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Pioneer Resources Opens New Mill Iron Group Home in Muskegon

(Muskegon, MI) – Pioneer Resources is pleased to announce the grand opening of their newest group home located on Mill Iron Road in Muskegon. The home was built due to the increased demand for specialized housing as well as to continue Pioneer’s efforts to provide affordable housing and individualized supports for individuals with disabilities and seniors in our community. Pioneer now operates eight specialized group homes, along with a general Adult Foster Care Home, Independent Living, and barrier-free apartments.

mill-iron-homeThis six-bedroom, open-concept layout was designed specifically for individuals requiring specialized assistance. The accessibility technology incorporated in the development will provide independence to residents with limited mobility and communications skills.

The Mill Iron Home opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, August 28, with a grand opening reception. Guided tours and refreshments were provided.

Muskegon Clippers End Season on High Note

Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Post-Season Awards Announced

MUSKEGON, Mich., July 31, 2018 – Another season has come to a close. The Muskegon Clippers finished the 2018 season winning nine out of our last ten games. The Clippers finished the season with a record of 24-18 and two games out of first place and a single game out of the race for the final playoff spot. The Clippers also set new attendance records for the year.

As the season ends, the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League has announced post season awards.

The Muskegon Clippers are proud to announce those members of our organization recently honored for their on-field performance during the 2018 season by the GLSCL coaches:

• Jimmy Roche (Western Michigan University) – Selected to the GLSCL First Team as a shortstop

• Max Ludka (Aquinas College) – Selected to the GLSCL First Team as a starting pitcher

• Blake Dunn (Western Michigan University)  – Selected to the GLSCL Second Team as an outfielder

• Max Ludka –  Selected as the recipient of the “Lou Laslo Award.” Awarded annually to the Pitcher of the Year in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson Addresses Trends and Concerns for ‘Boomers’ on Bikes

Returning riders are encouraged to take a class for safety

Noting their disproportionate involvement in crashes, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today encouraged baby boomers who ride a motorcycle or are thinking about it to take a returning-rider safety course, even if they rode in their younger days.

“Riders in their 50s and 60s who are getting back into motorcycling are strongly encouraged to take one of the rider education refresher courses we offer,” Johnson said. “People joke about never forgetting how to ride a bike, but operating a motorcycle is different. It requires constant practice to develop the judgment and skills necessary to identify and avoid hazardous situations on the road.”

Boomers interested in refreshing their riding skills should look into the department’s Returning Rider Basic Rider Course and the Advanced Rider Course. The department also offers a class for three-wheeled motorcycles, and a Basic Rider Course designed for those who are new to or wish to review the fundamentals of motorcycling.

Johnson noted that male motorcycle riders aged 50-69 were involved in 34.1 percent of all two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle and 33.6 percent of all single-vehicle crashes (crashes just involving the motorcyclist). Female riders aged 40-59 are at the greatest risk of being involved in either a multiple vehicle or single vehicle crash.

“Our goal is to keep everyone safe on the road,” she added. “Motorcyclists should take a rider education safety course, always wear the proper gear and make sure they have the motorcycle endorsement before they ride.”

Visit www.michigan.gov/motorcycling for a list of motorcycle safety training programs across the state. To learn more about motorcycling and the Michigan Rider Education Program, go to www.michigan.gov/mi-rep.

More information about motorcycling in Michigan is available on the Motorcycle Fact Sheet.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has prepared a video with a motorcycle safety message.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/03/18 – 09/10/18

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

Muskegon’s Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 – September 3
Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, September 2 and 3, it’s the 14th Annual Labor Day Cars For Cancer car show happening at Mercy Health Partners’ Lakes Village! This year, the Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 cars who will receive special trophies. Regular classes will also receive 3 trophies per class including “Best of Show,” “Young Guns,” and “People’s Choice!” There will also be dash plaques for the first 400 cars registered, as well as vendors, door prizes, grocery giveaways and valve cover racing.
The Kickoff Party: September 2, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
• 5:00pm – 11:00pm/Entertainment Tent
• 5:00pm – 8:00pm/Registration
• 6:30pm/Car Cruise
• Labor Day Cars For Cancer: September 3, 7:00am – 2:00pm
• 7:00am – 11:00am/Registration
• 7:30am – 10:00am/Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Knights of Columbus Hot Dog & Hamburger Lunch
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Participant Voting
All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care. For more information, e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or fine them on Facebook.

12th Annual Labor Day Walk/Fun Run
September 3 @ 8:00 am
Labor Day, September 3 at 8:00am, join the City of Muskegon at Fisherman’s Landing for its 12th Annual Labor Day Walk/Fun Run to celebrate the beauty of our environment and promote the health of our community. This event is not chip-timed, but a timer will be on site. Registration available online at www.shorelinecity.com. For more information, call 231-724-6705.
• Check-in/Onsite Registration – 8:00am
• 5k Run start time: 8:30am
• Walk start time: 9:30am
Pre-registration encouraged but not required.

12th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 3 @ 10:00 am
Monday, September 3 from 10:00 – 11:00am, the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Montague and Whitehall prepare to host their 12th Annual Labor Day Community Walk! The walk takes place on the Hart/Montague Bike Trail and will begin at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague. City officials and area leaders will walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the Chamber of Commerce. Walkers are more than welcome to continue on the path or may turn around and return to the start point. Healthy refreshments will be available at the Chamber Depot. For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 3, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. The parade starts at the intersection of 4th St. and Clay Ave. It will progress down Clay Ave. past Hackley Park to Jefferson St. (turning left) and heading towards Western Ave. The march will continue down Western Ave. and end at 490 W. Western Ave. for a post parade celebration! We are planning a fun filled FREE post parade celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. We plan to have food by multiple food vendors, refreshments, cotton candy, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts ‘n crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org

End of Summer Art Show
September 3 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 15 – September 15, Monday – Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to the Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate local artists with the “End of Summer Art Show.” See what their fabulous artists have been creating. For more information, call (231) 755-7606 or visit the website below.
Artists:
• Louise Hopson
• Stephanie Schlatter
• Christie Dreese
• Rick Eastham
• Quentin Eckman
• Susan McElfish
• Cat Jackson
• Sondra Gerber
• Michelle Keller
• Jennifer Gould
• Casey Bemis

Aquastar Labor Day Cruise
September 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Enjoy Muskegon Lake in a whole new way this Labor Day! Join the crew of the Aquastar for a 4:00pm cruise, perfect for relaxing before your family cookout, craziness or as a way to celebrate all on its own. Get tickets online for only $20 now at aquastarcruises.com.

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

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

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

Music at the Library: Plain Jane Glory
September 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 4 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, you’re invited to Hackley Public Library to listen to heartfelt music from the husband and wife duo, Plain Jane Glory. Their neo-folk, Americana music is full of energy, using a variety of instrumentation, including vocal harmonies, violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, and more! This pair will create a toe tapping good time, so mark your calendar for this musical performance!
This performance is FREE to the public, and is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information call (231) 722-8000.

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

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

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.

Muskegon Farmers Market Farm-to-Table Annual Dinner
September 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 6 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, join the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for their annual Farm-to-Table dinner! Chefs from Kitchen 242 will be cooking a delicious farm-to-table meal that you will not want to miss.
The menu includes:
• Appetizers – Antipasto Misto (prosciutto, dry salami, capicollo, pecorino, mozzarella (pearl size), fontina cheese, taleggio, olives, baguette for cheese and bruschetta, Giardini era)
• Soup – Tuscan soup – (ribollita) cannellini beans, black kale, tomatoes, EVOO, carrots. Garnish (at service): Toasted crostini and pecorino Toscano
• Starter – Parmesan eggplant – eggplant, tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and basil
• Main – Meatballs – pork & beef, bread soaked in milk, eggs, Parmesan, parsley, nutmeg – dry white wine (Sauvignon blanc) serve over spaghetti squash
• Roasted tomato sauce – roasted tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, herbs pureed (as second option with spaghetti squash)
• Dessert – Cannoli, Chocolate dipped biscotti with coffee
• A cash bar will begin at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served approximately 7:00pm.
There will also be music by Steve Talaga as well as a silent auction! Seating is general admission. Seats can be reserved for parties of 8 or larger if reserved at least two weeks before the event. To do so, please call 231-724-6705 and ask for Ann. The cost is $35.

Touch the Trucks
September 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 7 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Downtown Muskegon Now invites you to “Touch the Trucks!” This is a family friendly, free, and interactive car show for all ages. Come to downtown’s Western Ave. to explore trucks of all shapes, sizes and purposes. Service trucks, emergency vehicles, restored classics, and more will be in two locations downtown for the community to appreciate, inspect, and of course, touch! For more information, call (231) 724-3180.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 8
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday, September 8 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds! Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm. Raffles start at 2:30pm. The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public! For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 8
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on September 8. There’ll be live music, food and craft beer vendors, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast and a parade. For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721 ext. 104.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
September 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon! Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s! You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village. For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

Kids Cupcake War with Chef Char
September 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 8 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Kids Cupcake War with Chef Char!”
Little bakers can come together to get creative and competitive in the kitchen over cupcakes. Learn to make delicious ganache and fruit fillings, assorted buttercream frostings and decorate with professional piping tips. Sprinkles and edible glitter will be on hand to accommodate the creative whims of your tiny chefs. Prizes will be awarded for the top cupcake designs. Each baker will take home a dozen cupcakes that they have decorated. This class is for kids 7 and up. The cost is $40. For more information, call (231) 769-2202. To buy tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.

Color Craze Super Saturday
September 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
September 8 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Color Craze Super Saturday!” This free family fun day features a family film, a guided look at the galleries and make-and-take color wheel spinners so you can explore the wonders of color theory. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Dr. James Jackson Memorial
September 8 @ 11:00 am
drjamesjacksonThe memorial service for Dr. James Jackson of the African American History Museum is set for Saturday, September 8, 11:00am at the Museum. Dr. Jackson passed on Tuesday, June 26. September 8 is the anniversary of Dr. Jackson’s birth.
In place of flowers anyone wishing to make a donation or contribution to the Museum may send it to:
The James Jackson Museum
P.O. Box 4582
Muskegon Heights, MI-49444
For further information call William C. Muhammad at (231) 343-8396 or James McFadden (215) 470-2778.

A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks
September 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 8 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the lecture, “A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks!” Have you seen the memorial statue of the polar bear in Causeway Park near the Cobb Plant? Come and hear the incredible story of WWI soldiers who later became known as the American Polar Bears! Private Godfrey Anderson, drafted into the United States Army during World War I, became a part of a military adventure that would find him doing battle in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. Gordon Olson, who served as Grand Rapids’ City Historian, will discuss Private Anderson and his fellow Polar Bears’ journey in this historical lecture.
This program is free and brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. For more information, call (231) 722-8000.

