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Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Minutes – 05/21/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
May 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Media Center

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 18-054. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda with the addition of X-5 Change Order Discussion.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Three Techno Trojan students presented their Techno Trojans Chairman Award. They shared with the Board their many accomplishments including multiple volunteer hours spent mentoring younger First Lego League students, demonstrating their robot at various events, and assisting local districts with their program. Each board member was given a Power Up box that included a Snickers bar.

Middle School Principal, Tim Tiefenbach and Assistant Principal, Derek Dillon welcomed board members, staff, students, and audience members to the board meeting. They gave an update on the decline in suspensions/expulsions due to PBIS, CHAMPS, and 5Cs. All are systems of support to help cultivate relationships with students and keep them in the classroom instead of suspending or expelling students.

Teachers, Colleen Robson and Cindy Briggs, along with five BPA students spoke about their recent trip to the National BPA Conference in Dallas, Texas. Students gave a PowerPoint presentation on their trip, capturing their highlights. This was the first year of middle school BPA and it went better than expected. Fruitport High School and Middle School students represented the district well and placed near the top in the nation.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
None.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 18-055. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of April 25, 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
Susan Franklin recognized Edgewood Principal, Amy Upham’s retirement letter included in the Personnel Report and thanked Amy for her years of dedication to the families at Edgewood.

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of the Use of an Additional Legal Firm.
Item 18-056. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Kelly to approve the authorization to work with Clark Hill PC in various legal matters relating to the school district.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. 2018-19 MAISD General Fund Operating Budget Resolution.
Item 18-057. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adopt the MAISD’s 2018-19 General Fund Budget Resolution as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Property Resolution.
Item 18-058. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adopt the Property Resolution and grant Bob Szymoniak the authority to execute all necessary documents as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. First Reading of New and Updated Policies in NEOLA Volume 32, Number 2.
Item 18-059. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the first reading of board policies 0143.1, 1421, 3121, 4121, 4162, 5111, 7540.02, 8321 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

5. Change Order Approval Process.
Item 18-060. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Buckner to approve granting Bob Szymoniak, or his designee, the authority to approve bond change orders in the amount of $65,000 or less.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held May 14, 2018.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held May 14, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kate Chowning, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the Pool, Chartwells’ Contract Renewal, Food Service Prices, the Property in Hathaway Lakes, the Copier RFP. The committee received updates on Bargaining and the Bond.

2. Approval of the Michigan Office Solution Five-Year Contract.
Item 18-061. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the Michigan Office Solution bid for a five year contract starting July 1, 2018 and the purchase of machines as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Approval of the Chartwells’ Management Food Service Contract.
Item 18-062. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the 2018-19 Chartwells’ contract for management services as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held May 15, 2018.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held May 15, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the Transitional Kindergarten Program, the Pool, a Community Resource Navigator, a lot in Hathaway Lakes and Student Behaviors.

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held May 17, 2018.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held May 17, 2018. Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin, Emily Rogers, Jamie Venema, Mother and Student applying for Reinstatement and Bob Szymoniak were present. A reinstatement hearing was held and a decision made.

The committee (Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin and Bob Szymoniak) then discussed: the Pool, a lot in Hathaway Lakes, the Change Order Process, the Field Trip Policy, Adjustments to the Athletic Parent Handbook, the Hockey Resolution, and possibly Moving the Board Meeting.

2. Approval of the First Reading of Policy 2340 (Field Trips).
Item 18-063. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the First Reading of Revised Field Trip Policy #2340 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Approval of the 2018-19 Parent/Student Athletic Handbook.
Item 18-064. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Kelly to approve the 2018-19 Parent/Student Athletic Handbook as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. Adopt MHSAA Boys Hockey Resolution.
Item 18-065. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to adopt the MHSAA Resolution to continue a cooperative hockey program between Kenowa Hills, Fruitport and Fremont as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

5. Approval of Trip Request.
Item 18-066. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the Beach Elementary 5th Grade trip request to Chicago, IL May 29, 2018 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Steve Kelly noted the Girls Varsity Tennis team was Conference and Regional champs. All team members have qualified and will be going to State.

Jill Brott mentioned the 3rd grade Cinco de Mayo celebration and Reader’s Theater at Shettler Elementary.

Susan Franklin commended Ms. Chase, Edgewood Teachers, and Mrs. Upham for their work with students during the Spring Sing. “Everyone did a great job.”

Kris Cole mentioned Shettler’s upcoming Talent Show and the Spring Band Concert.

Bob Szymoniak spoke about the First Annual Art Show. He said it was a huge success.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet June 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet June 12, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet June 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
4. A Board Workshop has been scheduled on June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Edgewood Principal, Amy Upham mentioned the upcoming Technicolor Trojan Trek. All proceeds raised will benefit the Edgewood PTO.

Community member, Betty Kinney spoke about her experience with bond change orders. Having previous experience as Board President she shared that the process will get easier and trusting decision makers will be key.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-067. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 9:11 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Secretary Johnson Suspends Ignition Interlock Device Manufacturer

Devices violated state standards, risked public safety

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that Alcohol Detection Systems, a national supplier of ignition interlock devices, has been summarily suspended and may no longer supply breath alcohol ignition interlock devices in Michigan.

The devices manufactured by ADS, which supplies Waterford-based Michigan Interlock, failed to require the necessary start-up tests and periodic retests as mandated by Michigan law. The company also failed to report violations in which drivers were able to start or continue driving without providing a breath sample.

Ignition interlock devices require a breath sample before the user may start a vehicle. Random breath tests also are required while the vehicle is in operation to ensure the driver remains alcohol-free. The device measures the driver’s bodily alcohol content (BAC) and keeps the vehicle from starting if the device detects a BAC of 0.025 or higher.

About 1,500 residents have an ADS ignition interlock device. Any driver with an ADS device will need to contact Michigan Interlock to have the device removed at no cost and have a new device installed by one of the five approved manufacturers. The new device must be installed within seven days after the ADS device is removed.

An ignition interlock device is required as a condition of a restricted driver’s license for drivers with a first conviction for Operating with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.17 or more and for habitual offenders who have any of the following combination of alcohol or controlled substance related driving convictions:

•  Two or more convictions within seven years.
•  Three or more convictions within 10 years.

“We take our responsibility to safeguard ignition interlock customers and the public seriously,” Johnson said. “We must be certain that ignition interlock users are being tested as required before and while they drive to ensure public safety on the roadways. Interlock manufacturers that do not comply with state laws will not be allowed to operate in Michigan.”

Information about the other ignition interlock manufacturers in Michigan is available on the Secretary of State website. Customers with an ADS ignition interlock system installed by Michigan Interlock who have questions may contact the Michigan Department of State at 888-767-6424.

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SkyWest Airline’s Muskegon Team Wins the United Airlines 2017 Station of the Year

Muskegon County Airport (MKG) is pleased to announce the SkyWest Airlines customer service team at MKG was recently recognized as a top performing United Airlines Tier 4 station in 2017. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to service and reliability, the SkyWest MKG customer service team was recently presented with United’s 2017 Station of the Year (Quality First Award).

“Our Muskegon team has done impressive work demonstrating SkyWest’s commitment to quality service,” said Steve Black, vice president of customer service. “We appreciate this team and the positive experience they help provide for MKG travelers enjoying the daily United Express flights to Chicago and beyond.”

The prestigious award recognizes the top performing United/United Express stations and is based on key performance metrics, such as on-time departure, on-time arrival, rate of mishandled checked baggage and more.

$43 Million for 2018 Road Repair in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties

18% Increase Over 2017 Spending

Muskegon—Representative Holly Hughes announced that counties in the 34th State Senate district would receive over 18% more in road funding this year over last year. The funding increase is due to the recent vote to add $175 million to this years’ transportation budget and her effort in 2015 committing the State to future road repairs. HB 4370 of 2015, sponsored by Representative Hughes and signed into law, commits the State to spending increasing amounts annually on roads through 2021.

“Our roads need repair now. The good news is, $43 million will be spent this year in the three counties comprising the 34th senate district. Orange barrels should be a common sight this summer in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties. I will continue to push the Governor and my colleagues in the legislature to concentrate on road repair until everyone of us can drive without fear of potholes,” said Holly Hughes.

The Counties of Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and the Cities and Villages within these Counties will receive roughly $43 million to be used for road repairs. Nearly $26.5 million to Muskegon County, almost $9.5 million to Newaygo, and Oceana will receive just over $7 million.

Muskegon Named America’s Strongest Town

Muskegon, MI – Muskegon, Michigan is the winner of the 2018 national Strong Towns Contest! This contest is hosted by the Strong Towns organization, a non-profit community development group, who recognizes America’s most sustainable and resilient communities. Muskegon entered the month long contest competing in a bracket-based competition where finalists included Annapolis, Maryland; Greenville, South Carolina; and Kent, Ohio.

Muskegon was recognized for its ability to implement change that makes the community stronger. The judges acknowledged Muskegon for its “wildly successful farmers market, commitment to rebuilding the downtown and its good use of waterfront,” according to the Strong Towns announcement.

“It truly was March Madness for Muskegon because we had to jump through hoops each week to make it to the contest finals,” says Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The contest included writing essays about the town, sending photographs, a podcast and a live webcast with the City Manager, Frank Peterson and Chamber President, Cindy Larsen. Members of the strong town organization across the country along with local community residents casted their votes for their favorite community. In the championship round, Muskegon, Michigan won against Kent, Ohio by 4 percent!

“Muskegon has come so far in recent years. It is great for the residents to receive this recognition. Strong Towns isn’t about one project or one person, it’s about everyone chipping in to move a community forward,” says Larsen. “Anyone who visits will see that Muskegon truly is a strong town and has set the framework to be successful for the next generation.”

For more information about the community or the award, visit www.muskegon.org or www.strongtowns.org.

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 05/15/18

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
7:00 a.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Steve Kelly, Dave Hazekamp, Bob Szymoniak

1. It was shared that a teacher has been selected for the transitional kindergarten program we plan to begin next fall.

2. The committee was asked their opinion on moving forward with the pool given the cost estimates for pool repair that were recently received. The committee members present did not favor spending such a large amount of money on our pool. Further use of that space will be explored in the coming months.

3. It was shared that the district received funding to employ a Community Resource Navigator. This person will perform a social work/counselor type of role in helping connect human service agencies to families in need. The person will also work with the faith community getting it organized to provide support for needy students, and related programs.

4. The resolution to transfer ½ of a lot within the Hathaway Lakes residential development from Fruitport to Spring Lake was discussed and will be on the Board agenda for action.

5. Conversation was held on student behavior and the possible causes for the increases in incidence of concerning behavior, particularly from our youngest students.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 05/14/18

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, May 14, 2018
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

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

1. Pool
The committee discussed the pool.

2. Bargaining Update
Bob gave an update on bargaining.

3. Chartwells’ Renewal
Based on our contract with Chartwells, management fees are adjusted annually in accordance with the cpi. Management fees are adjusted to increase by 1% for the 2018-19 school year. Per the State of Michigan, Fruitport needs to approve the contract renewal agreement which will be attached with the resolution.

4. Food Service Prices
Kate discussed the federal formula to determine whether or not prices must be increased for the 2019 school year. Per the federal formula, lunch prices will have to increase. That being said, MDE has given the option for districts not to increase prices if they have a positive fund balance (Fruitport does). Kate recommended not increasing prices for the 2018-19 school year.

5. Property Exchange
Bob gave an update about the property exchange.

6. Bond Update
Bob and Mark gave an update about the bond.

7. Other – Copier RFP
Fruitport’s five year agreement with Michigan Office Solutions is up as of June 30, 2018. An RFP was created in partnership with Mona Shores and Muskegon Heights. Four bids were accepted. Jeff Grossenbacher and Mark went through the bids and are recommending accepting the bid from Michigan Office Solutions. The recommendation is to purchase the copiers (instead of leasing) using the Building and Site fund as Mark has been allocating money every year for the purchase of the copiers.

Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

FCS – Board Workshop Minutes – 04/25/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Board Workshop
April 25, 2018 5:30 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Workshop of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:35 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott (arrived at 5:37 pm), Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-051. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Kelly to approve the agenda with the addition of item #9 – Personnel Matter and #10 – Grant Opportunity.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IV.GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes.
Item 18-052. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of April 16, 2018.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

Jill Brott entered the meeting.

2. The board members watched a TED talk by teacher, Sarah Park.

3. Data Review
• Curriculum Director, Allison Camp gave the Board a data update. She explained how she uses data to drive instruction. She spoke about academic data from Fruitport’s testing.
• Allison spoke about Behavior Systems (PBIS). The positive effects of PBIS are evident by the lower number of suspensions.

Mark Mesbergen joined the meeting at 6:30 pm. to share information he received at the MAISD Budget Hearing.

4. Bond Project Change Order Process
• President, Dave Hazekamp shared information about the bond project change order process.

5. Trip Request Policy
• Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak discussed changing policy regarding overnight and out-of-state field trips. Bob will amend policy 2340 regarding approval of out-of-district overnight field trips wherein three tiers of potential approval exist for consideration at a future board meeting.

6. Facilities/Enrollment Growth
• Bob spoke about moving around a couple of classes in Edgewood to accommodate enrollment and growth

7. Attendance Update
• Bob shared student attendance percentages per building within the district. He also shared employee attendance information and the process he takes to encourage better attendance.

8. Pool
• Bob shared an estimate from Baruzzini (pool specialist) to repair the pool.

9. Personnel Matter
• Bob shared information on a personnel matter.

10. Grant Opportunity
• Bob spoke to the Board about a grant he has applied for. This would provide a Community Resource Coordinator at Fruitport Community Schools.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-053. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Steve Kelly, Board Secretary

FCS – Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 05/21/18

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Middle School Media Center
Monday, May 21, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
1. Welcome and Middle School Update – Tim Tiefenbach
2. Techno Trojans Chairman Award
3. BPA – Colleen Robison and Cindy Briggs

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of April 25, 2018 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                    $133,272.95
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center          1,648.24
Food Service 79,452.44
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage  19,276.19
Capital Projects (BOND)     139,195.39 
Total Bill List                    $372,845.21

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

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of the Use of an Additional Legal Firm (attachment X-1)
2. Adopt 2018-19 MAISD General Fund Operating Budget Resolution (attachment X-2)
3. Adopt Property Resolution (attachment X-3)
4. First Reading of NEOLA Volume 32, Number 2 – Board Policies (attachment X-4)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held May 14, 2018 (attachment XI-1)
2. Approval of the Michigan Office Solution Five-Year Contract (attachment XI-2)
3. Approval of the Chartwells Management Food Contract (attachment XI-3)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held May 15, 2018 (attachment XII-1)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held May 17, 2018 (attachment XIII-1)
2. First Reading of Field Trip Policy (attachment XIII-2)
3. Approval of the Parent/Student Athletic Handbook (attachment XIII-3)
4. Adopt MHSAA Boys Hockey Resolution (attachment XIII-4)
5. Approval of Trip Request (attachment XIII-5)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Schedule Board Workshops (April, June, September and October)
5. High School Graduation June 8, 2018 report to the LC Walker Arena at 6:30 p.m.
6. Adult Ed Graduation June 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School auditorium
7. The Regular Board Meeting was changed to June 25, 2018 at the last board meeting

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/21/18 – 05/28/18

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

Marketing Mondays: Communication in a Digital World
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, May 21 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for their lunchtime series, “Marketing Mondays!”  This week’s focus is “Communication in a Digital World” where you’ll learn how to take an integrated approach to communications. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Lunch is included!  RSVP by noon, Friday, May 18.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

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 at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Il Duo Lirico
May 22 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, you’re invited to historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for a free “Feeding the Soul of the City” concert featuring Il Duo Lirico, a duo with Nancy Steltmann on cello and Robert Byrens on piano, performing the music of Rachmaninoff and Schubert.  Both Nancy and Robert have performed for FSOC before and they are immensely talented musicians.  Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served for free starting at 11:30am.  You may bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or during the concert.  For more information, call the church at (231) 722-2112.

The Secrets of Bees Speaker Series: What’s the Buzz?
May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the third in a series of lectures, “What’s the Buzz?: Honey Bee Declines and How to Help” presented by Anne Marie Fauvel of the Bee Informed Partnership, University of Maryland.  Tickets are free for Muskegon County residents or $3 for non-residents.  RSVP by calling 231-722-0278 or e-mail jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Arts, Brushes & Brews
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing for the Arts, Brushes & Brews event!  This will be an evening of art, food and fun.  The cost is $35 and includes all artist materials to create your own 11″ x 14″ chalk art piece on a Michigan wood cutout.  Choose from 6 different designs! Come thirsty, Pigeon Hill has 16 different brews to try!
Customers can bring in their own food or order dinner from Topshelf pizza which is directly across the hall from Pigeon Hill.  No outside beverages.  For more information, call (231) 375-5184 or just sign up at https://www.hearts4thearts.com/signup/pigeonhillbrewing

Jamming in the Kitchen
May 22 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30pm, come to the Norton Shores Library as they host “Jamming in the Kitchen”, a class on making jams and jellies!
Jam and jelly season has arrived!  Making jam and jelly involves kitchen chemistry, meaning exact measurements and proper ingredients are important.  Discover everything you need to know to preserve that delicious fresh fruit taste with MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org . Registration begins one month before the program date.

Planetarium Show: Incoming!
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – June 7, come to Carr-Fles Planetarium at Muskegon Community College for the planetarium show, “Incoming!”  Tag along with robot explorers zooming past rocky asteroids and icy comets, all the way to Pluto, and discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth.  Narrated by George Takei, this 2016 program gives audiences a closer look at the scientific advances that may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.  This is a 35-minute presentation.  (The campus will be closed May 8-17 for break between semesters).  For more information, call (231) 777-0289

Mythology Presentation
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for a Mythology Presentation!  To complement the current Realms of Fantasy art exhibit, renowned professor, Bill Jacobs will share his knowledge about Mythology, its history, cultural impact, and importance.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture, and events!  www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 23 – May 28
Enjoy good old fashioned family fun at Fruitport Old Fashioned Days May 23-28!  This annual event features fireworks, a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, a 5K Run, the Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell and more.  This is a wonderful family festival with something for everyone.  For more information visit www.fruitportlionsclub.com.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.  This week, Dancing into the Sunset will take place on Wednesday, May 23 with the The Silverado Band!

Street and Macro Photo Walk with Olympus
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 23 from 7:15pm – 9:00pm, join The Camera Shop of Muskegon for the “Street and Macro Photo Walk with Olympus!”  Downtown Muskegon, from the Monet Garden down Clay Ave., will be the inspiration for this fun photo-walk led by Olympus representative Mike Amico and pro photographer Justin Stubleski.   Meet at The Camera Shop at 7:15pm for a quick overview of tips and tricks for street and macro shooting before heading downtown.
Although this event is free, registration through Eventbrite is necessary as space is limited.  This event is open to all camera models.   For more information, call 231-733-1286.

Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Outing
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 24 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, the Muskegon Country Club hosts the “Tee Up FORE Kids Golf Outing” to benefit the Child Abuse Council.  Registration is $125 for individuals and $500 for teams of four.  Registration gets you greens fees, play pass, golf cart, lunch, access to driving range, prizes and happy hour. To register, go www.childabusecouncil.org/registration and secure your spot today.
The beautiful Muskegon Country Club features rolling terrain and fescue lined fairways.  This Donald Ross gem is as enjoyable to play as it is to view.  At 6,697 yards from the back tees, the golf course is relatively short which makes it very playable for the average player but the approach shots and difficult greens will challenge even the best players in the country.  Muskegon Country Club, in true Donald Ross fashion, will reward the good shots and penalize the poor ones.  www.muskegoncc.com/golf-course

Opening Reception: The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Edward Curtis.  Curtis is today known best for his masterpiece, The North American Indian, a monumental project comprised of 20 volumes of text and over 723 large portfolio prints that catalogued images and ethnography of the Native American tribes of the Western United States.  The Muskegon Museum of Art featured the entire collection of The North American Indian over the summer of 2017 in an exhibition that was seen by over 30,000 visitors from every U.S. State and 28 other countries.  The exhibition was a celebration of Curtis’s achievement and an examination of the dual nature of its legacy, of the preservation of knowledge and culture, and the harmful perpetuations of stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect the social and political landscape in our country.
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.
The Opening Reception is happening May 24 from 5:30pm- 8:00pm and is free and open to the public!  For more information, call (231) 720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

14th Annual Ribfest 2018
May 25 – May 26
Friday and Saturday, May 25 – 26, you’re invited to VFW Post 2326 for Ribfest 2018!  Enjoy live entertainment from Foundation, Perfect Storm, Bill Ellingboe, Three’s a Crowd and Mr. Whooha, as well as Kids’ Tent featuring balloon art and face painting.  Of course, the big attraction is those delicious ribs!  “Battle of the Bones” contestants include Big Moe’s, Famous Dave’s, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Stable Inn, Old Iron Bar & Grill, Up in Smoke, Paisley Pig Pub and Porkensteins!  There is no cover and the public is welcome!  For more information, call Josi at 231-740-4493.

Friday:  5:00pm – 12:30am
•  Foundation  6:00pm – 9:00pm
•  Perfect Storm  9:30pm – 12:30am

Saturday:  11:00am – 12:30am
•  Kids’ Tent (Sponsored by the USS Silversides Submarine Museum)  11:00am – 5:00pm
•  Bill Ellingboe  3:00pm – 5:30pm
•  Three’s a Crowd  6:00pm – 9:00pm
•  Mr. Whooha  9:30pm – 12:30am

Hackley Day: Free Tours for Muskegon County Residents
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 25 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents will enjoy free tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  In 1888, the Muskegon Board of Education declared May 25 “Hackley Day” to express their gratitude to lumber baron and philanthropist, Charles Hackley, for donating the money to build a library in downtown Muskegon.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.
Tickets are free for Muskegon County residents.  For non-residents normal admission is charged:
•  Combo Ticket $12
•  Adults $10
•  Seniors $8
•  Kids 2-12 $5

Western Market Chalets Open for the Season
May 25 @ 11:00 am
The Western Market Chalets open for the season May 25 in downtown Muskegon, offering a mix of delightful, local products.   The businesses are lined up in 12 chalets on W. Western Ave. across from the Farmer’s Market.  http://muskegonwesternmarket.com/

•  Monday & Tuesday:  Closed
•  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  11:00am – 6:00pm (open until 8:00pm 1st Friday of each month)
•  Saturday:  11:00am – 6:00pm
•  Sunday:  11:00am – 3:00pm

Gala Dinner Featuring Lt. Commander Matthew D. Post
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 25 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to a gala dinner featuring Lt. Commander Matthew D. Post!  Lt. Commander Post will share his experiences and stories of serving aboard the USS Michigan nuclear submarine (SSBN 727), US Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) and the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier (CVN 77).  This spring fundraiser will be held in the Channel View Room.  Catering is by Brann’s Steakhouse.  Please reserve your tickets by calling 231-755-1230 or visit the museum website at www.silversidesmuseum.org.  The cost is $50.

Open Mic Night
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every fourth Friday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, the Red Lotus Gallery comes alive with music, poetry, comedy, stories and more.  Everyone is welcome to participate, though parental discretion is advised due to adult language and themes.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture and events!  www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Lighthouse Tours
Ongoing
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Mercy Health Bear Lake Triathlon
May 26 – May 27
The Mercy Health Bear Lake Triathlon is happening Sunday, May 27!  This premier, long running, athlete and family friendly event offers an Olympic distance triathlon, sprint distance triathlon and a sprint distance duathlon.  Relay teams are also invited to participate in any of the events.  All three events will take place at Bear Lake Park which is located behind the North Muskegon High School.
The swim portion will take place in Bear Lake with a beach start.  The bike will take athletes out north of the City on smooth county roads and return to the City of North Muskegon.  The run takes athletes through the scenic, residential area of North Muskegon where volunteers and spectators will cheer and encourage athletes along the way.

The distances for the events are as follows:
•  Olympic Course Triathlon: 1500 meter swim / 40 – K bike / 10 – K run
•  Sprint Course Triathlon: 750 meter swim / 20 – K bike / 5 – K run
•  Sprint Course Duathlon: 5 – K run / 20 – K bike / 5 – K run
•  Relay teams welcome for all 3 events.

A pre-race expo will take place at North Muskegon High School on Saturday, May 26 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  Athletes and family can visit with event sponsors and vendors.  Packet pick up, body marking and late registration will also take place at the expo.  A free post-race picnic with burgers and hot dogs for athletes and volunteers will take place after you finish the event.  For general race information and questions e-mail raceinfo@bearlaketrianddu.com.

Gold Spike Trail Tour
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Gold Spike Trail Tour IV is happening Saturday, May 26 from 8:00am – 5:00pm!  The Gold Spike Trail Tour offers cyclists of all abilities a chance to explore the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail and the Musketawa Trail. Funds raised benefit The Friends of the Musketawa Trail (a 501 [c] [3] non-profit) for improved trail amenities, promotion and advocacy.  For more information, e-mail the Friends of Musketawa Trail or visit the website below.

The ride features:
•  A one day, organized bicycle ride of one or both trails
•  An out and back route that does not require cyclists to leave the trail at any point
•  Options to ride 12 miles (20K), 25.5 miles (41K), 37 miles (60K), 62 miles (100K) or to turn around at any point on the trail
•  A t-shirt with ride logo guaranteed for all early PAID registrants (early cutoff is April 15, 2018)
•  SAG stations with refreshments and light snacks at Marne (10K), Conklin (20.5K), Ravenna (30K) and Muskegon (50K)

Pickin’ on Pine Market
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Front Porch antique store is commemorating their second anniversary with a big, downtown party!  You are cordially invited to their 1st annual “Pickin’ on Pine Market” event!  This sale extravaganza will be closing Pine St. between Western Ave. and Clay Ave. to host 48 outstanding vendors from all over the area.  So, grab your friends and join them for a celebration of antiques, vintage & revived goods Saturday, May 26 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
If you are a rock star vendor interested in selling at this boutique style market, please email thefrontporchgoods@yahoo.com.  There will be 40 10 x 12 spots available for $75.

All Dogs Go to Heaven Motorcycle Run
May 26 @ 10:00 am
The first All Dogs Go to Heaven Motorcycle Run will honor and memorialize 30 dogs that died in a kennel fire in March while raising money for two local organizations.  Proceeds from the run will be used to purchase a memorial for the dogs that will be placed at the brand new downtown Muskegon PetSafe Bark Park. The remainder of the funds will be split evenly between the Bark Park and Pound Buddies.
This fundraising motorcycle run will take place on Saturday, May 26 and includes an entire afternoon of riding and stops at six Muskegon-area taverns.  Participants can also purchase t-shirts, raffle tickets, and take part in a poker run.

Schedule:
•  10:00am – 11:00am:  Registration at 46 Bar (3015 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon)
•  11:30am:  Kick stands up
•  12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Moorland Tavern (10380 Apple Ave., Ravenna)
•  1:30pm – 2:30pm:  Effin Bar & Grill (5837 Holton Rd., Twin Lake)
•  3:00pm – 4:00pm:  Full Moon Diner & Saloon (3408 Whitehall Rd., Muskegon)
•  4:30pm – 5:30pm:  Pat’s Roadhouse (157 S Getty St., Muskegon)
•  6:00pm: Watermark 920 (930 Washington Ave., # 1A, Muskegon)

Dinner from Fatty Lumpkin’s Sandwich Shack, a cash bar and entertainment from Segment 6 will all be offered at Watermark 920.

12th Annual Ride to Remember
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
“Ride, Ride to Remember is a 15-mile bike ride around Spring Lake to benefit Harbor Hospice and The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice residence.  Check-in begins at 10:30am and the ride starts at 11:00am, Saturday, May 26 from Fruitport Edgewood Elementary.  The registration fee is $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 16.  Registration includes a free Fruitport Old Fashioned Days lunch at the conclusion of the ride.  Advance registration is appreciated for pre-order ride t-shirts which will be available beginning May 11.  Registration forms are available at Harbor Hospice, Fruitport Chiropractic Center and Fruitport Lions club or at the website below.
For more information please call Fruitport Chiropractic Center at 231-865-6545, Amy Seymour at 231-728-3442 or 800-497-9559, or email info@HarborHospiceMI.org.
This event focuses on the joy of families spending time together.  After the Ride to Remember, why not spend the afternoon enjoying some of the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days events, many of which are free.

Lakeshore Museum Center: American Flag Craft
May 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 26 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center as they celebrate Memorial Day with an American Flag Craft Saturday Program where you create a make-n-take item to display proudly at home!  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00 – 3:00pm at the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County Residents.  Non-residents are only $3.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

Blessing of the Boats
May 27
Sunday, May 27, join the Port City Princess and Lake Effect Boating for the 13th Annual Blessing of the Boats.  It begins with the “Gathering of the Fleet!”  Boats of all types will gather on Muskegon Lake near the Milwaukee Clipper as they prepare for the Parade of Boats.  Then, it’s the “Parade of Boats” as vessels follow the Port City Princess down the Muskegon Channel towards Lake Michigan to the South Breakwater Cove.  Stick around for the “Ceremonial Washing of the Lighthouse.”  Enjoy the show as the Muskegon County Sheriff Pumper boat, ceremonially washes the South Lighthouse representing the start of  the boating season!  Then, it’s the “Blessing of the Boats” in the South Breakwater Cove as boaters are asked to cruise by the Port City Princess for a blessing from a priest.  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.weebly.com.

Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Michigan’s Adventure
May 27 – May 28
Michigan’s Adventure wants to show their Armed Forces appreciation May 27 – 28.  They are offering free admission for military personnel of the Armed Forces, and National Guard and Reserve.  In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $26.00 each at the front gate.
Requirements:  Guests will be required to show one active military ID, DD-214, Veteran’s designated driver’s license or Veteran’s Administration Hospital ID to qualify for the discount.  Tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable and are valid for admission on one of the listed dates only.  Tickets must be purchased at the park on the day of your visit.  www.miadventure.com

31st Annual Lost Boat Ceremony
May 27 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, May 27 at 11:00am, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 31st Annual Lost Boat Ceremony.  It features a tribute to the 52 submarines that were lost in World War II taking the lives of over 3,500 brave young Americans who remain on eternal patrol to this day.  The event ends with the running of the engines of the USS Silversides Submarine – 75 years old and still running with crankshafts made right here in Muskegon.
Everyone is encouraged to take a small amount of their time over Memorial Weekend to participate in an unforgettable event designed to honor the very reason we have this American holiday.  There is no charge to attend this event.  For more information, call (231)755-1230.

10:00am – Doors open
11:00am – Ceremony begins

•  Special guest speaker – LCDR Matthew Post
•  Warbirds Fly-Over
•  Starting of the USS Silversides engines
•  Free picnic lunch served after the ceremony

Lighthouse Tours in Honor of the Blessing of the Boats
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In honor of the annual Blessing of the Boats event happening Sunday, May 27, the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light from 1:00-5:00pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Duo Trumpets
May 27 @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 27 at 6:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for “Duo Trumpets!”  Benjamin Hare is a talented trumpet player and aspiring studio orchestra performer with a Bachelors of Music Performance degree from McGill University, where he studied with Professor Richard Stoelzel.  Morgan Mitteer has a Bachelors in Music Performance trumpet major with a minor in jazz voice performance entering her third year at McGill University.  She is an aspiring studio orchestra performer with experience in solo, chamber ensemble, band, orchestra, jazz band, jazz combo, theater, and choral ensemble environments.  For more information or reservations, call 231-894-5333.

Enjoy a glass of wine and one of their featured plates:
•  Hummus plate with homemade wheat pitas
•  Focaccia bread basket with fruit and cheese
•  Chips and salsa

Memorial Day Weekend Affair with Dru Hill & Friends
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 27 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, you’re invited to the Frauenthal Theater for the “Memorial Day Weekend Affair!”  This is an R & B Show with Dru Hill & Friends!
This smooth and sexy R&B quartet became a household name back in the 90s, thanks to hits like “How Deep Is Your Love” and the solo career of Dru Hill member Sisqo.  Now, with an album in 2014, and a successful live show, a whole new generation is falling for Dru Hill.  In concerts, they still show off the signature mix of cool R&B and hip-hop sung in flawless four-part harmony, with original members Sisqo, Jazz, and Nokio joined by new addition Tao.  Their set includes a mix of old favorites and new tracks, like “Love MD,” off their 2010 album “InDRUpendence Day.”
Tickets are $37, $47 and $75 for VIP tickets that include a meet & greet after the performance.  Doors Open at 6:30pm.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8000.

Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade: Remembering Our Veterans
May 28 @ 9:00 am
The 2018 Greater Muskegon Memorial Day parade begins at 9:00am Monday, May 28.  Bands and marching units will highlight patriotism and citizenship and will begin from Morris Ave. by the Social Security building, then march to Terrace St. past the Muskegon Farmer’s Market, to Clay Ave., then to Hackley Park.  There will be a free memorial service at the Frauenthal afterward.  Details will be posted as they become available.  For more information, call Roger Knopf at 231-798-4123.  If you would like to participate in the parade, we have forms here at the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau (610 W. Western Ave.).

Ravenna Memorial Day Parade
May 28 @ 10:00 am
Monday, May 28 at 10:00am, bring the whole family to enjoy the Ravenna Memorial Day Parade!  The parade will begin at the corner of Stafford and Conklin and is sponsored by American Legion Post #297.  If your group or organization would like to participate, there’s no need to register, just be at Conklin St. at 9:30am.  For more information, call Mike Pierson at 231-670-3971.

2018 American Salute Memorial Day Concert
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The 2018 American Salute Memorial Day Concert will take place at the beautiful Frauenthal Theater, May 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  This free concert features patriotic musical selections from the Mona Shores band program.  Free and open to the public.  Call 231-727-8001 for more information.

Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
May 28 @ 10:30 am
The Lakeside Memorial Day Parade happens Monday, May 28 beginning at 10:30am at the Lakeside Vets Club, located at Lakeshore and Bourdon drives.  It will proceed to McCracken St., to Sisson St., then to the veterans’ section of the Lakeside Cemetery where there will be a memorial service at 12:00pm.  Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Lakeside Vets Club for food and fun!  For more information, call the club at 231-755-2763.  To be part of the parade, call Lon (Chris) Cross at 231-759-8117.

Keep the Boat Afloat
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Memorial Day, May 28 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, don’t miss the “Keep the Boat Afloat” 2018 fundraiser to benefit the PBR 7331 and Operation Black Sheep!  The PBR 7331 will be docked at the Lodge from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.  There will also be a program to honor those who have given their lives for our country at 3:00pm, as well as raffles, a live auction, live entertainment by the Steeple Hill Band and fun food like burgers, brats, dogs and sides for purchase.  There will also be a cash bar.  Be sure to bring your lawn chair!  For more information, call (231) 755-1892.

Full Moon Float
May 28 @ 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.  The dates for 2018 are May 28, June 28, July 27, August 26, September 25, and October 24.  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.

Executive Travel – Mexico Dangers

contributed by Executive Travel (executivetravel.com)

Over 50% of Mexico is now too dangerous to travel to

Late last week the U.S. State Department quietly issued updated warnings about travel to the popular vacation destination of Playa del Carmen, located south of Cancun. When I was doing more research I found the Mexico warning page on the State Department web site that listed five Mexican states that include the resort cities of Acapulco and Mazatlan that are rated dangerous and that Americans should not travel too.

Ask Dr. Universe – Recommended Experiments

Dr. Universe: Do you have any experiments you recommend? Thanks! -Etta, 7, Milwaukee

Dear Etta and Friends:

You can try all kinds of fun experiments at home. It really all depends on what you are curious about. Lately, I’ve seen some really great sunsets and started wondering what gives them their colors.

I decided to ask my friend Tom Johnson, who leads fun physics demonstrations for kids visiting Washington State University. I asked him if he had any simple ideas for an experiment I could try out in my lab, or even the kitchen. One idea he had was to create a sunset in a cup.

Maybe you can try it, too. You’ll need a flashlight, a transparent cup or two, water, and some milk. We cats have a reputation for liking milk. But it really isn’t so great for our digestion. So instead, I like to use it for science.

Once you’ve collected all your supplies, you’ll want to fill your glass about 2/3 of the way with water. Then, you’ll want to add milk until the liquid gets pretty cloudy. Be sure and stir it up well.

Turn on your flashlight and turn down any other lights in the room. Now you can shine the flashlight down into the water and look through the side of the glass. What color do you see?

This time, shine the flashlight through the side of the glass while looking at it from the opposite side. Any changes? Then hold your glass up off the table. Shine the flashlight up through the bottom of the glass and look down into the liquid. What colors can you see now? Perhaps the colors are looking more like those you’d see during a sunset.

Milk in the water scatters the light from the flashlight. It’s similar to the way different molecules and dust in our atmosphere scatter light from the sun.

Light travels from one end of the glass to the other and then up to your eyes. The further the light has to travel through the water, the more blue light gets scattered. That leaves more red light for your eyes to pick up.

Now that we’ve started to get an idea of how light scatters, runs into particles, and travels long distances, you can really get to experimenting.

What happens when you use less or more milk? Will you see any changes if you use a different kind of flashlight, like an LED? What kind of milk gives off more orange or reddish colors? Two percent? Whole milk?

Does the shape of the glass change anything? Why do you think that might be? Make a prediction and give it a try sometime. I’d love to hear more about your experiments and how your own sunset in a cup turns out. E-mail: Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

P.S. Science rules! Join Dr. Universe for a STEM Supply Drive to support local schools, libraries, and after-school programs on the Palouse. Visit askDrUniverse.wsu.edu/ScienceRules to find a list of supplies and drop-off sites.

“Driver Appeal Integrated System” Launched

Secretary Johnson launches new system to make it easier to navigate license appeal hearings
New system brings simplicity, efficiency for users

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that procedures that must be completed for a driver’s license appeal hearing just became much more streamlined thanks to technology.

The “Driver Appeal Integrated System” (DAIS), an online application process for driver’s license appeal hearings, is the latest customer service innovation being rolled out by the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office.

The system will help attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement officers who are part of the Administrative Hearings process. Driver’s license hearings are scheduled when motorists wish to appeal the denial or revocation of their license.

“This new system brings easy access and efficiency to a complex process,” Johnson said. “The new system not only makes the request for a hearing simpler, but it allows staff to securely transfer hearing files, orders and transcripts electronically, which is a great time-saver.”

The new system provides the following advantages:

Hearing requests, payments, required documents and transcripts are provided and submitted electronically.
All hearing notifications, including hearing dates, adjournments, withdrawals and notice of final hearing decisions are sent via email.
Circuit court petitions and orders regarding license appeal matters can be handled through the new system.

Customers who want to request a hearing are provided access to the online system and create their own secure login account. Individuals who already have a MiLogin account can request access to the new system.

Attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement officers have their own login for creating an account.

Customers submitting hearing requests through the new system are asked to refrain from also mailing or faxing in the same request. An email will be sent to customers confirming that their electronic request was received.

“I applaud the great work of our Administrative Hearings Section for implementing this innovative system, and thank the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget for their efforts as well,” Johnson said. “Customers and staff will quickly see the benefits of the new system over a more, traditional paper-based system.”

Muskegon County Youth Serving Systems Share Partnership Outcomes

Muskegon, MI: It’s been just over a year since the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded HealthWest a four year, $4 million grant to build and strengthen partnerships among local agencies to effectively address the needs of youth with, or at-risk for, mental illness and other challenges. The grant is providing resources to fill gaps in the system ultimately providing a “System of Care” for children and their families.

MYalliance (Muskegon Youth Alliance) System of Care is a collaboration between youth, parents, schools and agencies working together to improve services for youth across Muskegon County. This effort is focused on increasing access to needed services and engaging youth and families to help design the programs that serve them.

The Systems of Care approach helps communities to see better outcomes for youth and families including improved mental health, better school results, and youth staying safe and out of trouble. Systems of Care is all about collaboration, cultural understanding, resiliency, and community engagement.

The Systems of Care approach has two major components: System level strategies and service level strategies. At the system level, a formal governance structure has been developed, cross-system professional development is regularly occurring, barrier busting is underway and increased youth, young adult and family engagement is happening across the various youth serving systems.

At the service level there are four major services being built to support multi-system engaged youth or youth at risk for behavioral health challenges. These include a school based approach with Pathways to Potential and other community partners to bring mental health clinicians and supports into the local school districts, a County-wide mobile stabilization response for youth in crisis, a shared assessment tool and process across systems, and a partnership supporting the redesign of Muskegon County’s Juvenile Justice System in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati.

One of the largest service level pieces of MYalliance is rolling out school based mental health services in seven Muskegon County school districts. Following an interview process with the seven applying school districts, it was decided that the three districts included in phase one of the program roll-out would be Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System, Orchard View Public Schools and Reeths-Puffer Public Schools. These three districts started the school year with additional supports through MYalliance System of Care. School based services will be expanded to Holton Public Schools and Montague Public Schools starting in the 2018/2019 school year and Muskegon Public Schools and Oakridge Public Schools in the 2019/2020 school year.

HealthWest and its partners are working to fill system gaps in collaboration with the State of Michigan’s Pathways to Potential model which provides school-based human services staff to improve outcomes in attendance, education, health, safety and self-sufficiency.

In order to sustain the systems once in place, conversations are taking place with the State of Michigan to develop strategies like braided and blended funding between systems and reinvesting dollars saved from diverted residential and psychiatric placements. Other community based funding mechanisms are also being sought out.

Current Systems of Care partners include HealthWest, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Muskegon County Family Court, The Juvenile Transition Center, Muskegon County, individual school districts, youth serving agencies, healthcare organizations including federally qualified health centers, and area youth and families.

The implementation of establishing Systems of Care stems from a County-wide survey that studied “ACEs”, Adverse Childhood Experiences, or traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, or family dysfunction that affect Muskegon County’s population. Data from a national ACE study shows that there is a direct relationship between a person’s ACE score and negative health and social outcomes. From November 2015-September 2016, the ACES Muskegon team made up of cross-agency partners and community members conducted the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) survey, collecting retrospective information from 2,252 adults living and working in Muskegon County. The data showed that Muskegon County residents as a whole have more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than the national average. For more information on the ACEs survey, visit http://healthwest.net/community-resources/aces-muskegon/.

Ottawa Parks Offer Healthy Appeal

by Ben Beversluis, Ottawa County Parks Foundation

A surprising chorus of spring peepers. The up-and-down stairs and vistas of Rosy Mound Natural Area. The quiet, twisting waters of the Pigeon River at Hemlock Crossing.

Jen Bradshaw found many rewards in a year-long odyssey to visit all 38 Ottawa County parks and open spaces. But the opportunities for exercise and rejuvenation might top the list of park payoffs.

“I and a couple of girlfriends get out and hike a couple times a week all winter long,” she said. “It just makes the winter go by faster to get this fresh air in your system. I think a lot of people take for granted what we have here in West Michigan – an incredible opportunity to get out and enjoy the woods, the dunes, the wildlife, and to benefit from the healthy aspect of it.”

“So many times, at end of a day I think I just want to go home, but then, meeting some girlfriends, we get out and hike for 45 minutes, and it feels so good, getting the blood flowing, the fresh air in my lungs.”

Bradshaw and colleague Beth DeWilde at Paragon Recruiting in Holland make a habit of regular exercise to refresh mind and body. So, it made sense for them in 2016 to launch the Paragon Parks Tour.

They began that January by hiking Mt. Pisgah at the Historic Ottawa Beach Parks.  After running, hiking, biking and kayaking their way through the year – and through all 38 Ottawa County parks and open spaces – they finished in December at Grand Ravines, Bend Area and Hager Park.

In her blog about the tour, she encourages people to team up with friends or coworkers to explore what Ottawa County parks have to offer.

Indeed, park offerings range from waterfront to dune to deep forest to rivers and streams. They also offer healthier communities, by providing places that motivate healthy activity.

Numerous studies demonstrate the health benefits of green spaces.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls parks and trails “an important part of a community.”

“Having access to places for physical activity, such as parks and trails, encouraged community residents to participate in physical activity and do so more often,” the CDC notes. “The closer you live to a park, the more likely you are to walk or bike to those places, and use the park for exercise.”

Research has shown benefits of spending time in green spaces that include improved mood and attitude, stress reduction, better mental health, and more mindfulness and creativity.

“We now know that nearby nature … directly contributes to quality human habitat and is profoundly important for the health of mind and body,” writes Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist at the University of Washington who also works with the U.S. Forest Service.

Recognizing that, the Ottawa County Parks Foundation is working to enhance and expand green space offerings in our area.

popupftnessParks and other green spaces provide natural settings for Pop-Up Fitness classes that Necia Ornee leads. She wants people to get away from the idea that they have to work out in a gym, and to understand the value of being out in fresh air.

“It’s really fun to see people not used to doing things outside, they’re surprised at how wonderful it is,” she said.

And Ornee is surprised at how many people aren’t familiar with what area parks have to offer, including trails, beaches, playgrounds, picnic areas and more, all of which support healthier living.

Bradshaw, too, believes the parks spread across Ottawa County can encourage good health practices.

“The opportunities are there,” she said. “There’s always a park close by you, so it lessens the opportunity for excuses to not get out and exercise.”

Bradshaw’s park tour opened her eyes to the variety of opportunities the parks offer – besides wooded trails, shining water and thick forests, there are beautiful venues for weddings, family reunions or other events in woods or along rivers.

Bradshaw pointed out that parks serve the varied and changing interests of the community – offering mountain biking trails at Upper Macatawa Natural Area or Riley Trails, for example, or kayak launch facilities at Hemlock Crossing, Connor Bayou and Grand River Park.

“Ottawa parks have transformed as people’s activities have transformed,” she said. “I think there’s something for everyone to do. There’s no reason to not get out and be active with what has been provided to us in the parks.”

And that could be as simple as enjoying a dune scene or listening to spring peepers.

The Ottawa County Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 committed to investing in green spaces in Ottawa County through key land acquisitions and park enhancements that facilitate access to diverse nature experiences by all. Join us at ottawacountyparksfoundation.org.

Executive Travel – Zika Threat

contributed by Executive Travel (executivetravel.com)

Warning! CDC warns that Zika is still a major health threat to pregnant women

A week ago I had the good fortune of attending and speaking at the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Premium Business Summit in New York City. At that conference, one of the speakers was from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). She spoke forcefully that the Zika virus is still extremely dangerous and that pregnant women should not travel to any of the 100 countries worldwide that are affected by the Zika virus. She also pointed out that Zika can be transmitted sexually and can be transmitted up to 8 months after a partner (male or female) is infected during travel. This is serious stuff folks. The CDC has a great website with a map of all the countries infected with Zika, CLICK HERE to view. They also have a website they call the Yellow Book, CLICK HERE to view. This site provides valuable information about health risks in destination around the world. I recommend you bookmark both sites if you travel internationally.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/14/18 – 05/21/18

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

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Adventure
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, join Hackley Public Library for an evening of musical diversity with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay!  Fascinated by old and ancient music, Ray has built a remarkably diverse and historic repertoire of music that is familiar, intriguing and fun for everyone.  His beautiful voice and wry humor are matched by his fine mastery of the guitar, empowering him to play many different styles of music exquisitely.
Ray often tells the stories of the songs themselves, drawing the audience closer to his fine talent, and his love for music itself.  He has collaborated with several notable artists, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Interlochen and the Edinburgh Festival.  They are thrilled to have Ray perform, and they hope you can join them for this Americana musical adventure.
For more information, call (231) 722-8000 or visit www.hackleylibrary.org/events/locally-hosted-events/hpl/music/32038-ray-kamalay.

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 at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
May 16 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the “Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series” presented by Muskegon Friends of Art!  This series is $45 per person or $30 per person for Friends of Art members.  Individual lectures are $15 at the door.  Registration forms are available in the MMA Gift Store or by calling 231-720-2580.
•  May 16 – Impressionism and the Two Claudes, Monet and Debussy with featured speaker, Greg Athnos.  What was Monet to do when the camera could now depict ‘reality’ much better?  The result was ‘Impressionism’ with the elimination of ‘perspective’ and concentration on ‘light’ and ‘color.’  Debussy had the same problem determining what to do after Wagner. His answer came in composing music that sounded like a Monet painting looks. Beware! The floodgates to the 20th Century are being opened.

2018 Worldwide Ride of Silence
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market to participate in the “2018 Worldwide Ride of Silence.”  This will be a short, slow paced free ride raising awareness of cyclists rights to public roadways while honoring riders who have been injured or killed.  Arrive by 6:30pm for announcements.  The route is 7.5 miles.  For more information, contact Tom Lindrup at berryjunction@gmail.com.

Theatre and Poetry Night
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, visit the Red Lotus Center for the Arts for an evening of poetry, readings, and a one-man play.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
May 17 through August 12, 2018 come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for “Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan!”  Milwaukee based sculptor Marc Sijan is internationally recognized for his hyper-realistic, life-sized sculptures of the human figure.  Pores, veins, hair follicles, moles, and all the intricate and imperfect details of the human form are revealed in his works.  The exhibition will feature multiple full-size figures, accompanied by head and shoulder busts.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.
http://www.marcsijan.com/

Maritime Career Day
May 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, board the USS LST 393 for “Maritime Career Day!”  Take a first-hand look at what it takes to crew a Great Lakes Freighter from Captains and others in the industry.  This event is free, however, space is limited so RSVP to kmcdermott@sandproductscorp.com or call 231-722-6691.
Attendees will be touring a vessel, therefore you must dress accordingly including closed-toe shoes.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

17th Annual Bike Safety Rodeo
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Montague Fire Station for a Bike Safety Rodeo!  The event stresses safe biking habits and encourages wearing bike helmets, while also providing fun and prizes for the participants.  A free t-shirt will be given to all children through age 12 who bring their own helmet.  Children must bring a bike to participate and be eligible for prizes.  There will be an off-road obstacle course supervised by a Bike Patrol Officer, free hot dogs, soda, popcorn, and more.
Children will have the opportunity to go for bike tours with a Bike Patrol Officer and have their bicycles registered with their respective police department.  Many door prizes and new bicycles will be awarded at the end of the program, all courtesy of various donors.  An assortment of helmets will be available while supplies last, free of charges to any child who does not have one.  For more information, contact the Montague Police Dept. at 231-893-0810.

Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception at the Muskegon Museum of Art
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, the Muskegon Museum of Art invites you to a reception celebrating the opening of three new exhibitions:

•  Up Close and Personal: the Ultra Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle
•  Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

Event admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.  There will also be a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Docker’s Fish House Grand Opening Party
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Docker’s Fish House is finally open for the season!  Thursday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come and join them for their Grand Opening Party!  Enjoy live music by Flexadecibel, a cash bar and appetizers!  For more information, call (231) 755-0400.

Deadpool 2: Beer Tasting Event
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Cinema Carousel Theater for the “Deadpool 2: Beer Tasting Event!”  Enjoy an evening of craft beer and cinema featuring Deadpool 2 (R), sequel to the 2016 original. Sample beer from Grand Armory Brewing Company, Fetch Brewing Company and Pigeon Hill Brewing Company.  The cost is only $27 and includes pizza, beer and one Deadpool 2 ticket.  For more information, call Pigeon Hill at (231) 375-5184.

Thursday Night Music Club: Julia & the Greensides
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Norton Shores Library hosts Julia & the Greensides, Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm in the Library’s Community Room.
Based out of Muskegon, Julia & the Greensides is a contemporary folk trio with a repertoire of original material, as well as covers that range from The Lumineers to Katy Perry to Coheed and Cambria. Guitarist/vocalist Derek Dile and cellist Jacob Halmich, previous bandmates, were introduced to vocalist Cortney Reynolds in March of 2013 by a mutual friend.  After the initial jam session, gathered around Derek’s stairs at his house, the three knew that they would be playing music together until they died. This contemporary folk trio share tones as warm and sweet as a summer orchard.
This event is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org.

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays through August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.
May 17 – Music provided by Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ Service, including 1 – hour of country line dance lessons

55th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 9:00 am
The Muskegon YMCA’s 55th Annual White Elephant Sale is happening Friday and Saturday, May 18 – 19 at the Folkert Community Hub!  Saturday’s hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday’s are 9:00am – 3:00pm.  Early birds may be admitted at 8:00am Friday with a $5 donation.
Since 1963, the White Elephant Sale has given their club an opportunity to help children in a very positive away.  Because they all are volunteers, monies raised from the White Elephant Sale go primarily YMCA Camp Pendalouan.  The bulk of the money is used to finance camp scholarships for a significant number of children in the area.
You can help in a variety of ways:  Excess saleable inventory from businesses is most welcome.  They also move large amounts of furniture and household goods, office equipment, tools, building materials and supplies.  They will pick it up at no cost to you.  Should you be unable to donate any merchandise, you can support the White Elephant Sale by donating gift certificates or by making cash donations.  They are an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c-3) tax-exempt organization and will provide you with a receipt at the time of pick up to support your organization’s tax deduction.  To schedule a pick up or drop-off time, please call 231-727-9900.

Realms of Fantasy Opening Reception
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, May 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, join the Red Lotus Gallery for an evening of myths, legends, and folklore as local artists present their interpretations of “Realms of Fantasy!”  Be enchanted by far off castles, ancient dragons, and forgotten gods.  Dress in costume (or not!), meet their artists, and enjoy this evening of art, music, and light refreshments.  This event is free and open to the public.  Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with downtown Muskegon’s home for art culture, and events!  https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon

Lakeshore Museum Center: All Access Tours
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 18 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, go where no visitor has gone before on this All Access Tour of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site!  Explore areas that are usually not accessible to the public such as the attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  There will be a different All Access theme on the third Friday of each month such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new research discoveries, the Hackley House during the Red Cross, Hume as a Daycare Center and more.
Tickets are $20 or $15 for members.  RSVP is required, but they will accept walk-ins if space allows.  Contact Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or call 231-724-5534.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Masterpieces
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Masterpieces!
Scott Speck, conductor
Guest Artist – Vadim Gluzman, violin

Wintory – Composer-in-residence new work
Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor

This final concert of the season features three great masterpieces.  Brahms’ iconic Violin Concerto in D major which features Russian-Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.  Tchaikovsky’s soulful and melodic Symphony No. 4 boasts one of the top ten endings in orchestra music.  And WMS composer-in-residence Austin Wintory creates his fourth world premiere for the WMS. It’s a thrilling season finale!  For more information, call 231-726-32

ForeShore Adventure Run
May 19
ForeShore Adventure Run is rolling, rumbling, tumbling, and running into year 4.  The Lakeshore’s premiere 5K adventure run returns to Pere Marquette Beach on May 19,2018 with new obstacles but the same mission: helping people to overcome life’s challenges.
New obstacles include Floatilla, where runners work their way over a 25-foot sand dune and take on a pond with dozens of inner tubes.  Other obstacles include the Drum Line, where runners will crawl over large blue barrels and splash into a man-made pond; and Tunnel Vision, where runners crawl through tunnels and meet a really cool surprise on the other side.
The Country Dairy Kid’s Zone returns, with miniature versions of the main course obstacles.  It’s a safe, enclosed course where kids can have fun, just like mom and dad.  Everyone who participates, even the kids, get medals.
Presenting sponsors are Huntington Bank, the City of Muskegon, Mercy Health, Pepsi, Rock Star Energy Drinks, Country Dairy Kids Zone, and RCP Marketing, are helping organizers make the event possible.  Your ticket purchase directly feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s food pantry and homeless shelters.  For more information, call Dan Skoglund at 231-727-6090.

White Lake Stage Race
May 19 – May 20
Whether you are a novice rider, experienced or accomplished elite, there’s a category for you at Weekend at White Lake Stage Race, happening May 19 – 20. And the leader–and champion–of each category goes home with a race-cut fit Champion Systems Visit Muskegon jersey!  Every registered racer receives keepsake bib numbers by Champion Systems, too.  Register now at USACycling.org while discounted pricing applies.

Armed Forces Salmon Assault
May 19
The Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the 8th annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women.  This year’s annual event will take place on May 19 on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Great Lakes Marina for a luncheon and awards ceremony.  Their goal for this year is to have 30 boats participate and host around 100 to 125 West Michigan area veterans.  All charity proceeds from this event will benefit West Michigan Veterans Inc.  This is a nonprofit organization that helps local area veterans with various types of assistance both big and small.
The Salmon Assault has several different segments to the event.  There are 2 different fishing tournaments, a big fish contest, and an award ceremony and luncheon.  The main tournament, the “DOD Challenge” will feature all five branches of the armed forces.  Participants will be selected at random to form a 4 person team which will represent their respective branch of the armed forces and will compete for the biggest 4 fish box being weighed in at the luncheon to follow the fishing portion of the event.  The secondary tournament, the “Post to Post Challenge,” will be between randomly selected West Michigan area VFWs, Legions and Clubs who submit a 4 person team, the same biggest 4 fish box rules apply, with a traveling trophy.  There is also a “Big Fish” contest which can be won by any individual participating.  For those veterans without a competitive side, they have several “at-large” boats for a leisurely morning on the water with some fishing.  All the participants will receive a free event t-shirt as part of the day’s festivities along with entrance to the luncheon and awards ceremony. The luncheon will include a pig roast with all the extras.
For more information, e-mail Info@salmonassault.com.

Spring Into Lakeside
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to “Spring Into Lakeside!  This family friendly event features free activities for kids, such as a free bike helmet giveaway with fitting (while supplies last), bike registration with the police department, pony rides, a selfie contest, guessing games, community officers and fire trucks, cotton candy, popcorn bar, sidewalk chalk, yoga, art spot, and face painting.  The Annual Dog Parade takes place at Sitting Pretty Pet Spa as well as $4 movies all day at the Harbor Cinema.  For more information, call 231-755-7606.

Lakeshore Museum Center Saturday Program: Sound Waves
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, bring the kids to the Lakeshore Museum Center to learn about the science of sound with a variety of hands-on activities!  Try a paper cup telephone line, then see and hear how a resonance bowl works!  LMC Saturday Programs are open-house style and run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the main museum building.  Programs are free of charge and museum admission is free for Muskegon County residents.  Non-residents are only $3.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

SJO Supercross Event
May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Great Futures Gala
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 6:00pm, you’re invited to the beautiful shores of Mona Lake for the “Great Futures Gala,” a high-profile fundraising event to ensure the continued funding of the Boys & Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore.  Funding needs to be sustained into the future and one of their key goals was establishing an annual signature fundraising event that would provide 11% ($100,000) of the ongoing funds needed to keep this important work going.  This is the third year they have hosted this event to call attention to the work of their Boys & Girls Club and the impact it’s had on our Muskegon area youth.  For more information, call the club at (231) 375-5576.
Tickets are $100 and include:
•  6 Piece Band – Blue Water Kings
•  Strolling Dinner by Harris Hospitality
•  Fireworks by Night Magic Displays
•  Cash Bar
•  Diamond Raffle
•  Silent & Live Auctions

Performances @The Block: Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm, come to The Block as Vadim Gluzman is joined by his spouse, Tel Aviv-based pianist Angela Yoffe, for an intimate evening of classical chamber music.  Be sure to see him perform on Friday, May 18 with the West Michigan Symphony at the Frauenthal.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm with the concert at 7:30pm.

Retro Expo Spring Kick Off
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Retro Expo Spring Kick Off is Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  The Retro Expo is an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  This is more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience!  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.
•  ATM on site
•  Credit Cards are accepted depending on individual vendors
•  Food and drinks on-site
•  Rain or Shine
•  Free Parking
•  No Admission

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser and Auction
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 20 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited aboard the national historic landmark, the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, for their annual Fundraiser & Auction!  This fun filled afternoon features brunch, door prizes, a raffle, cash bar and an auction for amazing items like an African Safari and Hot Air Balloon Rides.  The cost is $30 per person and tickets are available by calling 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.  100% of the proceeds will benefit “The Queen of the Great Lakes!”

Marketing Mondays: Communication in a Digital World
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, May 21 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for their lunchtime series, “Marketing Mondays!”  This week’s focus is “Communication in a Digital World” where you’ll learn how to take an integrated approach to communications. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are passionate about the products and services they provide.  Translating that passion to sales requires a strategic focus on marketing and promotion.  Marketing Mondays at the Muskegon Innovation Hub will provide sound tools, techniques and knowledge that every small business owner and entrepreneur needs to know to effectively engage with customers and increase revenue from sales.  Lunch is included!  RSVP by noon, Friday, May 18.  NO WALK-INS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  For further information, please send an e-mail to the Hub at mihubinfo@gvsu.edu.

RLM-PAC Endorses John James for U.S. Senate, Four in Governor’s Race

Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee (RLM-PAC) has made early endorsements in the primary races for Michigan Governor and the United States Senate.

RLM-PAC exclusively endorsed John James in the U.S. Senate race to replace current pro-abortion Senator Debbie Stabenow. John James is the only candidate in the race who meets RLM-PAC criteria.

RLM-PAC Director Casey Kreiner said, “For more than 40 years Debbie Stabenow has been in office–from the State Legislature to the United States Senate–voting against protections for the most vulnerable among us and the value of life at all stages. John James is an excellent candidate capable of winning a tough race, and he has committed prolife positions ensuring the protection of life through all stages.”

In the gubernatorial race the RLM-PAC endorsed all four Republican candidates: Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, Dr. Jim Hines, and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Kreiner said, “Each of these four candidates has demonstrated a strong commitment to protection of all human life. Ensuring Michigan elects a governor who will protect and build upon our state’s culture of life is a top priority. Each of these candidates has demonstrated the strength and willingness to do just that.”

RLM-PAC endorsements in other primary races will be made at a later date as the endorsement process continues.

Background information:
RLM-PAC Criteria

Right to Life of Michigan | www.RTL.org

Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Grant of $10,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Michigan

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (April 19, 2018) – Michigan Pet Fund Alliance today announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Getting to the Goal No Kill Conference to be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo on September 27-28, 2018.

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Michigan a No Kill state where all healthy or treatable homeless animals are saved. To reach that goal, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance provides grants, mentoring, educational opportunities, and other support to help animal welfare organizations save more lives. Based on 2016 shelter reports, 60 out of the 80 counties in Michigan with licensed shelters are considered to be No Kill with a 90% or better live release rate. When the organization first began mapping save rates in 2011, only 10 counties were considered to be No Kill.

The Petco Foundation investment will help Michigan Pet Fund Alliance produce their fifth Getting to the Goal No Kill Conference. Designed for staff and volunteers from animal shelters, rescue organizations, advocacy groups, policy makers, veterinarians, vet techs, educators, students and compassionate community members, the conference attracts animal welfare individuals from all over the state. Educational sessions include Litter Box Lowdown, Recruiting Fosters, How to Conduct Conversational Adoptions, Care and Feeding of Shelter Staff and Volunteers, the Decision to Kill for Behavior … and much more.

“The goal of our conference is to save animals’ lives. The support from Petco Foundation will allow us to reach an even larger audience this year and offer more educational content than ever before. We are grateful and proud that the Petco Foundation has partnered with us to support our lifesaving mission,” said Deborah Schutt, Chairperson for Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.

For more information about Michigan Pet Fund Alliance or the Petco Foundation, visit www.michiganpetfund.org or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

About Michigan Pet Fund Alliance
The mission of Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is to end the killing of healthy and treatable homeless cats and dogs in Michigan. Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that collaborates with animal shelters and rescue organizations to achieve No Kill through training, technical assistance, education and advocacy. To learn more, visit www.michiganpetfund.org.

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit www.petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

Convicted Jury-Nullification Advocate, Wood, Receives Award

Bath, Michigan –  Keith Wood, a Michigan businessman who was convicted of “jury tampering” for handing out pamphlets on a public sidewalk, was presented with the “Spokesperson for Liberty Award” by the Libertarian Party of Michigan on Saturday night.

The Defender of Liberty Award Banquet (AKA “LibbyFest”)  was held March 10th at the Eagle Eye Banquet Center, Bath, Michigan.  The “Spokesperson for Liberty Award” is one of three “Defender of Liberty Awards” that may be presented annually.  It goes to a member of the community whose patriotism and conviction have inspired contributions to the cause of liberty.

Wood’s case remains in the appeal process.  He was initially arrested in 2015 after distributing a pamphlet entitled, “Jury Rights: True or False?” from the sidewalk in front of the Mecosta County courthouse in Big Rapids.  The pamphlet described the important American legal tradition that juries may choose not to convict a person for violating a law the jury decides is unjust.  In 2017  Wood was sentenced by a Mecosta County judge to eight weekends in jail, six months’ probation, 120 hours of community service, and $545.00 in fines, for jury tampering.

After receiving the award, Wood commented “Earlier in my life I felt powerless; not being able to effect change or make a difference. Then I learned of jury nullification and became excited about the power one juror has to make a difference in another’s life. An individual can make a difference, and I wanted to make sure others realized they could make a difference too.”

While presenting the award, nominator Scotty Boman said, “He was simply exercising his right to free expression… he was convicted of tampering with a jury that didn’t even exist!”

Keith Wood was initially charged with jury tampering and obstruction of justice because prosecutors claimed that he was trying to influence potential jurors before they heard a case against Andy Yoder, an Amish man who was accused of draining a wetland that was on his property. Yoder’s case never went to trial and Wood said he didn’t know Yoder. Rather, he said he just wanted to inform potential jurors that they had the right to vote their conscience over the law.

The obstruction charges were dropped last March and Wood was tried by a jury of six in June.  The jury found him guilty of jury tampering. This, after the judge barred the defense from mentioning the fact that no jury trials were scheduled, and thus no jurors were under oath the day Wood passed fliers out.

The case was appealed, but on February 2nd of this year, in Mecosta County, Isabella County District Judge Eric Janes upheld the conviction.

The other Defender of Liberty Award went to Loel Gnadt, who received the Producer of Liberty Award, which goes to a dedicated, behind-the-scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplifies the backbone of the Libertarian Party.

To learn more about jury nullification, go to www.fija.org.   To learn more about the Libertarian Party of Michigan, visit www.michiganlp.org.

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – 05/23/18

AGENDA

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

May 23, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION
Continue review of ordinances

BOARD MEETING
01. Roll Call
02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: April 17, 2018
03. Approve / Amend Agenda
04. Correspondence / Reports
05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

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

07. Public Hearing / PUD Revision – Garage Doors Plus 3074 Heights Ravenna Rd.
Parcel: 61-15-111-200-0009-10
Purpose: 3,200 SF storage building

Old Business
08. Site Plan Review & Special Use –2963 Heights Ravenna Rd.
Parcel: 61-15-293-000-0001-00
Purpose: Smokehouse/General Store and Seasonal Outdoor Market

09. Public Comments
10. Adjournment

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

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 05/14/18

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

MAY 14, 2018

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 4/23/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
none

08. New Business
A. Presentation from Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema with Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
B. Presentation from Kevin Kieft, Prein & Newhof
C. Odeno development street lights
D. Chandy Acres development street lights
E. Cell tower funds transfer from Muskegon Co to the WMRWA
F. Police cruiser lease discussion
G. Reappoint Steve Paul to ZBA
H. Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week

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

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

Policy Champion Award

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Nick Lyon, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director; Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville; Lisa Stefanovsky, Ottawa County Department of Public Health administrative health officer; Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; and Rep. Daniela Garcia, R-Holland.

The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership, which consists of 10 public health organizations in Michigan, awarded the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) the 2018 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award for achieving the Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) national recognition. The Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award showcases the significant accomplishments of individuals or organizations in the policy arena on the local or state level to improve the health and safety of their communities.

“These individuals and organizations have gone above and beyond to improve Michigander’s health and safety,” said Nick Lyon, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director. “Much of a person’s overall health is determined outside of a doctor’s office, and these award winners have provided opportunities for our state’s citizens to have healthier lives and communities.”

To achieve the PPHR national recognition, the OCDPH had to demonstrate preparedness and response capability by meeting a comprehensive set of nationally-recognized standards. PPHR standards focus on three main goals: all-hazards planning, workforce development and demonstrating readiness through exercises and real events, and are aligned with federal government requirements and national best practices. Ottawa County joins more than 400 agencies across the country that have achieved PPHR recognition since 2004.

“I was very proud to accept this honor on behalf of our amazing public health team. We strive for excellence in all that we do,” said Lisa Stefanovsky, OCDPH administrative health officer.

For more information on Project Public Health Ready, visit http://www.naccho.org/PPHR.

Any Dog With a Mouth Can Bite

Understanding Dog Body Language Key to Preventing Dog Bites

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – Michigan Pet Fund Alliance has launched a Dog Bite Prevention campaign on their website, http://www.michiganpetfund.org/dogbite, featuring a new video explaining how dogs use body language to communicate what they are feeling. The video includes voiceover by Peter Carey, star of the smash hit play “Ernie” by Mitch Albom. (video link: http://bit.ly/2DeYaUp)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4 million dog bites occur each year in the United States … and not from stray dogs running wild in the streets. The family dog or the neighbor’s dog inflict the majority (80%) of dog bite-related injuries to children aged 18 and under, with children aged 5-9 having the highest injury rate.

MPFA chairperson Deborah Schutt says, “The key to preventing dog bites is responsible pet ownership and education. Our goal with this campaign is to make our communities safer, free up resources in our shelters, and save more dogs’ lives.”

Advisory: Arrests made in early morning Breaking and Entering. Police wishing to return stolen property.

April 13, 2018

Fruitport Police responded to an early morning report of a breaking and entering in the 3000 Block of E. Ellis Road. A vehicle leaving the area was stopped by Officers and stolen property was recovered. Two females, both from the Muskegon area, that were in the vehicle have been arrested on felony charges and lodged at the Muskegon County Jail. Their names are not being released until they have been arraigned.

Fruitport Police are requesting residents in this area to contact the department at 231-865-8477 if they find any items missing so that it can be returned.

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Launches DUNEiversity

Outdoor education program offers team building for employers, teachers

MUSKEGON, Mich.- The Lake Michigan sand dunes are more than 3,000 years old, but there’s something new in the sand dunes around Muskegon State Park.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is launching its first year-round program with a DUNEiversity, an educational program that teaches team building as well as environmental awareness and how to stay active and healthy outdoors.

Groups ranging from elementary students, to sports teams, to corporate leadership teams can arrange a private reservation to spend a day in the sand dunes with a facilitator learning and developing team skills.

The program uses experiential learning as a way of teaching, where both kids and adults are taught how to work together as a team through playing games and adventuring  in the outdoors. Each game is followed up with a period of reflection facilitated by a DUNEiversity staff member.

“Last summer we beta tested the program with kids from local schools and some local businesses like the Community Foundation and Holiday Inn managers,” said Bill Bailey, DUNEiversity’s Adventure Planner.

“What we found is adults have just as much fun playing outdoors and can learn just as much as any kid can. You’re never too old to play and learn,” said Bailey

The program will be in place year-round and groups interested in participating can work with DUNEiversity staff to set goals and arrange an outing.

The Winter Sports Complex is operated by the Muskegon Sports Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Last spring the organization announced plans to develop a zip line canopy tour and other year-round attractions. A portion of the plan was crowd funded last fall and construction will begin later this year.

“DUNEiversity will play a big role in advancing our mission into year-round activities,” said Jim Rudicil,” Executive Director of the Muskegon Sports Council.

“We want to make Muskegon County a healthier place and we believe we’ll reach that goal by working with our local teachers and employers to get more students and working class individuals active in the outdoors through team building,” said Rudicil.

DUNEiversity has already booked school field trips and corporate team building reservations for this spring. After Memorial day the program will also offer summer day camps for kids and paddling classes. Teams who wish to make a reservation can start working with a DUNEiversity Adventure Planner at their website, DUNEiversity.com.

The Huizenga Huddle: Tax Day Edition

The New Tax Code Brings More Opportunity to West Michigan
April 17, 2018

Tax Day, it’s probably not very high up on your list of things to look forward to and rightfully so. For decades, our outdated federal tax code forced hardworking taxpayers across West Michigan to send more of their money to Washington. However, thanks to the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, things are about to change.

First and foremost, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers tax rates across the board. This means more of your money stays in your pocket, instead of going into Washington’s. In fact, the next time you file your taxes, the standard deduction will nearly double to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for joint-filers, protecting more of your dollars from Washington. Raising a family is expensive, which is why the new law also doubles the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000. The new tax code also preserves the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit as well as the Adoption Tax Credit.

West Michigan is known around the nation as a community that opens its doors to children in search of a forever home. I fought to preserve the Adoption Tax Credit because I believe the federal government should try to minimize financial barriers to adoption and help loving families connect with children in need of one.

Additionally, the new tax law improves the ability of West Michigan families to save for their children’s education by expanding 529 accounts to include the cost of elementary and secondary schools as well as the cost of higher education at a trade school, community college, or university. This forward thinking approach will help West Michigan families plan for their children’s future and success.

When all is said and done, under the new law, a typical family of four earning $73,000 a year will receive a tax cut of approximately $2,000. Those aren’t crumbs; they are significant savings and mean a world of difference to families seeking to replace an appliance, plan a vacation, or make home improvements. The point is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act returns your hard-earned money for you to use as you see fit.

Another way the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is positively impacting West Michigan is by overhauling the tax code for job creators of all sizes.

The new law has already cut taxes for small businesses to a level not seen since World War II. This will allow job creators on Main Street to raise wages, create jobs, and reinvest so they can grow their business. In fact, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), more small businesses are raising wages than at any time in the past 17 years and optimism remains near its all-time high. Last week, Lawn Doctor in Hudsonville and Two Men in a Truck in Wyoming were among hundreds of franchise small businesses who said their small businesses and employees will directly benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Lastly, the new tax law lowers our uncompetitive corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. This will help level the playing field for American companies to compete internationally as well as benefit the employees who work there. Already, Walmart announced nearly $12 million in bonuses to employees in Michigan, while also increasing wages for hourly associates, expanding maternity and paternity leave benefits, and creating a $5,000 benefit to help with the costs associated with adoption. Chrysler announced a $1 billion investment in Michigan that would create 2,500 new jobs on top of $2,000 bonuses for employees following tax reform. And here locally, SpartanNash announced it is raising wages, enhancing training, and issuing bonuses because of tax reform.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law only five months ago, and we are already seeing the positive impact it is having on hardworking taxpayers and job creators across West Michigan. Bigger paychecks, higher wages, and enhanced benefit packages for West Michigan’s workforce should be celebrated. As should lower tax rates that help middle income West Michigan families keep more of their hard-earned money. Tax reform is something I fought for since I was first elected to represent the Second District, and I believe we will continue to see and hear about it delivering results that increase economic opportunity and financial security for West Michigan families.

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New Assistant Director at Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation has announced the promotion of Catherine Mott to Assistant Director, effective March 20, 2018. She has been employed at the Museum since 2007 as Curator of Education. She will assist Executive Director Kirk Hallman with lead administrative responsibilities in her new role.

Ms. Mott has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with a minor in math, from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She resides in Montague, Michigan with her husband and two children.

Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation President Charles Johnson, II, comments, “In her eleven years at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Cathy has excelled in creating vibrant educational programs for both students and the public. Her contributions to the MMA’s vitality as a world class community art museum cannot be understated and her skill sets have continually expanded, making her a natural choice for this important position.”

The MMA is taking applications for the position of Curator of Education. Application information and the job description are posted at www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

Village of Fruitport – Council Meeting Minutes – 04/16/18

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
APRIL 16, 2018

1. Call to order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 6:59pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Amy Haack, Carl Rothenberger and Bill Overkamp who arrived at 7:06pm
Also present: Jeremy Statler DPW Supervisor, Brian Michelli Fruitport Township Safety Directory, And Jay Bolt.

5. Approval of previous meeting minutes from March 19th regular council meeting and March 19th budget meeting
Motion made by Amy to approve the minutes from the March 19th regular council meeting, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried. Motion made by Amy to approve the minutes from the March 19th budget meeting, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approve the agenda for the April 16, 2018 Council meeting
Motion made by Amy to approve the agenda, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
None

8. Correspondence (Ann)
The Lion’s Club Marine Special Event Application and approved Permit has been received for the Fireworks to be held for Old Fashioned Days. Also, the Certificate of Liability Insurance for Old Fashioned Days has been received.
Bill Stone sent in his letter of resignation effective April 5, 2018. Amy made a motion to accept Bill’s resignation, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
Governor Snyder signed House Bill 4321 into law that provides an additional funding for transportation projects statewide. The Village received a lump sum of $10,937.46. The council agreed to table discussion on how to allocate these funds.

9. Reports from Officers (Each Council Member)
Donna gave an update on the library. Adam DeWitt is the new Director for the library.
Amy had nothing to report.
Carl gave an update on the motion from last month’s meeting to update Ann’s computer equipment. Ann’s current laptop will not work with a new docking station and new monitor. Carl made a motion to change from the previous request of a docking station and new monitor not to exceed $1,000.00 to a motion to purchase a new desktop computer, keyboard and monitor and any additional equipment or labor fees not to exceed $2,000.00, supported by Amy.
Roll call AYES: Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger and Overkamp, NAYES: None

Carl advised that the Personnel Committee met and recommend pay increases of 3% for the 2 full-time DPW employees and the clerk/treasurer and a 4% raise for the part-time DPW employee. A discussion took place that the full-time employees may elect to receive a portion of their increase as a contribution to a 403B/457 retirement account. Details of the retirement savings account are being researched. At this point the increases will be paid in wages until it is determined how the plan will work and the interest from the 2 full-time employees. Carl made a motion for raises to be effective April 1, 2018 and that the retirement saving options may be implemented later, supported by Donna.
Roll call AYES: Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger and Overkamp NAYES: None

Carl discussed possibly updating our phone/fax system. This item will be tabled until the May meeting when he has more information.
The Personnel Committee is currently working on a new Personnel Regulations and Procedures manual.
Carl also distributed a copy of a new Overtime Preapproval form. Motion made by Roger to implement the Overtime Preapproval form retroactive to April 2, 2018, supported by Amy. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
Carl also advised that the hours for the DPW full-time employees has changed from 7am-3:30pm to 6am-2:30pm with a half hour non-paid lunch. The DPW supervisor is on an approved schedule of 5am-1:30p through April 18th, 2018. Motion made by Carl to accept the new hours as presented, supported by Will. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
Will had nothing to report
Roger asked that all council members try to recruit applicants for the open positions on the Council and the Planning Commission.

10. Appointment of Jay Bolt to Council
Roger made a motion to appoint Jay Bolt to the council, supported by Amy. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

11. Appointment of Council Liaison to Planning Commission
Roger made a motion to appoint Jay Bolt as the Council Liaison for the Planning Commission, supported by Amy. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

12. 270 Pine Presentation (Owner Mark Oldenburg)
Mark Oldenburg distributed a survey, legal description and proposed easement for his property. A discussion took place. Motion made by Roger to refer to our attorney for review of the proposed easement, supported by Amy. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

13. Public Safety Director Presentation (Brian Michelli)
Director Michelli explained that there are many speeding and traffic complaints in the Village. The Township is purchasing a Speed and Message Board Trailer. The trailer cost $15,585.00. They have received a grant for $10,500.00 leaving a balance due of $5085.00. He is asking the Village to consider partnering (50-50) with the Township on the cost of the Speed and Message Board Trailer. A discussion took place about the benefits and capabilities of the Speed and Message Board. Motion made by Amy to have the Treasurer investigate and recommend what the budget would allow as a donation towards the Speed and Message Trailer, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

14. Planning Commission procedure for approving changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Master Plan (Jay Bolt)
Jay discussed the Planning Commission proposed changes and the procedure for the changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Master Plan. Each council member received a copy of the proposed changes to date for their review. Jay stressed that there may be additional changes to what he has to date. The next Planning Commission meeting is on April 24th. Jay also discussed the need for a Change Management process.
The Master Plan Survey has been approved and needs to be distributed to the Community. A discussion took place on the best way to have the surveys distributed. It was decided to recruit 10-12 volunteers to help hand deliver the surveys to the residents on Saturday June 2, 2018 and pick them up the following Saturday June 9, 2018.

15. Approval to add Delinquent Garbage Bills to Taxes
Motion made by Carl to assess all delinquent 2017/2018 garbage service bills and delinquent fees against the premises served and collect in the same manger as other taxes for 2018 are collected, supported by Jay. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

16. New bathroom Partitions Quote
Jeremy discussed 2 bids received for new bathroom partitions for the Men’s restroom at the park. A discussion took place on which bid to accept and if the partitions will be installed by the vendor or DPW crew. Amy made a motion to purchase the men’s bathroom partitions from Architectural Hardware in Muskego at the quoted price of $2,650.00 for materials only and that our DPW staff will install them saving the Village an installation fee of $550.00. Also, that we get confirmation from them that we will receive prior to Old Fashioned Days and to move forward with the Lion’s Club commitment to share in the costs of the new partitions, supported by Carl.
Roll Call AYES: Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp and Bolt NAYES: None

17. 755 Auction Information
Jeremy discussed the auction process for the 755 tractor. Motion made by Donna to put the 755 tractor up for auction, supported by Will. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

18. Public Comments
None

19. Warrants
Ann advised that the bill for the Lighting Project was included in the warrants. She advised that the company billed $2498.00 over the original bid. The amount listed in the warrants does not include the overage. She is holding back a retainer until the project is complete. A discussion took place about the amount over the bid. Motion made by Will to approve the warrants, supported by Carl.
Roll call AYES: Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp and Bolt NAYES: None

20. Amy asked to be given admin rights to the Village of Fruitport web-site. Carl made a motion to give Amy admin rights to make changes to the Village of Fruitport web-site, supported by Will. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

21. Adjourn
Motion made by Donna to adjourn at 8:53pm, supported by Carl. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/07/18 – 05/14/18

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

It’s Asparagus Time with Sofia
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market invites you to the culinary class, “It’s Asparagus Time with Sofia!”
Menu for this class:
•  Asparagus gratin with prosciutto and béchamel sauce
•  Asparagus risotto
•  Asparagus with hard boiled eggs Italian style
•  Asparagus “alla Milanese” with sunny side up eggs

Learn from Sofia Occhialini who moved to Muskegon from Italy four years ago.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Crafting Paper Roses
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library to learn how to make stunning paper roses that will never wilt!  Just in time for spring, you can use paper roses to enhance a gift, decorate your home, or brighten up a party!  This is free for everyone and supplies will be provided.  Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library, and led by Nancy Hartman.  For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

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 at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Hackley & Hume Plaster Workshop
May 8 @ 8:00 am – May 9 @ 4:00 pm
May 8 – 9, 8:00am – 4:00pm, come to the Hackley & Hume Historic Site as the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, in partnership with the Hackley & Hume Historic Site and the Lakeshore Museum Center, offers a two-day, hands-on plaster workshop in Muskegon!  Participants will learn about the composition of historic plaster and the fundamentals of plaster repair/restoration, while having the opportunity to complete hands-on work with various methods for repairing/restoring plaster surfaces.  For more information, e-mail reintjes@mhpn.org or call 906-250-6301 or just sign up at the website below.  The cost is $50.

The Secrets of Bees Speaker Series: Pollinator Gardens
May 8 @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for the second of three lectures about bees, “Pollinator Gardens” presented by the Muskegon Conservation District.  Tickets are free for Muskegon County residents or $3 for non-residents.  RSVP by calling 231-722-0278 or e-mail jackie@lakeshoremuseum.org.

Beer Run
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, join Pigeon Hill Brewing as they do an easy and fun 3 – 4 mile run from their taproom in downtown Muskegon!  They will be running part of the half and 10K course of the Seaway Run and then back for some brew!  Check in will start at 6:00pm and the run starts at 6:30pm.
The cost is $10 for a beer and raffle ticket with some awesome prizes including an entry to any one of the Mercy Health races!  There is no pre-registration, just show up!  Cash and cards will be accepted. For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series
May 9 @ 7:00 pm
Wednesdays, May 2 – 16 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm), come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the “Artsmarts Spring Lecture Series” presented by Muskegon Friends of Art!
This series is $45 per person or $30 per person for Friends of Art members.  Individual lectures are $15 at the door.  Registration forms are available in the MMA Gift Store or by calling 231-720-2580.
•  May 2 – Art and the Psyche: (Featured Speaker Suzanne Eberle) A brief look at art in the 19th to the 21st centuries that explores psychological issues, including our dreams, fears and desires.
•  May 9 – Michelangelo, Genius of the Renaissance, Bridge to the Baroque : (Featured Speaker Greg Athnos) Michelangelo stood across two major periods in western art as a painter, sculptor and poet. This lecture will describe Michelangelo and his contemporaries within the Renaissance and the primary focus on Michelangelo’s early “Pieta,” the “David” and the “Sistine Chapel.”
•  May 16 – Impressionism and the Two Claudes, Monet and Debussy (Featured Speaker Greg Athnos) What was Monet to do when the camera could now depict ‘reality’ much better?  The result was ‘Impressionism’ with the elimination of ‘perspective’ and concentration on ‘light’ and ‘color.’  Debussy had the same problem determining what to do after Wagner. His answer came in composing music that sounded like a Monet painting looks. Beware! The floodgates to the 20th Century are being opened.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Opens for the Season
May 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 10, the Muskegon Heritage Museum will open for the season!  The museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area.  Their collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They also have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools, a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.  Don’t let the modest storefront fool you, the Museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!
Hours are Thursday – Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Mid-May – Mid-October and by appointment year round.  For more information, call 231-722-1363.
ADMISSION:
•  Adults – $5.00, Students $2.00
•  Children under 6,  Active Duty Service personnel, MHA members – FREE
•  Special group and school tour rates may apply.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

ACWL on Tap
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 10 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, head to Fetch Brewing Company for a night of beer and art as they support the Arts Council of White Lake at this year’s “ACWL on Tap!”  Fetch Brewing has designed a new summer beer and are excited to release it as part of this year’s fundraiser.  Patrons can order the new beverage and proceeds will be donated back to program funding for the arts.  The event will host various art projects and crafts that attendees can participate in as they enjoy their drink.  You are also invited to submit a work of art to be featured on this year’s beer poster!  For more information, call (231) 292-1048.

United Way 100 Year Celebration
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The United Way 100 Year Celebration is happening Thursday, May 10 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Frauenthal Theater.  Save the date for a special celebration that spans the decades!
•  Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails: delicious favorites from across the decades, with a cash bar.
•  A Walk Through Time: a fun look back at United Way of the Lakeshore and their Agency Partners.
•  Silent Auction: fundraising for the future, with unique gifts and amazing experiences!
•  Premiere of their 100 Year Video: “Images of Our Past,” with highlights from their 100 Voices impact project.
•  Live Entertainment: a celebration of the spirit of United Way through songs, dances, and spoken word.
For questions or information, please call (231) 332-4000 or email stephanie@unitedwaylakeshore.org.
Suggested attire: an outfit from your favorite decade!

Crazy About Cauliflower Cuisine with Chef Char
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 10 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the Culinary Class “Crazy About Cauliflower Cuisine with Chef Char!”  Did you know that cauliflower makes a great replacement for commonly craved carbs like rice and pasta?  In this class, Chef Char will demonstrate how riced cauliflower can replace fried rice in a stir fry.  Also try some healthy snacking or creative side dish ideas with Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, Baked Caulitots, Cauliflower tortillas and Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks.  So healthy and so easy!  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Dancing into the Sunset: Free Community Dancing and Music
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.
•  May 10 – Music provided by Impact Entertainment Mobile DJ Service, including 1 – hour Swing Dance instruction taught by Steve Zaagman, creator of Grand Rapids Original Swing Society

Express Clydesdale Team Visits Muskegon
May 11 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, May 11 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Express Employment Professionals are bringing you the Express Clydesdales!  They will be visiting the shopping plaza on E. Sherman Blvd. by Pizza Ranch.  Bring the family to enjoy rides, pictures and games.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-739-6390.

Party in the Mark
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Friday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to Watermark 920 for “Party in the Mark!”  This is your chance to pick the beer line-up for this summer’s Parties in the Park in Hackley Park!  The cover is $5 and includes three samples.  Extra samples are $1 each.  There will be over 30 beers to sample, many brewed right here in Michigan, including Pigeon Hill, Unruly, Fetch and Blake’s.  Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack will offer food and Modern Entertainment will provide music.  For more information, visit Party in the Park’s Facebook page.

Music for Meds
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 11 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Folkert Community Hub & Banquet Center for the Music for Meds fundraiser featuring Billy Ryan and Matt Giraud on the “Dueling Pianos!”  Enjoy an evening of entertainment while raising money to benefit the emergency medical and dental fund of the Mission for Area People.  There’ll be an auction, heavy appetizers and a cash bar as well.  For more information, call 231-733-9672.

Metal Works Super Saturday
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 12 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the free family fun day, “Metal Works Super Saturday!” Metal working has ancient roots that can be traced back thousands of years.  Explore the work of two contemporary artists who combine traditional metal working techniques and new innovative methods for creating their art.  Super Saturdays are held on the 2nd Saturdays of the month (Note: No Super Saturday in June).  Super Saturday admission and activities are free!
•  10:00am & 1:00pm Film:  How to Train Your Dragon (98 mins.) Follow Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III on his mission to capture a dragon—that is until he finds himself befriending this strange creature.
•  10:00 am – 12:00pm:  Artist Demo with David Huang
•  11:00am – 2:00pm:  Make & Take – Explore metal working techniques and properties with a very common medium, Play Dough®!
•  11:00am – 1:00pm:  Guided Tour – Experience the Poetry of Metal: David Barnhill and David Huang with a museum docent.
For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Grand Opening: Pet Safe Bark Park
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 12 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come celebrate the grand opening of downtown Muskegon’s Pet Safe Bark Park!  The “dog days” of summer will see our whiskered companions playing in the grass, enjoying the obstacle course, and making new friends in the neighborhood.
Grand Opening Highlights:
•  Lindsay’s Mobile Dog Grooming Salon will be on site with information and swag
•  Must Love Dogs Boutique
•  Ebby’s Pet Bakery will have some give-aways
•  Muskegon Kennel Club will be micro-chipping dogs for $15
•  Wildflower Studios will be on hand providing mini photos sessions for you and your pup
•  Cumberland Command K9 will be on hand with info about their training school
•  The Coffee Factory will be offering hand-made lemonade with proceeds to benefit the park
•  Dirty Dog Pet Wash and Supplies will be on hand with coupons, info and dog food samples
•  Commemorative T-Shirts will be on sale to benefit the park

Park Quick Facts:
•  Size approximately 0.7 acres
•  Separate Large and Small Dog Areas
•  Dog Agility Equipment
•  Natural Grass Turf
•  Doggie drinking fountains
•  Agility tunnels
•  Agility bars
•  Picnic tables
•  Benches
•  Dog grooming area

For more information, call (231) 724-3180.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: 67 Years Powering Muskegon Industry
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation!  Saturday, May 12 the theme is “67 Years Powering Muskegon Industry,” featuring guests from the B.C. Cobb Plant and Consumers Energy.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

SJO Supercross Event
May 12 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 12 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross!  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under. For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Mother’s Day at Buzz’s Lakeside Inn
May 13
Sunday, May 13, bring the family to Buzz’s Lakeside Inn to celebrate Mother’s Day!  They’re offering a special Mother’s Day menu with unlimited salad bar and a dessert buffet.  Adults are $14.95 – $21.95.  Kids 12 and under are $9.95.  Enjoy all day drink specials, too!  Call 231-893-8315 or e-mail info@buzzslakesideinn.com for reservations or more information.

Bella Maria’s Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
May 13 from 10:30am – 2:00pm, come to Bella Maria’s Event Center for a Mother’s Day Brunch!  Reservations are recommended by calling 231-563-6914.  Adults are $30.95 and kids under 12 are $10.95.
This wonderful day features:
•  Mimosa and Champagne Bar (additional price)
•  Prime Rib Beef Carving
•  Pit Ham Carving
•  Rack of Pork
•  Smoked Salmon
•  Lobster Cannelloni
•  Blackened Catfish
•  Hot Pastas
•  Sausage, Bacon & Belgian Waffle Bar
•  Stuffed Hash Browns
•  Cajun Sausage with peppers & eggs
•  Scrambled Eggs
•  Biscuits & Gravy
•  Salad bar with fresh fruit
•  Artisan Breads
•  Dessert Bar with Gluten Free selections
•  Coffee Station
•  Special Children’s Buffet

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Lake House Waterfront Grille
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Celebrate Mom this Mothers’ Day at the Lake House Waterfront Grille! Sunday, May 13th from 10:30am-3:00pm, enjoy a mouthwatering buffet featuring:
•  Chef Carved Prime Rib, Maple/Bourbon Glazed Ham, their Famous Fried Lake Perch, and a Chilled Seafood Bar!
•  Belgian Waffles with Assorted Syrups and Whipped Cream
•  Build Your Own Parfait Bar
•  Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
•  Spinach and Artichoke Dip
•  Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Dip
•  Tuscan Chicken
•  Garlic Sautéed French Beans
•  Short Rib Eggs Benedict
•  Bacon & Sausage
•  Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
•  Seasonal Soup
•  Build Your Own Omelet Station
•  Garden Salad Bar
•  Freshly Baked Rolls
•  Homemade Breakfast Breads
•  A full bar will be available, complete with a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar (Beverages are not included in the price of the buffet).

Adults are $34.95 and kids ages 4-10 are $9.95.  For reservations, please call (231) 722-4461 or e-mail bill@thelakehousemi.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Treat Mom to something special this year!  Chef Tim and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!

Seatings will be available at:
11:00am | 12:00pm | 1:00pm | 2:00pm

Prices:
| Adults $30 | Kids (7-12) $15 | Kids (4-6) $7 | 3 & UNDER FREE |

Call 231-755-3737 for reservations soon!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 13 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, celebrate Mom with a delicious brunch buffet surrounded by family at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in downtown Muskegon!  Adults are $26.95 and children 5 – 12 are $9.95.  For reservations, please call 231-720-7116.

*Price subject to 6% sales tax and 20% service charge*

Rootdown and Raise Your Spirits: Mother’s Day Event
May 13 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, May 13 at 11:00am, come to 18th Amendment Spirits Co. for “Rootdown and Raise Your Spirits:   Love on Your Mother!”  In honor of Mother’s Day, come and practice yoga, followed by delicious cocktails!  Whether you’re a mother enjoying some well-deserved time for yourself or a son, daughter or husband looking for a way to spend time and treat a special mom in your life, they’ve got you covered.

Following a 50 minute yoga session at Rootdown Yoga right across the street, raise a glass to Mothers with hand crafted cocktails.  $15 per person reserves your spot and includes a cocktail (“A Moment to Myself” — vodka, fresh mango juice, fresh strawberry juice and a dabble of sugar)!

Space is limited, so please pre-register!  Please bring your own yoga mat, although there will be a few in case you forget.  For more information, call (231) 375-5064.

Lakeshore Museum Center: Free Tours to Muskegon County Moms
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In honor of Mother’s Day, Muskegon County Moms will receive free access to the Lakeshore Museum Center’s historic sites, Sunday May 13 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm!  Sites inlcude the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Scolnik House of the Depression Era and the Fire Barn Museum.  Mother’s will also receive a complementary gift.  Tickets are free for Muskegon County moms.  All others will pay the normal admission:
•  Combo Ticket $12
•  Adults $10
•  Seniors $8
•  Kids 2-12 -$5
No registration is required.  Visitors are welcomed to walk-in during open hours.  Tours leave the City Barn (carriage house) every 20 minutes and leave in groups of 10 or less.  The last tour leaves at 4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Adventure
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, May 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, join Hackley Public Library for an evening of musical diversity with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay!  Fascinated by old and ancient music, Ray has built a remarkably diverse and historic repertoire of music that is familiar, intriguing and fun for everyone.  His beautiful voice and wry humor are matched by his fine mastery of the guitar, empowering him to play many different styles of music exquisitely.
Ray often tells the stories of the songs themselves, drawing the audience closer to his fine talent, and his love for music itself.  He has collaborated with several notable artists, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Interlochen and the Edinburgh Festival.  They are thrilled to have Ray perform, and they hope you can join them for this Americana musical adventure.
For more information, call (231) 722-8000 or visit the website below.

Secretary Johnson on Driver Responsibility Fee Elimination

Secretary Johnson: Driver Responsibility Fee elimination great day for drivers

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson issued the following statement about Gov. Snyder signing legislation to fully eliminate Driver Responsibility Fees:

“What a great day for Michigan drivers,” Johnson said. “I want to thank Gov. Snyder, all the lawmakers who voted for this and all the work my staff has put in over the years to get rid of this automatic double-penalty that was hurting hard-working Michigan families. Too many Michigan drivers lost their license because of Driver Responsibility Fees that didn’t promote public safety but did make it harder for people to pick up their kids from school or get to work.”

As a state representative in 2003, Johnson voted against Driver Responsibility Fees. As secretary of state, she has pushed for repealing the Driver Responsibility Fee law, successfully advocating that lawmakers eliminate the most common fees in 2011, create a community service option for certain fees in 2015 and begin phasing out all fees.

Driver Responsibility Fees are an additional fee automatically charged for various traffic violations, including non-moving violations, on top of regular traffic citation fines and court costs. Unlike traditional court fines and fees in which a judge can take into consideration a driver’s ability to pay and order alternatives, such as payment plans or community service in lieu of payment, the automatically assessed Driver Responsibility Fees cannot be waived or reduced by a judge.

Hawaii Ignores Abuses in Drive to Legalize Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide (DPS) in the state in 2019. Hawaii has joined four other states in passing legislation to allow doctors to give lethal drugs to patients.

Personal autonomy is quickly becoming the sole lodestar of society. Euthanasia and suicide advocates sell these legal efforts as the ultimate in personal autonomy: controlling your own death. Despite this seemingly natural fit of idea to ideology, DPS activists continue to face an uphill climb. Past legalization efforts in Hawaii failed, year after year, and current efforts continue to fail in other states, including Michigan.

This resistance is because even people who might otherwise support DPS understand that there are grave dangers to handing out poison to people. Many doctors and medical institutions who might otherwise embrace suicide as another step in consumer medicine share these grave concerns.

DPS advocates go to great pains to stress that “safeguards” exist to prevent potential abuses. Too often these “safeguards” are taken at face value, or aren’t thoroughly explained. Coverage of Hawaii’s bill in The Hill provides an excellent example. In an article Friday, reporter Reid Wilson puts it this way: “There are several provisions built into the law as safeguards to mollify those who worried that the system could be abused.”

What abuses? Who are the people who will be mollified by the law? We aren’t provided with those details.

The article describes these several provisions, implying all those concerned will be mollified by them. One safeguard is described this way: “Two doctors must confirm that the patient is terminally ill with less than six months to live.”

What goes unmentioned is that an easily treatable condition like diabetes qualifies as a terminal disease, under these laws, because patients who go without insulin for six months may die within six months.

Before passage several amendments were added to Hawaii’s law based on other concerns, but significant abuses remain unaddressed. Here’s a big one: when health insurance companies are faced with choosing between covering a patient’s expensive medical treatment and paying for a dose of relatively cheap barbiturates, what will they offer the patient? That isn’t just a potential concern; it has happened in Oregon, the pioneer of doctor-prescribed suicide.

Examples of unavoidable abuses involved with doctor-prescribed suicide are legion, both in America and especially overseas. These concerns go unheeded, however, when they are downplayed or ignored.

Ask Dr. Universe – Personality

Dr. Universe: How do we get our personality? – Jamie, 11

Dear Jamie,

Everyone is different. Maybe you are adventurous, shy, outgoing, funny, or kind. Before you were even born, your unique personality was beginning to take shape.

Part of the answer to your question is that some of your personality comes from your parents. Just as parents pass down physical traits like hair and eye color to their offspring, they can also give them different personality traits. They’re in your genes, the information passed throughout generations.

But your personality isn’t set in stone from the beginning. There are a few other things that go into it.

That’s what I found out from my friend Chris Barry, a psychologist at Washington State University. He studies personality in young people, including how people express themselves on social media. He was really excited to hear about your question.

Even as little babies, people start to express their own personalities, he said. Maybe you were a really fussy infant. Maybe you laughed or smiled a lot. As you grew up and learned how to communicate, your personality started to grow, too.

You’ve had a lot of different life experiences and those play into your personality, too. Barry reminded me that humans are social animals. He explained that as the brain develops, you become much more aware of the world around you.

For example, when you were little, you could run around with spaghetti all over your face and no one would think much about it. But now that you are an 11-year-old, running around with spaghetti on your face could be a little embarrassing.

Perhaps your family and friends would suggest you find a napkin. Barry explained that as you get older you are not only more aware of different social situations, but also your own personality.

Humans are often looking for information from other humans to figure out how to navigate the world. Meanwhile, an almond-shaped brain structure called the amygdala is especially helpful as you figure out these new situations and emotions.

You may notice that your family, friends, or others may react to the way you behave. You might learn to change your behavior depending on their reactions. While everyone has their own personality, in a way, other people are helping shape it, too.

Humans have all kinds of words to describe each other’s personality traits. In fact, some researchers have come up with a list of more than 600 characteristics.

Barry explained that we still have a lot of unanswered questions to explore when it comes to understanding personality. He said that while your personality develops a lot as you grow from a baby into a kid, it probably won’t change too much once you become a grown-up.

Based on your question, it appears that you are very curious. That can be a great personality trait. Have you ever thought about become a scientist or researcher one day? Keep asking great questions and you’ll be well on your way.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Summer Shows at the Muskegon Museum of Art Offer Eclectic Trip Through American History and Culture

Overview
The Muskegon Museum of Art offers exhibitions rooted in American history and culture this summer, starting with a selection of 150 photogravures from The North American Indian by Edward Curtis, and moving to more recent times with vintage motorcycles from area bike collectors, 1951 stock car race photos, contemporary hyper-realistic sculptures of people, and a circus peanut and honey bear installation created from wax.

Exhibition Schedule
May 17 through August 12, 2018
•  Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle and Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

May 24 through September 9, 2018
•  The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian

June 21 through September 16, 2018
•  Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples

Additional exhibitions on display throughout the summer:
•  Pictures of the Best Kind: Treasures from the Permanent Collection
•  Picasso in Print: 20th Century European Masters

Opening Receptions
Special events and programs will accompany the exhibitions, starting with free public receptions to open the shows:
Thursday, May 17, 5:30-8:00 pm
•  Up Close and Personal: The Ultra-Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
•  American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle and Whiskey Ridge: The Summer of ‘51

Thursday, May 24, 5:30-8:00 pm
•  The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian

Thursday, June 21, 5:30-8:00 pm
•  Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples

Become a Muskegon STAR

filecabMuskegon County Certified Community Information Specialist

What office item was invented in Muskegon?
And the answer…the Steel File Cabinet!

Yes, Muskegon is beautiful but it is much more than that! Become Muskegon STAR! certified and get knowledge on how unique Muskegon County really is.

This class will help you:

• Attract new talent
• Improve the visitor’s experience
• Enhance your customer’s experience

You will receive an official STAR! pin, certificate of completion and free admission to several area attractions! This class is taught by community experts: Pat Shafer and Linden Peterson.

Event Details:
(email: mlcc@muskegon.org)
Thursday, May 17
1:00 – 5:00 pm
West Michigan Works! Office
316 Morris Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
$25 per person