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Local Farm Markets Open for Season with New Safety Measures

WEST MICHIGAN – As Spring comes into full bloom and starts to hint of Summer, it’s the time of year when Farm Markets are starting to open throughout West Michigan, with fresh, local food offerings.

Read on to learn more about Agritourism destinations in West Michigan, as featured in this year’s Carefree Travel Guide. The travel guide is available to view digitally, or request a free copy by mail at

Visitors are encouraged to confirm with any business they are planning to visit to check if they are currently open for visitors, and any new safety restrictions they may have in place.

Local dairies are a great place to teach kids about where our food comes from. You’ll find Country Dairy in New Era, and MOO-ville Creamery in Nashville, both of which offer tours of their facilities. Learning about their robotic milking machines is a great way to see technology in action, and you’ll even see cows waiting in line for their turn to walk themselves into the completely-automated milking robot at Country Dairy! Make sure you plan time for a stop at the free petting farm when you visit MOO-ville Creamery, where your kids can visit the farm animals and burn some energy on the farm toys in the play area. Trying the homemade ice cream when you visit is a must, but know that both Country Dairy and MOO-ville are great stops for lunch, and you can enjoy an endless glass of fresh milk (white or chocolate) with your meal!

Petting Farms
Visiting a petting farm gives your kids the chance to interact with animals they won’t find at home! The Critter Barn in Zeeland has a wide range of animals, plus special events throughout the year. Admission is by donation, & you’ll get to visit with all of their animals (including the babies in spring!). You can buy hay buckets for 50¢ to feed the sheep, goats, & cows. In New Era, Lewis Farms turned one of their older orchard areas into a barnyard which is now home to a fantastic collection of unusual animals & birds, including an aviary full of colorful and social parakeets. Post Family Farm in Hudsonville is a great destination for school field trips. Students are encouraged to pet the animals, even a pig if the tour guide can catch one! You can feed the goats and sheep while visiting, and pick up a homemade pumpkin donut for yourself.

There’s something about picking your own produce that makes it taste better! Check what’s in season, and head out to a local orchard. The u-pick apple orchard at Gull Meadow Farms in Richland opens in early September each fall and begins with McIntosh and Honey Gold, with other varieties ripening throughout the season. You’ll find 12 different varieties of blueberries growing on 800 acres of blueberry plants at Reenders Blueberry Farms in West Olive. Overhiser Orchards in South Haven offers u-pick options from roughly the first week of July when their sweet cherries ripen. As the season goes on, you’ll also find sour cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, pears, and apples for picking.

Farm Markets
Local farm markets bring the best of what’s fresh and seasonal right to you. You’ll also find a great variety of locally-made products, with everything from jams and jellies to baked goods and syrups. Many cities host regular farmers markets, showcasing local farmers, producers, and artisans. The Muskegon Farmers Market, Grand Haven/Spring Lake Farmers Market, Holland Farmers Market, and Allegan Farmer’s Market are all good stops to make when you’re in town. If you’re interested in all things blueberry, you’ll want to stop by Leduc Blueberries in Paw Paw, Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market in Holland, or Crossroads Blueberry Market in Grand Haven. When you heading north, make time to visit Farmer White’s in Williamsburg or Friske’s Farm Market in Ellsworth.

Lakeshore Art Festival Wins Best Art Fairs Award

Muskegon, MI – Lakeshore Art Festival is a winner in the 8th annual “America’s Best Art Fair Awards” competition.  The national survey from Art Fair Calendar recognized Lakeshore Art Festival as one of the finest juried art fairs in the country.

Sponsored by, the #1 website for art fair event listings, the 2019 online survey opened voting beyond the traditional “art fair insiders” such as artists and show staff to focus on voting by art fair patrons, fine art collectors and the public that attends art shows and festivals nationwide.

“The Lakeshore Art Festival has always been popular among art fair lovers in the Muskegon area, but our 8th annual national Best Art Fairs Awards survey proves that both art collectors and artists nationwide love it, too,” said Connie Mettler, Publisher of “We’re happy to give an ‘America’s Best Art Fair Award’ to the Lakeshore Art Festival today.”

“We are so thrilled to be the only Michigan festival to make the top 10 list!” said Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director. “Standing alongside art festival greats from Chicago to Park City. This recognition by our patrons and artists, not only boosts our local pride but it shines a light on the Muskegon Lakeshore area on a national scale.”

Major sponsors for the Lakeshore Art Festival include: DTE Energy Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Leaf Filter, PADNOS and Envigor.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at

Zachor Legal Institute Announces Release of The New Anti-Semites, Report Detailing Anti-Semitism Rampant in BDS Movement

As Marc Greendorfer, President of Zachor Legal Institute, introduces in the foreword of the report:

Anti-Semitic incidents, including those involving violence, are rising in the US and throughout the world. While anti-Semitism is oftentimes considered the oldest hatred in our civilization, a toxic mutation of this ancient evil in the form of anti-Zionism is spreading. Making matters worse, hate groups on the Left and Right are joining forces, with the backing of designated foreign terror organizations, to inject this movement of intolerance and delegitimization into social justice campaigns, schools, government and society as a whole.

We have prepared the report to document how this contemporary hate, as disseminated by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), is negatively influencing large segments of the United States’ population and creating a dangerous environment that normalizes vilification of Jews, something that history has shown to have deadly consequences. The objective of this report is to expose the BDS faux “civil rights” movement for what it is – a delegitimization campaign fueled by Jew-hatred reminiscent of Nazi-era anti-Semitic propaganda, rather than the human rights movement that it purports to be.

The words and deeds of BDS supporters must not be ignored, especially by those of us who are living reminders of the near extermination of the Jewish people. This pattern of demonization, delegitimization and, ultimately, elimination is one that has repeated itself over millennia. We must be educated on how to prevent the horrific history of anti-Semitism from being a prelude to the future.


About Zachor Legal Institute: Zachor Legal Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, uses the law to defend against anti-Semitism and delegitimization of Israel, with a focus on opposing BDS.

Ron Machol
Zachor Legal Institute
+1 925-328-0128

Free 2020 West Michigan “Carefree Travel Guide” Introduces You to the Best of West Michigan

touristguideWest Michigan – When you’re ready to start dreaming of warmer weather and summer trips, pick up a free copy of the new West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide for inspiration! The brand-new 2020 edition of the guide is now available both digitally and by mail, at no cost.

This free guide is available from the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) for viewing online, or travelers may request that a free copy be mailed to them, both at the following web address:

Whether you’re thinking about visiting, you’re spending a few days in the area, or you live in West Michigan, the Carefree Travel Guide is an excellent resource to help you get out and explore the many things that West Michigan has to offer.

“Let us inspire your dining while you’re here, or help you find a B&B or a hotel with an outstanding breakfast offering. If you’re traveling with your pet, we can help you plan a trip they can enjoy right alongside you,” says Dan Sippel, WMTA’s Executive Director. In addition, the guide contains information on area trails, local arts, beaches, lighthouses, and much more.

You’ll also find maps throughout the guide, making it easy to find which breweries, wineries, boating spots, golf courses, and more will be near your destination.

Want to get a real-time look at West Michigan? Check out our gallery of live West Michigan cameras, where you can see what’s happening around the area right now! You’ll find all of the live camera feeds at

Start planning your trip when you request you free copy of the guide, and access on your computer or mobile device to get updates on events happening throughout the year, and to find out what’s going on where you are.

If you are a business who would like to request a large quantity of Carefree Travel Guides for distribution (free of charge), please contact to arrange delivery.

Natural Shoreline Landscape Workshop

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) and the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership (MLWP) will host a workshop to educate the public, landowners, parks maintenance staff, teachers, students and volunteers on natural shoreline habitat and best management practices.

As part of this effort, a Natural Shoreline Landscape Workshop will be held on March 7, 2020 at Muskegon Community College.  The workshop is open to the public.  It will be of particular interest to public landowners, maintenance staff, private shoreline landowners, hands-on volunteers, business sponsors and educators.  Click here to view a full program and registration form with additional details.

Workshop speakers include: Brian Majka, GEI Consultants; Julia Kirkwood, EGLE Michigan Natural Shorelines Partnership; Melanie Manion, Ottawa County Parks; Janet Vail, GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute; Erica Johnson, MAISD Math Science Center/Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.  A variety of West Michigan conservation organizations and agencies will also be on hand with informational displays and handouts.  The workshop will feature a morning plenary in the Overbrook Theater, followed by lunch and networking in Collegiate Hall.  A registration fee of $10.00 will cover food and refreshments.    Participants are asked to register by February 26, 2020.

To register and to find out more about how you can be involved, please send an e-mail to Kathy Evans, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, at or call (231) 722-7878 x 17.

DTE Energy Grant Provided 3,400 Holiday Meals for Seniors

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Area adults age 60 and older were invited to a FREE holiday meal on Thursday, December 19th, thanks to a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. The $23,000 grant was awarded to Senior Resources to support AgeWell Services’ Meals on Wheels and Lunch & Activity Centers programs. The grant helped provide Holiday Meals for seniors in Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. This was the ninth year that the DTE Energy Foundation granted the funds for the holiday meal.

“Thanks to DTE Energy Foundation’s increased financial and volunteer contributions, we were able to serve 21% more aging adults this year” said Kris Collee, Executive Director for AgeWell Services of West Michigan. “We broke a new record for the total meals served in one day through our central operations. We delivered and served 3,400 meals from Jenison to Pentwater homes and Senior Centers throughout West Michigan.”

Nutritious holiday meals were served to Meals on Wheels clients and to seniors at AgeWell Services’ 13 different Lunch & Activity Centers throughout Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties on Thursday, December 19th. A special thank you to Community Access Line of the Lakeshore 2-1-1 for making it possible to take reservations at these many locations.

The 2019 Holiday Meal Menu was: Cranberry Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Escalloped Apples, Prince Charles Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Dinner Roll and Butter with Caramel Drizzled Cheesecake.

DTE Energy employees and some of their family members spent the day volunteering to help prepare and serve the meals. The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. Through partnerships with human service organizations, the DTE Energy Foundation is focused on making sure that the needs of their neighbors and their communities are met. They promote programs that remove barriers and support innovative approaches to meeting basic human needs, including food, shelter, and health and wellness. Their support increases the choice and supply of safe shelter options and leverages existing programs that offer nutritious food to individuals in need across our state.

Since 1973, AgeWell Services has provided meal programs to address malnutrition and isolation for older adults. The Harbor Steel Meals on Wheels Kitchen at Tanglewood Park prepares and delivers more than 1,600 meals each weekday to seniors in Oceana, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties. For more: www.agewellservices.orgagewell

Local Model Heading to California for Premiere Modeling Event

astoriaFor Astoria Kolenic, being selected following an audition to attend a four-day modeling development event in Los Angeles, CA in February will move her one step closer to her dream of becoming a full-time, professional model.


“My main goal with this event is to jump-start my modeling career,” said Kolenic, a Muskegon, MI-based fashion model with credits that includes a leading role in the 2018 music video Lady Bug, and the October 2017 Cover Model for Modern Model Magazine.  “I just turned 25, and I will not stop until I make modeling more than a hobby – it will be a career.”

After learning about the event, offered by Preview Models, Kolenic said she auditioned and was among a limited number of models selected from Michigan to travel to the event.

“I will be arriving in California February 26th, and attending the event from February 27th through March 1st,” she said, adding that the event features a runway show, a photo session, breakout study sessions, and wraps up with an opportunity for models to meet one-on-one with numerous prominent modeling agencies.

“It’s rare to have a chance to meet with a lot of different agencies all at once,” Kolenic said, adding that while she has covered most of the expected costs to attend the event, she is also reaching out to local sponsors to cover some of the additional expenses. “I do have to pay for my own travel to the event, and I have to pay for my room.”

Modern Model Magazine, which offers sponsorship assistance to help models cover registration fees, travel expenses, and other event fees, was one of the first sponsors to come forward, offering financial assistance.

“It seems that Preview Models is able to provide what they are promising based on past reviews, and beyond that, after working with Astoria, I personally believe that she has what it takes, and just needs to get in front of the right people,” Modern Model Magazine Publisher Brian Thornton explained, encouraging other local sponsors to step forward and support Kolenic as well.


I graduated from Fruitport High School in 2013! I left out with a BANG when I sang the National Anthem for my senior class. This year I was hoping once again Fruitport could support my dreams out of state as well ❤️

Story Of Astoria –

Plane Watch Food Park at The Pointes, Norton Shores

mapThe Plane Watch Food Park at The Pointes, Norton Shores, has received unanimous approval from the City of Norton Shores and will commence construction as soon as weather permits.   The food park at the shopping/office center on Sternberg Road at US-31, will have utility accommodations including electrical, water, and sewer connections for up to 8 food trucks. Picnic tables, portable bathrooms, and a game area are all included in Phase I.  In Phase II, owners plan for permanent restrooms, an outdoor bar, and additional entertainment opportunities.

Food trucks can have access for $30 per day, including utilities with no percentage rent.  Commitments can be as short as a week or as long as the season, although the owners are anticipating a rotating offering of a variety of food and drink options for customers.  With over 52,000 cars per day on US-31 at Sternberg Road and 28,000 cars on Sternberg Rd at the overpass, the Pointes owners are expecting an enthusiastic reception to the new food park.

outline‘There are thousands of employees along Grand Haven Road, and many of them have just a half hour to get lunch.   They don’t have to wait in line at traffic lights at The Pointes.  You can be in and out of the Pointes Center in minutes from the highway without a single traffic light,’ Pointes representative Jeff Zaloga said.

The Pointes has also been working with new tenants at the center including Affordable Appliance Outlet (a scratch & dent appliance wholesaler); Classy Canine Pet Grooming; plus, there is a deposit on a large space for a future restaurant/brewpub.  The food park will accomplish one of the goals of The Pointes owners, which is to bring more life into the shopping/office center for the benefit of all the current tenants.

Vendors interested in participating in the seasonal food park can either call 231-799-4801; email to; or message The Pointes Shopping Center Facebook Page.

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

There is space in the Sheriff Office’s Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events sessions on the following days. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age; please bring picture ID such as a driver’s license or state-issued identification.

Sessions are available on:
February 25 | Register
April 21 | Register

Sergeant Ryan DeVries
(616) 738-4038

Saving Community Cats in Michigan with $5,000 Grant

catThrough funding provided by Humane Society of Macomb Foundation, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) has received $5,000 to fund one Community Cats TNR Grant. The grant opportunity is open to Michigan animal shelters and rescue organizations to launch a new Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program to save outdoor cats.

“Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is committed to ending outdated and inhumane ‘catch and kill’ policies to control cat populations,” said Deborah Schutt, MPFA founder and chairperson. “Although Michigan shelters achieved an overall save rate 90 percent in 2018, 7092 cats were killed in our shelters.”

Research shows that when free-roaming or feral outdoor cats are sterilized, vaccinated and returned to their neighborhoods with shelter and a food source, they can live nearly as long as indoor cats. Community cats can be beneficial to the neighborhood by keeping other cats away and controlling rodent populations.

The Community Cats TNR Grant cycle runs January 6 through February 14. Grant funds must be used to launch a new program to TNR a minimum of 20 cats before November 30, 2020. All cats must be sterilized, vaccinated for rabies, and ear-tipped prior to being returned to the location from where they were picked up. The grant can also be used to build outdoor cat shelters and create TNR kits, including traps and other supplies. To see a full list of requirements and to apply – click here.

After the Community Cats TNR Grant is awarded, MPFA plans to offer additional grant opportunities to fund existing Community Cats programs. Details will be announced in early spring, just prior to “kitten season”, when unaltered outdoor cats typically have their first litter of the year.

EWP Welcomes New Executive Director

directorkimberly“My goal is to create an environment that not only meets the immediate needs of those in crisis, but to also provide the resources to move forward, heal, and build a thriving life of self-sufficiency that is free from violence.”






Following a national search, Every Woman’s Place, Inc. is pleased to announce that a new Executive Director has assumed that role as of Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

Kimberly Dimmett has worked in several capacities at the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County (RCCGC) in Texas. Previous employment experiences in the non-profit and government sectors have given her preparation needed to lead Every Woman’s Place.

Kim is an avid community volunteer, which was the conduit to her role as both the Director of Development and Capital Campaign Manager at RCCGC.

While with RCCGC, she was responsible for the organization’s annual budget of nearly $2,000,000 and, in time, a $5.6 million capital campaign effort that resulted in the development of a campus devoted to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Over the span of five years at the RCCGC, Kim worked to meet client needs and their attainment of economic self-sufficiency.

Kim brings that strength of vision to Muskegon and EWP.

“My goal is to create an environment that not only meets the immediate needs of those in crisis, but to also provide the resources to move forward, heal, and build a thriving life of self-sufficiency that is free from violence.” She adds, “I’m gratified to have a Board of Directors of Every Woman’s Place that is engaged and vision-driven as a partner in this endeavor. Together, with EWP’s professional and passionate staff, we will be here for survivors in our community.”

Every Woman’s Place, founded in 1975 and currently located at 1221 W. Laketon Avenue in Muskegon, Michgan, provides services to strengthen individuals’ lives by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. In her new role, Ms. Dimmett will represent the agency in the community as well as provide leadership to a staff of thirty to ensure the agency’s success.

Since Lori Rasmussen, the agency’s previous Executive Director, left EWP to pursue other employment opportunities, the agency has been ably led by Interim Executive Director, Penny Englerth, who served as Executive Director for many years at the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons/Michigan State Medical Society, in East Lansing, Michigan.

Kim is relocating from Texas to Michigan, but the weather of the Midwest isn’t a complete shock to her system, having grown up in Wisconsin. Her three dogs, two cats, a parrot and new husband will be joining Kim soon.

See more EWP updates at

Radium Photo is Celebrating 110 Years in Business

Muskegon, MI – Come celebrate with Radium Photo as we open our doors to commemorate 110 years in business in booming Downtown Muskegon. We will host an open house/ribbon cutting ceremony on December 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the ribbon cutting taking place promptly at 4:30 p.m. Our celebration will continue Saturday, December 14th with an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hors d’Oeuvres and refreshments will be available as you revisit Old Downtown Muskegon with pictures and antique cameras on display, and then see how we have adapted over the years staying relevant in the printing and photography industry. Door prizes and giveaways will make this an event you will not want to miss.

Radium Photo is a premier printing lab in West Michigan offering high end photo finishing and an array of specialty wall decor. We specialize in printing for photographers, artists and businesses. “What makes us unique is that as a professional printing lab, we do not limit our printing services to only professional photographers,” Charles Cihak IV, General Manager said. “Everyone is welcome to enjoy the benefits of our archival printing and products that we have to offer.” Radium also takes pictures for many of the schools and sport leagues in the area, as well as local fine art and scout camps.

Radium Photo was established in 1909 by Joseph Cihak. Shortly afterwards in 1915, Charles Cihak took over and then in 1961 he sold the business to his son Charlie Cihak II. Radium Photo is now four generations strong, currently owned by Charles Cihak III (who purchased the business in 1983) and managed by Charles Cihak IV. “We love being in Downtown Muskegon, and I could not imagine us anywhere else,” said Charles Cihak IV.

Stop by and check out our wide array of printing and photography services on December 13th or 14th. Special discounts on custom Christmas Cards and products will be available. You will not be disappointed!

The Salvation Army Needs Volunteer Bell Ringers

Muskegon, Michigan – Give the gift of yourself this holiday season and volunteer to ring bells for The Salvation Army!

The organization’s 2019 Red Kettle Campaign kicks off Friday, November 15, 2019
at more than 28 locations in the community and continues through Christmas Eve, every day except Sundays.

“It’s a fun thing for an individual, family, church, business or service club to do to get in the holiday spirit and make a difference for those in need in our community,” said Majors Mark and Valerie Nance with The Salvation Army.  “We encourage people to sign up early to get their first pick for the day, time and location they would like to bell ring.”

All of the money donated to the red kettles stays in the community to fund Salvation Army programs year-round, including emergency rent and utility assistance, food pantry, youth and senior programs, Thanksgiving meals, Christmas Toy Shop and Turning Point outpatient addiction rehabilitation.

“This year has been particularly tough for many families,” said Majors Mark and Valerie Nance with The Salvation Army. “More people are coming to us for help as they try to make ends meet. We have faith that the community, will come together to meet the needs of those who are struggling.”

If you or your group would like to bell ring for The Salvation Army this holiday season, please contact visit to sign up online or contact Major Mark Nance at office 231-773-3284 or cell 231-740-2173

In addition to bell ringing, the Salvation Army has many other holiday volunteer needs including our Christmas Toy Shop, Food Packing and Sorting and much more. Please contact Major Valerie Nance at office: 231-773-3284

The Tree House Child Care Center is Opening and Accepting Enrollments

Fruitport, MI – From dance to daycare.   A former dance studio has been transformed into the newest Reggio Emilia inspired childcare center along the lakeshore offering year round care, preschool with pre-K curriculum and before and after school care ages 6 weeks to 10 years.    The Tree House Child Care Center, located in the village of Fruitport, opened its doors on Monday, August 5 and has been welcoming new students and families weekly.

The Tree House Child Care Center is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and located near the I-96 exits in the village of Fruitport making the center convenient for working families.  The center is the lakeshore’s newest Reggio Emilia inspired child care provider.  Reggio Emilia is a child centered education philosophy that uses child-directed, experiential learning in relationship with teachers and the environment to prepare children as 21st century learners.  At the Tree House, Reggio is symbolized through the intentional layout of the center and its classrooms and the role of teachers as co-learners and collaborators alongside children.

The Tree House features newly constructed classrooms, each with its own bathroom as well as natural lighting and hardwood floors throughout, a teaching kitchen, art studio, multipurpose room and natural fenced outdoor play area.  Children are served whole food, low sugar, primarily vegetarian meals and snacks in a relaxed community like setting.   The Tree House team of teachers and leaders hold degrees and certifications in early childhood and education and work closely with families on supporting each child’s development, progress and overall daily experience.   The center uses an app called Brightwheel® to communicate with families and help parents stay informed of their child’s daily experience.

The center is now enrolling for toddler, preschool and before and after care age groups.  To inquire about enrollment or apply to join the team of Tree House teachers, visit the website at or contact the center at 231.366.6090.

The Tree House Child Care Center is a member of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

Lakeshore Museum Center Switches to New Collections Database, Increases Community Access

MUSKEGON, MI – The Lakeshore Museum Center opens the doors to their collection through the launch of a digital database. The new system allows the museum to not only securely store object records, but also share archival material, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts with the public.

Made possible by a generous grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Lakeshore Museum Center’s database conversion was a year-long project that moved the Lakeshore Museum Center’s records from PastPerfect into Argus, by Lucidea. Through this project, the Lakeshore Museum Center has been able to increase the community’s access to the Museum through an online portal that allows anyone with an internet connection to access the public records of the Lakeshore Museum Center’s collection.

To access the database, simply go to and click on “Search our Collection Database.” From there you can browse by collection, search for a specific item, or check out the recent acquisitions, no log-in information required.

Pincrest Bar & Lanes Corner Update

“Wow!  We haven’t been here in a while, everything looks great!”  People are giving us a lot of compliments about our new look.  We’ve been thoughtful in creating an inviting atmosphere for folks to relax and spend time with friends by updating our gathering spaces and expanding our drink and menu selections.  Standardization of our business operations as well as team training and development have also been key areas of focus for us over the past few months.  What’s next?  We’ll be finishing up the roof and exterior lighting this fall and working on our new back bar over the winter so that were ready for the return of warmer weather.


Our renovation CREW!

Our leagues are in full swing and we host approximately 150 bowlers each week.  Our HOUSE is special, and we love that we can preserve a little local history and folks are able to enjoy a unique experience.  There is a buzz of excitement on league night, for both the bowlers and those who come to sit at the bar and watch.  This season we have sponsored a couple of tournament teams who plan to compete at various events in the area.  The Women’s State Tournament will be held in Muskegon this winter and our Wednesday night Bowlerettes will be there!  At the West Michigan USBC awards banquet this summer Pincrest was well represented with several of our house rollers bringing home some serious hardware in both team events and individual high scores.  We’re a small HOUSE with a big presence!


Team Event Division 1 Champs: HOUSE -of- PAIN #2, Keith Crowley, Ryan Mouw, Aimee Cohoon, Nick Osinski, Mike Weaver, Jeffery Thomas (not pictured).

Contribution to our community is important to us and we believe that business plays an important role in our local neighborhood. This year our customers have raised over $3K for the Fruitport Regulator Fund, which supports Veterans and local community needs.  This is in addition to the funds generated during our annual Fruitport Regulator motorcycle run held on Memorial Day weekend.  Pincrest business donations this year total over $3K and include local organizations such as Fruitport Public Schools, Fruitport Lions Club, Fruitport Conservation Club, Waves of Hope, Alzheimer’s foundation, WMUSBC, GH Offshore Challenge, and we’re not finished yet!  By keeping our efforts community focused, we are hoping to make an impact to everyone we meet in some way.

People ask, “Are you guys having fun?”  Absolutely!  And we hope our guests are too!  We’re excited to have several music events coming up and winter dart leagues are forming now.  Stop in, call or check out our facebook page for event details.  A special thank you to our friends and family who are helping us to realize the vision for Pincrest – we are grateful for their efforts and support.  This is truly a business built by friends.

As always, hope to see you at the corner!  Aimee & Tom

Watch Muskegon Market Report

from the Watch Muskegon Market Report October Newsletter


athenaThe ATHENA on the Lakeshore Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding business and community leaders who live, work and play along the Lakeshore.



Brianna T. Scott, Attorney/Member-Owner at Brianna T. Scott & Associates, PLLC was honored as the 2019 ATHENA Award Recipient. Abby Selby, CPA at Selby Tax and Accounting, was honored as the 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient.



Nine finalists and ten young professional finalists were honored at the luncheon, which was attended by over 350 regional community and business leaders. Click the button below to learn more about how these exceptional women are impacting the Lakeshore.

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Teyondra Burch, winner of the September 5×5 Night

5×5 Night brought together five local entrepreneurs in Muskegon Heights to share their business ideas and compete for $5,000. The event, presented by Start Garden, is a monthly competition in West Michigan that supports putting ideas into action.

Watch Muskegon was proud to support the Muskegon Heights Unity Mixer that followed this event.

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studentsThe Muskegon Area Promise has changed the lives of 700 students since 2015, helping them to continue their education past high school. This year, 443 promise scholars are attending college in Muskegon, with a projected annual cost savings of $1.75 million for Muskegon Area families. Click the button below to learn more about utilizing this unique program.

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Tulip Time Wins World Tulip Destination Worth Traveling For

HOLLAND, MI.The Tulip Time Festival is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, October 15, members of the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS) gathered at the Tulip Soiree held in The Hague, The Netherlands, to announce the recipients of the 2019 World Tulip Awards. The “World Tulip Awards” recognize those that excel in the promotion and celebration of the tulip.  In the spirit of highlighting the world’s most dynamic tulip experiences and their contribution to world friendship, WTSS recognized Tulip Time among this year’s recipients.

World Tulip Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of tulips as part of their destination’s tourism appeal. Tulip Time – Holland, Michigan, USA was recognized in the “World Tulip Destination Worth Traveling For” category. As an invited guest of the WTSS, Gwen Auwerda, Tulip Time Executive Director, accepted the award.

New Coalition of Muskegon County Cultural Leaders Releases Video Highlighting the Impact of Arts & Culture

submitted by Andy Buelow

MUSKEGON COUNTY: A new coalition of area cultural organizations has announced its presence with a flourish by releasing a powerful video highlighting the positive impact of arts and culture on a revitalized Muskegon and the surrounding area.

The six-minute video, produced by gifted videographer Arvin Candelaria, features interviews with community leaders, including Frank Bednarek, Muskegon Museum of Art Chair and Capital Campaign Co-Chair of the Playhouse at White Lake; Tom Harryman, faculty member at Muskegon Community College; Amy Heisser, Director of Shared Services at Arconic; Todd Jacobs, President of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County; Cindy Larsen, President of Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce; Visit Muskegon President Bob Lukens; Marvin Nash, Chairman of the CFFMC Frauenthal Committee; Asaline Scott, CEO of Harbor Development and Consulting; Scott Speck, Music Director of West Michigan Symphony; F. Remington Sprague, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Health, and Joe Zappacosta, Director of Hackley Public Library. The video can be viewed on YouTube at this link:

These leaders speak from their own experience regarding the impact cultural organizations are having on the area’s vibrancy. “Arts and culture help build us as a destination,” said Lukens, citing local organizations’ estimated economic impact of more than $13 million annually. Heisser agreed: “They don’t just serve Muskegon County residents. We attract people from throughout Michigan, and now with the cruise ships, we are open to the world!”

“Look how the Muskegon region has become a thriving hub of arts and culture,” said Speck. “That has done more than just increase the economic prospects and liveliness of the area. It has changed people’s mindsets.”

Evident throughout the video is the way arts, business and government leaders are effectively leveraging techniques of creative placemaking to reinvent the physical and social character of the community. According to the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the United States Conference of Mayors in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, “Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together.”

Local examples are legion. They include the recent renovation of The Playhouse at White Lake as the central anchor of downtown Whitehall. Another case is urban artist Jube Rodriguez’s new Third Street Mural, created in partnership with Muskegon Museum of Art, Community enCompass, civic and business leaders. Currently in the works is a partnership between Muskegon Rotary and the West Michigan Symphony to bring all-weather, permanently-mounted outdoor musical instruments to parks in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights. The first installation took place in August at McLaughlin Neighborhood Park.

Projects like these demonstrate the way arts and culture are the connecting link between urban renewal and community engagement. Creative placemaking means utilizing the arts to help solve community issues while involving the community every step of the way.

It also illustrates the symbiotic relationship between the bourgeoning economic vitality of the region and its investment in a vibrant cultural sector—a sector that spawns projects and spinoff growth that transcend the actual patronage of its anchor venues. The resulting environment attracts more people to the area—including cultural tourists and urban residents. Larsen cites the cultural sector as a key factor in talent recruitment, one of the Chamber’s most important priorities. The process accelerates as increasing economic support enables the sector to further expand its footprint. Ultimately, this creates a cycle that generates its own motive power.

The Muskegon Area Cultural Coalition (MAACC) formed in 2018 in the wake of an influx of new leadership in the area culture sector. Current members include Beth Beaman of The Playhouse at White Lake, Jason Bertoia of Muskegon Civic Theatre, Andy Buelow of West Michigan Symphony, Kirk Hallman of Muskegon Museum of Art, Eric Messing of the Frauenthal Center, Annoesjka Soler of Lakeshore Museum Center, and Joseph Zappacosta of Hackley Public Library. The organizations collectively employ more than 100, attract 100,000 patrons and tourists annually, and provide an economic impact of more than $13 million.

X-Cell Integrative Health

Changing the Face of Healthcare

Fruitport, Michigan – Regenerative Medicine is the next biggest wave in health care that is presenting opportunities to help people regain function and improve the quality of their life without the use of drugs or surgery. It is the science of using living cells such as Stem Cells to stimulate the body’s own Repair Mechanism. Potentially regenerating or facilitating the repair of joints damaged by disease, Injury or aging.

Stem Cells are derived from human umbilical cord tissue of healthy birthed babies and their mothers, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available. These cells are naturally anti- inflammatory, immune regulating and regenerative in nature.

X-Cell Integrative Health is located in an adjoining suite to Fruitport Chiropractic at 3427 Farr Road in Fruitport, Michigan. Dr. Christopher Popp M.D. our Clinic Director and Chenoah Walsh FNP our Nurse Practitioner are excited to be of service by improving function making a difference in the life of others. Michelle Peterson is our Office Manager and the key to making sure the operations run smoothly and the patient has a wonderful experience.

The future of Stem Cell Therapy is here. It offers you a painless option from surgery which is that is a safe and effective. You have a choice. Before, Surgery

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Michigan Travel and Tourism Industry Rallies for Pure MI Funding

ticomlogoLANSING, Mich. – The Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) is a statewide tourism organization whose mission is “to strengthen Michigan’s travel and tourism industry as a vital component of economic development and quality of life through governmental advocacy, public relations, collaboration, and other promotional and educational efforts.”

As Pure Michigan has effectively and successfully served as the unified brand for the state of Michigan and chief marketing strategy for its tourism industry, TICOM strongly encourages state legislators and Governor Whitmer to work together to fully restore funding for the Pure Michigan campaign.

TICOM’s President, Julie Pingston states, “Tourism is Michigan’s third largest industry and vital to our state’s continuing growth and economic vitality.” Tourism spending directly supported 227,497 jobs in Michigan in 2018. Michigan welcomed 124.8 million visitors in 2018 and visitor spending rose 3.9 percent to $25.7 billion. This generated $10.8 billion GDP directly supported by tourism, according to Travel Michigan.

The Pure Michigan campaign invites visitors to travel to and through our state to see first-hand the array of exceptional natural, cultural, recreational and heritage assets that that form the basis of Michigan’s tourism industry. The individual members of Michigan’s travel industry continually validate the Pure Michigan Promise embedded in the Pure Michigan campaign; namely, that Michigan is the perfect place to live, work, grow and play.

TICOM has a broad and diverse membership which includes professional organizations representing Michigan’s Campgrounds, RV Parks, Outdoor Recreation, Boating Industries, Festivals and Events, Golf Courses, Hotels-Motels-Resorts, Restaurants and Breweries, Bed & Breakfasts, Convention & Visitors throughout the state, Snow Sports Industries, Tourism Publishing as well as unique, nationally and internationally renowned attractions and cultural locations.

To learn more about the economic impact of tourism to Michigan, visit:

Award-winning Lakeshore Art Festival Announces Call for Artists

MUSKEGON, MI – The award-winning Lakeshore Art Festival is now accepting fine art and craft applications for the 2020 festival taking place Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Lakeshore Art Festival has a “blind jury process.” Every year, a group of industry professionals, artists and crafters review each entry, not knowing who the applicant is (i.e. blind jury). Jurors rely solely on the images and body of work provided by the applicants and score each applicant based on standards of quality, uniqueness and handcrafted appeal. Applications are ran through the online Zapplications program and can be accessed via

Lakeshore Art Festival continues to rank in the Top 200 Best by the Sunshine Artist Magazine, coming in #21 this year. The Lakeshore Art Festival has also been recognized by the Grand Haven Tribune as People’s Choice Award: #1 Art Festival in West Michigan and as one of the Best Art Fairs in America by

The Lakeshore Art Festival has worked hard to be a socially and environmentally sustainable festival that focuses on the triple bottom line. Accomplishments towards the triple bottom line are tracked and recorded through the Lakeshore Art Festival Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Highlights for this year’s report include:

Muskegon County received $1.59 million dollars of direct economic impact in 2019 and a total $7.2 million dollar of economic impact since 2014.
9,436 pounds of material have been diverted from the landfill and 2,500 single-serve water bottles have been avoided, by adding refillable water stations.
300 local volunteer opportunities have been provided and $22,550 has been awarded to artists and non-profits.

“Our mission is to provide an inclusive, artful event for all to enjoy.  Guests, artists and crafters come from all over the country to enjoy the beauty of our Muskegon Lakeshore area, experience our artful environment and visit our unique businesses. We are thankful for them and for our welcoming community!” said Carla Flanders, Lakeshore Art Festival Director.

Fine artist and crafter exhibitors that would like more information or want to apply for the 2020 Lakeshore Art Festival can visit

Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show Opens Exhibitor Registration

The popular Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show is returning to Fricano’s Event Center March 13 and 14, 2020.  Last year, booth spaces sold quickly, so interested businesses are encouraged to apply early.

The 2020 Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show will feature over 50 exhibitors including everything from windows, siding, gutters, and painting to home décor, furniture, landscaping and much more! A show favorite, the Do It Yourself seminars will be back again this year. The Do It Yourself seminars will highlight floral design, furniture refurbishing, backsplash tiling, gardening and more!

“Last year, we expanded the footprint of the Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY show,” says Home Show Event Director, Kristin Knop. “With the larger space, we are able to offer a larger variety of exhibitors to all of our attendees. We are looking to put on another great show this year!”

Those interested in applying to exhibit are encouraged to visit Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For sponsorships or additional information about the show, contact Kristin Knop at 231.724.3182 or

New Business Association in Muskegon Heights

MUSKEGON, Mich. – A new business association has formed in the city of Muskegon Heights. The Muskegon Heights Business Association is a group of businesses, large and small, who have joined forces to create a “united voice” for a supportive business climate. Their intention is to build a thriving business community in this important core city.

“Any business owner or key organization decision-maker is welcome to attend our meetings,” says Association chair Jack Russell, President of Rolar Products. The group meets monthly to discuss the needs of businesses.

“Right now, we are focused on promoting the job opportunities located in Muskegon Heights,” says Russell. In October, local manufacturers are working with local school officials to organize facility tours for students of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights Academy Public Schools. This event may be the first of many business tours in the area.

The first project of the association took place last spring, when members helped on a clean-up day for Rowan Park.  The association members are eager to support other clean-up projects in Muskegon Heights and along Sherman Blvd.

The group also plans to work closely with city officials, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber, and Muskegon Area First to advocate for better roads and new development.

There is no cost to join the group because the administration is being managed by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. “Our chamber has a number of members in Muskegon Heights, so this was a natural partnership to support businesses in the area,” according to Morgan Carroll, Advocacy and Manufacturing Manager for the Lakeshore Chamber.

Grand Haven Night Light: An evening of Luminous Lights, Strolling Carolers, Shopping and More!

Grand Haven, MI – From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, November 22nd, the Grand Haven Main Street District provided the perfect backdrop of brilliant lights and holiday cheer to kick off the annual holiday shopping season. Lakeshore Middle School Choir strolled throughout downtown, providing fun, festive holiday music and the return of the “Steel Doin’ It” steel drum band performed on Washington by the Fifth Third Bank building. Retail stores throughout the Main Street District hosted open houses with special holiday treats and festive activities for all ages. The Boy Scout Troop 246 sold fresh evergreen wreaths and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum handed out roasted chestnuts, and cider.

“Light Night is a tradition that our merchants and residents alike to come together to welcome the holiday season,” said Sharon Behm, co-owner of Borr’s Shoes and Chair of the Grand Haven Main Street Board. “Besides hot cocoa and Christmas cookies, you can wander through our charming downtown while listening to holiday music and sampling roasted chestnuts. It’s Grand Haven hospitality at its best.”

Limited edition holiday shopping totes and free hot cocoa, compliments of Jumpin’ Java and JW’s Food & Spirits were given to the first 500 shoppers and available at North Second Street and Washington (next to Hostetter’s at 135 Washington).

Light Night is hosted by Grand Haven Main Street. For more information contact Main Street at 616-844-1188 or on the web at

Brianna T. Scott Recognized as the 2019 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Award Recipient


2019 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Award Recipients, Brianna T. Scott, left, and Abby Selby, right

Spring Lake, Michigan – Brianna T. Scott, Attorney/Member-Owner at Brianna T. Scott & Associates, PLLC, was honored as the 2019 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Award Recipient. The announcement was made today at the annual luncheon celebration, held at the Spring Lake Country Club. The ATHENA awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, have provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assist women in reaching their full potential and exhibit the spirit of regional collaboration.

Brianna T. Scott, Attorney/Member-Owner at Brianna T. Scott & Associates, PLLC began practicing law in 2000 and was the first African American attorney hired by the Muskegon County Prosecutors office. Five years later, she started her own practice to become the only female minority-owned law firm on the Lakeshore. The time and commitment to her career did not stop her from giving back to the community.  She was the first African American President of the Muskegon Rotary Club and as co-chair of the Rotary Diversity and Inclusion committee, she spearheaded new events to engage the entire community under the theme “Love Lives Here”. Her latest achievement exemplifies her loyalty to Spartans and the safety of women and social justice, as she has won a position on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

The ATHENA on the Lakeshore program also recognizes a Young Professional Recipient each year. Abby Selby, CPA at Selby Tax and Accounting, was honored as the 2019 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Young Professional Award Recipient. An entrepreneur at heart, Abby has a passion for business prosperity and building relationships as a business owner and volunteer for many charitable events.

The recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the participating Chambers and community business leaders. Nine finalists and ten young professional finalists were recognized at the luncheon, which was attended by over 300 regional community and business leaders.

Teen Addiction Recovery Program to Launch in Muskegon County

The program will be the only one of its kind in West Michigan

healthwestMUSKEGON, MI – A new addiction recovery program will help Muskegon County teens battling self-destructive behaviors such as smoking, drinking, fighting, and drug use develop skills to overcome these behaviors and live a healthy life.

HealthWest, Muskegon County’s Community Mental Health Services Program, has launched SMART Recovery for Teens, which will help youth 13 and older with addiction recovery. It is the only program of its type in West Michigan and is just the second SMART Recovery for Teens program in the state.

“What you do as a teenager can set the stage for the rest of your life,” said HealthWest Clinical Supervisor Meaghan Dulin, who is helping to spearhead the program. “We are excited to work with the youth of Muskegon County to develop healthy habits that will stick with them and set them up for success.”

Recent state data showed more than 21 percent of Muskegon County high school students surveyed have smoked cigarettes and nearly 40 percent have drunk alcohol. The data also revealed that 8 percent of surveyed high schoolers reported binge drinking in the past 30 days and the surveyed teens were on average only 14 years old when they reported being drunk for the first time.

Nearly 15 percent of surveyed high schoolers reported being offered illegal drugs while on school property in the past year and nearly 29 percent reported trying marijuana.

“It’s clear that Muskegon County teens are using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco,” Dulin said. “We’re here to provide them with a safe, welcoming space where they can come together to work on changing those behaviors that hurt themselves and others.”

SMART Recovery is a self-help program that will help participants get and stay motivated; cope with urges; self-manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and live a balanced life. It is not a 12-step program.

Meetings are held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting Oct. 22 at the HealthWest Transition Age Services facility, 131 E. Apple Ave., 3rd Floor. There is no cost to attend meetings.

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition

Muskegon, MI –The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) opens at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 5 and runs through November 13, 2019.

The Michigan Contemporary continues the museum’s well-established legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals in the longest running juried show of its kind in Michigan. The exhibition presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. The show will include 126 works by 107 artists, chosen by the juror from 734 entries by 406 artists. The artwork is meant to engage, challenge, and inspire conversation.

Education on the Importance of Having a Plan for Advanced Healthcare Boosted by a $25,000 Grant

Muskegon, MI — If you became unable to make decisions about your healthcare, would anyone know your wishes? How will you make sure that healthcare providers know what type of treatment you want – or don’t want?

“After more than 20 years working in health and human service settings, I have witnessed many unfortunate ethical dilemmas that families and health care providers face when they are forced to make decisions for patients who can’t communicate for themselves,” says Luke Reynolds, Executive Director at LifeCircles-PACE.

It’s a common problem with an easy solution. It just takes a little planning, and the staff at Harbor Hospice and Harbor Palliative Care can help. The organization has partnered with the Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition (Charted) to ensure, through outreach and education, that adults in the region know how to make a plan for their healthcare needs.

To carry out that work, Harbor Hospice recently received a $25,000 grant from the Health Project Community Benefit Board.

“We are grateful and excited about the grant, which will make it possible for us to continue to educate members of the community on the importance of advance care planning so each individual’s healthcare wishes can be honored,” said Lisa Cummins, president and CEO of Harbor Hospice and Harbor Palliative Care. “Planning in advance means family members don’t have to make difficult decisions for someone close to them, without knowing what they want.”

“This grant will allow Charted Healthcare Planning Coalition to equip people with the education and tools necessary to ensure everyone’s wishes are known,” adds Reynolds, who is also co-chair of Charted.

There is no cost to prepare advance directives. Those requesting help can schedule an appointment with Andrea Nofsinger, Charted Coalition Coordinator, at 231-728-3442.

In addition to Harbor Hospice, and Life-Circles-PACE, Charted’s community partners include Affinia Health Network, Hackley Community Care, Mercy Health, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon Community Health Project, North Ottawa Medical Group, and Senior Resources of West Michigan.

State Representative Terry J. Sabo Visits Hackley Community Care

“Community Health Center Funding is Crucial to Providing Care to the Underserved.”

Muskegon, MI – State Representative Terry J. Sabo visited Hackley Community Care on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Rep. Sabo represents Michigan’s 92nd House District which includes the cities of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and North Muskegon along with the townships of Muskegon, Laketon, Fruitland and Whitehall.

Hackley Community Care (HCC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides quality health care services to underserved residents of Muskegon County. Congress has introduced several bills to reauthorize funding for America’s Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Continued funding will support increase to access, expanding of services, and improve quality outcomes. The vote for FQHC funding is a key issue in congress this fall. The visit with Rep. Sabo provided insight to the care and services HCC provides to meet the need of the communities he serves.

In 1992, due to an increased rate of pre-term, low birthweight babies, Hackley Community Care (HCC) opened its doors in a renovated, tiny brown house on the Hackley Hospital Campus, and began offering Obstetrical and medical services. Later that year, HCC moved to a building on the corner of Peck and Barney and began the Certified Nurse Midwifery Program that provided prenatal care, delivery and follow-up with pregnant mothers. Soon after, we added home services to pregnant mothers with a licensed social worker, nurse, and a dietician.

Hackley Community Care (HCC) continued to grow from there, and moved to our current location at 2700 Baker Street, and received Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status. From these humble beginnings, Hackley Community Care has continuously expanded to provide an array of services that include dental, behavioral health,  a pharmacy (Community Care Pharmacy), and other supporting programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Komen Breast & Cervical services, to name a few. All of our service are designed to meet the needs of those who are disenfranchised. Today, we have locations at the Mercy Health Partners – Hackley Campus, an Integrated Health Center (IHC) at HealthWest, full adolescent Teen Health Centers at Muskegon High School and Oakridge Public Schools, and school based behavioral health services throughout Muskegon.

To learn more about Hackley Community Care please visit

Community Shores Bank Celebrates 20 Years of Serving the Lakeshore with New Customer-Focused Rewards Checking Program

Muskegon, MI — August 23, 2019 Community Shores Bank has unveiled a new Rewards Checking program, adding to their breadth of products and services available for customers.

The new program offers 3.25% APY for balances of up to $25,000, and .15% APY on balances greater than $25,000. It also provides a refund of up to $10 in US Nationwide ATM surcharges per statement cycle.

“It’s always been important to us to stay on top of and understand the changing needs of this community we all live in and love,” stated Lori Versalle, Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator for Community Shores Bank. She added, “As with everything we do, our new Rewards Checking program was created with our customers in mind.”

To take advantage of the program, the requirements during each statement cycle include signing up for estatements and going paperless, accessing online banking at least once, keeping the account open and making a minimum of 15 debit card transactions.

Said Versalle, “We wanted to make it as easy as possible for our customers to take part in and benefit from the program.”

The release of the new Rewards Checking program coincides with the local bank’s 20 year anniversary, which was celebrated with a community-wide picnic. “We’re excited to not only offer this new program for our customers, but also celebrate our local roots with them – we’re as local as it gets!” exclaimed Versalle.

Not only has Community Shores Bank been here for 20 years, so have many of their staff members whose experience and reputation for exceptional customer service has earned them invaluable trust.

“Our customers are also our neighbors,” stated Versalle. “They depend on us and it’s important to us that we are there for them. That’s a big reason why we’re so invested in the community and all the people and businesses here. We live here too and take pride in helping the community grow.”

Versalle shared that people may not realize banking with them means they are contributing to helping the community thrive as well, stating, “Because we are truly locally-based – not just a local branch – when you bank with us, your money goes back into our own local community, and essentially back to you. Together we are helping the community grow and that’s always been a great source of pride for us.”

You can learn more about Community Shores Bank and their new Rewards Checking program by visiting
Community Shores Bank. Locally Grown. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

About Community Shores Bank
Community Shores Bank is the only independent community bank with headquarters in Muskegon, Michigan. The bank opened for business in January 1999 and serves businesses and consumers in the western Michigan counties of Muskegon and Ottawa from four local branch offices.

Sportsmen for Youth

by John Cramblet, Vice President – Sportsmen for Youth

Sportsmen for Youth – Youth Day is always held on the first Saturday after Labor Day which was September 7, 2019 this year.  Youth Day is held at Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 2261 Heights Ravenna Road, Fruitport, Michigan.   This was our 27th year.  The gates opened at 9am and closed at 3pm.  This is a free family event to introduce our youth to the many activities available to them in the great outdoors, however only youth under 17 years of age can participate in the activities.  Persons over 17 are welcome to sit in on all the seminars.   Each youth participating received a t-shirt and a ticket for lunch, while supplies lasted, and a raffle ticket.

This year we received commitments from the following exhibitors:   the rock climbing wall, the Coast Guard Axillary and a vessel from Coast Guard Station, Muskegon, the Critter Barn, Muskegon Conservation Club, Grand Haven/Grand Rapids Steelheaders with their fishing simulator, Friends of Ottawa County Parks, Jumpn’ Jupiter Skate Center, a wood carver, Coopersville Sportsmen Club, Michigan United Conservation Club, a reptile display and the USS LST393.  There was once again the trout pond put on by Michigan Anglers Assoc. with 1000 trout for the youth to catch.  This year we hosted the Hawg Trough again, however this one was 50 feet in length.  The Hawg Trough is an aquarium mounted on a semi-trailer and was stocked with native fish for viewing.  It is also used as the stage for various expert fishermen to speak from.  There was also mentored shooting of firearms and archery equipment.  Attendees were also able to experience various safety exhibits, demonstrations and tours of fire trucks, EMT vehicles and law enforcement displays.

Family Meals Month in Muskegon

Family Meals Matter! Talk early. Talk Often. TalkSooner.

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon County TalkSooner team partnered with the Farmers Markets in the Cities of Muskegon, Montague, and Muskegon Heights to promote Family Meals Month and coach parents on talking to their kids about drug and alcohol use. Educators were at the markets on September 17, 18, and 19, and vendors gave away free reusable grocery bags while supplies lasted.

Family Meals Month is recognized each September to promote the many lifelong positive impacts of family meal time. The more families have meals together, the less likely their kids are to drink alcohol, smoke or use marijuana. encourages parents to talk with their children about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. It explains the need to talk early, talk often, and talk sooner about pressures, health effects, expectations, and refusal skills around drugs and alcohol. The website is available in English and Spanish.

Every Woman’s Place

ewpWe are here, and you are not alone.

We’re celebrating 44 years of serving this community, and looking ahead to the future. With your support, we’ve made a difference to over 130,000 individuals in our community who’ve experienced trauma, violence, and abuse.

We’ve accompanied them on their journey of healing, providing ongoing support and advocacy. We’ve been there to help them navigate the emotional, physical, financial, and social impacts of these traumas. They’ve found their healing path. Most of all, they’ve known that they are not alone.

It is a critical time. EWP stands alone today in Muskegon County as the only organization that provides specialized care, shelter, and crisis response following domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

The toxic culture surrounding us today affects women, LGBTQ, people of color, and other vulnerable populations. Our community looks to EWP to be here to walk alongside the men, women, and children who experience abuse, trauma, and violence.

Call our Crisis Line 24/7
(231) 722-3333

Muskegon DAR Membership Drive

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit  The Muskegon Chapter of the DAR  meets once a month.  If you are interested in attending as a guest or applying for DAR membership, please call: Barb at (231)780-4502.

Darley Village – New 55+ Active Community Opens in Muskegon

Immediate Occupancy for Apartments, Taking Reservations for Cottages

(FRUITPORT, MI – August 27, 2019) Darley Village, an active 55+ community, is now open in Fruitport and features spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments (550-962 sq.ft) as well as two-bedroom cottages (1500 sq.ft).

Immediate occupancy and scheduled tours are available for all apartments. Reservations can be made for the cottages, groundbreaking scheduled fall 2019.

Designed and built around the active senior lifestyle, Darley Village offers maintenance-free living with an expansive suite of community activities and amenities. An on-site property manager and concierge team keep all residents informed on community events, dining, wellness, and off-site trips. Darley Village has all-inclusive packages based on flexible rental options. All are customizable with amenities and meal packages.

Darley Village Amenities & Services
Café & Coffee Shop open daily
On-site chef for meal preparation
Community garden
Darley Dining Hall
Group events and local excursions
Fitness center
Group travel planning
Library and game room
Social events
Outdoor patio with fireplace
Laundry services available
Storage units

Located at 2245 Darley Drive (shared entrance with Chestnut Fields), Darley Village is just minutes from the Lakes Mall and is surrounded by a variety of outlet shopping, restaurants, spas and pubs. The neighboring Fruitport Golf Club features a 18-hole course, restaurant and banquet center. Darley is also close to Lake Michigan, Muskegon or Grand Haven downtown areas.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit or call 231-799-0077.

Announcing a Partnership with Big Lots Muskegon

ewplogoThanks to Big Lots there is a new way to support Every Woman’s Place. We are excited to announce that from September 13-October 26, we are the Muskegon Big Lots Charitable Partner!

As part of its Grand Opening Celebration, Big Lots will donate $5 for every BIG Rewards redeemed by shoppers at the new Muskegon Big Lots location.

In other words, when you redeem your BIG Rewards, Big Lots will donate $5 to Every Woman’s Place. The program will be active at the store located at: 1650 E. Sherman Blvd., Muskegon, MI 49444.

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube Announces Winner of Jeep Giveaway

Muskegon, MI: Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube has been locally owned and managed, serving the community since it opened its first car wash on Sherman Blvd. in 1969. To celebrate 50 years of serving West Michigan, Van’s gave away a 2-year lease on a Jeep Compass with 100 free car washes, valued at $10,000.

Driving home with the prize is Judy Deur of Fremont. “I was really surprised. I didn’t believe him [Vanderstelt] when he first called because I didn’t enter the contest.” Judy’s husband, Phil Deur, had entered the contest online unbeknownst to Judy. “Phil laughed when I called him, and he said, ‘You won?! You really won?’ It’s not something you really expect to win.” Judy plans to use the Jeep to take several road trips in Michigan.

Van’s teamed up with Preferred Jeep/Chrysler of Muskegon for the contest. Over 2,400 people entered the drawing through Van’s website,, at all seven Van’s locations, as well as Taste of Muskegon and Muskegon’s 150th Celebration.

“I’m grateful for all who entered our contest. It was an incredible experience to call and tell someone that they were taking home a brand new Jeep,” said Jerry Vanderstelt. “It has been a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of serving West Michigan, and we will continue to celebrate with monthly events through December.”

Hackley Community Care Receives Grant for Breast Cancer Services


Muskegon, MI – Susan G. Komen® Michigan has awarded a $34,998.00 grant to Hackley Community Care (HCC) for breast health awareness, education, services and screenings to over 1,200 uninsured and underinsured women in Muskegon County.

Komen Michigan is one of more than seventy local Affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

At Hackley Community Care, the grant from Komen Michigan will support breast health awareness, education, events and services to at least 1,000 women in Phase 1 of a two-part initiative. These services and events will be facilitated by HCC’s Programs Coordinator, Teresa Jones, and will include coordinating referrals with the Kent County Health Department Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP). This initiative will specifically target the neighborhoods of African American and Hispanic / Latino female populations. HCC will also partner with local churches to present the Pink in the Pews Programs in order to promote breast health awareness, and education within African American churches. Educational materials will be displayed and delivered within the Hispanic / Latino community throughout the year and include an educational session on breast health awareness and services available.

In Phase 2 of this initiative, HCC has partnered with Mercy Health Partners and Muskegon Radiology PC to provide screenings, diagnostic mammography and MRI services. The Susan G. Komen Michigan grant will pay for screenings, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and MRI for hundreds of uninsured and underinsured women. Muskegon Surgical Associates is another local partner that will provide mastectomies to uninsured or underinsured patients in need of surgery.

“Hackley Community Care is honored to be a recipient of this Susan G. Komen Michigan grant. These funds will allow us to expand our reach into the communities we serve and provide care and services to an underserved population that often forego these services due to cost, or other barriers to care”, said Linda Juarez, CEO of Hackley Community Care. We look forward to our continued partnership with Susan G. Komen Michigan.

Sarah Hockin, Mission Director at Komen Michigan said, “We are confident that through Hackley Community Care’s Breast Health, Education and Screening initiative, underserved African American and Hispanic / Latino women in our community will have low-cost access to the care they need.”

About Hackley Community Care
Hackley Community Care (HCC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has been providing quality health care services since 1992. Hackley Community Care has continuously expanded to provide an array of services that include full primary care, dental, behavioral health,  pharmacy (Community Care Pharmacy), home based and school based services, and other supporting programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Komen Breast Health, and BCCCNP services, to name a few. All of our services are designed to meet the needs of the underserved in our community. Learn more about HCC at