piece will resonate with anyone interested in Michigan’s maritime heritage, so mark your calendar for this fictional monologue, performed by Raymond Goodwin.  This free program is recommended for ages 16 and up and is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Trivia Night at the Book Nook & Java Shop
November 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, November 5 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy food, fun and prizes while you and your team 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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience!  The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.  For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Pianist Steve Thielman
November 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, November 6 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop to enjoy Steve Thielman on piano while enjoying your morning coffee and danish!  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Crespelle and Palacinke with Sofia
November 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Crespelle and Palacinke with Sofia!” They may look like crepes, but they are not exactly crepes.  In Tuscany, they are called Crespelle, while in the North East region of Italy, they are called Palacinke and have a Slavic influence.  With sweet and savory fillings, they are always amazing.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Understanding Our Past: Healing Our Future
November 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County is presenting acclaimed speaker, author, and educator, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm in the Frauenthal Theater.  Dr. DeGruy engages audiences with her wealth of knowledge, expertise, and moving storytelling in her program “Understanding Our Past: Healing Our Future.”  She goes far beyond the surface, peeling back layers to expose what is at the core of racism and its damaging impact on all Americans. Plan to attend this important community gathering that is free and open to the public.  Free tickets are available at the Frauenthal Box Office beginning October 4 and are limit four per household.  It’s Election Day, so vote early and then go hear Dr. Joy!

Dr. Joy’s book, “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” will be available for sale and a book signing will follow the program.  Dr. Joy is sponsored in our community with support from Arconic, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Muskegon Community College, Mercy Health, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Muskegon Rotary Club, McCarthy Family Peace & Justice Fund and Dr. Richard & Nancy Peters Fund.

Muskegon Community College Veterans Salute
November 7 @ 11:00 am
Muskegon area residents will have two opportunities to commemorate America’s armed forces contributions!  The first is a Veterans Salute on Wednesday, November 7 at Muskegon Community College, and the other is a ceremony on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 at Veterans Memorial Park on the Causeway. Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the MCC Student Life Office at (231) 777-0216.

Because Veterans Day falls on a weekend this year, a Veterans Salute will take place midweek at Muskegon Community College on Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00am by the flagpole located near the main building entrance.

Barb Martin of the Muskegon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Captain Thomas Taber Colonial Dames XVII Century will lay a wreath in honor of the veterans.  MCC student veterans will raise the flag and post the colors.  Flo Predko will sing The Star Spangled Banner.  U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad, an MCC adjunct instructor and local businessman, will serve as the emcee and will lead the pledge of allegiance.  Nancy Frye, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the MCC Board of Trustees secretary, will deliver the invocation.  MCC President Dr. Dale K. Nesbary will welcome those in attendance.  Christopher Bode, the MCC Student Veterans Organization president and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq, will provide remarks.

Following a moment of silence, the American Legion Post #9 of Muskegon will deliver a 21-gun salute and, after “Taps” is played by MCC music faculty member Daniel M. Meyers, will retire the colors.  The ceremony will close with a Benediction by Nancy Frye.

Thanksgiving Dinner to Go
November 8 – November 15
Let SE4SONS Gastropub & Banquet Center do the cooking this Thanksgiving! Chef Tim and his staff will prepare a wonderful meal complete with all the fixings. Cooking & re-heating instructions and a thermometer are included. Schedule your pick-up no later than November 15 for a Wednesday, November 21st pick-up between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Visit www.SE4SONS.net to view menu and pricing.

Jazz Night: Green on Blue Quartet
November 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 8 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s “Jazz Night” at the Book Nook & Java Shop featuring the Green On Blue Quartet!  The group enjoys presenting audiences a new twist on the jazz standards that have formed the backbone of America’s music culture.  The members of the quartet include Sarah Dowell (violinist), Drew Mayhew (bassist), Makenzie Mattis (percussionist), and Steve Rothstein (guitarist).  They perform a variety of jazz styles, including be-bop, traditional swing, and Latin.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Holiday Wine Tasting at SE4SONS
November 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stock up for the holidays at SE4SONS’ Wine Tasting!  Friday, November 9 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, enjoy wines from Alliance Beverage, Imperial Beverage, Republic National Dist., Henry Fox, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, I-Lixir and A.H.D. Vinters.  The cost is $25 per person and includes wine tasting and light appetizers.  Call your friends and bring a group!  It is always a fan favorite! Stop in and purchase your tickets at the SE4SONS bar any time during restaurant hours. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Please call 231-759-3405 with questions.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 9 @ 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, November 9 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.

Live Music at the Book Nook & Java Shop: Silverado
November 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, November 9 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for Silverado!  They are a West Michigan based variety band specializing in classic rock and country.  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.

Homemade Apple Pie with Chef Char
November 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Homemade Apple Pie with Chef Char!” Learn to make a delicious homemade pie crust and tips for quickly cutting up fresh apples for filling.  In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate and discuss how to make the perfect pie crust, how to roll out dough, how to make a lattice top crust or cool cut-out designs and the importance of egg wash and venting top crust.  You’ll also make caramel sauce from scratch to serve with your pie!  Make a pie of your own to take home and bake later. This class is for ages 12 – adult.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Turkey Trail Run 5k at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
November 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, you’re invited to be part of the Turkey Trail Run 5k at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  You’ll enjoy a challenging and scenic run through the back dunes of Lake Michigan.  All proceeds from this race will go to the Gillette Nature Association.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Please arrive 45 minutes prior to race start time in order to ensure that you obtain your t-shirt, race bib/chip and race packet.  Stick around after the race for fun family events!  The Little Turkey 1 Mile Trot registration will be at 11:00am at the Visitors Center and is free!  Please be there at 11:00am to sign forms and get a turkey bib for your child.  An adult must accompany the child on the trail.  Transportation will be provided from the beach parking lot to the Visitor Center for runners and visitors via trolley.  EVERYONE MUST PARK AT THE BEACH PARKING LOT- spectators, little trot participants, and runners.

• Race Location:
Start line and registration for the 5k will be at Hoffmaster State Park beach parking lot, and the finish will be at the Gillette Visitor Center. Make sure to have a recreation passport for park entry.
The Little Turkey 1 Mile Trot will begin at 11:30am from the Visitors Center. The route may have a slight variation of distance based on GPS checks.

• Fees:
Early Registration is through August 31. The cost is $15.  For a $20.00 registration fee, you will also receive a short sleeved shirt, or $25 for a long sleeved shirt.
September 1 – November 2, the cost is $20 (No Shirt), $25.00 (Short Sleeved) or $30 (Long Sleeved)
Late Registration November 3 – November 9, $25 (No Shirt), $30.00 (Short Sleeved, if available) or $35.00 (Long Sleeved, if available)
Race Day, $30 (No Shirt), $30 (Short Sleeved, if available) or $35 (Long Sleeved, if available)
Please note: Shirts not guaranteed for Late Registration/Race Day Registration.

• Race Packet pick-up:
All race packets are to be picked up the morning of the race near the start line. Pick up and late registration will begin at 9:00am race day.  You must be registered by November 1 to get the t-shirt you desire and they may run out after that point, so please sign up today!

Wild and Whimsical Super Saturday
November 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Wild and Whimsical Super Saturday!”  This free family fun day will let your imagination soar with the wild, fantastical animals and whimsical vehicles of Nat Rosales!
• 11:00am – 1:00pm Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm Guided Look: Explore Nat Rosales’ FantasMenagerie with an MMA Docent!
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make Fantastic Ornaments

Create your own imaginative ornaments inspired by the oddities of Nat Rosales’s artwork.  The ornaments you create will be bronzed and featured on their 7th annual Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be a part of this year’s Festival of Trees!  Youth participants who create an ornament will receive one free Festival of Trees admission ticket.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

International Games Day at Muskegon Community College
November 10 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Board games, video games, and card games are planned for Saturday, November 10 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm in Muskegon Community College’s Hendrik Meijer Library during the 2018 International Games Day celebration! In addition, three tournaments – Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and Euchre – will be held.  MCC Instructor Jim Landes, who teaches interactive media and game design at the college, will talk about game development.

Gamers of all ages – those under 16 years will need a responsible adult with them – are invited to take part in the contests being staged in and around the MCC Library.  Gamers are encouraged to bring their own remote controls, game systems, and games, but MCC and the Library is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held in conjunction with International Games Week, organized by the American Library Association, with the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche.  Last year, International Games Day had 1,620 libraries and 82,260 individualds from around the world participate.

For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at (231) 777-0274 or at lisa.anderson@muskegoncc.edu.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Sculpture Dedication
November 10 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00pm, you’re invited to the unveiling and dedication celebration of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy sculpture at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  The statue represents Muskegon-born Clarence Zylman, who gained fame as a Boogie Woogie Bugler during World War II.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Muskegon Community College Center for Experiential Learning.  A reception honoring sculptor Ari Norris will follow.

Born in Muskegon and trained in Chicago, Zylman toured the country helping to spread the boogie woogie music revolution.  Drafted into the Army, the bugler got the troops jitter-bugging to his unique style of reveille.  Stars & Stripes Magazine, The London Times and more than 30 U.S. newspapers acknowledged U.S. Army Pvt. Zylman as the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.  Funding for the sculpture was raised by a number of organizations, including the Downtown Muskegon Arts Committee, Muskegon Community College, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Lakeshore Museum Center, the USS LST 393 Veteran’s Museum, the USS Silversides’ Submarine Museum, and the West Michigan Dock & Market Corporation.  For more information on the event, contact the MCC Center for Experiential Learning at (231) 777-0380.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
November 10 @ 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, November 10 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.

Muskegon Writer’s Series: Mitch Albom Live
November 10 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Muskegon Writer’s Series presents “Mitch Albom Live!”  Mitch will talk about his new book, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,” the long awaited sequel to the mega bestseller, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”  The book, published October 16, 2018, is included in the ticket price.

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.  His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

Tickets are $30 for adults or $25 with student ID.  For more information, call the Box Office at 231-727-8001.

Live Music at the Book Nook & Java Shop: Classic Country Cats
November 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for live music from the Classic Country Cats!  These “cats” know classic country, so wear your dancing boots.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Larry Reeb and Brendan Gay
November 10 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 10 at 8:00pm, the Back Alley Comedy Club presents Larry Reeb and Brendan Gay!

Known as “Uncle Lar,” Larry Reeb is the wise cracking politically incorrect relative everyone knows. Like any concerned relative, “Uncle Lar” wants to help, so in his own way he does. “Uncle Lar” gives tips on everything from marriage to lotteries to children. He has appeared on Showtime’s ”Billy Gardell presents Road Dogs,” HBO “Opening Night at Rodney’s,” hosted by Rodney Dangerfield, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and has made Numerous appearances on the Bob and Tom radio show.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Brendan Gay is a Chicago based comic who smiles confidently when he gets nervous. Whether it’s his keen perspective on minority culture or growing up as a millennial bro, he’ll make you laugh. In 2017, Brendan went on a “52 x 52” comedy tour where he traveled to 52 cities in 52 weeks doing stand-up comedy at the most respected clubs and venues across the country. Brendan is part of The Second City writing program in Chicago and the host of the Brendan Being Brendan Podcast. His album will be released by Stand Up Records in mid-February.

Tickets are $10. For more information, call 231-755-1258.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park
November 11 @ 11:00 am
Muskegon area residents will have two opportunities to commemorate America’s armed forces contributions!  The first will be the Veterans Salute happening Wednesday, November 7 at Muskegon Community College.  The other is a ceremony on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, at Veterans Memorial Park on the Causeway.  Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the MCC Student Life Office at (231) 777-0216.

The Veterans Day ceremony Sunday, November 11 begins at 11:00am with guest speaker Muskegon County Commissioner Robert Scolnik.  The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by American Legion Post #9, the Marine Corps League Muskegon Detachment #703, and County Council members. Music will be provided by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band.  The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will lay wreaths.