Chef Prize
September 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farms to taste the flavors of West Michigan’s finest chefs at Chef Prize! This is a day of mingling, food, and fun as you experience the best culinary flavors in Muskegon. All proceeds benefit Kids’ Food Basket, ensuring West Michigan children get the nourishment they need to succeed in school and in life.
Tickets are $40 before August 24 and will increase to $50 afterward. This is a rain or shine event and all ticket sales are final. For tickets or more information, visit Eventbrite.com.
FAQs:
1. Is there a dress code for Chef Prize?
There is no specific dress code. The event is held on a working horse farm, so sturdy shoes are encouraged.
2. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All guests must be 18 or older to attend. IDs will be required for alcoholic beverages.
3. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Free parking is available on Hampton Green Farm.
4. What’s the refund policy?
All sales for this event are final. This is a rain or shine event.
5. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not have to bring your printed ticket. There will be a registration table with a listing of those who have purchased tickets.

Booyahs! Ride to the Rescue
September 9 @ 1:00 pm
Sunday, September 9 at 1:00pm, Booyahs Bar and Grill invite you to the 5th Annual Ride to the Rescue Poker Run to benefit the Noah Project, Pound Buddies, the Humane Society and Cat Tails! This run is for 2 wheels or 4 wheels, all wheels are welcome! Registration is from 11:00am – 1:00pm and the minimum donation is $20 per person with a $100 prize for the highest hand and $25 for the lowest. Your donation includes a Taco Bar at Booyahs from 5:00pm – 7:00pm as well as a silent auction, raffle prizes and live music from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Visit Booyahsbarandgrill.com or their Facebook page for more information.

Hackley Crafts: Art Bean Signs
September 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, September 10 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Library for your chance to transform a canvas and standard beans into a fun, unique work of art! Decorate your home with your finished art bean sign or give it to someone as an artistic gift! Participants will make one sign, with the option to choose from two templates. Embrace your crafty side and join Nancy Hartman as she leads this project!
Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call Hackley Public Library at (231) 722-8011, or visit their online events calendar! This program is free, and is brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.

Parmenter Law Continues Local Support with Golf Outing and Walk to End Alzheimer’s

(Muskegon, MI) – Parmenter Law, based in Muskegon, continues to show their commitment to the community by sponsoring and participating in the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Golf Classic and the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

In addition to being a hole sponsor, a Parmenter team teed it up at Stonegate Golf Club on Friday, August 24, for the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Golf Classic. A portion of the proceeds benefited Silent Observer, a high-tech crime prevention program launched by a coalition of local business, education and law enforcement leaders.

On Saturday, September 22, Parmenter will gather together at Heritage Landing to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Please join and meet the Parmenter team at this local event.

Annual Kevlars for K9s Campaign

In the dog days of summer, I am writing to you about our new campaign about–you guessed it– protecting K9s. Tens of thousands of these loyal, trusted dogs serve alongside their human handlers in police departments across the country. But, sadly, due to budget cuts, many departments cannot afford life-saving Kevlar vests for these dogs. Last year, approximately two dozen dogs died in the line of duty.

But, we know this doesn’t have to be the reality. We are launching an ambitious campaign to raise $80,000 to distribute ballistic-proof vests for police dogs across America.

Donation page:
https://www.drove.com/action/5b7af780eb02f4000121a933

Grand River Office Announces Open House and Ribbon Cutting Event

To Be Held September 13th from 5-7 PM

MUSKEGON, MI, August 22nd – Grand River Office will open its doors to visitors offering live music, appetizers, beverages, and giveaways in conjunction with their formal Open House Event located at their new showroom and offices at 99 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon.

While Grand River Office may be a new office furniture dealer in West Michigan, owners Margaret Stoika and Doug Brown are no strangers to the commercial furniture market with over 35 years of combined industry experience.

“We are excited to be part of the downtown Muskegon growth with our showroom location on the corner of Pine and Western in a building that dates back to 1928,” stated Doug Brown, co-owner and Vice President of Grand River.

About Grand River Office

Grand River Office is a full line dealership representing numerous lines of commercial office furnishings, also providing design and installation services throughout West Michigan.  To learn more about Grand River Office go to  www.grandriveroffice.com, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Ottawa County’s Fundraising Effort for Extended Paved Shoulders on Lakeshore Drive is a Success

From miles of bike paths and paved shoulders to sandy beaches, Ottawa County has made outdoor recreation a priority and continues to seek opportunities to expand upon its extensive network of non-motorized transportation facilities. Of the popular cycling routes in Ottawa County, Lakeshore Drive remains at the top for many great reasons, including its scenic views, winding terrain, and regional connection from Grand Haven to Holland.

The effort to construct 4 foot-wide paved shoulders on Lakeshore Drive began in 2002 when the Ottawa County Non-Motorized Pathway Plan was created. This Plan was developed by soliciting input from stakeholders, the public, and local cycling groups to create and expand an interconnected, Countywide non-motorized transportation system.

Since 2002, a collaboration among Ottawa County, the Ottawa County Road Commission, local units of government, cycling groups, and various public and private-sector entities has occurred to fund and add 4 foot-wide paved shoulders along Lakeshore Drive to create a safe separation between motorists and cyclists that ride their bikes along this route. This effort is about enhancing the quality of life for residents, employees, and visitors.

The 4 foot-wide paved shoulders on Lakeshore Drive have been constructed in various stages over the years as a result of a partnership with the Ottawa County Road Commission. In alignment with the County’s Non-Motorized Pathway Plan, the Road Commission has constructed 3 foot-wide shoulders along selected routes in the County with the remaining 1 foot being funded through efforts of the Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement Department.  According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a 4 foot-wide shoulder is the optimum width for user safety. To date, over 13 miles of 4 foot-wide paved shoulders have been constructed along Lakeshore Drive – with a final 5 mile stretch remaining in Park Township, from New Holland to 168th Avenue.

From a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2015 spearheaded by the Planning and Performance Improvement Department, to collaborative efforts with local units of government and businesses, the expanded paved shoulder network along the entirety of Lakeshore Drive is the result of wide community support.

“The widened paved shoulders on Lakeshore Drive will improve cyclist safety in Ottawa County and increase opportunities for environmentally-friendly transportation alternatives in West Michigan,” noted Park Township Supervisor, Jerry Hunsburger. “Park Township will benefit from this project for many reasons and we are very excited that the final stretch of this project is within our jurisdiction.”

The fundraising effort to complete the final 5-mile stretch from New Holland to 168th Avenue is a success because of our valued public and private community partnerships. The project would not be possible if it weren’t for the generous donations from the following organizations:

• Ottawa County
• Ottawa County Parks Commission
• Park Township
• Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
• Haworth
• Shine Foundation
• Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle
• Velo City Cycles

“I’m very pleased to see this long-term project of widening Lakeshore come to completion,” says Tim Meyer, owner of Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle bicycle stores in Holland and Grand Haven. “The 4 foot-wide paved shoulders provide a safe option for cyclists moving too fast for a multi-purpose path. Lakeshore Drive will be safer for all users – and motorists will have an easier time because of the extra room for cyclists to use the road. Cooperation between units of government in Ottawa County has been commendable.”

Wayne’s Deli Celebrates 60th Anniversary

(Muskegon, MI – July 31, 2018) – Wayne’s Deli is celebrating 60 years of business. A Muskegon County staple since 1958, visitors to Wayne’s can enjoy a full-service, old-fashioned style deli counter (home to the original “Gimmick” sandwich), a large selection of Michigan wines, fresh roasted coffee, local craft beer, and much more. They even offer catering services and a variety of gift baskets for holidays or special occasions.

Location: Wayne’s Deli
746 W. Laketon Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49441

About Wayne’s Deli
Wayne’s Deli first opened on August 12, 1958. The deli changed ownership several times over the years and was purchased in 1999 by current owner and operator, Pat Bogner. Although the owners have changed, many of their signature products have not. Still very popular are their Italian Hoagies, the original “Gimmick” sandwich, pickle wraps, stuff peppers, and onion wraps.
For more information, please visit www.waynesdeli.com.

Senators Stabenow and Peters Should Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Right to Life of Michigan is calling on U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh has 12 years of experience and a proven track record as a sitting circuit court judge. He meets the professional and judicial qualifications asked of a potential U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Judge Kavanaugh is fully qualified to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. His record shows fairness in applying the law as written.”

Listing said, “The only reason Senators Stabenow or Peters could object to his nomination is because they don’t believe he’ll rule according to their wishes. Judges exist to interpret the law as written, not cheat voters and elected officials out of their responsibilities. The job of U.S. senators is to thoroughly vet judicial nominees, not block them because they aren’t biased enough.”

Planned Parenthood and NARAL are opposing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, claiming he will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. It’s unclear how Judge Kavanaugh would handle future abortion cases, as well as other sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices who haven’t ruled on Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade and its companion case Doe v. Bolton legalized abortion through all months of pregnancy for any reason in all 50 states in 1973. The decision disenfranchised a large majority of Michigan voters who supported Michigan’s legal protections for unborn children in a 1972 November general election vote.

Listing said, “Groups calling themselves ‘pro-choice’ should agree with most legal scholars that Roe v. Wade was poorly decided. Anyone who respects our democratic process should also respect the proper role of judges and leave important issues in the hands of voters, not unelected officials. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, it just means voters will be able to choose once again.”

While on the D.C. Circuit Judge Kavanaugh ruled against the Obama Administration forcing the prolife group Priests for Life to purchase drugs or devices that may cause abortions. Judge Kavanaugh also ruled against the ACLU’s effort to force the Trump Administration to facilitate abortions for minors who entered the country illegally.

Background Information:
Profile of Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court Cases on Abortion
What Happens if Roe v. Wade is Overturned?
Latest Gallup Poll on Abortion

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Freedom of Speech for Prolife Pregnancy Centers

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law forcing prolife pregnancy centers to advertise for free abortions.

The 5-4 decision in NIFLA v. Becerra held that the California law unconstitutionally infringed on the free speech rights of prolife pregnancy centers. The law singled out prolife pregnancy centers and compelled them to speak against their own beliefs.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “This is an important decision. It’s sad that pro-abortion elected officials would target prolife organizations which provide free support to women, men, and children. Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that singling them out for punishment violates the U.S. Constitution.”

Had the law been allowed to stand, it would have effectively neutralized the ability for California pregnancy centers to reach women through advertising.

Listing said, “The abortion industry sees pregnancy help centers as business competitors cutting into their revenue. In reality, prolife pregnancy centers are often volunteer-run and solely dedicated to providing concerned women a path forward to keeping their child and walking with them along the way.”

Prolife organizations provide pregnancy and adoption help services at more than 150 locations in Michigan. Many of the services are free, including counseling, clothing, diapers, formula, and parenting and life skills classes.

Listing said, “Prolife people do support women and children after they are born. Planned Parenthood may call prolife pregnancy centers ‘fake clinics,’ and pro-abortion legislators may try to shut them down, but that won’t affect the good work they do that deserves more attention.”

Ask Dr. Universe – Sweet and Healthy Foods

Dear Dr. Universe: What food is sweet and good to eat? – Sophia, Pullman, WA

Dear Sophia,

There are quite a few foods that are sweet and good to eat. A lot of them are fruit, said my friend Pablo Monsivais. He’s an associate professor at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

It turns out we grow quite a few of those fruits right here in Washington state. Farmers in our state grow more apples and blueberries than any other state in the country.

We also produce a lot of cherries. Humans have been eating cherries for a long time. Some cherry pits have even been found in Stone Age caves in Europe. Dark cherries and blueberries have a lot of chemical compounds that plants make and that our bodies need, Monsivais said. We call them phytochemicals.

Monsivais said these kinds of fruits also have antioxidants, chemicals that protect your cells from damage. They may also be helpful for fending off type-2 diabetes, a disease that affects how the body processes sugar. He adds that many people who are diabetic and want something sweet may choose to eat blueberries. The body is often able to process the sugar from blueberries more gradually, so blood sugar doesn’t rise too rapidly.

Pretty much all kinds of whole fruit contain fiber, a plant material you don’t digest, but that helps move food through your body’s digestive system. Most of us need more fiber in our diet, Monsivais said.

Whole fruit is also high in potassium, a mineral most of us could use more of as well. Some have Vitamin C, which is important for keeping our skin, bones, and blood vessels healthy.

A lot of fruit also has folate, a vitamin that helps us make our genetic material, or our DNA. It helps our body’s cells divide. Fruit is good, sweet fuel for our bodies.

One of my new favorite fruits is the Cosmic Crisp, a big, juicy and crunchy red apple developed at Washington State University. Apples have also been shown to help support health, especially when it comes to heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes and even asthma.

Finally, there’s chocolate. Like blueberries and cherries, dark chocolate also has a lot of phytochemicals that can benefit your health. But most of the benefits are in dark chocolate that has 70 percent or more cocoa powder. Some people find this type of chocolate kind of bitter.

However, Monsivais said how we taste sweets can change based on how many sweets we regularly eat. The more sweet foods and sugars you eat, the less sweet other stuff tastes. If you want things to taste sweeter, it might help to eat less sugar.

It’s also good to remember that it’s not just sweet foods that have sugars. They’re in a lot of the foods we eat, like sliced bread, salad dressing, and ketchup, too.

As kids get older, they tend to like sweet stuff less and less. Some researchers have even investigated this idea. They made a sugary solution of water and sugar. Adults like about as much sugar as is in a can of soda. Kids preferred at least twice that much.

That made me wonder, why do kids like sweets more than adults? Do you have an idea? Tell us at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Confirmed Libertarian Lieutenant Governor Nomination

libpartymiConfirmed nominations!

Auburn Hills Attorney and Businesswoman Angelique Chaiser Thomas confirmed:

acthomasRomulus: Delegates to the Libertarian Party State Convention overwhelmingly approved Auburn Hills Attorney and Businesswoman Angelique Chaiser Thomas as their choice for Lt. Governor. The Libertarian party of Michigan is now a major party categorically on par with the the other two major parties, the Republicans and Democrats.

Libertarian nominee Bill Gelineau, fresh from his recent primary win, seemed ready for the Party’s next fight saying, “We have earned a place in the debates”. The actions of the convention underlined the unprecedented unity of the Party. “Angelique and I will provide clear and solution-oriented perspectives in what otherwise has been a mud-slinging affair thus far”, Gelineau quipped.

For her part, Ms. Thomas offered both humility and a glimpse of the race ahead. “I’m incredibly humbled that the Convention has given me the opportunity to be part of this massive effort to break the so-called two-party system. But, if Michigan citizens vote their conscience…based on their beliefs instead of their fears, we cannot lose.”. Ms. Thomas’ short biography is available at:

Liberty4Gov.org/running-mate

The overflow crowd of delegates at the first-ever Major Party Nominating Convention cheered with approval as Mr. Gelineau hailed the Libertarian Promise to Michigan, the Party’s commitment to reform many broken Michigan government institutions. “Let’s Rise”, the Convention theme, seemed to match the sentiment building in Romulus. State Chairman Bill Hall, one of the longtime leaders of the party, seemed satisfied. “Michigan needs another major voice, and we’re committed to being that robust voice. Our team is ready to go.”

Other Libertarian Convention nominee confirmations:

The Libertarian Party of Michigan nominated the following state wide candidates at their State Convention in Romulus on Saturday, August 25th. They will join 42 other Libertarian candidates on the general election ballot, who advanced after winning their primary election.

Secretary of State:
Gregory Stempfle (Ferndale)

Attorney General:
Lisa Lane Gioia (West Bloomfield)

State Board of Education:
John Tatar (Redford)
Scotty Boman (Detroit)

Michigan State Board of Trustees:
Bruce Campbell (Allegan)
Tim Orzechowski (Grandville)

University of Michigan Board of Regents:
John Jascob (Temperance)
Jim Hudler (Chelsea)

Wayne State Board of Governors:
Jon Elgas (Brighton)
John Hargenrader (Brighton)

Justice of the Supreme Court:
Kerry Morgan (Redford)

For up to date information on all things LP visit:  https://michiganlp.org

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

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

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

Q. What is the library millage for?
A. The millage will pay for the general operation of the Fruitport District Library, including materials, technology, staff, programs, and building and grounds maintenance. Also, more digital projects and literacy programs for adults and children. We have budgeted for a savings capital project for handicap accessibility.
History:
Fruitport Township residents were with the Muskegon Areas District Library from 2006-2016. We paid .75 mills annually for library operations. In 2015 we voted to separate from the MADL and begin establishing our own library. In May 2016 we voted to approve a “new” “additional” millage of .75 for the operation of the Fruitport library for three years beginning December 2016 through December 2018. On December 31, 2016 the agreement with the MADL ended and we began establishing a Fruitport Library . In January, February and March of 2017 we contracted with Spring Lake Library so our residents would continue to receive full services until the Fruitport Library was ready for operation. In April 2017 Fruitport Library opened with the funds from the .75 millage collected from winter taxes. We were able to purchase 13,600 books two years and newer as required in order to be a member of Lakeland Library.

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

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

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

Q. What would we be paying for library services if we were still with the MADL?
A. The current MADL millage is 1.25 mills for ten (10) years.

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Library Board Volunteer Director Rose Dillon

5th Annual Community Remembrance, A Memorial Service for Your Loved Ones

[Muskegon, Michigan] The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice invites the community to join us for the 5th Annual Community Remembrance at Heritage Memorial Garden in downtown Muskegon. This meaningful ceremony includes a program of music, readings and floral bulb planting to help individuals and families in our community both mourn the death and honor the life of a loved one.

The Community Remembrance will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Heritage Memorial Garden located at 545 W. Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon.

Pam Babbitt developed the garden in honor of her late husband. It is a beautiful haven in downtown Muskegon and an incredible representation of the love that remains even after a person dies. Feedback from previous years included comments like “I can’t thank you enough for this type of venue and event to keep our loved ones’ memory alive. It means so much to me” and “I love watching the flowers come up in the spring.” These comments really give expression to the many and varied needs of grievers. In our culture, mourning is becoming increasingly taboo. Grief is a natural and normal response to loss, and mourning is how one heals. It is our privilege to offer this opportunity to mourn and heal in an environment of acceptance and understanding.

If you would like to participate in this meaningful event, please RSVP by Monday, September 17, 2018 by calling Harbor Hospice at 231.728.3442 or 800.497.9559.

Sportsmen for Youth – Youth Day

Sportsmen for Youth presents
YOUTH  DAY

Date:  September 8, 2018
Location: Muskegon County Fairgrounds 6621 Heights Ravenna Road from 9am-3pm.

sfyyouthdayThis is an absolutely FREE family friendly day. The first 2500 youth who are 17 yrs. and younger will receive a t-shirt, free lunch, prize drawings, and goodie bag.

Youth Day is designed to introduce and educate youth to all things outdoors. From hunting and fishing to conservation and good stewardship of our natural resources.  Youth Day is dedicated to promoting the safe pursuit of outdoor activities.

Youth Day includes fantastic guest speakers at the Hawg Trough which is a semi-trailer size tank that will be filled with local fish species and act as a stage for guest speakers.  Mark Martin, Logan Locke, Dan Zatarga, Mitch Johnson, Chris Noffsinger, Kyle Buck, Todd Sokolow and Stacey Chuppallo will entertain the crowd.  A rock climbing wall and birds of prey exhibit will be on hand.

Return favorites to Youth Day are: the “Trout Pond” where live trout are caught and cleaned for youth, shooting of firearms and archery, and many others. Over sixty exhibitors will be on hand to educate the youth.

A partnership between Sportsmen for Youth and the Muskegon County Area Fire Chiefs was formed several years ago. At Youth Day, attendees will experience various fire safety exhibits, demonstrations and tours of fire trucks of all types.  Law Enforcement will also be on hand with displays.

Sportsmen for Youth is a non-profit organization is able to continue Youth Day free thanks to the generosity and donations from local businesses and private donations. It costs approximately $30,000 to make Youth Day happen free of charge.  Again this year there will be a raffle for 5 firearms.  All proceeds to be used for Youth Day!

Please direct any questions to www.sportsmenforyouth.com, sportsmenforyouth.info@gmail.com. Thank you, Sportsmen for Youth Executive Board

MOKA to Host Crescent Home Open House

Muskegon, August 30, 2018:  MOKA announces the opening of the Crescent Home and cordially invites the community to an open house on Thursday, September 6th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   The event is co-hosted with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and includes a tour of the home and a ribbon cutting ceremony, acknowledgements and remarks at 5:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided by Ryke’s Bakery and The Cheese Lady.

The recently constructed Crescent Home will be a new residence for six individuals with developmental disabilities moving from an existing home.  The new home is located at 472 West Hile Road in Norton Shores.

MOKA is a charitable nonprofit organization supporting children and adults with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities and mental illnesses throughout western Michigan.   The agency currently supports more than 800 individuals and provides more than 750,000 hours of direct service annually.  The nonprofit agency was created by parents and advocates in 1978 and currently employs 488 employees who help carry out our mission to create opportunities for independence and acceptance in our communities by supporting people in making choices, building relationships, sharing places, developing skills, enhancing reputations, and giving back to our communities.

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition at Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI–The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition opens Thursday, August 30, 2018. An opening reception will be held that evening from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. The awards program starts at 7:00 pm. Over $6,000 in cash prizes will be handed out to the winning artists at the program. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Regional Exhibition is the longest-established exhibition of its kind in the state, continuing the MMA’s legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented newcomers to accomplished professionals. The competitive show presents a contemporary look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s artists. Featured media includes painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation works. According to MMA Senior Curator Art Martin, “The competitive show presents a contemporary look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring Michigan’s artists. A visitor favorite, the Regional is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation.” The 90th Regional runs August 30 through November 7, 2018.

Three hundred fifty-three artists submitted 658 artwork entries to be considered for inclusion in this year’s show. The juror, Marc Mitchell, selected 147 works by 150 artists to include in the exhibition.

About the Juror
Marc Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas, where he also serves as Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Co-Director of Graduate Studies. As a curator, he has developed exhibitions featuring artists such as Josef Albers, Philip Guston, Louise Bourgeois, and Carrie Mae Weems. Mitchell is also a practicing artist whose work has been featured in New American Paintings and The Boston Globe, and has exhibited around the U.S. and internationally.

September 27 Meet the Artists Event
The MMA invites the public to meet the award winning artists at a special event on Thursday, September 27, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Artists who have won awards will discuss their work and answer questions during this casual gallery walk. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Event is free.

The 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition is underwritten by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP and the Shape Corporation Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Awards are underwritten by Swanson Pickle Company. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

25th Annual Day of Caring – OPERATION UNITED – September 7

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN: United Way of the Lakeshore’s annual Day of Caring will take place on September 7, 2018. Day of Caring is a favorite tradition at United Way of the Lakeshore where hundreds of volunteers and local companies join together across their community to complete large projects. For the 25th Day of Caring, United Way of the Lakeshore is focusing on the community members that have already served and done so much for our country – our Veterans. Calling Day of Caring OPERATION UNITED, volunteers will be assisting 19 local veteran families with minor home repair, home improvement, and landscaping, as well as working on the Veteran’s Memorial Park and sorting school supplies for 23 elementary schools in the county. To make this possible we need your help! We are currently seeking, volunteers/companies that want to be involved and sponsor to help cover our costs. If you are interested please go to the Unitedwaylakeshore.org under the events page, or contact Dominique Bunker at dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org or (231) 332-4006.

Commercial Photography/Videography Permits in Ottawa County Parks

Special permits for commercial photographers will be available in the fall

Since the beginning of the Parks Commission in 1987 it is against the rules to operate a commercial business from parks and open spaces (Rule 6.1k). This is in place to maintain the ambiance, and so visitors can have the experience at the park that you would expect from a park setting. Additionally, unregulated commercial business on park and open space property is a liability to the Parks Commission and could possibly cost the tax payers dearly if an uninsured business owner causes an injury in the park.

Over the years we have not actively enforced this rule in regards to commercial photography and videography. We have allowed commercial businesses to use county parks for their own profit without ensuring that the County’s liability was covered. Recently, several photographers have taken advantage of that leniency and set up make-shift studios in the parks complete with signage, props, lights, and even a receptionist desk. Others frequently blocked trails, or prevented regular users from accessing parts of the park.

Acknowledging that many residents enjoy having family photos taken on park property, the Parks Commission voted in March 2018 to allow photographers to apply for a special commercial photography/videography permit, instead of simply enforcing the current rule (which would have banned all commercial photography from the parks). A special permit will allow commercial photographers to continue to use our beautiful parks as the backdrop for their work, and also cover the county’s liability, while setting some important ground rules.

Unfortunately, as with any permit process, there are administrative costs and costs to enforce the permit requirement. The fee charged is to cover these costs. The County Parks do not expect to make any revenue off of these permits. The goal of this process is the same goal we have for everything we do: To make the parks a great place for visitors to come and enjoy the outdoors.

Ottawa County Parks will begin accepting and awarding applications for commercial photography in the fall of 2018. Until permits become available, review the application and be sure to follow the outlined rules. Please contact Jason Boerger with any questions prior: ocparks@miottawa.org.

If you are a commercial photographer and wish to receive an update when the permit application becomes available, please sign up for our Photography email list Found online here: https://www.miottawa.org/Parks/rules.htm

As this is a new policy, we welcome feedback. Questions and concerns may be directed to the Parks office: ocparks@miottawa.org.

The Commercial Photography/Videography Application & Regulations can be found online: https://www.miottawa.org/Parks/fees_rules.htm. This permit will not allow for the use of a drone or similar device.

Permits will be required if a photographer:

• Sells produced images
• Uses imagery for advertisement
• Is paid for service while on Park property
• Uses props or equipment not typical of amateur or hobby photographers (see regulations for what props are allowed)

A permit is not required for:

• Personal use
• Special occasion photography / videography taken within a rented/ reserved area of the park
• Members of the news media on official business
• A student project produced only for a grade and not commercial use

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Minutes – 08/20/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
August 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

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

II. The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited.

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

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-107. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Athletic Director, Ken Erny presented Athletic Highlights from the 2017-18 school year.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak mentioned Opening Day activities planned for August 27th and the first day of school on September 4th. He also addressed parking concerns at the high school.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 18-108. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Organizational Meeting Minutes of July 16, 2018
2. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of July 16, 2018
3. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
6. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
7. Approval of the Personnel Report
8. Approval of Bond Stipends
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Second and Final Reading of Board Policies.
Item 18-109. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the second and final reading of updated board policies: 0100, 151, 165.1, 7540, 7540.04, 7544 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. First Reading of Board Policy.
Item 18-110. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Cole to approve the first reading of updated board policy 5421 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. High School Planner.
Item 18-111. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the Fruitport High School Student Handbook as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held August 15, 2018.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held August 15, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, John Winskas, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the TA/LOA FEA Contract, Maintenance Position, Bond Stipends, Resource Officer, School-based Resource Navigator, Personnel Matters, and a Policy Review.

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held August 15, 2018.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held August 15, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, John Winskas, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the TA/LOA FEA Contract, Maintenance Position, Bond Stipends, Resource Officer, School-based Resource Navigator, Personnel Matters, and a Policy Review.

2. Ratify FEA Contract.
Item 18-112. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Brott to ratify the Tentative Agreement for a three year contract with the Fruitport Education Association as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. FEA Letter of Agreement.
Item 18-113. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Letter of Agreement regarding the coaching salary adjustment in Schedule B as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. School Resource Officer.
Item 18-114. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Cole to approve entering into a three year agreement with Fruitport Township to place a School Resource Officer on school grounds when school is in session as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-1

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held August 15, 2018.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held August 15, 2018. Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin, Allison Camp, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the TA/LOA FEA Contract, Bond Stipends, the Grading Policy, Personnel Matters, Resource Officer, School-based Resource Navigator, a Policy Review, Bond Stipends, and a change to the Trojan Travelers trip.

2. Field Trips.
Item 18-115. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Trojan Travelers trip to Costa Rica March 23-29, 2019 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Jill Brott mentioned the MASB Annual Leadership Conference.

Kris Cole presented a Robotics plaque to the Board of Education.

Bob Szymoniak spoke about a donation from the Doug Younkers Memorial Golf Outing. They received a financial match from the Fruitport Education Association donating a total of $5,000 to the Fruitport STEM program.

Dave Hazekamp mentioned the successful Blue and White Community night.

Tim Burgess gave board members information on the upcoming Battle on the Boardwalk; a volleyball tournament on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Kris Cole acknowledged Herman Miller for their donation of 3 machines to the Fruitport Robotics program.

Steve Kelly said he has been receiving positive feedback on the new football coaches.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet September 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet September 12, 2018 at 7:00 a.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet September 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
4. Board Workshop has been scheduled for September 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
5. Ad Hoc Construction Meeting, September 25, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Derek Woycehoski mentioned the Edgewood PTO fundraiser at Burger Crest. Many customers were supporting this event.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-116. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 08/15/18

Student Affairs Committee
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
5:00 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Mark Mesbergen, Allison Camp, Dave Hazekamp, Jill Brott, Susan Franklin, Bob Szymoniak

1. The Tentative Agreement with the FEA regarding their contract was explained. It will be on the Board agenda for action.

2. Stipends for committee work were discussed with more analysis needed in this regard.

3. A recommended change to the district’s grading policy was reviewed and will be on the Board agenda for a first read.

4. Three personnel matters were explained for informational purposes.

5. It was explained that entering into an agreement with Fruitport Township to have a School Resource Officer placed within the district will be on the Board agenda for action.

6. It was also explained that the recommended candidate to fill the School-Based Community Resource Navigator position will be on the Board agenda for action.

7. A policy review was conducted regarding the social media and organizational meeting policies. They will be on the Board agenda for a second reading.

8. Stipends to four administrators intimately involved in the high school bond project to compensate them for the extra time and stress they are encountering through this project were explained and will be on the Board agenda for action.

9. A recommended change to the Trojan Travelers trip date to Costa Rica was presented and will be on the Student Affairs part of the Board agenda for action.

Meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 08/15/18

Personnel Committee
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
7:00 a.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Steve Kelly, Dave Hazekamp, John Winskas, Mark Mesbergen, Bob Szymoniak

1. TA/LOA FEA Contract
A letter of agreement with the FEA adjusting the salary of a schedule B coaching position from 8% to 8.5% of the base was given approval for Board action. In addition, a tentative agreement has been signed with the FEA regarding their contract. If ratified, it would be a three year contract granting a step in year one, a step or formula (whichever is greater) in year two, and a 1% or formula in year three (whichever is greater). There are other elements to this agreement including an adjustment to how the HSA is funded, adjustments to comp time, an opportunity to revisit at the contract with the union should our fund balance drop below 6% at the conclusion of year 2, and the capping of cash in lieu of health insurance payments. Three years of calendars were developed to coincide with the contract.

The Personnel Committee supports putting this on the Board agenda for a ratification vote.

2. Maintenance Position
As a cost savings measure some six or seven years ago, the district eliminated a maintenance position. Given the fact that we are dramatically increasing our square footage with the high school bond project, we will need more maintenance manpower to ensure preventative maintenance for new construction while properly caring for existing facilities. The Personnel Committee gave permission to post this position. The full Board will take action on this matter via the consent agenda at a future meeting once we have a maintenance person to recommend for hire.

3. Bond Stipends
The Personnel Committee gave permission to put bond stipends on this month’s consent agenda. Bond stipends are to compensate the four administrators whose workload has been dramatically impacted by the high school bond project.

4. Resource Officer
The Personnel Committee will recommend entering into an agreement with Fruitport Township to pay $40,000 toward the total comp of a School Resource Officer. This Officer would be considered a member of school staff while school is in session but then work for the Township when school was not in session. We are aware that there may be times when the officer is pulled from school to address emergencies within the community. This will be monitored to ensure the district is getting appropriate coverage per the investment we would make to have this position on site.

5. Navigator
Outside funding has been secured to pay for a School-Based Community Resource Coordinator. A selection process was held earlier this summer and it will be on the consent agenda to hire Marissa Brandenburg to fill the Navigator position. Marissa is a licensed counselor with eight years of experience helping families overcome barriers.

6. Personnel Matters
Updates were given on a few personnel matters. No Board action will be required at this time.

7. Policy Review
The Social Media and Organizational Meeting Policies were briefly reviewed for a second reading.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/27– 09/03/2018

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

Monday August 27:

End of Summer Art Show
August 27- September 15 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 15 – September 15, Monday – Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to the Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate local artists with the “End of Summer Art Show.” See what their fabulous artists have been creating. For more information, call (231) 755-7606

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

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

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.

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
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.

Tuesday, August 28:

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

How to Make Italian Giardiniera with Sofia
August 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Garden in a Jar: How to Make Italian Giardiniera with Sofia!” Giardiniera is an Italian relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil. Italian giardiniera is also called sottaceti (under vinegar), a common term for pickled foods. It is typically eaten as an antipasto or with salads. The Italian version includes bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower and gherkins. The pickled vegetables are marinated in oil, red- or white-wine vinegar, herbs and spices. Sofia will share her recipe from her region of Italy. The cost is $35. For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park! The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Wednesday August 29

Community Dog Walk
August 22 @ 6:30 pm
Pound Buddies and the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park invite anyone and everyone to join their Community Dog Walk! Meet at the Pound Buddies’ Western Market chalet in the sand lot behind the shops on Western Ave. (across from the Farmers Market) Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm through August 29. Everyone will walk to the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park where the dogs can play. The walk is one mile long. For details, safety rules and FAQs, find the Petsafe Bark Park on Facebook!

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesday 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Flea Market (at the Farmers’ market) is located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

Thursday August 30

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park! The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Pigeon Hill Brewing: Craft Cuts
August 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company offers a new take on old-school barbershops with “Craft Cuts!” Emily from Hair.itage Salon & Day Spa is joining to offer haircuts and beard trimming in the taproom. You can sign up for a time slot in person on a first-come/first-served basis, so get there early! Please note that craft cuts is $20 for a haircut + Level 1 or Level 2 beer ($4.50 & $5.25 beers), which is still the best deal in town! For more information, call (231) 375-5184.

Dancing into the Sunset: Dancing and Music
Thursday August 30, @ 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.

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

90th Michigan Regional Exhibition: Opening Reception and Awards
August 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition opening reception and awards. Join with the artists to celebrate their achievements and to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. The award ceremony will start at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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

Friday August 31

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 31 @ 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Muskegon Polish Festival
August 31 @ 11:00 am – September 1 @ 11:00 pm
Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon! Friday and Saturday, August 31 – September 1 from 11:00am – 11:00pm, enjoy Polish food, polka music, dancing, cultural activities, children’s area, a Catholic Mass at St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. For more information, e-mail polka@muskegonpolishfest.com or visit muskegonpolishfest.com. The 2018 Muskegon Polish Festival will include performances by: Polski Chix Polka Band * Steve Drziwicki Polka Band * Duane Malinowski Polka Band * John Stevens’ Doublshot * Stan Mroz Polka Band * Box on Polka Band

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
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.

Saturday September 1:

Flyboarding Experience
September 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come FlyBoard at Mona Lake Boat Club located at 372 Randall Road on Mona Lake. To schedule a Flyboarding ride call Mona Lake Boat Club at 231-798-4011. You must be 12 years of age and over 100 pounds. You must be pre-registered. Each ride costs $75 for members and $100 for non- members of Mona Lake Boat Club

Montague Artisan Market
September 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one at the Artisan Market in Montague! The Artisan Market is adjacent to the Farmer’s Market on Water Street and runs the first Saturday of June, July, August, and September from 9:00am – 1:00pm. A variety of vendors sell their handmade items, including soap, jewelry, and other art items. For more information, call 231-893-1155.

Muskegon Polish Festival
September 1 @ 11:00 pm
Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon! Friday and Saturday, August 31 – September 1 from 11:00am – 11:00pm, enjoy Polish food, polka music, dancing, cultural activities, children’s area, a Catholic Mass at St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. For more information, e-mail polka@muskegonpolishfest.com or visit muskegonpolishfest.com. The 2018 Muskegon Polish Festival will include performances by: Polski Chix Polka Band * Steve Drziwicki Polka Band * Duane Malinowski Polka Band * John Stevens’ Doublshot * Stan Mroz Polka Band * Box on Polka Band

Aquastar Boat Cruises
September 1 @ 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
September 1@ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area! Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife. The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents. Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6. Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens. Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Maranatha Summer Concert: Phil Keaggy
September 1 @ 7:00 pm
This is the last concert of the season! Come to Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for a free summer concert. You can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening Italian buffet in the dining room. Dinner begins at 5:00pm. All dinner guest receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm. Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

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

Sunday September 2:

Aquastar Boat Cruises
September 2 @ 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street. Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Muskegon’s Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 2 – September 3
Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, September 2 and 3, it’s the 14th Annual Labor Day Cars For Cancer car show happening at Mercy Health Partners’ Lakes Village! This year, the Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 cars who will receive special trophies. Regular classes will also receive 3 trophies per class including “Best of Show,” “Young Guns,” and “People’s Choice!” There will also be dash plaques for the first 400 cars registered, as well as vendors, door prizes, grocery giveaways and valve cover racing.

The Kickoff Party: September 2, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
• 5:00pm – 11:00pm/Entertainment Tent
• 5:00pm – 8:00pm/Registration
• 6:30pm/Car Cruise

Labor Day Cars For Cancer: September 3, 7:00am – 2:00pm
• 7:00am – 11:00am/Registration
• 7:30am – 10:00am/Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Knights of Columbus Hot Dog & Hamburger Lunch
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Participant Voting

All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care. For more information, e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or fine them on Facebook

Monday September 3:

Muskegon’s Labor Day Cars for Cancer
September 3
Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, September 2 and 3, it’s the 14th Annual Labor Day Cars For Cancer car show happening at Mercy Health Partners’ Lakes Village! This year, the Different Strokes Car Club will be picking the top 10 cars who will receive special trophies. Regular classes will also receive 3 trophies per class including “Best of Show,” “Young Guns,” and “People’s Choice!” There will also be dash plaques for the first 400 cars registered, as well as vendors, door prizes, grocery giveaways and valve cover racing.

The Kickoff Party: September 2, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
• 5:00pm – 11:00pm/Entertainment Tent
• 5:00pm – 8:00pm/Registration
• 6:30pm/Car Cruise

Labor Day Cars For Cancer: September 3, 7:00am – 2:00pm
• 7:00am – 11:00am/Registration
• 7:30am – 10:00am/Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
• 11:00am – 2:00pm/Knights of Columbus Hot Dog & Hamburger Lunch
• 11:00am – 1:00pm/Participant Voting

All proceeds (100%) go to the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care. For more information, e-mail Tradrod51@aol.com or fine them on Facebook.

Aquastar Labor Day Cruise
September 3 @ 4:00pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street. Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon cruise. Enjoy Muskegon Lake in a whole new way this Labor Day! Join the crew of the Aquastar for a 4:00pm cruise, perfect for relaxing before your family cookout, craziness or as a way to celebrate all on its own. Get tickets online now at aquastarcruises.com. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

12th Annual Labor Day Walk/Fun Run
September 3 @ 8:00 am
Labor Day, September 3 at 8:00am, join the City of Muskegon at Fisherman’s Landing for its 12th Annual Labor Day Walk/Fun Run to celebrate the beauty of our environment and promote the health of our community. This event is not chip-timed, but a timer will be onsite. Registration available online at www.shorelinecity.com. For more information, call 231-724-6705. Check-in/Onsite Registration – 8:00am. 5k Run start time: 8:30am.Walk start time: 9:30am

12th Annual Labor Day Community Walk
September 3 @ 10:00 am
The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Montague and Whitehall prepare to host their 12th Annual Labor Day Community Walk! The walk takes place on the Hart/Montague Bike Trail and will begin at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague. City officials and area leaders will walk with the people of the community across the White River Bridge to the Chamber of Commerce. Walkers are more than welcome to continue on the path or may turn around and return to the start point. Healthy refreshments will be available at the Chamber Depot. For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all-inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00am on Monday September 3, and will end approximately around 12:30pm. The parade starts at the intersection of 4th St. and Clay Ave. It will progress down Clay Ave. past Hackley Park to Jefferson St. (turning left) and heading towards Western Ave. The march will continue down Western Ave. and end at 490 W. Western Ave. for a post parade celebration! We are planning a fun filled FREE post parade celebration following the parade that will go until 4:00pm. We plan to have food by multiple food vendors, refreshments, cotton candy, games, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, arts ‘n crafts and much more! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, email Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org

ONGOING EVENTS:

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
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. www.muskegonartmuseum.org

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 21- September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6. Free and open to the public. Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

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• Come to the Union Depot Building (we have Selfie Stations!) or snap yourself having fun at your favorite Muskegon County attraction.
• Use our hashtag #VisitMuskegon when you share your photo!
• Throughout Summer we will search for #VisitMuskegon selfies (remember, we won’t see it unless it is public) on each Wednesday.
• Using random.org we will select someone’s smiling selfie to snag some Visit Muskegon swag!

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 08/15/18

Business and Finance Committee
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

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

1. TA/LOA FEA Contract
A letter of agreement with the FEA adjusting the salary of a schedule B coaching position from 8% to 8.5% of the base was given approval for Board action. In addition, a tentative agreement has been signed with the FEA regarding their contract. If ratified, it would be a three year contract granting a step in year one, a step or formula (whichever is greater) in year two, and a 1% or formula in year three (whichever is greater). There are other elements to this agreement including an adjustment to how the HSA is funded, adjustments to comp time, an opportunity to revisit at the contract with the union should our fund balance drop below 6% at the conclusion of year 2, and the capping of cash in lieu of health insurance payments. Three years of calendars were developed to coincide with the contract.

The Business and Finance Committee supports putting this on the Board agenda for a ratification vote.

2. Maintenance Position
As a cost savings measure some six or seven years ago, the district eliminated a maintenance position. Given the fact that we are dramatically increasing our square footage with the high school bond project, we will need more maintenance manpower to ensure preventative maintenance for new construction while properly caring for existing facilities. The full Board will take action on this matter via the consent agenda at a future meeting once we have a maintenance person to recommend for hire.

3. Bond Stipends
Bond stipends were discussed during the meeting. Bond stipends are to compensate the four administrators whose workload has been dramatically impacted by the high school bond project.

4. Resource Officer
Bob discussed the recommendation for a resource officer for the upcoming school year.

5. Navigator
Outside funding has been secured to pay for a School-Based Community Resource Coordinator. A selection process was held earlier this summer and it will be on the consent agenda to hire Marissa Brandenburg to fill the Navigator position. Marissa is a licensed counselor with eight years of experience helping families overcome barriers.

6. Personnel Matters
Updates were given on a few personnel matters. No Board action will be required at this time.

7. Policy Review
The Social Media and Organizational Meeting Policies were briefly reviewed for a second reading.

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Decision America California Tour with Franklin Graham

franklingrahamMore than 57,000 people joined Franklin Graham at his 10-city Decision America California Tour, and more than 3,300 indicated making a decision for Christ. From May 20 to June 5, Graham toured the state of California, stopping at different cities and calling the crowds to pray.

“We need a spiritual revival; we need an awakening across this country,” Graham said. His last stop of the tour was in Redding and fell on June 5 – Election Day in California. Graham encouraged more than 9,000 attendees at his last stop to be in prayer for each new leader.

For stories, photos and videos from the tour, visit www.billygraham.org.

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 07/17/18

MINUTES

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

July 17, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION

Continue review of ordinances:42-152 – “Zero Lot Line in 152” up to 42-160.

BOARD MEETING

01. Roll Call:
Commissioners present: Chairman Michael Michelli, Geoff Newmeyer, Brett Suchecki, and Jeff Jacobs.
Staff present: Jacob Mason, Kim Morse, & Supervisor Tice
Commissioners absent: Kyle Osterhart, Jason Franklin, and Matthew Farrar

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes for June 19, 2018:
With NO CHANGES needing to be made, Chairman Michelli ACCEPTED the Minutes as presented.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda:
With NO CHANGES needing to be made, Chairman Michelli ACCEPTED the Agenda as presented.

04. Correspondence / Reports:
Chair Michelli referenced a conversation between himself and Ron Bultje regarding future site plan approvals. The conversation included the facts that if it is the intent of the Commission to limit or place restrictions on any site for the betterment of the community or surrounding properties, then we should do so as contingencies in the Approvals.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics:
NO Public Comment

New Business
06. None

Old Business
07. Site Plan Review Modification – Chandy Acres East 2239 Mt. Garfield Rd.
Parcel:            61-15-127-2000-0007-40
Purpose:        Modification of approved site plan under section 42-226
NO new information or action taken regarding this approval. This item remains tabled.

08. Supervisor Tice expressed a need for a Business Registration Ordinance. The Commission agreed to assist in the composing of the Enforcement Ordinance for the Township. Supervisor Tice is going to get the Commission samples of similar ordinances from other municipalities as well as the items she would like to see expressed in the new ordinance being composed.

09. Supervisor Tice also discussed the Blight Ordinance. The Commission informed her that Blight Ordinances are Enforcement Ordinances and should be handled as such. There was much discussion as to violation fines and how to best handle these issues. She is looking for increased fine amounts and decrease the times of enforcement. The Commission agreed to assist in writing/improving on the Blight Ordinance but asked the Supervisor to speak with the Township Attorney to inquire about linking the unpaid fines to the property taxes and any other legal issues that may accompany increasing the fines and decreasing enforcement times. The Commission also asked samples of this ordinance and for the particulars of the fine amounts, times, etc. before proceeding.

10. Public Comments:
NO Public Comment

11. Adjournment 7:47pm

Respectfully Submitted-
Chairman Michelli

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 08/27/18

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

AUGUST 27, 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: 8/13/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Muskegon Heights water settlement bond figures
B. School Resource Officer

08. New Business
A. Presentation of proposed Parks project
B. 911 surcharge presentation; Dispatch Director Shawn Grabinski

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

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

Ask Dr. Universe – Dogs’ Wet Noses

Dr. Universe: Why do dogs have wet noses? – Molly, NY

Dear Molly,

While we might not know all the reasons dogs have wet noses, I was able to sniff out a couple answers for you. I couldn’t have done it without some help from my friend Katrina Mealey, a veterinarian and researcher at Washington State University.

As a veterinarian, Mealey invented a medical test for dogs to make sure they get the medicine they need to stay healthy. She cares for all kinds of animals and knows a lot about dogs, including her own German shorthaired pointer, who also has a wet nose.

Dog noses come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and pretty much all of them are wet. Most often a wet nose is a good sign that they are healthy, Mealey says. We do know that a wet nose helps dogs maintain a nice body temperature and helps them smell.

In fact, a wet nose can actually help increase a dog’s ability to smell. While you have wet boogers and mucus up inside your nose, dogs have something kind of like mucus on the outside of their noses. It’s called serous secretion and it comes in handy when they are sniffing around.

Maybe you can think of a few of your favorite and least favorite smells. All smells are really just a combination of chemicals, made up of building blocks called atoms. When the chemicals join up with each other in different arrangements, we smell different things.

The moisture created by the serous secretion that comes from the dogs’ noses can help them capture different chemicals in the air and smell better.

Dogs also have wet noses because they lick them. If you can make your tongue touch your nose, you are part of ten percent of the population that can do it. Go ahead and give it a try. Any luck?

It’s much easier for dogs to lick their noses. Dogs will use their tongues to spread the serous secretion around their nose and create even more moisture, helping them smell even better.

A dog probably smells all kinds of things we can’t even imagine, Mealey said. Dogs have more than 300 million little receptors in their nose that help them smell, while humans have only about six million. This great sense of smell makes some dogs really great trackers.

Mealey also said that dogs don’t sweat all over their body like humans do. Instead they have little glands on their paw pads and on their noses. These glands produce a little liquid that evaporate and cools their body.

Maybe you’ve experienced this when you got out of a pool on a sunny day and felt a bit chilly. The water was also evaporating from you and taking some of your body heat along with it.

“Evaporation on their nose helps cool them down a bit,” Mealey said. “We believe that’s one of the way they make up from not being able to sweat a lot.”

Along with panting, a wet snout can help a dog keep its body temperature just right.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

More Oxymorons

submitted by Donna Phelps

• Why is bra singular and panties plural?

• Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

• Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

• How come abbreviated is such a long word?

• Why do we wash bath towels?  Aren’t we clean when we use them?

• Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

• Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

• Christmas – What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your sock?

• Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

More Oxymorons

submitted by Donna Phelps

• Why is it called “after dark” when it really is “after light”?

• Doesn’t “expecting the unexpected” make the unexpected expected?

• Why are a “wise man” and a “wise guy” opposites?

• Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things?

• Why is “phonetic” not spelled the way it sounds?

• If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

• If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

• If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

• If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

United Way’s Day of Action Leaves No Bottom Wet Behind

Fill the Truck Drive Results in 10,000 Diapers & Wipes Donated to the Lakeshore Area

Lakeshore, MICHIGAN (June 21, 2018) – United Way of the Lakeshore spurred volunteers into action to create meaningful impact throughout the community on June 21st for Day of Action, an annual event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to create positive change in more than 450 communities around the world.

Traditionally held on the longest day of the year, Day of Action invites volunteers of all ages to rally together around important issues. Last year, tens of thousands of volunteers around the world joined more than 450 United Ways from 19 countries to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every one of those communities.

“With so many of our hard working families struggling to get by, and the high cost of raising a family, it is wonderful that our community came together to wrap up these bottoms” – President Christine Robere

United Way of the Lakeshore will create meaningful activities centered on education, income and health. For the Fill the Truck Drive, the community was able to rally together to help families with our littlest community members stay dry, comfortable and happy. With the help of Two Men and a Truck, the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club and 30 local companies; 9,000 diapers, wipes, lotions and teething rings were donated to baby pantries across the Lakeshore.

On June 21st, volunteers gathered at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club and organized the donations and distributed them to 5 agencies. Other volunteers constructed fun diaper cakes to be given away to families. United Way of the Lakeshore would like to thank all the companies involved including Bayer; Muskegon Area ISD; Muskegon County Register of Deeds Office; Baker College; DTE Energy; Comerica Bank; Fifth Third Bank; Gary Nelund State Farm Office; Lakeside Surfaces Inc.; Matt Crosby State Farm Office; Nowak Machined Products; Knoll; Muskegon Public Schools; Norton Family Practice; The Gym; Wolfie’s Pizza; Mercy Health; Target and Parmenter Law.

If your agency wants to be involved in the quarterly Fill the Truck drives, or if you would like to volunteer on our upcoming projects please contact the United Way of the Lakeshore’s Community Engagement Office at 231-332-4006 or email dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org.

Diaper Fast Facts:
• 40% of Michigan’s population cannot afford basic household necessities
• In Michigan, 24% of family budgets is childcare affordability
• Family essentials costs have risen by 18% since 2007
• Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps
• Infants require up to 12 diapers a day, toddlers about 8
• Disposable diapers cost $70-$80 per month per baby

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/20– 08/27/2018

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

Monday August 20:

Film at the USS Silversides:The Enemy Below
August 19@ 2:00 pm – August 25@ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer. For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

End of Summer Art Show
August 15- September 15 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 15 – September 15, Monday – Saturday from 11:00am – 5:00pm, you’re invited to the Art Cats Gallery as they celebrate local artists with the “End of Summer Art Show.” See what their fabulous artists have been creating. For more information, call (231) 755-7606

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

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

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.

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
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.

Tuesday, August 21:

McGraft Park Free Concert:Silverado
Tuesday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy summer evenings filled with music at McGraft Park’s Free Summer Concert Series! Concerts are Tuesdays and begin at 7:00pm. Last concert of the season!

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park! The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Paddle and Pints
August 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Paddle Muskegon invites you to join them at Heritage Landing for “Paddle and Pints!” Come enjoy an evening on the working waterfront of Muskegon, followed by some craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.! You will have your choice of single or tandem kayak, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or their giant inflatable Megalodon SUP for an evening cruise. All equipment is provided! The cost is $20 with pre-registration required through Eventbrite. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, they just ask for a suggested donation of $5 for the coordination of the event. Ticket sales will end 2 hours prior to the event. For those wanting to register after that please call (616) 745-4287.

Wednesday August 22

Community Dog Walk
August 22 @ 6:30 pm
Pound Buddies and the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park invite anyone and everyone to join their Community Dog Walk! Meet at the Pound Buddies’ Western Market chalet in the sand lot behind the shops on Western Ave. (across from the Farmers Market) Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm through August 29. Everyone will walk to the Downtown Muskegon Petsafe Bark Park where the dogs can play. The walk is one mile long. For details, safety rules and FAQs, find the Petsafe Bark Park on Facebook!

Strong Towns Curbside Chat
August 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hear a Curbside Chat Presentation with president and founder of “Strong Towns,” Charles Marohn at Hackley Park. Muskegon was chosen out of 16 cities as Strong Town 2018! Charles will be giving this presentation on what it means to be a Strong Town and explain how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can impact a community! Seating is limited, so please bring a chair.

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesday 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Flea Market (at the Farmers’ market) is located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

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

Thursday August 23

Performances @The Block: Alexander Zonjic and Friends
August 23 @ 7:30 pm
Tickets are just $10.00! Come to The Block for Alexander Zonjic and Friends! A gifted jazz flutist, Alexander Zonjic is known across the country for his cool jazz grooves and exciting shows. He has shared the stage with such greats as Kenny G, Bob James, Matsui and Jeff Lorber. In addition to performing hundreds of concerts a year, he is the creative director for numerous summer music festivals. Zonjic and his friends will kick off Muskegon’s 2018 Shoreline Jazz Festival in this Thursday evening concert @The Block. Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park! The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Wayne’s Deli Celebrates 60th Anniversary
August 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A Muskegon County staple since 1958, visitors to Wayne’s can enjoy a full-service, old-fashioned style deli counter (home to the original “Gimmick” sandwich), a large selection of Michigan wines, fresh roasted coffee, local craft beer, and much more. They even offer catering services and a variety of gift baskets for holidays or special occasions. To celebrate, Wayne’s is hosting an open house event on Thursday, August 23 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Open to the public, the event will feature samples of their signature sandwiches, cheeses, roasted coffee, craft beer, and wine. Visitors can also enter for a chance to win Wayne’s logo apparel, coffee mugs, free lunches, and a pair of tickets to the Michigan Irish Music Festival.

Dancing into the Sunset: Dancing and Music
Thursday August 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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com

Muskegon State Park: Santa’s Sleigh Bells
August 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 23 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join park staff and celebrate the holidays in August! Meet at the Channel Campground host site (site 133) to learn some unique facts about Santa’s furry friends, enjoy Mrs. Claus’ homemade cookies and make a Christmas craft! Keep your ears open for Santa’s sleigh bells! Adult supervision required for children 12 and under. No registration required, program is rain or shine. For more information please call the park at (231) 744-3480. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks. To make a camping reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-447-2757. Please Note: Dates occasionally change and events may be canceled due to inclement weather and other reasons. Please call the park to confirm dates/times prior to your arrival.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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

Friday August 24

Shoreline Jazz Festival Concert in Hackley Park
August 24 @ 5:00pm-9:00pm (bring your chair) FREE concert
Alexander Zonjic’s 5th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival returns to Heritage Landing and other downtown locations in Muskegon Friday there is a FREE concert to showcase what you will get at the festival. For more information, visit www.shorelinejazzfestival.com.

Hackley & Hume Scandal Tour: The Curse of Civil War Gold
August 24 – August 25
Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm and again from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you’re invited to take part in the Hackley & Hume Scandal Tour! Are you interested in the theories surrounding Civil War gold connections to Muskegon as seen on History Channel’s “The Curse of Civil War Gold?” Participate in this illuminating and interactive mock trial covering the TV show theories as well as the facts they have on hand in their archives. Decide for yourself once and for all: Is there gold in Muskegon? Reserve your spot by contacting Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or (231) 724-5534. Due to adult themes and topics, this program is NOT suitable for children. The cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members.

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 24 @ 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
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.

Saturday August 25:

Montague Artisan Market
August 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Support local artists and find unique gifts for yourself or a loved one at the Artisan Market in Montague! The Artisan Market is adjacent to the Farmer’s Market on Water Street and runs the first Saturday of June, July, August, and September from 9:00am – 1:00pm. A variety of vendors sell their handmade items, including soap, jewelry, and other art items. For more information, call 231-893-1155.

Burning Foot Beer Festival
August 25
Beer, music, sand, Lake Michigan, bare feet, art, food – what could be better? The fourth annual Burning Foot Beer Festival will ignite Pere Marquette Park beach on Saturday, August 25. Although the sand will already be hot, Burning Foot is turning up the heat with 70 Great Lakes-region breweries, food, bands, games, art, camping and more! Shoes can be checked in during the festival with proceeds benefiting the Noah Project. The music lineup includes headliner Eve 6. After two years of Sublime tributes, Burning Foot will feature two members of the band, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, performing with The Long Beach Dub Allstars. Local bands include Mustard Plug and Flexadecibel. A new waterfront stage will feature acoustic performances by Brett Dame and Brother James.This year’s official food vendors will be Muskegon-area restaurants Hamburger Mikey, Rad Dads’ Tacos & Tequila Bar, Bone Ends and Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack. For more information, visit www.burningfoot.beer or check them out on Facebook.

Hackley & Hume Scandal Tour: The Curse of Civil War Gold
August 24 – August 25
Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm and again from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you’re invited to take part in the Hackley & Hume Scandal Tour! Are you interested in the theories surrounding Civil War gold connections to Muskegon as seen on History Channel’s “The Curse of Civil War Gold?” Participate in this illuminating and interactive mock trial covering the TV show theories as well as the facts they have on hand in their archives. Decide for yourself once and for all: Is there gold in Muskegon? Reserve your spot by contacting Aaron Mace at aaron@lakeshoremuseum.org or (231) 724-5534. Due to adult themes and topics, this program is NOT suitable for children. The cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members.

Shoreline Jazz Festival
August 25 – August 26
Alexander Zonjic’s 5th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival returns to Heritage Landing. Enjoy your favorite jazz artists on beautiful Muskegon Lake! For more information, visit www.shorelinejazzfestival.com.

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 25 @ 7:30pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street, downtown Muskegon is the new name of the formerly known Port City Princess! Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
August 25 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area! Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife. The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents. Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6. Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens. Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Maranatha Summer Concert: Jaci Velasquez
August 25 @ 7:00 pm
Every Saturday evening at 7:00pm, come to Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for a free summer concert. You can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening Italian buffet in the dining room. Dinner begins at 5:00pm. All dinner guest receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm. Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

Summer Matinee Movie at Hackley Public Library
August 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Looking for an afternoon of fun out of the hot sun this summer? Enjoy a matinee movie at Hackley Public Library! We will be featuring an exciting film on Saturday, August 25. The movie will begin at 12:00pm, and patrons are welcome to bring their own snacks or packed lunch to enjoy. Movies are always fun with friends, so gather together for a day out at HPL! Feel free to call Hackley Public Library or stop in with questions about the movie being shown!

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

Sunday August 26:

Shoreline Jazz Festival
August 25 – August 26
Alexander Zonjic’s 5th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival returns to Heritage Landing. Enjoy your favorite jazz artists on beautiful Muskegon Lake! For more information, visit www.shorelinejazzfestival.com.

Yoga Top Deck of the LST 393
Sundays @ 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Get your down dog on while participating in yoga each Sunday evening. Just $5 a person and the money raised goes back into the community. This is open to everyone (no membership needed) See you on the deck of the LST 393 Veterans Museum (you may even see an amazing sunset at close of class) For more information contact Rootdown Yoga 231-722-9642

Aquastar Boat Cruises
August 26 @ 4:00pm
Aquastar located at 560 Mart Street. Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Muskegon Lake on an afternoon cruise. As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available. Ticket price is $20 and kids under 10 are free with adult tickets, visit their website at www.aquastarcruises.com or call 231-903-0669.

Paddles & Pups
August 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 26 from 11:00am – 5:00pm, come to Kruse Park, Muskegon’s “dog beach” and enjoy Lake Michigan with your furry friends! This event is FREE to attend, so come down and connect with other pet owners, pet lovers and local animal welfare organizations! If you don’t have a furry friend of your own, Pound Buddies will have some of their adorable pets and adoption opportunities at the event! The fun includes, but is NOT limited to…
• Music on the beach
• Beach games
• Paddling opportunities for pets and pet owners
• Raffle for paddling and team building adventures
Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP) will be available for paddling with your furry friends (or just on your own) for $10. They will have a limited amount, so to ensure you get time on the water they recommend pre-purchasing a ticket through Eventbrite. Sales on the day of the event will also be available if they have unused kayaks + SUP’s. All paddles and lifejackets for people will be provided. If you need/want a life jacket for your pet you must provide your own.

ONGOING EVENTS:

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
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. www.muskegonartmuseum.org

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 21- September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6. Free and open to the public. Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

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• Come to the Union Depot Building (we have Selfie Stations!) or snap yourself having fun at your favorite Muskegon County attraction.
• Use our hashtag #VisitMuskegon when you share your photo!
• Throughout Summer we will search for #VisitMuskegon selfies (remember, we won’t see it unless it is public) on each Wednesday.
• Using random.org we will select someone’s smiling selfie to snag some Visit Muskegon swag!

Oxymorons

submitted by Donna Phelps

• Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

• If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

• If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

• Why do we say something is out of whack?   What is a whack?

• Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?

• Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?

• Why do “tug” boats push their barges?

• Why do we sing “Take me out to the ball game” when we are already there?

• Why are they called “stands” when they are made for sitting?

Muskegon News

from Watch Muskegon Market Report’s June Newsletter

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Ambitious plans are in progress for the latest Muskegon development, Windward Pointe.

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Photo Credit: DPZ CoDesign

The 120-acre parcel, once home to the Sappi Paper Mill, may include various types of residential properties, mixed use buildings and more. Proposed features include a canal system with marina, a hardscape park, hotel and town center.

For the full story, visit MLive.

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Photo Credit: Governor Rick Snyder

A new plan to fill Michigan’s talent pipeline was announced in Downtown Muskegon this week.

classGovernor Rick Snyder visited the Muskegon Community College Sturrus Technology Center on Wednesday to sign the Marshall Plan. First introduced in February, the plan aims to fill the state’s talent gap and better prepare students for in-demand careers. Millions of dollars will be invested in innovative job training, workforce development and education programs.

Get the details below on WOOD TV8.

Will Graham Preaches the Gospel in the Goldfields of Western Australia

willgrahamEvangelist Will Graham returned to Australia, a country in which he has preached regularly over the past decade, to once again declare the Gospel message of hope in Jesus Christ. The Goldfields Celebration with Will Graham was held May 18-20, 2018, at Centennial Park in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia.

More than 5,900 people attended the three-day outreach, which included evening services each night as well as a children’s event on Saturday morning called KidzCelebration, and a Church Together joint worship service on Sunday morning. Nearly 400 people came forward at the invitation to make a commitment to Jesus throughout the weekend, and more than 150 responded for prayer.

“So many people are chasing gold, possessions, and the things of this world. Yet they still aren’t happy. That’s because they’re chasing all the wrong things,” said Graham, referencing the area’s precious metal mines which employ a significant percentage of the workforce. “There’s more to life, and it’s found in Jesus Christ.”

For more information about upcoming events with the BGEA, visit www.billygraham.org.

Ask Dr. Universe – Cacti

Dr. Universe: How do cacti survive in such hot and dry environments?
-Ravin, 11, London, England

Dear Ravin,

All plants need water to survive. Those that live in places where water is scarce use some interesting strategies to stay alive.

That’s what I found out from my friend Charles Cody, who manages one of the greenhouses at Washington State University. When I went to visit the greenhouse, he pointed out a few different cacti.

One was tall and cylindrical with big spines. Another was small and round with what looked more like little hairs. A rainforest cactus hung on the wall like a vine.

Cody explained that if we looked closely at a leaf of a plant we would find parts called stomata, which are kind of like little gates that let air and water in and out. Since cacti don’t have true leaves, their stomata are in the body of the plant, or the stem.

In most plants with leaves, the stomata open up during the day to take in a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants can use this carbon dioxide plus sunlight and water to make their food. It’s a process called photosynthesis and it helps plants get the energy they need to survive.

When the stomata are open, the plant also lets out oxygen—the oxygen we all breathe. But at the same time, the plant can also lose water. It evaporates in the sun. You might already know about evaporation, if you’ve ever seen the water in a puddle seem to vanish on a sunny day. But stomata in the desert are a bit different.

Instead of stomata that open during the day, cacti have stomata that open at night. This helps them survive in extreme conditions. Cacti can still get the carbon dioxide they need to make their food without having their water supply zapped. They store up the carbon dioxide overnight and use it the next day to make their food.

Cody says cactus spines are actually a unique version of leaves. The spines provide a little shade to the cactus when they cast their shadow onto the stem. They can also collect dew, and when the dew drips to the ground, the roots take it into the cactus.

Spines also warn some desert critters to stay away and not eat the cactus. But sometimes if there is a long period of time without water, or drought, cacti like the prickly pear can offer a source of food to some desert critters.

Cacti can store a lot of water, too. When it rains a lot, the saguaro cactus takes in so much water it weighs up to about 4,800 pounds, or just a little less than a mini-van.
Life in the desert works out well for cacti, but I’m not quite adapted to that environment. I think I prefer a warm greenhouse where conditions are just right for a cat nap.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Big News for Muskegon County

airplaneStarting in October, you can have an “Early Out – Late In” flight through the Muskegon County Airport (MKG). Your Chamber has been advocating for this initiative for years!

This enables you to make earlier and more connections to destinations across the United States and around the world!

 

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of July 23, 2018

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, July 23, 2018, in the township board room.

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

At 7:01pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 18- residents; 2- employees; 5- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois; Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of July 9, 2018 as presented with the following changes:

Item 18-089: Remove “Additional discussion will occur at the next meeting”

Public Comments Part II: Greg Hulka requested additional details be added to comment #1. The following will be added; “After discussion, Supervisor Tice confirmed it was she who gave her friend a key to the building and staff allowed access to a computer to aid her in her work as an attorney. It was requested that the key be given back, to which Heidi said she would comply.”

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following correction:

Item #3: Minutes to approve are from 7-9-18

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. The Community Day Slip ‘n Slide was successful and came with much positive feedback from the community. The next Community Day will be August 18th, 2018.
2. Walmart will be hosting a grand opening celebration on July 27th, 2018 at the Sherman location.
3. Rose Dillon shared that the Fruitport District Library ballot proposal wording states that it is a “new additional” millage because the Library has changed names, however it is the same amount as before so it is more of a renewal.
4. Brian Michelli shared that ladder testing has been completed on the fire engines. He also gave reminder to lock your vehicles at all times as there has been a number of break-ins in the area and throughout Muskegon County.
5. Ron Langlois reported that an individual tampered with and left a hydrant open dumping a large, but unknown amount of water. Water main has been installed on Broadway and testing will occur next week; construction on the project is set to go until October 12, 2018. 1,500 feet of water main has been installed at the site of the new high school project. The Eagle Scout hydrant post painting project is complete; with 19 people they were able to complete 97 posts in 4 hours.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:
1. Linda Corinti: Inquired if the public is allowed to make comment or question during the Board’s discussion of an agenda item rather than only at the designated “Public Comment” portion of the meeting. She asked the legalities of a closed session portion of a meeting. She also inquired as to whom the Supervisor answers to for decisions made.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-092 Business registration discussion
Fruitport is one of the few municipalities that does not require business registrations. Benefits of business registrations were discussed and include allowing all departments (including Public Safety and assessing) to have the same information, prevents businesses from opening within a zone that does not allow that particular use, allows all Township departments to retain current contact information, and inform the appropriate departments of hazardous materials on site that may pose a danger in a public safety situation. The Fire Department would process the administrative needs of the registrations and complete ordinance enforcement. The fee for such registrations would not likely exceed $25 annually.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to request that the Planning Commission begin to develop the ordinance, working with the Public Safety Director to coordinate the details.

NEW BUSINESS:

18-093 POLC Labor agreement ratification
Concerns were heard regarding the language surrounding the removal of discipline from an employee’s file. The Attorney shared his opinion that a severe discipline such as a suspension should not be removed or loose validity after 5 years.

Todd Dunham moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to ratify the proposed POLC labor agreement, including the settlement proposal dated July 12, 2018.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Tice, Hulka
Nays: Anderson, Dillon, Winebarger

18-094 Old Newsies Goodfellows roadway solicitation
The Old Newsies Goodfellows of Muskegon County have requested that the Board allow them to stand on street corners to solicit donations throughout Fruitport Township on Saturday, December 1, 2018. They will provide the proper Certificates of Liability Insurance to the Township.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to accept the request, allowing the Old Newsies Goodfellows of Muskegon County to stand and solicit donations on street corners within Fruitport Township on December 1, 2018.

Such requests will be forwarded onto the Public Safety Director.

18-095 Sprint antenna’s on Airline water tower
Ron Langlois reported that Sprint would like to upgrade three (3) existing antennas and add three (3) additional antennas to the Airline water tower; revenue from rent would increase approximately $2,600. This change must be approved by Fruitport Township, the City of Norton Shores, and Muskegon County.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to support the presented Sprint antenna project.

18-096 School Resource Officer
Brian Michelli presented a proposal to provide a School Resource Officer to the Fruitport School system. He has a verbal agreement from the school administration to support the position with $40,000/yr with a workspace on a four (4) year agreement. Having an Officer dedicated to the school would increase safety on campus, better the students’ perception of Law Enforcement through interaction, faster de-escalation of problems, and put Law Enforcement on the front end of issues such as bullying, vapping, drugs, sex, and threats.

The total cost, including benefits, for a senior Patrol Officer is approximately $87,635.00/yr.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to request that the Public Safety Director move forward with gathering information and bring a formal proposal back to the Board.

18-097 Sullivan Township Public Safety services agreement
Minor changes are proposed to be made to the existing agreement. The percentage based actuary in paragraph 3 no longer works due to Fruitport’s call volume growing more rapidly than Sullivan’s. A proposed change would provide Fruitport with $120,000 annually for services with an additional $10,000 to be placed in a restricted revolving line item for equipment purchase and replacement. This agreement would for 5 years; 2019-2023.

Rose Dillon moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to request the Public Safety Director to present the proposed agreement to the Sullivan Township Board for approval.

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

18-098 Payment of bills
Jeff Jacobs moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $12,083.04; Public Safety $33,811.96; Water $10,579.48; Sewer $1,713.08; T&A $645.00; Street lights $14,753.54
Totaling: $73,586.10

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

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Jeff Jaocbs requested that a resolution be prepared for the next meeting that would state that the Township Attorney would be present at any and all future mediations.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Tammy Barnhard, 3561 Kersting Dr., requested that the Township sue the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner or file an injunction to stop work outside of the original boundary of the Kuis drain project. She asked what it would cost.
The Township Attorney addressed the Board stating that the cost is unpredictable, but the outcome would not be favorable for the Township for the following reasons: the Township would have to hire engineers that would have to provide scientific proof that the expanded district is not served by the Kuis Drain (proving the Drain Commissioner’s engineers wrong), the proper legal procedures to expand the Kuis Drain were followed by the Drain Commissioner, and the Township has no right to appeal when there was no intention to do so initially.

2. Alan Jagar introduced himself as a candidate running for State Representative and states that he will work to re-write the drain code.

3. Linda, Kersting resident wants to see the process of re-districting done over.

4. Zach Lahring introduced himself as a candidate running for Muskegon County Commissioner. He wants the Township to support the residents in the fight against the Kuis Drain project and the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner.

5. Brandon Popps introduced himself as a candidate running for Muskegon County Commissioner. He wants the Township to support the residents in the fight against the Kuis Drain project and the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner.

6. Greg VanWoerkom introduced himself as a candidate running State Representative.

7. Dale Martin, 3046 Danglwood Ct, shared his disapproval of the Kuis Drain project.

Ron Bultje, Township Attorney, addressed the Board, reiterating that it would be a waste of time and money for the Township to pursue a legal battle regarding the Kuis Drain that they don’t have a chance at winning.

Brian Michelli, Public Safety Director, reminded the public that the Kuid Drain construction workers are there to do the job they were hired to do by the Drain Commissioner and destruction of property or equipment will not be tolerated.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Heidi Tice was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:22pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR