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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

Changing the Face of Healthcare – X-Cell Integrative Health

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


xcellMichelle Peterson
X-Cell Integrative Health
231-865-7625 Phone
231-865-6212 Fax

Jim Edmonson Selected to Lead a New Era of Economic Development as Head of Muskegon Area First

jedmonsonMUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon Area First Economic Development Corp. – the Muskegon County-wide non-profit economic development agency – is being transformed by community leaders from a government-led organization to one mainly funded and directed by the private sector.

A newly recreated, private-sector-led Muskegon Area First (MAF) board of directors has selected Jim Edmonson as its new president and chief executive officer to launch the new direction of the agency. Edmonson brings 43 years of economic development experience to the new position, including three years as MAF head in 2004-07.

The former Muskegon Area First board of directors hired Edmonson Associates of Baton Rouge, LA to help it in the transition. Edmonson took over the leadership of the agency June 3.

“Every era in a community’s history has different economic development needs,” said new MAF Board Chairman Mike Olthoff, CEO of Nichols – one of the largest independently owned paper, package and sanitary supply distributors in the Great Lakes region headquartered in Norton Shores.

“In 2019, Muskegon County needs to support its current employers with a skilled workforce as it continues to grow the county’s manufacturing base with local company expansions and attraction of new companies to fill needed niches in our economy. The MAF board feels that Jim Edmonson is perfectly suited to launch a new direction for Muskegon Area First and have the agency address the current economic development needs of Muskegon County.”

Edmonson will be spending his initial months with MAF establishing the private-sector led agency, which will still have financial and strategic relationships with local governments in Muskegon County. Early work with the revamped agency will be with ongoing development of revenues, a first-year budget and reorganization of staff.

“Honestly, I did not consult with MAF to become its next president and CEO,” Edmonson said. “But board members were very persuasive and this is an incredible time to be involved in Muskegon County economic development. Look around, Muskegon County is going through an historic community transformation. As a county resident, I am thrilled to be asked to be a part of it.”

Muskegon Area First has been in transition since former President and CEO Ed Garner left the agency for a regional small business development position in October 2017. Leading MAF through its transition has been interim President and CEO Darryl Todd, who will remain with the agency to work on business and talent development.

“We have been fortunate to have Darryl Todd provide steady leadership in countywide economic development these past 20 months and the board thanks him for his dedication to the community,” Olthoff said. “As MAF evolves, we are confident that Darryl’s skills will be used to meet the economic development needs the agency will be addressing.”

The Big Five-Oh!

submitted by Suzanne Prell, Development Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore

Muskegon, MI– Dig out your bell-bottoms for an evening of Peace, Love, and Rock-n-Roll on Sept. 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Bella Maria’s Event Center in Norton Shores.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore is celebrating 50 years of providing one-to-one mentoring in our lakeshore communities and is inviting the public to join the festivities. “You are invited to the party,” said Suzanne Prell, Development Director at BBBSL. “1969 was one of the most memorable years in history with the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Woodstock, and the premiere of TV shows like Scooby-Doo and The Brady Bunch. Let’s enjoy it one more time in honor of supporting our youth and helping them achieve their full potential.”

Tickets and sponsorships are available to purchase at

General admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, VW Bus photo booth, and live music by the band Sweet Justice.

Since 1969, Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided mentoring to over 12,000 kids in our community. All proceeds from the event stay local and benefit youth mentoring programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore, established locally in 1969, serves West Michigan children in Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana and Mason Counties. Our mission is to “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore, visit

Women’s Retreat Gives Support to Grieving Mothers in West Michigan

Muskegon, MI – There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child.  You are not alone.

The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice is offering Heartstrings, a one-day retreat for women whose child(ren) have died.  Losing a child has been described as an unimagined grief that connects with the deepest emotions of the heart, changing your life forever.

On Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Heartstrings will provide an opportunity for mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other women who have lost a child to connect with each other and learn more about how to manage this unique grief.  Large group and breakout sessions will focus on learning more about the challenges of child loss, how to effectively manage guilt and regret, and ways to maneuver the changes brought about from the death of a child.

Registration is $20 per person and is due with form by Sept. 30.  Each participant is asked to bring a printed photo of their child which will be returned to them at the end of the day.  Lunch and all materials are included.  For more information or to register, go to (search Heartstrings Muskegon) or download the registration form from the Harbor Hospice website (

“The Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice serves on average over 1,000 children, teens and adults who have experienced many types of losses including deaths due to health issues, violence, suicide, drug or alcohol dependency, accidental and pet-related losses,” says Beth Bolthouse, Grief Counselor at Harbor Hospice.  “It is hoped that this retreat will connect and support women who have experienced the unimaginable loss of a child.”

Frauenthal Center Opens its 2019-20 season with Wynonna & The Big Noise

The Frauenthal Center opens 2019-20 Presenting Season with country icon WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE

Date:  Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time:  7:30 pm
Place:  Frauenthal Theater
Tickets:  $45-$80

MUSKEGON, MI — The Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon will kick off its 2019-20 season on Saturday, Sept. 7 with a country music legend who has dominated the nation’s musical landscape for decades: Wynonna.

Wynonna & The Big Noise will bring their blend of country, Americana, blues, soul, and rock to Muskegon’s iconic and historic musical venue on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:30pm. Tickets went on sale Friday, July 19 at 11:00am.

A musical powerhouse once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during her remarkable 35-year career. The internationally renowned performer who rose to fame as part of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna has received more than 60 industry awards and has had countless charting singles. Her 20 number one hits include such songs as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

Tickets range from $45 to $80 and went on sale to the general public on Friday, July 19 at 11am. Tickets can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office (425 W. Western Ave.) by calling (231) 727-8001 or in person Monday through Friday from 11am to 5:30pm. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 and online at

Congratulations to the Governor’s Service Award Winners from our United Way of the Lakeshore Communities

MUSKEGON, MI – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission has announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

“Our state is lucky to have such outstanding Michiganders who work hard every single day to build a home for opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s uplifting our neighborhoods or bringing communities together when tragedy strikes, they do this work even when nobody’s looking because they know that every contribution makes a huge impact,” Whitmer said. “I’m proud to present the Governor’s Service Awards to this year’s recipients as recognition of their sacrifice and dedication throughout our state.”

We are proud to share that three of the winners are from our West Michigan area:

Senior Volunteer of the Year: Mildred Bond Johnson, 84, has been serving her community of Muskegon Heights and the surrounding area for more than 60 years. She has continuously advocated for the power of education, faith and giving back to those in need. Mildred’s great-grandfather was a freed slave from Tennessee. He believed in helping others and started a church and a schoolhouse. Mildred carried on the legacy to serve those in need. She is admired for her dedication to educating youth and spending more than 30 years teaching in the Muskegon Public Schools. She also served as a long-term advocate for civil rights and equality. Mildred serves as a mentor and director with SNICKERS youth program, which assists youth to gain life skills and success. She has volunteered with many organizations to help support pressing issues of homelessness and food insecurity including Habitat for Humanity, NAACP, and the James Jackson African American museum. Mildred has always possessed characteristics of loyalty, humility, kindness, and a genuine love for people. She is a true inspiration and her passion is contagious.

Senior Volunteer of the Year: Jelanie Bush stands as the epitome of service in the Newaygo County of West Michigan as she has dedicated well over 13,000 volunteer hours for her community. Jelanie has devoted her life to building a brighter future for the world around her by serving a variety of causes, ranging from the environment and food security to low-income children and struggling seniors. She served at TrueNorth Community Services as a board member where she helped lead the organization through a magnitude of programs and staff growth. She has volunteered thousands of hours for events like the Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon, Camp Newaygo’s Building a Healthy Future capital campaign, and the Children’s Christmas Program. In addition to these incredible programs, Jelanie has also spent more than 15 years as a member of the Michigan Botanical Club, where she gives her time to educate the public on conservation of native plants and cooperates in programs concerned with the use and conservation of all-natural resources and scenic features. TrueNorth has honored Jelanie with various volunteer awards, and the community is constantly in awe of her passion for service in Newaygo County and beyond. She is an inspiration to everyone.

Youth Volunteer of the Year: Jocelyn Hines has shown incredible passion for activism and advocacy for women, people of color and prosperity in her community of Muskegon and surrounding area. The 24-year-old Michigan State University alumnus is a natural-born leader who has dedicated her life to organizing strong community neighborhoods and being a bold voice for social justice. She created the Muskegon Young Black Professionals – a group that has become a safe space for young professionals of color to network and develop their skills in a professional workforce. She has spent hundreds of hours serving communities and leading the discussion for change. She’s currently working on making an impact at the local and governmental level by working on campaigns and building relationships between county government members and the community. Her reputation in the community has grown with her work to organize groups and initiate positive change. She has become a role model to young people as she serves as a catalyst for helping peoples’ voices to be heard.

The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Detroit Opera House. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, visit

The Tree House Child Care Center Opened its Doors to Children and Families on August 5

Fruitport, MI – A former dance studio has been transformed into the newest Reggio Emilia inspired childcare center along the lakeshore offering year round care, pre-K curriculum, before and after school care and summer programming to children 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.

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 all age groups.  To inquire about enrollment or apply to join the team of Tree House teachers, visit the website at

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

Be a Double Crosser During the 2019 Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk

MACKINAW CITY, MI- Last year brought a lot of changes in the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk including the elimination of busing and the ability to start the walk from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City. One exciting opportunity the walk in the new format introduced was the opportunity to walk the entire length of the bridge, turn around, and walk back (a ten-mile circuit). While this option is certainly not for everyone, organizers recognized it as a unique draw to the event.

In 2018 the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural “Double Crossers Club,” which was an opportunity to celebrate the hardy individuals who walked the entire length of the bridge, and back, collecting a certificate from both sides. The Chamber sold 100 limited edition, commemorative t-shirts. In hopes of attracting the adventurous walkers again this year, the Mackinaw City Chamber of
Commerce will again host the second annual “Double Crossers Club,” by printing the commemorative shirt available for purchase by those that intend to walk the entire distance of the bridge and back and receive a certificate of completion from both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

There is never a cost to participate in the Bridge Walk, but the official “Double Crossers Club” t-shirt is available to purchase at the Chamber of Commerce in Mackinaw City (707 N. Huron Ave), or online at Proceeds from shirt sales will directly support community programs and events hosted by the Greater Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce.

Double Crossers are encouraged to start the walk promptly at 7a.m. If any participant does not make it all the way across and back to center span by 10 a.m. they will be turned back to the nearest side and will be responsible for their own transportation across the bridge after the event ends. To be a Double Crosser you will need to keep a steady pace and know your ability.

Run / Walk for Life – August 17, 2019

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

I am writing in regards to a prolife event happening here in Muskegon and am hoping you will join and/or donate to the cause. A coworker of my husband’s has organized a Run/Walk for Life Event for Saturday, August 17th at Prince of Peace North Muskegon. All the money raised is being given to Muskegon Pregnancy Services in order for them to purchase a new ultrasound machine.

It’s another wonderful way to show our support for life. – Please feel free to Invite ALL your family and friends 😉

Following are the details of the event from their Facebook page :

ALL proceeds will be donated directly to Muskegon Pregnancy Services for the purchase of a new ultrasound machine.

All runners registered within 2 weeks of the race date will receive a free cotton T-shirt, with the option of upgrading to a wicking shirt.

Packet pickup will be on the day of the race at 8am. This race is professionally CHIP timed with awards presented to the top racers in each age group.

Start Time: 8:30am EDT – End Time: 9:30am EDT

The Knights of Columbus will have breakfast prepared following the race. Breakfast is Free for all registered participants. All others 7$/adult, 5$/child. All profits also being donated to MPS. All are welcome!!

$30.00 + $2.50 Sign Up Fee
12 and under $15.00+$2.50 Sign Up Fee

Registration: Registration ends August 16, 2019 at 9:00pm EDT

For Race signups and donations-

Here is the direct link to their Facebook page as well:

God bless you all and hope to see you on the 17th!
Kristine Babiarz

News Release – Social Security

Social Security Combined Trust Funds Gain One Year Says Board of Trustees
Disability Fund Shows Strong Improvement—Twenty Years

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2035, one year later than projected last year, with 80 percent of benefits payable at that time.

The OASI Trust Fund is projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as last year’s estimate, with 77 percent of benefits payable at that time.  The DI Trust Fund is estimated to become depleted in 2052, extended 20 years from last year’s estimate of 2032, with 91 percent of benefits still payable.

In the 2019 Annual Report to Congress, the Trustees announced:
• The asset reserves of the combined OASI and DI Trust Funds increased by $3 billion in 2018 to a total of $2.895 trillion.
• The total annual cost of the program is projected to exceed total annual income, for the first time since 1982, in 2020 and remain higher throughout the 75-year projection period.  As a result, asset reserves are expected to decline during 2020.  Social Security’s cost has exceeded its non-interest income since 2010.
• The year when the combined trust fund reserves are projected to become depleted, if Congress does not act before then, is 2035 – gaining one year from last year’s projection.  At that time, there would be sufficient income coming in to pay 80 percent of scheduled benefits.

“The Trustees recommend that lawmakers address the projected trust fund shortfalls in a timely way in order to phase in necessary changes gradually and give workers and beneficiaries time to adjust to them,” said Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security.  “The large change in the reserve depletion date for the DI Fund is mainly due to continuing favorable trends in the disability program.  Disability applications have been declining since 2010, and the number of disabled-worker beneficiaries receiving payments has been falling since 2014.”

Other highlights of the Trustees Report include:
·  Total income, including interest, to the combined OASI and DI Trust Funds amounted to just over $1 trillion in 2018.  ($885 billion from net payroll tax contributions, $35 billion from taxation of benefits, and $83 billion in interest)

·  Total expenditures from the combined OASI and DI Trust Funds amounted to $1 trillion in 2018.

·  Social Security paid benefits of nearly $989 billion in calendar year 2018.  There were about 63 million beneficiaries at the end of the calendar year.

·  The projected actuarial deficit over the 75-year long-range period is 2.78 percent of taxable payroll – lower than the 2.84 percent projected in last year’s report.

·  During 2018, an estimated 176 million people had earnings covered by Social Security and paid payroll taxes.

·  The cost of $6.7 billion to administer the Social Security program in 2018 was a very low 0.7 percent of total expenditures.

·  The combined Trust Fund asset reserves earned interest at an effective annual rate of 2.9 percent in 2018.

The Board of Trustees usually comprises six members.  Four serve by virtue of their positions with the federal government: Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and Managing Trustee; Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security; Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services; and R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor.  The two public trustee positions are currently vacant.

View the 2019 Trustees Report at

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13th Annual Ride to Remember, May 25

A bike ride to support the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence

Looking for a leisurely bike ride and great cause?

Join members of the Fruitport Lions Club and Fruitport Chiropractic Center for their annual 15-mile Ride to Remember around Spring Lake to support the Poppen Hospice Residence on May 25.

The ride is held in conjunction with Fruitport’s Old Fashioned Days, beginning at 11:00 a.m. from Fruitport Edgewood Elementary, 3255 Pontaluna Road. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m.

“My family and I know how important hospice care is because we experienced it with my mom,” says Jim Kauppila, member of the Fruitport Lions Club and chair of the Ride to Remember. “Many of our riders come back year after year, and we’re all grateful to be able to support the Poppen Hospice Residence with this fun event.”

Early online registration is $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 16.  Please visit  Registration is open on the day of the event.  Pre-order t-shirts available online or by using forms available at Harbor Hospice, Fruitport Lions Club, Fruitport Chiropractic Center and X-Cell Regenerative Health.

All riders are encouraged to wear safety helmets. Lunch is included for each rider at the conclusion of the event, courtesy of the Fruitport Lions Club Ox Roast.

The Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence is part of Harbor Hospice and located in Fruitport Township on nine acres of woods and walking paths. Its 14 private patient rooms have served as a welcoming home with compassionate and skilled care for almost 3,000 terminally ill patients since it opened in 2005.

For event information please call Ammy Seymour, Director of Development, 231.728.3442 or Fruitport Chiropractic Center, 231.865.6545

Professional Development Meeting Plant Tour

APICS-Grand Rapids Wednesday, May 8, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – APICS, the Grand Rapids Chapter, hosted their monthly professional development meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 with a plant tour of Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The evening began at 5:30 PM with registration networking, and limited beer sampling and the tour being promptly at 6:15 PM.

Cost for APICS members was $12.00; non-members $15.00 and full-time students $7.00. All attendees were required to be at least 21 years of age with photo ID. Reservations for APICS-Grand Rapids professional development meetings can be made online at or email to or call Kathy at (616) 490-8608.

For more information regarding the Chapter’s professional development meetings and speakers, please visit our website at:

Site Selection Magazine, Muskegon Tied for the #10 Top Metro

Muskegon Area First (MAF), the Muskegon County private, non-profit economic development corporation, has been notified that the Muskegon Metro area has tied for the #10 spot in Site Selection Magazine’s Top Ten Metro Areas for 2018. They have made the list for the first time for cities with populations less than 200,000. “What an exciting time for the Muskegon metro area,” said Darryl Todd, MAF Interim President/CEO. To be named in the top 10 on our very first time being listed speaks to the tremendous success we’ve had working cooperatively as a team to ensure that Muskegon is a great place to live, work, play, and succeed in business!”

Muskegon Area CTC HOSA students compete to save and heal lives

Students from Muskegon Area CTC competed in the first-ever Gift of Life HOSA Challenge, a statewide competition to register organ and tissue donors. Through the challenge, Michigan HOSA students helped to add 793 new donors to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. There are currently more than 3,000 Michigan residents on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.

“DIBS! On Resale” Retail Store Relocates to Muskegon

Benefitting WMCS, the Lakeshore Region’s 5-School Christian School System

Muskegon, Michigan – DIBS! On Resale, a non-profit resale store benefitting the West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) system in the Lakeshore region, has moved to Muskegon. Formerly in Norton Shores since 2012, the retail store celebrated its grand opening January 17, 2019, at noon with a community prayer blessing. DIBS! Is located on 1279 East Apple Avenue in the former Blockbuster building.

“We are so thankful for the increased efficiencies that this new location provides for our store. This will help DIBS! greatly increase the funding it provides to our schools and thereby facilitate the continual improvement in our programming and delivery of Christ-centered education, impacting hundreds of children and their families in our area,” said Dan DeKam, West Michigan Christian Schools Collaborative Director and Principal of Muskegon Christian School.

“It’s exciting to have the space needed to showcase the many donations we receive,” said Mary Workman, DIBS! Store Manager. “The welcome from the Muskegon neighborhood has been amazing! ‘Good Things are Happening at DIBS!’”

About DIBS! On Resale
DIBS! On Resale is a non-profit resale clothing, shoes, sports gear, jewelry, home goods, and more store. DIBS! accepts donations and provides tax deduction receipts. The volunteer team is comprised of parents, grandparents, and alumni of all five PK-12 West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS) as well as community members. DIBS! opened its doors in 2012 and benefits all five West Michigan Christian Schools including Fremont Christian (PK-8) , Muskegon Christian (PK-6) , Grand Haven Christian (PK-8) , New Era Christian (PK-8) and Western Michigan Christian (7-12) . DIBS! proceeds assist with WMCS programming and in keeping tuition affordable for families. To learn more about DIBS! go to .

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube Celebrates 50 Years

vanslogoVan’s Car Wash & Quick Lube has been locally owned and managed, serving the community for 50 years. In 1969, the first car wash opened on Sherman Blvd. This location is one of the few that prep and spot clean your car before the automated wash. Also, with an oil change or auto service purchased, customers receive a free car wash.

Core services remain car washes and quick lube/oil change services. Standard oil changes include up to six quarts of Quaker State Synthetic Blend. The oil change service includes checking tire pressure, lights and resetting the oil reminder function. Repairs and other maintenance is offered at the Sherman location. Services include brakes, A/C, engine work, starters, alternators, and radiators/cooling systems.


John & Sharon Vanderstelt

Van’s story began on October 15, 1930, when Gerritt Vanderstelt and his son Henry opened Van’s full-service gas station at 1087 W. Laketon Avenue in Muskegon. Their franchise would eventually expand to five locations. Henry Vanderstelt took over the company after his father’s passing. In 1979, Henry retired and his sons, Gary and John, took over the reins of the family business, which included a car wash and gas station on Sherman Boulevard. In 1987, Gary decided to retire from the business and sold the original location on Laketon Avenue, while his brother John continued to own and operate the full-service Sherman location. Two of their sons, Mike and Jerry, remained as the co-owners and operators of the company. Today, the family legacy continues under current owner, Jerry Vanderstelt.

Currently, Jerry owns and manages seven locations in the Muskegon, Fruitport, and Fremont area. As the 50th anniversary occurred on January 24, 2019, Jerry had this to say, “I am extremely proud to carry on four generations of service to our community and our entire team is looking forward to continuing the tradition of customer service.”

Van’s Car Wash & Quick Lube
Jerry Vanderstelt
1230 W. Sherman Blvd.
Muskegon, MI 49441

Silent Observer Keeping Our Community Safe

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon County Silent Observer program made rewards of $10,650 for crimes solved in 2018.  “This is one of our largest payout years in recent history” says Tom Schultz, Chairman of the Silent Observer volunteer committee and Chairman of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  The payouts for 2018 involved 6 cases related to retail theft, 4 cases related to fugitive arrests, and one high profile murder case.

There was also a payout this year for the “Party Patrol” program.  The Party Patrol’s focus is on underage drinking and drug parties.  Just one call to help break up parties where underage drinking or illegal drug use are occurring can prevent serious harm and save the lives of many.

“Silent Observer is a fantastic tool that allows community members to assist law enforcement in keeping our community safe”, says Schultz.  The high tech program allows individuals to report crimes anonymously by calling in tips with total confidentiality.  Computer software blocks cell phone numbers and computer addresses by replacing that information with confidential code numbers.  The Silent Observer administrators cannot see the identity of who is calling or emailing tips.  When information results in an arrest or breaks up an illegal party, the code number can release the reward payout that can then be cashed anonymously.

The Silent Observer committee is made up of a number of non-profit organizations in the community.  They work in partnership with local law enforcement professionals.  The funds raised for the program, the software and the rewards are held in an account managed separately by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber Foundation.  “New technology and community engagement are making a difference in the safety of Muskegon County”, said Schultz.

To find out more about the program or make a donation go to

38% Increase in Airline Passenger Activity in December 2018

The number of passengers choosing Muskegon County Airport (MKG) for air travel continues to climb with the total number of passengers flying United Airlines increasing thirty-eight percent (38%) for December 2018 (3,065) compared to December 2017 (2,216). This significant increase is attributed primarily to the new travel-friendly schedule which commenced in October.

The improved flight schedule allows customers to depart MKG early in the morning and early afternoon to make connections through Chicago and return to MKG in the early afternoon and late evening to maximize return flight options. The late evening arrival allows maximum opportunities for return flights from most domestic and international locations such as the West Coast, Mexico, Jamaica and Europe. More connections help provide lower prices.

Fly locally with a short commute to/from the airport, parking just steps from the terminal, check-in and security lines guaranteed to be no more than 50 passengers per flight, and get your bags quickly at the end of your flight to get home faster. Why would you not fly from MKG?

“We are extremely pleased to see more travelers choosing to fly locally on United,” said Jeffrey Tripp, Muskegon County Airport Manager. “The various schedule changes are providing the West Michigan Lakeshore region with the travel friendly schedule our customers have been asking for. Whether flying for business or pleasure, it pays to always Check MKG First at UNITED.COM.”

Muskegon’s Parties in the Park Gears up for Big Changes in 2019

pitpNow entering the 35th season of bringing quality, affordable, family entertainment to downtown Muskegon on Friday nights in the summer, Parties in the Park is unveiling some big changes for the 2019 season. Guests can look forward to a new variety of musical entertainment, new non-profit partners, and additional party enhancements!

“We have a very energized and community driven board of directors that’s looking to expand on the success of the past few years and partner with local non-profits and area businesses to bring new offerings to parties in the park goers this upcoming season,” says Chanda Cregg, Parties in the Park President.

One of the biggest changes coming is in the entertainment offerings. Historically, the non-profit partners selected their band/entertainment from a pre-approved list of local applicants. This process doesn’t allow for ample lead time when booking more regional acts that schedule further out. This year, the Parties in the Park Board is already making offers to bands that will bring additional top notch entertainment to the 2019 lineup.

The Parties in the Park Board is also actively recruiting new non-profit partners. Each year, non-profits apply to host one of six available Parties in the Park Fridays. Non-profit partners have the opportunity to gain a great deal of exposure, engage and activate volunteers and supporters and most importantly financially reap the benefits of hosting a party in the park! An open house was held last month in which 30 non-profits gathered to learn more about partnering for the 2019 season. The application process is improved from last year featuring an online application, earlier party selection date and a board position dedicated to assisting non-profits make the most of their party experience.

“With a wider variety of musical entertainment and new non-profits joining some of our past partners , we’re very excited about the opportunity to grow and expand our footprint in West Michigan this upcoming season,” adds Cregg. “We’re continuing to expand children’s activities, craft beverage offerings, and opportunities for teenagers so that all generations continue to enjoy Parties in the Park.”

Other changes for the 35th season include new sponsorship opportunities, more ways for the community to get engaged with parties in the park, increased marketing and promotions, park layout enhancements and more.

To learn more about Parties in the Park, apply to be a non-profit partner or inquire about sponsorship, visit

The Mission of Parties in the Park is to create a sense of community and appreciation for Muskegon’s Downtown through a family-oriented social event. Sponsored by a variety of Muskegon County not-for-profit groups, the proceeds from the Parties either make physical enhancements or quality of life improvements for the whole community.

Lakeshore Garden Masters’ March, 2019, Meeting

Norton Shores –  Spring is here and the Lakeshore Garden Masters invites all gardeners, novice to seasoned, to join our first meeting of 2019!
March 25 beginning at 6 PM with an optional  pot luck (bring a dish to pass, table setting and your beverage)  or come for the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.  Presenter is Matt Mellema speaking about Hydrangeas and Deer Resistant plants.  Meeting is held at AMG Developments building, 800 Ellis Road, Norton Shores (near the Muskegon Airport)  Guest fee is $5 or join for the year for only $15.  For more information contact Susan Thorpe at 248-310-2312 or

Applications Being Accepted for 26th Annual Camp Courage

Healing Center offers long-running camp for grieving children and teens.

campcourage[Muskegon, MI] Harbor Hospice has been offering Camp Courage for 25 years as a way to help children and their families following the death of a loved one. The emotions of grief can be overwhelming and isolating for children who have not yet developed the verbal and emotional skills to navigate the grief process.

Children grieve differently than adults and need time to just “be kids” as well as time to honor and remember their loved one.  Kids often feel alone in their grief and thrive when able to connect with others who understand their unique experience.

Harbor Hospice staff and trained volunteers create a safe, stable environment for children to explore and express their grief, remember their loved one, and connect with others who have experienced a death.  Children participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, hiking and campfires, along with grief-tailored activities that teach healthy coping skills.

This weekend overnight camping experience for children ages 6-12, and teens 15-19 as Junior Counselors, is held at Pioneer Trails on Big Blue Lake in Muskegon County.  Camp Courage 2019 will be held Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.  Application deadline is Friday, May 10.  The only cost is a $10 registration fee per camper.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Ecker or Kari Allen at 231.728.3442 or 1.800.497.9559 or email or visit our website at

APICS-Grand Rapids Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Professional Development Meeting

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – APICS, the Grand Rapids Chapter, will be hosting their professional development meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville.

The evening begins at 5:30 PM with networking and introduction, dinner at 6:00 PM, and the speaker at 6:30 PM.  Mr. Rob Elliott, Pondera, will present  “Discovering Your Authentic Leadership.”

Reservations must be received by noon on Friday, March 8th.  Cost for APICS members is $12.00; non-members $15.00 and full-time students $7.00.  Reservations can be made online at or email to

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Kayak Art Proceeds Benefit Human Trafficking Organization

Muskegon, MI – Audrey Link, kayak sculpture artist of “Life on the Lakeshore”, announced her decision to donate all of the proceeds received from her life size kayak sculpture to the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force.

Link went into the kayak sculpture project , which launched this summer, knowing she wanted her art to benefit a local non-profit. For Link, that non-profit was Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force, a local organization working to support survivors of trafficking. This is an organization that is close to Link’s heart.

kayak“I chose Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force because it is an organization that can do a lot of good and this community needs it,” says Link. “Most people think human trafficking refers to just sex trafficking but there are many other forms like labor trafficking for example. My goal is to create more awareness in the community.”

Link, who is a graphic designer and owner of Max Graphics, worked on her kayak sculpture for well over 80 hours.

Hemisphere Design Works, formerly known as KL Outdoor, made the project possible by providing the nine kayaks for “invited” Michigan artists to create kayak sculptures. They also purchased Link’s kayak sculpture.

The organization knew they wanted to purchase one of the kayak sculptures going into the project. After an office poll, they chose Link’s kayak to purchase which is now displayed in their office on Terrace Point in Downtown Muskegon. The kayak sculpture project was one way the community is celebrating Hemisphere Design Works decision to locate their corporate headquarters in Muskegon.

The nine kayak sculptures were displayed at various locations along W. Western Avenue and Clay Street as part of Lakeshore Art Festival. Link’s kayak sculpture was located at 1st and Western by the Western Market Chalets.

“We are thankful that this kayak sculpture project brought art to our downtown as well as provided a significant benefit to a local non-profit,” says Carla Flanders, Executive Director of the Lakeshore Art Festival.

If you are interested in learning more about the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force, visit

Grand Opening Services at the Gateway Church

The Gateway Church is excited to have completed the construction of their new facility at 700 Maple St in Ferrysburg and will be having their Grand Opening Services on Sunday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

After being in a rented facility since 2004, the church has built the building debt-free with a focus on people and being a blessing to their new community in Ferrysburg and the Lakeshore.

The Gateway Church invites the community to attend their Grand Opening Services and celebrate with its church body on Sunday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. at 700 Maple St in Ferrysburg.

Shelby State Bank Adds to Commercial Banking Team

kadamskiShelby State Bank has announced the hiring of Ken Adamski as Commercial Lender for the Muskegon County area.

Adamski brings over 22 years of business banking and lending experience to the Shelby team.  In previous positions, he has provided financing solutions for a wide range of business types along the lakeshore area.

“We are very excited to add Ken to our team and make his expertise available,” said Bobby Fisher, Senior Vice President of Lending.  “His experience, knowledge of the area, and willingness to partner with his customers will be real assets to the local business community.”

Adamski is a graduate of Ferris State University where he earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Accounting and Computer Information Systems.  He is Treasurer of the Muskegon Kiwanis Club, serves on the Muskegon Catholic School Finance Committee, and lives in Muskegon with his wife and three children.

Established in 1931, Shelby State Bank operates 10 offices in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Mason and Manistee Counties.  Each office provides access to deposit accounts, personal and home lending, and commercial banking and lending services.  For more information, visit,, or call the North Muskegon office at (231) 744-6231.

Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male

December 13, 2018 through March 10, 2019 at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI – The Muskegon Museum of Art presents SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male, an exhibition of portraits of black men from greater Muskegon, as photographed by artist Jerry Taliaferro. The exhibition runs December 13, 2018 through March 10, 2019.

The 94 portraits in the SONS exhibition explore how the black American male perceives himself and how he is perceived by others. The men pictured in the show were nominated from the greater Muskegon area by a committee of their peers. The goal was to portray a wide range of ages, backgrounds, occupations, and interests to best represent not only the black men of our community, but also to mirror the day-to-day experiences of their fellow Americans.

The men pictured are artists, musicians, barbers, doctors, lawyers, health care workers, engineers, entrepreneurs, businessmen, teachers, athletes, retired servicemen, clergy, poets, factory workers, laborers, security guards, school administrators, and coaches. They are also husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, co-workers, teammates, friends, and neighbors. It is the first time many of these men have been publicly recognized.

In the artist Jerry Taliaferro’s words:
“[The exhibition] is both timely and relevant. Recent events point to the urgent need for conversations about the contemporary black American male. Any effort, however humble, to foster an understanding of this largely misunderstood and often marginalized segment of the American population is of utmost importance.”

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 or call 231-720-2570 for more information.

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.