Fall Harvest Course – Southern Style with Chef Damon
November 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 11 from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Fall Harvest Course – Southern Style with Chef Damon!” Chef Damon will cook alongside you to prepare a southern style fall harvest meal that will consist of an appetizer, a protein/meat, sides and of course dessert!  This is a great couple’s class or come by yourself to meet new people.  Enjoy a great meal and gain ideas for your Thanksgiving.  The cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Season Pass Sale

November 7, 2018 — The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is getting ready for their Season Pass Sale, happening this Saturday from 9:00am – 12:00pm! You can purchase them online at www.msports.org or in person at the Winter Sports Complex lodge this Saturday.

They’re offering the same great deal in 2019 on Family Season Passes that they introduced last season, a pass for a family of up to 6 for only $150. They also have a new offering, the Individual All-Sport Season Pass for only $80. Quantity is limited to only 300 passes, so buy your pass this weekend before they sell out!

BEST VALUE: Family Season Pass

The best deal for winter sports is their family season pass. This pass is good for members of an immediate family to ski, skate and snowshoe all season long. If your family plans on visiting more than once this winter, you’ll want to take advantage of this offer!

$150 (up to 6 family members, additional family members are $25 per person)

NEW FOR 2019: Individual, All-Sport Season Pass

For the first time, they’re offering a pass for individuals who want to ski, skate and snowshoe. Like their family season pass, this pass gives you access to all of their winter sports for the season, but for a single person.

INDIVIDUAL PASSES: If you’re a one-sport kind of person, they also still have individual season passes for each sport. The Single Sport Individual Season Pass is $65.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT ADD-ON: If you don’t have equipment, they have high quality rental equipment including, Fischer skis for both class and skate skiing, Riedell figure and hockey skates and Redfeather snowshoes.

You can get access to this equipment by purchasing a rental equipment add-on with your pass for $45. That’s $45 per pass, not per person, which means you can include rental equipment for the entire family for just $45.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex – 426 Scenic Dr., Muskegon, MI 49445
1-877-TRY-LUGE
www.msports.org

Stand for the Flag, Kneel at the Cross

by Rev. William Randall

One Tuesday night April 18, 1775 about a hundred colonists with loaded muskets were gathered on the Lexington, Massachusetts green. The colonial militia were under orders not to fire the first shot yet during that eventful day the British lost 65 men, 183 wounded and 28 were made prisoners. The colonists had 49 killed, 29 wounded and five who were missing. The long, bitter struggle, the American war for independence was begun.

After the loss of precious lives the loss of fortunes with untold grief, on October 20, 1781, General Washington called for a service to give thanks for the British surrender at Yorktown the day before. George Washington was very much aware of God’s guidance and blessing. Instead of reverie he called for serious gratitude. Washington wrote:

“The Commander in Chief earnestly recommends that the troops not on duty should universally attend with that seriousness of deportment and gratitude of heart which the recognition of such reiterated and astonishing interposition of providence demands of us.”

Patriotic Americans today are calling for respect for our nation’s flag in our schools and at public gatherings. Our National Anthem expresses thanks that our flag was still flying. The last verse acknowledges God with these words: “Blest with victory and peace, May the heaven rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation”… and this is our motto, “In God is our trust.”

Many Educators refuse to include the pledge to the flag in the school’s agenda and NFL players disrespect our nation and its flag by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. It is also disrespect for the fans who make it possible for the team to play and receive excessive salaries.

There’s lots of room for improvement, but America is a great nation and we should appreciate that the United States was formed to enable us to have government by the people. Everyone should realize that the US military is the greatest defender of freedom in the world. There have been serious unacceptable errors in law enforcement, yet no community wants to be without a police force. Those wearing blue in our communities deserve appreciation and respect.

Racism by both blacks, whites, Hispanics and many other groups illustrate the depravity of man. Many do not live up to the ideals that are provided in our Constitution. No other country has so clearly establishes equal rights for all. These rights must be maintained and appreciated.

Finally, no other country offers freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas as here in the United States. We have reasons to be proud of America. If the NFL players don’t choose to stand for the National Anthem, why don’t they try another country and see how it goes for them? If educators insist on eliminating the pledge to the flag they should be replaced. It is time for Americans to stand up for God and country. Americans need to stand in honor of our flag and bow at the cross of Christ in repentance and faith. Pray that the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Ask Dr. Universe – Sleep and Sounds

Dr. Universe: Can the sound of rain help us sleep? – A reader

Dear Friends,

All around the world, people fall asleep to different sounds. Maybe you hear a snoring dog, whooshing waves, noisy traffic, chirping crickets, a soft lullaby, or raindrops.

These kinds of sounds can actually help different parts of our body kick into gear, said my friend Devon Hansen. She’s a sleep researcher at Washington State University.

Her lab often investigates two of our body’s systems by hooking people up to a heart monitor. Monitoring a person’s heartbeat can help her see which of these two systems are active.

One system is the sympathetic nervous system. If you ever feel threatened, this system helps you decide whether to run away or confront the situation.

Another system is the parasympathetic nervous system. This one helps you stay calm, rested, and also digest your food–without even having to think about it. When you are in “fight or flight” your heartbeat speeds up. When the parasympathetic nervous system is active, your heartbeat is slower.

A fire alarm going off, a lion roaring nearby, or someone screaming might startle you and kick in that “fight or flight” system. You’re suddenly alert and awake to respond to danger. But the sounds of rain or ocean waves aren’t usually very threatening noises. They activate the parasympathetic nervous system and your body relaxes.

These kinds of soothing sounds can also muffle noises that might keep you awake or distract you, such as a howling dog or loud traffic.

Hansen said it’s important to remember that sound itself doesn’t make you fall asleep. It’s really that your parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which is what relaxes the body. Once the body is relaxed, it will naturally fall asleep.

You can try a sleep experiment of your own at home. Find a metal spoon or fork. Write down the time you go to bed. Then grab a metal tray and put it on the ground next to your bed. Once you are ready for bed, hold the utensil in your hand over the tray.

When your body and hand relax, you will drop the fork or spoon. The clatter will probably wake you up. Then write down the time you woke up. Subtract the time difference and you’ll see how long it takes you to fall asleep. You can try this while listening to different sounds, like the sounds of a forest, rain, or the ocean.

Hansen adds that putting on soothing background sounds can be helpful when falling asleep, but it’s not as helpful for staying asleep. If your speakers are on all night, they could be waking you up a lot without you realizing it. But it could explain why you might be tired the next morning. A good night’s sleep is important for humans, especially if you want to stay sharp and keep thinking up great science questions.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Residents Give Ottawa County Government High Marks

According to the results of a Citizen Survey released today, Ottawa County government continues to receive high marks from its residents. Seventy-eight percent of residents said that Ottawa County operations are heading in the right direction. A decade ago in 2008, just 54% of residents shared this view of the county.

thumbsuptaxesrightAn overwhelming majority (72%) reported their tax burden to be “about right” when considering the government services they receive compared to just 55% in 2008. Ottawa County has the fifth lowest millage rate in the state when compared to all 83 Michigan counties. On average, a resident pays about $270 annually for Ottawa County government services, such as law enforcement, courts, public health, record keeping and many others.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/29/18 – 11/04/18

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

Monday October 29

Trunk or Treat
October 29 @ 4:30-6:00
Workbox Staffing located at 1930 E. Apple Ave. Suite H is hosting Trunk or Treating!

Trivia Night
October 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop 8744 Ferry St., Montague for Trivia Night!  Test your wits with your team while enjoying food, fun and prizes.  For more information, call 231- 894-5333.

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture: D-Day/Ed Gordon
October 29 @ 6:00 pm
The lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person. If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Tuesday October 30

Steve Thielman on Piano
October 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague invites you to enjoy coffee accompanied by tunes played by Steve Thielman.  For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Monster Mash Boo Bash
October 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bring the kids to Jumpin’ Jupiter Skate Center, 1775 Evanston Ave., for the “Monster Mash Boo Bash” Halloween roller skating party!  Wear your favorite costume (full costume) to receive free admission, otherwise $3.  You may bring your own roller skates or roller blades or rent them at the rink.   Parents and children (less than 32”) are the only free spectators, all others will be charged admission whether skating or watching.  For more information, call (231) 773-5538.

Trunk or Treat
October 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the My Auto Group, 1860 E. Sternberg Rd. for some Halloween fun!  This indoor event will feature trick or treating, a photo booth, coffee, donuts, cider and of course candy! This is FREE for everyone! For more information, call (231) 799-2886.

Humans vs. Zombies at Hackley Public Library
October 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Be part of The FREE Zombie Apocalypse-style game of tag at Hackley Public Library!  Human players must defend themselves against the infestation of zombies with socks and dart blasters (no realistic-looking weaponry).  Participants should arrive 30 minutes before event start time (meet in the lower level meeting rooms at 7:30pm) to go over rules and pick the Original Zombie.  The Library will be locked up at 8:00pm, and the game will start shortly afterwards, running about 90 minutes.  Bring a bandana, and either a foam dart blaster or sock (limited supplies will be available).  This is for ages 16 years and up.  Space is limited to 50 players.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Market season is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.   For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed. John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show.  Fridays are by appointment only. For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Wednesday October 31

Trunk or Treat
October 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fruitport Congregational United Church of Christ located at 9 8th Ave., Fruitport invites you and the kids to “Trunk or Treat,” It’s the hot dog dinner in the basement of the church, and then it’s the handing out of candy in the parking lot at 6:00pm.  For more info., call (231) 865-3551.

ahFest Film Fest: Ruin Me
October 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Muskegon Community College, located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd. for a Halloween screening of the horror film “Ruin Me” as part of the ahFest Film Fest! Alexandra (Marcienne Dwyer) reluctantly tags along for a Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive. This Halloween night ahfest film will be screened at Muskegon Community College with an introduction by MCC instructor and actor Tom Harryman, who plays a part in the movie.  Admission, popcorn and cider are free!  For more information, call 231-777-0324.

Life Change Church: Trunk or Treat
October 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Life Change Church located at 1807 W. Giles invites you to join them for Trunk or Treat!  This is a free community event for everyone in Muskegon!  Bring your kids dressed in costumes to this safe and fun event!  They will have lots of candy, cider and donuts, fun games, live music, and many other fall activities for your family!  This years event will be at Reeths-Puffer Middle/Central Elementary Schools.  For more information visit www.mylifechangechurch.tv or call 231-766-5599.

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Market season is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, located at 242 W. Western Ave.,   For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Thursday November 1

Hoppy Way IPA: Beer Launch Party!
November 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company presents Hoppy Way Ipa, a beer that gives back!  $1 per beer during this launch party goes to the United Way of the Lakeshore to support local programs in education, income and health.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Bring on the Bacon with Chef Char
November 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market located at 242 W. Western Ave. for the culinary class, “Bring on the Bacon with Chef Char!” Create some wonderful snacks, side dishes and party pleasers in this class that is everything bacon.  You will make Game Day Jalapeno Poppers, Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bombs, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Broccoli and Brussel Sprout Bacon Salad and Candied Bacon.  The cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up

Jacks Hockey Home Game –VS- U18 Team USA
November 1 @ 10:30 am – This is Kids Day!
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 a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the U18 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Jazz Night: Third Coast Ensemble
November 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague for “Jazz Night” with Third Coast Ensemble!  For more information, call (231) 894-5333.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Market season is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.   For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed. John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show.  Fridays are by appointment only. For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Friday November 2

Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts Holiday Open House
November 2 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, November 2 from 8:00am – 8:00pm and Saturday, November 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm, you are warmly invited to Wasserman’s located on 1595 Lakeshore Dr. for their Holiday Open House!  Enjoy festive treats, shopping, hourly prize drawings and fun.  For more information, call 231-755-6536.

Vintage Holiday Open House
November 2 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join Vintage Redefined and The Front Porch Friday, November 2 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, as they kick off the holiday season with a Festive Vintage Christmas Open House!  This is a wonderful night of nostalgia from the shiny bright ornaments to the twinkling of the lights!  You’ll find beautiful displays of unique holiday decor, cool gifts and of course, curated vintage farmhouse, cottage and rustic home décor.  There will be delicious hors d’oeuvre, beverages and holiday music at both stops.  For more information, call 231-750-1987.

Pianist David Moul at the Book Nook & Java Shop
November 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St., Montague for pianist David Moul!
He performs classical, jazz, and contemporary styles, but primarily plays for church and praise & worship services. For more information, call 231-894-5333.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Scheherazade Showcase November 2 @ 7:30 pm
Visit the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents “Scheherazade Showcase!”  Normally they’re at the back of the ensemble, but this time they’re putting the marimba and tuba in the spotlight.  You’ll be amazed by their talented musicians as they showcase their instruments, from high to low end!  Nearly everyone gets a solo in Scheherazade – including violin, clarinet, oboe and horn to name a few. Single ticket prices are $24-$60.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Saturday November 3

Lumber Barons’ Ball: Kaleidoscope of Color
November 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Museum Center located at 430 W. Clay Ave. for their signature annual fundraiser. With a drink in hand, explore the new exhibit, Collection by Color, revisit your favorite exhibits, mingle with friends, and bid on unique auction items while helping sustain the museum’s mission.  A delicious strolling dinner is included.  For more information visit
www.lakeshoremuseum.org/fundraiser-2018.

Live Music: Acoustic Oasis
November 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to the Book Nook & Java Shop located at 8744 Ferry St. for Acoustic Oasis!  Phil Petersen and Glen Miller are two guys who love playing music.  Inspired by such artists as CSNY, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Jack Johnson and Ray Lamontagne, he has created a playlist of covers featuring 6 and 12 string guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, clarinet and harmonica.  For more information call 231-894-5333.

Performances @ The Block: Jonathan Holden
November 3 @ 7:30 pm
Come to The Block located at 360 W. Western Ave. for Jonathan Holden!  In a showcase of West Michigan Symphony talented musicians, principal clarinet Jon Holden has brought together an ensemble featuring Marissa Olin, flute, Marat Rakhmatullaev, principal bassoon, and more.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more info. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
November 3 @ 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.

Shrimp Tasting with the Fish Monger’s Wife LLC
November 3
We love a good shrimp! Come sample what we’ll have in stock for the holidays. Tickets are $5 each and include a $5 off coupon. Fish Mongers Wife is located at 2127 W. Sherman Blvd. Call to reserve your time slot. For more information call 231-755-1600

Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
November 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 3 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, come to Mona Shores High School located at 1121 W. Seminole Rd. for their Holiday Arts & Crafts Show!  Over 180 booths of handcrafted items from all over Michigan will be located in the Sailor Center, Hanichen Gym, auxiliary gym and cafeteria.  Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.  Admission is $1 and parking is free.  For more information, call 231-332-8230 or visit www.monashores.net.

Holiday Bazaar
November 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 3 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, you’re invited to Trinity Lutheran Church located at 3225 Roosevelt Rd. for their Holiday Bazaar! For more information, call (231) 755-1292.

Raise the Roof: Art Extravaganza
November 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club located at 280 W. Webster is hosting an Art Extravaganza that includes a Juried Art Show, an Artwork Sale and a Second Chance Art Auction!  Proceeds from this event will go to the Raise the Roof campaign to assist in the replacement of the roof at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club.  The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call (231) 725-9220.

Back Alley Comedy Club: DJ Dangler & Kate Brindle
November 3 @ 8:00 pm
Located inside Sherman Bowling Center, 1531 W. Sherman Blvd.Tickets are $10. For more information, call 231-755-1258.

Sunday November 4

Muskegon Community College Vocal Ensembles
November 4 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for “The Music of Autumn” presented by the Muskegon Community College Collegiate Singers.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults or $2.00 for students and children.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.

The Swan Series
November 4 @ 4:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church located at 117 S. Division St., Whitehall at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.

Reminder:

Sunday November 4, it’s time to fall back and set the clocks back to mark the end of daylight saving time.
Enjoy all the fun events happening in Muskegon!
Check out our website for more details
www.visitmuskegon.org

Thank you

Letter to the Editor – Save Our Library!

Why the November Vote Matters to Fruitport!
Kate Holtrop

In 2015, Fruitport residents hit the polls to show the MADL we meant business when it came to providing funds to our library. Our voters approved the separation of the Fruitport Library from the MADL in order to establish a library of our own. The Fruitport Library began the process of becoming its own library district.

In May of 2016, our library got approval for a “new,” “additional” millage of .75 ($0.75 on each $1000 taxable value) for operating costs for 3 years beginning in December of 2016 and ending in December of 2018. THIS CURRENT MILLAGE WILL EXPIRE THIS DECEMBER.

On our November ballot, we will see the millage for the Fruitport District Library, which is the first time the Fruitport Library will be on the ballot as the Fruitport DISTRICT Library. The millage that voters are being asked to approve this year is NOT AN ADDITIONAL MILLAGE. It is actually a RENEWAL of the original amount of .75 mills.  The words “new” and “additional” are legally necessary to have on the ballot because of the name change and because of a legal technicality based in our library’s previous request for a millage in May of 2016, but there is NO ADDITIONAL FUNDING being taken from our taxes, only the original .75 mills.

IF WE DON’T VOTE TO FUND OUR LIBRARY, WE MIGHT SEE OUR LIBRARY CLOSE. We as voters, library staff and volunteers, board members, and all residents of Fruitport, did not work so hard to fund our library just to see it collapse after only 3 years, did we?

If the Fruitport District Library closes, residents who are members of the Fruitport Library won’t have access to library services until they join another library outside Fruitport. Local residents who join other districts may be charged a non-resident fee by their new libraries for their new library cards. Some libraries do not have non-resident programs at all. But if we vote to continue funding our library here in Fruitport, the Fruitport District Library can remain funded and continue providing free and inexpensive library services to Fruitporters for the next 10 years, that’s 2019-2028!

Our library’s board members are not being paid for their hard work. The “Friends of the Fruitport Library” contributed over $400, personally, for a postcard campaign that provided information on the millage for the August 7th Primary vote. However, because enough people weren’t reached with the RENEWAL news, August voters didn’t realize the importance of their “Yes” vote. Voters may have believed their property taxes would be raised to a point even higher than the amount necessary to support the 1.25 mills the MADL was requiring for its funding. Then, this thinking would have been a huge mistake. Now, thinking like this will be disastrous, since we may not get another chance to vote on this millage for a long time. THE .75 MILLS OUR LIBRARY IS ASKING FOR WILL NOT INCREASE OUR PROPERTY TAX AT ALL. As a result of the misunderstanding between our Fruitport District Library and the general public of Fruitport, our library proposal was voted down in August and lost by 90 votes. 90 votes between 4 precincts! Our library, the jobs of the good people who run it, and the many services and programs it provides, will hang on our decision to vote for the renewal of funding for the library we worked so hard to create.

Our Fruitport District Library millage will pay to keep our librarians at work, to keep the lights on, and pay for services the library provides for us like:
-this year’s Summer Reading Program
-the 1,567 library cards it has issued as of June of 2018
-the Hoopla Program
-inexpensive access to printing and faxing
-free access to public computers and Wi-Fi
-access to more than 26,000 individual items in-house
-access to library books from libraries all over Michigan
-ability to use your Fruitport library card at any West Michigan library
-access to E-books through the Overdrive Program
-music, movies, and more through Hoopla
-SCOLA for different language learning and information
-MeLCat- Michigan eLibrary Catalog
-certified, hardworking, and courteous staff
-weekly children’s programming

Public information about the FDL vote in the November 6th Midterm election is available on the Fruitport District Library website under the heading “November 2018 Millage,” here in our Fruitport Area News, and especially at our very own Fruitport District Library. Information is also available on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, October 17th, at 5:30pm, when the library board meeting is held at the Township Hall. An open discussion on the millage will be held that will then lead into the board meeting itself.

The library will also be holding a book sale on the week leading up to the election, November 1st-6th, where information about the millage will be available and staff will be able to answer questions you may still have. Public information can be distributed by citizens of Fruitport, and by our library. But only citizens who do not work for the library can encourage others to vote “Yes”. Information can be distributed at the polls 100 feet or farther from the polling place. Watch your ballot carefully: the library’s vote is listed last of all on our ballots and, in some cases, on the back of the ballot form.

We have to vote “Yes” for our library’s millage on November 6th if we want to see our library survive for the next decade’s worth of Fruitport residents and their children. We worked hard to get our library, and we have to put in the voting power to keep it!

Letter to the Editor – I Fell in Love

When I first moved to Fruitport about 10 years ago, I immediately fell in love with the charm of the village.

I quickly discovered the little library by the park and felt welcomed by the staff and other patrons.

Two years ago there was a vote to separate from the Muskegon Area District Library and I voted against because I did not want to lose what had meant so much to me.

The vote to separate passed and after a few months of transition the Fruitport District Library begin to take shape.  Over the past two years I have watched our community come together to create an  astounding  library.

Our library provides more than just a large collection of books or even the access to books from other libraries.   It provides  more than just a wonderful  staff who are able to help us or a place for people to be able to use the computers. The library is more than just a place that provides learning opportunities with guest speakers and children’s programs.

The Fruitport Dristrict Library is a place of connection, of people, of the community coming together where all are welcomed and encouraged to be a part.

I am very proud of what the Fruitport  District Library  has become and I’m excited about our future.

Please take the time on November 6 to Vote Yes to keep our library open.

If the doors close, not only do we lose our library, but we lose part of who we, as a community, are.

Julie Sanderson

Letter to the Editor – Fruitport District Library Millage

To the Editor:

Regarding the so-called “new” millage to continue financing our Fruitport District Library. There’s really nothing new about this, although the Lansing bureaucrats who make the rules on ballot proposals would have us imagine there is. The requested millage will continue funding at exactly the same level as we’ve paid for years, with zero tax increase. To vote “No” is to vote to close Fruitport’s library, which for two generations has served the needs of Fruitport families at its home in Pomona Park. So let’s vote “Yes” to keep our library open and separate from intrusive, expensive county control.

Eric Wiggin, resident of Fruitport Township, a former school librarian, a retired pastor/school teacher, and author of 16 books found in libraries across America.

Letter to the Editor – Fruitport District Library Millage

Dear Fruitport residents,
My name is Darlene Field and have been living in this area since 1968.
We have always had a library • Sort of the heart of the Village. It’s where things happen!
Recently the community decided to be an independent library.
So therefore we as a community need to step up and fund our library – Books – programs, etc!
So at the present time we have a millage of .75 to fund our library. At the end of the year this millage goes away.
Therefore a millage is on the Nov. 6 ballot asking for .75 to fund the library. This is not new. The wording that’s “official” sounds like it’s an addition. It is not! It will be exactly the same.
So please vote on Nov. 6 – for our library!

Darlene Field

Letter to the Editor – Fruitport District Library Millage

Please vote “yes” for the Fruitport District Library millage on November 6th. Since state funds and penal fines provide less than 10% of our library budget, this millage is essential for the operation of our library. The current .75 mill ends on December 31st, 2018. The requested .75 mill begins on January 1, 2019. A “yes” vote for the library will NOT raise your taxes. As a former Fruitport Library director, I urge you to support our library and help us move forward. Trust me, our children and our community as a whole will benefit. Love our library. Thanks!

Karla Brown

Letter to the Editor – This library really rocks…

I love this little library and want to see this millage pass because it is a very important place for kids to come and read and be inspired to use their imaginations. To me, this library is a place where you can go a million places and never leave your comfortable chair. It inspires my creativity and offers children a safe place to hang out and do homework and get involved in activities that may be scheduled for that day. This is an awesome place and I don’t want to see it go away…

Audrey Aamodt

Letter to the Editor – The Last Minute

The last minute- is it a curse of mine that I’m always doing things at the last minute? Everyone is busy, we are all trying to find a little time for relaxation, exercise, family. This letter is important to me and I’m happy to spend the time even though it’s midnight on the day of the deadline.

It’s funny how I moved out of this area for somewhere bigger, where everyone didn’t know everyone else’s business, but decades later moving back to a small close-knit place sounded so perfect. Fruitport is a great place to live. I called it the “undiscovered gem of the lakeshore” when we moved here 12 years ago.

I was especially proud of our residents when we voted to take control of our own library and withdrew from the MADL. It seemed like a big job to get everything up and running but the people did it. Then, I was confused when recently those same independent voters didn’t renew the millage needed to operate their library. I had to consider why and I believe a miscommunication is to blame.

As I mentioned everyone is busy and trying their best to spend their time wisely.  The millage was listed on the ballot as “additional“, and that made me examine it carefully even though I had read a flyer explaining it was legally required to be listed that way. The newly approved Fruitport District Library was asking for the same amount of money over the same length of time as we used to pay the MADL. I voted yes, and I will vote yes again on November 6th.

I could follow up with a lot of facts about how Michigan is producing kids who need local libraries- more than half of third grade students can’t pass their State Assessment reading goals (it is true), but I’d rather just tell you my family’s experiences at our library. Our oldest is in college now, her love of reading and her time at Fruitport High School served her well, she excelled on the English portion of her SATs. The baby was two when we moved here, she is 13 now and still loves going to the library. I have to take books away from her to convince her to do other schoolwork. My little surprise was born here in Fruitport and I have the best memories of her attending the children’s programs and spending time playing at the park afterward.

I still feel like we have a great place here- the people and the setting. I want to be sure everyone understands what’s at stake; the Fruitport District Library would be greatly missed by our family. The millage on the ballot November 6th is our last minute chance; please spend your valuable time voting yes.

Mrs. Jennifer Michaels

Letter to the Editor – Fruitport District Library Millage

I am a Fruitport resident that would like to encourage you to vote YES on the Fruitport District Library Proposal on November 6th.

The library is important to me. Many access our local library through the internet for books, music, movies and other programs, but I simply like to walk into the building and check out my books. I also appreciate that they have other walk in services such as internet use, copy services and more.

The ballot language is confusing, but I understand the .75 mills we now pay expires in December 2018 and by voting YES we can continue to pay the same .75 mills for the next ten years. It is not really new or additional, but more like a renewal.

Please support the Fruitport District Library “renewal” millage proposal on November 6th.

Thank you,
Nan Riekse

Fruitport District Library Q & A – Why Do We Need a Library Millage?

Fruitport District Library
47 Park Street
Fruitport, MI 49415
231 366-6107

Q. Will approving this library millage increase my taxes?

A. No, Fruitport residents have been paying .75 mills for library services since 2006. The current millage began December 2016 and expires December 2018. The November 2018 millage proposal will ask for the same .75 mills (not new – not additional) from 2019-2028.

Q. What is the library millage for?

A. The millage will pay for the general operation of the Fruitport District Library, including materials, technology, staff, programs, and building and grounds maintenance. Also, more digital projects and literacy programs for adults and children. We have budgeted for a savings capital project for handicap accessibility.

History:
Fruitport Township residents were with the Muskegon Areas District Library from 2006-2016. We paid .75 mills annually for library operations. In 2015 we voted to separate from the MADL and begin establishing our own library. In May 2016 we voted to approve a “new” “additional” millage of .75 for the operation of the Fruitport library for three years beginning December 2016 through December 2018. On December 31, 2016 the agreement with the MADL ended and we began establishing a Fruitport Library . In January, February and March of 2017 we contracted with Spring Lake Library so our residents would continue to receive full services until the Fruitport Library was ready for operation. In April 2017 Fruitport Library opened with the funds from the .75 millage collected from winter taxes. We were able to purchase 13,600 books two years and newer as required in order to be a member of Lakeland Library.

Q. The library proposal says it’s a “new” “additional” millage? Can you explain this?

A. The ballot language is what the library attorney and the Library of Michigan legal counsel says we are required to have. The Library Board wanted to simply say library renewal, as we believe it is, but the library attorney states that in order to be legal, the language must say “new” and “additional”. It may be because of the separation from MADL.

Q. What happens to the library now that the millage failed?

A. Fruitport District Library Board has decide to put the proposal on the November 6, 2018 ballot for the residents to consider again. If it fails, there will be no funds for library operation and we will have to close it down.

Q. The current library .75 millage is for how long?

A. The current millage of .75 was a three year millage 2016 -2018 and expires this year. The “new” millage will be from 2019-2028 at the same .75 mills that we have always paid.

Q. What would we be paying for library services if we were still with the MADL?

A. The current MADL millage is 1.25 mills for ten (10) years.

Q. What good is the library?

A. We have issued 1567 library cards as of June 2018. In the summer of 2018 we scheduled 8 events during the Summer Reading Program.

Q. What services does the library provide?

A. The Board of Directors just approved the Hoopla Program.
*Inexpensive printing and faxing services
*Free access to public computers and Wi-Fi
*Access to over 26,000 individual items in-house
*Access to library books from libraries across the state of Michigan, including Spring Lake District Library and other Lakeland Library Cooperative libraries
*Ability to use your library card at any library in West Michigan
*Access to electronic books through the Overdrive Program
*Music & Movies with additional information through Hoopla (coming soon)
*SCOLA for different language learning and information
*Mel Cat
*Certified Library Director, Certified Children’s Librarian and Administrative Assistant Staff who provide courteous customer service
*Weekly children’s programming

Q. How much does the Library Board of Directors get paid?

A. In the past only the secretary and treasurer received compensation of $45/per monthly meeting. Since the formation of the Fruitport District Library, January 2017, no one on the Board has received compensation for their service.

Operating the Fruitport District Library

By Adam DeWitt

In August, electors voted against a “new” proposal funding the Fruitport District Library.  Supporters of the Library feel that the defeat was due to a misunderstanding of the proposal’s wording, which had to state that this levy is new, due to the fact the Library is, for the first time, on the ballot as “Fruitport District Library.”  This “new” millage continues where the current millage ends.  The current millage, expiring December 2018, levied .75 mills.  The November proposal will continue to levy .75 mills for the next ten years, until 2028.  With this money, the Library purchases new books and materials, provides staffing for reference, operation, and support, and maintains the facility.

Fruitport District Library is a vibrant part of the community.  The shelves are full of books, many published since 2015.  At last count, there are over 16,000 items with new books continuing to arrive.  In addition to books, there are DVD’s, books-on-CD, magazines, and book club kits.  Onsite library services also include free Wi-Fi, inexpensive printing and faxing services, and computer use for anything from playing online games to filling out job applications.  Electronic books and audiobooks are available with the Overdrive app; or you can read your favorite magazine with the RB Digital app.

The Library partners with other West Michigan and more distant in-state libraries.  You may have a book delivered to the Fruitport District Library from almost any library in Michigan.  The Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat) provides books and databases.  These databases provide information that help children with homework, adults with legal and consumer questions, and even automotive repair.

Fruitport District Library hosts a weekly children’s story time, which includes a craft or activity.  In addition, this year was the first official Summer Reading Program that offered participation for everyone.  Over 300 people participated.  We had seven programs, including the Outdoor Discovery Center from Holland brought “Animal Chorus” to Pomona Park.  Meyer Music also presented “Touch-a-Tuba”.  More programs are yet to come this Fall.

The Library staff include three members.  Beth Werking, a veteran children’s librarian, lives in Grand Haven.  Erica Huyser, the Library Assistant, lives in Fruitport.  Adam DeWitt, the Library Director, lives in Grant.

The lower level of the Library building is being refurbished with new flooring and a fresh coat of paint.  Our upper level is clean, organized, and mixes the traditional library of books and tables with modern internet technology.  The Library also purchases supplies needed on a day-to-day basis.

This is how the Fruitport District Library uses millage money.  New materials are purchased.  Membership fees are paid.  Programming is planned and executed.  Staff members are paid.  The Library building and daily operations are kept in working order.  Please come into the Fruitport District Library, and see your money at work.

Find more information about the Library’s millage proposal, the Library’s budget, and other information about the Fruitport District Library on our Facebook page (search: Fruitport District Library), on our website, at www.fruitportdistrictlibrary.org, or by calling us at (231) 366-6107.

Prolifers Aren’t “Zombies”; Roe v. Wade Is

The pro-abortion news website Rewire recently published an article about the Democratic primary race for Michigan governor: “Michigan Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Take Aim at ‘Zombie’ Law Banning Abortion.”

What is this “zombie law”? Since 1846, Michigan has legally protected the lives of unborn children. The most recent update of our law was in 1931. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, this law may have an opportunity to go back into effect.

Abortion supporters call this a “zombie law” because they somehow believe it’s already dead. Except that’s not true at all.

In January of 1973, Roe v. Wade and its companion case Doe v. Bolton overturned the laws of all 50 states, forcing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason on them. Several weeks prior, in November of 1972, Michigan voters had a chance to vote on our “zombie law.” Abortion supporters tried to repeal it through Proposal B of 1972, but 60 percent of Michiganders voted to keep our law.

Can you call a law that got a supermajority of support from voters “dead”? Can you call a law that’s still legally enforceable in some cases “dead”? We don’t think so.

Roe v. Wade, however, is certainly a case befitting the walking dead. Only 13 percent of Americans believe abortion should be generally legal in the third trimester, but that’s the law of the land because of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. That’s 87 percent of Americans who oppose its effects.

Abortion supporters’ use of the term “zombie” is laden with tragic irony. Roe v. Wade has the outer husk of an actual judicial decision, but it is dead inside; even pro-abortion lawyers can’t justify it on legal grounds. It’s abortion that consumes the lives of innocent human beings in apocalyptic numbers, not laws that protect them.

Once you get past the verbal smokescreen of terms like “zombie law,” you can see where Gretchen Whitmer actually wants to take Michigan if elected governor. It goes well beyond just Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, but to forcing people to pay for abortions, even bringing back partial-birth abortions.

If there is any idea in America that should be buried, yet still manages to stalk the countryside harming innocent lives, it’s the idea that we can declare a class of human beings subhuman and refuse to honor their unalienable right to life.

Chris Gast
Director of Communication/Education
cgast@rtl.org

Ask Dr. Universe – Why Cats Like Lasers

Dr. Universe: Why do cats like lasers? -Izzy, 10, MD

Dear Izzy,

Not only do I enjoy answering science questions from kids, but I also like naps, tuna fish sandwiches, and chasing lasers. I wasn’t entirely sure why I like chasing those little red dots. I asked my friend Leticia Fanucchi, a veterinarian at Washington State University.

“Cats like lasers because they are predators and like to chase or hunt anything that moves fast around them,” Fanucchi said.

A zipping red light that quickly switches directions might have a similar motion to a mouse or other critter. The light sort of mimics an animal scurrying around to escape its prey. Even though we cats know the laser is not an actual mouse, it triggers our predatory instinct.

An instinct is something hard-wired into animals—they don’t have to learn it, they just naturally know how to do it. For example, dogs drool when they see food. Birds build nests. These are all instincts and some can help animals survive.

As predators, cats also have a few other tools that are useful for survival: claws and sharp teeth. We also have good eyesight and hearing. Plus, we are pretty fast.

The house cat is actually descended from a wild species of cat, including the European and African Wild Cat. These cats were big hunters. While house cats are more domesticated, we still share that instinct to hunt.

Meanwhile, big cats like lions, tigers, and cheetahs have even bigger claws, teeth, and speed. Some of these animals show at least a bit of interest in laser pointers, too.

It turns out cats big and small aren’t the only ones who like to chase lasers. Other animals seem to be very curious about them. Dogs will chase lasers. Some insects go a little wild when they notice a laser moving. People have even recorded fish following the light in aquariums.

Biologists might call the laser a kind of superstimuli. It really draws in the animal’s attention because it’s so different from anything else going on in its environment. Unlike smart prey in nature who camouflage, the red laser point stands out.

While investigating all kinds of things about cats and lasers, I discovered that house cats haven’t been playing with lasers very long. The first cats were domesticated about 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Some researchers think we might have been domesticated even earlier.

Lasers were only invented about sixty years ago. That might seem like a long time at first, but when you consider how long cats have been domesticated, only a small number of cats throughout history have ever played with a laser. That got me wondering how lasers work in the first place. We’ll save that question for another time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Your Lead Foot Buys Books

Do you have a lead foot? While we are not urging you to drive above the speed limit, your costly speeding ticket has a silver lining. A portion of the fines paid to the courts from criminal violations and civil infractions is distributed to local libraries. This year, Ottawa County fines netted nine public libraries a total of $749,943.

The Michigan State Constitution of 1963, requires that all penalties collected for violations of the state penal laws be divide into court costs, statutory fees, and penal fees. The penal fines support public libraries and a county law library.

“Prior year payouts have ranged from $700,000 to over $950,000 depending on the number of citations written using the state penal code and the fines levied by the court,” said Brad Slagh, Ottawa County Treasurer.

Diane Kooiker, the Director of Herrick District Library in Holland, said, “Penal fine revenue is an extremely important component of library funding. Herrick District Library relies on penal fine revenue to provide physical and electronic resources, programming and services for library users”.

The amount paid to each public library is determined by the percentage of the county population living in the area which each library has an agreement to serve. The Library of Michigan-Department of Education dictates the eligible libraries and its associated population.

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/22/18 – 10/28/18

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

Monday October 22

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Vietnam War/Jim Smither
October 22 @ 6:00 pm
The lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person. If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

An Evening with Garry Trudeau
Monday, 7:30 pm @ Frauenthal Center
The Muskegon Writers’ Series presents, “An Evening with Garry Trudeau!”  American cartoonist Garry Trudeau is a New York native who rose to fame with his cartoon strip “Doonesbury.”  “Doonesbury” was launched in 1970, and now appears in nearly 1400 daily and Sunday newspaper clients in the U.S. and abroad. Trudeau is also known for the political comedy series Alpha House (2013), Tanner ’88 (1988), and A Doonesbury Special (1977) There will be book, wine and beer sales as well as live music in the lobby.  For more info., call 231-727-8001.

Tuesday October 23

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Market season is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.   For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities
Through October 27
Through October 27 on Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Weesie’s Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping invites you to join them for Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities!  Come join the fun at their Montague location featuring Spookley Trail Rides and Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides where you can pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch!  Be sure to visit Spookley’s Playground with new attractions and activities.  It’s lots of fun for the whole family! Rain may delay or cancel some activities, so be sure to call ahead of time at 231-894-4742 if the weather is bad.  The last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed. John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show.  Fridays are by appointment only. For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Hildegard Singers
Tuesday, 12:00 pm @ 1006 Third St.
Come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring The Hildegard Singers, a trio comprised of Diane Penning, Lisa Walhout, and Barbara McCargar, performing the deeply spiritual music of abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen as well as other chants from medieval times.  For more information, call 231-722-2112. 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.

Authentic Italian Autumn Flavors with Sofia
October 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Authentic Italian Autumn Flavors with Sofia!” You will make dinner for enjoying in class featuring Zuppetta alla Valdostana (cauliflower, fontina chesses, bread and broth), Maiale al Latte (Pork Loin cooked in milk), mushrooms saute’ and Torta di Mele (apple cake).  Sofia will share her authentic Italian recipes. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.  To buy tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.

Paranormal Hot Spots
October 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for the free program, “Paranormal Hot Spots!” Embrace the unexplained as you listen to paranormal researchers from Grand Haven’s Gathering Research and Stories of Paranormal Phenomena. G.R.A.S.P.P will present an enlightened discussion on West Michigan hot-spots of paranormal activity, as well as what goes into a paranormal investigation. You won’t want to miss this phenomenal program, brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Wednesday October 24

Full Moon Kayak River Float
October 24 @ 11:00 pm
At midnight during each full moon from May through October, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding “Full Moon Floats” down the Muskegon River. They start at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial park.  The cost is only $25 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick. Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.

ahFest Film Fest: Moonlight
October 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to enjoy a free screening of the film “Moonlight” as part of Muskegon Community College’s ahFest (Arts and Humanities Festival)! This film looks at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron (Ashton Sanders), a young black man growing up in Miami.  His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.  Directed by Barry Jenkins (III). A Muskegon Community College instructor will introduce the film. Film admission, popcorn and cider are free.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase.  Auditorium doors close at 6:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Market season is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, located at 242 W. Western Ave.,   For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Truth: MCC Wind and Jazz Ensemble wsg Truth in Jazz Orchestra
October 24 @ 7:30 pm
Come to the Frauenthal Theater for “Truth” featuring the MCC Wind and Jazz Ensemble with special guest, the Truth in Jazz Orchestra!  This is part of the Muskegon Community College ahFest.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults or $2.00 for students and children.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.

Thursday October 25

Van’s Haunted Car Wash
October 25 @ 9:00 pm – October 27 @ 9:00 pm
Van’s Car Wash presents their annual Haunted Car Wash, with all proceeds befitting local charities in Muskegon.  Last year, they raised over $5,000 for the Child Abuse Council.  The cost is $10 per car for your spooktakular wash!  Come on out for some good, clean, scary fun!

Film: Armand Documentary with Muriel Zandstra
October 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a film screening and Q&A with Muriel Zandstra!  Armand tells the story of a nearly blind twentieth century American artist, Armand Merizon.  Using personal interviews, historic film footage, and over 100 of his paintings, this film traces Merizon’s search for truth and his portrayal of the social, political, and environmental issues of the twentieth century.  It is also a story of perseverance as he battled macular degeneration and rheumatoid arthritis.  But, despite his ailments he vowed, “I will paint until my nose touches the canvas.”  Director, Executive Producer, and close friend of Armand, Muriel Zandstra, will hold a Q&A following the film showing.  Film admission is free and open to the public.  Organized in conjunction with Armand Merizon: His Life and Art.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Innovation Hub Annual Community Open House
October 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Learn about their work, tour the facility, and hear about what they have planned for the year ahead.  Enjoy light refreshments from Village Baker and Fetch Brewing, live music from Julia and the Greensides, and demonstrations of clients’ and inventors’ products.  This event is open to the public, colleagues and friends.  For more information, call 616-331-7370.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Market season is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.   For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed. John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show.  Fridays are by appointment only. For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Friday October 26

Back Alley Comedy Club presents Bill Bushart & Mike O’Keefe
October 26 @ 8:00 pm
Located at 1351 W. Sherman Blvd., Muskegon inside Sherman Bowling Center. “A bitter pill to swallow” is how Bill Bushart describes his brand of humor. The self-proclaimed King of Detroit Blue Comedy was influenced by comedy greats Don Rickles, Richard Pryor and Bobby Slayton. His offbeat style and animated stage show leaves audiences begging for mercy. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. For more information, call 231-755-1258.

Michigan’s Heritage Park: Haunted Trail 2018
October 26 @ 7:30 pm – October 27 @ 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday nights, October 26 – 27 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park located at 8637 N. Durham Rd., Whitehall for the “Haunted Trail!”  Tour the park at night and navigate your way through history’s gruesome and chilling legends, myths, and stories.  With 10,000 years of horror, nothing is off the table during this two-night event!  Recommended for ages 13 and up.  The cost is $15.  For more info. (231) 894-0342.

Lakeshore Game Night Presents: Haunted Gaming at Bardic Wells
October 26 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Bardic Wells Meadery located at 8844 Water St., Montague invites you to join them for some Haunted Gaming!  Sip on some mead at Michigan’s first meadery and play horror themed board games such as Betrayal at House on the Hill, Dead of Winter and Nyctophobia in celebration of Halloween!  Be sure to dress to impress for the costume contest for a chance to win prizes!  This is a free event and you must be 21 to participate.  For more information, call (616) 837-8035.

4th Annual Little Goblins Boos Bash
October 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring the kids to the Watermark 920 for the 4th Annual Little Goblins Boos Bash!  Wear a costume for the parade and enjoy light snacks and beverages, crafting stations, a cookie decorating station presented by The Coffee Factory and music by Modern Entertainment!  The cost is $5 at the door per adult and per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children two and under are free.  For more information, call (231) 578-0469.

Tellabration! A Night of Storytelling
October 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
You’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art auditorium for an extraordinary evening of storytelling during Tellabration 2018!  Join the Muskegon Yarnspinners as they partake in this annual event that is celebrated around the world.  Special guest, Gloria Cangelosi, and other local storytellers will share the joy and enchantment of stories with a program geared for a mature audience.  This event is recommended for ages 12 and older.  Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family and are available at the door.  For more information, contact Ned at 231-755-2383.

Halloween at the Getty Drive-In
October 26 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and Celebration! Cinema for a night of spooktacular cinematic fun at the Getty Drive-In Theater featuring Halloween-inspired films and family friendly fun!  Costumes are highly encouraged.  Tickets are available beginning Friday, October 5 at celebrationcinema.com and are available at the Getty Drive-In box office the night of the event. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Trunk-or-Treating – Beginning at dusk, families can travel through the parking lot trick-or-treating at neighboring cars. Guests are encouraged to decorate their trunks and bring candy to share with youngsters dressed in costume.7:00pm Hotel Transylvania (2012) All Ages, PG – Guests of all ages can enjoy the animated film, Hotel Transylvania. Experience the kid-friendly Dracula film from your car or bring your own chairs or picnic blankets to sit on. Beetlejuice (1988) All Ages, PG – Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!  See Tim Burton’s iconic film (and sing-along to the infamous music) on the BIG screen! 9:00pm Halloween (1978) Rated R – Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, features some of the most memorable horror-film characters of all time.  See the slasher movie directed and scored by John Carpenter in preparation for October 31! Psycho (1960) Rated R – See the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller and relive the horror-film.10:00pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Rated R – Let’s do the time warp!  Dance and sing along to your favorite songs and call back during those infamous lines. Costumes are highly encouraged. These props are welcome: Rice, Newspapers, Flashlights, Rubber gloves, Noisemakers. These props are not allowed: Toast, Hot dogs, Prunes, Water guns and Silly string.

Hackley and Hume Site: Obituary Tour
October 26 @ 7:00 pm
Special evening tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons will include information from the obituaries and funerals of some of the family members who died in the houses.  Autopsies conducted during the early 1900’s will also be addressed.  Admission is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  You must RSVP to participate.  For more information or to register, call 231-722-7578.

Van’s Haunted Car Wash
@ 9:00 pm
Van’s Car Wash presents their annual Haunted Car Wash, with all proceeds befitting local charities in Muskegon.  Last year, they raised over $5,000 for the Child Abuse Council.  The cost is $10 per car for your spooktakular wash!  Come on out for some good, clean, scary fun!

Trail of Terror
October 26 & 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Enjoy the haunted trail that has been voted the scariest in West Michigan, the Trail of Terror in Holton!  Tickets are $14, or $19 for VIP tickets.  Credit cards are accepted.  This trail is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised.  Those with heart conditions are strongly cautioned.  For more information, call 231-821-2234.

Haunted Hall 2018
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2018 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again!  Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, the cost is $15 for FOUR haunts!  If you bring in non-perishable food goods for Love, Inc. you will receive a $1 discount per item, limit of three.

Saturday October 27

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
October 27 @ 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.

Back Alley Comedy Club: Chuck King
October 27 @ 8:00 pm
The Back Alley Comedy Club presents the king of clean comedy. Few entertainers possess the natural ability to amaze and amuse any group quite like Chuck. For more than three decades, he has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast and around the globe. Experience an interactive show that is outrageously funny and audience friendly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Chuck’s show is a unique blend of comedy, magic and hypnosis. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 231-755-1258.

Jacks Hockey Home Game –VS- U18 Team USA
October 27 @ 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. Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the U18 Team USA!  For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Nightmare on Western: Halloween Pub Crawl
October 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Rebel Road invites you to join them for the “Nightmare on Western Halloween Pub Crawl!”  Get your punch cards at participating locations for a chance to win prizes.  Winners will be announced by LT on Rock 101.7 the following week.  There’ll be live music at the CIO Headquarters beginning at 7:00pm with the Pat Benatar tribute band, Fire & Ice, followed by the Judas Priest tribute band, Vengeance Rising at 9:00pm.  There’ll also be a Halloween Costume Contest with prizes for first place and runners up. You must be 21 or older and the cost is $5.  For more information, find Rebel Road on Facebook.

All Hallows Gala and Dance Party
October 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
You’re invited to Watermark 920 for the All Hallows Gala and Dance Party!  Come in costume or come as you are and get ready to have a great time.  Tickets are $10 in advance through www.brownpapertickets.com or $15 the day of the event.  Snacks are included in the price of your ticket and a full cash bar will also be available.  You must be 21 and older to attend.

Michigan’s Heritage Park: Haunted Trail 2018
Saturday @ 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday nights, October 26 – 27 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Michigan’s Heritage Park located at 8637 N. Durham Rd., Whitehall for the “Haunted Trail!”  Tour the park at night and navigate your way through history’s gruesome and chilling legends, myths, and stories.  With 10,000 years of horror, nothing is off the table during this two-night event!  Recommended for ages 13 and up.  The cost is $15.  For more info. (231) 894-0342.

Ulien Labro and the Chanson Experiment
October 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Muskegon Museum of Art will present accordionist Julien Labro and the Chanson Experiment in a rare West Michigan appearance! French-born accordionist/bandoneonist, Julien Labro’s artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continues to astonish audiences world-wide.  Julien is one of the foremost accordion players in both the jazz and classical genres. www.julienlabro.com Tickets are available at the Museum Store and are $25 at the door, $20 in advance or $15 for MMA members.  For more information, call 231-720-2580.

Van’s Haunted Car Wash
October 25 @ 9:00 pm – October 27 @ 9:00 pm
Van’s Car Wash presents their annual Haunted Car Wash, with all proceeds befitting local charities in Muskegon.  Last year, they raised over $5,000 for the Child Abuse Council.  The cost is $10 per car for your spooktakular wash!  Come on out for some good, clean, scary fun!

Trail of Terror
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Enjoy the haunted trail that has been voted the scariest in West Michigan, the Trail of Terror in Holton!  Tickets are $14, or $19 for VIP tickets.  Credit cards are accepted.  This trail is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised.  Those with heart conditions are strongly cautioned.  For more information, call 231-821-2234.

Hackley and Hume Site: Obituary Tour
October 27 @ 9:30 pm
Special evening tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons will include information from the obituaries and funerals of some of the family members who died in the houses.  Autopsies conducted during the early 1900’s will also be addressed.  Admission is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  You must RSVP to participate.  For more information or to register, call 231-722-7578.

Spooky Lighthouse Trick-or-Treating Tower Tours
October 27 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bring the kids to Pere Marquette Beach for “Trick-or-Treating at the Lighthouse!” Climb the 48’ tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light and experience the unique feeling of traveling back in time.  Up two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder, this ironclad tower built in 1903 boasts unparalleled views from the lantern room at the tower top.  Knowledgeable, passionate volunteer Lighthouse keeper docents share the history of Muskegon’s lighthouses and other facets of the area’s maritime importance.  This final tour of 2017 is held on Halloween, when volunteers will dress up in costume to welcome Trick-or-Treaters at the lighthouse tower base.  Kids in costume (11 and under) will climb for free in the company of an adult and regular admission for the autumn tower tours is only $4 for adults and $2 for children 11 and under.  Military and veteran admission is $3, and kids must be 3’  tall in order to climb.  Sturdy shoes are recommended, and no reservations are necessary.  The tour lasts about 15 minutes if there is no wait upon your arrival and the last tour is offered 15 minutes prior to closing.  Parking is available at the beach or alongside Margaret Drake Elliot Park.  Walk between the NOAA and USCG stations on the public visitor walkway to gain access to the pier.  Memberships and private tours are available by e-mailing muskegonlights@gmail.com or by calling 844-MLIGHTS. Free Trick-or-Treating; Tours for Adults: $2-$4

Free Halloween Bash at the Farmers Market
October 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a free Halloween Bash!  The kick-off to the event features the Grand Marshal, Mayor Gawron, leading a costume parade starting from the Farmers’ Market stage through the rest of the Market.  After the parade is done, join them for pumpkin decorating, games and prizes, live music, and photos with a Disney Princesses!  Children will receive a free bag of candy while supplies last.  In addition, the new Western Market will have trick or treating through the chalets!  Join them for a lovely fall day.  For more information, call 231-724-6777.

Trunk or Treat: FREE
October 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The First Presbyterian Church located at 2577 Wickham Dr., Muskegon  is hosting “Trunk or Treat!”  Trick-or-Treat in the safety of their parking lot.  This event will be held indoors in case of inclement weather.  Children of all ages are welcome!  For more info., call 231-759-1275.

Trunk or Treat: Forest Park Covenant Church
October 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Forest Park Covenant Church invites your family to “Trunk or Treat!”  Enjoy food, games, prizes, inflatables, music, candy, and more!  Invite your friends and neighbors!  This is a FREE event!  For more information, call 231-780-4784. Please park in the South parking lot and enter through the gym door.

Haunted Hall 2018
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2018 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again!  Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, the cost is $15 for FOUR haunts!  If you bring in non-perishable food goods for Love, Inc. you will receive a $1 discount per item, limit of three.

Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
Saturdays @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays in October from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free!  Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year!  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Aquastar Boat Cruise: Last Cruise of the Season!
October 27 @ 4:00 pm
Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on an afternoon cruise.  As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available.  The ticket price is $20.  Kids under 10 are admitted free with adults.  For more information or tickets, visit their website at https://aquastarcruises.com/ or call 231-903-0669.

Sunday October 28

Halloween Ice Show
October 28 @ 3:30 pm
Come to the Lakeshore Sports Centre as the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club presents a free Halloween Ice Show!  Watch local skaters show off their skills dressed in classic, family-friendly Halloween costumes or to Halloween music.  This is a fun event for the entire family and there will be treat bags for the first 100 kids through the door, ages 10 and under.  Skaters range in age from 5 – 16 and represent Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Twin Lake, Fruitport, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, West Olive, Fremont and Norton Shores.  For more information, visit www.MLFSC.org.

Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
Sundays @ 1:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sundays in October from 1:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free!  Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year!  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Enjoy all the fun events happening in Muskegon!
Check out our website for more details
www.visitmuskegon.org
Thank you

 

The Power of God

The power of God is easily seen in His creation every where we look.  It is in ourselves and all around us.  His spirit is in every one of us who are alive.  We are the product of the Great Designer and Creator, God.

The Triad God said, “let us make man in our image” and “our likeness,” and he did.

We know because He told us so in the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  And He said his Word will endure forever!  Regardless of Man turning science, into science fiction, as they concoct ideas about the earth and universe creation, by their billions-of-years God.  Or the late Stephen Hawking’s idea that it was by the law of gravity. Others have said life started from bacteria.

Mankind tries all kinds of ways to deny God his glory.

But the Holy Bible contains thousands of witnessed events where God displayed His Almighty power. On the first six days of creation, only God, his word, and the Holy Ghost were present.  At that time God spoke the never-ending Heaven into existence, and the Earth also.  The huge earth was void of life but was full of all the minerals and elements and was fully covered by water.

On one of the six days God Almighty created the sun, the moon, and billions of stars, and strategically placed them in the universe. But as easily as He placed them there thousands of years ago, at the end of time, at God’s command, they will “pass away.”

God will then create a new Heaven and Earth. Then from Heaven, God will lower to the new Earth, “that great city, the holy Jerusalem.”  The dimensions of that great walled city 1,500 miles long, 1,500 miles wide, and 1,500 miles high.  “And the foundations of the wall of the city, garnished with all manner of precious stones.” With a street of gold and the presence of God and Jesus Christ for light.

God said it.  God will do it!

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, OK

Ask Dr. Universe – Ancient Rain Filtering

Dr. Universe: How did people in ancient times filter water from rain? – Richard A., 11

Dear Richard,

Every day people around the world get their water in different ways. Some get water from a well, others turn on a tap, go to the store, and some walk many miles to a river. But no matter how we get our drinking water, it almost always starts with rain.

Rainwater is really clean, said my friend Julie Padowski. She’s a scientist at the State of Washington Water Research Center at Washington State University.

In ancient times, some people harvested rain in big containers, but many more people used water that had collected naturally in streams, rivers, and in the ground.

They could find groundwater rushing by in rivers, or bubbling up from underground through a spring. They could also dig deep into the earth to find water.

“What people did way back in ancient times is they looked for water that was flowing or they used groundwater,” Padowski said. “Groundwater from deep down in the earth is often safer to drink because it’s more protected from contamination.”

As cities grew up around the world, people had some new ideas for getting water. The Romans built big, bridge-like structures called aqueducts, which helped bring water from distant springs or mountains into the city. They also had different ways to filter the water. Padowski said we still use some of these ancient techniques.

For example, we let water sit, or settle, so particles fall to the bottom. Then we can strain off the particle-free water. We boil water to kill any bacteria. We also filter water through soil or sand. In ancient times, people actually built sand filtration columns. As the water slowly trickled through the column, it cleaned the water.

When using soil or sand as a filter, particles that might be bad for you get stuck in the little gaps, or pores. This small stuff gets trapped as the water continues to flow down. Tiny bacteria in the soil also eat up some of the particles. By the time the water moves through the soil, we have some very clean water.

We live on a wet planet—about 70 percent of the surface is covered in water. But only about one to two percent of that is water we can actually drink.

These days we have new technology and creative ways to filter some of the dirtiest water on our planet and transform it into clean drinking water. It allows us to tap into new techniques people in ancient times may not have been able to use, Padowski said.

Who knows, maybe one day you will also help us come up with innovative ways to make sure everyone has clean drinking water and that no one goes thirsty. Water is a precious resource and we can all do our part to take care of it.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

FantasMenagerie: The Art of Nat Rosales at Muskegon Museum of Art

sculptureMuskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art will present the sculptures of Michigan artist Nat Rosales in a one-person show from October 18, 2018 through January 13, 2019. FantasMenagerie: The Art of Nat Rosales features the fantastical vehicles and creatures Rosales creates from scrap metal, found and manipulated objects, and mechanical parts. The MMA invites the public to an opening reception Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm. The artist will talk about his work in a program starting at 7:00 pm. The event is free.

sculptureNat Rosales assembles his sculptures using cast bronze and brass animal sculptures, door and drawer knobs, decorative lamp bodies, gears and drives, various housings, and a host of decorative metal, plastic, and ceramic bric-a-brac. According to MMA Senior Curator Art Martin, “The resulting combinations are a blend of Alice in Wonderland and H.G. Wells, an amalgam of whimsy, fantasy, and mechanics.

sculptureFantasMenagerie features over a dozen of Rosales’ recent works, a menagerie of vehicles, contraptions, and mechanical-animal hybrids. Formed from found objects and scrap, and inspired by Rosales’ life and culture, these fantastical creations invite the viewer along on a journey of magic and exploration.

Rosales has been drawn to sculpture since childhood, an ideal expression for his fascination with taking things apart and exploring how the resulting pieces might be reconfigured and assembled. His current body of work began in 2004, with one of his earliest creations, Hog I, appearing in the Muskegon Museum of Art’s annual juried Regional Exhibition in 2005. His Mexican and Catholic heritage combine with a life-long interest in Cubist and Modern sculpture to form the foundation of his artistic expression.

sculptureNat Rosales will make a second appearance at the MMA in a gallery “Crash Course” on Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. He will point out features of his works in the show and discuss his techniques at this free public event.

FantasMenagerie is underwritten by the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation. The Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor is Blue Lake Public Radio. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave. Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org or call 231-720-2570 for more information.

How To Catch Wild Hogs

submitted by Mike Simcik

Ever wondered how the word “Freedom” creeps into our everyday lives? That word started to get hammered in Television ads, videos, multimedia, commercials, songs, sports events, etc, shortly after our 44th president took office in 2009. A quote: “I will fundamentally change America.”

This article was never intended as a joke but many people not only see the humor in it but what is actually coming in the near future. Most well-informed individuals definitely see the handwriting on the wall as the word freedom will change from a good thing to bad and right before your very eyes.

The word communist changed to socialist, and socialist to liberals, then liberals to right wing and all with the sole intention of changing our historical views from negative to positive on any ideology.

I recently had a great conversation with a wounded career veteran, just discharged, and was attending a larger college in one of our northern states. He told me about some of the courses he was taking and at least one close encounter with a campus professor.

While in one of the Veterans classes this professor began making references to and the philosophy there-of Carl Marks. This was very upsetting as the Veteran had several tours of duties in countries where He was shot several times defending those same countries against communism take over. Some of His wounds were not completely healed yet and at times making the Veteran very uncomfortable.

The professor paused during his lecture and asked the Veteran what was the matter? Asking again if He had a problem or would like to leave the class? The veteran student told the professor that He had been shot fighting against communism while overseas and the wound is still painful. In the middle of the wounded Veterans story, he asked the teacher a strange question. He asked: Do you know how to catch wild hogs? The teacher thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The Veteran student said: It’s no joke. “You can catch wild hogs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The hogs find the corn and begin coming to eat every day. When they get used to the idea every day of eating the free corn you put up a fence on one side. They eventually get used to the fence and keep eating the free corn then you put up a second fence. After a while, you put a third side of the fence with an open gate and still the hogs pay no attention to it because they got used to eating the free corn.

The following day you just slam the gate on them and you have captured the whole herd of hogs.

Suddenly the hogs realize they have lost their freedom. Yes, they run around inside the fence trying to find a way out but it’s too late, they’re caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn because they forgot how to forage on their own in the woods so they accept their captivity. The Veteran told the professor that this is exactly what He sees happening slowly in America and Canada today.

Our own government keeps pushing us towards Communism/socialism and keeps spreading the free corn around in the form of insidious programs.

Some of these programs are; supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, pay-outs not to plant crops, welfare entitlements, medicines, drugs, etc. At the same time, we continue to lose our freedoms just a little bit at a time.

One should always remember two truths:
[1] There is no such thing as a free lunch, and [2] you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

If you recognize that government intervention is a threat to America and democracy then you still have a brain to fight back. But If you think that all this government help is beneficial to your current way of life and accepted the “free ride” then you’re already caught. The problems we face today exist because people who work for a living are outnumbered by the people who vote for a living!

History lesson warning. A quote from Carl Marx; “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom at all and no one would have even noticed the change.”

God help us all when that gate slams closed!

Fruitport District Library Board November 6th Ballot Proposal

fdl-logoFruitport District
Library Board
November 6th
Ballot Proposal

 

Purpose
The Fruitport District Library Board would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss the millage proposal that will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

What: Library Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Fruitport Township Hall

Learn about:
a) why we need a library
b) why the proposal must say “new” “additional” millage
when it is more like a renewal
c) learn about services the library provides

Refreshments will be served.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/15/18 – 10/22/18

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

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
Through October 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery through October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Marketing Monday: Business to Business Branding & Marketing
October 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, October 15 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a Marketing Monday!  The theme will be “Business to Business Branding & Marketing.”  A company that markets its products and services to other businesses must take a different approach than an entity that is marketing to consumers.  Conducted by Randy Borns of Borns LLC.  The cost is $10 and you will need to pre-register at eventbrite.com.  No walk-ins, no exceptions.  For more information, call 616-331-6900.

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Series
October 15 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for their Fall 2018 Lecture Series!  The lectures will all be on Monday nights and begin at 6:00pm.  This year, the lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, per lecture.  If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.
• October 15 – Korean War/Ron Janowski
• October 22 – Vietnam War/Jim Smither
• October 29 – D-Day/Ed Gordon
• November 5 – War Road Trip Summary/Bill Jacobks

Open Mic Night with Clayton Hardiman
October 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, October 15 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, take your creativity to the mic!  Whether you want to read poetry, sing, play music or perform comedy, they want to hear you at Hackley Public Library!  If you prefer to be a listener in the audience, that’s great too!  Join them to see and listen to the local talent of Muskegon (no registration needed for listeners/viewers).  If you wish to perform, please register by calling the HPL reference desk at (231) 722-8011, or visiting their online event calendar.  When registering through their online calendar event, feel free to write what you wish to perform in the ‘notes’ section.  Walk-in performers will also be welcome!

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

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.

3rd Annual Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade & Autumn Fest
October 16 – 20
The Lakeside District is having their annual Lakeside Emporium Autumn Fest!  This fall celebration happens October 16 – 20 and culminates with the 3rd Annual Lakeside Emporium Sweetest Day Parade! In addition to being tons of fun, it will also be a “harvest” for those in need in the community.  Participants and those who attend are asked to bring non-perishable food items and new or unused winter wear, such as gloves, mittens, scarves or hats for distribution to area food banks and shelters.
Their main recipient is Kids’ Food Basket and the items they need are:
• Fruit cups or pouches
• Dried fruit
• Snack size zipper bags
• Toasted oat cereal
• Cheese crackers
• Pretzel twists
• Decorated 8lb Bags
The parade will feature musical groups, marching units and decorated vehicles.  This will be a ‘sweet’ opportunity for organizations and individuals to come together to celebrate the fall harvest by giving to those in need.
The parade is Saturday, October 20 with a 9:30am step-off time.  It begins at the Grand Trunk parking area at the foot of McCracken, then heads east down Lakeshore Dr., then into the Lakeside Emporium parking lot.  If you have a group and are interested in participating, please call Laureen at 231-755-9933 as soon as possible.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience!  The summer market season for 2018 is May – November from 8:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.  The Flea Market at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday, May – October from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities
Through October 27
Through October 27 on Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Weesie’s Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping invites you to join them for Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities!  Weesie’s is spreading Halloween cheer and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and how to put an end to it!
Come join the fun at their Montague location featuring Spookley Trail Rides and Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides where you can pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch!  Be sure to visit Spookley’s Playground with new attractions and activities.  It’s lots of fun for the whole family!
Rain may delay or cancel some activities, so be sure to call ahead of time at 231-894-4742 if the weather is bad.  The last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The cost is 6 per person and includes all activities and a pumpkin.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin tells the story of a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch.  Spookley initially faces ridicule from the other pumpkins for being different.  Then, one night during a terrible storm, Spookley saves the other pumpkins and they learn that what makes you different is what makes you special.  His story, available as both a book and DVD, delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun format for kids.

Smash Wine Bar & Bistro: Wine Tasting Night
October 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 16 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to Smash Wine Bar & Bistro for Wine Tasting Night!  This month you’ll taste 4 bourbon or rum barrel aged wines.  Wine specialist, Kara, will walk you through the fun and unique ways these wines were made.  Seating is limited for this event, so be sure to get your tickets soon.  The cost is $25 plus fee.  For more information, call (231) 246-7910.  To buy tickets, visit www.smashwinebar.com.

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Carr-Fles Planetarium, room 135: “Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. This 35-minute program will run August 28 – October 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm. No reservations are needed.
John Bartley Science Museum, room 141: (across the hall from the planetarium) has new exhibits on electricity and magnetism. Open 9:00am – 4:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can visit before the planetarium show.  Fridays are by appointment only.
For more information, or to schedule a free, private visit for your group, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Jazz at the Watermark 920
October 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, October 16 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, enjoy Jazz at the Watermark 920! Gather with friends to enjoy live music as Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek leads the Truth in Jazz Orchestra. There’ll be great food by Fatty Lumpkins and a cash bar. TIJO will debut a couple of new charts they have been working on and alumnus, Mike Truszkowski, will be subbing on the trumpet! The cover charge is $5 or $2 for students with ID. For more information, call the Watermark 920 at (231) 578-0469.

ahFest Film Fest: The Drop
October 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to enjoy a free screening of the film “The Drop” as part of Muskegon Community College’s ahFest (Arts and Humanities Festival)!
Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar in his cousin’s pub and looks the other way when local mobsters use the joint as a temporary bank.  His simple life takes a complicated turn when he finds a battered puppy.  He asks his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help nursing it back to health, and a mutual attraction sparks between them.  However, a robbery at the bar and the return of Nadia’s abusive ex force Bob to face the truth about those he thinks he knows best—including himself.  Directed by Michael R. Roskam.
A Muskegon Community College instructor will introduce the film. Film admission, popcorn and cider are free.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase.  Auditorium doors close at 6:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Nat Rosales Fantasmenagerie Opening Event
October 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
October 18 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Nat Rosales Fantasmenagerie Opening Event!  Celebrate the opening of this fantastical autumn exhibition as Nat Rosales talks about his work in a program following the reception.  This event is free and open to the public and will have a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS
October 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join swing dance instructor, Becky Biesiada, at SE4SONS for a series of 3 classes in October!  This is a fun opportunity to learn something new!  Don’t forget to check out SE4SONS Gastropub after class for great Happy Hour deals!  Classes are limited to the first 30 participants.  Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a Muskegon CC Member to participate.  Call 231-755-3737 for reservations today!
• Class Dates:  October 4, 11, 18
• Class Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
• Cost: $85 per couple/ $60 per single

It’s Thursday Night Live!
October 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm, students at Muskegon High School will be putting on a series of sketch comedies from shows such as Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, In Living Color, and more!  Tickets are $5.  Call 231-720-2911 for more information

West Michigan Vintage Market – Fall Sale
October 19 – October 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, October 19 – 20 from 9:00am – 4:00pm, it’s the West Michigan Vintage Market!  Offering over 10,000 sq. ft. filled with amazing curators, local food vendors and artisans featuring shabby chic decor, mid-century modern and re-purposed furniture, boutiques, upscale fashions and so much more.  For more information, follow them on Facebook or visit www.westmichiganvintagemarket.com.

Smashing Pumpkins Friday Family Fun Night & Collection by Color Exhibit Opening
October 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Lakeshore Museum Center’s trebuchet (a type of catapult, a common type of siege engine which uses a swinging arm to throw a projectile) will be back by popular demand!  Friday, October 19 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, kids can paint their own pumpkin (while supplies last), then take it home or smash it with the museum’s catapult!  They will also be celebrating the opening of their newest exhibit, “Collection by Color.”  Be one of the first to explore the exhibit and enjoy learning more about pumpkins and the color orange!  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and museum members, or just $3 for non-residents.  For more information, call (231) 722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Trail of Terror
October 19, 20, 26 & 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
October 19, 20, 26 and 27 from dusk until 11:00pm, enjoy the haunted trail that has been voted the scariest in West Michigan, the Trail of Terror in Holton!  Tickets are $14, or $19 for VIP tickets.  Credit cards are accepted.  This trail is open to all ages, but parental discretion is advised.  Those with heart conditions are strongly cautioned.  For more information, call 231-821-2234.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tour
October 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday night, October 19 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you’re invited to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site for an All Access Tour!  Go where no visitor has gone before as you explore what’s behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.
The third Friday of the month, enjoy and experience different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, Hackley House during the Red Cross, and Hume as a Daycare Center, and future projects.
The cost is $20 for non-members or $15 for members.  RSVP is required, but they will accept walk-ins if there is room.  They will accept 15 people on the tour, but if they have a lot of interest, they will be able to accommodate 30 people.  To reserve a spot on the All Access Tour, contact Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or 231-724-5534.

Haunted Hall 2018
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2018 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again!  Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, the cost is $15 for FOUR haunts!  If you bring in non-perishable food goods for Love, Inc. you will receive a $1 discount per item, with a limit of three items.
They HIGHLY recommend people follow them on Facebook to receive notifications of special deals and ticket giveaways!  FAQ’s can be found on their website at www.hauntedhall.com.
This year’s theme is the Old State Hospital Complex:
Not necessarily for the criminally insane – more like for TB patients, special need folks, or those society wanted to forget.  Have underground tunnels (old campuses used to have them to connect to areas). They also tended to have some sort of industrial area or workshop that patients could work in, with ours being a meat-packing plant.  The tunnels and meat-packing plant had a torture area.  They were also used to dispose of patients who died.  On a lighter note, in order to prevent the patients from rebelling, the hospital made sure to provide entertainment, this year in the form of a 3D Circus!

Open Mic Night
October 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, October 19 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.
To stay up to date on all of their events, follow them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon/

Aladdin, Jr.
October 20 – October 21
October 20 at 7:30pm and October 21 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre presents, “Aladdin, Jr.!”
Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat that learns that his true worth lies deep within.  The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment!  Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes.  Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character.  With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for their Penguin artists!
For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour! This free self-guided tour happens the first three Saturdays in October from 10:00am – 4:00pm. “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber/CVB at the Whitehall Depot 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall. Using the map as a guide you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot. For more information call 231-724-3100.

Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char
October 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Pizza Party with Chef Char!”
Learn the fun of making your own pizza dough and a homemade marinara sauce for the start of a good pizza.  Find out how to make an herbed crusted, stuffed crust and even a cinnamon crust for a sweet treat fruit pizza.  Choose and add your own toppings for pizzas that can be eaten in class or taken home to share and enjoy later.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit www.Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Appraisal Fair
October 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the Appraisal Fair!  Appraisers from DuMouchelle Art Galleries Co., Detroit, will be on hand to evaluate collectibles, jewelry, and antiques, combining decades of professional experience in many areas.  DuMouchelle appraisers also appear on Antiques Roadshow.  Appraisers will offer verbal evaluations for $15 per item or set of items ($12 for MMA members).  The fee includes museum gallery admission ($8-$10 value).  Written appraisals cannot be provided at this event, but Appraisal Fair is an inexpensive opportunity that can help you know if it would be worthwhile to pay to get a written appraisal on an item for sales or insurance reasons.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
Saturdays @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays in October from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free!  Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year!  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Muskegon Community College EXPO for Prospective Students
October 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Prospective students from 9th grade and up, adults, and current students are encouraged to attend the Muskegon Community College EXPO, formerly called Taste of Tomorrow, on Saturday, October 20, from 11:30am – 1:30pm on the main campus.
Whether you’re graduating from high school or changing your career, get help mapping out your future from their faculty and staff that will be on hand to provide information.  Be sure to register at the event for a chance at great prizes, including a two-year scholarship to attend MCC.
The Muskegon Community College EXPO allows attendees more flexibility to consider career options, more personal attention, and more information about MCC programs, degrees, and certificates.  Explore the many educational possibilities that the college offers.
For more information, contact the MCC Office of Community Outreach at (231) 777-0422.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30pm – 6:00pm.  The cost is $2 for kids under 12, $3 for veterans and active duty military, and $4 for adults.  Private tours can be arranged for $50 per person.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Aquastar Cruises
October 20 & 27 @ 4:00 pm
Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess!  Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise.   As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available.  The ticket price is $15.  Kids under 10 are admitted free with adults.  For more information or tickets, visit their website at https://aquastarcruises.com/ or call 231-903-0669.

Lakeshore Bridal Expo
October 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 21 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful Muskegon Country Club for the Lakeshore Bridal Expo, the premiere fall bridal show in the Muskegon area. The show features nearly 40 local wedding professionals.  For more information, call (231) 343-3188.

Howloween Open House
October 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 21 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, you’re invited to a “Howloween Open House” at Howling Timbers Animal Sanctuary!  Meet their amazing animals and enjoy hayrides, a petting farm, face painting, games, prizes, refreshments and more.  Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children.  For more information, call (231) 736-0018.
The mission of Howling Timbers is to provide life-long sanctuary to wolves, wolf-dogs, farm and exotic animals that have been neglected, abused, abandoned or relinquished by their previous owner.  Also, to assist humane societies, animal shelters and the Michigan Department of Agriculture with the placement of wolf dogs and exotic animals and to educate the public on proper care and humane treatment of all animal species.

An Evening with Garry Trudeau
October 22 @ 7:30 pm
October 22 at 7:30pm, the Muskegon Writers’ Series presents, “An Evening with Garry Trudeau!”  American cartoonist Garry Trudeau is a New York native who rose to fame with his cartoon strip “Doonesbury.”  “Doonesbury” was launched in 1970, and now appears in nearly 1400 daily and Sunday newspaper clients in the U.S. and abroad.  Trudeau’s work has been collected in 60 hardcover, trade paperback and mass-market editions, which have cumulatively sold over 7 million copies worldwide.  In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.  Trudeau is also known for the political comedy series Alpha House (2013), Tanner ’88 (1988), and A Doonesbury Special (1977)
There will be book, wine and beer sales as well as live music in the lobby.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Michigan Organ Donor Registry Tops 5 Million

64 percent of Michigan adults have joined registry

More than 5 million Michigan residents now have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, making a commitment to give the gift of life, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

“Every name is a beacon of hope for the more than 3,200 people in Michigan awaiting a life-changing transplant,” Johnson said. “I want to thank everyone who has taken a moment to make this pledge. However, we will continue to encourage people to sign up on the registry as the need continues to grow.”

“This milestone reflects the generosity of Michigan residents who want to help others by becoming organ, eye and tissue donors,” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s federally designated organ and tissue recovery program. “We are proud to collaborate with the Secretary of State and other donation partners who make these life-saving, life-improving gifts possible.”

When Johnson took office in 2011, 27 percent of eligible Michigan residents had signed up. She made expanding the organ donor rolls a priority and directed staff to start asking customers if they wanted to sign up and began promoting organ donor registration throughout her branch offices.

“Eversight is thrilled more than 64 percent of Michigan residents have made the decision to join the donor registry,” said David Bosch, president of Eversight, the state’s cornea and eye tissue recovery program. “We applaud Secretary Johnson and her staff on their admirable work to make this exciting milestone a reality.”

Every donor has the ability to save up to eight lives through organ donation and improve up to 75 more through cornea and tissue donation.

Anyone can join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, regardless of age or medical history. Go to www.Michigan.gov/sos, call 866-500-5801 or visit any Secretary of State office to sign up. About 85 percent of people who sign up do so through Secretary of State offices.

For more information on organ, eye and tissue donation, visit www.giftoflifemichigan.org or www.eversightvision.org. To access some of the Secretary of State’s most popular services, visit www.ExpressSOS.com.

Rep. Brian Elder Attacks Prolife Pregnancy Centers

Lansing, Mich. — On Wednesday, State Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) introduced HB 6281, an unconstitutional bill attacking the freedom of speech of prolife pregnancy help centers.

Rep. Elder’s bill closely mirrors a law in California that was struck down on June 26 by the U.S. Supreme Court in NIFLA v. Becerra.

Amy Srebinski is executive director of Beacon of Hope Pregnancy Care Center, the prolife pregnancy help center in Rep. Elder’s district. Srebinski was confused about why Rep. Elder would want to pursue unconstitutional legislation.

Srebinski said, “This doesn’t make sense. Why would he introduce a bill already struck down by the Supreme Court?”

The legislation would require prolife pregnancy help centers to display a notice in advertising larger than the text of their own message. The notice would state that they are an unlicensed facility. The purpose of the legislation is to effectively prevent prolife pregnancy centers from advertising, in order to give abortion businesses a competitive advantage.

Srebinski said, “We gain nothing financially from what we do. Nothing about what we do is deceptive. This tells me he has no idea what pregnancy centers really do.”

Organizations that support abortion frequently describe prolife pregnancy help centers as “fake clinics.” In Michigan, there are more than 150 pregnancy and adoption help centers that offer a variety of services, including pregnancy counseling, pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, maternity and children’s clothing, formula, diapers, and other services.

Srebinski said, “We give away tens of thousands of dollars in services that help women. We see approximately 100 clients a month and give away about 72,000 diapers a year.”

The legislation represents a stunning reversal for Rep. Elder, who declared himself to be 100 percent prolife and was endorsed by the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee (RLM-PAC) in the 2016 election.

In an April 26 article published by Gongwer, Rep. Elder announced he would not be seeking the RLM-PAC endorsement but said his views about abortion haven’t changed. He said he had “absolutely no plans to do anything substantive on the issue.”

Now four months later, Rep. Elder has introduced unconstitutional legislation targeting prolife nonprofit pregnancy help centers.

Srebinski said, “It’s very unfortunate that he’s taking this stance.”

Right to Life of Michigan is calling on Rep. Elder to withdraw his unconstitutional bill attacking prolife pregnancy centers.

Srebinski said, “I’d like to make an open invitation to Mr. Elder to visit our center and learn more about us.”

Background Information:
Rep. Elder’s Betrayal
HB 6281
NIFLA v. Becerra
April 26, 2018 Gongwer Article
Pregnancy and Adoption Help Agencies in Michigan

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/10/18

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
5:30 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

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

1. Discussion was held regarding a reproductive health curriculum issue that will not require Board action.

2. Information was given on Personnel Committee matters including recent tentative agreements on several contracts, Early Childhood staff salaries, and a merit pay proposal.

3. A change order that will require Board action was discussed.

Adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/11/18

Personnel Committee
Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

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

1. Tentative agreements regarding Transportation/Food Service, Affiliated Administrators, and Clerical were reviewed with a recommendation from the Committee for Board action.

2. Non-affiliate staff pay increases were reviewed with a recommendation from the Committee for Board action.

3. Pay increases for Early Childhood Center staff were reviewed with a recommendation from the Committee for Board action.

4. An increase of $4.00/week/child for Early Childhood day care was reviewed and will be recommended for action by the Business and Finance Committee.

5. A change order for the high school construction project was reviewed and will be on the upcoming Board agenda for action.

6. FCS has approximately 30 students that are considered English as a Second Language (ESL). To comply with federal law, we must have an ESL teacher and therefore the position has been posted. Once a qualified and certified ESL is found, the Committee gave permission to move forward with filling this position. It will be ½ time or less.

7. Last year’s merit pay proposal for teachers and building administrators was reviewed and it was recommended to move forward with that proposal again with minor tweaks as presented.

Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak