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The Power of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God said it.  God will do it!

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, OK

Ask Dr. Universe – Ancient Rain Filtering

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

Dear Richard,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Catch Wild Hogs

submitted by Mike Simcik

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God help us all when that gate slams closed!

Fruitport District Library Board November 6th Ballot Proposal

fdl-logoFruitport District
Library Board
November 6th
Ballot Proposal

 

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

What: Library Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Fruitport Township Hall

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

Refreshments will be served.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Mic Night
October 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have a song you’ve been practicing? A poem you want to share? Dance moves? Jokes? Friday, October 19 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, it’s time for another Red Lotus Center for the Arts Open Mic Night!  Come out and show off your stuff or just sit and be amazed, your choice!  Any kind of talent is welcome –– songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and you don’t burn the place down.
To stay up to date on all of their events, follow them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michigan Organ Donor Registry Tops 5 Million

64 percent of Michigan adults have joined registry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rep. Brian Elder Attacks Prolife Pregnancy Centers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/08/18

Business and Finance Committee
Monday, October 8, 2018
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

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

1. Audit Report
Paul Matz from Rehmann presented the outcome of the 2017-18 financial audit. The presented audit consisted of zero findings and zero comments.

2. Cash Flow
Mark gave an update on Fruitport’s cash flow. Mark and Fifth Third agreed upon a loan of $500,000 for two months. The interest rate was 2.56% and should cost the district roughly $3,000 which includes legal fees.

3. Tentative Agreements
Mark explained the tentative agreements that were reached with the Clerical Association, Affiliated-Admin Association and the Transportation-Food Service Association. Each agreement is a three year deal with a formula included. Mark also discussed the non-affiliated and ECC increases. The tentative agreements, non-affiliated, and ECC increases will be on the personnel agenda.

4. Request to increase ECC rates
Mark presented a letter from Pam Bergey, Director of ECC, which proposes to increase the rates by $4 per kid per week. The increase is to offset operation expenses along with salary increases given to staff.

5. Change Order
Mark and Bob explained a change order that will be on the board agenda due to it being above the $65,000 threshold.

6. Merit Pay
Bob and Mark presented the recommendation for merit pay for the teachers and building principals/assistant principals.

Meeting adjourned at 12:34 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 10/15/18

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board Room ~ 3255 E. Pontaluna Road, Fruitport
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
1. Audit Report – Rehmann Robson

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of September 24, 2018 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                         $148,316.72
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center              1,883.60
Food Service                                 1,038.97
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage      17,627.41
Building and Site                        55,634.00
Capital Projects (BOND)            41,395.74    
Total Bill List                         $265,896.44

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

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Acceptance of the 2017-18 Annual Financial Audit (attachment X-1)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held October 8, 2018 (attachment XI-1)
2. ECC Rate Increase (attachment XI-2)
3. New Vestibule – Change Order (attachment XI-3)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held October 11, 2018 (attachment XII-1)
2. Fruitport Affiliated Administration Association Tentative Agreement (attachment XII-2)
3. Fruitport Clerical Association Tentative Agreement (attachment XII-3)
4. Fruitport Transportation/Food Svc Association Tentative Agreement (attachment XII-4)
5. Fruitport Non Affiliated Group Pay Increase (attachment XII-5)
6. Early Childhood Center Pay Increase (attachment XII-6)
7. Merit Pay (attachment XII-7)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held October 10, 2018 (attachment XIII-1)
2. Overnight Trip Request (attachment XIII-2)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Ad Hoc Construction Meeting – October 23, 2018, 10:15 a.m. O-A-K Trailer
5. Schedule Board Workshops (April, June, September and October)
6. High School Community Open House – Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
7. Fruitport Education Foundation “Fun”draiser, Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ Bella Maria’s. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Wear your Trojan apparel for a chance to win a YETI.
8. MAISD Fall Dinner – November 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m. The Lake House

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. CLOSED SESSION – Superintendent’s Evaluation per his request

XVIII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Ask Dr. Universe – How Land Affects the Weather

Dr. Universe: How does land affect the weather? – Isaac, 7, Baltimore, MD

Dear Isaac,

The surface of the earth is covered in all kinds of landforms. We have tall mountains, deep valleys, wide canyons, and scenic shorelines—I bet you could think of a few others, too. A little less than a third of our planet is land and the rest is mostly ocean. Both affect the weather, said my friend Nic Loyd, a meteorologist at Washington State University.

We get different weather patterns depending on a few conditions, such as how much sun the land gets, if the land is near mountains or ocean, and how air circulates through the atmosphere.

If you are out on the ocean, you might not feel a big temperature difference between night and day. But we do feel a bigger difference in temperature on land. Especially when conditions are clear and calm, the weather can be very warm in the afternoon and chilly by the morning. Loyd explains that land normally warms up and cools down more quickly than water.

You can test this out at home. Fill up one plastic tub with sand or dirt and fill up another plastic tub with water. Put them out in the sunshine. Using a thermometer, take the temperatures of the two tubs every ten minutes for thirty minutes. Record your results to find out which one heated up faster. You may want to try this a few times just to make sure your results are accurate. Water actually absorbs at least as much energy from the sun as the land does—but water just isn’t capable of warming up as fast as land, or in your case, sand or dirt.

The different types of land around the planet also impact the weather. One good example is mountains, Loyd said. The air is usually much colder if you are up high in the mountains. That’s also where we see a lot of glaciers, ice, and snow all year long. In the mountains, the air is thinner and it doesn’t trap in the heat very well.

Exactly what covers that land also influences the weather. Forests, cities, plains, or deserts can absorb a lot of the sunlight that reaches them, warming the air above the land. But when land is covered in snow, much of the sunlight is reflected away instead of being absorbed into the land. This also helps keep snowy areas colder.

So yes, the land, as well as the water, affects the kind of weather we experience on our planet. But the weather can also affect the land. Just think of the rain that helps plants grow on farms. Or the sun that gives plants energy they need to grow. Can you think of other ways the weather might change the land? Can you think of how these changes might shape the land over a long period of time? Send your ideas to Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Sec. Johnson Reminds Motorists to ‘Move Over’ for Emergency Vehicles

headerSecretary of State Ruth Johnson today released a public service announcement calling on motorists to follow Michigan’s “Move Over” law that protects the lives of emergency responders who have stopped their vehicle on a roadway.

“Twenty-four hours each day, emergency personnel are on duty working to protect us from harm,” Johnson said. “We ask motorists to return the favor—and follow the law—by moving over a lane when they see police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks or other emergency responders stopped on the road or the edge of the road.”

Johnson, Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and several emergency responders are featured in the video, which begins with state police footage of a tow truck driver narrowly escaping with his life as a car smashes into his vehicle.

Michigan’s Emergency Vehicle Caution Law, which went into effect in 2001, requires that when drivers see a stationary emergency vehicle or tow truck pulled over with its flashing, rotating or oscillating lights on, passing motorists must move over at least one lane or two vehicle widths. If moving over cannot be accomplished, motorists must slow down and pass with caution. Violators face fines or jail.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the No. 1 cause of law enforcement deaths is traffic incidents. According to a report cited by the Pew Center, each year about six to eight fire rescue and emergency medical service personnel are killed in or near moving traffic, as are 10 to 12 police officers. The Emergency Responder Safety Institute estimates that a tow operator in killed every six days in the United States while providing roadside or towing services.

The video can be viewed on YouTube and downloaded online.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 8-15, 2018

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

Monday October 8:

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
October 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, repeating until October 25, 2018
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Back Alley Comedy Club: T.J. Miller
October 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday, October 8 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedy from T.J. Miller! Miller is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world, or the finance world.  He was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and EW’s “Next Big Things in Comedy”.  Miller’s voice stars in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, BIG HERO 6.  You may recognize his non-animated face and body from his roles in FOX’s big screen comic book adaptation of DEADPOOL, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, 2014’s surprise indie hit TRANSFORMERS 4, and Mike Judge’s HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, now in its third season. Tickets are $27 in advance.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258

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

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.

Tuesday, October 9:

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Tuesday @ 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.

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, repeating until October 25, 2018
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

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.

Mr. Quick’s Halloween Party
October 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday night at Mr. Quick’s is Cruise Nite, but this night is special.  It’s the last Cruise Nite of the season and a Halloween party combined!  Wear your Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes.  There will be two age groups, adults and kids 12 and under.  Decorate your car for a chance to win car care products. There’ll also be games for the kids.  For more information, call (231) 788-2393.

Wednesday October 10:

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
September 29 – October 27 on Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Weesies Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping invites you to join them for Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities!  Weesie’s is spreading Halloween cheer and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and how to put an end to it! Come join the fun at their Montague location featuring Spookley Trail Rides and Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides where you can pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch!  Be sure to visit Spookley’s Playground with new attractions and activities.  It’s lots of fun for the whole family! Rain may delay or cancel some activities so be sure to call ahead of time at 231-894-4742 if the weather is bad.  The last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The cost is 6 per person and includes all activities and a pumpkin.

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.

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, repeating until October 25, 2018
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

ahFest Film Fest: The Shape of Water
October 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to enjoy a free screening of the film “The Shape of Water” as part of Muskegon Community College’s ahFest (Arts and Humanities Festival)! A Muskegon Community College instructor will introduce the film. Film admission, popcorn and cider are free.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase.  Auditorium doors close at 6:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Thursday October 11

Free Planetarium and Science Museum at Muskegon Community College
Thursday @ 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.

Power of the Purse
October 11 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This fabulous night of food, fun and purses is for a great cause, bringing awareness to the issues of domestic and sexual violence.  Funds raised at the event support Every Woman’s Place and survivors in West Michigan.  The event features a live auction of purses, and a silent auction of luggage, jewelry, and other accessories.  Prominent male supporters and community leaders take part to model purses and share the message.  Together, as women change their purses, they will be changing lives of hundreds of survivors, simply with “the Power of the Purse.” Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased at www.everywomansplace.org.

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, repeating until October 25, 2018
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

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 October 12

Wine Around the World
October 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For only $20 per person, you can enjoy wine and appetizer stations from different parts of the world.  Tasting will take place from 6:00pm – 8:00pm and they invite you to stay for dinner and to enjoy the rest of the evening!  Call 231-755-3737 to reserve your spot.  All tickets are prepaid.  Please have credit card information ready when you call or stop by SE4SONS to purchase your tickets.  See you there!

Muskegon Community College Founders Day
October 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’re invited to attend Muskegon Community College Founders Day at the Holiday Inn-Muskegon Ballroom!  Enjoy live music from the Dueling Pianos, appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit the Jayhawk Food Pantry for MCC students. Tickets available at www.muskegoncc.edu/founders $35 per person

Red House Concert Series:
House of Hamill with Channing and Quinn
October 12 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the Beardsley Theater for the Red House Concert Series featuring House of Hamill with Channing and Quinn!  Brian Buchanan’s, of Enter the Haggis, and Rose Baldino’s, of Burning Bridget Cleary’s, collaborate on traditional and contemporary fiddle and Celtic music with irresistible harmonies with Grand Rapids based duo Channing & Quinn supporting.  Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Haunted Hall 2018
October 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Haunted Hall 2018 is excited to be at the Lakes Mall again!  Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, the cost is $15 for FOUR haunts!  If you bring in non-perishable food for Love, Inc. you will receive a $1 discount per item, with a limit of three.

Saturday October 13:

Muskegon Heritage Museum Community Days: FREE Tours
Raggedy Ann’s Muskegon Connection
October 13 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days”  Saturday, October 13, the theme is ” Raggedy Ann’s Muskegon Connection,” featuring a Raggedy Ann Doll Show and guests from the Muskegon Sand Doller’s Doll Club.  For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

2018 Kidney Krawl
October 13 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join them for a fun afternoon as they raise money to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.  The NKFM has programs that help educate about and prevent kidney disease. So far, Unruly Brewing, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Racquets Downtown Grill, RAD DADS’ Tacos & Tequila Bar, and Third Street Grille have all graciously agreed to host the event. This year’s them is Pirates, so find your best pirate accessories and come see what kind of treasure they have in store. Registration and check-in begin at Noon at Unruly Brewing.  Tickets are $15 before the event and $20 the day of the event.  For more information, call 231-730-0263.

Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free!  Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year!  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Full Service Saturday
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 13 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, Muskegon County Clerk, Nancy A. Waters, is pleased to offer “Full Service Saturday” where staff will be available at her first floor office to provide all services normally provided during the week including: Certified copies of Birth Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Death Certificates, and DD214s to qualified applicants Business Registrations CPL Applications, Notary Applications and Notary Services, Genealogy Research will be available, Marriage License Applications, County Clerk Waters will provide scheduled wedding ceremonies

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities
October 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
September 29 – October 27 on Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Weesies Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping invites you to join them for Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities!  Weesie’s is spreading Halloween cheer and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and how to put an end to it! Come join the fun at their Montague location featuring Spookley Trail Rides and Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides where you can pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch!  Be sure to visit Spookley’s Playground with new attractions and activities.  It’s lots of fun for the whole family! Rain may delay or cancel some activities so be sure to call ahead of time at 231-894-4742 if the weather is bad.  The last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The cost is 6 per person and includes all activities and a pumpkin.

Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, repeating until October 25, 2018
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game: Season Opener
October 13 @ 7:00 pm
Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Chicago Steel! This is an extra special evening as the L C Walker Arena will celebrate the opening of their newly remodeled facility! For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant Fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour! This free self-guided tour happens October 6, 13 and 20 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber/CVB at the Whitehall Depot 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall. Using the map as a guide you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot. For more information call 231-724-3100.

Muskegon State Park Fall Harvest Fest
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Book your site at Muskegon State Park for October 13 to enjoy the Fall Harvest Fest!  Come camp in the Channel Campground and enjoy some family fun at this annual fall festival happening from 10:00am – 8:00pm.  Activities are open to registered campers and will include games, face painting, campsite decorating, a parade and prizes. 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.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light  Saturdays in October from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally,   The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

City of the Dead
October 13 – October 14
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and October 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Evergreen Cemetery for the 9th Annual City of the Dead!  This annual, family-friendly event features actors from Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation portraying the figures that are prominent in Muskegon’s history at their burial places. The City of the Dead highlights Muskegon’s industrial and entrepreneurial past and seeks to accurately portray the people who shaped this city.  Period games and traditions are also demonstrated when appropriate to the people portrayed.  Tickets are $5, with children 6 and under admitted free.  For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Darling Dolls Super Saturday
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free family fun day!  They are excited to celebrate dolls with their neighbors at the Muskegon Heritage Museum and Lakeshore Museum Center!  Grab your favorite doll and join them for a fun day! For more information, call 231-720-2570.
•  11:00am & 1:00pm/Family Film
•  11:00am – 1:00pm/Guided Look: Explore the galleries with a MMA docent!
•  11:00am – 2:00pm/Make and Take Paper Dolls: Did you know Raggedy Ann was created here in Muskegon? Create your own Raggedy Ann paper doll in the classroom with us!

Pumpkinfest
October 13
Pumpkinfest includes a full-day of family-friendly and many pumpkin-inspired events and contests including the pumpkin roll, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin seed spitting contest, pumpkin weigh-ins, hay rides, bake sale, apple cider mill, face painting, food vendors, Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts fair, and more! The Arts and Crafts Festival runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm with crafters displaying a variety of goods.  Shop the marketplace with various vendors and artists selling items including holiday decorations, jewelry, clothing, photography, wood crafts, food dips, and more.  Also, visit the Farmer’s Market and the apple cider mill, along with local food vendors for a variety of fall foods and decorations. For more information, call  (231) 893-4585.

Dolls Through Time
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy the one-day exhibit, “Dolls Through Time,” at the Lakeshore Museum Center.  Inspired by the 100th Anniversary of Raggedy Ann, this is a joint event with the Muskegon Heritage Museum and the Muskegon Museum of Art. Children are encouraged to bring their own dolls for a photo-op with some of the museum’s historic dolls; then stick around to make a doll craft!  This event is free for museum members and Muskegon County residents, or just $3 for non-residents.  For more information, call (231) 722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

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

Aquastar Boat Cruises: Last Cruise of the Season
October 13 @ 4:00pm
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.

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.

Politics in the Park: Lincoln-Douglas Style
October 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning will host “Politics in the Park,” a candidates’ forum in downtown Muskegon’s historic Hackley Park on Saturday, October 13, from 12:30pm – 3:30pm.  The event, which will be held rain or shine, is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Spectators should being their own lawn chairs as no seating will be provided.  The invited candidates are:  2nd U.S. Congressional District Candidates, Bill Huizenga and Rob Davidson; 34th Senate District Candidates, Jon Bumstead, Max Rieske and Poppy Sias-Hernandez; 91st State Legislative District Candidates, Greg VanWoerkom and Tanya Cabala; and 92nd State Legislative District Candidates, Terry Sabo and Gail Eichorst.  “Utilizing a tried-and-true format which heralds back to the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, the moderated forum will focus on a number of topics which a potential leader will face at either the federal or state level,” explained MCC faculty member George Maniates.  “Candidates will be presented with a topic and they can inform the public about their stances and concerns which they will face.”  The topics will be generated by the staff of the MCC Center for Experiential Learning and presented to the various candidates a week before the forum.  The list of topics will be drawn at the forum by the moderator from a pool of sealed envelopes.  Candidates will be timed and will have three minutes to answer each question.  “The voters have clearly made us aware they are not interested in ‘sound bites’ or ‘poll stances’ but in well-thought and substantive policy plans,” continued Maniates.  “They want to hear about solutions or efforts which the candidate will take if she or he is elected to office.”  For more information, contact the MCC Center for Experiential Learning at (231) 777- 0380.

YMCA Camp Pendalouan Day:
Penda-Luau Alumni & Friend Fundraiser
October 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Muskegon YMCA Camp Pendalouan invites you to attend their annual “Penda-Luau Alumni & Friend Fundraiser!” 1243 E. Fruitvale Rd., Montague. Sponsored by friends of Camp Pendalouan, this event will raise funds for facility improvements.  Registration is free, although there is a recommended $20 per family donation. The fundraiser begins at 2:00pm and includes fun activities such as the climbing wall and zipline.  You’ll also enjoy boating and luau-themed beach competitions along beautiful Big Blue Lake!  Local beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available.  A donation basket, silent auction and Booze Pull will be set up in the Nikana Lodge to raise funds for the Sports Field / Parking Lot project.  The bigger the take, the more improvements they can make! Following the activities, participants are invited to a complimentary pig roast and entertainment!  Auction winners will be awarded at this time. For more information, to register, or to give online, please visit www.pendalouan.org.

4th Annual Fetch Fest
October 13 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, October 13 from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Fetch Brewing Company invites you to their 4th Annual Fetch Fest Anniversary Party, located under the big tent in the North Mears Parking Lot!  Join them for another year of celebrating community!  For more information, call (231) 292-1048. 5:00pm Mug Club Sales for New Members, Bone Ends & Righteous Cuisine for all your food needs. 6:00pm Live Music opening with Jack Leaver, 8:00pm Rusty Horse headlining

Sunday October14:

City of the Dead
October 13 – October 14
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and October 14 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Evergreen Cemetery for the 9th Annual City of the Dead!  This annual, family-friendly event features actors from Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation portraying the figures that are prominent in Muskegon’s history at their burial places. The City of the Dead highlights Muskegon’s industrial and entrepreneurial past and seeks to accurately portray the people who shaped this city.  Period games and traditions are also demonstrated when appropriate to the people portrayed.  Tickets are $5, with children 6 and under admitted free.  For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game:Youngstown Phantoms
Season Opener Weekend
October 14 @ 3:15 pm
Come to the L.C. Walker Arena for a Lumberjacks’ home game as they take on the Youngstown Phantomsl ! This is an extra special evening as the L C Walker Arena will celebrate the opening of their newly remodeled facility! For ticket information, contact asponaas@MuskegonLumberjacks.com or call 231-724-5225, ext. 259.

Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
October 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free!  Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year!  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

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

Back in My Home State

by Liesa Swejkoski

Towards the end of his life, my father and I would spend evenings on the balcony of his home in Saint George, Utah where he had retired fifteen years earlier. “Why would you want to leave all this beauty?” he would ask, gazing east to the red sandstone mountains as the sun set behind his home. The sunbeams cast an ever-changing light show, more beautiful than words can describe.

After several years in the desert, I’d become disillusioned with the harsh, dry climate.  I turned to my father and said, “I miss Michigan.”

Flabbergasted, he asked, “Why would you miss that place? It’s humid in the summer and bitter cold in the winter. I couldn’t wait to get out of there!”

What did my dad expect me to say? How could I express to him what I felt?

Yes, I’d been raised to hate the state. For decades the man complained about sticky heat whenever he was doing yardwork or repairing the barn. In the winter he would put an electric heater into his car to knock off the chill before driving to work in the pre-dawn hours.

In the desert, all I could see was drying grass and a lack of trees. Year after year I would start a garden, just to watch it dry up. Some years I would have a little success at the start. Then just as my tomatoes, green and plump, would look like they had some hope, a sandstorm would raze Saint George, scouring my little plants down to one inch nubs. Finally I just gave up. Growing a garden in the desert wasn’t worth the tears.

I went to a couple reservoirs because I love to swim in lakes. I tried to make the best of it, but it just wasn’t the same; not by a long shot.

I remember the summer I returned after five years away from Michigan. Dad, his grandchildren, and I drove eastward and watched as day after day, we’d see more trees and grass. One night we made it to our home state and stopped at a hotel in Saint Joseph. The next morning, I put swimsuits on my children to spend the morning at the beach along Lake Michigan. Nine-year-old Kay looked out to the west and gasped, “Mommie! Was this lake here when you were a little girl?”

I answered, “Why, yes, it was!” I realized she only knew about reservoirs from our picnics and a few school field trips. Then I said, “People didn’t make this lake, Heavenly Father did.”

She had a look of amazement and spent a long time playing with her little sister May on the shore. More than once she would stop to gaze at the horizon, awestruck.

I’d spent five years trying to love the desert. Now that I was back in my home state of Michigan, I realized I’d been gone for too long.

My birth took place at Zieger Hospital in Detroit. My own babies each came into the world along the Detroit River: Kay at Wyandotte General Hospital and May at Riverside Osteopathic in Trenton. It’s as if the river is flowing in my blood!

Each season in the Great Lakes has its own splendor. Fun for me growing up was lightning bugs, jumping into piles of leaves, building snowmen. My memories were filled with watching freighters gliding up and down the Detroit River, fishing with my father, and sitting on his shoulders watching boat races. I can’t do any of those things in the desert.

When May and Kay were tiny, we still lived in Michigan. When the snow came, I pulled them on a sled in the woods. The near silence, the muffled sounds in the snow, delighted a place deep inside my soul. Sure, driving in a blizzard can be a challenge, but that doesn’t happen every day. (Then again, man-kind in his wisdom built snowplows, so why worry?)

Still, with the urging of family and a heavy dose of anti-Midwest brainwashing, my husband and I made the move to St. George, Utah. The first thing Kay and May did in our new sandy backyard was dance in a sudden unexpected downpour. The monsoon had come. All the way to the desert and my kids played in the rain!

That was another thing: People would call and ask, “How do you like the desert?”

I’d reply, “It’s ghastly hot!”

To which I’d get the comment, “but at least it’s a dry heat!”

Then I’d explain that since mid-May it was 90 degrees and then 100 degrees plus in June. As soon as we got into July and August, the hottest months at about 115° to 118°, the rains started up, mainly in the surrounding mountains. This added humidity to the weather.  Many times we had to deal with the mugginess, but no rain, unless it came in the form of a downpour resulting in a flash flood. That first summer we lost a couple hens to the heat and a rabbit, too.

Year after year we could see the clouds in the mountains but we’d seldom get rain in the valleys. People from out of town called it a drought. I said, “It’s not a drought. Welcome to the desert.”

Countless times, lightning storms would strike the mountain woods twenty miles away, setting off massive forest fires. The smoke pooled in the valley where we lived and everything smelled like a campfire. I had no problem with the smell—I had issues with breathing in the ash. (California gets all the media attention, but I can verify it: the entire west is a tinderbox.)

To sum it up, when someone says, “At least you have a dry heat out there in the desert,” it’s all I can do not to reach out and slap the assuming face those words come from.

So, now that I am back in Michigan, I breathe in the moist air and give thanks for the woods, four seasons, and the Great Lakes. After all, I was raised in all this grandeur. I just didn’t appreciate it when I was a child.

I am back to stay. It is with great pleasure and satisfaction, that I now call west Michigan my home. I had to journey through desert Hell to return to my first love here in the Great Lakes. Maybe some folks don’t feel the same way that I do, but I am willing to bet many people reading this will smile – and agree.

Right to Life of Michigan Supports Prioritizing Family Planning Funding

Lansing, Mich. — Right to Life of Michigan is supporting language in the state budget that would require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to prioritize granting family planning funding to organizations that don’t provide abortions.

Michigan Public Act 360 of 2002 already requires those funds to be prioritized, but the state law is not being enforced.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “For 16 years the state law has been ignored. We’re happy the Legislature is taking this opportunity to make sure our law is followed.”

Currently Planned Parenthood receives federal Title X pass-through grants in seven Michigan counties where an alternative healthcare provider exists that doesn’t perform elective abortions. State law requires these non-abortion providers be given priority when the MDHHS allocates Title X funding. Planned Parenthood also receives funding in six additional counties where no alternative provider exists.

Listing said, “There’s no reason a county health department should be losing out in favor of Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 320,000 abortions annually across the country. It’s time for our state government to follow the state law and make sure our tax dollars are not helping Planned Parenthood expand abortion.”

The state budget language specifically requires MDHHS to contract with an alternative entity that applies for funding, given state law requires them to prioritize non-abortion entities. The budget language also requires MDHHS to prioritize counties where no family planning providers exist. Public Act 360 of 2002 requires MDHHS to award grants in a geographically-diverse way.

Listing said, “We should all agree that non-controversial places like county health departments should be at the front of the line. Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be able to cut the line. We also shouldn’t be duplicating services when there are counties that have no services.”

A spokeswoman for Governor Snyder’s office has said the language may violate the state constitution because it changes a state law, but the budget language doesn’t change the state law.

Listing said, “We think the governor has been given bad information. Our state’s law is clear, and the budget simply requires MDHHS to follow the law.”

Background Information:
PA 360 of 2002

Ask Dr. Universe – How Trees Survive After a Wildfire

Dear Dr. Universe: How do some trees survive after being burned in a wildfire?
-S.P., Quilcene, WA

Dear S.P.,

While it might seem like wildfires only cause destruction, they are actually a natural and important part of keeping forests healthy. After many years, trees have adapted to their homes. Some are pretty invincible when it comes to surviving a wildfire.

There are a few ways they can survive, says my friend Andy Perleberg. He’s a forestry expert at Washington State University.

One thing that protects trees from wildfire is thick bark. In Washington state, the most common trees with really thick bark are the western larch and ponderosa pine. Ponderosa pine actually has jigsaw-puzzle shaped pieces of bark. Maybe you have seen these in your neighborhood. Some people call the pieces “scales,” Perleberg said. When on fire, these scales peel back and fall to the floor, taking the fire back to the ground.

The tree makes sugar—its food– through a process called photosynthesis. Under the bark is a very important part of the tree that helps the tree mobilize sugar called the phloem.

It helps move sugars around the tree and to the roots. The thick layer of bark also helps protect the tree’s food-processing system from fire and other damage so it can get the energy it needs to survive.

When a fire happens, some trees will release a kind of sticky, honey-like substance called sap, or pitch. The pitch will flow into cracks where fire could reach that very fragile phloem. It’s kind of like smearing putty over a crack in a wall, Perleberg adds. This leaves the tree with a fire scar, he says, but the tree survives and keeps growing.

Fire ecologists can use these fire scars to trace the patterns of historic fires and how often they happened. Sometimes, fires occur naturally through lightning strikes. Sometimes, fires are man-made, and Native Americans traditionally burned areas to help people survive, encourage certain plants and keep ecosystems healthy.

Some trees have also adapted to shed their lower limbs. As the tree grows higher and higher, some limbs don’t grow anymore. The fire can’t climb up the tree as quickly without the source of fuel to help it along.

After a fire, the trees left standing likely had thick bark or another one of these adaptations. Meanwhile, the rest of the dead trees will also have a new purpose in life.

Dead trees and old plants that turn into ash return important things, called nutrients, to the soil. The old trees also become habitats to some kinds of wildlife that live in the forest. Bark beetles like the weak trees and go in to eat the sugary layer beneath the bark. Other critters, like flying squirrels or tree frogs, might turn a dead tree into their new home in the forest.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 10/08/18

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

OCTOBER 8, 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: 9/24/18 & 9/28/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Motion Dynamics IFT request
B. OPEB discussion

08. New Business
A. Health insurance discussion
B. MCCR of Muskegon request for Charitable Gaming License
C. Yard sale discussion

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

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

Ottawa County Tackles Challenging Groundwater Issues with Proactive Planning

One of the last places you would expect to encounter a challenge with ensuring a sustainable supply of fresh groundwater is Ottawa County. Situated along 24 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, with the Grand River traversing its landscape and Lake Macatawa and Spring Lake within its borders, Ottawa County is a popular destination for recreation, business, and living. Access to water is perceivably abundant. However, the water that is located underground and out of view, which is used by thousands of residents as their primary source of fresh drinking water as well as by farmers to irrigate their crops, is at risk.

Originally alerted to groundwater concerns nearly a decade ago, Ottawa County hired Michigan State University (MSU) in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive study of the quality and sustainability of the County’s groundwater system. MSU’s scientific findings released in Spring 2018 confirmed the anecdotal evidence—water levels in the deep bedrock aquifer are declining, and chloride concentrations in the water are increasing. Moreover, the findings of this study support what we’ve known all along—water conservation is critical, even in our Great Lakes State.

MSU’s groundwater study points to unique geological features located underneath several communities in the central areas of Ottawa County as a contributing factor to the groundwater challenge. These areas are seeing declining groundwater levels due to thick layers of clay deposits that prevent water from re-entering the bedrock aquifer locally. As groundwater is continually pumped out of the aquifer, the system is not being “recharged” fast enough to keep up with demand. Furthermore, as the water levels continue to decline, naturally occurring brines (salt) found in the bedrock aquifer are mixing with the groundwater at an increasing rate, resulting in a higher concentration of chloride in the water.  Elevated levels of sodium chloride in water can corrode pipes, damage crops, and potentially exacerbate health concerns among individuals with high blood pressure. The Static Water Levels (SWLs), which is the level of water in a well when the pump is not operating, have actually been on the decline in this area since the 1960s. Extensive historical data shows that some areas of the County have seen a drop of as much as 40 feet over the last 50+ years. Estimates show that if water consumption continues on the current path without intervention, these areas will see another 10 to 15-foot decline in the next 20 years. A decline of this magnitude could result in wells that are inoperable due to reduced or minimally available water resources or unusable because of high chloride concentrations.

Effective water management and planning is key to reversing these issues. “The groundwater concern in Ottawa County is not unresolvable,” said John Yellich, Director of the Michigan Geological Survey. “Other areas of the country have faced similar challenges, and they’ve been able to develop successful strategies to ensure a sustainable water supply.” Another important factor in Ottawa County’s planning effort is to promote and reinforce the need for all residents and businesses to practice water conservation. Paul Sachs, Director of Ottawa County’s Planning and Performance Improvement Department, added, “As the County, West Michigan, and Michigan as a whole continue to prosper, the need for everyone to recognize and practice water conservation will become increasingly more important. Our fresh water supply is not unlimited.”

The County’s Plan for managing its groundwater resources into the future is a collaborative effort that involves multiple partners including, but not limited to, Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan Geological Survey, Michigan Groundwater Association, the County Department of Public Health, and County Road Commission Public Utilities Department, among many other stakeholders, scientists, experts, and local decision-makers.

To learn more about how Ottawa County is proactively addressing this groundwater issue and what you can do to help, go to www.miOttawa.org/groundwater. Here you can watch a short video titled “Managing Our Groundwater,” read in-depth about the County’s Groundwater Study and the conceptual Groundwater Management Plan, utilize an interactive groundwater mapping tool, and learn ways to conserve water at your home or workplace.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson Receives National Award for Promoting Organ Donation

Nearly 65 percent of Michigan adults have joined Organ Donor Registry

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Secretary of State Ruth Johnson receives award from Gift of Life Michigan CEO Dorrie Dils

The national organ donation advocacy group Donate Life America has awarded Secretary of State Ruth Johnson its DMV Innovation Award for her and her office’s efforts to promote organ donation and encourage people to join the state’s donor registry, she announced today.

Johnson praised and thanked Secretary of State staff today during the announcement at the Flint Area SUPER!Center for their tireless efforts that resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of people on the donor registry. The secretary was joined by Gift of Life Michigan CEO Dorrie Dils; John Gleason, the Genesee County clerk and a donation recipient; and representatives from Eversight, the state’s cornea and eye tissue recovery program.

“I’m so proud of our team and grateful for this honor,” Johnson said. “We’re seeing miracles happen every day with organ, tissue and cornea donation thanks to these great people. It’s been a privilege working with them.”

Johnson made huge changes in the way the Secretary of State’s Office approached organ donation when she took office in 2011. Working with her partners, she created an advisory task force, put organ donor reminders on widely-used forms, enlisted social media and directed employees to ask customers if they wanted to sign up, doubling the percentage of names on the list. About 85 percent of people who sign up do so through the Secretary of State’s Office.

Since that time, the registry has grown from 27 percent of Michigan adults in 2011 to more than 64 percent to date, with the registry now topping 5 million names. The Secretary of State’s Flint Super!Center, host site for today’s event, added more than 49,000 people to the registry during that timeframe, mostly from Oakland and Genesee counties.

Fruitport Board of Education Workshop Minutes – 09/24/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Board Workshop
September 24, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Workshop of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-124. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes
Item 18-125. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 17, 2018.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. District Data Update
Curriculum Director, Allison Camp shared M-Step data.

3. Superintendent Evaluation
Dave Hazekamp and Steve Kelly shared superintendent evaluation information. They discussed a completion date and scheduled the next board workshop.

Item 18-126. Schedule a Board Workshop. MOTION by Hazekamp, SECOND by Kelly to schedule a board workshop for October 15, 2018 following the regular board meeting. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. ACEs Update
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak shared information on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how the new Navigator is taking steps to inform staff and administration about building relationships.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-127. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/01/18 – 10/08/18

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

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat!  Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older.  The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
October @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Series
October 1 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for their Fall 2018 Lecture Series!  The lectures will all be on Monday nights and begin at 6:00pm.  This year, the lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, per lecture.  If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.
•  October 1 – World War II Asia/Fred Johnson
•  October 8 – World War II Europe/Kurt Troutman and George Maniates
•  October 15 – Korean War/Ron Janowski
•  October 22 – Vietnam War/Jim Smither
•  October 29 – D-Day/Ed Gordon
•  November 5 – War Road Trip Summary/Bill Jacobks

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

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities
October @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
September 29 – October 27 on Saturdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Weesies Brothers Garden Center & Landscaping invites you to join them for Spookley the Square Pumpkin Fall Activities!  Weesie’s is spreading Halloween cheer and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and how to put an end to it!
Come join the fun at their Montague location featuring Spookley Trail Rides and Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides where you can pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch!  Be sure to visit Spookley’s Playground with new attractions and activities.  It’s lots of fun for the whole family!
Rain may delay or cancel some activities so be sure to call ahead of time at 231-894-4742 if the weather is bad.  The last wagon to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4:30pm on Saturdays and 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The cost is 6 per person and includes all activities and a pumpkin.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin tells the story of a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch.  Spookley initially faces ridicule from the other pumpkins for being different.  Then, one night during a terrible storm, Spookley saves the other pumpkins and they learn that what makes you different is what makes you special.  His story, available as both a book and DVD, delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun format for kids.

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.

White Lake Classical Series: Gregory Maytan
October 2 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for the White Lake Classical Series featuring Gregory Maytan on violin playing the music of Mozart, Biber, and Sibelius!  The cover is $5.
Gregory Maytan has been praised for his ‘infectious vitality’ and for his ‘lyrical freshness’ by The Strad, who also awarded his CD of Scandinavian music with the distinction of CD of the Month.  The Nordsee Zeitung, Strings Magazine and the American Record Guide have also reviewed Maytan’s performances favorably.
Come early (6:15pm) for a delicious dinner of Italian garlic pork tenderloin, rosemary mashed potatoes, green beans with water chestnuts, glass of house wine and apple pie for only $17.  RSVP to The Book Nook & Java Shop at (231) 894-5333.

The Grape Escape
October 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, October 3 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, the Muskegon Rotary Club invites you to join them for The Grape Escape!  This annual fundraising event promotes goodwill in the community, supports community projects, and directly benefits a local charity.  It includes a night of food, wine and beer tasting as well as a silent auction.  For the 15th year, they are focusing on the many years of philanthropy and goodwill the event has provided and they hope to continue the tradition for many more years.  Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at www.startickets.com or at the Frauenthal Center Box Office.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

ahFest Film Fest: Doubt
October 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 3 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to enjoy a free screening of the film “Doubt” as part of Muskegon Community College’s ahFest (Arts and Humanities Festival)!
“What do you do when you’re not sure?” So asks Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a progressive priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon.  It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep).  However, when an accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself.  As for the truth of the matter, Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.”  Director John Patrick Shanley’s characters balance on the thin line between truth and consequences.  Doubt: A Parable, will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with their uncertainties.
A Muskegon Community College instructor will introduce the film. Film admission, popcorn and cider are free.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase.  Auditorium doors close at 6:00pm.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Jason Quigno Sculpture Dedication, Reception & Lecture
October 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 4 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the unveiling of the newest addition to the Downtown Muskegon Public Art Collection, “Niikonii Kiinaa” or “All My Relations” by sculptor Jason Quigno.  The dedication of the sculpture takes place at 5:30pm at the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the old Union Depot train station (610 W. Western Ave.).  Everyone will then gather at the Muskegon Museum of Art at 6:00pm for a reception and artist talk with Jason Quigno.  The dedication and reception are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 231-722-3751.
This project is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Downtown Arts Committee, Muskegon Museum of Art, City of Muskegon, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the County of Muskegon, and a generous cadre of individuals and businesses.

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

Dr. Alveda King:  Redeeming the Dream
October 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, October 4 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “ Redeeming the Dream” as part of Muskegon Community College’s ahFest!  This is a community-wide educational event to benefit Muskegon Pregnancy Services featuring Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Alveda King, the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky.  She was jailed during the Open Housing movement.  Dr. Alveda King sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.
Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for those under 21.  For tickets or more information, call 231-727-8001.
ahFest 2018:
The Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival joins hundreds of arts and humanities organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October. The Festival brings awareness of the arts and humanities to the people of our community through activities that honor the efforts of artists, historians, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of everyday life.
In October 2018, various arts, humanities, and community groups will collaborate on Muskegon’s 18th Annual Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival.  The festival’s mission is to celebrate, acknowledge and examine the world of ideas as they are expressed in the arts and humanities.  The festival encourages the entire community to explore cultural, artistic and educational events centered on a central theme.
The theme for 2018 will be Truth.

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

Dallas String Quartet “DSQ Electric”
October 5 @ 7:30 pm
October 5 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for a free performance by DSQ Electric!  This international music sensation offers a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings.  With the 2016 release of their fourth album “DSQ,” they continue to expand their passionate following on Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM radio.  DSQ performs as a quartet with the full accompaniment of drums and guitar.
The Wall Street Journal, A & E, WFAA- ABC, and ESPN have all featured Dallas String Quartet Electric.  In addition to performing Internationally, DSQ has performed “at home” for Presidents Obama and Bush, The College Football Playoff, NBA and NFL Organizations.  DSQ has sold out venues like the House of Blues and Symphony Halls alike.  They have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Comprised of composer and violinist Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, bassist Young Heo, guitarist Anthony Plant and percussionist/drummer Efren Guzman, DSQ takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide.
To learn more about DSQ, visit www.robinklingerentertainment.com/project/dallas-string-quartet.  The show is free, but you do need tickets which will be available through the box office beginning September 5 at 11:00am.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Buster Keaton Film: The Great Buster
October 6
One Night Only!  October 6 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for the Buster Keaton feature film The Great Buster by Peter Bogdanovich. This film starts in select theaters October 5 and Muskegon will show it One Night Only October 6, as well as the short film “THE LOVE NEST” (20 min.). Both are silent films starring Buster Keaton.  Tickets are $8. This is certain to please Buster Keaton aficionados and newcomers alike! To become a member of the Keaton Society visit www.busterstuff.com.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant Fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour! This free self-guided tour happens October 6, 13 and 20 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber/CVB at the Whitehall Depot 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall. Using the map as a guide you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes! Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot. For more information call 231-724-3100.

Pasta Making with Chef Char
October 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 6, from 10:00am – 12:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Pasta Making with Chef Char!”
Homemade pasta is easy and delicious.  In this class, learn to make traditional egg pasta, spinach pasta and tomato pasta from scratch.  Take the pasta a step further and fill homemade ravioli with a delicious cheese and herb filling before cooking to perfection.  You will also make a big batch of homemade marinara sauce to try in class and take some home for later.  All culinary skills are welcome for ages 10 up through adults.  You will be using Kitchenaid attachments and old fashioned pasta rollers including a rolling pin!  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Free Historic Sites Tours to Muskegon County Residents
October 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays in October, from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Muskegon County residents can tour our historic sites for free!  Tours include the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  This is the museum’s way to say “thank you” to the residents of Muskegon County for supporting our millage each year!  For more information, call 231-722-0278 or visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
October 6 @ 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.

Knowsmoke Zombie Walk
October 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Calling All Zombies!  Saturday, October 6 from 12:00pm – 3:30pm, join the Knowsmoke Zombie Walk and declare yourself part of the smoke and vape free generation!  The Knowsmoke Zombie Walk starts with check-in at the Heritage Landing at 12:00pm.  Get tobacco zombie-fied and learn to do the zombie walk and then take to the Lakeshore Trail.  After the zombies have terrorized the trail, you will head back to Heritage Landing for tobacco reduction related festivities.  From 2:00pm – 3:30pm there will be light treats, fun activities, a monster dance, and more.  Prizes will be up for grabs for the best costume that displays the health hazards of tobacco use.  Every walker will receive a FREE Knowsmoke Zombie Walk collectible medal.  Youth age 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.  No pets, roller blades, bicycles, smoking or weapons are allowed for the safety of all participants.  For more information call (231) 724-1263.

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

Aquastar Cruises
October 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess!  Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise.   As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available.  The ticket price is $20.  Kids under 10 are admitted free with adults.  For more information or tickets, visit their website at https://aquastarcruises.com/ or call 231-903-0669.

Performances @ The Block: Organissimo
October 6 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for Organissimo, a jazz organ trio with a unique sound which combines jazz, blues, funk, soul and Latin Music.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm.

Back Alley Comedy Club: T.J. Miller
October 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday, October 8 at 8:00pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club inside Sherman Bowling Center for stand-up comedy from T.J. Miller!
Miller is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world, or the finance world.  He was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and EW’s “Next Big Things in Comedy”.  Miller’s voice stars in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, BIG HERO 6.  You may recognize his non-animated face and body from his roles in FOX’s big screen comic book adaptation of DEADPOOL, the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, 2014’s surprise indie hit TRANSFORMERS 4, and Mike Judge’s HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, now in its third season.
Tickets are $27 in advance.  For more information, call (231) 755-1258

Will Graham Preaches the Gospel in Scotland

wgrahamOn June 15-17, evangelist Will Graham held a Celebration of Hope in Falkirk, Scotland. A total of 9,533 people attended the weekend-long outreach, and more than 700 people responded to the invitation to make a commitment to Christ. Thousands more, representing dozens of countries around the world, watched the messages via web stream and Facebook Live.

“Jesus is different than anyone else in human history. Jesus never sinned. He brought people back to life. He healed on the spot. He restored sight to the blind. And He’s the only One who died for your sins,” said Graham during one of the weekend’s four evangelistic services. “Jesus Christ isn’t dead. He’s alive today, and He wants to come into your life!”

Later this year Will Graham will hold multi-day outreaches in Canada and Thailand. For stories, photos, and videos from previous Celebrations or to find updates on upcoming events, visit www.billygraham.org.

Ask Dr. Universe – Where Bees Sleep

Dr. Universe: Where do bees sleep? – Annalisa, 10, Middletown, NJ

Dear Annalisa,

Sleep is important for lots of the animals on our planet. Just like you need a good rest, so do bees. But, bee sleep is different than human sleep.

That’s what I found out from my friend Brandon Hopkins, a bee researcher at Washington State University. I asked him how you can tell if a bee is asleep.

“They don’t have eyelids, so you can’t just look for bees with their eyes closed,” he said. “By carefully watching bees, scientists have found that honey bees stop moving their antennae and in some cases fall over sideways.”

Sometimes other bees will try to help keep a bee from falling over. They actually hang onto the fellow bee’s legs so it won’t fall off the honeycomb. That’s some serious team work. The sleeping honey bee also relaxes its muscles so the upper body and rear-end droop a little. It’s wings may also rest on its body.

Exactly where a bee sleeps depends on where it lives. More than 20,000 known species of bees live on our planet and we find them in different places.

Honey bees work day and night and take shifts sleeping inside the hive. Their sleep patterns change as they grow up. Younger bees sleep a lot less than the older bees. The older foraging bees that collect pollen and bring it back to the hive have more of a regular sleeping pattern.

It’s a little hard to say how long they sleep, but these older bees catch between 30 minutes and an hour and a half each night. To get all that rest, they take little sleeps, or catnaps, of about 15 to 30 seconds at a time.

It’s very important that honey bees sleep, Hopkins explains. Researchers have found that older honey bees need sleep because it helps their memory. Yes, bees can learn and remember things, too. They need to have good memory to remember where they find pollen and nectar.

In studies where bees stayed awake for long periods of time, scientists also found that bees were poor dancers.

It’s ok if a human is a poor dancer, but honey bees dance to communicate with other bees and tell each other where they might find flowers.

“If they are sloppy dancers, the hive becomes less efficient and won’t be able to collect as much nectar and pollen,” Hopkins says.

Then again, not all bees live in live in hives or have a colony. Some are solitary bees, like the teddy bear bee. The teddy bear bee often bites into small branches and hangs there for the night. Other solitary bees will sleep in their nests or on plants.

Now that you know bees sleep, maybe you’ll spot one taking a snooze in your neighborhood. Just be sure and let it rest. In meantime, you can watch this short video of a sleepy bee catching some z’s.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Shipwreck Legends Come to Life at Whitefish Point, in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula

guysinshipThe 80-mile stretch of desolate shoreline between Whitefish Point and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has come to be known as Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. Over 200 ships have come to a watery grave in this area, including the mysterious wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald, once the largest ship operating on the Great Lakes at 729’ in length, was fighting her way to the protective waters of Whitefish Bay when she inexplicably vanished, just 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point. This all happened, not so long ago, on November 10, 1975.

lighthouseTo borrow Great Lakes maritime historian Fred Stonehouse’s words, the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald has, for many, “come to represent all shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.” This is really true, but the Fitz is just one story and the lakes have many shipwreck tales to tell. For most visitors to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, these human stories can be shocking, both in the dramatic nature of the wrecks themselves, but also in the heroism of the men and women who miraculously survived incredible conditions.

The museum is located on the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior, and this venerable old tower has been guiding ships around the Point since the U.S. Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. What was it like to be lighthouse keeper at such a remote location? How about growing up at a lighthouse? What was family life like for the keepers and their families? What dangers did they face? Did the Lighthouse Keepers ever have to help shipwreck victims? These questions are all answered as you tour the restored Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters, just beneath the shining light itself.

Fruitport Township Board Special Meeting Agenda – 09/28/18

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
September 28, 2018
5:00 P.M.

SPECIAL MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll Call
03. Public Comments Regarding Agenda Items

04. Unfinished Business– none

05. New Business
1. Approval to pave Farr Rd from Brooks to Farr Park

06. Public Comment
07. Adjournment

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

Immigration in the National Interest

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at Hillsdale College’s Eighth Annual Constitution Day Celebration.

By Tom Cotton
October 1, 2017

Last year, for the first time in our nation’s history, the American people elected as president someone with no high government experience—not a senator, not a congressman, not a governor, not a cabinet secretary, not a general. They did this, I believe, because they’ve lost faith in both the competence and the intentions of our governing class—of both parties! Government now takes nearly half of every dollar we earn and bosses us around in every aspect of life, yet can’t deliver basic services well. Our working class—the “forgotten man,” to use the phrase favored by Ronald Reagan and FDR—has seen its wages stagnate, while the four richest counties in America are inside the Washington Beltway. The kids of the working class are those who chiefly fight our seemingly endless wars and police our streets, only to come in for criticism too often from the very elite who sleep under the blanket of security they provide.

Donald Trump understood these things, though I should add he didn’t cause them. His victory was more effect than cause of our present discontents. The multiplying failures and arrogance of our governing class are what created the conditions for his victory.

Immigration is probably the best example of this. President Trump deviated from Republican orthodoxy on several issues, but immigration was the defining issue in which he broke from the bipartisan conventional wisdom. For years, all Democrats and many Republicans have agreed on the outline of what’s commonly called “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is Washington code for amnesty, mass immigration, and open borders in perpetuity.

This approach was embodied most recently in the so-called Gang of Eight bill in 2013. It passed the Senate, but thankfully we killed it in the House, which I consider among my chief accomplishments in Congress so far. Two members of the Gang of Eight ran for my party’s nomination for president last year. Neither won a single statewide primary. Donald Trump denounced the bill, and he won the nomination.

Likewise, Hillary Clinton campaigned not just for mass immigration, but also on a policy of no deportations of anyone, ever, who is illegally present in our country. She also accused her opponent of racism and xenophobia. Yet Donald Trump beat her by winning states that no Republican had won since the 1980s.

Clearly, immigration was an issue of signal importance in the election. That’s because immigration is more than just another issue. It touches upon fundamental questions of citizenship, community, and identity. For too long, a bipartisan, cosmopolitan elite has dismissed the people’s legitimate concerns about these things and put its own interests above the national interest.

No one captured this sensibility better than President Obama, when he famously called himself “a citizen of the world.” With that phrase, he revealed a deep misunderstanding of citizenship. After all, “citizen” and “city” share the same Greek root word: citizenship by definition means that you belong to a particular political community. Yet many of our elites share Mr. Obama’s sensibility. They believe that American citizenship—real, actual citizenship—is meaningless, ought not be foreclosed to anyone, and ought not be the basis for distinctions between citizens and foreigners. You might say they think American exceptionalism lies in not making exceptions when it comes to citizenship.

This globalist mindset is not only foreign to most Americans. It’s also foreign to the American political tradition.

Take the Declaration of Independence. Our cosmopolitan elites love to cite its stirring passages about the rights of mankind when they talk about immigration or refugees. They’re not wrong to do so. Unlike any other country, America is an idea—but it is not only an idea. America is a real, particular place with real borders and real, flesh-and-blood people. And the Declaration tells us it was so from the very beginning.

Prior to those stirring passages about “unalienable Rights” and “Nature’s God,” in the Declaration’s very first sentence in fact, the Founders say it has become “necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands” that tie them to another—one people, not all people, not citizens of the world, but actual people who make up actual colonies. The Founders frequently use the words we and us throughout the Declaration to describe that people.

Furthermore, on several occasions, the Declaration speaks of “these Colonies” or “these States.” The Founders were concerned about their own circumstances; they owed a duty to their own people who had sent them as representatives to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. They weren’t trying to free South America from Spanish or Portuguese dominion, much as they might have opposed that dominion.

Perhaps most notably, the Founders explain towards the end of the Declaration that they had appealed not only to King George for redress, but also to their fellow British citizens, yet those fellow citizens had been “deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” Consanguinity!—blood ties! That’s pretty much the opposite of being a citizen of the world.

So while the Declaration is of course a universal document, it’s also a particular document about one nation and one people. Its signers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to each other, in English, right here in America—not in Esperanto to mankind in the abstract.

The Constitution affirms this concept of American citizenship. It includes only one reference to immigration, where it empowers Congress to establish a “uniform Rule of Naturalization.” It’s worth pondering a couple points here.

First, what’s that word uniform doing? The Constitution uses the word only three times, when requiring uniform rules for naturalization, bankruptcies, and taxation. These are things that could either knit our Union together or blow it apart—taxation by the central government, the system of credit upon which the free enterprise system depends, and the meaning of citizenship. On these, the Framers insisted upon a uniform, nationwide standard. Diverse habits and laws are suitable for many things in our continental republic, but not for all things. In particular, we can only have “one people” united by a common understanding of citizenship.

Second, the word naturalization implies a process by which foreigners can renounce their former allegiances and become citizens of the United States. They can cast off what accident and force have thrust upon them—race, class, ethnicity—and take on, by reflection and choice, a new title: American. That is a wonderful and beautiful thing, and one of which we are all justly proud. Few Americans love our land so much as the immigrants who’ve escaped the yoke of tyranny.

But our cosmopolitan elites take this to an extreme. They think because anyone can become an American, we’re morally obligated to treat everyone like an American. If you disagree, you’re considered hard-hearted, bigoted, intolerant, xenophobic. So the only policies that aren’t inherently un-American are those that effectively erase our borders and erase the distinction between citizen and foreigner: don’t erect barriers on the border; give sanctuary cities a pass; spare illegal immigrants from deportation; allow American businesses to import as much cheap labor as they want. Anything less, the elites say, is a betrayal of our ideals.

But that’s wrong. Just because you can become an American doesn’t mean you are an American. And it certainly doesn’t mean we must treat you as an American, especially if you don’t play by our rules. After all, in our unique brand of nationalism, which connects our people through our ideas, repudiating our law is kind of like renouncing your blood ties in the monarchical lands of old. And what law is more fundamental to a political community than who gets to become a citizen, under what conditions, and when?

While we wish our fellow man well, it’s only our fellow citizens to whom we have a duty and whose rights our government was created to protect. And among the highest obligations we owe to each other is to ensure that every working American can lead a dignified life. If you look across our history, I’d argue that’s always been the purpose of our immigration system: to create conditions in which normal, hard-working Americans can thrive.

Look no further than what James Madison said on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1790, when the very first Congress was debating our very first naturalization law. He said, “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us, and throw their fortunes into a common lot with ours.” “The worthy part,” not the entire world. Madison continued, “But why is this desirable? Not merely to swell the catalogue of people. No, sir, it is to increase the wealth and strength of the community.”

“To increase the wealth and strength of the community.” That’s quite a contrast to today’s elite consensus. Our immigration system shouldn’t exist to serve the interests of foreigners or wealthy Americans. No, it ought to benefit working Americans and serve the national interest—that’s the purpose of immigration and the theme of the story of American immigration.

When open-borders enthusiasts tell that story, it sounds more like a fairy tale. The way they tell it, America at first was a land that accepted all comers without conditions. But then, periodically, the forces of nativism and bigotry reared their ugly head and placed restrictions on who could immigrate. The forces of darkness triumphed, by this telling, with the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924. But they were defeated with the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which again opened our shores and is still the law governing our immigration system today. Since 1965, everyone has lived happily ever after.

If I were to grade these storytellers, I would give them an F for history and an A for creative writing. The history of immigration in America is not one of ever-growing tides of huddled masses from the Pilgrims to today. On the contrary, throughout our history, American immigration has followed a surge-and-pause pattern. The first big wave was the Irish and German immigrants in the 1840s and 1850s. Then immigration tapered off during the Civil War. The second big wave was the central and southern European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. That wave ended with the 1924 Act and the years of lower immigration that followed. And now we’re in the longest wave yet, the surge of immigration from Latin America and East and South Asia, which has followed from the 1965 Act.

In this actual history—not the fairy tale history—the 1924 Act is not an aberration, but an ebb in the regular ebb and flow of immigration to America. After decades of unskilled mass immigration, that law responded by controlling future immigration flows. One result of lower levels of immigration was that it allowed those earlier immigrants to assimilate, learn new skills, and move up the economic ladder, creating the conditions for mass affluence in the post-war era.

Now, there’s no denying that the story of American immigration has its uglier chapters: the Chinese Exclusion Act, the national-origins quota system imposed by the 1924 Act, the indifference to Jews in the 1930s. We ought to remember and learn from this history. One important lesson, though, is this: if the political class had heeded the concerns of working Americans during the second big wave, the 1924 Act would likely have passed earlier and been less restrictionist. The danger lies not in addressing the people’s legitimate, reasonable concerns about immigration, but in ignoring those concerns and slandering the people as bigots.

But then, we shouldn’t be surprised when politicians fail to understand fully the implications of their actions. Take the 1965 Act. That law ended the national-origins quota system, and at the time its importance was minimized. When President Johnson signed it into law, he said, “This bill . . . is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives, or really add importantly to either our wealth or our power.”

How wrong he was.

The economy we’re living in today is in no small part a result of the 1965 Act, which opened the door to mass immigration of unskilled and low-skilled workers, primarily through unlimited family chain migration. And that’s not an economy anyone should be satisfied with.

Today, we have about a million immigrants per year. That’s like adding the population of Montana every year—or the population of Arkansas every three years. But only one in 15—one in 15 of those millions of immigrants—comes here for employment-based reasons. The vast majority come here simply because they happen to be related to someone already here. That’s why, for example, we have more Somalia-born residents than Australia-born residents, even though Australia is nearly twice the size of Somalia and Australians are better prepared, as a general matter, to integrate and assimilate into the American way of life.

In sum, over 36 million immigrants, or 94 percent of the total, have come to America over the last 50 years for reasons having nothing to do with employment. And that’s to say nothing of the over 24 million illegal immigrants who have come here. Put them together and you have 60 million immigrants, legal and illegal, who did not come to this country because of a job offer or because of their skills. That’s like adding almost the entire population of the United Kingdom. And this is still leaving aside the millions of temporary guest workers who we import every year into our country.

Unlike many open-border zealots, I don’t believe the law of supply and demand is magically repealed for the labor markets. That means that our immigration system has been depressing wages for people who work with their hands and on their feet. Wages for Americans with high school diplomas are down two percent since the late 1970s. For Americans who didn’t finish high school, they’re down by a staggering 17 percent. Although immigration has a minimal effect overall on the wages of Americans, it has a severe negative effect on low-skilled workers, minorities, and even recent immigrants.

Is automation to blame in part? Sure. Globalized trade? Yes, of course. But there’s no denying that a steady supply of cheap, unskilled labor has hurt working-class wages as well. Among those three factors, immigration policy is the one that we can control most easily for the benefit of American workers. Yet we’ve done the opposite.

I know the response of open-border enthusiasts: they plead that we need a steady supply of cheap unskilled labor because there are “jobs that no American will do.” But that just isn’t so. There is no job Americans won’t do. In fact, there’s no industry in America in which the majority of workers are not natural-born Americans—not landscapers, not construction workers, not ski instructors, not lifeguards, not resort workers, not childcare workers—not a single job that over-educated elites associate with immigrants. The simple fact is, if the wage is decent and the employer obeys the law, Americans will do any job. And for tough, dangerous, and physically demanding jobs, maybe working folks do deserve a bit of a raise.

“No American will do that job.” Let me just pause for a moment and confess how much I detest that sentiment. In addition to being ignorant of the economic facts, it’s insulting, condescending, and demeaning to our countrymen. Millions of Americans make our hotel beds and build our houses and clean our offices; imagine how they feel when they hear some pampered elite say no American will do their job. And finally, I must say, that sentiment also carries more than a whiff of the very prejudice of which they accuse those concerned about the effects of mass immigration.

But the harmful impact on blue-collar workers isn’t the only problem with the current system. Because we give two-thirds of our green cards to relatives of people here, there are huge backlogs in the system. This forces highly talented immigrants to wait in line for years behind applicants whose only claim to naturalization is a random family connection to someone who happened to get here years ago. We therefore lose out on the very best talent coming into our country—the ultra-high-skilled immigrants who can come to America, stand on their own two feet, pay taxes, and through their entrepreneurial spirit and innovation create more and higher-paying jobs for our citizens.

To put it simply, we have an immigration system that is badly failing Madison’s test of increasing the wealth and strength of the community. It might work to the advantage of a favored few, but not for the common good, and especially not the good of working-class Americans.

This is why I’ve introduced legislation to fix our naturalization system. It’s called the RAISE Act: Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy.

The RAISE Act will correct the flaws in the 1965 Act by reorienting our immigration system towards foreigners who have the most to contribute to our country. It would create a skills-based points system similar to Canada’s and Australia’s. Here’s how it would work. When people apply to immigrate, they’d be given an easy-to-calculate score, on a scale of 0 to 100, based on their education, age, job salary, investment ability, English-language skills, and any extraordinary achievements. Then, twice a year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would invite the top scorers to complete their applications, and it would invite enough high-scoring applicants to fill the current 140,000 annual employment-based green-card slots.

We’d still admit spouses and unmarried minor children of citizens and legal permanent residents. But we’d end the preferences for most extended and adult family members—no more unlimited chain migration. We’d also eliminate the so-called diversity visa lottery, which hands out green cards randomly without regard to skills or family connections, and which is plagued by fraud. We’d remove per-country caps on immigration, too, so that high-skilled applicants aren’t shut out of the process simply because of their country of origin. And finally, we’d cap the number of refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 per year, in line with the recent average for the Bush era and most of the Obama era—and still quite generous.

Add it all up and our annual immigrant pool would be younger, higher-skilled, and ready to contribute to our economy without using welfare, as more than half of immigrant households do today. No longer would we distribute green cards essentially based on random chance. Nor would we import millions of unskilled workers to take jobs from blue-collar Americans and undercut their wages. And over a ten-year period, our annual immigration levels would decrease by half, gradually returning to historical norms.

Given current events, this legislation is timelier than ever. Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would wind down, over six months, the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. President Obama abused his authority with DACA—which purported to give legal status to illegal immigrants who arrived here as children and who are now in their twenties and thirties—because, as we’ve seen, the Constitution reserves to Congress the power to make uniform laws of naturalization.

Because of President Obama’s unlawful action, about 700,000 people are now in a kind of legal limbo. President Trump did the right thing as a matter of law by ending DACA, though as a matter of policy he’d prefer its beneficiaries don’t face deportation. Democrats agree, as do a lot of Republicans. So the question isn’t so much about deportation, but rather if and what kind of compromise Congress can strike.

Here’s where the RAISE Act comes in. We can, if we choose, grant citizenship to those illegal immigrants who came here through no fault of their own as kids and who’ve otherwise been law-abiding, productive citizens. But if we do, it will have the effect of legalizing through chain migration their parents—the very people who created the problem by bringing the kids here illegally. Some like to say that children shouldn’t pay for the crimes of the parents, but surely parents can pay for the crimes of the parents. And that’s to say nothing of their siblings and spouses, and then all the second- and third-order chain migration those people create. So simply codifying DACA without ending chain migration would rapidly accelerate the wave of unskilled immigrant labor that’s been depressing the wages of working Americans.

An obvious compromise, then, is to pair any attempt to codify DACA with reform of the green card system to protect American workers. A stand-alone amnesty will not do. Nor will an amnesty with vague promises of “border security,” which never seem to materialize or get funded once the pressure is off Congress. But if we codify DACA along with the reforms in the RAISE Act, we will protect working Americans from the worst consequences of President Obama’s irresponsible decision.

President Trump has said that chain migration must be ended in any legislative compromise, and he’s highlighted the RAISE Act as a good starting point for those negotiations. I support that approach, and I’m committed to working with my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans alike, on a deal that protects American workers and strengthens our community.

Immigration has emerged in recent years as a kind of acid test for our leaders—a test they’ve mostly failed. Our cosmopolitan elite—in both parties—has pursued a radical immigration policy that’s inconsistent with our history and our political tradition. They’ve celebrated the American idea, yet undermined the actual American people of the here and now. They’ve forgotten that the Declaration speaks of “one people” and the Constitution of “We the People.” At the same time, they’ve enriched themselves and improved their quality of life, while creating a new class of forgotten men.

There’s probably no issue that calls more for an “America first” approach than immigration. After all, the guidepost of our immigration policy should be putting Americans first—not foreigners and not a tiny elite. Our immigration policy should serve the “wealth and strength” of our people, as Madison said in that first Congress. It should not divide our nation, impoverish our workers, or promote hyphenated Americanism.

Citizenship is the most cherished thing our nation can bestow. Our governing class ought to treat it as something special. We ought to put the interests of our citizens first and welcome those foreigners best prepared to handle the duties of citizenship and contribute positively to our country. When we do, our fellow Americans will begin to trust us once again.

Congratulations, Future 15!

Approximately 200 people gathered at your chamber’s Future 15 STIR Networking Event last month celebrating fifteen of the Muskegon Lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals:

futurefifteen• Alison Updyke, Wildflower Studios
• Andrew Mann, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity
• Cherrelle Hughey, Community enCompass
• David Manley, Core Realty Partners
• JacQuaye A. Payne, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
• Jake Eckholm, City of Muskegon Heights
• Jimmy Hegedus, Great Lakes Dental Excellence
• Jocelyn Hines, Community Foundation for Muskegon County
• Joshua Mueller, Spectrum Health
• Kara Zielinski, United Way of the Lakeshore
• Kevin D. Osterhart, Concept Design Studio
• Megan Aney, Sitting Pretty Pet Spa & Boutique
• Philip David DeYoung, Self Employed Musician
• Rachel Stewart, Muskegon Community College
• Travis Dodge, Longer Days

The 2018 Future 15 finalists were recognized for contributing to the growth and success of their company or organization and the positive impact they are making in the Muskegon Lakeshore community.

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

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

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jeff Jacobs, Denise Winebarger, and Greg Hulka
Members Absent: Todd Dunham, excused

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

Also Present: 4- residents; 5- employees; 1- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of August 27, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition to New Business requested by Brian Michelli:

Item 8-B: Approval to paint Fire Station #2 exterior.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli reported that unlawful entries to vehicles has continued and reminds residents to secure their belongings; $4,000 was donated for fire equipment by the Hospitality Company building the new hotels.
2. Several acknowledgements were shared for our Police and Fire Departments for outstanding efforts.
3. Heidi Tice shared the AA- rating of Fruitport Township by S&P Ratings.
4. Correspondences were shared regarding Alzheimer’s Community Forums and Seniors Power of Produce.
5. MTA meeting will be at Muskegon Township on October 29, 2018.
6. Trick-or-Treating at Town Hall will be October 31, 2018 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
7. Rose Dillon shared recognition for all of the hard work, volunteers, and donors that were organized by Ryan O’Neal and Fruitport Trojans Youth Football in order to complete the new concession area and bathrooms at Pine Park. In addition to the labor donated by Ryan O’Neal, Mark Jados, Matt Kotecki, RJ Wiggins, Jeff Bogart, Matt Mellem and VanVellen Contruction, a plaque will be mounted at the site to thank the many donors that contributed to the project.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

Auditor Presentation of 2018/2018 fiscal year audit:
Eric VanDop from Brickley DeLong shared the annual audit report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.
The Township ended the fiscal year with a $281,186 surplus in revenue over expenditures.
The Township’s OBEB liability was discussed. The full unfunded liability will appear in the financial statements next year. The Township’s OBEB fund is currently 21.1% funded, when the recommendations lean toward 40%. It is recommended that the Township continue to grow this fund.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

18-115 Approval to hire a Police Officer
The School Resource Officer agreement between Fruitport Schools and Fruitport Township has been signed by both parties. A current Patrol Officer will be used to fill that position, leaving a Patrol Officer vacancy that will need to be filled.
Heidi Tice moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety Director to hire an additional Police Officer to fill the vacancy created by moving a current Officer into the SRO position.
Ayes: Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

18-116 Proposed Soccer Park Project
Members of the Parks Board have given a presentation for a parking lot expansion project they wish to have done at the soccer park and have requested funding from the General Fund. Two bids were presented: Paul Schultz Trucking & Excavating $99,142.00 and West Michigan Dirtworks $87,958.36.
Greg Hulka moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to move $90,000 out of the General Fund to complete the proposed parking lot expansion at the Sheringer Soccer Complex, accepting the low bid from West Michigan Dirtworks.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Tice, Anderson
Nays: Dillon, Jacobs

Rose Dillon moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to amend the budget to move $90,000 from fund balance to Parks capital improvements.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson
Nays: Jacobs

NEW BUSINESS:

18-117 Approval for Lion’s Club street corner solicitation
The Fruitport Lion’s Club and Lioness Club have requested permission to solicit at 4 way stops in Fruitport Township on September 21 & 22, 2018 for their annual Sight & Hearing Campaign.
The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to allow the Lion’s Club and Lioness Club to solicit donations on street corners on September 21 & 22, 2018.
Proof of liability insurance will be provided to the Clerk.

18-118 Approval to paint the Exterior of Fire Station #2
Brian Michelli reported that the exterior paint of the building has blistered/flaked off causing blistering of paint and water damage to the interior walls. He has provided 3 estimates: AJ Vallier Sons $5,950.00, Dimension Four Painting $7,615.00, K&A Painting $14,870.00.
Heidi Tice moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to accept AJ Vallier Sons’ bid and complete the exterior painting project.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs
Nays: none

18-119 Payment of bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $7,731.40; Public Safety $16,184.41; Water $109,855.43; Sewer $327.48; T&A $1,545.00
Totaling: $135,643.72
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. The next meeting shall include OPEB discussion.
2. The Parks Board thanked the Township Board for their consideration in funding the soccer park project.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Heidi Tice, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:45pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Special Meeting Minutes – 09/05/18

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

September 5, 2018
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

BOARD MEETING
Called to order at 7:00 p.m.

01. Roll Call: Chair Michelli, Suchecki, Franklin, Newmyer, Jacobs. Staff: Supervisor Tice, Jacob Mason.

02. Approve / Amend Agenda: No changes

03. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: none

Old Business
04a. Site Plan Review / Revision – PCR Properties
Parcel:              61-15-101-300-0003-00
Purpose:          Site Plan Revision-adding loading dock

The motion is made by Suchecki to grant the site plan request for parcel number 61-15-101-300-0003-00. Newmyer supported, motion unanimously passed.

1. The motion is made to [grant/deny] the site plan request for parcel number(s) 61-15-101-300-0003-00

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

–b. The landscape [will/will not] be preserved in its natural state, insofar as practicable, by minimizing tree and soil removal, and by topographic modifications which result in maximum harmony with adjacent areas. This finding is based upon the followingfact(s):

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

–d. The site plan [will/will not] provide reasonable visual and sound privacy for all dwelling units located therein. Fences, walks, barriers, and landscaping [will/will not] provide appropriate protection and enhancement of property and privacy of its occupants. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):

–e. Buildings or groups of buildings [are/are not] arranged as to permit emergency vehicle access. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):___________________________________________________.

–f. Every structure or dwelling unit [does/does not] have access to a public street, walkway, or other area dedicated to common use. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):

–g. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system [is/is not] provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):

–h. All loading and unloading areas and outside storage areas, including areas for the storage of trash, which face or are visible from residential districts or public thoroughfares [are/are not] screened by a vertical screen consisting of structural or plant materials no less than six feet in height. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):

–i. Exterior lighting [is/is not] arranged so that it is deflected away from adjacent properties and will not impede the vision of traffic along adjacent streets. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ____.

–j. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the site plan:

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.
–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated 9-1-18, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

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

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

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

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

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

–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the site plan approval:______________.

04b. Chair Michelli discussed Teddy Spaghetti contacting him on using LP board & batten instead of split faced blaock for addition on back for the kitchen. Can Zoning Administrator and Planning Commission Chair approve? Yes, the change is minor enough for the Zoning Administrator and Planning Chair to approve.

05. Public Comments: None

06. Adjournment 7:30 p.m.

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

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/24/18 – 10/01/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Disenchanted
September 14 @ 7:30 pm – September 29 @ 7:30 pm
September 14 – 29 at 7:30pm (Sunday matinees are at 3:00pm), come to the Beardsley Theater for Muskegon Civic Theatre’s production of “Disenchanted!”
Poisoned apples…glass slippers…who needs ’em?  Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm.  Forget the princesses you think you know.  When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’!  Tickets are $22 and $20.  For more information, call the box office at 231-727-8001.

“Truth: Works by Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi”
September 24 – October 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Truth: Works By Brenda Beerhorst and Cathy Marashi” will be on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Art Gallery from September 24 – October 25.  Admission is free and the gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with special weekend and evening hours during performances and concerts in the adjacent Overbrook Theater.  On Thursday, October 4, a free public reception will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.  The artists will discuss their artwork at 4:30pm.  For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.

Hackley’s Confederate Gold? A Presentation
September 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Are you curious about the Confederate Gold theories and rumors regarding Charles Hackley and Muskegon?  Monday, September 24 at 6:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a compelling presentation from Assistant Program Manager, Aaron Mace, from Lakeshore Museum Center’s Hackley & Hume Historic Site!  Aaron will give great insight as he discusses these theories and rumors, and presents their findings.  This program 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.

Silversides Submarine Museum: Fall 2018 Lecture Series
September 24 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum invites you to join them for their Fall 2018 Lecture Series!  The lectures will all be on Monday nights and begin at 6:00pm.  This year, the lectures will be held in their newly renovated theater on the first floor of the museum.  The cost to attend is $5.00 per person, per lecture.  If you are a member, your admission ticket to the lecture is included with your membership.  For more information, call (231) 755-1230.
•  September 24 – World War I/George Maniates
•  October 1 – World War II Asia/Fred Johnson
•  October 8 – World War II Europe/Kurt Troutman and George Maniates
•  October 15 – Korean War/Ron Janowski
•  October 22 – Vietnam War/Jim Smither
•  October 29 – D-Day/Ed Gordon
•  November 5 – War Road Trip Summary/Bill Jacobks

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.

Feeding the Soul of the City: Pablo Mahave-Veglia
September 25 @ 12:00 pm
Tuesday, September 25 from 12:15pm – 12:45pm, come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for a “Feeding the Soul of the City” free lunchtime concert featuring internationally acclaimed cellist, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, as he begins this year’s series with a program of classical music in keeping with September, the “Month of Peace.”  He has performed for Feeding the Soul of the City a number of times and has become an audience favorite.  Pianist Sookyung-Cho will accompany him.  For more information, call 231-722-2112.
The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and personal meditation from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  At noon, there will be a gathering for a 10 minute inter-faith celebration of prayer.  This is open to all faiths.  The concerts are free and open to the public.  A soup and sandwich lunch is available for a small price or you may bring your own lunch.  To join their mailing list for Feeding the Soul of the City, contact Elizabeth at ebsnflows@gmail.com.

All About Rice – Risotto, Arancini, Timballo with Sofia
September 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 25 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “All About Rice – Risotto, Arancini, Timballo with Sofia!”
Let’s make Risotto, Arancini and Timballo, all authentic Italian recipes utilizing rice.  You may know what Risotto is, but look up the other two dishes on your own to start learning about Italian cuisine!  Sofia will share recipes from her homeland region in Italy.  There’ll be plenty to eat in class and some to take home for later.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

Paint for a Cause
September 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 25 from 6:00PM – 8:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for a fun night of painting, great wine and food specials!  You will be painting an 11 x 14″ canvas with Create.A.Frame Studio.  The cost is only $20 per painter and proceeds benefit Kids’ Food Basket!  Painting starts promptly at 6:00pm.  Please call 231-755-3737 to reserve your spot and have your payment information ready over the phone, or stop by SE4SONS to sign up!
Stop by early for Happy Hour starting at 5:00pm, featuring 1/2 off select bottles of wine, $5 off tacos and much more!

What to Do In Las Vegas: Travel Presentation
September 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
What happens in Vegas? So many fun things!  Tuesday, September 25 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library as local author, Lou Gifford, highlights fun and exciting activities to enjoy in Las Vegas besides gambling, such as shows and entertainment, restaurants, tours, free activities and more! Author of “Las Vegas Your Way: the Downtown Edition,” Gifford has visited and researched Las Vegas for years, and will provide excellent insight!  If you’re thinking of planning a trip, or are curious about Las Vegas in general, you’ll want to mark your calendar for this valuable presentation!  This program is free to the public.  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.

Full Moon Float
September 25 @ 11:00 pm
At midnight during each full moon from May through October, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding “Full Moon Floats” down the Muskegon river. They start at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial park.  The cost is only $25 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2018 are May 28, June 28, July 27, August 26, September 25, and October 24.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.

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.

Dr. Doris Rucks Sculpture Unveiling
September 26 @ 12:00 pm
A sculpture of the late Dr. Doris Rucks, a Muskegon Community College sociology instructor for more than two decades and a community activist and human rights champion for a half century, will be unveiled during ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, on the campus.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in Stevenson Center Room 1100. Amy Swope, director of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College, will welcome the guests. Offering remarks will be MCC President Dr. Dale K. Nesbary and David Rucks, the son of Dr. Rucks.
The ceremonies will move to the adjacent Stevenson Center courtyard, where the sculpture will be unveiled. The artwork, which was commissioned by the college, was created by MCC alumnus and artist Ari Norris.
“A passionate advocate for the power of education, Dr. Rucks challenged her students and community members alike to use their knowledge, their energies and their compassion to find solutions and to help those most in need as they struggled to help themselves,” said Nesbary. “She was a shining role model and a leader by example for two generations in our community.”
Rucks, who passed away in August 2016 at age 92, earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a doctorate in education from Michigan State University. In 1963, she began teaching sociology at MCC. In 1987, she became an associate professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University, where she was the first coordinator of the university’s Women’s Studies Program. She remained at GVSU until 1999, retiring at age 75.
In 1970, she was appointed to the Department of Social Services board for Muskegon County and remained in the position for more than 45 years through its various name changes, including the Family Independence Agency and Department of Health and Human Services.
Her Muskegon activism began when she was in her 20s, when she helped found the Citizens Recreation Association to provide better housing, living conditions and recreation for black southerners who migrated to Muskegon to work in the factories during World War II. In 1949, the association transformed into the Urban League of Greater Muskegon, and equality became its focus. She remained active with the Urban League, the NAACP and Black Women’s Political Caucus. Rucks was a member of the Hackley Public Library board.
In 2009, MCC honored Rucks with its Women of Accomplishment Award. In 2013, she was presented with both the Muskegon Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellowship and the 103.7 Beat’s Living Legend Award. GVSU’s Positive Black Women presented her with the organization’s first-ever Trailblazer Award. In 2017, Rucks posthumously was awarded the MLK Unity Award in appreciation for her support and demonstration of justice and service to the community.

ArtSmarts! 2018 Fall Lecture Series: Art Glass
September 26 @ 6:30 pm
The Muskegon Friends of Art present their ArtSmarts! 2018 Fall Lecture Series: Art Glass on three Wednesday evenings in September at the Muskegon Museum of Art.  This program supports art education at the MMA.

•  September 12 – Studio Glass: Origins
Speaker:  Corey Hampson, President of Habatat Galleries of Royal Oak and President of the Michigan Glass Collecting Alliance
•  September 19 – Glass Life, Detroit Glass Community
Speaker:  Brent Swanson, Director of the Flint Institute of Arts new and highly regarded glass program
•  September 26 – From the Hot Shop to Everyday Spaces:  A look at the installation work of Dale Chihuly
Speaker: James Milostan, Collections Manager at the Muskegon Museum of Art and previous member of renowned studio glass artist Dale Chihuly’s installation team

ArtSmarts! lectures take place at the Muskegon Museum of Art auditorium at 7:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The cost for the complete lecture series is $45 per person and $30 per person for members of the MMA Friends of Art.  Individual lectures will be $15 per person at the door.  Registration forms are available at the MMA Museum Store or call 231-720-2580.

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
September 27 – September 29
Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference invites you to the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference, happening September 27 – 29 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Packed with inspiration, information, and networking, the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference attracts novice and experienced writers from across the nation.  If you have a story to share, this conference has the proven record to help you find publication success.  For more information, call (231) 798-2161 or visit the website below.

90th Regional: Meet the Artists
September 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
September 27 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, everyone is invited to meet and celebrate the winning artists of the 90th Regional Exhibition.  This event is free and open to the public and there will be a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

5th Annual Community Remembrance Service
September 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“A very moving and meaningful way to remember my loved one” – 2017 Attendee
The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice is hosting the 5th Annual Community Remembrance at Heritage Memorial Garden in downtown Muskegon, Thursday, September 27 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  This is a program encompassing beautiful music, readings and bulb plantings to help individuals and families in our community to both mourn the death and honor the life of a loved one.  The annual Community Remembrance is held at the Heritage Memorial Garden and welcomes 80-100 attendees each year.  Local community supporter, Pam Babbitt, developed the beautiful garden in honor of her late husband; a haven located in downtown Muskegon and an incredible representation of the love that remains even after a person dies.
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 Friday, September 21, 2018
For more information on grief support programs including individual and groups please visit HarborHospiceMI.org/resources/grief-support.

Frozen Apples, Apple Butter and Apple Jelly
September 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 27 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Frozen Apples, Apple Butter and Apple Jelly!”
This is the next installment in their Canning, Freezing and Preserving series and  focuses on Apples. Michigan is at the top of the list when it comes to states that grow Apples.  Learn the basics to freezing and preserving apples and then turning them in to great products like apple butter and jelly.  You will go home with your own creations to enjoy later.  The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202 or visit Eventbrite.com to sign up.

4th Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend
September 28 – September 30
The 4th Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30!  During Friday night check-in, there’ll be goody bags for the kids, s’mores and a bonfire at the Lodge and a Glow in the Dark Bike Parade!  Saturday,  enjoy breakfast in the Lodge, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, Trick or Treating, site decorating contest, obstacle course and a Haunted Trail.  Sunday is check-out.  Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum).  For more information, call 231-744-3580.

Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan
September 28 – September 29
Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan, happening on September 28-29, is a magical combination of fall colors, sugar sand beaches, massive dunes and wild Ragnarians!  This 200-ish mile overnight adventure kicks off in the charming town Muskegon.  From there, teams run two days and one star-filled night, past historic ships and lighthouses, apple orchards, cherry blossoms and rolling hills painted in vibrant autumn hues.
This overnight running relay race doesn’t stop when the sun goes down (or when the tough gets going!).  On Friday, as the sun sinks below the horizon, stars will inspire a sense of wonder.  This is when the real fun begins!  You’ll have to dig deep and push yourself—and your teammates—to keep running through the night as headlamps illuminate your way and into the sunrise on Saturday morning.
No one starts Reebok Ragnar Michigan alone, and no one finishes alone either.  After each team member completes their 3 legs (6 legs for ultra), they’ll cross under the orange arch together in Traverse City, home to some of Michigan’s finest wineries and the sapphire blue Grand Traverse Bay.  Tired but triumphant, drained but strengthened, a team of 12 individuals becomes 1 team and finds out what they can do when they come together.
Mark your running calendar for September 28-29, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure, road trip with friends, and a race that will inspire your soul.  For more information or to register visit www.runragnar.com.

Friday Family Fun Night: Foundries & Metal Molding
September 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, September 28 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center as they trace the history of foundries in Muskegon with archival images, artifacts, and discussion.  Get hands-on with a mini foundry station where you will get to create a casting of your own, then step across the street to the Muskegon Community College Sturrus Technology Center to see how foundries operate today.  This event is free for Muskegon County residents and Museum Members, museum admission for non-residents is just $3.  For more information, call 231-722-0278.

6th Annual Muskegon Lake Project Art Exhibit Opening Reception
September 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Red Lotus Center for the Arts has joined forces again with the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership for another exciting project!  Local artists have created unique works of art crafted from debris collected from the shores of Muskegon Lake.  Friday, September 28 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, several artists will be in attendance to discuss their art and answer questions about their inspiration.  Join them for an evening of art and light refreshments.
To stay up to date on all of their events, follow them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/RedLotusMuskegon/

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Festival Season Opening
September 28 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, September 28 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents their Festival Season Opening!  The whole orchestra is the soloist in this sparkling musical jamboree opening the season.  The music is lush, powerful, celebratory and grand. Prepare to be lifted right out of your seat!
Single ticket prices are $24-$60.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Scott Speck, conductor

Bernstein – Overture to Candide
Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Berlioz – Roman Carnival
Respighi – Roman Festivals

Light House Tours
September 29 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.  The cost is $2 for kids under 12, $3 for veterans and active duty military, and $4 for adults.  Private tours can be arranged for $50 per person.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Art Garfunkel at the Frauenthal Theater
September 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Frauenthal Center and Fifth Third Bank will open the Frauenthal Center’s 2018-19 presenting season with music icon, Art Garfunkel on Saturday, September 29, 2018.  Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel.  He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 solo albums, the most recent being “Some Enchanted Evening” in 2007.  In late 2017 he released an autobiography, “What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From An Underground Man” (Alfred A. Knopf).
Garfunkel was originally revered for his Grammy-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow NYC native Paul Simon.  Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is one of the biggest selling album ever.
Tickets are $39 – $79 and go on sale to the general public on May 1, 2018.  Tickets can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office via phone at 231-727-8001 or in person, open Monday – Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm or by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.   Tickets can also be purchased at frauenthal.org or startickets.com.

Aquastar Cruises
September 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aquastar is the new name of the Muskegon Lake-based cruise boat formerly known as the Port City Princess!  Hop aboard and get away from the world for an hour and a half as you explore beautiful Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake on an afternoon or sunset cruise.   As always, a cash bar and light snacks will be available.  The ticket price is $20.  Kids under 10 are admitted free with adults.  For more information or tickets, visit their website at https://aquastarcruises.com/ or call 231-903-0669.

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
September 30 – October 3
September 30 – October 3 from 8:00am – 5:00pm each day, come to Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference for the Fall Seniors’ Retreat!  Enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older.  The featured speaker will be Knute Larson and the worship leader is Burt Kettinger.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161 or visit the website below.

Ottawa County Parks & The Land Conservancy Partner on Property Purchase

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Along the banks of the Grand River, just upstream from Grand Haven’s famous musical fountain, along a cut-out in the river known as “the sag,” is a mile of shoreline that has been privately held for many decades.

The 345-acre property sits between green space owned by the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg and North Ottawa Dunes. The site has long been used for sand mining, but has been inactive in recent years. The property includes forested dunes, an 80-acre, and riverfront land with wetlands.

This fall, the public will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty this property holds for the first time.

This property is now co-owned by Ottawa County Parks and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan (LCWM). It will open to the public on October 15, 2018 following boundary marking, safety improvements, sign and trail marking installations.

A partnership seeking permanent conservation

The Land Conservancy purchased half the property by securing a loan from The Conservation Fund and has leased its portion of the property to Ottawa County Parks for management. Once the funds have been secured to pay back the loan used for purchase, and additional expenses, the property will be transferred to and fully owned by Ottawa County Parks.

“In order to secure this property for the public, the purchase needed to happen in full, but we only had grant funding for just over half of the property. The Land Conservancy really stepped up and for that we are very grateful. Without them, the opportunity to purchase this land would not have been possible,” said John Scholtz, Ottawa County Parks Director.

Now both organizations are working to secure the remaining funds needed to protect all of the property. Ottawa County Parks submitted a 2018 grant application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and a decision on that request will be made in December of 2018. The Land Conservancy will need to raise a minimum of $200,000 to cover costs related to the loan.

“The Trust Fund grant is critical to the success of this project, and they will be looking to see how much the community stands behind it,” said Land Conservancy Executive Director Joe Engel. “Strong public support is crucial; the more we are able to raise before the final grant decision, the more likely the trust fund is to approve the grant.”

Anyone interested in making a contribution to help save this property for public enjoyment and nature preservation can visit: naturenearby.org/ottawasands

Ireland Provides a Deadly Lesson in Focus

There’s a growing sense that Western Civilization is in decline. Our national news and social media are choking with negative stories and expressed fears. We elevate slights to national outrages and make trends out of singular experiences.

Ireland’s recent vote to embrace legalized abortion is a perfect example of how our misplaced focus is causing people to miss the reality around them.

Ireland’s constitution specifically recognized the right to life of children in the womb. On May 25, two-thirds of Irish voters scrapped the amendment. Their decision doesn’t make sense when you examine the state of Irish society. Abortion supporters were able to distract the focus of voters.

Irish voters were told that their prolife law was oppressing women. In reality, the European Union’s European Institute for Gender Equality shows Ireland to be above the European average in their measures of equality between the sexes. Most European nations embrace elective abortion.

Irish voters were told women were dying because of their prolife law. In reality, pregnant women are nearly twice as likely to die in the U.S. than in Ireland, even with America’s extremely permissive abortion laws.

If you wanted to look throughout the planet and see the best example of a nation thriving while also protecting the right to life of every human being in their society, Ireland was that example.

While many Irish voters believe they’ve finally thrown off the yoke of Catholic oppression and struck a blow for women everywhere, in reality they have completely lost focus on one real threat to their future prosperity.

Here’s a story that received little focus in the last few days: Medicare will enter bankruptcy in eight years, even faster than projected. We have so few young people (58 million less in America because of abortion) that we can’t afford our old-age entitlements anymore—painful changes are coming.

Ireland, the rest of Europe, eastern Asia: these countries are similarly struggling with maintaining strong economic growth in the face of aging demographics. Most have embraced abortion. Most of their people focused on the population explosion in the last century as a looming disaster of epic proportions, rather than a welcome sign of technological progress and improving prosperity.

Ireland could not focus on reality, their economic future, or even on protecting the lives of their next generation. Instead, two-thirds of Irish people focused on the make-believe benefits of joining a culture of death.

Ask Dr. Universe – Sticky Sand

Dr. Universe: How does sand stick together?– Kamrin, USA

Dear Kamrin,

Sand is actually made up of lots of different things. When we look at it under the microscope, we can see cooled lava, coral, seashells, and other kinds of wonderful, colorful rocks.

If you add just the right amount of water to sand, it transforms into a pretty good material for shaping towers, walls, and spires for a sandcastle. At first, I thought the wet sand stuck together because of a chemical reaction. But it turns out this interplay of sand and water creates what scientists call a physical reaction.

That’s what I found out from my friend and physicist Lauren Barmore, a graduate researcher at Washington State University who is very curious about matter and how things work on our planet.

She explained that if you had two rocks and put a bit of water in the middle, the water would be attracted to the rocks and form a kind of liquid bridge between them. One property of water is that it doesn’t like to touch the air. It has to do with its chemical make-up. Water would rather hang onto something else.

Sand is really just a lot of little rocks and some of those other solids. There are a lot of these tiny liquid bridges in a handful of wet sand. The sand particles aren’t sticking to each other, but are being held together by water.

A lot of these little bridges can make the sand stick together better. The water bridges are actually shaped like hourglasses, thin in the middle and thick at each end, Barmore explains. But as you add more water, the bridge gets weaker and that bond breaks. Then you end up with a soupier sand. On the other hand, if the sand dries out, the water bridges start to disappear and the sandcastle crumbles.

The force behind this is called surface tension. We see it when we fill a water glass to the top and it forms a curved edge. It’s also how some bugs can walk on water and why a bit of water forms into a droplet instead of spreading out.

Perhaps you can try some sandcastle investigations of your own at home or the next time you’re at a beach. Can you find the best recipe for sandcastle sand? Is it one part sand to a half cup water? One cup sand to one cup of water? A different combination? What happens if you use a different kind of liquid instead of water? Tell us what you discover or create at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

3 sandy facts from physicist Lauren Barmore and Dr. Universe

• Some engineers have found a way to make strong building material out of sand. They can layer up two materials that are not very strong on their own—sand and paper towel—to hold up a car. Watch a video about the engineering process.

• The water bridges that connect sand actually have a scientific name: interstitial water bridges.

• The Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle is 54 feet.

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 08/21/18

MINUTES

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

August 21, 2018
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION

Discussion begin on section 42-160 stopped at 42-210

BOARD MEETING

Called to order at 7:02

01. Roll Call: Chair Michelli, Newmyer, Jacobs, Suchecki, Osterhart, Farrar & Franklin. Staff: Supervisor Tice, Jacob Mason.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: July 17, 2018, 2018. Accepted as presented

03. Approve / Amend Agenda: Osterhart/Newmyer to add correspondence from Drain Commission Moore. Unanimous

04. Correspondence / Reports: Letter from the US DOI relative to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians was received.
Brenda Moore, Drain Commissioner: Discussed the new stormwater regulations. Commissioner expressed concerns over communications with development relative to stormwater.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics.

New Business

06. Business Registration Ordinance. No discussion.

07. Site Plan Review – PCR Properties
Parcel:           61-15-300-0003-00
Purpose:       Site plan revision-Add Loading Dock
Representative from Port City described the loading dock. Item tabled until engineered plans are provided. Jacobs/Osterhart m/s carried.

08. Site Plan Review – Chestnut Fields Retirement Village
Parcels:        61-15-122-400-0018-00
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-10
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-20
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-80
Purpose:      PUD Revision
Dennis Johnson spoke on behalf of Chestnut Fields. Mr. Johnson presented the drawings and proposed new layout of the entire development.

1. The motion is made Osterhart to grant the planned unit development application for parcel number(s)
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-00
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-10
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-20
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-80
______________________________________________________________, for the proposed planned unit development known as Chestnut Fields Retirement Village

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-486 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. The proposed planned unit development is consistent in all respects with the preliminary development plan approved by the Township Board, including any conditions imposed on the preliminary development plan approval. Changes in any of the following features of the planned unit development shall require resubmittal of a revised preliminary plan for review by the Planning Commission and the Township Board:
(1) Addition of uses different from those included in the preliminary plan;
(2) Increases in the size, height, or number of buildings;
(3) For a residential development, any increase in the number of dwelling units; and
(4) Any change deemed by the Planning Commission to be inconsistent with the preliminary plan previously approved by the Planning Commission and the Township Board.

–b. The proposed planned unit development conforms with the policies, goals, guidelines, and recommendations concerning land use, vehicular access and circulation, pedestrian circulation, building placement and design, landscaping, signage, and amenities contained in the Master Plan, and any sub-area plan which has been adopted by the Planning Commission as an element of the Master Plan. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):Site Plan

–c. The proposed planned unit development is consistent with and does promote the intent of the Zoning Chapter. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–d. If the proposed planned unit development contains more than one type of use, the uses are arranged in a manner, and with use of appropriate types of buffers, to result in no adverse impacts of one use upon another, and to create a logical relationship of one use to another. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–e. The proposed planned unit development is compatible with surrounding uses of land, the natural environment, and the capacities of affected public services and facilities. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–f. The proposed planned unit development is consistent with the public health, safety, and welfare of the Township. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–g. The proposed planned unit development has safe and efficient ingress and egress, with particular reference to pedestrian safety and convenience, traffic flow, and control and access in case of fire or other emergency. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–h. The design and placement of buildings and other structures, parking, lighting, signs, refuse storage, landscaping, and other elements of the proposed planned unit development are compatible with surrounding properties and properties within the proposed planned unit development. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–i. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the proposed planned unit development:

3. If the motion is to grant approval, with the following conditions are established.
–a. The planned unit development must comply with the site plan, dated 7-17-2018, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

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

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

–d. The conditions of the planned unit development, including a performance guarantee, shall be set forth in an agreement between the Township and the applicant which complies with Section 42-487 of the Zoning Chapter.

–e. The time limit for the planned unit development must comply with Section 42-489 of the Zoning Chapter.

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

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

–h. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the planned unit development: Provide the Chair and Supervisor a drawing of the proposed carport(s) and additional garages that are constructed for approval. Sidewalk connection from the south of Byerly road to the north side of unit 1 with a crosshatch to connect to sidewalk across Darley to connect to walk way on west side Darley. Changes to the shades of cottages to be approved by the Chair. Include a phase 7 for the 20 units along Sternberg. Show utilities to cottage #1.

Motion was supported Jacobs. Unanimous roll call

1. The motion is made by Osterhart to grant the site plan request for parcel number(s)
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-00
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-10
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-20
•                    61-15-122-400-0018-80

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

–b. The landscape [will/will not] be preserved in its natural state, insofar as practicable, by minimizing tree and soil removal, and by topographic modifications which result in maximum harmony with adjacent areas. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

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

–d. The site plan [will/will not] provide reasonable visual and sound privacy for all dwelling units located therein. Fences, walks, barriers, and landscaping [will/will not] provide appropriate protection and enhancement of property and privacy of its occupants. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________
_________________________________________________________________.

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

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

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

–h. All loading and unloading areas and outside storage areas, including areas for the storage of trash, which face or are visible from residential districts or public thoroughfares [are/are not] screened by a vertical screen consisting of structural or plant materials no less than six feet in height. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

–i. Exterior lighting [is/is not] arranged so that it is deflected away from adjacent properties and will not impede the vision of traffic along adjacent streets. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

–j. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the site plan: ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.
–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated 7-17-2018, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

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

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

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

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

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

–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the site plan approval: ______ _________________________________________________________________.

Motion Supported by Newmyer. Roll call unanimous.

09. Site Plan Review/Revision-Motion Dynamics
Parcels:        61-15-124-300-0011-00
•                    61-15-124-300-0016-00
•                    61-15-124-300-0017-00
•                    61-15-124-300-0018-00
Purpose:      Addition
Jim Malinowski, Chris Witham, Tom Joyner, Greg Olezuk and spoke on behalf of Motion Dynamics. Greg outlined the project as represented in the site plan.
Osterhart disclosed his company provided elevations. General consensus was he is not to be recused.

1. The motion is made by Farrar to grant the site plan request for parcel number(s)
•                    61-15-124-300-0011-00
•                    61-15-124-300-0016-00
•                    61-15-124-300-0017-00
•                    61-15-124-300-0018-00

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-224 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. All elements of the site plan are harmoniously and efficiently organized in relation to topography, the size and type of lot, the character of adjoining property and the type and size of buildings. The site will impede the normal and orderly development or improvement of surrounding property for permitted uses. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan

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

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

–d. The site plan [will/will not] provide reasonable visual and sound privacy for all dwelling units located therein. Fences, walks, barriers, and landscaping [will/will not] provide appropriate protection and enhancement of property and privacy of its occupants. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________ _________________________________________________________________.

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

–f. Every structure or dwelling unit [does/does not] have access to a public street, walkway, or other area dedicated to common use. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

–g. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system [is/is not] provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

–h. All loading and unloading areas and outside storage areas, including areas for the storage of trash, which face or are visible from residential districts or public thoroughfares are screened by a vertical screen consisting of structural or plant materials no less than six feet in height. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan

–i. Exterior lighting [is/is not] arranged so that it is deflected away from adjacent properties and will not impede the vision of traffic along adjacent streets. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

–j. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the site plan: ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.
–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated 1-19-18, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motion Supported by Newmyer and carried unanimously on a roll call.

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

No action taken, continue to table.

10. Public Comments: None

11. Adjournment: Chair Michelli adjourned the meeting at 8:45

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